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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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Haus Of Glitter Redeems Hopkins Legacy

The Esek Hopkins House on Admiral Street is undergoing a reimagining. Thanks to an artist-in-residency program created by the Providence Parks Department and the City’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the Haus of Glitter PVD is well into the second year of their historical intervention at this City-owned historic property. The Haus of Glitter …

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State Archives ‘Treasures Rediscovered’

The State Archives have moved to a new, drier building on Broad Street downtown. To celebrate the new location, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has scheduled a series of in-person events throughout the summer. The first event is an open house for an exhibit titled “Treasures Rediscovered,” which will be held this Thursday, June 3. …

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Doors Open ‘Fish Tornado’ At Dune Brothers

(5.15) Doors Open RI is back! Join them this Saturday as they launch their 2021 season of programming by celebrating one of the weirdest days in Providence history, the day it rained fish: . . . on May 15, 1900, in Providence. It was an unseasonably hot day when a gust of wind picked up, …

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