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Poetry Reading At Ada Books

(9.18) Ada Books will host a poetry reading Sunday afternoon featuring Mark Baumer, W. Keller, Naima Msechu, Oliver Strand, Sarah Cooke, Ada Smailbegovic, and a few others. (Facebook) I bumped into Mr. Baumer last weekend, near the cake at Ada, and it happened to come

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Dark Matter, Where The Hell Is This Stuff — Lecture At Brown

(9.16) Theoretical physicist Katherine Freese will deliver a lecture titled “The Dark Side of the Universe.” Freese — author of “The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter” — will recount the hunt for dark matter from the discoveries of visionary scientists like Knut Lundmark and

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DesignWeek RI Kick-Off Party

(9.16) DesignWeek RI takes over the Arcade Friday night to kick off a week of events. Drinks by New Harvest ($5 voucher for beer or wine) and food stations and outdoor truck ($5 voucher towards food of your choice). Music, raffles, more. Upcoming events include:

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Weekend In Music

Friday — @the Met, Nada Surf, Amber Arcades, Field Drums, Forest Fires @Lupo’s, Shaun Frank @Nick-A-Nee’s, Biscuit City @Firehouse 13, Mike Peters @News Café, Little Tomb, Tapestries, Night Idea, 14foot1 @Aurora, Twin Foxes, Minibeast, Aneurysm, Public Policy Saturday — @the Met, the Feelies @Fête, Sun

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Chalk Painting Fest

(9.17) The downtown skating rink will be transformed this Saturday by chalk artists — individuals and teams — all vying for ‘Best of Show.’ But they are really just in it for the glory and because it’s fun. Good, smooth surface too. Images inspired by


Ocean State Oyster Festival

(9.17) This was a big hit last year when it debuted. Let’s hope it’s an annual thing now. Head over to the Riverwalk along South Water Street this Saturday for the Ocean State Oyster Festival. Highlighting fine local food, beer, wine, and refreshments, local bands


A ‘Body Blow’ To The General Assembly

Six incumbents gone! House Majority Leader DeSimone gone! Jan Malik gone! Such good news from yesterday’s primaries, and look how close some of those races were. First-time candidate Moira Walsh won her District 3 seat by 21 votes; Marcia Ranglin-Vassell ousted DeSimone by a mere

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Woony River Ride

(9.17) A lot is happening around town this weekend. Let’s start with the 7th Annual Woony River Ride Bike-a-Thon. Get on your bike and explore the Woonasquatucket River — from Providence throughout the Woonasquatucket Watershed. Last year’s Woony Ride was a success! We had over

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‘True Grit’ MotB

(9.15) This week at Movies on the Block is the 2010 version of “True Grit” starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld. (More on her later.) I ended up liking this movie so much, it made me go watch the original John

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‘The Intimate Collection’ At Yellow Peril

Still time to catch the funny and provocative “The Intimate Collection” — sewn works and photographs that consider “sex, death, skin, bones, undergarments, intimacy, loneliness, destruction, healing and humor” — from artist Kathryn Parker Almanas. “I play with how we recognize ourselves in textures and


Tuesday Primary Day

(9.13) Tuesday could signal the beginning of the end for the old guard of DINO democrats that currently control the Rhode Island general assembly. Out of the 27 primaries for assembly seats, 12 will determine who gets the seat. (If you are new to town,

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Week In Music

Monday — @Dusk, Junior Beat (album release), VaVa Blume, Time Cop Beach Party, Honest Living Tuesday — @Psychic Readings, Long Bob, Pines, Dyke Drama, Milkmaid II @AS220, Ben Gammell, MPG, Davi Smith @Nick-A-Nee’s, Chris Flory Trio @Firehouse 13, Scar Symmetry, Arsis, Shattered Sun, Painted in

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Final Riverfront Flea

(9.11) Then it moves across the river for the month of October. The Providence Flea has kept things pretty classy with local vintage vendors, small-batch makers, artisans, food purveyors and trucks, community non-profits, and musicians. New to the mix is the Little Bitte Brunch Bar.

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Contract Awarded For Pedestrian Bridge

Finally. The state has awarded a $16-million construction contract to a Massachusetts firm to build the Providence River pedestrian bridge. This is the project that got tabled when the stadium idea came to town. This is a much better idea and will alter the development

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Weekend In Music

Friday —  @Columbus Theatre upstairs, the Huntress and Holder of Hands, Tara Jane O’Neil, Thalia Zedek @Lupo’s, Getter, Wuki, Sneek @the Met, Marian Hill, Verite, Shaed @AS220, Charge the Atlantic, Four Agreements @Firehouse 13, Bim Skala Bim, the Copacetics, Bears Bears Bears @Machines With Magnets,

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Awesome Original Wallpaper At 186 Carpenter

Head over to 186 Carpenter Street Friday for the opening of “Flocked, Blocked & Stenciled” an exhibition of locally-made, original designs. (Exhibit up through September.) I kept changing my mind about which picture to feature here; they are unbelievably vivid and compelling images. However, getting