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AS220 November Galleries

Ragnar! This image caught my attention before I even saw the title, “Ragnar Lodbrok.” Andrew Mignacca’s oil painting is part of this month’s exhibition in the AS220 Main Gallery, up now through November 26. The galleries are open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5pm, or by appointment. AS220 Project Space, 93 Mathewson Street: Flow …

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RWNM Celebrates Birthday

(10.22) The Roger Williams National Memorial will be celebrating its 57th year this Saturday and they are throwing a party for everyone . . . even Quakers. Mr. Williams will be on hand to answer your questions about early colonial life, the Narragansetts, or maybe the Massachusetts Bay Colony (ugh). The National Park Service has …

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Betsey Williams Cottage Open House

(10.15) Step back in time to explore the Betsey Williams Cottage, home to Roger Williams’ great-great-great granddaughters, Betsey and Rhoda Williams. An open house is scheduled for this Saturday morning, with two more on the calendar in November and December. In the 1773 cottage that today sits beneath a massive sycamore tree, Betsey Williams, the …

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October Is Archaeology Month

The state Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission will be celebrating RI Archaeology Month with tours and digs and workshops, all free and open to the public. Events take place around the state; here in the Providence area the calendar includes events (some virtual) at the North Burial Ground, Slater Mill, and the Haffenreffer Museum. October …

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Finally, Roger Williams Streetwear

Walk into Cured Collection, the vintage and streetwear store at the mall, and there among the expected selection of sneakers, caps, and racks of sports, superhero, and band tour T-shirts, is our beloved 17th-century founder, Roger Williams. More specifically, this just released casual shirt features the iconic monument and view at Prospect Terrace on Congdon …

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Drink In History — Green Line Apothecary

(6.25) Sorry for the lateness of this announcement, but there is still time to join the Rhode Island Historical Society today at the Green Line Apothecary for a continuation of Drink in the History, their year-long series pairing RI beverages with history talks. Program guests will enjoy both Green Line’s house-made ice cream and a …

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Juneteenth At RWP

(6.19) Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day: Juneteenth goes by all these celebratory names, so head over to the Temple to Music this Sunday for a Juneteenth celebration. This festival of food and music ends with a fireworks display. From the National Museum of African American History and Culture: On June …

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Gansett Brewery History On PBS

(5.25) In what Rhode Island PBS is calling a ‘lager than life’ film event, the newest Rhode Island PBS original documentary recounts the history of one of Rhode Island’s most famous icons: “Hi-Neighbor! The Story of the Narragansett Brewing Company” debuts at 8pm on Wednesday, May 25, on-air and online. I just watched the trailer …

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RIHS Open House

(3.19) Join the Rhode Island Historical Society this Saturday, March 19, for the first of its Bicentennial Jubilees, featuring an 1822 open house at the Society’s Aldrich House headquarters. The program will begin at 1pm, with timed tickets offering entry each hour until 4pm. Program attendees will be treated to a variety of 1822-inspired presentations, …

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Must-See Installation At Bell Gallery

I wish everyone could watch this film, sitting alone in the empty gallery, as I did this afternoon. On the other hand, I want everyone in the state to go and experience this gorgeous and provocative animated painting. The exhibition runs through May 29. Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is mesmerizing. Projected across …

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‘The Gilded Age’ Starts Monday On HBO

It feels like yesterday that Julian Fellowes had his crew down in Newport for the filming of this new HBO series. The first local casting call went out in December of 2020 when they were in search of “bearded men with professional kitchen experience” among other types. The cast of ‘The Gilded Age’ includes Denée …

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‘Field’s Point’ Exhibit At Prov Public Library

Yeah, why are there so many forks in Narragansett Bay? The new exhibit at the Providence Public Library — “Filled In and Paved Over: Excavating the Layers of Field’s Point” — features fascinating artifacts and old photographs illuminating the evolution of this odd little point of land, originally an island. The point was named after …

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Moshassuck — Where The Moose Watered

Providence hasn’t fared too badly the past two days. Despite the shrill “flash flood warning” that blared from my phone at 2:35am, the remnants of Hurricane Ida did not unload on us the way it has elsewhere. The scope of this disaster (and all the others) will take months to assess . . . if …

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