LAW AND ORDER PARTY
HOLIDAY GUIDE 2016
HOW THIS GUIDE WORKS Here are 96 things to do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, give or take. There’s a little bit of everything, including events that are tangential to the regular Law And Order Party newsletters, like craft fairs and sporting events.
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE TICKET PRICING?
All prices listed are for adults on the day of the event unless otherwise noted. If there’s no price listed then it’s free, just like with the weekly Law And Order Party newsletters. For spatial reasons, and to minimize any chance of error, discounted ticket prices weren’t included. Sometimes tickets are cheaper if you get them ahead of time, or if you’re a child, or if you’re a member of whatever organization is throwing the event. It can’t hurt to ask.
HOW DID YOU PICK THESE EVENTS?
Lots of research and also recommendations from Law And Order Party subscribers. Send any feedback and/or ideas for future events to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIS IS FAR TOO MANY EVENTS.
I know. If you’re really bothered, skip to the end for an easily digestible cheat sheet with one thing per day, in the regular Law And Order Party style.
Cover Photo via The British Library, from ‘Funny Books for Boys and Girls. Struwelpeter. Goodfor-nothing Boys and Girls. Troublesome Children. King Nutcracker and Poor Reinhold’ (1856)
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HOLIDAY GUIDE 2016 Matthew Lawrence www.lawandorder.party Instagram: @lawandorderparty Twitter: @lawandorderRI
CALENDAR December 3 - Krampusnacht December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day December 8 - Immaculate Conception December 12 - Eid Milad ul-Nabi December 21 - Winter Solstice December 23 - Festivus December 24 - Christmas Eve December 24 - Hanukkah Begins December 25 - Christmas December 26 - Kwanzaa Begins December 29 - New Moon December 31 - New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve January 1 - New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day
HOLIDAY PARTIES There’s an abundance of parties happening pretty much every single day in December, but here are some that might warrant your attention. The Dorrance turns five! The Germans are celebrating Krampus the anthropomorphic Christmas demon, and some enthusiastic folks who probably aren’t German are also celebrating Krampus! Headmaster and Recycle-A-Bike are throwing (separate) parties! Finally, a toy drive to benefit children impacted by HIV: you don’t have to be a hairy gay man to attend the Teddy Bear Ball at the Providence Eagle, but you should expect to see a lot of hairy gay men while you’re there.
11/26: The Dorrance Five Year Anniversary Party (9pm-1am) The Dorrance – 60 Dorrance Street, Providence 12/3: Krampus Walk (7pm) Prospect Park – 60 Congdon Street, Providence 12/3: Krampusnacht! (8:30pm-12:30am) German American Cultural Center Ratskeller 78 Carter Avenue, Pawtucket 12/6: Recycle A Bike Holiday Party (7-10pm) Easy Entertaining 166 Valley Street, Bldg. 10, Providence 12/9: Stephen Hogan’s Teddy Bear Ball and Toy Drive The Providence Eagle – 124 Snow Street, Providence $5 or free with an unwrapped toy 12/14: Headmaster Holiday Bowl (8-11pm) BreakTime Bowl & Bar – 999 Main Street, Pawtucket
SHOPPING Avoiding dumb chain stores has never been easier, with popup holiday markets happening just about every weekend. You can buy music – physical, recorded music! – at one of the dozen local shops celebrating Record Store Day, or you can buy from local artists at events like New Urban Arts’ Cardboard Pancakes Holiday Art Sale and Don’t Panic!, smartly priced items for the last-minute shopper at Yellow Peril Gallery. Of special note is the Full Moon Market organized by folks from the AS220 Printshop – that sale features work by “young and emerging queer, POC, women, and femme-identified artists, makers, business owners and witches.” If you do end up on Bald Hill Road, December 1 is World AIDS Day and Barnes & Noble is holding a book fair to benefit AIDS Care Ocean State. If you prefer local authors, 125 of them will appear at this year’s Rhode Island Author Expo in Pawtuxet. 11/25: Record Store Day (national) Armageddon Shop, Providence Kangaroo CD’s & Tapes, North Providence Looney Tunes, Wakefield In Your Ear, Warren Music Box, Newport Newbury Comics, Providence/Warwick/North Attleborough Olympic Records, Providence Sunset Records, Somerset Vinyl Guru, Newport What Cheer? Records & Vintage, Providence
11/26: Shop Small at Suite Tart Suite Tart – 150 Broadway, Providence 11/27: Chez Pascal Holiday Craft Show (11am-3pm) Chez Pascal – 960 Hope Street, Providence 12/1: World AIDS Day Bookfair and Day of Remembrance (9am-9pm) Barnes & Noble – 1350 Bald Hill Road, Warwick 12/3: Cardboard Pancakes Holiday Art Sale (10am-5pm) New Urban Arts – 705 Westminster Street, Providence 12/3: Marché de Noel (10am-2pm) French-American School – 75 John Street, Providence 12/3: Rhode Island Author Expo (11am-5pm) Rhodes on the Pawtuxet – 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston 12/3-12/4: Open Studios (11am-5pm) The Mill at Shady Lea – 215 Shady Lea Road, North Kingstown 12/4, 12/11, 12/18: Providence Flea Holiday Markets (10am-4pm) Hope High School – 324 Hope Street, Providence 12/9: Peace Club (7pm) The Wurks – 45 Acorn Street, Providence 12/14: Full Moon Market (6-9pm) Sutton Street, Providence 12/16-12/18: Thirsty Mill Craft Holiday Sale (Fri 6-10, Sat/Sun 12-5) 532 Kinsley Ave (Units 101 & 104), Providence 12/22: Don’t Panic! Yellow Peril Gallery – 60 Valley Street, Providence
CHRISTMAS If David Letterman’s cancellation left you worried that you’d never again hear Darlene Love singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, fret not! She’ll be at the Park Theatre on December 9th. That’s just one of the many Christmas events happening this month, from a big screen showing of A Christmas Story to the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. If Christmas lights are your thing, check out La Salette Shrine’s surreal display, which features over 100 nativity scenes from around the world as well as 300,000 lights.
A Christmas Story Living Literature is offering a two-person, 40 minute rendition of Jean Shepherd’s Duel in the snow, or Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid, the book on which A Christmas Story is based. It’s playing at four libraries in December: 12/8, 12/15: Westerly Public Library (7pm) 440 Broad Street, Westerly advance registration required 12/10: Rochambeau Library (2pm) 708 Hope Street, Providence 12/12: Rogers Free Library (7:30pm) 525 Hope Street, Bristol 12/17: Woonsocket Public Library (2pm) 303 Clinton Street, Woonsocket
now-1/1: La Salette Shrine Christmas Festival of Lights 947 Park Street, Attleboro 11/25: Newport Boat Parade (6pm) Newport Harbor 12/9: Darlene Love (7:30pm) Park Theatre – 848 Park Avenue, Cranston $35-$55 12/10: Handel’s Messiah (7pm) The Vets – 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence $32-$100 12/15-12/18: Christmas Village at Purple Cat Winery Purple Cat Winery – 11 Money Hill Road, Chepachet 12/16, 12/18: A Child’s Christmas In Wales First Unitarian Church (12/16) 1 Benevolent Street, Providence (8pm) Slater Mill (12/18) 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket (3pm) $30 12/17: Fiestas Navideñas Southside Cultural Center –393 Broad Street, Providence Free 12/22: A Christmas Story (7pm) Stadium Theatre – 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket Free 12/23: Judy Collins: The Holidays and Hits Show (8pm) Park Theatre – 848 Park Avenue, Cranston $35-$45 12/23: Christmas In Song (5pm) Ocean House – 1 Bluff Avenue, Westerly Free
Christmas offers a chance for choirs to shine (and pack seats). Newport’s Swanhurst Chorus is doing a traditional sing of Handel’s Messiah, while RPM Voices of Rhode Island is planning a more contemporary performance called Messiah Got Soul. The Rhode Island Civic Chorale is doing an English translation of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in both Providence and Newport. The Chorus of Westerly has their annual Christmas Pops performance, while the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus is doing their annual Naughty or Nice holiday show – proceeds from Friday’s performance will be donated to the Providence Animal Rescue League. 12/3: Messiah Got Soul (7pm) Beneficent Congregational Church 300 Weybosset Street, Providence $20 12/3-12/4: Jubilant Bach Christmas The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul – 30 Fenner Street, Providence (7:30pm Saturday) St. Joseph’s Church – 5 Mann Avenue, Newport (3pm Sunday) $30 12/8-12/11: Providence Gay Men’s Chorus Naughty or Nice Holiday Show (7pm Thurs-Sat, 4pm Sun) Beneficent Congregational Church 300 Weybosset Street, Providence $25 12/17: Swanhurst Chorus Messiah Sing (7pm) Emmanuel Church – 40 Dearborn Street, Newport $10 12/19: Chorus of Westerly Christmas Pops (4pm/6pm) George Kent Performance Hall – 119 High Street, Westerly $25-$70
A Christmas Carol is kind of the default festive thing to do in town, theatre-wise, but there are plenty of other options if you’re looking for something different and/or cheaper. West Warwick’s Daydream Theatre Company is doing something called Carol’s Christmas, while Westerly’s Granite Theatre is doing A Christmas Carol: The Musical. For shows that don’t have the words Christmas or Carol in the title, you can see The Edwards Twins doing their celebrity impersonator routine all over the place, from Bella’s of Burrillville to White’s of Westport. (They’re also doing four shows at the Newport Playhouse.) Meanwhile in Woonsocket, area drag legend Sabrina Blaze is Ringin’ In The New Year a little early with a mid-December show at the Stadium Theater.
now-12/31: A Christmas Carol Trinity Rep – 201 Washington Street, Providence $25-$100 11/25-12/23: A Christmas Carol: The Musical Granite Theatre – 1 Granite Street, Westerly $25 11/26-12/10: Carol’s Christmas Arctic Playhouse – 117 Washington Street, West Warwick $10 11/30-12/24: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Ocean State Theatre – 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick $39-$59 12/2-12/11: Christmas Spirit Barker Playhouse – 400 Benefit Street, Providence $25 guest tickets 12/2-12/24: An Evening With Donner and Blitzen Contemporary Theatre Company – 327 Main Street, Wakefield $25 12/5-12/6, 12/11-12/12: The Edwards Twins (6pm) Newport Playhouse – 102 Connell Highway, Newport $49.95 12/6-12/11: The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Providence Performing Arts Center 220 Weybosset Street, Providence $36-$83 12/8: Sweet Little Holiday Show (8:00pm) Aurora – 276 Westminster Street, Providence $7 12/14: Ringin’ In The New Year With Sabrina Blaze (7:30pm) Stadium Theater – 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket $21
It’s Christmas, which means that dance aficionados can see The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker, or The Nutcracker. The RI State Ballet is offering some counterprogramming with Twas The Night Before Christmas, while youth dance company Jump! is doing its annual production of Scenes From The Polar Express. For something different, see Coppelia at the Park Theatre. 11/29-12/1: The Newport Nutcracker Rosecliff – 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport $99 12/2-12/3: Coppelia (check times) Park Theatre – 848 Park Avenue, Cranston $25 12/5-12/6: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (7pm) Park Theatre – 848 Park Avenue, Cranston $28-$68 12/16, 12/18: Twas The Night Before Christmas Bishop McVinney Auditorium (12/16) 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence (7pm) The Prout School (12/18) 4640 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield (4pm) $30 12/16-12/18: Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker (times vary) Providence Performing Arts Center 220 Weybosset Street, Providence $23-$85 12/17-12/18: Scenes from The Polar Express (times vary) Nathan Bishop Middle School 101 Sessions Street, Providence $10
MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE THE YEAR IS OVER
1. The Handmaiden (through 11/27)
Erotic thriller from Korea based on Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith
2. Moonlight (out now)
Universally acclaimed drama about growing up in 1980s Miami
3. Arrival (out now)
The aliens have landed, but what do they want?
4. Edge of Seventeen (out now)
Hailee Steinfeld is just like a white-winged dove
5. Nocturnal Animals (December 9)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams star in Tom Ford’s thriller
6. La La Land (December 16)
An Old-timey musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
7. Passengers (December 23)
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, together at last, in space
8. Fences (December 25)
August Wilson’s Pulitzer winner stars Viola Davis and Denzel
9. Jackie (December)
Natalie Portman as Mrs. Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
10. Manchester by the Sea (Who can say?)
Third feature in sixteen years by reclusive Kenneth Lonerga
Nothing says festive like professional wrestling, apparently, so Thanksgiving weekend you can see the WWE Live Holiday Tour, featuring the most entertaining pro wrestlers of all, trombone-wielding unicorns The New Day. The following day, local wrestlers go at it in West Warwick. If wrestling’s not your thing, the month’s full of men’s and women’s college basketball and hockey. If you’re more of a doer than a viewer, there are easy, family-friendly hikes through East Providence and the Norman Bird Sanctuary, or if you’re really ambitious you can start 2017 by sailing away on the Block Island Ferry and then plunging into the sea, or else running a half marathon through Seekonk.
11/26: PC Men’s Hockey v. Colgate (7:05pm) Schneider Arena – 549 River Avenue, Providence $20 11/26: WWE Live Holiday Tour (7:30pm) Dunkin Donuts Center – 1 LaSalle Square, Providence $15 - $105 11/27: Wrestlution (5pm) XWA Event Center – 3 Bridal Avenue, West Warwick $25 11/29: Brown Women’s Hockey v. Merrimack (7pm) Meehan Auditorium – 225 Hope Street, Providence 11/30: PC Men’s Basketball v. University of New Hampshire (6pm) Dunkin Donuts Center – 1 LaSalle Square, Providence $12-$85 12/2: CES Boxing (7pm) Twin River Casino – 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln $46-$151 12/7: Owl Prowl (6:30-8pm) Norman Bird Sanctuary – 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown $12 (reservations required) 12/8: URI Women’s Basketball v. Michigan State (7pm) Ryan Center – 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston $10 12/11: Hike Historic Hunts Mills and Ten Mile River (1:30pm) John Hunt House – Hunts Mills Road, East Providence 12/11: Providence Bruins Toy Drive v. Hartford Wolf Pack (3:05pm) Dunkin Donuts Center – 1 LaSalle Square, Providence $15-$35 1/1: Block Island Polar Plunge (12pm) Fred Benson Town Beach 1/1: Chilly Willy 5K / Half Marathon (10am) Seekonk YMCA – 472 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk $20-$35
Borealis Coffee Roasters is located in Riverside right by Crescent Park, and they’re celebrating their newly opened space with an all-day Black Coffee Friday party. On Saturday, noted chef Dorie Greenspan heads to both Barrington Books locations to promote her new cookie cookbook. In December, you can visit the RI Community Food Bank for an open house/food drive – don’t forget to bring your non-perishable food items – while the following weekend you can celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market. On the 18th you can meet pretty much every local food artisan in the state (and stock up on last minute presents) at Hope & Main’s Meet Your Maker open house.
11/25: Black Coffee Friday (6am-7pm) Borealis Coffee Roasters 250 Bullocks Point Ave, Riverside 11/26: Dorie’s Cookies With Dorie Greenspan (3-5pm) Barrington Books Retold – Garden City Center, Cranston 12/3: Holiday Food Drive and Open House (9am-noon) RI Community Food Bank - 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence Free (but bring non-perishable food items) 12/10: 10th Anniversary Day (9am-1pm) Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket 12/18: Meet Your Maker (10am-2pm) Hope & Main – 691 Main Street, Warren
RESTAURANTS Gift certificates are a perfect way to get presents for challenging people – we have more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the country, so there’s something for every taste and price point. Here are the top 16 restaurants from the March Madness tournament that we threw last spring, as well as 8 others that have established themselves in the meantime.
Dollar signs taken from the internet: $:entrees under $10 $$:entrees $11-$30 $$$:entrees $30+
NEW-ISH (OR RELOCATED) PLACES Avvio (90 Hillside Road, Cranston) $$ * More Italian in the old Papa Razzi Machupicchu II (1366 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence) $$ * Peruvian take-out place grows into sitdown location Massimo (134 Atwells Avenue, Providence) $$ * Seasonal Italian in the old Mediterraneo Persimmon (99 Hope Street, Providence) $$$ * Award winner now located in the old Rue de L’Espoir The Slow Rhode (425 West Fountain Street, Providence) $$ * small plates, very homey Statesman Tavern (31 State Street, Bristol) $$ * from the owners of Chomp in Warren The Sumner Co. (76 1/2 Oak Street, Westerly) $ * casual seafood place run by actual fishermen Winner Winner (677 Thames Street, Newport) $ * BYOB sandwiches and comfort food
RESTAURANT MADNESS RESULTS WINNER:
Oberlin (186 Union Street, Providence) $$$
north (3 Luongo Square, Providence) $$
ROUND OF 4:
Chilangos (447 Manton Avenue, Providence) $$ Noodle Revolution (87 Oak Street, Westerly) $$
ROUND OF 8:
El Rancho Grande (311 Plainfield Street, Providence) $ Enoteca Umberto (256 Atwells Avenue, Providence) $$ nicks on broadway (500 Broadway, Providence) $$-$$$ Thai Star (1088 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence) $$
ROUND OF 16:
Al Forno (577 South Water Street, Providence) $$$ birch (200 Washington Street, Providence) $$$ Broadway Bistro (205 Broadway, Providence) $$ Ebisu (38 Pontiac Avenue, Providence) $$ El Paisa (598 Dexter Street, Central Falls) $$ Gracie’s (194 Washington Street, Providence) $$$ Julianna’s (553 Hartford Avenue, Providence) $$ Perro Salado (19 Charles Street, Newport) $$
Charitable events happen all year long, but year-end fundraisers tend to work well because a) people are in more of a giving spirit than usual, and b) people can write off their charitable donations. Depending on your own personal causes (and budgets), you can square dance to benefit the Tomorrow Fund, jump in the ocean to benefit Westerly’s W.A.R.M. Shelter, or buy art to benefit Save The Bay. There’s plenty of eating and drinking options, too, as well as ecoRI’s Regift Sale. The environmental news site wants you to show up with items you don’t want anymore, then pay what you can to take other people’s junk away.
11/26: 22nd Annual Country Dance Benefit The Tomorrow Fund / Children’s Wish Group of RI Mishnock Barn – 200 Mishnock Road, West Greenwich $15 11/30: Culinary Challenge (5:30-9pm) Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island Rhodes on the Pawtuxet – 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston $35 12/1: Artists for the Bay (6-8:30pm) Save The Bay Save The Bay Center – 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence $35 12/3: Delicious December Champagne Brunch We R Group Hug Shriner’s Imperial Room – 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston $40 12/4: ecoRI Regift Sale and Fundraiser (2-5pm) ecoRI news Wild Colonial Tavern – 250 South Water Street, Providence 12/9: COAAST Anniversary Gala COAAST (Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together) The Towers – 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett $62.50-$75 12/10: SantaCon Newport (12pm-???) Toys For Tots starts at Washington Park – Thames Street and Broadway, Newport 1/1: Freezin’ For A Reason Polar Plunge (12pm) W.A.R.M Shelter The Andrea Hotel – 89 Misquamicut Beach $25
Rhode Island is full of historical properties and most of them deck their halls for Christmas, though for the most part their original occupants stayed far, far away from frosty Rhode Island in the winter. The Newport mansions have dozens of trimmed trees between them, while Doris Duke’s mansion Rough Point is “UnDecked” as a nod to the fact that the heiress spent all her winters in Hawaii. Weekend afternoons at Blithewold come with seasonally appropriate chamber music, while the Lippitt House Museum has afternoon teas each Sunday.
now-1/2: Christmas at the Newport Mansions (check newportmansions.org for times) The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House (11/19-1/2) Rosecliff (12/4-1/2) $15.99-$20.99 each 11/26-1/1: Music In The Living Room (Saturdays & Sundays 3-4pm) Blithewold – 101 Ferry Road, Bristol $12 11/27-12/18: Holiday Afternoon Tea (1pm/4pm) Lippitt House Museum – 199 Hope Street, Providence $45-$65 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/27: UnDecked Halls (10am-3pm) Rough Point – 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport $10 12/10: Christmas With The Whitehornes (10am-2pm) Samuel Whitehorne Museum 416 Thames Street, Newport $8
A CHEAT SHEET FOR WHAT TO DO 11/25: Black Coffee Friday Borealis Coffee Roasters, East Providence 11/26: PC Men’s Hockey Schneider Auditorium, Providence 11/27: Wrestlution XMA Event Center, West Warwick 11/28: Christmas at the Newport Mansions The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Newport 11/29: Brown Women’s Hockey Meehan Auditorium, Providence 11/30: Culinary Challenget Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, Cranston 12/1: Artists For The Bay Save The Bay, Providence 12/2: Coppelia Park Theatre, Cranston 12/3: Krampusnacht! German American Cultural Center, Pawtucket 12/4: Jubilant Bach St. Joseph’s Church, Newport
A CHEAT SHEET FOR WHAT TO DO 12/5: Moscow Ballet Nutcracker Park Theatre, Cranston 12/6: Recycle-A-Bike Holiday Party Easy Entertaining, Providence 12/7: Owl Prowl Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown 12/8: Sweet Little Holiday Show Aurora, Providence 12/9: Darlene Love Park Theatre, Cranston 12/10: SantaCon Newport 12/11: Hunts Mills Hike Hunts Mills, East Providence 12/12: 2016 Christmas Festival of Lights La Salette Shrine, Attleboro 12/13: Collect Them All Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence 12/14: Headmaster Holiday Party BreakTime Bowl & Bar, Pawtucket 12/15: Purple Cat Christmas Village Purple Cat Vineyard, Chepachet 12/16: A Child’s Christmas In Wales First Unitarian Church, Providence 12/17: Fiestas Navideñas Southside Cultural Center, Providence 12/18: Meet Your Maker Hope and Main, Warren
Arctic Snow In Newport Harbor, 12 Below Zero (1957) Via Providence Public Library Digital Collections (provlibdigital.org)
NON-HOLIDAY DANCE PARTIES