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Providence Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Pecha Kucha

11AM ON 26/03/2014
BY Annie Messier

pecha_kucha_soap1(3.26) In early 2009, newly transplanted Rhode Islander Stephanie Gerson (update: now Stephanie Lepp) looked around and more or less said, “Huh, look at all the cool stuff here. Why the heck doesn’t Providence have Pecha Kucha nights?” So the hula-hooping vixen kicked off a Providence version of the free-admission global phenomenon, whose name (pronounced more or less “puh-CHAK-chuh”) reflects its Japanese origin.

Wednesday, March 26, 7:20 – 10:30 p.m., 276 Westminster Street

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filed under: History | Readings & Lectures

Hannibal Lecture At Brown

1PM ON 27/01/2014
BY H.L. Parker

richard miles (1.29) “Cosmopolitanism and the Cult of the Martyrs in Late Antique North Africa” will be the topic Wednesday at Brown University. Archaeologist and historian, Richard Miles, is the senior lecturer and research director for the Department of Classics at the University of Sydney, and author of several books including “Carthage must be Destroyed.”

Best known for his BBC television series “Ancient Worlds,” Miles has just completed filming a new three-part series for the beebs on the history of archaeology.

Free and open to the public, 5:30pm, Wednesday, January 29, Rhode Island Hall, Room 108, 60 George Street (directions)


filed under: History | Readings & Lectures

The Memorial At Prospect Terrace — Lecture

2PM ON 04/10/2011
BY H.L. Parker

prospect terrace The Providence Athenaeum hosts this installment of the continuing “Inspired Providence” series.

Providence Preservation Society Executive Director James Hall on “Monumental: A Fitting Memorial for the Founding Father: The competition to design the Roger Williams Memorial,” part of “Inspired Providence: A Public Lecture Series.” When 75 years ago Providence celebrated the 300th anniversary of its founding, the 1933 approach to commemoration differed significantly from today’s efforts. Hall examines the architectural competition that led to the creation of the Roger Williams Memorial in Prospect Park on Congdon Street.

Free and open to the public.  Reception from 6pm to 6:30pm. Program at 6:30.

6pm to 7:30pm, Thursday, October 6, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, 421.6970


filed under: Get Out of the House | Readings & Lectures

Micro-Memoir!

7AM ON 05/05/2011
BY Annie Messier

tiny bookNot About the Buildings has teamed up with the Providence Athenaeum once again to bring us “Micro-Memoir!” I missed like four of these but finally made it to the last one in March, and it was fantastic. The hosts have it all down pat, from free wine and snacks to not revealing the secret topics until it’s time to write. Everyone who participated shared their stuff (which is optional), and it was a memorable mix of funny and touching and even sad stories, all in 200 words or less. I’m not usually gung ho about getting up in front of crowds and sharing, but the environment is too supportive not to.

Thursday, May 5, 5pm refreshments/5:30pm writing begins, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, free.


filed under: Books | Readings & Lectures

Digression, Texture, Weirdness — And Nothing But

4PM ON 03/03/2011
BY Daily Dose

Damion Searls Although it always gets shortened in common usage, the complete original title of Melville’s epic tale is Moby-Dick; or The Whale. Some people also found the book itself too long and decided to address the problem.

In 2007, Orion Books produced Moby-Dick in Half the Time, a Compact Edition “sympathetically edited” to “retain all the elements of the originals: the plot, the characters, the social, historical and local backgrounds and the author’s language and style.”

; or The Whale is an abridgment that preserves the elements missing from that list—digression, texture, weirdness—by keeping every chapter, word, and punctuation mark of Melville’s original Moby Dick; or The Whale that was removed from Orion’s edition.

The Providence Athenaeum invites you to part two of its “Hark! The White Whale!” salon series to meet the man behind this abridgment, author and translator Damion Searls. He will discuss what moved him to “write” ; or The Whale, what he learned about Moby-Dick that he’d never noticed before, whether a “more readable” Moby-Dick is a worthwhile goal, or indeed is still Moby-Dick at all.

Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street


filed under: History | Readings & Lectures

A Conversation With Nathaniel Philbrick Wednesday

7PM ON 27/02/2011
BY H.L. Parker

King Philip's War Nathaniel Philbrick’s compelling account of the Pilgrims’ first desperate year in Plymouth and the pressures back home that inspired such an ill-conceived venture is interesting enough, but the story in Mayflower continues through to King Philip’s War, a conflict that consumed all of Rhode Island and nearly wiped Providence off the map. The author, a Brown grad, has been invited by the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University to speak this Wednesday about the process of writing in general but might be willing to field a few questions of local interest.

Nathaniel Philbrick, national book award winning author, will discuss his process of writing historical works, many of which challenge popular perspectives on historical events. Some of his most popular works include The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn; Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War; and In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. This colloquium will be lead by Steven Lubar, director of the Haffenreffer Museum and the John Nicholas Brown Center with opportunities for the audience to join the discussion. Select works will be available for purchase at the reception. This program is co-sponsored by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

The author’s latest work is The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Colloquium/book signing, Wednesday, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, open to the public, Rm 120, List Art Building, 64 College Street


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RISD President Maeda Lecture Tuesday

9PM ON 15/01/2011
BY H.L. Parker

maeda digital lecture “To digital or not to digital” — President John Maeda paints a picture of the contemporary digital art and design world in the context of his own work and his recent insights on humor, happiness, and humanity.

Ironically, the press release from the media relations department announcing this event did not include a link to the event, and the attached image did not work. So, I guess we’re going with “not to digital”. Here is a link to the event.

Free and open to the public, 7pm to 8pm, Tuesday, January 18, RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Street


filed under: Readings & Lectures | libraries

Children’s Reading Event

5PM ON 30/12/2010
BY Tim Blankenship

Providence Public Library
1st Floor – The Children’s Room
150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903

Thursday, December 30, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of the generous donation from Fidelity Investments, WaterFire welcomes Steve Kidd, Education Director & Resident Actor of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, to engage the audience with his reading of The WaterFire Duck.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join in on the fun. Books will be available for purchase at the event and personalization by author, Kiki Latimer, illustrator, Bunny Griffeth and WaterFire Creator, Barnaby Evans. more »


filed under: Arts | Readings & Lectures

Tonight: Pecha Kucha

7AM ON 27/10/2010
BY Dave Segal

A special artsy Pecha Kucha at Firehouse 13.  (41 Central St.)

Featuring Girls Rock, Big Nazo, Community Music Works, Haven Bros (?) and more.


filed under: Books | Readings & Lectures

Banned Books Week Kicks Off Early

10AM ON 22/09/2010
BY Matthew Lawrence

to kill a mockingbird The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week kicks off this weekend with events taking place nationwide, but a group of Rhode Island authors is getting an early start on Friday at the Providence Athenaeum.  Adam Braver (November 22, 1963), Thomas Cobb (Crazy Heart), Rosemary Mahoney (Down The Nile), Stephen O’Shea (Sea of Faith), Mike Stanton (The Prince of Providence) and Ted Widmer (Ark of the Liberties) will gather together to read excerpts from well-known banned books, like Catcher In The Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird.

Then on Saturday afternoon, a group of children’s book authors will be at the Knight Memorial Library reading from such scandalous tomes as Charlotte’s Web and Winnie-the-Pooh.  Scheduled readers include Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting), Mary Jane Begin (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Anika Denise (Pigs Love Potatoes), Janet Taylor Lisle (Black Duck), and Naomi Zucker (Callie’s Rules).

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This Weds: Pecha Kucha

12PM ON 01/06/2010
BY Dave Segal

From Stephanie:

Pecha Kucha, Volume #15 this Wednesday @ AS220

Come on out Wednesday, June 2nd for our 15th Pecha Kucha night in Providence! The theme is “eleventh-hour” because I chose it very very recently. Doors open at 7:20, presentations start at 8:20, and the lineup + other tidbits of desirable intel are on the Facebook event.

Le lineup, a l’order chronologique:
1. Kelly Ramirez and Ellen Dalton
2. Christine West: The Uncaucus
3. Jennifer Leigh: We Got the Beat
4. Alex Gerson
***intermission***
5. Michael Fine
6. Pat Cruz
7. Ian Baldwin


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Keno (Leslie) To Discuss New England Antiques

7PM ON 15/05/2010
BY Daily Dose

Goddard tea table Fans of Antiques Roadshow (and ‘the twins’) should head over to Brown University Sunday for a lecture on antiquing in New England. Speakers will include noted Roadshow appraiser Leslie Keno.

Come learn the origins and changing notions of collecting and antiquing in New England at the 2010 Annual Newell D. Goff Lecture of the Rhode Island Historical Society. This year’s panel is titled “Making the New England Mummies Dance: Creating and Hunting Antiques in New England” and will feature leading voices in the field today: Leslie Keno, of Sotheby’s, Associate Professor Briann Greenfield, Ph.D. of Central Connecticut State University, and Scott and Rae Davis, proprietors of the Rhode Island Antiques Mall.

Dancing mummies?

Sunday, 2pm, Salomon Center, Room 001, Main Green, Waterman Street, Brown University, info at 331.8575 ext 45


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Pecha Kucha: Weds At AS220

1PM ON 03/05/2010
BY Dave Segal

http://blog.lib.umn.edu/healy082/architecture/addicted-powerpoint.gifAnnouncing the 14th Pecha Kucha night in Providence!  The theme is TBD and suggestions are most welcome.  If you haven’t yet heard of this global yet unpronounceable phenomenon, Pecha Kucha is a monthly format for sharing ideas, in which presenters are allotted 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Put simply: 6 minutes and 40 seconds of adult-style show & tell. It began in Tokyo in 2003, has since spread to almost 300 cities worldwide, and landed in Providence last March.

When: Wednesday, May 5th – doors open at 19:20, presentations start at 20:20
Where: AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence


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Pecha Kucha Tonight (Weds)

6AM ON 07/04/2010
BY Dave Segal

This month’s installment is at the Hi-Hat, at Davol Sq:

Announcing the 13th Pecha Kucha night in Providence! The theme is: Truth or Dare.

If you haven’t yet heard of this global yet unpronounceable phenomenon, Pecha Kucha is a monthly format for sharing ideas, in which presenters are allotted 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Put simply: 6 minutes and 40 seconds of adult-style show & tell. It began in Tokyo in 2003, has since spread to 280+ cities worldwide, and first landed in Providence in March of 09.

***Doors open at 19:20, presentations start at 20:20, and shmoozing goes down throughout.***


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Wednesday At The Athenaeum

2PM ON 30/03/2010
BY Christina B

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_-L0Y3bgwpIc/SNjDps-DJDI/AAAAAAAABmU/k1-gA6mBZqU/s320/ri8754-vazandadon.jpgPanel discussion to be held Wednesday, “Free Speech or For Sale? The Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Finance Law” co-presented with Common Cause RI.

In January of 2010 the US Supreme Court overturned decades of judicial precedent and over a century of campaign finance law in the case Citizens United v. FEC. Join us for a lively discussion of the decision and its implications for campaign finance in both the federal and state arenas. Speakers include John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI; Angel Taveras, leading RI election law expert; Diana Hassel, Associate Professor and constitutional law expert at Roger Williams University School of Law; and Robert Flanders, former justice, RI Supreme Court.

Free and open to the public at the Athenaeum.

Wednesday, 5:30pm reception, 6pm program starts, 251 Benefit Street, 421.6970


filed under: Readings & Lectures | libraries

Friday Night: WRNI At Athenaeum

10PM ON 18/03/2010
BY Dave Segal

http://img.wareseeker.com/software/iphone/News/details_123043156.jpgAs always, PDD readers should feel free to attend for free. The Athenaeum is at the intersection of Benefit and College Streets.

Friday, 5pm-7pm

Part Twelve: WRNI’s political team, Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis, on the switch from print to radio journalism, and the changing media landscape.

MacKay reported on politics for the Providence Journal for many years; Donnis was the news editor of the Providence Phoenix for a decade. They now make up the political reporting and analysis team at WRNI Public Radio. Join them for a conversation about how the medium affects the way a story is reported, today’s ever-changing media landscape, and to hear some of the best yarns ever about RI politics. Strictly off the record, of course!

Friday, 5pm, The Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street


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