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September 2011

Are You Ready For Some Football? Another night game set for Brown Stadium

The disaster in Japan, up close and personal pg 21

Nathan Bishop supports a beloved teacher pg 17

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September 2011 This Month 17 Class Act

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21 Images from Japan

A local photographer documents the tragedy

25 Are You Ready for Some Football?

Brown gets ready for its second big night game

30 Copy That

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Every Month 7 Letters/Editorial 10 Other Side 13 Community News 33 Pajama Monologues Sunday night on the Emerald Isle

35 On the Menu Tapas come to Providence (finally)

37 Dining Guide


A resident of Kesennuma, Japan points to his house on a map

39 Movies

53 Calendar

Cowboys and Aliens and Rise of the Planet of the Apes reviewed

All the info on September’s happenings

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Editorial The Great Generational Divide Thomas Friedman, the author and New York Times columnist, often writes provocatively, but a few Sundays ago he headed off in a direction that strikes us as particularly prescient. He argues that when the Cold War ended, the assumption was that the next great struggle was going to be a clash between civilizations. Not so, he suggests. It will be one between generations. Using the current street riots in Greece as an example, he maintains the fight there is not just over the distribution of economic assets and opportunities. Rather it is the frustration of a new generation of twenty-somethings who can’t find jobs because a generation of fifty-

somethings benefited from a system that has allowed them to retire early, live off overly rich government subsidies, avoid taxes and pass the funding problem on to future generations, the ones now rioting in the streets. No wonder an increasing number of them see the current system as a rigged game run by legislators who refuse to deal with reality and simply, to quote overused phraseology, just “kick the can down the road” for the next generation. Sound familiar? While the current younger generation of Rhode Islanders may not actually take to the streets, they will increasingly take to their feet by moving to areas that have pension systems that are actually

likely to be around when they retire. Or move to states that implement policies like cost cutting, equitable taxation and a willingness to invest in the future as a way to attract companies that will actually provide job opportunities. The answer as to whether this will happen locally should become evident when the legislature reconvenes for a special session to tackle the pension problem next month. Our state’s tradition has always gravitated towards “cankicking.” On the other hand, new voices, led by Treasurer Gina Raimondo, have been pleading that we have no alternative other than substantive change. Want to place your bets?


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The Man with No Name To the editor: Your July issue included a letter to the editor critical of U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, the former mayor. I was dismayed that the author was not identified. Instead, the letter was “signed” by “A former Cicilline supporter and contributor” and carried the notation “Name withheld by request.” I too have contributed to Cicilline, but he is not immune from criticism, and if someone wants to take issue with his performance, he or she is free to do so. But anyone who wishes to do so should be willing to stand behind the criticism and give him, and the readers at large, the courtesy of knowing who is doing the name-calling. Remember: We are not talking here about news sources who are granted anonymity to provide factual information that citizens need to learn and which would otherwise be unobtainable. We are talking instead about people who want to air abrasive, even abusive, opinions but are too cowardly to allow folks to know who they are and to evaluate their standing and motives. As a retired journalist, it drives me to distraction that so many news outlets, notably online but also some in print, carry such anonymous views. I wish you – and they – would stop doing it. M. Charles Bakst Providence Editor’s note: ESM is confident in the authenticity of the letter-writer and

felt the message was not abusive or self-serving.

Is Hope On the Horizon? To the editor: Last spring, the City’s financial difficulties triggered painful changes in our public schools. The School Department sent dismissal notices to all teachers in order to avoid the strict seniority rules that apply to layoffs. The School Department also closed four schools and reconfigured two others because our portfolio of school buildings far exceeds the actual population. With that said, these changes were dramatic and not communicated well, leading to anxiety and protest by the affected groups. In February, Superintendent Brady announced his resignation effective in July, which limited his ability to manage these changes. On top of all of this, the Providence Teachers Union contract is up for renewal, and the Mayor’s Office and the School Board, despite their agreement on 95% of a reform agenda, reached a communications impasse on negotiating strategy. As a result, the mayor asked the General Assembly to enact legislation removing the Providence School Board’s authority to approve contracts (while retaining that authority for every other school committee in the state). This change produced understandable dissent and turnover in the School Board. In short, the City’s financial turmoil has taken its toll on our public schools and their leadership. I supported the

decision to avoid the seniority-only layoff approach for our teachers, as well as the decision to close some schools. I disagree with the decision to change the School Board’s role, as I believe that the impasse that the parties reached could have been resolved with more hard work. I have not reviewed the new teachers’ contract, and therefore I do not yet have a position on it. The entire episode reminds me of the myth of Pandora, who unleashed a flood of troubles on a previously innocent world. At the bottom of Pandora’s box there was one last spirit named Hope, and I see the chance for hope in our public schools in our new interim superintendent, Susan Lusi. Sue served as the chief of staff to Superintendent Diana Lam in early 2000s, and I worked with her when I served on the Providence School Board. As chief of staff, Dr. Lusi helped keep affected stakeholders working together through difficult changes that Superintendent Lam (who was not a great communicator) brought to Providence. Superintendent Lusi also worked at the Rhode Island Department of Education, and brings to her job good working relationships with many of the key stakeholders. She also is committed to education reform. In short, Superintendent Lusi might be just the right person to stitch our public education system back together again and help us make a fresh start. Sam Zurier Member, Providence City Council

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Big Things are Happening PPS and Providence Rotary both gear up for signature events PPS Urges Providence to Think Big On September 16 and 17, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS), in association with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is presenting a special two-day symposium titled “Make No Little Plans: Visions for the City of Providence.” The symposium will bring together speakers who were involved in the creation of Capital Center on the occasion of its 30th anniversary who will then join other experts to suggest what might be done now in the Jewelry District and with the land opened up by the removal of I-195. Sessions will include lectures, panel discussions and tours, as well as networking opportunities. Also included in the two-day event will be cocktail parties at One Citizens Plaza, a WaterFire lighting and a special PPS gala at the rooftop terrace of GTECH, the event’s lead sponsor. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ppsri. org or call Lauren Goldenberg at 831-7440. Then be prepared stretch your mind and FutureThink.

Painting the Streets to Help the Children of Providence On October 2 Mark the date Sunday, October 2 on your calendar. The 12th annual Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival comes to the Bank of America Skating Rink in what has become one of the city’s most popular family fun events. Over 100 artists of all shapes, sizes and ages will be competing for cash awards as they convert the floor of the skating rink into a colorful tapestry of chalk artistry. Meanwhile some of the area’s best restaurants will be offering tastes of their most popular dishes while local bands perform on the stage. There will also be fun activities for the kids as well, including an eight-foot dragon. All monies raised at the event go to support the Providence Rotary Foundation, which distributed over $40,000 last year to projects that help the children of Providence. Circle October 2 on your calendar (colorfully, of course) and don’t miss this wonderful community event.

Moving the Pieces at Wayland Square If you’ve visited the square lately, it’s obvious someone is shuffling the deck there. Comina, a longtime fixture on the corner of Angell and Wayland, is moving up the street to the space where, as we say in Rhode Island-


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ese, Chico’s used to be. Meanwhile the hot new jewelry store Alex and Ani is rumored to be moving into the coveted corner spot. We also understand the new McBride’s Irish Pub is doing quite well on Wayland. (And everyone loves those nicely priced lobster rolls at Mad Ernie’s.) Stay tuned for whatever comes next.

Whole Foods at Waterman Shares the Love After its successful East Side Block Party in July (which ESM was proud to sponsor), the good folks at Whole Foods on Waterman Street raised over $1,600 to help the Everett Dance Theatre and Carriage House, an East Side-based dance troupe. We don’t know how many burgers they went through, but everyone describes the efforts of their staff grillers (Good Will From the Grill) as nothing short of heroic – and not a single one burned, we’re told. Kudos to all for a job well done. Pictured on the right are dancers from Carriage House performing at the Block Party.

Gimme Shelter On Hope Street Somehow, the merchants on Hope Street seem a little more daring than most. You see it with their colorful street plantings, their bold outdoor art and, starting this month, even their bus shelters. Anyone can put up an ordinary bus shelter, but the Hope Street merchants have used federal stimulus funds to take theirs to another level. Two artsy shelters, one with planters of wisteria bolted to its sides, now adorn the street. Eighty percent of the money came from the feds, the rest through a community block grant (secured by Councilman Kevin Jackson) and a gift from Miriam Hospital. The project falls into that win-win-win category. Good people were put to work on the project, it supports mass transit and it bolsters the community by supporting local commerce and raising property value. The project was spearheaded by Asher Schofield, from Frog and Toad, who deserves our collective thanks for his leadership in making this community fairy tale come true.

Has Perishable Really Perished? It was sad to hear about the potential demise of Perishable Theatre this past month. We understand the company is in limbo right now. Several of its key people have moved on and most of its employees have been terminated. Is this the end or just an attempt to reorganize itself? If it’s the former, how sad. The company was

founded in mid-1980s and had always been a conduit for plays that were a little more experimental and edgy than your typical Providence theater. In particular, projects like the Women’s Playwriting Festival for example, always attracted interest and participation from writers around the country. Whatever happens next, we hope the company is able to land on its collective feet and get back under the spotlights soon.

Fine Art for a Fine Cause One of the under-appreciated churches of downtown Providence is the All Saints Memorial Church at 674 Westminster Street. Inside are arguably some of the finest stained glass windows in all of the city. You will have the opportunity to check them out, along with some spectacular artwork, when the church holds a giant silent art auction on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 4pm. Dan Mechnig, head of the Providence Art Club and a parishioner, assures us that collectable art from some of the state’s premier artists will be on display likely at incredible prices. Call 751-1747 or access for more details. All monies raised will go to support the church.

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Brown Street Park By Wendy Nilsson Friends of Brown Street Park Phone Number: 454-8712 Website: Email Address: Mailing Address: 30 Pratt Street, Providence, RI 02906 Upcoming Events Summer is coming to an end, but the good stuff goes on: Save the Date for our 5th Annual “Fiends” of Brown Street Park Halloween event Monday, October 31 from 3:30-5pm.

simple art activities. If the weather looks poor please call Lindsay at 421-6970. Free Fall Fitness Classes The East Side/Mt.Hope YMCA will conduct a series of free fitness classes in the park that include hybrid training, yoga, meditation and Parkour. Check out our website for specific times. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to take these classes! Please contact to find out how you can donate or get involved in Brown Street Park.

Blackstone Parks By Jane Peterson Blackstone Parks Conservancy Phone Number: 270-3014 Website: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 603141, Providence, RI 02906

Check out the website for more info on our Thanksgiving Veggie Rhode Race, The Ice Skating Rink, RakuRhod-Y-O and most importantly, our annual fall cleanup and perennial planting day.

Upcoming Events Annual Membership Meeting/Party: September 13 at the Trolley Shelter. Music and refreshments at 5pm. Meeting starts at 5:30pm. Historian Matt Woodward will speak.

The Providence Athenaeum Little One’s Story Time runs Wednesday afternoons at 4pm through September 14, featuring songs, stories and

Unsung Heroes If you think that the two Blackstone parks – Blackstone Boulevard and the semi-wild 45-acre conservation

district by the Seekonk River – are as clean and as safe as they are thanks to the Parks Department, you’re only partly right. For it’s not only dedicated city workers who care for these two Providence treasures; many nearly invisible volunteers tend them as well. Blackstone Boulevard Early most mornings you may see two women walking and talking, and occasionally bending over to grab trash that didn’t reach the Parks Department trash containers. By the time they’re done, Blackstone Parks Conservancy members Carol Delaney and Gale Aronson have filled three or four bags. Volunteers like Carol and Gale take on essential tasks: picking up trash, digging, weeding, mulching, planting, hauling logs and staking them in place. Without people who love the parks to do this work, there would be no gardens on the Boulevard and no habitat planting at the corner of Irving Avenue and River Road, and the Conservation District would be in shambles. The ground crew of Swan Point Cemetery, Don Cordner and landscape designer Alex Knott, have given many hours to the Boulevard gardens. Blackstone Park Conservation District In the Conservation District, Don and BPC board member Jon Ford focus on erosion control and trail management. It gives them satisfaction to see grass and other parts of the natural plant community re-establishing themselves in eroded areas

above the coir “logs” they helped stake across a new gully at Parkside. Without local volunteers and the indispensable Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), that area would still be bare and soil would still be washing into the river. A few individuals work hard to push back against invasive species to keep them from leaping across the roads to neighboring yards. A handful of people also help the Parks Department maintain the trails in the heavily used center section of this park. If you think you’d like to make a difference in the Blackstone parks, take a look at our website above or write to us at the P.O. box above. Kindly send your East Side Market receipts to the Conservancy (address above).

Fox Point By John Rousseau Fox Point Neighborhood Association Phone Number: 270-7121 Website: Email Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 603177, Providence, RI 02906 Upcoming Events FPNA Monthly Board Meeting: 7-8pm, August 9 at the Vartan Gregorian Bath House Library. FPNA Plans Fundraiser The Board of Directors of the Fox Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) will

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Summit Neighborhood By Ben Goulet Summit Neighborhood Association Website: www.summitneighbors. org

Address: PO Box 41092, Providence, RI 02940 Join the listserv at: http://sna. Upcoming Events SNA Meetings are held every third Monday of the month at 7pm at Summit Commons on 99 Hillside Ave in Providence. Planting on North Main Street Median Thanks to the North Main Street Association and Groundwork Providence, planting will be done on North Main Street, approximately from Sandwich Hut to Providence Urology (running south). Groundwork Providence donated their time to plant and will approach local businesses to ask for support. Don’t Miss the 2nd Annual Summit Yard Sale Come on out to enjoy and support the neighborhood-wide “Summit For Sale” yard sale on Saturday, September 24. There will be yard sales scattered all over the neighborhood, so go find that treasure and have fun! Crime Watch Block Captains Needed The SNA listserv has been actively reporting recent break-ins around the neighborhood. The Summit Neighborhood Crime Watch needs Block Captains to volunteer. Are you interested? Please visit www. for information on how to volunteer. Farmer’s Market and Open Market Dates The Farmer’s Market will be held in Lippitt Park at Hope Street and Blackstone Boulevard on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30pm and Saturdays from 9am-12:30pm. The 2011 Providence Open Market of crafts and collectibles operates from June 11 through September 24. Selling

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Wayland Square By David Kolsky Neighborhood Discussion Group at Books on the Square Upcoming Events Monthly Meetings: Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, street level (at Elmgrove, next to CVS). Free and open to all. Future meetings will be at the same place and time on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except for different dates in November and December). RIPTA Cuts As this is being written in early August, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is holding public hearings about possible cutbacks, which may be more acute due to a loss of both government subsidies and of RIPTA’s share of the gasoline tax. (Paradoxically and counter-intuitively, RIPTA loses when gas prices rise, because drivers buy fewer taxed gallons and ride public transit more.) The main losses to East Side riders from the cuts that are being currently proposed are the end of holiday service on all lines, and of service after 10pm on the 42 Hope Street, 78 Angell-Waterman-Beverage Hill, and 99 North Main Street lines. Those 42 Hope buses that turn into No. 1 Eddy Street buses would no longer run south of Providence. Other News The Wayland Square merchants’ annual sidewalk sale took place in mid-July, followed by a block party co-sponsored by Whole Foods Market and East Side Monthly. The city has installed new blue bicy-

cle hitches outside the Edge coffee shop and Pow! Science. Neighbors, merchants and city officials alike hope that this will reduce the attachment of bicycles to young trees and the “Shop Wayland Square” banners. McBride’s Irish Pub on Wayland Avenue at Waterman (next to the Monahan-Drabble-Sherman funeral home) has opened for business, serving food and drink both indoors and at a popular outdoor patio. Rufful’s is now Wayland Square Diner, with new management and an expanded menu. Staying Abreast To check on our meeting dates and topics, as well as current news, please check the public message board at our Yahoo! Group’s website above. Or join the group to receive these notices (if you wish) by e-mail.

College Hill By Allison Spooner College Hill Neighborhood Association Phone Number: 633-5230 Website: Email Address:  chna@collegehillna. com Mailing Address: CHNA, P.O. Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906 Open CHNA Board Member Positions The CHNA Board wants to make more of an impact on issues that directly affect our neighborhood. We need your help to make it happen. Consider becoming a CHNA Board member. We are looking for residents who are specifically interested in graffiti control and abatement, road and sidewalk repair or replacement, pothole repair, traffic issues, neighborhood signage, and property management issues such as trash and overgrowth, among others. If you are interested, please contact Allison at for additional details. We are also looking for a fall intern

to assist us with a few initiatives such as graffiti, road and sidewalk repair, and publicity. Up to 15 hours a week are available for credit. You’ll learn a lot about the community and organizational skills, plus have some fun. Please contact allison@collegehillna. com for more information. Thanks to Diane Greco We would like to congratulate Diane Greco on her new job position, but we regret that she will be stepping down from her current CHNA officer position. Her stellar work as Secretary, writer for the CHNA e-news and the East Side Monthly will be missed and not easily replaced. Our thanks to Diane also for making a very generous financial donation to CHNA, which contributed to the debut of Cocktails on College Hill. We wish you the best Diane! Fall CHNA Board Meeting Schedule The next CHNA meeting will be held on September 12, and again on October 3. Our meetings are held at the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, at the corner of Waterman and Angell, from 7-8:30pm. The meeting on September 12 will be closed as it is designated for strategic planning. Typically CHNA Board meetings are open to the public. Annual Dues We encourage residents to join CHNA! Dues are $20 per calendar year, and membership, which is open to all, includes invitations to events, as well as timely email crime alerts and our free, mostly monthly e-newsletter which reports on neighborhood news as well as CHNA’s activities. All new members receive a welcome packet with coupons, so your membership practically pays for itself! To join (or renew), visit our website, www., and click “Join CHNA.” Or send a check for $20, made out to College Hill Neighborhood Association, to the Treasurer, Box 2442, Providence, RI 02906. Be sure to include your email address.

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hair sprayed pink (which was washable), have their face painted, and wear pink bracelets, necklaces and hair ribbons. Each option was priced at $1. A total of $430 was raised over the course of two official “Go Pink” days at the school. The money was intended for Mrs. Fox to donate to the cause of her choice, like the Susan G. Komen Foundation. However, when it was learned that Blue Cross/Blue Shield didn’t cover all of her expenses, including the juicer and Vitamix she was purchasing to help her feel better, it was decided that the proceeds should go directly to her. When another student, Cameron Wessel, mentioned to her dad that she wanted to do something for Mrs. Fox too, he suggested that she organize a walkathon. “I saw Cameron in the computer lab working on it and got her to tell me about it,” Nick says. “Then we started to plan the whole thing together after school.” The project ultimately evolved into something called “The Fox Trot” and was sched-

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ple in the community call, and even my husband’s colleagues at residential Properties have been bringing me food every week – and these are three course meals too.” What is clear is that mrs. Fox has been a special teacher who has touched the lives of many people. “the woman is a warrior and has been an incredible inspiration to all of us,” her colleague Perrotta declares. “she makes reading and english class fun,” adds her student nick. “i can write an essay and be as creative as i want as long as she gets what she wants, detail-wise.” What? A student who actually looks forward to writing an essay? theresa Fox really must be an amazing english teacher. As of press time, Fox was busy preparing for fall classes to begin August 30. she is hoping with the next round of chemo that she will be able to work mondays through thursdays. typically, it was her students that were foremost on her mind. “We’re starting with some short stories and then we will be reading Hamlet. the Gamm theatre is doing a production, and the seventh and eighth grade teachers at bishop will be taking their students,” she explains, adding, “i have to be there. this is what i love to do.” theresa Fox’s “trot” is becoming a “gallop” as the new school year approaches, and her friends, colleagues and students couldn’t be happier.


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Saturday Night Football Fever Brown-URI Football Rivalry Goes Nocturnal on October 1 By Keith Andrade PoP quiz: What was the most highly attended sporting event in Rhode Island in 2010? If you guessed a Providence College or NCAA Tournament basketball game at the Dunk, or a PawSox game at McCoy Stadium, you are not even close. The unlikely winner of that distinction belongs to the Brown University Bears and their September 25 football game last year against the Harvard University Crimson, the first night game in the 86year history of Brown Stadium. An estimated 17,360 fans, almost triple the average attendance, watched Brown defeat Harvard under the lights by a score of 29-14. How did this unique game come to be and what did it take to successfully pull it off? As any football coach would preach: determination, teamwork,

planning and a little bit of luck. The genesis of a night game at Brown Stadium is largely credited to three officers of the Brown Football Association (BFA): President Jerry Massa ’77, Vice-President/Marketing Jon Land ’79 and Director Richard Gouse ’68. Brown played in the first night football game at Harvard Stadium back in 2007, losing to the home team 24-17. Despite the loss, Brown took note of the event’s success: almost 19,000 in attendance, a 60% increase from the last time Brown visited in 2005. Land recalled what happened next: “Richard Gouse had been saying for years, ‘If Harvard can do it, why can’t we?’” With the seed planted, Land came across an ad in early 2010 for temporary lighting by Iowa-based

Musco Lighting, the industry leader in sports-lighting systems. Armed with this new info, but anticipating some serious logistical planning would be necessary, Land emailed Brown football head coach Phil Estes to ask his thoughts about playing a night game some time the following 2011 season. Estes’s response? “How about Harvard in 2010?” Harvard was a natural selection for an inaugural night game. It was not only a league and geographic rival, but one of Brown’s oldest; the two teams have battled 110 times over the decades. The game was the Ivy League opener for both teams, and early enough in the season that good weather was still likely. The game was on a Saturday night and Harvard was close enough that both teams could

bring a lot of fans, raising the game’s cache to “event” status. With Estes enthusiastically behind the idea, the BFA team sprung to action. Musco Lighting was engaged for a feasibility study and within a week they were on site conducting tests. Although supplying temporary lights at Brown Stadium was certainly doable, it came at a price: approximately $50,000. Knowing that the sales pitch to the university administration would be stronger with financial support, BFA President Massa spearheaded a fundraising campaign among the BFA membership. Founded in 1875, the BFA has approximately 2,500 members worldwide and includes former players, alumni, parents, students, faculty, administration and fans. The organiSeptember 2011 East Side Monthly


zation’s mission is to support Brown football through fundraising (to supplement the university’s athletic budget), mentoring programs and career counseling. Within weeks, the BFA had raised funds to offset the costs of the temporary lights, allowing Brown to focus on the game’s normal expenses, such as security and staff. This combined effort to fund the event would set the tone for further planning. By several accounts, the university administration at all levels embraced the idea of a night game and supported it from day one. However, the excitement was tempered with a cautious reservation about being sensitive to the community and delivering

for the event. As Chris Humm, Director of Sports Information at Brown, notes, “It was a community effort. No one was against this.” Minimizing the impact on the neighborhood was the biggest concern. Neighbors were ensured that the lights would not be permanent and that a night game would remain a once-a-year event. With a largerthan-normal crowd expected, the potential for traffic and parking chaos had to be considered. Brown provided shuttles to transport students and help mitigate congestion, but convenient parking would still be scarce in the dense East Side residential area. However, according to Humm, “The parking didn’t turn out to be a big

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a favorable experience to not only the fans, but the neighbors as well. According to Land, “Brown historically embraces the new, the daring, the different, and thrives on things others say can’t be done. This was ‘too big,’ and so the university was up for the challenge. But they were very conscious of making sure they did it right.” The university reached out to the neighborhood in advance of the event. They mailed letters to homes in the area, distributed tickets, spoke with the College Hill Neighborhood Association and fielded calls from anyone who raised concerns. According to Al Dahlberg Jr., Director of State and Community Relations at Brown, “We made every attempt to stay ahead of issues and communicate openly. We viewed this as part of the broader efforts we’ve been making to engage the community through events like theater night, movie night and our community skates.” While some neighbors did express concerns, it was not at the expense of enthusiasm

deal. People just parked a few more blocks away. The walk to the stadium might have been longer than usual, but no more than the walk they’d have from the parking lot to the stadium at any professional sporting event.” Additional concerns included crowd management and safety, but with over 150 security officers between the Brown University Police Department, Providence Police Department and private event staff, there were no major incidents reported. A 6pm kickoff ensured that the game and its accompanying noise would not intrude too late into the evening, with the stadium cleared by around 10pm. Cleaning crews would go to work immediately after the game to make sure that all trash was removed by morning. The game itself proved to be a good one, with Brown prevailing 2914. Freshman kicker Alex Norocea tied the Brown school record for field goals in a game with five, and a stingy Brown defense limited Harvard to 110

yards overall. It also proved to be an important stepping stone for the Bruins, who finished tied for second in the Ivy League last year, behind only undefeated Penn. While the Brown football team was victorious that night, the bigger winners might have been the university and the community. The reported attendance of 17,360 was the largest crowd for a Brown football game in decades, dwarfing the average crowd of 6,600 and coming within reach of the stadium’s 20,000-seat capacity. It is estimated that 500600 hundred Brown students normally attend home football games, but on this night approximately 4,700 of the university’s 5,600 students came to support their team, an almost 84% attendance rate. An incredible crowd, a warm summer-like evening, a bright moon and a Brown victory created an almost magical setting where Land proudly notes that “everything fell together.” With the success of the Harvard game last season, there was no doubt there would be an encore night game this fall. However, since Brown travels to Cambridge this year for the annual matchup between the two Ivy teams, a new opponent would have to grace the nighttime gridiron. Luckily, Brown did not have to look far for another longtime rivalry with a storied past steeped in tradition – in fact it didn’t even have to cross state lines. On October 1, the Bears will host the University of Rhode Island Rams for their first home game of the season. The 6pm kickoff will mark the 96th meeting between the intrastate rivals, a series Brown leads 67-26-2. The modern era has slightly favored the Rams, however, as they own a

16-13 record since the two teams began playing for the Governor’s Cup in 1981, a trophy that is awarded annually to the winning team by the sitting governor. This year, Brown looks to avenge a 27-24 overtime loss to the Rams last year at Meade Stadium. Although a non-league game, the matchup features two of the larger programs in New England and the two biggest in Rhode Island. Given the proximity of URI’s student body, as well as the school’s local alumni fan base, an even bigger crowd is anticipated this year. According to URI Athletic Director Thorr Bjorn, “We’re pushing the game to our season ticket holders and we will be providing student transportation. It wouldn’t surprise me to see anywhere from 3,000–5,000 URI fans.” With last year’s Harvard team bringing an estimated 400 fans, this year’s game could potentially sell out. Land envisions a true statewide event, influenced by the nature of the rivalry, but he expects it will be mellow. “The atmosphere will be different,” he notes. “There isn’t the same hatred as Harvard, and lots of people have friends at both schools, so the pregame mixing will reflect that.” Both teams are working together to indeed make this an event. “We were excited that they asked us to play a night game,” Bjorn says. “They didn’t need our permission, but the fact that they reached out to us, asked us to collaborate in brainstorming sessions, and kept us abreast of developments shows the camaraderie between the schools and how there’s a lot we can do together.” On September 27, for the first time in the history of the Governor’s Cup, the two teams will have a press conference at the State House

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the highlight reel MeMoRABle MoMenTs AnD noTABle nAMes In BRown fooTBAll while Brown University football may be a long way from playing in a new Year’s Day bowl game, the program certainly has a long, illustrious history. It began in 1874, when a football association was first formed on campus. The Bears played their first intercollegiate game a few years later on november 12, 1878, nine years after the first-ever intercollegiate game between Rutgers and Princeton, when they traveled to Amherst College and suffered a loss. Mascots are an important part of many football team traditions, and for the last 40 years, “Bruno” has been represented by a person in a bear costume roaming the sidelines. However, this was not always the case. In 1905, in a game against Dartmouth, Brown introduced the university’s first live bear mascot, Helen. In 1921, the mascot’s name was changed to “Bruno” and several live bears went on to represent the team throughout the years, until the change to a costumed mascot in the late 1960s. The early part of the 20th century was marked by several notable teams. on new Year’s Day in 1916, Brown lost to washington state University in the first Annual Tournament of Roses football game, more commonly known as the “Rose Bowl.” The game has been played annually since that date and is today one of the most popular and prestigious bowl games in nCAA football. Perhaps the most successful Brown team was the “Iron Man” team of 1926. They finished 9-0-1, the only undefeated team in Brown football history, with the only blemish on the record coming from a 10-10 tie with Colgate on the final game of the season. The team outscored their opponents 223-36, recorded seven shutouts and gained its “Iron Man” moniker by playing the same 11 men during all 60 minutes of a 7-0 win over Yale, all 60 minutes of a 10-0 win over Dartmouth, and 58 minutes of a 21-0 win over Harvard (with the starters being pulled in the last two minutes of that game so that underclassmen could earn their varsity letter). Colgate would be the spoiler of another historic event. The football team began playing their home games in Brown stadium in 1925, a facility with a capacity of 20,000 fans. on a Thanksgiving Day in 1932, approximately 33,000 fans (portable bleachers were brought in for the game) watched Colgate defeat Brown 21-0, an attendance record that still stands to this day. Brown has won the Ivy league title a total of four times: in 1976, 1999, 2005 and 2008, with the last three titles coming since head coach Phil estes began his tenure in 1998. Many notable players have graced the Brown roster through the decades. John Heisman – namesake of the Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top college football player – commenced his collegiate career at Brown during 1887-89, before finishing at Penn in 1890-91. fritz Pollard ’19, was the first black All-American and the first black head coach in the national football league. legendary Penn state football coach Joe Paterno ’55 is one of the longest tenured and winningest college football coaches of all time. The last few years have produced new York Giants Pro Bowl linebacker Zak Deossie ’07 and now retired Pro Bowler sean Morey ‘99, who helped captain the super Bowl Xl champion Pittsburgh steelers. finally, while not actually a football player, Hall of fame sportscaster Chris Berman ’77 is known throughout the living rooms of every sports fan.


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Brown vs. Harvard to promote the game. Along with Governor Chaffee, the coaches, captains, local players, athletic directors, and university presidents from both schools will be on hand. In addition to the bigger crowd that is expected, fans will notice some other enhancements to this year’s event. According to Land, there will more food, music, entertainment and “fun stuff” in the parking lot tailgate area before the game, including a Punt, Pass and Kick competition. There are plans to fix one of the primary issues from last year, excruciatingly long lines at the will-call window that caused some fans to miss part of the game. Overall, however, there will be very few logistical tweaks. Although 2010 was a real pilot, and no one quite knew what to expect, the game was widely judged to be well-managed and executed, with only a few small lessons to be learned; one is to make sure whoever was responsible for the spectacular weather last year comes through again. Night football looks to have a future at Brown Stadium, though the exact format remains to be seen. An annual game seems likely, as any more than one per season would potentially be cost prohibitive, a larger intrusion on the neighbors and a dilution of the special event status that the current games have attained. Many hope to see a fixed rotation of current opponents, Harvard in evennumbered years and URI in odd-num-

bered years, though others have suggested braving the cold and moving the night game to a later date in the season in the hopes of producing an effective Ivy League championship game. Whatever the date and whomever the opponent, two of Brown night football’s founding fathers know that what started as an idea for a game has blossomed into something greater. As Massa puts it, “This is an opportunity to bring people together in a spirited, friendly way – like graduation or Campus Dance – that is more than an athletic event; it’s a community event.” In the short term, Brown athletic director Mike Goldberger is excited about this year’s game as he emphasizes his enthusiasm for the project. “The Harvard night game last year was the best athletic event I have witnessed in my time at Brown,” he says. “The possibility of recreating that kind of atmosphere, especially against our in-state rival, is something we’re looking forward to and we hope that it’s the start of a long tradition.” Land enthusiastically agrees: “This is Brown football and Brown athletics taking the university footprint and widening it to something bigger, an outreach to produce a familyfriendly destination that welcomes not only East Siders, but people all over Providence and Rhode Island.” Final score aside, that could be the biggest win of all.

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comes a real memory of a silver-gray sky on a Sunday afternoon in late summer. I’m driving through the countryside towards the City of Belfast in Northern Ireland. The mood is slow and sleepy, a day of rest. The rusty shipyards and markets all closed. Eily, my companion and guide, has driven across the country to show me around for a few days. Our first destination is Belfast’s venerable Crown Pub. Built during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Crown’s interior is a woody haven of carved, stout-colored paneling. Wrought iron gaslights cast a sepia glow on the few patrons sipping Guiness, reading the Sunday paper. We slip into a “snug,” one of a half-dozen aptly named cubicles where you close the door behind you and the world goes away. It reminds me of a confessional booth. In fact, there is something very church-like about the entire pub. Not surprising when you think about it, that the places people go for solace and retreat should so resemble each other. After some delicious Bushmill’s whiskey, we leave the pub and drive northwards towards the town of Portaferry in County Down. I am in a land where the color green is almost overwhelming in its soft, relentless beauty, the rolling fields flecked with white sheep and checkerboard cows. There are sprinkles of rain with intermittent patches of sun as we drive into the lovely little lakeside village of Portaferry. Eily tells me that the fishing boats moored here are called “hookers.” People stroll the narrow, mist-blown streets eating ice cream cones and French fries. We don’t finish supper at the Inn until 11pm but the northern sky is still half bright. Eily wants me to hear some authentic Irish music at the Fiddler’s Green Pub, but she’s

not sure we’re in time to catch the tail end of the singing. (Local laws dictate that pubs close by midnight on Sundays.) We walk about three blocks up the windy street to a plain brick, onestory building with a narrow green door. As we approach, a group of people are just being politely but firmly turned away by the pub owner. Eily waits until the group disappears up the street. Then she proceeds to tap a series of dots and dashes on the window until the proprietor opens the door a crack. The pub master, a barrel-chested, bearded man in his fifties, is about to gently turn us away too until Eily explains that she has a “guest from America.” Instantly, his demeanor changes. He swings open the door graciously gesturing us inside. “Guest from the States,” he says proudly. “ We’ll have to be lettin’ them in now.” There’s a good crowd of people at the bar in snug little groups finishing their last pints of Guiness, smoking profusely. Lovely young girls with dark hair and big seagreen eyes are chatting away like sisters with two aunty-ish ladies with shawls and tightly permed hair. It would have been easy to feel like a tourist here, coming into the midst of a group of people who had been drinking and singing together all night, all their lives. But somehow you didn’t. You became, not exactly a part of it, but you were accepted. Your good intentions were presumed. There in the dim, amber light of the Fiddler’s Green Pub, where the walls were hung with early Celtic musical instruments, football trophies and pictures of gallant racehorses, I discovered the real meaning of the word “conviviality.” Two older, ruddy-faced men at the bar clasped hands warmly and

patted each other on the shoulder. It had been a long night but they’d not yet gotten enough of each other’s friendship. “I’ve got to be goin’ now, Brian.” “Oh, must ya go then?” “Ya, I’ve got to be gettin’ home.” “It’s sad your hav’n to be goin’ so soon, Michael. I’ll miss ya, I will, and I’ll see ya tomorrow then.” No sign of “The Troubles” here in this wind-rattled little town cuddled into the curve of the loch. In the back room, where evidently the more “political” songs are sung, a raven-haired young beauty started singing a ballad about the pain and suffering that every letter in the word “Ireland” stands for, about the struggles of being “prisoners in their own land.” There are tears in some eyes. It is not a maudlin or sentimental moment. It is something far beyond camaraderie or even patriotism. Outside, a well-lit public bus pulls right up to the door of the pub. Its sign says “Belfast,” and the driver waits patiently as the stragglers exit the pub and climb aboard for the hour’s ride home. Walking back to the hotel, I see a man in a blue flannel shirt and seaman’s cap striding purposefully from a pub towards the quay. He stops short when he sees that his one-masted boat, his “hooker,” has been left high and dry on the sand by the retreating tide. “Oh-oh,” he mutters to himself. “Look at that now, will yuh. I’ve run out of water.” He turns on his heel and heads back towards the pub. Good morning. Bob Mariani and his brother, John, have published a memoir, Almost Golden, about growing up in the North Bronx in the fifties. Available at or on Amazon. com.

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Providence finally gets a tapas bar The Spanish have a saying: A little bit, often. (Not that I know from experience, but I read extensively and quite longingly about their food culture.) That’s their approach to the famed tapas bars that dot the streets of most Spanish cities and towns: a little bit here, a little bit there, and only the best from each. Of course, in America our approach to dining tends to be quite different. It could probably be summed up as: A lot, whatever it is. There is, however, much to be gained and experienced by taking the more Spanish approach of sampling lots of little plates, usually accompanied by drinks. Unfortunately, there haven’t been many options to encourage dining that way. Downtown, however, is looking more and more like a good place to enjoy a little bit, often. Tini (200 Washington Street) deals exclusively in small plates in a very small space. Just grab one of the handful of seats at the bar, and sample a little something or two. Local 121 (121 Washington Street) also offers a selection of small plates to pair with a good cocktail. Westminster Street adds a couple of good new options to the mix. The new Sura (232 Westminster) features a wide array of Korean, Japanese and Chinese dishes for sampling and sharing, including appetizers, sushi and izakaya (Japanese bar food). The recently remodeled Tazza (250 Westminster) boasts an excellent cocktail menu to go with the all-new “Tazza Plates,” both cold and hot short plates of all sorts. The best news is that soon we will finally have tapas – actual tapas – something that has long been a glaring hole in Providence’s food scene. Later this month, Flan y Ajo tapas bar will open in the space formerly occupied by Farmstead Lunch (225 Westminster). Proprietors Diego Perez and Siobhan Chavarria, both of whom have spent time eating and exploring in Spain (Perez is of Spanish heritage, while Chavarria is from Costa Rica), are crafting an authentic tapas bar, complete with stand-up counter for noshing on a selection of small plates. What started as a mobile catering business and tapas cart quickly blossomed into a full-fledged tapas bar,

Welcome Diego and Siobhan at Flan Y Ajo one that Perez promises will not skew towards more modern, liberal interpretations of the cuisine. “It’s great news that people have an interest in tapas,” he enthuses. “I have noticed the great lack of Spanish food in Providence, but also the misunderstanding of what traditional Spanish tapas really are.” To that end, they will be serving traditional dishes like tortilla española, which is not a tortilla in the way we would normally think (something for wrapping a taco), but rather a Spanish-style omelet with potatoes and onions. Though they intend to stick mostly to such beloved Spanish favorites, they will add their own signatures, such as their saffron flan, a different spin on the ubiquitous custard dessert. Chavarria sees it as a creative way to incorporate the spice, which is a staple of Spanish cuisine, into their menu since paella, the dish with which it’s most closely associated, doesn’t figure into a tapas menu. While Flan y Ajo will not serve booze, they will be BYOB, and will foster a handin-hand relationship with Eno Fine Wines right next door. The store will offer plenty of wine and spirits to pair with tapas, and Perez and Chavarria will stock a house made sangria mix, which they will happily blend with your wine of choice for a truly Spanish experience. It’s a welcome addition to Downtown dining. Maybe one day we’ll be able to do as the Spaniards do and spend the night roving the streets in

search of only the best little bites. OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE After more than a year of reconstruction following the tragic March 2010 floods, NYLO Hotel (400 Knight Street, Warwick) finally reopened last month. Perched on the bank of the Pawtuxet River, the boutique hotel took in more than four feet of water on its first floor, causing significant damage. The good news for diners is that the hotel’s stylish restaurant is also back in business. The chic, Miami-esque lounge space boasts a great patio overlooking the river and the menu promises “sophisticated comfort food.” It’s just one more success story of people and businesses rebuilding after the historic floods. Congratulations, NYLO. The space formerly occupied by Cattails, a long time favorite among residents of East Providence, is now home to Vine Yard East (315 Waterman Avenue). As the name implies, the menu will be very much wine-influenced, continuing that address’s tradition of offering sophisticated takes on local favorites at reasonable prices. There are grilled pizzas, pastas and sandwiches, as well as appetizers and entrees with Italian and Portuguese flare: calamari, Portuguese kale soup, seafood fra diavolo, pork and clams, etc.

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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 $$-$$$ WAYLAND SqUARE DINER 208 Wayland Avenue; 421-2712. An East Side classic lives on. With fantastic breakfast and now lunch, the location is synonymous with great daytime dining in Wayland Square. BBrL $

Hope/Thayer CHEZ PASCAL 960 Hope Street; 4214422. Chef Matt Gennuso’s East Side kitchen offers French food with a modern twist. Try the Bistro Menu (TueThur), which features three courses for $30 per person. Delicieux! D $-$$$ GOURMET HOUSE 787 Hope Street; 831-4722. Beautiful murals and décor set the mood for delicious Cambodian and Southeast Asian cuisine, spicy curries and noodle dishes. The tamarind duck is a must. LD $-$$ KARTABAR 284 Thayer Street; 3318111. This European-style restaurant and lounge offers a full menu of unique dishes with Mediterranean flair and eclectic

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. Superb brunch. BBrLD $$-$$$ SAWADDEE THAI 93 Hope Street; 8311122. Serving authentic Thai cuisine since 1984 (originally under the name Bangkok Cuisine), Sawaddee Thai continues to set the standard, while providing a comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere. LD $

Wickenden BRICKWAY 234 Wickenden Street; 751-2477. With creative omelets and French toast and an artsy décor, this iconic morning stop on Wickenden remains a neighborhood favorite. Be sure to check the specials board. BL $ TEA IN SAHARA 69 Governor Street; 709-3252. Tea in Sahara brings a little taste of Morocco to Providence, with a selection of traditional appetizers, panini, coffees, teas and more in a relaxed atmosphere decorated with Moroccan handicrafts. LD $ Z-BAR 244 Wickenden Street; 8311566. This cozy, classic bistro offers value, and a wide range of fare including, steaks, panini, salads and house made ravioli with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients. BrLD $$

Outside Providence LJ’S BBq 727 East Avenue, Pawtucket; 305-5255. LJ’s features ribs, pork, chicken and beef cooked low and slow in their customized pit, made with recipes from co-owner Bernie Watson’s grandmother, Miss Leola Jean. It’s great food at a great value. LD $-$$

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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 variety to the local favorite Poppasquash Point. LD $$-$$$

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Aliens is a concept movie without a decent script. There is a director and actors to rely on, and this film is blessed in this regard. But to work, Cowboys and Aliens would have to establish and pay a little homage to classic western and science fiction clichés, yet move past them quickly to break either some new ground or enough eggs to scramble up a tasty meal. No such luck, in spite of all the talent on display here. Director Jon Favreau has done some fine work with the Iron Man movies, and once again stages exciting sequences with a couple of genuine jolts. In addition, he gets subtle meaning and fine comic asides from his actors. Daniel Craig brings true grit in the best sense of the words to his man-withno-name character. (Given his per-

formance here, alongside the terrific work of Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma, you may wonder why anyone would even consider casting an American actor as a lead in a western again.) Speaking of Americans, Harrison Ford shows off his cranky elder statesman expertly in his latest salty, entertaining characterization. (The only trouble with Ford’s presence is the ghost of Indiana Jones, hovering, reminding you of the truly terrific movies he was in when he was just a simple archeologist.) Unfortunately, five different writers (too many to list, really) get so heavy into clichés that they don’t know how to get out. Favreau spends a long half-hour fooling around with the wealthy cattleman and his itchy trigger-fingered son, the orphaned

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aspiration, he humanely experiments with chimpanzees. But something goes wrong with Franco’s favorite chimp (never mind what) and Franco quickly finds himself raising her orphan baby while caring for his own father (John Lithgow) who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Before you know it (never mind why), Franco must choose between breaking all the rules of science and his love for his dad. Or, to put it in context, like so many cinematic scientists (all the great ones, anyway), he gets to play God. You know how that goes. Director Rupert Wyatt can do the dirty digital dance well with his exciting apes, shooting some beautiful, tense scenes as Caesar (Andy Serkis), the ape who just says no to human domination of nature, leads a worldwide prison revolt. Wyatt does well with his actors, too, keeping Franco serious and sympathetic throughout, and benefitting from Serkis’s ability to project in digital format. (When you watch Caesar, it’s like watching Serkis’s Gollum in Lord of the Rings. In a digital image of a beast, you can see humanity.) There are several good allusions and homages to the franchise’s best moments, and a pleasing atmosphere of right triumphing over might, even though it results in the end of the world as we know it. But given the sympathetic bent of this film, the global economic collapse just outside the theater and the end of the Mayan calendar, and the world, coming up in 2012, you might find yourself welcoming the apocalypse, now, rather than later.

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During the summer, most of the major players in the city’s art community lie low, collecting themselves for their busiest season. With this in mind, make time this month for Cade Tompkins Projects as she launches her fall season with a brilliant solo exhibition by artist Serena Perrone. As with many exhibits in Providence, there is a connection between the artist and the city: Perrone attended RISD to earn her MFA in Printmaking. Since graduating in 2006, her work has been showing all over the country. Her list of exhibitions is impressive, especially because it is uncommon to see so many noteworthy shows so early in an artist’s career. There is an immediate sense of skill, maturity and unique innovation. Perrone’s style highlights a new trend in the emerging art community of being proudly fickle when selecting a medium; why select just one method when the combination of several can create a perfect fusion on the paper? The artist shows her ability to create combinations of woodblock prints, etchings, monotypes, and silver or gold point drawings. There is excellence in her technique. Unlike a canvas that be painted over or a photo that can be manipulated on a computer, each of the mediums Perrone chooses to work with have existed for hundreds of years and are

not particularly easy to master. They each require patience, precision, skill and the understanding that if there is even one hiccup in the process, there is no choice but to start over again. Amidst the different techniques, Perrone weaves a rich, symbolic visual language that can both tell a story for an inquisitive viewer and stand strong without explanation for those just seeking a gorgeously composed work. An example of this is the masterful Volcano Series. This print series consists of 20 dry point, gouache monotype, silkscreen and letterpress prints of volcanoes, which at first glance are expressive landscapes in which the volcano exhibits a humanlike quality. While the work is formidable when taken at face value, a deeper understanding reveals that the series is inspired by the journeys of an award-winning poet named Craig Arnold who went missing during a pilgrimage to a volcanic island off the coast of Japan in 2009. Hidden within the volcanoes’ plumes of smoke are words taken from the blog Arnold kept during his trip. Each print is date stamped to correspond to a particular blog entry. This work is a celebration, but even without the knowledge of this back-story, Volcano Series stands as visual proof of Perrone’s passion for and in her work. Also worth noting is Perrone’s

sculptural work, 27 Views of Shangri-La, which highlights her skill in wood burning on slices of a log through a series of drawings featuring businesses named “Shangri-La.” All of these drawings show the locations with a plume of smoke as if they were on fire, but they are also physically drawn on wood, which is the likely fundamental building component for each structure. Again, Perrone leaves her work complete and still open to interpretation. It is subtly mysterious, which seduces her audience to explore her imagery and symbolism. Though most of her art still remains silently personal, there is a hint with her recent work that she is beginning to discover the world outside of herself, while still giving her viewers something endlessly fascinating to observe. As a new season begins, it is important to not let certain opportunities slip through the cracks. Serena Perrone’s talent truly stands out in the fertile field of emerging artists and the chance to see her work in person is not to be missed. Serena Perrone September 10-October 31 Cade Tompkins Projects 168 Hope Street 751-4888

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While the economy may be in constant flux, you do have the option to own some beautiful appliances at a cost well below what you’d pay at the big box stores. Kitchen Guys owner Michael Gaffin is sitting on an enormous amount of inventory and he has recently decided to further discount his merchandise to 40-80% off the retail price. “Everything is priced to sell and no reasonable offer is refused,” Michael explains. It is certainly worth your while to browse the selection on their website or pay a visit to their no-frills warehouse and walk the maze of appliances. For those who aren’t in the know, Kitchen Guys offers one of the largest selections in New England of new, scratch-and-dent and refurbished appliances. His building is teeming with refrigerators, gas and electric ranges, wall ovens, microwaves, dishwashers, cook tops, washers/dryers, ice machines and wine refrigerators. A glance to the left reveals a gorgeous, practically new Electrolux fridge with bright LED lighting: this retails for $3,000 and Kitchen Guys is offering it for $1,200. In another area sits a majestic, top-of-the-line Thermador Freedom series refrigerator with interior shelves that move electrically to any height. This unit retails for $7,000 and Kitchen Guys is selling it for $3,000. Kitchen Guys has recently expanded their merchandise to include more brand new, in the package appliances, most of them offered at half off. This business specializes in stainless steel and has the largest selection of cook tops in the state. People come from all over New England to view the selection, but you have the benefit of being only a quick 15 minute drive away. “Our biggest thing is we save people money,” Michael says. Explore their aisles full of Whirlpool steam washers, GE Cafe and Dacor gas ranges. They carry a large selection of Energy Star certified appliances. Open Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm, or by appointment. Time to get that new appliance you’ve always wanted!

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a female client queries, in a tone that implies questions might be an unwelcome part of investment management. It bothers me when I meet a woman for the first time and she doesn’t feel entitled to financial education. Women still earn less than their male counterparts in the workforce, but the income gap is declining, according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group. As women’s earning power increases, they participate more in financial decisions, with 30% of women in the BCG study saying that they make investing decisions alone and not with a spouse or family member. Greater independence has not necessarily led to greater security, however. In a survey by Mass Mutual of its retirement plan participants, women were significantly less confident in making their own investment decisions (25.9%) than men (44.1%). In addition, the “fear gap” is widening. The fear gap is the difference between men and women’s anxiety over retirement savings. 75% of women surveyed said they were concerned about not having enough retirement savings vs. 63% of men. Additional studies show that women are more risk averse and less confident than men when it comes to investing. A common explanation is tied to the fact that women earn less, have smaller pensions and receive less in Social Security benefits. Since they statistically live five years longer than men, security becomes more elusive, leading them to be more conservative. Regardless of risk tolerance or confidence levels, 90% of women, at some point in their lives, will be responsible for their own finances. This statistic alone calls for women to ask good questions and educate themselves. Women feel comfortable when it comes to asking the financial planning questions, but not so much the investment questions. I find that women like to think longer term and prefer to have a clear set of goals. They evaluate their investments based on whether or not they are on track to meet their plans,

but it is the goals, not the investments, that demand the most attention. Take Erika. Her questions were very specific. She came to me when she was about to settle a suit related to the death of her mother. She knew that she wanted the settlement earmarked for her nieces and nephews, but she also wanted oversight of the distribution of money. The family relationships were complex and she wanted to ensure that her mother’s wishes would be carried out.

Erika’s primary question was, “How can I set things up so that the money goes where I want it to go during my life and afterwards?” As someone who managed a number of real estate properties, Erika was comfortable talking about money. However, she admitted that there was a lot she didn’t know and wanted to fully understand her options before making any major decision. Joan described herself as “lacking in confidence.” Over time she had adopted a fairly predictable lifestyle to keep her in her comfort zone. She was on track to have a decent retirement until life threw her a curve ball. For Joan, it was a divorce and a sudden drop in income. Long out of the labor force, she sold her house, left her neighborhood and headed back to a childhood haunt, where she needed to find new employment.

Joan’s questions included: • Can I afford to do this? • How long do I have before I need to find work? • When should I buy a house? At what price? Joan knew she had to change her life and had taken some bold steps to initiate that. Her goal set had been altered, leaving her with a lot of unknowns. While she felt she lacked confidence, she knew what to ask. So if women are good at asking the financial planning questions, what should they ask about their investments? I contend that there are a few simple questions everyone should have the answers to if they put their money in the markets in a sputtering investing environment. How much risk am I taking on? Risk is the chance that your portfolio will perform other than expected. Risk allows you to make money and to lose money. It is important for you to understand your risk tolerance to determine how much. What do I own? You would be surprised how many people can’t describe what the funds in their accounts actually hold or do. Knowing helps you avoid being blindsided by an unexpected loss. Why do I own it? Usually you choose a fund for a good reason, but that reason can change over time. If it has, you need to consider whether something else would be more appropriate in your portfolio. Will what I own get me to where I want to go? Longer term, what matters is that you meet your life-long goals. If your portfolio can’t do that, you may be forced to make unwanted changes to your lifestyle. Over time, it is easier to change the portfolio than the way you live. My advice is to ask a lot of questions. If your questions aren’t answered fully, ask again. And if you still feel you don’t understand, ask someone else. Everyone deserves a good financial education. Betsey Purinton, CFP® is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at StrategicPoint Investment Advisors. You can e-mail her at

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reading this column right now. I’m about to ask you to channel into action your general good will toward children and your belief that education has the power to transform us. I have a specific proposal: go back to school. The best thing you can do to support meaningful teaching and learning is to spend time inside a school on a regular basis. It’s the only real way to comprehend the opportunities and challenges that confront schools. A perennially red-hot topic of public discourse, education is actually quite difficult to talk about because so many of us already feel saturated with information. We constantly see portrayals of schools in our media. Most of us have put in plenty of time as students. Many of us are currently or have recently been parents of schoolchildren. A healthy number of us have worked in or with schools at some point in our careers. The evidence that a thoughtful person can glean from these exposures is meaningful, but it’s not enough to understand the specific challenges of teaching and learning in today’s schools. Schools have changed enormously. Most parents have some sort of contact with their kids’ schools during the trailing edges of the day or one-off events designed specifically to welcome visitors. The only real way to understand the opportunities and challenges that today’s students and educators face is to be with them as often as you reasonably can. Just to be clear, I am not suggesting that you drop everything and start hanging out at your neighborhood school. I am suggesting that you consider volunteering with Inspiring Minds (formerly and sometimes still known as Volunteers in Providence Schools, or VIPS) for an hour or two a week helping Providence’s early elementary schoolchildren to become proficient readers by third grade. Without any prior training or skills – with simply the desire to show up on a consistent

basis – you can ensure that the children you work with have the skills they need to become lifelong learners. I talked with Executive Director Terri Adelman about “The Time is Now: Proficiency in Reading and Math by Third Grade,” Inspiring Minds’ flagship program committed to focusing the powerful resource of adults who are willing to spend time with kids in kindergarten through third grade working on literacy and math skills. Describing the purpose of the program, Adelman says, “Study after study shows that for lifelong academic success, it really matters that kids know how to read by third grade. Until then, their work is to learn, but after third grade, that kids need to use their literacy skills to gain critical knowledge and information. Learning to read by third grade is essential so that our kids are able to do well in school and graduate as welleducated citizens.” Driven by the conviction that the best use of its resources – primarily the human resources of volunteers – is to ensure that all early learners are getting the help and support that they need, Inspiring Minds focuses

on younger elementary school children. It aims to accelerate the learning of those young students who need extra support. Working in collaboration with the Providence Public Schools in ten elementary schools, the program pairs volunteers with students who have been identified as likely to benefit from added support. During this school year, Inspiring Minds aims to match 800 students with volunteers, who receive training and ongoing support. In future years, Adelman hopes to expand the “The Time Is Now” program to reach students in every elementary school citywide. Inspiring Minds volunteers work with students two to three times a week, though individual volunteers can be one member of a team and therefore spend time with the child once a week. More hours are great, but not necessary. The impact of volunteers’ work is powerful: data collected during prior implementations of the program demonstrate that children who participate in “The Time is Now” program learn 30 percent faster than their peers who don’t get extra help. An hour a week. Maybe two. Consider the clear impact that working on reading and math with eager young learners can have not only on them, but also on you. If the commitment really is too much, and I can understand why for some it may well be, I still urge you to contact Inspiring Minds to offer your help. There are ways that you can participate in the life of a school less intensively, and the organization itself needs support so it can continue to thrive. For many of us, the good karma alone is likely enough. In case you need more, you’ll have the opportunity to spend time in a school gaining insight into the lives of teachers and students that you can’t get any other way. We need more citizens with that insight. Jill Davidson can be reached at or her blog,

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September music | performance | social happenings | galleries | learn | sports

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MUSIC arena & club | classical ARENA & CluB MET Sept 1: Polar Bear Club. Sept 8 & 29: Epic Thursdays with D.J. Nook and Ron C. Sept 9: 1st Anniversary with The Agents & The Ravers. Sept 10: Yo La Tengo. Sept 16: Sean Hayes. Sept 17: Itchy Fish- A Tribute to Pearl Jam. Sept 20: MUTEMATH – The Odd Soul Introduction Tour. Sept 22: Drag the River. Sept 23: Donna The Buffalo. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005, CHAN’S Sept 2: Greg Hodde. Sept 3: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. Sept 10: Debra Mann. Sept 17: Mississippi Heat. Sept 23: Killborne Alley Blues Band. 267 Main Street, Woonsocket. 765-1900, TWIN RIVER Sept 2: Dezyne. Sept 3: M-80. Sept 4: The Bernadettes. Sept 9: Fast Times. Sept 10: Witzend. Sept 11: Brandy. Sept 16: Amish Outlaws. Sept 17: Wicked Peach. Sept 18: Niki Luparelli & the Gold Diggers. Sept 24: Steve Anthony & Persuasion. Sept 25: Kim Thomas Band. Sept 30: Something Else. Lighthouse Bar, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. 877-82-RIVER, www. FIREHOUSE 13 Sept 2-3: Rotten Records Showcase. Sept 9: Demolisher, The Oppressor,

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KENNEDY PLAZA Thursdays: Noon Tunes, eclectic lunchtime music series; Fountain of Youth Skateboarding. 5-9pm. Fridays: Downtown Farmers Market. 11am-2pm. Burnside Park, 2 Kennedy Plaza. 331-5544.

GALLERIES PAWTUCKET ARTS COLLABORATIVE Aug 28-Oct 28: Annual Open Juried Exhibit. PAC Gallery, 17 Main Street, Pawtucket. BELL GALLERY AT BROWN Sept 3-Nov 6: Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future. List Art Center, 64 Col-

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KIDS +FAMILY PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Play & Learn: the museum’s open-ended story-based program especially for 2-to 4-year olds and their parents. See website for full schedule. 100 South Street.

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LEARN discussion | instruction | tour DISCuSSION BROOKLYN COFFEE TEA HOUSE Sept 1: Christina Aguilera- Creating An Artist Brand presented by Al Gomes and A. Michelle, who were Directors of Online Entertainment and Marketing for Aguilera and her company, Three Wishes Productions, Inc. $5. 7:00pm. 206 Douglas Ave. 274-4770. BROWN UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE Sept 14: Anthony Amore, art security expert, reads from his book Stealing Rembrandt’s with a discussion to follow. 5:30pm. Sept 15: Michael Belfante, Brown alum, discusses his book on 9/11, Reluctant Hero. 6:00pm. 244 Thayer Street. 999-8015, RHODE ISLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP Sept 15: Perfecting the Art and Science of Collaborations. Sept 29: Aristotle Model for Complex Problem Solving. 8:00am. $75. 315 Iron Horse Way. 637-4595. PROVIDENCE 375 EXHIBITS & LECTURES Sept 17: Size Matters: The Corliss Steam Engine & the Industrial Ingenuity of Providence reception at 2:00pm; talk with historian Richard Greenwood, PhD at 2:30pm. Through October: Exhibit of materials from PPL’s RI Collection, including historic photographs of the Corliss Steam Engine, on the 3rd floor. Free, Ages 21+. Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street. 455-8000, FLEET LIBRARY AT RISD Sept 30: Poetry reading and discussion with Forrest Gander presented by the Rhode Island Center for the Book. 7:30pm. 15 Westminster Street. HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS Thru Oct 15: Benefit Street: A Mile of History. A 90-minute walk beginning at the John Brown House Museum. Tuesday-Saturday at 11am. Adults $12, Seniors & RIHS Members $10, Children under 12 $6. 52 Power Street. 273-7507,

GOVERNOR HENRY LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM Fridays: May-Oct., tour this amazing 19th century house at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Adult $10, children under 12 free. Tours can also be scheduled by calling the Museum office in advance at 453-0688,


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East of Elmgrove

by Elizabeth Rau | illustration by Christina Song

Fear of Flying You can escape a disaster, but not the memories Up, up and away, and here we go over amber waves of grain and purple mountains, majestic and utterly American at 10,000 feet. They are down there, where I want to be, but it’s too late. I’m stuck. I am surrounded by passengers gabbing about their great aunt in Kansas or happily munching on stale peanuts in between sips of flat Coke. I’ve got the jitters. I am double crossing my fingers and asking the Hound of Heaven to delay the inevitable. I have that tingly feeling in my belly that comes from sheer terror. I dig deep into the front pocket of my jeans and rummage around for a tiny white pill. My sweet lady. A Valium. I don’t even ask for water. I love to sing, but I hate to fly. A long time ago, I didn’t mind zipping through the air at 580 miles per hour in an aluminum tube with low ceilings and cramped bathrooms. I flew alone from my hometown of St. Louis to the Delaware coast when I was a mere nine years old to spend the summer with a friend and never panicked during the three-hour flight. The breakfast of scrambled eggs and sausage was delicious. Then along came that train wreck and the sky turned from Robin egg’s blue to gunbolt gray. The deadly experience made me realize that those big objects that take you places and the people who drive them are imperfect. Flashback to the winter of 1987: After visiting my sister and her husband in Washington D.C. for the New Year, I boarded Amtrak’s Colonial to Connecticut, where I lived during my early months working as a reporter for The Providence Journal. The train was packed with holiday travelers, so I ended up sitting in a rear car. We left around noon, and I remember thinking that I should go to the café car to get a cup of coffee to perk up for the six-hour ride. The crowd was thick, and I decided to stay put. Less than an hour later, just outside Baltimore, the train jolted to a stop. The lights flickered and then went out. I heard a deafening screech. I lunged forward, hitting my head and leg on 62

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the seat in front of me. I got up to investigate and bumped into a man standing in the aisle with a bloody gash across his forehead. I ran outside and screamed for help and soon realized the enormity of what had happened. The cars in front were piled on top of each other in a horrific pile of twisted metal. Passengers, most with bloody wounds, were walking around in a daze. Residents living in tiny West Twin River heard the blast from their houses and ran to the track to pull people from the burning wreckage. I was one of the lucky ones. My decision to sit in back and to forgo coffee probably saved my life. It was one of the worst crashes in Amtrak’s history. Fifteen people — many of whom were in the café car — were killed, as well as an Amtrak engineer and café worker. Hundreds of the 600 passengers were injured. I stayed in the town for four days, sleeping in a family’s house near the track and filing stories to the Journal. I also took photos that ran all over the world. Back then there was no such thing as a laptop. I dictated my articles over the phone to the newsroom:

Passengers with bloody foreheads and swollen eyes called out for loved ones still trapped inside. “My husband went to get some food,’’ one woman said, weeping and pacing frantically. Some gathered on a road nearby, clinging to each other with their heads bowed. A train conductor, his face splattered with blood, sat on the ground with his legs splayed out in front of him and a blanket over his shoulders. He stared ahead vacantly. A woman held his hand. I even received treatment for my wound: a gash on my leg from hitting the seat. In no time, rescue workers figured out what had caused the crash. Moving at more than 100 mph, the Colonial had rammed three Conrail locomotives that had run a caution light and failed to slow down. Months later, the Conrail engineer admitted to smoking marijuana and eventually served time in prison for his role in the crash. Traveling for me has never been the same. It took a decade before I would ride a train again. Even now, when a train speeds up, I clutch the armrests and count the minutes until we arrive safely at our next stop. I always sit in

a rear car, and I try my best not to get up while the train is moving. I refuse to go to the café car. Can you blame me? Surprisingly, flying is a challenge too. When the pilot hits the brakes on the runway, my back presses against the seat and, for a moment, I feel like I’m back on the Colonial speeding down the track. Will we make it? Minutes after the collision, I met Eric, a 23-year-old neighbor who rushed from his house to help. I slept on a hide-a-bed in his parents’ basement for days while I reported the story. Back home weeks later, Eric wrote me a letter saying that he was having anxiety attacks and nightmares. He said his life would never be the same. “The trains give everyone the chills when the whistle blows,’’ he wrote in his loopy handwriting. “The feeling is a tense feeling like you might feel when you hear a car slam on its brakes just before an accident or in a close call.’’ He told me he was going to be an architect. I wonder if he made it. I wonder. Elizabeth Rau is an East Side resident who can be reached at

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Emeline. Exquisite Charpentier brick Colonial. 6 beds, 3.2 baths on 3 floors. Gorgeous gumwood details, hardwoods, updated eat-in-kitchen, central air conditioning, lovely porch and yard, 2 car garage. Move-in! $749,000.

Olney. Stately 6 bed Colonial on park like grounds. Spacious rooms, original architectural details, refinished oak floors, high ceilings & more. Updated electric/heat/roof/windows. 2 fireplaces, 3rd floor family room. $739,000.

Thayer. Circa 1806 home has been thoroughly redesigned while maintaining yesteryear’s charm. Wide plank flooring, 3 beds, 7 fireplaces, chef’s kitchen, new baths, central air. Unbelievable gardens w/summer kitchen. 2 car parking. $694,000.

Fosdyke. Brick Georgian with handsome slate roof and wonderful yard on quiet street. Great value! 5 bed, 2.5 bath home w/fireplace, new windows, hardwoods throughout. Classic details throughout. Close to shops, restaurants, Boulevard. $645,000.

Everett. Appealing turn-of-the-century home with original character, lovely moldings, oak/pine floors, fireplace. Sunny open layout. Large kitchen. Sunroom with wood stove. Great master suite with private bath, sitting room. 2 car garage. Perennial garden. New roof. $639,000.

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