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Gallery Night Starts

10AM ON 20/03/2014
BY H.L. Parker

Chlorine (3.20) The 18th season of Gallery Night starts tonight. Every third Thursday of the month from March to November, galleries across Providence open their doors. Artbus tours leave One Regency Plaza downtown periodically, stopping at 4 galleries each and lasting about two hours. Or walk, bike, drive yourself around at your own pace.  Go here for details.

Check out the opening reception (5pm to 9pm) for nocebo/placebo featuring 26-year-old Miika Benedetti at GRIN Gallery on Valley Street, up through April 12th. Seen here is oil on linen “Chlorine.”

Guided tours begin 5:20pm and leave every 20 minutes. Last artbus leaves at 7pm.

Bill van Siclen has all the details in today’s ProJo.

Starts 5pm, Thursday, March 20, Gallery Night


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Clocks Spring Forward One Hour

11AM ON 08/03/2014
BY Beth Comery

spring forward (3.9) Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts at 2am, Sunday, March 9 and ends on November 2nd. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),

DST was formally introduced in the United States in 1918. Today, most of the country and its territories observe DST. However, DST is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the state of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation, which does observe DST).

Daylight Saving Time and time zones are regulated by the U. S. Department of Transportation, not by NIST.

Stick by your guns Arizona. Don’t ever let anybody tell you what to do, ever. It might be socialism, or tyranny, or something.


filed under: Education | Transportation

Schoolbus Mess — Meeting @JCC

5PM ON 16/09/2013
BY jim almo

JCC (9.17) There must be a better way. Concerned parents and families are coming together Tuesday evening to air complaints and find solutions to this year’s unprecedented bus problems.

By now, most parents of Providence school children (public and private) are aware of the fiasco that is this year’s bussing system.

Schools are getting out at staggered times on Fridays to save the city of Providence money on bussing. While running fewer busses seems like it could be a good way to save money, the school system has so far not been able to successfully carry out this idea.

There are a variety of potentially dangerous situations that continue to be encountered: Drivers do not know the routes, kids are getting out at the wrong stops, rides home are lasting upwards of three hours, there are not always bus monitors, and the busses are overcrowded.

There is a public meeting being held Tuesday evening at the Jewish Community Center of Elmgrove Avenue (near Nathan Bishop Middle School) for parents, with the intent of helping improve this situation.

Meeting 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Tuesday, September 17, Jewish Community Center, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Facebook event page


filed under: Health | Transportation

Air Quality Alert Day Thursday (Also Friday) — Free RIPTA

7AM ON 18/07/2013
BY Daily Dose

ripta The Department of Environmental Management has declared Thursday, July 18, an Air Quality Alert Day. Ditto for Friday, July 19th.

The DEM warns that people should limit outdoor exercise and stay in air conditioning when possible, particularly in the early evening.  Elevated ozone levels can aggravate asthma and other respiratory aliments. The children, elderly and people who have underlying lung diseases, such as asthma, are at particular risk.

So nobody exercise. Also, all RIPTA regular fixed-routes, excluding special services, will be free.


filed under: Olneyville | Transportation

Steel Yard Cruise Night

12PM ON 11/07/2013
BY Daily Dose

Mustang (7.12) Rain date Saturday (enough with the rain already). Head over to the Steel Yard for the 8th Annual Cruise Night.

This unique event is more than a simple display of chrome and horsepower, but is also an important part of the Steel Yard’s Works in Progress fundraising event series.

Each year, this family friendly event has consistently grown larger, bringing classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts together from throughout the region in an old school rendezvous and show off. The 2013 Cruise Night will include over 70 custom and classic vehicles, in an evening of polished chrome, greasy grooves, raffle prizes, studio tours, and food sold by local vendors.

Donation of $5 would be nice, 5pm to 9pm, Friday, July 12, Steel Yard, 27 Sims Street (rain date Saturday, July 13)


filed under: Environment | Transportation

Air Quality Alert

8PM ON 23/06/2013
BY Daily Dose

ripta (6.24/25) The Department of Environmental Management has declared Monday, June 24, an Air Quality Alert Day. [Extended through Tuesday, June 25.]

The Department of Health warns that unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection and  aggravation of asthma and other respiratory ailments.  These symptoms are worsened by exercise and heavy activity.  The children, elderly and people who have underlying lung diseases, such as asthma, are at particular risk of suffering from these effects.  As ozone levels increase, the number of people affected and the severity of the health effects also increase.

So nobody exercise. Also, all RIPTA regular fixed-routes, excluding special services, will be free.


filed under: Health | Transportation

Air Quality Alert Day Thursday, Free RIPTA — Friday Too

6AM ON 30/05/2013
BY Daily Dose

RIPTA trolley The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island on Thursday, May 30.

Unhealthy conditions along the southern sections of Rhode Island on Thursday and moderate elsewhere. Unhealthy conditions on Friday across the state as southwest flow brings heat, humidity and pollution.

All RIPTA regular fixed-routes – excluding special services – will be free.

(Ditto Friday, May 31)


filed under: Transportation | art

Motorcycle Art At Tsetse Gallery

9AM ON 12/04/2013
BY H.L. Parker

helmet If the House of Fabergé made motorcycle helmets . . .

Now through May 4th the Tsetse Gallery in downtown Providence will feature creatively designed helmets, gas tanks, clothing, and art from New England artisans. The gallery’s mission is to increase access to the arts, encourage young artistic talent, and promote individual and community development through art.

The Motorcycle Art exhibit will benefit the Big Brothers of Rhode Island and the Tsetse Initiative.

Motorcycle Art, through May 4, Tsetse Gallery, 51 Empire Street, 401.453.3337


filed under: Food | Transportation

Stripers In The Bucket?

2PM ON 26/11/2012
BY Beth Comery

seekonk river drawbridge Interesting cover story by Bryan Rourke in today’s ProJo — “Icon or eyesore?” — about the Seekonk River Drawbridge and what, if anything, should be done about it. Finished back in 1908, this railroad bridge connecting Providence and East Providence opened up for the last time in the late 70’s, and that’s the familiar silhouette we all keep in our brains, and our hearts. A sentinel of sorts. There is nothing urgent about this; DOT reps interviewed by Rourke ponder both the potential of reviving rail traffic and removing the potentially hazardous and deteriorating structure.

Also interviewed is Hilary Treadwell creator of those T-shirts that have helped cement the iconic image (looking south) into the popular culture of the city.

Although there is evidence of considerable nighttime partying here, the only company at the time of this photo was a fisherman looking for pogies, a popular baitfish, because “The stripers are biting in Pawtucket!”

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filed under: Transportation | architecture

Skyscrapers And Airships Presentation

8AM ON 09/10/2012
BY Beth Comery

skyscrapers & airships (10.9) Back by popular demand. In anticipation of Saturday’s Providence Preservation Society Gala Fundraiser (to be held in the Superman Building), Matthew D. Bird (RISD faculty — History of Industrial Design) will repeat his “A View From the Clouds: The Skyscraper and the Airship”

After presenting to a sold out crowd at the Brick School House last spring, Matthew Bird is back with a revised lecture focusing on Providence’s own 1928 Industrial Trust Co. Building, or The Superman Building. Matthew will delve into the myth and mystery surrounding the tower’s early history, including rumors that a dirigible port was designed for the 29th floor. On the evening of Saturday, October 13, outsiders will get the chance to explore this historic building at the PPS Annual Gala (tickets on sale now).

I went to this lecture and slideshow last year. The topic is fascinating and Matthew Bird is wildly entertaining. The slideshow included images and news reports from the archives as well as his own recent pix from the interior of the top floor of the old Industrial Trust Building. (This image here is Bird’s own fanciful recreation of something that never happened.) This is a good time and you learn stuff. Free for PPS members.

$5 non-members, 6pm reception, 6:30pm presentation, Tuesday, October 9, Brick Schoolhouse, 24 Meeting Street, 401.831.7440


filed under: Transportation | photography

“Moving” Art Bus

8PM ON 30/09/2012
BY Daily Dose

moving

AS220, RIPTA, and Nail Communications have come together to produce “MOVING” – a fully functioning RIPTA bus that will serve as a mobile art gallery.

The bus is wrapped inside and out with black and white photographs, taken by students in the AS220 Youth program of Rhode Islanders who use Kennedy Plaza in a myriad of different ways.  The bus gallery will have a “non-moving” opening in Kennedy Plaza on September 29th . . . and will then hit the roads for the duration of the Fall, changing routes on a regular basis to bring the art project to the most people possible. The project is part of FirstWorks Festival: On the Plaza in 2012.

For the past three years, the AS220 Youth photography program called “Photo Mem” has spent six weeks each summer producing the Kennedy Plaza Portrait Project. The goal is to capture a cross section of Rhode Island citizens by photographing Black & White portraits and recording interviews of a small cross section of the tens of thousands of people who use Kennedy Plaza every day. The project also gives our youth the opportunity to enhance their social skills (approaching people, communicating to them about the project, interviewing them), photography skills (taking a good photo, developing it) and design skills (hands-on experience working with Nail Communications on designing the bus), that they otherwise would not be able to take advantage of.

RIPTA could use a little good publicity right about now.


filed under: Environment | Transportation

Air Quality Alert Day — Free Bus Rides, Trolleys

8PM ON 30/08/2012
BY Daily Dose

trolley (8.31) From RIPTA,

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island especially in central and southern sections in the afternoon on Friday, August 31. A very humid air mass with southwest winds will be present at that time, which will lead to unhealthy air conditions. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations.  Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight.

All RIPTA regular fixed-routes, excluding special services, will be free on “AIR QUALITY ALERT DAYS.” Just hop on and hop off.

How can you help? Limit driving, reduce idling, no mowing the lawn, and limit barbecue emissions. In other words, lay about the house all day long and don’t do a damn thing, and you get to say you’re helping the environment.


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View From A Pedicab

7PM ON 29/07/2012
BY Beth Comery

view from a pedicab

This is the back of Tom Olson’s head (a photo of the front of Tom Olson’s head after the jump). Tom is a driver for Eco Pedicab. Motto? “We are a zero emission bike taxi.” (C’mon people, you can not tee these up like this.)

Tom is studying business and art at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but is living here in Providence for a bit. He solicited my business as I headed for the RISD Museum; when he found out it was ‘Free Saturday’ he joined me. The pedicab drivers work for “tips” — you just pay what you think feels about right — and they do take credit cards.

Tom has instinctively developed a mental topographical map of the city featuring the routes of least resistance, but he chews up some pretty significant hills nonetheless. And Tom was thrilled to hear that the Mayor has a $40-million bond proposal aimed at repairing the streets.

The Eco Pedicab can be flagged down whenever (there are a couple on the road) or you can call up at 401.400.2380. They also offer special tours (historic, brewery) and are available for weddings and bar mitzvahs. Or go to Facebook.

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filed under: Environment | Transportation

‘Air Quality Alert Day’ Tuesday — Free Bus And Trolley

3PM ON 16/07/2012
BY Daily Dose

ripta trolley (7.17) All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Tuesday, July 17. Hop on, hop off.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island. . . A very hot and very humid air mass with west winds will be present at that time, which will lead to unhealthy air conditions. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight.


filed under: Health | Transportation

Air Quality Alert Day Saturday — Also Bastille Day

10PM ON 13/07/2012
BY Daily Dose

RIPTA All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Saturday, July 14.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island, but especially in southern sections again in the afternoon on Thursday. A very hot and very humid air mass with west winds will be present at that time, which will lead to unhealthy air conditions. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight.


filed under: Olneyville | Transportation

Cruise Night At The Steel Yard

4PM ON 12/07/2012
BY H.L. Parker

crop (7.13) The Steel Yard will be holding their 7th Annual Cruise Night Friday from 5pm to 9pm.

This unique event is more than a simple display of chrome and horsepower, but is also an important part of the Steel Yard’s ‘Works in Progress’ fundraising event series.

Each year, this family friendly event has consistently grown larger, bringing classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts together from throughout the region in an old school rendezvous and show off. The 2012 Cruise Night will include over 70 custom and classic vehicles, in an evening of polished chrome, greasy grooves, raffle prizes, studio tours, and food sold by the famous Haven Brothers.

$5 suggested donation, 5pm to 9pm, Friday, July 13, Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue, 401.273.7101, (rain date Saturday)


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