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Federal Hill Festival All Weekend

Atwells Avenue will be closed to traffic all weekend for the Federal Hill Summer Festival. Dozens of food and retail vendors, games, and amusement rides will line Atwells Avenue. The festival begins on Friday June 23 through Sunday June 25 from 10am -10pm each day.

Dan Gosch Art Opening — POP Emporium

(5.20) With special guests the Upper Crust! Gosch’s amazing work and the unique venue would have been enough to make this the event of the season, but artist Dan Gosch has decided to make it a party. For my first one-man show in 23 years

Midnight Basketball League Returns

The Mayor’s office — in conjunction with several local entities interested in focusing the energies of city youth during the summer months — has announced the return of nighttime basketball in the City of Providence. The Midnight Basketball League will consist of 24 teams, meeting

Rhode Island Community Food Bank Needs (For Realsies)

I’ve been seeing a “Ten Things Food Banks Need (But Don’t Usually Ask For)” list around the internet as well as in the December issue of RI Local. I drop off food at the RI Community Food Bank every few months, including at their lovely

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Memorial Day

An excellent editorial in the Providence Journal considers the ramifications of the recent scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs in which government bureaucrats manipulated schedules denying veterans urgently needed medical care. As a result, it appears, some of those veterans we mourn on Memorial

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Top Honors For Making Things Christmas-y Go To . . .

We don’t know. Who does this? Once again the corner of this Washington Street edifice brightens the view and lifts the mood.  Big thanks to those responsible for the significant time and effort this represents. Merry Christmas everybody.

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RISD Holiday Alumni Art Sale

Open till 5pm . . . head down to the RI Convention Center for the annual RISD Alumni Holiday Sale. Tickets for the sale will be $7 and can be purchased at the door with some proceeds going to support RISD scholarships. Many artists accept

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Wayland Square Street Event

Be advised Wayland Avenue is blocked off to traffic between Angell and Waterman this afternoon. A “Crazy Days” event of some sort is going on with a live band and sidewalk sales. The event ends at 4pm. Police say the street will be reopened by

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Never A Boast Or A Brag

James Cagney performs “You’re a Grand Old Flag” from the movie “Yankee Doodle Dandy”  the story of composer, lyricist, and song-and-dance man, George M. Cohan. Born in Fox Point on July 3rd, 1878, Cohan always claimed to have been born on the Fourth of July

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Music Inspired By Sarah Whitman At Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum presents “Volumes of Forgotten Lore” a musical program inspired by poet Sarah Helen Whitman, written by Anna Ghublikian. Inspired by the life and work of Sarah Helen Whitman, a literary legend of Providence and one-time fianceé of Edgar Allan Poe, Volumes of

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Happy Holidays Providence

Nicely done City Hall — this is a handsome tree, densely spangled with lots of richly colored lights. No bare patches. Glad we didn’t scrimp on this; we need to look like the city we hope to become.

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Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present HITODAMA, a new series of sculptures, paintings, and mixed media installations by Gage Prentiss, from December 13, 2012 to January 13, 2013. The opening reception is Thursday, December 13, from 6PM to 9PM. Hitodama is a Japanese word

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What Cheer’s First Xmas Party On Thayer

(12.9) Head over to What Cheer Antiques and Vintage on Sunday for their 13th annual Christmas Party. What Cheer’s having a Party to Celebrate the Holidays and 13 Years in Business! we’ll have Snacks + Ice Cold ‘Gansett Tall-Boys on hand + a Special Sale