Week In Music

Monday — buy guitar, start band Tuesday — @Nick-A-Nee’s, Marty and Friends Wednesday — @PPAC, the Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow @Nick-A-Nee’s, the Jamblers Thursday — @Nick-A-Nee’s, Brendan Carniaux Jazz Ensemble @the Narrows, Pokey LaFarge  

Rink Open — Tree Lighting & Ice Show

(12.4) The Providence Rink is now open for skating. On Monday, the ice bumper cars come online. Head downtown this afternoon for the Tree Lighting and Ice Show. Join us for an evening of championship figure skating which will include an all-star lineup hosted by two-time US Olympic Medalist Nancy Kerrigan. The show will star …

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Hope Street Holiday Weekends

The Hope Street Merchants Association invites everyone to stroll and shop on Saturdays and Sundays during December (and all week long too). Hope Street for the Holidays will be featuring special attractions and events between 4pm and 6pm. This weekend the theme is Cocoa & Cocktails with a special Sunday performance by the Providence Drum …

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Weekend In Music

Friday — @Dusk, Jade Tourniquet, Exploding Zones, Ash & Bone, Vague @Nick-A-Nee’s, Chris Monti @the Strand, Badfish, Dudemanbro, Bret Willson @the Met, Start Making Sense, Ruby Dear @USB, Colleen Green, Kissing Kontest, the Benji’s @AS220 Main Stage, Kench, King Ezee, Life on Mars, Juniper Bends, Mike’s Car Wash, Orange Peaks @the Vets, Straight No Chaser …

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WaterFire Kicks Off ‘Three Nights Of Fire’

Downtown Providence will be the place to be this weekend. Organizers have coordinated ‘WaterFire’s Holiday Celebration’ with the ‘Three Nights of Lights’ event starting Thursday, with a partial lighting of the braziers all three nights. Unfortunately, an adjustment to the Santa Claus portion of the program will be necessary due to some incoming rain. Due …

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John Waters Xmas — December 10

Tickets are still available, but going fast, for “A John Waters Christmas” at the Columbus Theatre on December 10. Yep, he’s back, with Christmas lunacy throbbing in his veins. Cockeyed. Rabid. Ready to reinfect the lunatic fringe with holiday jeer. “The Pope of Trash”, as William Burroughs once called him, is coming to your fair …

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Recreational MJ — On Sale Now

It’s happening. The sale of recreational marijuana to adults 21-and-older begins Thursday. Last May, the Rhode Island legislature legalized recreational marijuana use for adults, allowing a limited number of existing dispensaries to start selling on December 1st (new operations will open once they have cleared various regulatory hurdles and such). Here in Providence we have …

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Eco-Depot — Allens Avenue

(12.3) The final Eco-Depot of the year takes place this Saturday at the Allens Avenue. We all know that household hazardous waste and toxic chemicals must be disposed of properly, that’s why it keeps piling up. It’s a perfect time for cleaning up the super-fund site you call a garage. I have been to this …

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RI Shark Charity Plate To Benefit ASI

I predict this will be hit, whichever version is selected. And one reason is that the artwork and design is so good, which is not always the case. The Atlantic Shark Institute is making a bid to become one of the new charity plates with an image of the endangered shortfin mako shark. The state …

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‘Three Nights Of Lights’ Starts

Ever driven by these murals wondering, who are the artists, who are the subjects? It’s time to get out of the car. The Avenue Concept will be mounting a public art gallery — Three Nights of Lights — Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This self-guided tour will be augmented with musical performances by local artists as …

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Week In Music

Wednesday — @Dusk, Appala’s Eclipse, Xtet Thursday — @the Parlour, Eclectic Electric, Beyond Gravity, Glory Bound @Dusk, Beauquet, the Tines, Ziggy Gnardust, Isaiah Josiah @Askew, the Autocrats @the Narrows, the Bad Plus @AS220 Black Box, Unmen, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Kevin and Karl, Luke (Photo of Eclectic Electric by James Lastowski)

Small Business Saturday

(11.26) We should be shopping locally all year round, but especially at this time of year. This is the make-or-break season for many small businesses. The owners of these stores, restaurants, and coffee shops are your neighbors. They pay taxes here. If you want a bookstore in your neighborhood, you have to shop there. (Or …

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MVP Jeremy Peña To Be Honored

(11.26) And the public is invited. Classical High alum and World Series MVP, Jeremy Peña, will be honored Saturday at 2pm for being so awesome and giving his hometown something to cheer about this season. You can join all the usual suspects (politicians, donors) at the Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA) on Fricker Street …

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Weekend In Music

Friday — @the Met, the Schemers @the Parlour, the Z-Boys, Minibeast, the Moonrunners, Beauquet @USB, Keats & Company @the Narrows, Roomful of Blues @Askew, Heather Rose in Clover, the Smoke Breaks @Alchemy, Tree, Inverter, Catalyst, Worm, Grip Bite @Nick-A-Nee’s, Dane Lilley and the Keepers @Dusk, Artist Jackie’s Face Eraser, Animal Face, Wild Sundays, Croc Star …

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Movies At The Avon

Today’s weather may not be conducive to taking that long walk we all thought about yesterday, but it’s perfect for the movies. The Avon Cinema has some great choices, playing now through December 1st. “Tár”: Cate Blanchett plays the fictional Lydia Tár, considered the greatest living conductor-composer of her time. We meet Tár at the …

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A Rafter Of Turkeys

I will never get used to this. City folk in search of wild turkeys in a bucolic setting can just head over to Swan Point Cemetery — they are pretty easy to spot. For people of a certain age, the sight of a rafter, or flock, of turkeys strolling about town is just nutty. There …

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