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Contents June 2013

This Month 15 Fun in the Sun Our guide to getting the most out of summer in the city

23 A Taxing Situation East Siders keep getting hit in the wallet

24 Unleashing Imagination One mom’s unique path to writing children’s books

27 Celebrate History Providence Preservation Society’s annual tour of historic homes

Every Month 4 Letters/Editorial 6 Other Side 9 Community News

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Author and photographer Rachel Hulin with her son Henry

36 Dining Guide

47 Calendar

41 Art

54 East of Elmgrove

Your resource for eating out

All the info on June happenings

A plea for our community parks

Photography: Amy Amerantes

Capturing nature on a canvas

33 Movies

Capsule reviews of the latest cinematic openings

35 On the Menu

Take a dip into olive oil and its accoutrements

42 Finance

Learning what advice to trust

45 Education

On the Cover: WaterFire is back

How learning at different paces can help to ensure success

for another illuminating season.

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Publishers Barry Fain Richard Fleischer John Howell Publishing Director Jeanette St. Pierre

A Taxing Situation The City’s finances were an absolute disgrace when Mayor Angel Taveras entered office. He called it a Category 5 Hurricane and in reality it was much worse. Acting deftly, but with a gun loaded with bankruptcy to his head, Taveras scraped together union concessions, pension concessions and large increases in the PILOT program from the colleges and universities. Union leaders and college negotiators had been to this rodeo before. They were fully cognizant that they held all of the cards and even the ‘bankruptcy card’ they saw as a bluff. They all put up a good front and eventually made enough concessions to give the City a badly needed revenue stream to survive another day but left taxpayers a future bill. The union concessions were back-

loaded and the colleges and universities got everything that they had coveted for years. This year, the unions got their backloaded increases, which works out to 3% of the 6% tax increase in the mayor’s budget, and non-union employees were given the same raise. Freezing the commercial rate, which is already one of the highest in the country, adds the other 3%. One budget item that we would cut is the $4,500,000 contribution to the rainy day fund. We understand the value of this fund, but taxing homeowners’ savings for the city’s rainy day account is not a solution. Another problem was the revaluation process. The administration hired a brand new firm, with no experience in the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

Managing Editor Barry Fain

According to numerous sources, many of the numbers on the East Side  were “backed into” and, while many valuations decrease, the reality is a 13–25% increase for East Siders. To their credit, both Ward 1 Councilman Seth Yurdin and Ward 2 Councilman Sam Zurier have been keeping their constituents well informed and have said that they will vote against this budget while working to come up with alternatives. Whether they can get the votes is another story. We think that Angel has done a good job as mayor, and believe that the city will be better served if he passes on a gubernatorial run this year, brings in some real financial heavyweights and makes sure that the financial storm clouds that are still out there are controlled.

City Editor Steve Triedman Executive Editor Julie Tremaine Associate Editor Grace Lentini Special Projects Manager John Taraborelli Digital Manager Samantha Pezza Art Director Karli Hendrickson Assistant Art Director Meghan H. Follett Advertising Design Director Layheang Meas Graphic Designers Veatsna Sok Account Managers Louann DiMuccio-Darwich, Ann Gallagher, Nicole Greenspun, Kristine Mangan, Dan Schwartz, Elizabeth Riel, Chelsea Sherman, Kimberly Tingle, Jessica Webb

Letters Giving Thanks To the Editor: On behalf of the Hope Street Merchants Association, I’d like to express our deepest gratitude to East Side Monthly and Michael Clark for your article “Hope Springs Eternal.” The warm spotlight you laid down on our little business district in the last issue was an incredible measure of recognition for a street that has come a long way in the past decade. And as we near the end of a very invasive public works project on the heels of a global recession our resilient community of world class restaurants, bakeries, eclectic boutiques and shops has continued to thrive. The reason is simple. For several years now, merchants and consumers alike have trumpeted the importance of buying local. There are numerous studies demonstrating the positive economic and cultural impact

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of supporting this country’s small, locally-owned businesses, but the buy local process shouldn’t stop there. It’s important for our businesses to give back to their customers by developing and improving the neighborhoods we share with them. As a microcosm, I like to think Hope Street truly represents this symbiotic relationship between merchant and consumer in its most cogent form. From a vastly improved streetscape to fun and engaging community events, the value of dollars locally spent always seems to be on display. The “Shop Local” movement is perhaps an unspoken contract between neighbors to work for a greater good, to keep our towns and cities decidedly unique, not just free of the corporately constipated big box stores, but creative and interesting as a reflection of the people who call it home. We’ve

never planted trees or made bike racks just because it’s good for business; we’ve done what we could because Providence is your city and ours and together we owe it to her. Just as we owe it to our bay and ocean to grin and bear a little roadwork in an effort to keep them cleaner and unpolluted. We thank you for supporting your local businesses while our pants are metaphorically ankled by roadwork and construction. Pretty soon we’ll be buttoned back up and really looking our finest. I mean, it’s Rhode Island, we’re all pretty accustomed to a little road work, right? It’s just that if we’re complaining about that, then it’s probably been a slow day in politics or the Red Sox are winning. Asher Schofield Co-owner, Frog and Toad President, Hope Street Merchants Association

Contributing Writers Bob Cipriano, Michael Clark, Mary K. Connor, Jill Davidson, Mike Fink, Don Fowler, David Goldstein, Betsey Purinton, Dale Rappaneau, Elizabeth Rau, Dan Schwartz, Erin Swanson Interns Brianna Blank, Jacleen Charbonneau, Caley MacDonald, Courtney Melo, Lauren Tait, Sarah Frazier Contributing Photographers Amy Amerantes, Katie Poor, Dan Schwartz Contributing Illustrators Ashley MacLure, Maret Paetznick, Jessica Pollak

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The new Gourmet Heaven on Meeting Street

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Gourmet Heaven, a new grocery store and deli, has opened at 205 Meeting Street in the space formerly occupied by Cosa Nostra and, before that, Via Via Pizzeria. This is the chain’s fourth location, having made a splash two years ago when it opened Downtown’s only grocery store. (The two other locations are in New Haven.) Gourmet Heaven sells groceries, but also has an extensive prepared foods section and salad bar, and will be open 24/7. It’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood – especially the inviting patio with plenty of shady tables for a summer lunch before the students return. www.gourmetheaven.com

A Fond Farewell

With good news comes bad news. After 28 years in business, Details is closing its doors at 277 Thayer Street. The jewelry and accessory store was opened by Kathy Levitt, who has been running the store in recent years with

her daughter Mimi Walantis. “It’s been 28 great years,” Kathy says. “I have some mixed feelings about missing my customers, but it’s time to have some time for me and for the grandchildren. It’s time to relax.” The store’s inventory is on 30% off clearance through the end of May, and the last day of business is June 1. “I’ve had a very successful, very great 28 years,” Kathy says. We wish her a happy retirement. www. facebook.com/details.providence

See How the Other Half Lives

The other half of town, that is. The Providence Foundation is hosting its annual Downtown Living Tour on June 22. Participants will check in as AS220 before traveling via shuttle (or, if the weather is nice, by foot) to The 903, Avalon at Center Place, The Promenade, Regency Plaza, The Residences, Waterplace and Westminster Lofts. Proceeds from the tour will go to benefit the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s cultural programs. For

Brown, upon celebrating their 245th Commencement on May 26, will be conferring six honorary degrees.  One of them, a Doctor of Fine Arts, will be going to Ben Affleck, who recently directed the film Argo. The 40-yearold has had quite the career.  From the humble beginning of Good Will Hunting, we have seen this thespian blossom into the director that he is today.  He will be accepting this award during commencement and we are all eagerly waiting and hoping to get a glimpse of this Hollywood star.  Hopefully Mr. Affleck will enjoy our little city as much as we have enjoyed watching him grow over the years.

Oh Behave

The Williams Street Neighborhood Association has had enough of the unruly Brown off-campus living situation.  They feel so strongly about this issue that they have started a petition that can be signed online. The goal is to encourage Brown University to be more proactive about preparing students for living in a community surrounded by residents who are not students. To learn more or to sign the petition visit: www.ipetitions.com/petition/improving-the-community

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Fox Point by John Rousseau Fox Point Neighborhood Association Phone Number: 270-7121 Website: www.fpna.net Email: fpna@cox.net Mailing Address: P.O. Box 603177, Providence, RI 02906 Events This Month: FPNA will hold its Monthly Board Meeting June 17 in the Community Room at the Vartan Gregorian Bath House Library, 455 Wickenden Street. Petition Against Power Lines Hits Goal At press time - early May, over 525 persons have signed a petition from the Friends of India Point Park, FIPP, that calls for the burial of waterfront power lines - meeting a prior goal of 500 signatures. Since that goal has been achieved, FIPP Co-Chair David Riley has set a new goal of 1,000 signatures for the on-line petition that can be accessed at www.friendsofindiapointpark.org or www.facebook. com/FriendsOfIndiaPointPark. Signing the petition will “let our political leadership know that it is time for action to complete this project,” At least $17.5 million, or 90% of the funds, have been raised and dedicated from federal, state, regional and ratepayer sources for the project. Riley said. “If not used for burial, most of the funds will dissipate with no comparable, large scale benefit for the region,” Riley said. “It’s a situation of use it or lose it.” FPNA also has called on Mayor Angel Taveras to provide the necessary political leadership that would finally bury the lines, which pass overhead above three parks in Providence and East Providence. In a March letter, FPNA Interim Vice President Daisy Schnepel asked the Mayor for action on the issue to help the enhance the marketability of Providence’s emerging waterfront. Fox Point Tour Welcomes New Director In April, FPNA’s Board of Directors welcomed Rubén Flores-Marzán, Providence’s new Planning & Urban Development Director, with a tour of the city’s

oldest neighborhood. The tour was a way to reach out to the new director by showing him the local scene from the viewpoint of its residents and merchants, according to Arria Bilodeau, Head of the Bay Gateway Committee Co-Chair and FPNA Advisory Board Member. “We wanted to share the highlights of our part of the city—as well as the initiatives that have been in the works, and our hopes for the future,” she explained. Bilodeau, who initiated and conducted the tour, divided the neighborhood into different sections, each with historical points of interests and future challenges. (If you would like a pdf of the driving tour’s map with directions to points of interest, contact fpna@cox. net.) Some of those areas include the Mile of History along Benefit Street, College Hill Historic District, Wickenden and Ives retail districts and the developing greenway and bike path system in Fox Point - the Providence Riverfront, India Point Park, Washington Bridge Bike Path and Gano Park with its proposed Blackstone Bike Path and future boat launch. Flores-Marzán, who previously served as the State Planning Director for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is responsible for the City’s medium- and long-range development strategies on issues ranging from economic growth to historic preservation. Other tour participants included Jason Martin, Preservation Planner for the City of Providence; Harry Adler, FPNA member and owner of Adler’s Hardware; Daisy Schnepel, FPNA interim vice president; David Riley, Head of the Bay Gateway Committee Co-Chair & Friends of India Point Park Co-Chair; John Rousseau, FPNA Executive Secretary and Paul Carter, FPNA Board Member.

Blackstone Parks by Jane Peterson Blackstone Parks Phone Number: 270-3014 Website: www.blackstoneparksconservancy.org Mailing Address: P.O. Box 603141, Providence 02906 Half Empty or Half Full? Speaking at the Blackstone Parks Conservancy’s annual meeting at Lippitt

House April 2, architectural historian Mack Woodward urged the audience to “think of what this little park is to mean to people a few years from now.” Woodward, a longtime resident of Providence, had just made his first visit to the Blackstone Park Conservation District overlooking the Seekonk River and called it “one of the most remarkable parcels of unspoiled property” he had ever seen. Sometimes trying to protect a scrap of relatively unspoiled land in a city a rarity in Providence - can seem like tilting at windmills. People talk of decline in the environmental movement since the euphoria of the 70s, and to be sure the environment has taken a lot of blows. Yet at the 10th Land and Water Conservation Summit in March at the University of Rhode Island (URI), the mood was ebullient, noting not just setbacks but successes. Is the glass half empty or half full? Few would disagree that human beings continue to harm nature. Even though many more people today understand the consequences of that interference, too many feel somehow immune. Protecting our natural environment falls low on the list of priorities for public funds nowadays, and many environmentalists feel discouraged. Everyone from the Providence Parks Department to the Rhode Island Audubon Society to the Conservancy is struggling to do more with less. Yet in Rhode Island, as Department of Environmental Management (DEM) director Janet Coit noted at the Summit, there is a lot of support, even in the city, for environmental stewardship. And doing more with less is not entirely a bad thing. Everyone can think of environmental projects flush with funds ten or 20 years ago that failed because of incomplete knowledge or inadequate planning or insufficient maintenance. The dredging of York Pond in the early 2000s is one such project. Mistakes offer valuable lessons and environmentalists are quick learners. No one funds expensive “end-of-pipe” projects like York Pond anymore. The 12- to 14-year-olds in the Audubon Urban Naturalist program at Nathan Bishop, who have lessons in the Park nearly every week, learn that what happens upstream matters downstream even more than we knew. Today, the Conservancy is working with local experts to craft a study of its 380-acre watershed. A watershed study won’t remove

the sand that piles up in the pond year after year. But a study, and more community involvement, could point the way to less pollution and a healthier wetland. Eventually it might result in less sand and salt on the streets in winter and make a difference in other watersheds and other communities as well. Even when the odds seem daunting, environmentalists are far from ready to give up. Take the challenge of vandalism in the south section of the Conservation District, for example, where a phantom pruner has been whacking away at bull briar on the edge of Hockey Pond, destroying habitat and clearing trails, causing more erosion, perhaps without realizing the harm he is causing. When the Conservancy asked Lt. John Ryan of Police District 9 to look at the damage, he didn’t need lengthy explanations to be convinced of habitat’s importance. He studied natural resources at URI and he already knows that woodlands enhance public health and welfare in important ways. He says you can do whatever you do to earn a living and still have a positive impact on the environment. Improving public safety is one way of contributing. The environmental movement now is focused on facts and priorities more than ever, and this is reflected in the young people who are showing up to volunteer at the Conservancy. They are savvy, realistic and eager to learn. They may work for a bank or a computer company, and their skills enhance their potential contribution to environmental protection. For months the Education Committee boned up on the secrets of the woodland, and on Earth day they led the first of many trail walks. Programs for exploration and play are being designed for families and children of all ages. Thinking about “what this little park is to mean to people years from now” is what motivates the Conservancy to challenge ignorance about the Conservation District. We invite everyone who never walked there to visit. June is the month when mountain laurel blooms set the hills aglow. Is the glass half empty or half full? As more people join us to work toward healthy urban green space for all, the more full it looks. Events Miriam Hospital is underwriting four concerts at the Trolley Shelter this June 2013 East Side Monthly

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Summit by Kerry Kohring Summit Neighborhood Association Phone Number: 489-7078 Website: www.SummitNeighbors.org Email: sna@sna.providence.ri.us Mailing Address: SNA, PO Box 41092, Providence, RI 02940 First SNA Easter Egg Hunt Attracts More Than 100 Kids to Lippitt Park On the Saturday morning before Easter, more than 100 neighborhood youngsters fanned out in Lippitt Park to hunt for eggs. In a first-time venture for the Summit Neighborhood Association, a total of about 2,000 plastic Easter eggs were scattered in three zones – marked off by yellow tape – for children to search and crack open eggs with prizes ranging from jellybeans and candy to gift certificates for local merchants. There was a section for toddlers up to two years old (where the eggs didn’t contain anything so there would be no choking hazards), one for kids two to four years old and one for those older than four. Special eggs had tickets inside that were redeemed at the registration table near the park’s fountain for larger gifts and the certificates from Three Sisters, Frog & Toad, Kreatelier and Creatoyvity. A total of 134 children were registered, beginning at 8:30am for the hunt that began at 10am. Each child got a green admission wrist bracelet, some of which were presented by Cara Jayne Lustig, Miss Rhode Island United States 2013, wearing her badge of office, a jeweled tiara. As the finders of the special eggs were turning in the tickets for their prizes, Mayor Angel Taveras arrived to congratulate the participants and mingle with his constituents. Food trucks parked along the adjacent streets offered the opportunity for lunch in the park. Event organizers acknowledged some difficulties with the process and encourage neighborhood residents to make suggestions on the SNA listserv about how to do it better next year. New Trees Planted on Hope and North Main There are now dozens of new trees

along Hope and North Main streets – thanks to cooperative efforts by the city Department of Parks and Recreation and Summit neighbors. On April 8, city crews cut eight new tree pits through the sidewalks along Hope Street and put in new soil. Then they added the trees, including four in front of the Rochambeau Library branch. The site selection was done in cooperation with the Hope Street Merchants Association. Then, on April 13, city crews again delivered trees, but this time along North Main Street to a collection of about 20 neighborhood volunteers, including members of SNA, who dug the holes, planted the trees and spread the mulch. A total of 25 trees were put in, including some on streets intersecting North Main. When the planting was finished, Whole Foods Market provided goody bags for the workers. The effort was supervised by City Forester Douglas Still and coordinated by George Harvey of Groundwork Providence. It was part of the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (PNPP), a street-tree planting partnership of the Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Tree Endowment, the city and its residents. Board Votes to Hold Music Festival At its regular meeting April 22, the SNA Board of Directors voted to move forward with plans for its annual August music festival despite the loss of city financial support. Providence has contributed about $3,000 each year to the popular feature, but said this year that the money should go to some other event in the city. SNA therefore decided to seek sponsorship from community businesses or philanthropists. In past years, the music festival has attracted hundreds of people to Lippitt Park to hear four or five bands (this year’s have not yet been selected) playing from an elevated stage, which the city may still provide. Potential sponsors or interested parties are encouraged to contact SNA President Dean Weinberg at the numbers above. Residents Invited to Directors Meetings The board convenes at 7pm on the third Monday of every month in the cafeteria of Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave. The meetings are open and neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend. Minutes of all board meetings are posted on the SNA web site under “Meetings and Agendas.”

Brown Street Park by Wendy Nilsson Friends of Brown Street Park Phone Number: 454-8712 Website: www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org Email: wendy@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org Mailing Address: 30 Pratt Street, Providence, RI 02906 Events this Month The summer fitness schedule is available online at our website. Check out Stroller fit, yoga, Hybrid training, Crossfit, Street Workout, Parkour and more. Also, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 6th Annual Celebrate Providence Neighborhood Performing Arts Series on Wednesday nights this summer July 10 & 24 and August 7 & 21 from 5:30-7:30pm. All Children’s theater at St. Andrew will be back for their 3rd annual performance, Friday, August 9 at 1pm, show to be announced. The Providence Athenaeum will be bringing story hours to the park. Please check out the Athenaeum website for details. Providenceathenaeum.org This year, Brown Street Park will be participating in Playful Providence. More details available at providenceparks.org Please contact wendy@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org to find out how you can donate or get involved in Brown Street Park or visit www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org. Check the website for cancellations and updates for classes and events.

Wayland Square by David Kolsky Neighborhood Discussion Group at Books on the Square Website: groups.yahoo.com/group/ waylandsquare Monthly Meetings Wednesday, May 22 and Wednesday, June 26 , at 7pm, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street at Elmgrove, next to CVS. Free and open to all.


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Commercial Changes Little new that I’ve noticed (although I’m not the best-informed or most observant). On May 1, Femme Fatale spa moved into the former Jacqueline Philip salon next to Red Stripe restaurant, vacating their old location on the ground floor of Wayland Manor (although Citrón, another spa, still occupies the neighboring space.) On the other side of Red Stripe, the former site of Gabrielle fashions was still empty as I write this in early May. More Local News Check our Yahoo! Group’s public message board (above) to stay abreast of current local events and issues. Or join the group to receive regular announcements by e-mail, including select notices of neighborhood meetings, civic affairs and cultural events.

College Hill by Allison Spooner College Hill Neighborhood Association Phone Number: 633-5230 Website: www.collegehillna.com Email: chna@collegehillna.com Mailing Address: CHNA, P.O. Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906 Tax increase for East Side The East Side is looking at property tax bills increasing by at least 5-10% for single-family residences due to the budget and the citywide revaluation. Councilman Sam Zurier spoke with the City Solicitor and inquired as to whether there could be a tax abatement levied to provide relief, but it appears that state law would need to be revised to provide that authorization for the Tax Assessor. CHNA’s responds by stating that we are strongly opposed to the disproportionate tax increase, and if changes need to be made at a state level, then measures need to be taken to make those changes, to provide relief to tax payers. We will continue to monitor the progress of the City Council in this matter. CHNA Summer Social Event Be on the lookout for details about our upcoming summer event! We are targeting South Main Street as our venue destination this time around. More information will be forthcoming in CHNA e-news as well as on our website at www.collegehillna.com.

The Providence Grays Vintage Baseball CHNA is pleased to sponsor the Grays in their playoff game with the Whately Pioneers out of MA currently scheduled for Saturday July 13 at the Hope High baseball field. Since 1998, the Providence Grays Vintage Base Ball Club has revived Providence’s history as a major league city.   From 1878 to 1885, the original Providence Grays played at a state of the art facility at the Messer Street Grounds in the Armory District, winning the National League pennant in 1879 and 1884, and defeating the American Association’s New York Metropolitans in 1884 to become baseball’s first World Champions. Today’s Grays play competitive games using accurate period uniforms, equipment and rules against teams from across the Northeast.   Their website is at http://providencegrays.org. Reporting Crime There are times that we all forget to lock our cars at night. If you find that your car has been rifled through without anything of value taken, it is still important to report the incident to the Providence Police Department. It will help the police be aware of crime activity in our area. To report a crime, please call the non-emergency number at either 272-3121 or 272-1111. If you have questions about filing a report, you may contact the Records Office at 243-6416. Join CHNA A reminder to members to renew your CHNA membership – new members are welcome as well! Annual dues have changed slightly to $20 per year for an individual membership or $35 per year for a family. To join (or renew), visit our website, www.collegehillna.com and click “Join CHNA.” Checks may be made out to CHNA Attn: Treasurer, PO Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906. Be sure to include your email and mailing address. Councilman Sam Zurier Weekly Updates Sign up to receive informative weekly letters from Ward 2 Councilman Sam Zurier. Visit his website, www. samzurier.com, to subscribe. More on the CHNA Website Visit www.collegehillna.com for additional updates on special use permits, crime activity, local resources, events and neighborhood activities.

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Festivals & Events Wherefore art thou? Throw on ye pantaloons and get thyself to the Roger Williams National Memorial this summer for The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre. Bring your blankets and beach chairs or come early to snag one of the coveted picnic tables – this annual production tends to draw quite a crowd. June 1-16: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is magical, comical and enchanting play with three interlocking parts, connected by the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. When you combine a forest full of fairies, the darkly powerful king Oberon, a mischievous elfin named Puck and a vial of love potion, what could go wrong? Free. Thur-Sun 8pm. 282 North Main Street, Providence. 331-6118.

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here’s always something exciting going on at Kennedy Plaza. First up is Day of Portugal, which – despite its name – actually takes place over the course of two days. This family-friendly festival is free to the public. June 8 – 36th Annual Day of Portugal Celebration: Head downtown for traditional folkloric music and dance along with crafts, live entertainment and food. Come early and come hungry – Portuguese steak and chips wait for no man. Be sure to buy a ticket to the mega raffle too – prizes include a Hyundai Sonata, $3,000 cash and two airline tickets to Portugal! Call to purchase yours in advance. Free. 6-11pm. Bank of America City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence. 618335-6519, www.dayofportugal.org. June 9 – Portuguese Heritage Parade and Festival: The party continues on Sunday with opening ceremonies

at noon at the RI State House terrace with a parade to step off around 1pm. It will travel east on Smith, right on Canal and right again on Steeple to the Bank of America City Center where the festival continues. Comedy troupe The Portuguese Kids hits the stage at 8pm. Be there. Free. 12-9pm. Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, Providence. 618-335-6519, www.dayofportugal.org.

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he Department of Art, Culture and Tourism schedules free events throughout this summer to ensure that residents and visitors take advantage of the long days and warm nights. From Fourth of July celebrations to visual art programs in our neighborhood parks, the city will be abuzz with energy. July 1-Aug 31 – The Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative: From music and dance to Opera In the Park, this initiative is an annual arts series that encourages artists and Providence non-profits to work together to create public programming for the diverse neighborhoods in our city. Go online for a complete listing of events. www. providenceri.com/artculturetourism. July 4 – The BankRI Independence Day Celebration: Make your way to India Point Park at 7:30pm for a patriotic concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The celebration comes to a climactic end at 9:15pm with a dramatic 25-minute firework display set to music. Mayor Angel Taveras says, “I look forward to seeing everyone at India Point Park for a patriotic performance from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops and Rhode Island’s most exciting fireworks display.” Free. 7:30-9:40pm. Access the park via the

The RI Philharmonic performing at the Bank RI Independence Day Celebration at India Point Park

India Point walking bridge located at East and Wickenden Streets. 680-5770, www. providenceri.com/artculturetourism. August 10 & 11 – Bolivian Festival: This two-day event will feature a feast for the eyes as over 400 dancers, outfitted in colorful, folkloric costumes from Bolivia, will shimmy and shake their way into the heart of the city. Enjoy traditional Bolivian cuisine and learn a bit about the unique Latino culture at this family-friendly celebration. The weekend is being organized by the Rhode Island Bolivian-American Association, a nonprofit that’s committed to charitable activities in the community. Free. 12-9pm Sat; 2-6pm Sun. Bank of America City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence. www.ribaa.org. August 17 – Peace and Providence: This family-friendly festival features yummy food, live music and free games for kids of all ages. Bring the brood for

face painting, magic shows, cartoon characters and back to school supply giveaways. For those who like to give back while having fun, the Rhode Island Blood Center will be in attendance, conducting a blood drive. Come on down and let peace in. Free. 11am-9pm. Bank of America City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence. www.providenceri. com/artculturetourism.

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Outdoor Entertainment been around for decades. “His music is so intricate and exciting – you just can’t sit still,” she says. Kathy and a co-worker have selected six fabulous bands to perform for the 2013 season. June 27 – The American Band: This symphonic concert band comprises over 50 musicians and has a long history extending back to 1837. Expect traditional works as well as popular marches and songs. July 11 – Carlos de Leon Latin Jazz Band: Carlos is a Latin jazz master, trumpet player and vocalist. He and his orchestra have perfected a unique sound that incorporates salsa, merengue and other Latin music. July 18 – Atwater-Donnelly Band: This highly acclaimed husband and wife duo strums traditional American folk and dance music that appeals to all ages. July 25 – Swings ’n Strings with Al Basile: Singer/songwriter Al Basile is a master cornet player who brings a bit of 1960s Memphis to the East Side of Providence with his mellow brass styling’s. August 1 – Magnolia: Magnolia has been delighting the crowds with its high-energy Cajun music since 1989. The band consists of twin fiddles, an accordion, guitar, bass and rich vocals. August 8 – Pendragon: Embracing Celtic-inspired music, Pendragon performs roots music with a contemporary

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edge. The band is currently celebrating its 30th year. Feel free to bring a picnic and some chairs or to purchase food on site and have a seat in the grass. As Kathy says, “It’s fun, it’s relaxing, it’s a beautiful location. It’s all the best things about summer on the East Side.” $10 non-members; free for members and children under 12. 6:30pm. 52 Power Street, Providence. 331-8575 x133, www.rihs.org.

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or the fourth year in a row, the City of Providence is partnering with WBRU to bring some of the hottest bands from around the country to Waterplace Park. Head downtown on Friday nights this summer for the 95.5 WBRU Summer Concert Series. Every show is all ages and family friendly – just don’t expect mellow sounds. According to Program Director Wendell Clough, bands have been chosen to jump start the summer weekends. “I have been fortunate to have Mayor Angel Taveras and Lynne McCormack support the types of artists that WBRU can bring in,” Wendell says. “The stage at Waterplace Park sets a perfect backdrop for Friday nights.” Here he describes the lineup: June 7 – New Politics: “A European Import from Denmark, supporting their second release on RCA records, featuring the single ‘Harlem.’ New Politics have played the market four or five times before, but this is the first free show.” June 14 – Torn Shorts: “Torn Shorts, from Barrington, stormed the stage at the Met in April, and rode off with the winner’s crown in the 2013 WBRU Rock Hunt.” June 21 – 1975: “The band is from Manchester, U.K. and was an eye opener at SXSW in Austin.” 

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June 28  – The Neighbourhood: “The Neighbourhood hit the top 10 on the

national alternative chart the first week of April with their single ‘Sweater Weather.’ The band of tattooed teens and 20-somethings from Los Angeles made their Providence debut at The Met in January.” July 5 – The Mowgli’s: “The Mowgli’s also hail from Los Angeles, even as their top 20 single is called ‘San Francisco.’” July 12  – Cold War Kids: “Cold War Kids is easily the biggest name on the slate this year. Having released four albums in nine years, the band has enjoyed five American Alternative Top 40 hits.” Free. 7:30pm. Waterplace Park, Providence.

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Photo: (L) Michael Christofaro (R) Stewart Martin Photography

What is an urbanite to do when his dreams of summer include lounging in the grass with a frosty drink in hand? Thanks to the Rhode Island Historical Society, there’s a cheaper option than booking a trip to Nantucket. In fact, their Concerts Under the Elms (held on the lawn of the John Brown House) are open to the public for just $10. Granny Squibb’s iced teas are available for purchase, along with food and treats from City Gyro and the Cupcakerie. Director of Development and Public Relations, Kathy Klees Clarendon, describes the series with excitement. “The concert series is in its 17th year and honestly it’s magical,” she says. “The lawn takes up a city block. People bring their chairs, their wine… Some show up early to claim their spots and have their dinner. As the night goes on the sun sets, and you can see the city in the background.” “A ton of families come and it’s wonderful to watch the little tiny children dancing out in front of the stage. Even my 13-year-old son has been caught dancing to Duke Robillard, and you know what teenagers can be like!” she says with a laugh. The audience ranges from tots to seniors; since the venue is outdoors, the music never gets too loud for sensitive ears. Kathy says that they have several crowd favorites that come back every year. “Duke [Robillard] is one of them,” she explains, “but this year he’s not going to be able to be with us because he’s gone out on tour with Bob Dylan!” Kathy’s favorite performer has been Carlos de Leon, a Latin jazz artist who has


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recently seen the Providence Alternative Market set up shop in the neighborhood, a welcome addition to North Main Street. Started by Jacob Brier, Dani Sahner Brier, Richard Suls and Rachael McCaskill, the market brings together local farmers, food producers, artists and area residents. The word “alternative” simply signifies a market option that is an alternative to big chain grocery stores. The market has close to 20 vendors ranging from meat and poultry to herbs and flowers, with food trucks on site as well. “We’ll be providing regular workshops through a partnership with the Summit Neighborhood Association and with other local groups,” Jacob says. “We’ve been in touch with a new pedi-cab company, Sol Chariots, to transport customers between [farmers market] venues. It will help ensure that market-goers head home with the products for which they came looking.” The historic site provides for a spacious market with parking for 85 cars, plus plenty of on-street parking in the neighborhood. “And speaking of the neighborhood,” he says, “we’re proudly working with the newlyformed North Main Street Merchants

Association to help enhance the reputation of the area.” Make it a point to check out this unique market. Sat 10am-2pm. Miriam Hospital Arena Lot, 1111 North Main Street, Providence. www.provaltmarket.com.

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he Hope Street Farmers Market sets up shop in Lippitt Park every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. The Hope Street Farmers Market Association is a cooperative that - according to President Diana Kushner is the biggest summer farmers market in the state with over 40 vendors. “We are a farmer/vendor run organization,” she says. “As a small business association, we choose to grow slowly and steadily.” Since moving from Hope High School to Lippitt Park in 2009, the market has added about five new vendors per year. For 2013, India, Tallulah’s Taco’s and PVD Pudding Pops will be permanent members of the Saturday market and Great Harvest Bakery will be coming to the Wednesday market. “The park, with its beautifully restored fountain, playground, many giant shade trees and vast lawns, is a beautiful place to be. To that end, we always have a band playing under the trees where families can picnic and toddlers can

The Downtown Farmers Market is on Tuesday in Kennedy Plaza

dance.” Adding to the fun this summer is the Providence Artisans Market, which will take place on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. “The East Side is filled with people who just love good food. Luckily we have many of the best farmers and food artisans in the state!” Diana exclaims. “Our customers are fantastic… We couldn’t ask for a better and more supportive community. We just ask our customers to bear with us through the construction that will be happening on Hope Street this summer. We will be there no matter what!” Wed 3-6pm; Sat 9am-1pm. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope Street, Providence. www.farmfresh.org.

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ver on the West Side, the Armory Farmers Market attracts foodies to its Cranston Armory site each Thursday afternoon. Since the market stays open until 7pm, lots of folks swing through on their way home from the office to pick up some weekly groceries, enjoy some live music, meet up with neighbors or simply indulge in an after-work treat. Always happy to satiate a sweet tooth, PVD Pudding Pops owner Valeria Khislavsky and her portable bike cart will be fixtures at both the Armory Market and the Hope Street Market this summer. Val’s refreshing pops are made with Rhody Fresh milk and cream plus other local ingredients like coffee from New Harvest Coffee, blueberries and strawberries from Schartner Farms and peppermint from Vella Gardens. “I carry four to six different flavors at a time. Too many flavors leads to customer indecision!” she says with a laugh. “There’s been talk of making a flavor wheel so that those who truly can’t decide can spin to choose a flavor, but that’s admittedly a little on the backburner.  For the moment, a coin flip usually does the trick.” Thur 3:30-7pm. Parade Street and Hudson Street, Providence. www.farmfresh.org.

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Downtown Farmers market: Opens June 4. Tue 3pm-6pm. Kennedy Plaza, Washington Street, Providence. www.farmfresh.org.

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Neutaconkanut hill Farmers market: Open July 8. Mon 3-6pm. Neutaconkanut Park, Plainfield Street, Providence. www.farmfresh.org.

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Broad street Farmers market: Opens July 6. Sat 8:30am-12pm. Algonquin House, 807 Broad Street, Providence. www.farmfresh.org.


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but taxes will increase by 18.59%. In the College Hill neighborhood, average single-family home values decreased by 4% but taxes will increase by 16.63%. Word is that the mayor is trying to fast track the budget through the council this month for approval and get bills out to help the city’s cash flow. We spoke with four city councilmen, Seth Yurdin from Ward 1 (Fox Point and College Hill), Sam Zurier from Ward 2 (Blackstone, Wayland and College Hill), John Igliozzi from Ward 7 (Silver Lake and Hartford) and Luis Aponte from Ward 10 (Lower South Providence and Washington Park) and they all have very serious concerns about the tax increase. Igliozzi, as a former chairman of the City Council Finance Committee, has concerns about the mayor’s budget and has been besieged by constituents who received tax increases of up to 25%. “The housing market is unstable and shifting the burden to the residential market will make an already volatile situation much worse,” he explains. “We need to find some better alternatives.” The other issues are that the budget calls for an increase in $4,000,000 in excise taxes and $5,000,000 in increased aid from the state. (Governor Chafee’s budget calls for around $2,300,000 to the city.) Igliozzi’s simple solution is to identify $6,000,000 in savings, which would offset the increase. “I’m still trying to sort out the budget, but my early thoughts are that the council can still preserve most of the

mayor’s objectives but find enough savings to eliminate the tax increase. If we eliminate the $4,500,000 rainy day fund contribution, not that it’s not important, it’s just the wrong time, don’t refurbish the Emergency Management building for $300,000 and eliminate new proposed positions and the non union 3% raises for $1,000,000 we’re there.” Luis Aponte echoed Igliozzi’s thoughts but in much stronger language. “Every part of the city is affected, but the big difference is that if you live on the East Side or Mt. Pleasant, you are probably in a better position to sell at a loss and move out of the city.” “The City must increase its tax base and our only real growth has been in scrap and surface parking. There is no economic development plan, no vision and no direction and we are not expanding the city’s tax base. We had a real opportunity with the colleges and universities to make real structural changes and we blew it. Period.” He points to the Baltimore agreement which was far larger over a shorter period frontloaded to create long-term stability. Yurdin and Zurier are far more diplomatic as their Op-Ed reflects, but both recognize the tremendous strain on taxpayers. Both have said that the current budget at a rate of $19.50 is unacceptable and will work diligently to try to come up with a better solution. The bottom line is that the City must expand the commercial base without further increasing the residential tax burden, because the reality is that taxes never go down.

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Rachel Hulin and her husband, David Hirschman, were just getting acquainted with their baby - a brighteyed, flaxen-haired little guy named Henry - when they discovered he had certain magical powers. Unlike many young parents, they saw Henry’s charms garner national attention when, after one fortuitous bath-time play session, Hulin went scrambling for her camera. It seemed her sixmonth-old son had taken to taking to the skies - Henry, like most of his peers (and the no longer young, reaching out for this greatness only in their sleep), enjoyed flying. “David would hold him above his head at bath time, and he would giggle. I have a picture of that - the first time he flew. It just seemed graphically interesting. And so then I had a few of those pictures, and decided to see what would happen if I just took David out,” says Hulin, an East Side photographer and children’s book author. Of course, little master Hirschman can’t really fly, but looking at Hulin’s collected photographs of her son’s adventures, now available in hardcover as Flying Henry ($12.95, powerHouse Books), one wouldn’t

necessarily be so sure about that. Although Henry finds himself in fantastical aerial situations (the journey is scripted in playful text by his mother, and oh, the places he goes) - wearing a cape in a sunny wheat field, gliding down a haunting hallway, checking out the pumpkins at Roger Williams Park, or alighting over the verdant piles of topiary in an iconic Newport garden - the photographs all have an undeniable naturalism. It seems as if Henry learned to fly the way other tots learned they could sit up, crawl and walk. Hulin used a simple Photoshop excision trick to give Henry his wings, but it was this bent towards naturalism that she strove to showcase throughout the project. Indeed, it’s something that sets her work worlds away from gimmicky imitators. “There’s no green screen, no changing shadows,” she confirms. “He’s really ‘flying’ right there in the picture, in those environments.” Hulin says that 20 pictures made their way into the book, but there were about 40 scenarios she tested in the beginning. If a picture didn’t look natural enough, she’d scrap it and start again, letting her adorable

muse be her guide. Which is not to say that the pictures are mundane, or even expected - in Flying Henry, the enchanted and the everyday seem to easily co-exist. In one picture - Hulin’s favorite - Henry returns to bath time, hanging suspended, specter-like in a fog under a rainfall faucet. He looks undeniably otherworldly, a friendly ghost. “Even bathing became more fun,” reads the accompanying text. “When he was around a year old, he would strike these crazy poses that were very graceful,” says Hulin, noting that a squirmy toddler can make for a somewhat unruly model, still. “But you sort of never knew what you were going to get.” For the world at large, Henry’s escapades were a splendid surprise. It was not long after Hulin started to post the finished products on her Facebook page that one of her friends, the photo editor for Time, saw them and proposed doing a small story on the photos. “Everybody got wind of them after that,” says Hulin, who was featured on Oprah.com and The Today Show, among other hot spots, soon paving the way for a book deal. “Who doesn’t love a flying baby?” For his part, Henry isn’t phased by

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the attention. But Hulin has been pleasantly surprised by how other kids have reacted to her son’s adventures. She initially conceived of the project as a children’s book that parents would be able to enjoy. She reported that one of the things she’s been happiest about in the wake of publication has been hearing how much delight it brings not only the parents, but their aspiring flying toddlers, who are now frequently requesting the book at bedtime. “There’s something really pure about that,” she said. Among other projects she’s juggling - Hulin continues to take commissions for editorial work in New England, including the occasional wedding - she’s in the midst of returning to telling tales from behind the lens. This time, the subject is her eight-year-old niece Susannah, an intense, enchanting brunette with a clear sense of humor offsetting her self-possession. The project, which plays with invisibility, is in its early stages. Early shots have seen Susannah hiding in bathtubs, or making a mockery of her mother’s make-up drawer, falling asleep in a naughty pile of used-up lipstick and tangled pearls. “This comes from the NPR story I heard asking whether you’d rather fly or have the ability to be invisible. I think I’d rather fly,” she admits. While Hulin’s resume boasts big names (for big people) such as Rolling Stone, Radar and Martha Stewart Living among others, she said she enjoys her unexpected and serendipitous involvement in children’s books. When she began her work, she saw a dearth of photography in such projects, citing such likely causes as production

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Spotlight

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Marc Allen Fine Clothiers has a large selection of high quality clothing and accessories where you will find a thoughtful Father’s Day gift (and you can skip the tie). Owner Marc Streisand and his chief of staff Jim Fortier have some good suggestions to get you going: “We have brought in some very comfortable lounge wear: short sleeves with matching drawstring bottoms,” Marc explains. “The nice thing is you can go from the house to the grocery store, because it doesn’t look like traditional lounge wear.” These clothes are made by Derek Rose, the company that produces robes and pajamas for the British Royal Family: Dad can indeed feel like a king. Or you can present him with beachwear of enzyme washed linen shorts and tops. These are of Italian-made soft linen, which breathes well and don’t wrinkle very much. Marc and Jim also worked with an Italian designer to create a super comfortable tee shirt. “It’s made out of beautiful Pima cotton and has some nice stretch to it,” Marc says. These shirts work great as outerwear or underneath a sports jacket. Marc Allen carries some exclusive French cologne made by Histories de Parfums. The three scents showcased are 1725, 1828 and 1969, and Marc mentions that he is among three or four places in the entire country that carries this line. “It really lasts,” Marc adds. “It is a distinct and memorable fragrance.” The store has also brought in some really colorful hosiery, in vibrant shades like lime green, bright orange and purple. “This spring is all about pastels,” Marc says. “We matched a lot of our accessories with our clothing.” The store offers playful colored belts and distinctive cufflinks and sunglasses. Marc Allen also carries a huge selection of bow ties, which are very trendy right now, especially after the opening of the Dandy men’s fashion exhibit at RISD. Marc Allen also has some eye-catching time pieces with colorful dials made by House of Horology. Head over and talk to Marc or Jim, and they will help you select a Father’s Day gift that’s just right.

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Spotlight

by Dan Schwartz

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Aidile’s Day Spa Now offering the Blow Out Bar

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the red bridge and into the private parking lot of Aidile’s Day Spa is all it takes to receive the best in salon services for men and women. Owner Aidile Ferro is celebrating 16 years in business, and she’s added a lot of special services. “I’m so excited to introduce the Blow Out Bar,” she says. “You can come in all day, with no appointment needed.” She explains that your head-turning results will be smooth, silky and bouncy – not that straight flat iron look. “Your hair will look gorgeous!” Aidile exclaims. The Blow Out Bar includes protein hydration and gloss treatments, and is perfect for a woman on-the-go because it takes just minutes. We are entering wedding season and Aidile’s thrives on taking care of the entire bridal party. The crew here are all fully trained and certified for handling intricate up-dos, and beyond that they have a warm demeanor and listen closely. “The work is flawless and their personalities are wonderful,” Aidile mentions. “It makes it easier for guests to be comfortable and enjoy the service.” The salon is open seven days a week, so the staff can accommodate for any special occasion. Men are certainly not left out of the picture, especially on Thursdays, when Aidile’s offers one of the best deals in town: $10 haircuts and $5 eyebrow details. The Mad Men/Justin Timberlake/Sinatra look is in fashion, so you can let the stylists at Aidile’s show you a few things about how to sport that classically sharp look. Aidile says, “It’s a clean cut, well-puttogether, product-in-the-hair kind of style. I think it’s great.” Manicure and pedicure services are picking up as summer approaches. Note that the salon has specials on Wednesdays, with $25 haircuts and $25 spa manicure/pedicure combos. “And it’s for all our guests,” Aidile says. Walk-ins are always welcome, or you can call for an appointment. So take the drive over to East Providence and let Aidile’s Day Spa give you those head-turning results!

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Movies

by Bob Cipriano

Return of the Sequels Iron Man 3, The Company You Keep, The Big Wedding A legitimate question about all three of these movies is, “Should we go through all this again?” Two “No’s” and a “Sure, why not,” follow. The third time is relatively charmless for the Iron Man franchise. It’s not that Iron Man 3 isn’t any good — it delivers an exciting digitally credible plot (given its superhero origins), the always-welcome Robert Downey, Jr. and a villainous upgrade with the great Ben Kingsley. It’s just that the franchise is old now. New director Shane Black (Jon Favreau directed the first two) has ratcheted up the violence, though not enough to threaten his PG-13 rating, pushed the terrorism envelope with a bin Laden stand-in (Kingsley), and brought in good actors like Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall for additional support. The acting tricks work. But as good as Kingsley and Pearce are, it’s still Downey’s show. And even he can’t breathe new life into Tony Stark. His jokes, poses and flirtations have become routine. Reacting to them feels Pavlovian now. It’s like getting hungry during a McDonald’s commercial, or smirking along with Bruce Willis in Die Hard 5. Predictable brands are routinely consumed. And if you look a little deeper, past the fast food nature of this product, beyond the terrorist explosions that blow up things like American landmarks, beyond the televised execution that takes place and all the American soldiers in evidence, you might find yourself questioning Hollywood’s

The Company You Keep

exploitation of global terrorism as a cheap plot device. It’s all supposed to be pure escapism, of course, but tossing in terror without examination, then dismissing it because there’s a guy in a metal suit who can bust heads and make jokes simultaneously may be a little too coldly manipulative even for Hollywood escapism. If we are to consume empty calories at the multiplex, we have to be able to keep them down later when we open a newspaper. How about Iron Man defeating Scrap Iron Man, or Blotto, next time? The Company You Keep, Robert Redford’s return to some directorial respectability, carts out a bunch of ‘70s acting icons, all associated with the political left back in the day, to play Weather Underground fugitives, hiding under false identities for the last 30 years. Susan Sarandon gives herself up in the opening scenes for her part in a robbery that went bad 30 years before, bringing murder charges against everyone involved. Her decision and her interview with a hotshot local reporter (Shia LaBeouf) gets everybody moving. Redford, an aging Albany lawyer with a young daughter, hightails it west, managing to pass his child over to younger brother Chris Cooper in a tricky exchange. Julie Christie, still active in the fight against corporate greed and government indifference, leaves Sam Elliot in Big Sur and heads east. Reporter LaBeouf and top cop Terrance Howard pursue Redford as he seeks aid and shelter from Nick Nolte,

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Richard Jenkins and others in the underground network that still exists in the shadows of American society. If the action in this intriguing mix isn’t exactly fast, that’s because none of the players are anymore, except for the unprincipled reporter LaBeouf. But that’s one of the film’s points: the people you care about here don’t have steady legs to stand on, literally or figuratively, as the fire of American counter-culture activism has dimmed severely over the years. What the film lacks in excitement, it mostly makes up for in plot twists, as the story of ‘what really happened that day’ slowly becomes apparent. And the acting is solid, as you might expect. When conversations get political, they carry enough weight to put muscle in the film’s stance. But unfortunately The Company You Keep turns conventional, becoming something of a coming of age story for LaBeouf, with a sappy ending that comes close to betraying the political commitment Redford so clearly admires. If Redford and screenwriter Len Dobbs had shifted focus to Julie Christie once she shows up (she’s the most interesting character in the film) The Company You Keep could have gained dramatic momentum and, possibly, built to a conclusion that made sense. (For dramatic energy and courage, the 1988 film, Running On Empty does a much better job covering aging activists on the lam.) Still, Redford manages to invoke

enough memories, connections, tenderness and rage to make The Company You Keep worth viewing. If it breaks no new ground, it at least effectively recalls a distinctive time and suggests it isn’t just ancient history. The Big Wedding answers the longsimmering question of just how long it’s amusing to listen to aging actors talk dirty and engage in loud sex. It isn’t anymore. Honest. Watching Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon embarrass themselves with low rent dialogue, absurd situations and cardboard characterizations is disheartening, especially after De Niro’s fine, subtle work in last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, and the tragic nobility Sarandon brings to her character in The Company You Keep. The television sitcom plot (De Niro and Keaton are divorced, but have to pretend they’re still married to fool the deeply religious birth mother of their adopted son at his wedding) is based on a 2006 French-Swiss farce (Mon Frère Se Marie). The French do this sort of thing much better. For that matter, Jerry Lewis did it better. This mess might have worked if it weren’t staged as a series of hit or miss comic set pieces that register like extended TV commercials, with only dubious vulgarity to rely on for punch lines. Robert, Susan, Diane, all of you… come on. If your Oscars were renewable, they could be revoked for this drivel. June 2013 East Side Monthly

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THANK YOU T O T HE 2 012-2 013

YOUNG LEADERS CIRCLE STEERING COMMIT TEE

We thank YOU for making an impact in R.I. Since June 2012, the steering committee has: • Volunteered over 350 hours • Hosted 15 events • Increased membership by 30% to 900 members YLC 2012/2013 STEERING COMMITTEE: Meghan Grady, Chair Kevin McGovern, Vice Chair Eydee Colome, Give Chair Crystal Guibeau, Advocate Chair Alyssa Whorf, Volunteerism Chair Ashley Gingerella O’Shea, Professional Development Chair

Brian Angell Chris Fiecoat Eric Hall, Esq. Tim Harrigan Heather Heddleson Patrick Johnson Dennis Leamy Ainsley Morisseau-Cantoral Claire Phipps Randy Rosenthal

United Way of Rhode Island Young Leaders Circle (YLC) consists of volunteers in their 20s, 30s and 40s. YLC provides volunteer and professional development opportunities and works in collaboration with other young professional groups in the community.

Membership is free so join today! Contact Amanda Heinsen at 401.444.0622 or amanda.heinsen@uwri.org www.LIVEUNITEDri.org/ylc

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On the Menu

by John Taraborelli

Knowledge On Tap

Photography: Katie Poor

A new foodie hangout in Wayland Square The Olive Tap (485 Angell St.) is the second gourmet olive oil shop to open on the East Side in the past year, but it isn’t so much a specialty store as it is a neighborhood resource for enthusiastic foodies. The Wayland Square shop is the eighth location for the Illinois-based chain, and the first in the northeast, but this is no corporate operation. It’s a locally owned franchise run by proprietor Greg Holtkamp, who informs me that he’s there “every day, open to close.” One of the neighbors who quickly took notice is renowned chef Jaime D’Oliveira – formerly of Red Stripe and Mills Tavern, among other restaurants – who quickly went from customer to part of the team. He prepares food for Friday evening tastings, tastes and advises on new products and even works the sales floor. “I don’t even have a title for him,” notes Holtkamp. “I wouldn’t call him a consultant – I would call him a food coach.” Every Friday from 6-8pm, Holtkamp and D’Oliveira riff on a theme, with the chef devising a menu that spotlights the store’s bounty. Some themes have included New Orleans, Portuguese food and Cinco de Mayo, and each dish incorporates at least one of the store’s products, like the cornbread made with jalapeno infused oil served on the New Orleans menu. These events not only allow customers to sample some really great food for free, but also to get ideas and advice for using products with which they might not be familiar. “The biggest question we get from people is, ‘What do I do with this stuff?’” says Holtkamp. The tastings help answer that question. In addition to those events, Holtkamp has tried to make the store a neighborhood resource in a number of ways. He stocks local products like Venda Ravioli, Buono’s Bakery, Aquidneck Honey and Laurent Vals Handcrafted Chocolates. He even uses the shop’s walls as an art gallery, displaying local artists for two month cycles and selling their wares without

The Olive Tap recently opened in Wayland Square

taking a commission, a program that is already booked through the end of the year and has a waiting list. And by the time you read this, D’Oliveira will have started hosting Saturday cooking classes in-store (pre-registration required). Plus, you can always just stop in to browse around and taste some really great oils and vinegars. For more information on tastings, classes and products, visit www.theolivetap.com, or find “The Olive Tap Providence” on Facebook. Saúde! The latest food truck to hit the streets is Portu-Galo. As the name implies, it serves “Portuguese sandwiches and small bites.” Proprietor and JWU alum Levi Bettencourt Medina is serving up classic Portuguese sandwiches on locally made bread, including Bifana (pork loin with garlic and spices), Prego No Pão (steak topped with a pan-fried egg) and spicy Piri Piri Chicken. Small bites include Iberian style Batatas Bravas (potatoes with garlic aioli and spicy bravas sauce) and Chouriço Empanadas. They’ve been making the usual East Side-centric rounds, but, as always, the best way to find them is to follow them on Facebook (facebook.com/PortugueseTruck) or Twitter (@PORTU_GALO).

dOwn On The Farm Pasture to Plate is a new certified mobile kitchen offering dinners and food workshops at local farms. Director Margiana Peterson-Rockney has spent the past four years developing and managing Rosaharn Farm CSA in Rehoboth, an outgrowth of her family’s dairy goat farm of the same name. The first two events are coming up this month: On June 16, there will be a Father’s Day brunch at Rosaharn Farm, with seatings at 10am and noon; and on June 30 there will be a multicourse farm dinner at Little Compton’s Wishing Stone Farm, with seatings at 5:15 and 7pm. To learn more and reserve a spot, go to www.pasturetoplatekitchen.com or call 330-7153. welcOme TO TOwn mile & a Quarter (334 S. Water St.) has a new chef. Executive Chef Jose Franco moved to Rhode Island from his home in Los Angeles (his wife is a native Rhode Islander) to take over the riverfront restaurant. Before this, he ran several restaurants in and around LA, where he cooked for a number of celebs, including catering the wedding of Jack Nicholson’s daughter. Look for him to begin revising the menu at Mile & a Quarter over the summer, incorporating more local and seasonal foods. June 2013 East Side Monthly

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Dining Guide

Br brunch B breakfast L lunch D dinner $ under 10 $$ 10-20 $$$ 20+

for a quick, delicious and affordable meal. They serve wholesome veggie, falafel and salmon burgers too. LD $ BLAZE 776 Hope Street; 277-2529. Opened in 2005, this fun and friendly neighborhood establishment plays host to a unique bistro style of cuisine. There’s a variety of foods and flavors including Portobello Penne Pink Vodka or the Jamaican Jerk Chicken. LD $-$$ CHEZ pASCAL 960 Hope Street; 4214422. Chef Matt Gennuso’s East Side kitchen offers French food with a modern twist. Try the Bistro Menu (Tue-Thur), which features three courses for $35 per person. Delicieux! D $-$$$ GOUrMEt HOUSE 787 Hope Street; 831-3400. Beautiful murals and décor set the mood for delicious Cambodian and Southeast Asian cuisine, spicy curries and noodle dishes. The tamarind duck is a must. LD $-$$

INDIA

1060 Hope Street; 421-2600. India maintains its traditional flavors and dishes while also serving up some local favorites. Try their Spicy Steamed Mussels followed by Lamb Chop Kabobs for a well-rounded experience. BrLD $-$$

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CAV 14 Imperial Place; 751-9164. The New York Times’ choice as one of Providence’s five best restaurants, CAV’s award-winning cuisine is available for lunch and dinner daily. They also feature Saturday/Sunday brunch. BrLD $$-$$$

HArUkI EASt 172 Wayland Avenue; 223-0332. The chefs behind this sushi bar provide a minimalist, upscale, comfortable dining experience. Try the toro ankimo – fatty tuna and monkfish liver paté with eggplant tempura, served with a black bean sauce. LD $-$$$

HEMENWAY’S 121 South Main Street; 351-8570. A true Providence classic, Hemenway’s has been serving topnotch seafood for 20 years. Their oyster bar features everything from the famed Prince Edward Island varieties to the local favorite Poppasquash Point. LD $$-$$$

LIM’S 18 S. Angell Street; 401-383-8830. Dive into the unique combination of Lim’s fine Thai cuisine and sushi served in an intimate and modern setting. LD $$

JACkY’S WAtErpLACE 200 Exchange Street; 383-5000. Experience sushi, Chinese and Japanese food, noodles and much more in a stunning atmosphere, right in the heart of Waterplace Park. Sip an exotic drink while taking in the spectacular view. LD $-$$$ MILLS tAVErN 101 North Main Street; 272-3331. The only restaurant in RI to receive the Mobil Four Star Award for five consecutive years, Mills Tavern provides traditional American cuisine in a warm, friendly setting. D $$-$$$

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rED StrIpE 465 Angell Street; 4376950. Red Stripe serves classic comfort food with a French influence. Their food is reasonably priced and made with passion. LD $$-$$$ WAtErMAN GrILLE 4 Richmond Square; 521-9229. With its covered outdoor seating overlooking the Seekonk River, Waterman Grille offers seasonally inspired new American fare in a comfortable setting. BrD $$-$$$

kArtABAr 284 Thayer Street; 3318111. This European-style restaurant and lounge offers a full menu of unique dishes with Mediterranean flair and eclectic flavors. They also offer a top-notch wine list and martini menu. LD $-$$ kItCHEN BAr 771 Hope Street; 3314100. Offering contemporary comfort cuisine in an elegant setting, Kitchen Bar features daily specials and take-out. Try their Clams Zuppa or Coriander Encrusted Flat Iron Steak or have the kids order from the kid’s menu. LD $-$$ NICE SLICE 267 Thayer Street; 4536423. Hip and healthy are the best descriptions of this pizza place. It’s whole wheat, New York-style pizza with plenty of choices for toppings, including vegan and vegetarian options. LD $ rUE DE L’ESpOIr 99 Hope Street; 7518890. In business for over 30 years, the Rue has only gotten better. Beautifully prepared with the freshest ingredients, the innovative, constantly changing menu keeps diners on their toes. Check out their superb brunch. BBrLD $$-$$$

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tOrtILLA FLAtS 355 Hope Street; 751-6777. A fixture on the Providence restaurant and bar scene, this spot serves up fresh Mexican, Cajun and Southwestern food, along with top-notch margaritas and ice-cold cervezas. LD $-$

BEttEr BUrGEr COMpANY 217 Thayer Street; 228-7373. With Angus beef burgers that are juicy and tasty, this casual spot is a no brainer for anyone looking

WUrSt kItCHEN At CHEZ pASCAL. 960 Hope Street; 421-4422. Come have lunch or dinner at the Wurst Kitchen, a small open kitchen located in Chez

Pascal, featuring house made sausages, cured meats and more. Lunch is served Tuesday thru Saturday, 11:30am-2:30pm and dinner also Tuesday thru Saturday, 5:30-9:30pm. LD $-$$

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The ALIVE Academy

In Oil The art of capturing nature on a canvas Walking up Thomas Street from North Main, I noticed that the front door of The Providence Art Club’s Deacon Taylor House was ajar, a bright “Open” flag waving gently at its side to call curious passersby in. Once inside the yellow colonial, I spotted Sandra DeSano Pezzullo standing at an easel, spreading paint from a brush onto an oversized canvas. After greeting me warmly and offering me something to drink, Sandra turns back to the landscape. “This is the part of the painting that’s the hardest,” she says. “It’s almost done but not quite. It still needs something.” Deftly applying more layers of paint, she steps back to examine the piece. “I like the way this is changing,” she says. “Sometimes you look more than you paint.” The studio is warm and inviting, with various paintings displayed about the room. They’re all for sale, except for the ones on easels – works in progress – and the stunning rendition of Walker Farm for which she won first place in a big national contest. The regal purples contrast with vivid lime greens, a pastoral feast for the eyes. It won in the oil category at The National Show at Cape Cod Art Association. In a huge framed piece that’s hung on one wall, I notice a small black dog painted onto a wooded path. “That’s my dog, Madison!” Sandra says excitedly. “This path is in DeSano Woods. It was my family’s property before they donated it to the town of Barrington.” The artist’s love for all nature is displayed in her various landscapes. Whenever she hikes or skis, she always stops to take photos so she can later paint the scenery. “I just love oil,” she says, spreading paint once again with her brush. “It’s all I’ve ever used really. Well, I dabbled in watercolors, but once

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was enough!” After attending a certificate program in decorative art at RISD, Sandra began work painting furniture and murals. “I enjoyed it but it didn’t have the freedom that this does. Plus, I got tired of carrying ladders and paint into people’s houses,” she says with a laugh. She returned to the canvas and never looked back, moving into her current space in 2006. “Most of my real learning has been done here at The Art Club,” she says. “The people who teach here are great and I pick up little bits and pieces here and there. I did that especially when my children were growing up – I’d get in whatever I could whenever I could.” These days Sandra comes into her studio every day to paint. Her hours are by appointment or by chance. “I

love this studio and I love the East Side,” she says passionately. “I love when people see the open door and just wander in off the street. There’s such a great community of artists here too – I’ll run across the hall and drag Joan [McConaghy] in to ask, ‘What do you think of this?’” To get a look at Sandra’s magnificent landscapes, simply pop in on a nice day, give her a call or catch her on a Gallery Night – she’s one of the participating artists. Currently, she and Joan are preparing for an exhibition in the Art Club’s Maxwell Mays Gallery that will begin with an opening reception from 2-4pm on June 30. Come out to see two of the East Side’s best. 9 Thomas Street, Providence. 578-0808, www.desanostudio.blogspot.com.

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East Side Monthly June 2013

I often get asked, “What should I read and follow if I want to teach myself about investing?” Unfortunately, there is not one magic book or website that is readable, succinct and unbiased. You need a number of sources and a certain amount of time, but understanding finance doesn’t need to be all consuming. Let’s start with the sources. Given the plethora of choices, it is hard to know what’s reliable and what is not. Back in March three people sent me the same article and asked for my input. The article, widely circulated on the Internet, predicted up to a 90% drop in the stock market based on the selling patterns of a few famous people. The message dripped of fear and inaccuracy, but it was also compelling. My response was “First check the source.” The article contained a thinly veiled plug for subscription and book sales. “Go no further,” I advised. Sensationalism combined with a product pitch should be avoided. While I can’t vouch for everything I see in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Times, CBS Marketwatch, or Yahoo Finance, well established newspapers, magazines and websites often have a vetting process for what they include and are a pretty safe bet to read on a regular basis. They give you a broad range of subject matter, which can appeal to your interests and mood. If you are focused on an individual author, look at accountability. Anyone can have an opinion. Does the person simply feel self-important or does that person practice what they preach by having responsibility for decisions that can impact the investing lives of others? Sources associated with good academic or research institutions are also usually dependable. Another common problem with financial commentary: you’re being drawn repeatedly to the same point of view. If you are a pessimist, you may only read those who have a bleak outlook. Conversely, people rooting for rallies can almost always find someone who has a bullish perspective.

That doesn’t mean you can’t have your favorite columnists, strategists and bloggers – just mix them up a bit. Fund houses add a layer of accountability and some diversification of perspective. For instance, I listen to David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist of JP Morgan, when I want a clear explanation of conditions impacting the markets. Mr. Kelly tends towards the positive, although he routinely references risk. On the other hand, I also follow bond fund manager Bill Gross, Managing Director and Co-CIO of PIMCO, who can be more cautious in his view on the economy. When read together, these strategists and others can offer an overall balanced outlook. For the more dedicated investor, there are a number of informative financial bloggers who draw from a range of resources. Although bloggers deserve a bit more screening to weed out the fringe writers, they can provide in-depth insights and add flavor to your reading. Some better known websites include: The Big Picture, Bespoke Investment Group Think B.I.G., Mauldin Economics, and The

Reformed Broker. The key to understanding investing is to try out a number of reliable sources and follow them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Mix and match and repeat often for the greatest effect. Although you may want to be an omnivore of the investing world, you should keep your doses of investing information digestible. Financial language is complicated and sometimes intimidating. It is all too easy to get discouraged. Your goal for self-education should be, as one acquaintance aptly put it, “to move towards clarity.” It’s an ongoing process. Betsey Purinton, CFP® is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at StrategicPoint Investment Advisors in Providence and East Greenwich. You can e-mail her at bpurinton@ strategicpoint.com. The information contained in this report is not intended as investment, tax or legal advice. StrategicPoint Investment Advisors assumes no responsibility for any action or inaction resulting from the contents herein.


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confident learner emerge. He had a deadline that, as a deadline does for so many of us, served as an impetus, but the learning experience was structured so that he could find his own way to that deadline. Third, he shared his learning publicly. A mediocre demonstration of learning, let alone failure, was not an option. The rabbis at Emanu-El held the bar high, supporting our son to meet rigorous standards that all members of the congregation understood and supported. Evidence of his learning wasn’t reduced to an abstract letter grade or test score. The bar mitzvah experience has altered our relationship with our son as a learner, and it has changed his own sense of his abilities. Ideally, all learners should have the opportunity for this kind of experience – not necessarily in a religious setting, of course - of learning with their families, having sufficient time to proceed at their own pace and sharing their accomplishments publicly and with celebration. Jill Davidson can be reached at whathappenedatschool@gmail.com or her blog, providenceschools.blogspot.com

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DON’T MISS THIS MONTH: 10 events at the top of our list

Manton Avenue Project Gala. June 3 at Fête Music in Providence. www.mantonavenueproject.org

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Ultimate Lighthouse Tour. June 15, departing from the Save the Bay Center in Providence. www.savebay.org

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New Politics. June 7 at Waterplace Park in Providence. www.wbru.com

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Providence Alternative Market. June 1-29 at The Miriam Hospital Arena Lot in Providence. www.provaltmarket.com

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ARENA & CLUB AS220 June 1: Irish Traditional Music. June 8: Irish Traditional Music. June 9: Songwriters in the Round. June 12: Torche. June 14: Milkbread with Zumo Kollie. June 15: Vudu Sister, Pixels, Divey and Haunt the House. June 22: Irish Traditional Music. June 23: Vio/Mire with Laughing Eye Weeping Eye. June 29: Irish Traditional Music. June 30: Giraffes Giraffes, Perhaps, Art Decade, A Troop of Echoes and Tall Ships Set Sail. 115 Empire Street, Providence. 831-9327, www.as220.org. FETE MUSIC June 12: Hot 8 Brass Band. 103 Dike Street, Providence. 383-1112, www.fetemusic.com. FIREHOUSE 13 June 14: Jonathan Richman. 41 Central Street, Providence. 270-1801, www. fh13.com.

FOXWOODS June 1: Billy Idol. June 14: Old School Hip Hop Jam. June 15: Lo Mejor de Los 90s. 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, CT. 800-200-2882, www.foxwoods.com.

ROOTS CULTURAL CENTER Tuesdays: Jazz Jam. Fridays: Ladies Night. Sundays: Sweet P and the Who Dat Band. 276 Westminster Street, Providence. 272-7422, www.rootsprovidence.com.

LUPO’S HEARTBREAK HOTEL June 7: 94 HJY Presents Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime 25th Anniversary Tour. 79 Washington Street, Providence. 331-5876, www.lupos.com.

THE SPOT UNDERGROUND Mondays: 990WBOB’s Mondays on Blast. Tuesdays: Creation Tuesday. Wednesdays: Free Funk Wednesday. 101 Richmond Street, Providence. 383-7133, www.thespotprovidence.com.

THE MET June 8: Calexico. June 17: Atlas Genius. June 18: Why? with Sarah Jaffe. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005, www.themetri.com. MOHEGAN SUN June 14: Enation featuring Jonathan Jackson. June 21: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson – Masters of Madness Tour. June 22: Sting. June 27: Bruno Mars with special guest Fitz & The Tantrums. 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT. 888-226-7711, www.mohegansun.com.

WATERPLACE PARK June 7: New Politics. June 14: Torn Shorts, 2013 WBRU Rock Hunt Winner. June 28: The Neighbourhood. www.wbru.com. CLASSICAL FOXWOODS June 1: Nino D’Angelo with special guest Emanuela Aureli. 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, CT. 800-200-2882, www.foxwoods.com. OCEAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY June 1: American A Capella. 1245 Jef-

The 3rd Annual Garden City Art Festival. June 8 & 9 at Garden City Center in Cranston. www.festivalfete.com

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The Pirates of Penzance. June 14, 15, 21 & 23 at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. www.operaprovidence.org

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Providence Preservation Society Festival of Historic Houses. June 7-9 at various locations in Providence. www. ppsri.org

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Concerts Under the Elms presents The American Band. June 27 at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence. www.rihs.org

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Bourbon: A Dandy Drink. June 13 at the RISD Museum in Providence. www.risdmuseum.org

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Gallery Night Providence. June 20 at One Regency Plaza in Providence. www.gallerynight.info

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PARK THEATRE June 7: The Kingston Trio. 848 Park Avenue, Cranston. 467-7275, www.parktheatreri.com.

GAMM THEATRE June 1-2: The Beauty Queen of Leenane. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 7234266, www.gammtheatre.org.

FOR FOODIES BOTTLES Fridays: Beer Tasting. Saturdays: Wine Tasting. 141 Pitman Street, Providence. 372-2030, www.bottlesfinewine.com.

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COMEDY AS220 June 2: The Empire Revue: sketch comedy, improv, music, burlesque and magic. 115 Empire Street, Providence. 831-9327, www.as220.org.

TRINITY REP June 1-30: House and Garden. 201 Washington Street, Providence. 3514242, www.trinityrep.com.

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PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER June 5-9: War Horse. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 421-2787, www.ppacri.org.

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expos | fundraisers | seasonal FESTIVALS BANK OF AMERICA CENTER June 8 & 9: Day of Portugal. Enjoy food, drink and entertainment in Kennedy Plaza on Saturday and a parade leaving from the Statehouse on Sunday. June 22: Summer Solstice. www. kennedyplaza.org. FÊTE MUSIC June 3: Manton Avenue Project Gala. Annual fundraiser and performance of musical renditions of kids’ time travel-themed plays. The evening also includes a raffle, an auction and a time machine experience. 103 Dike Street, Providence. 383-1112, www.mantonavenueproject.org. GARDEN CITY CENTER June 8-9: The 3rd Annual Garden City Art Festival kicks off Festival Fete with over 140 art and crafts artisans along with strolling entertainment, a children’s craft station and locally grown food. Route 2, Cranston. 374-3899, www.festivalfete.com.

TWIN RIVER June 14: Thunder From Down Under. 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. 723-3200, www.twinriver.com.

GASPEE DAYS PARADE June 8: 48th Annual Gaspee Days Parade. Narragansett Parkway, Warwick into Broad Street, Cranston. www.gaspee.com.

THEATRE ARTISTS EXCHANGE Saturdays: Stage Combat Theatre Class for ages eight and up. Saturdays: Introduction to Playwriting for ages 12-18. The Black Box Theatre, 82 Rolfe Square,

PROVIDENCE PRESERVATION SOCIETY June 7-9: Festival of Historic Houses: Friday Prospect Street cocktail event; Saturday tour of grand homes on Prospect Street; Sunday tour of Monohas-

FARM FRESH RHODE ISLAND Wednesdays and Saturdays: Summertime Farmer’s Market. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope Street, Providence. www. farmfreshri.org. PROVIDENCE ALTERNATIVE MARKET Saturdays: Shop locally for healthful foods while supporting RI artists, craftsmen, charities and other merchants. 1111 North Main Street, Providence. www.provaltmarket.com. RHODE ISLAND FOOD FIGHTS June 23: Ice Cream Throwdown. Wayland Square, 150 East Manning Street, Providence. www.rifoodfights.com. OTHER THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY & PRACTICE OF NONVIOLENCE First Friday of Every Month: Open Mic Spoken Word Poetry. 265 Oxford Street, Providence. 785-2320, www. nonviolenceinstitute.org.

GALLERIES ATRIUM GALLERY June 1-30: The State Employee Art Show. One Capitol Hill. 222-3880, www. arts.ri.gov. DAVID WINTON BELL GALLERY June 8-30: Kelli Rae Adams, Breaking Even. 64 College Street, Providence. 863-2932, www.brown.edu/campuslife/arts/bell-gallery. GALLERY Z June 1: Sharon Cutts, Valorie Sheehan and Sue Butler. 259 Atwells Avenue, Providence. 454-8844. www.galleryzprov.com. KRAUSE GALLERY June 3-13: Moses Brown Senior Show. 250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence. 8317350, www.mosesbrown.org. PEREGRINE GALLERY June 1-30: Emerging Equilibrium. 150 Waterman Street, Providence. 6544618, www.peregrinegallery.com.


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kIDS + FAMILy AUDUBON SOCIETY June 15: Summer Butterfly Forays. 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield. 9495454, www.asri.org. BROWN UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE Every Saturday: Children’s Story Time. 244 Thayer Street, Providence. 8633168, bookstore.brown.edu. MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND PLANETARIUM June 3: Discovery Tykes. June 21: Fern Fossil Foray. June 22 & 29: Nature Walks: Butterflies in the Park. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 7859457. www.providenceri.com/museum. PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM June 29 & 30: Mud Play. Providence Childrens Museum. 100 South Street, Providence. 273-5437, www.childrensmuseum.org.

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ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO June 1-30: Animal Feedings. June 16: Father’s Day Discount Day. June 22: Animal Birthday Party Club: African Elephants. June 29: Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 785-3510, www.rwpzoo.org. WATERPLACE PARK June 8: Waterfire. Downtown Providence at Waterplace Park to Memorial/ South Main Park. 273-1155, www.waterfire.org.

LEARN discussion | instruction | tour BROWN UNIVERSITY June 4-30: Exhibitions at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Open Tue-Sun. 300 Tower Street, Bristol. 253-8388, www.brown.edu. GOVERNOR HENRY LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM June 7-28: Fridays. Guided Tours of the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum. 199 Hope Street. 453-0688, www.lippitthouse.org. INTERNATIONAL HOUSE June 6-27: Thursday Potluck Lunches: Meet friends, practice English, learn about American culture. Bring a dish to share. 8 Stimson Avenue, Providence. 421-7181, www.internationalhouseofri.org. MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND PLANETARIUM June 23: Motoring Among Monuments. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 785-9457. www.providenceri. com/museum.

PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER June 1 & 2: NETWorks Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 421-2787, www.ppacri.org.

PROVIDENCE ATHENAEUM Fridays: Drop in from 5-7pm for the free weekly Salon Series. 251 Benefit Street, Providence. 421-6970, www. providenceathenaeum.org.

PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY June 5: Teen Movie Night at Knight Memorial Library. 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 467-2625, www. provcomlib.org.

PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY Mondays: Knitting Circle. Mondays: A Spanish Tea. Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence. 272-3780, www.provcomlib.org.

RISD MUSEUM OF ART June 1: Tours for Tots: Photo Play. 224 Benefit Street, Providence. 454-6500, www.risdmuseum.org.

THE STEEL YARD Wednesdays: Free public tours. 27 Sims Avenue, Providence. 273-7101, www.thesteelyard.org.


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East of Elmgrove

by Elizabeth Rau | illustration by Jessica Pollak

Simply Parks Less is more at neighborhood playgrounds Once upon a time,

there was a park with trees and swings and not much else. I took my two sons there when they were toddlers and, boy, did they have a good time. Off they went, running over patches of stubby grass, to a grove of pines in a corner faraway, out of sight of hovering parents. Oh joy! I’d sit there on a rickety bench eating a peach, knowing full well that the guys would come racing back when tag among the hemlocks was over. We called this glorious piece of public land on Humboldt Avenue The Baby Park, and so did everyone else in the neighborhood with young children. As far as I was concerned, it was the best park on the East Side for little people uttering phrases like, “Juice peese,” and, “Where’s my firefruck?’’ Alas, the park I knew and loved is gone. It’s been replaced by a park so littered with cast-off toys, mostly plastic, that it looks like a landfill. My boys are grown up now, and, truth be told, we haven’t stepped foot in the park in a few years. But, honestly, I don’t want to. Maybe that unsightly playhouse the size of a Buick that someone dumped there over the winter is keeping me away. We’re a civilized bunch on the East Side. Restraint is expected and appreciated. But now and then it’s good to speak up. Those worn-out toys, visible from the street, have turned a once-charming spot into an eyesore. Call in the recycling trucks. The plastic needs to go. How did the park take such a wrong turn? At first, parents probably started leaving their toys overnight so they wouldn’t have to lug them around in their cars. Word got out, and I suspect people figured no one would mind if they dropped off a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe or a Push Around Buggy after the kids outgrew them. This is not healthy. For one, the toys are filthy. They’ve gone from Dick’s to Jane’s, probably without a solid scrubbing. Now the toys land in a public park swarming with teething tots who like to gnaw on hard objects, leaving behind their germs. What’s worse, the tots are nibbling on plastic, which might (or

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might not) be toxic. Face it, we really don’t know yet. Second, this is not fair to the abutting homeowners. I’m guessing that in the evening, when the playground visitors are tucked in bed dreaming of Tonkas, Mr. and Mrs. Jones would rather see a warbler tugging at a worm than a squirrel feasting on a grapefruit-pink Sweet Petite Trike. Even worse, the toys occupy the grounds in all seasons, including winter. It’s just plain ugly. Finally, this is a public park open to all, including people without kids. Maybe two lovebirds out for an evening stroll are looking for a place to plop that’s free of so many toys. Maybe a teen seeking solitude would like to walk down to the park alone after dinner and sit on a swing, without looking at stuff. If parents want new playground equipment or want to expand the existing slide and jungle gym, they should ask the city to help out. Surely, the city can come up with some money or a grant. Public playgrounds are vital to the East Side - where we

essentially live on top of each other. Our backyards are small and getting even smaller - with the explosion of tasteless development. I miss the old park. I remember many things. I remember the sandbox, nothing fancy, just a square. I remember the tree stumps, great for climbing and holding forth on the virtues of Batman. I remember the jungle gym, with a covered slide. I’d catch my sons at the bottom. Sometimes I’d miss. Plop, bottom-first into the dirt and dust. “Shake it off,” I’d say. I remember that it was almost impossible to escape from the park to the uncertain world outside, thanks to a stately wrought-iron fence with heavy gates that clanked shut. The gates had knobs as big as baseballs that the boys learned how to open and close. “The park was our getaway,” says my son Henry. “It was our baseball field, our scooter park, our football stadium. Good times.” “I remember the leaves,” says my other son, Peder. “There were a lot of leaves, more leaves than I’ve ever seen in my life. I’d hop in the leaves,

play in the leaves. I remember it being a lot of fun.” We brought back whatever we took, even if we had to make two or three trips. Once, we accidentally left a tricycle and other toys at the park, but didn’t realize what we’d done until after dinner and baths. My husband returned later that night, cramming everything in the trunk of our car. That’s what trunks are for when you have kids. I liked the park because it was simple, free of the pretense that seems to plague so many public spaces today. Parks are too studied now. I call them designer parks. Doesn’t anyone appreciate a field of nothing anymore? What could be more calming than looking out over a gentle slope covered in clover? The imagination soars. Besides, open space makes for a good hill roll. We had adventures in The Baby Park. It was our second backyard, a place filled with wonder and possibility. Bring it back.   Elizabeth Rau can be reached at erau1@verizon.net.


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East Side Monthly June 2013