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Bring Back The Seventh-Inning Stretch

“Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the singing of ‘God Bless America.’” So ordered the Fenway announcer last week during the seventh-inning stretch. Since when did stretching become mandatory? And why are men removing their hats and people putting their hands over their hearts for

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Spotlight On Providence City Council

Keeping our elected officials from raiding the public coffers is positively exhausting. No sooner had we digested the news of the sudden resignation of ethically-challenged State Rep Ray Gallison — currently under investigation for dipping into the slush fund known as the community-service grant system

Eric & the Nothing

Weekend In Music

Friday — @Waterplace Park Basin, Mainland, Eric and the Nothing @Fête Ballroom, Minus the Bear, Mothers @Lupo’s, the Lox @the Met, Joey Fatts @Dusk, Impending Reflections, 3 Parts Dead, 1031, Those Alone @News Café, You Are My Only Friend, the Hempsteadys, Maplight @AS220, the Furies,

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Cruise Night — Steel Yard

(7.15) Want to get all up in someone’s grill? This is the place. It’s time for the 11th annual Cruise Night at the Steel Yard. Each year, this family friendly event has consistently grown larger, bringing classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts together from throughout the

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Hot Club Getting A Face Lift?

Just thought I’d give a little free publicity to the Hot Club which is clearly undergoing some sort of reno. It looks rather drastic from the street; but don’t drive by, they are open for business. The deck of the Hot Club is one of

SPACEBALLS, Rick Moranis, 1987, (c)MGM

‘Spaceballs’ MotB

(7.14) This week’s installment of Movies on the Block is Mel Brooks’ 1987 ‘Star Wars’ spoof, ‘Spaceballs.’ Movie posters around town say something else, but we’ll go with the Facebook event page. (Here’s the MotB summer schedule: It looks like they swapped this with ‘Superman’

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Week In Music

Monday — @Aurora, Providence Research Ensemble, Flow State, Host @Fête Lounge, Beach Slang, Lucky United, Potty Mouth @Fête Ballroom, Crystal Garden, Stanley Jordan Tuesday — @the Columbus Theatre upstairs, Wussy, Tall Teenagers @AS220, Grass Stains, Austin Hevey and the Heavies, Mind/res @Aurora, Passerine, Warbler Roost,

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Stadium Nightmare In Hartford

If there is anyone left on earth who still thinks that publicly funded stadiums are a good idea, I give you the Hartford Yard Goats, currently playing out of Binghamton, New York. What . . . a . . . mess. John Kostrzewa writes in

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Neutaconkanet Skatepark — And What About Those X Games?

Taking pictures in a skatepark is not easy. Step back and the topography of the place just flattens. Up close you just see the graffiti. And then there are the skaters who just want that weird lady to go away. And action shots? If the

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‘No One Ever Pets A Police Car’

So say mounted police officers everywhere. Good thing WPRI had already run their piece on the Providence Mounted Command before all hell broke lose this week. With the horrifying murder of two more black men by out-of-control cops followed by the Dallas sniper — all

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WaterFire Salute To Bastille Day

(7.9) Zut alors. Tonight’s WaterFire will honor our alliance with France starting with a special ceremony at the Waterplace Basin Stage when French Consul Valery Freland to Providence will be conveying a knighthood in the Legion of Honor to RI Seaman First Class Ernest Frank

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Jack Black Coming to Town

Who doesn’t love this man? “School of Rock” is the best. And “Bernie” needs to be seen by more people — Mr. Black must record a gospel album at some point. And of course, Tenacious D. At any rate, it’s official, Jack Black will soon

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Weekend In Music

Friday — @Fête Music Hall, Swans, Okkyung Lee @Waterplace Park, Le Roxy Pro, the Blue Album @the Met, Never Shout Never, Hundred Handed, Me Like Bees, AlgoRhythm @AS220, Broads, Bearchild, Modern Trigger, Willow, Scope & Figure @Aurora, Silverteeth, Icky Woods, Pyramid, Tiny Diamond Saturday —

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Burnside Music Series Kicks Off With Boo City

Good choice. Boo City is perfect music for summer in the city. Although, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy has scheduled a good variety of acts for the Burnside Music Series and Trinity Beer Garden. More at Facebook event. Every Thursday this summer from July 7th to

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Progressive Dems Open Headquarters

(7.6) Exciting things are in the works here in Rhode Island. Job One? Fix the General Assembly. This fall, complacent, entrenched incumbents are facing primary challenges from motivated and qualified candidates . . . real Democrats! Much of the credit goes to Sam Bell and

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See ‘The Wall’ On A Wall

(7.7) Head down to Grant’s Block Thursday for ‘Pink Floyd: The Wall’ this week’s Movies on the Block entry. This is not a concert film. Roger Ebert’s assessment: The best audience for this film would be one familiar with filmmaking techniques, alert to directorial styles,