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Contents October 2012
This Month 23 An Inaugural Affair Brown welcomes its nineteenth president with open arms
25 A Race On Politics The primary results are in
23 Hair Of the Dog Our annual Halloween story is spookier than ever
28 We’re Stumped
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Who is the man, the myth, the legend behind the East Side’s unusual chairs
17 43 Movies
32 Fall Arts Preview
We’ve rounded up the best in theatre, music, film, art and more
45 On the Menu
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Taste your way down Atwells Avenue
46 Dining Guide
5 Letters/Editorial 8 Other Side 11 Community News
All the info on October’s happenings
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We Can Make It Happen in RI More often than not, our beloved Ocean State finds itself atop too many “Worst” lists when it comes to state rankings. Worst state for business. For taxes. For its students fleeing to other states. For an inferiority complex second to none in the nation. Under the guidance of its director Neil Steinberg, the RI Foundation recently convened an all-day Friday and Saturday morning workshop for leaders in the private sector… businesses, non profits, general do-gooders. The turnout of over 300 participants, about double what organizers expected, demonstrated one of the unique advantages our state does have. Where else could 300 of its
best and brightest be willing to come together to brainstorm new ideas to help their state? Ideas on job creation. Streamlining regulations. Incentivizing company formation and expansion. Improving its self-image. Tapping into best practices of its neighbors. And all without back-biting, egotism or “my idea is better than yours”-ing. Were there answers? No. At least not yet. Was there enthusiasm? Were there some good ideas? Did several go viral and create even more ideas? You betcha. Was there a commitment by participants to reconvene and move on to step two? Absolutely. Over the next few weeks, the foun-
dation will be organizing steps to move the process forward. They will suggest some ideas that participants thought might be acted upon right away while putting out a call for action to begin next steps on some of the larger and more complicated issues. We urge all of our readers to keep their eyes, ears and minds open as these ideas begin to take shape and to get involved where appropriate. Make It Happen RI has provided an incredible jump-start to diagnosing what can be done to fix our state. Let’s not waste this unique opportunity to rekindle the creativity and energy that has always make Rhode Island such a special place to live and work.
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Letters Changing the Streets of our Districts To the editor: Some East Siders are asking questions as they suddenly learn that they are now in House District 1 when they’d always been in District 3. For many decades, through legislative downsizing and the every 10-year redrawing of lines to recognize population changes, College Hill and the middle of the East Side have been part of RI House District 3. Based on the most recent census results, a population decline in the East Bay area of the state has pushed district lines north and west. As a result, this redistricting has added the area around Waterplace Park, the State House and a portion of Smith Hill to most of the old District 3. However, since the State House has traditionally been in District 1, our number has had to be changed, hence District 3 will officially become District 1 as of January 1, 2013. Perhaps East Side Monthly would publish a map to illustrate this change? Edith H. Ajello Currently Representative District 3 (Now renamed as District 1)
Editor’s Note: Certainly a good, and important point. While we couldn’t get the district map to fit in the paper because of its horizontal nature, here’s a description of the East Side areas that will be in the new District 1: The district starts at the Seekonk River on the east, goes up Gulf Avenue to Loring, makes a right onto Grotto until Upton Street where it goes north to Elmgrove. It then takes a left for a block onto Hazard, goes up to Taber and then makes a right onto Olney generally continuing north until ending at I-95. Coming back, the district encompasses the downtown apartments between I-95 down to Canal Street before heading south along South Main down to Power Street. It then goes east along Power until Cooke Street, goes one block to Young Orchard and then onto Governor Street until Angell. The district then runs down to the river ending at the Henderson Street Bridge. Hope this helps voters in the district.
Finally Time for Term Limits? To the editor: Your September issue featured some interesting articles. If Rhoda Perry pulled off this surprise withdrawal of her name at the last minute to benefit someone whom she wished to “anoint” as her successor, I hope it doesn’t work out that way in the next election. In all the years she served as my “elected” representative in the State Senate, I never laid eyes on her. If she walked the streets of the East Side, she never rang my bell. If she did, wouldn’t she have left her calling card-leaflet? That tells me she was not interested in my vote, that she had the election all tied up in a neat little bundle. Now she is trying to control her seat via a surrogate. Nasty business! No wonder so few ran. I do know that at least one person, Barry Fain from your paper, did challenge her and nearly won! She served much too long, if she really deserved the verb “served”? Perhaps we need to rewrite our laws to prevent such longevity. Jane S. Nelson
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Cleaning up City Hall: A Dirty Job, But Somone’s Gotta Do It Time for Mayoral Makeovers
For once, we’re happy to report that this city hall clean up involves nothing political at all. Rather, we’re supporting an event designed to help restore a group of 32 Providence mayoral portraits spanning more than 170 years, which is said to be one of the most complete collections of its kind in America. Hosted by Mayor Taveras, Councilman Terry Hassettt and a committee of over 40 local business leaders, the event will be held at 6pm in the GTECH building on Thursday, September 27. There will be food, drinks and music too. Given that many of our mayors have come from the East Side, it’s appropriate that the emcee for the evening will be Orchard Avenue resident and former Mayor Joseph Paolino. Many of the portraits were done years ago by some of the area’s most famous portraitists, several of whom were founders of the Providence Art Club. Two of the oldest paintings in need of restoration are of former East Side mayors Elisha Dyer (who lived on Power Street) and Frank F. Olney (from Benefit Street). Tickets are just $50 and can be reserved by calling City Archivist Paul Campbell at 421-7740 extension 558 or e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pizza and Pigskins
If you want to discover whether the Brown Bears really have a shot at winning the Ivy League football crown, you might want to head to Hope Street Pizza, 772 Hope Street, on a Thursday evening at 6pm. Brown Coach Phil Estes will be hosting a live talk show on AM790 from there through October 11. He dissects how the season has been going and what we can look forward to. It’s a fun event and needless to say they’ll be plenty to eat and drink while the coach holds court. The season kicks off with a night game at Brown Stadium against Harvard on September 29.
A Once-In-a-Decade Party... and We’re All Invited
Brown University has been around for well over 200 years and over that time they have had less than 20 presidents. So when they host an inauguration party it’s a big deal. On Friday, October 26 at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium the school will be holding a special celebration honoring Christina Hull Paxson as she becomes the 19th president of the University. Actress and Brown alumna Kate Bur-
ton will be the emcee for the festivities with artistic direction provided by Trinity Rep and the brown-Trinity MFA students. The event is free and open to the public with tickets available at www.brown.edu/go/inauguration. The actual inauguration ceremony will take place on the College Green on Saturday at 2pm with a reception to follow. Again, the event is free and open to all of us. It’s a truly festive weekend and quite nice of Brown to make it available for all us.
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In its annual Fall Symposium, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will be presenting what promises to be a lively and somewhat controversial peek behind the scenes of preservation and that will end with a party in the Superman Building. A diverse group of speakers will convene from October 11-13 in a forum called “Not Always Pretty: Behind the Façade of Historic Preservation in Providence.” Attendees will be invited to consider the obscure characters, locations and sometimes bizarre plot twists in the story of Providence preservation
and what makes it a difficult subject to categorize. For more info about specifics of the event contact www. providencesymposium,com or call PPS at 831-7440. That same weekend, PPS will be holding their annual Gala on Saturday evening, October 13, which concludes the Symposium. Come join the “Skyscraper Club” in the iconic art deco Superman Building for a reception in their private dining room on the 25th floor complete with a DecoDisco later in the evening. Contact www. ppsri.org for details.
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That’s College Hill we’re talking about, at least this month. Since we all know by now College Hill really is haunted and since October and Halloween is at hand, maybe it’s time to let you know just how haunted. There’s Poe, and Lovecraft… and heh, heh, heh so much more. Check out the Ghost Tours that will continue all this month. They begin and, hopefully, end at Prospect Terrace Park on Congdon Street and will provide you with all the gory details of what really goes on after hours in Providence. For more info on the Ghost Tours contact 484-8687 or go to www.providenceghosttour.com.
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In case you haven’t noticed, the emerging North Main Street Merchants Association has been diligently working with Miriam Hospital to do some terrific street beautification projects, like flower planters in the median. New businesses have opened along the street too. And now RIPTA is planning a rapid transit line with artistic shelters and there seems to be a real movement toward a more unified look. Peter Kammerer of the Sandwich Hut is the president of the merchant’s group; he says that the goal is to convert the old North Main Street back into a “neighborhood” Main Street to make it less of a pass through. Any businesses wanting to join the merchant’s group can contact Peter at the Sandwich Hut at 272-2590.
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Summit By Kerry Kohring Summit Neighborhood Association Phone Number: 489-7078 Website: www.SummitNeighbors.org Email: email@example.com Mailing Address: SNA, PO Box 41092, Providence RI 02940 Annual music festival draws hundreds, including the mayor The Third Annual SNA Music Festival on Saturday, August 25 in Lippitt Park drew hundreds of people, including one prominent non-Summit resident, Mayor Angel Taveras. The festival, which ran from 1pm until 5 pm, featured four bands and a dance ensemble, a special corner for kids, a beer garden for adults and a generous helping of food vendors for everyone. Add to that the morning farmers’ market and craft tents plus the afternoon t-shirts and Zip Cars, all set against the background of the park’s playground and it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. The City of Providence provided the stage and the electricity for bands Smith & Weeden, Moga, The Mighty Good Boys and Mamadou, with a performance by the Jump Dance Company providing a change of pace. One of the most popular features was the kiddie section with performances by Rock-aBaby that involved dozens of children – from toddlers to preteens – and their parents. There were also building blocks
and face painting. Even after the bands stopped playing, families lingered in the park, tossing balls, laughing with friends or just relaxing on the grass. Congressional candidate forum The SNA is sponsoring a public candidates’ forum in the election for U.S. representative from the First Congressional District. The candidates have agreed to present their views to neighborhood constituents at 7 pm on October 17 in the Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Avenue. Questions for the candidates may be submitted in advance via email to SNAProv@gmail.com or you can ask your question at the forum. Pumpkin-themed bakeoff set It’s that time of year again – the Summit Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a fall bake-off contest. This year’s theme will be pumpkins and we welcome everyone to participate. Come with your best pumpkin recipe and your game face on. This year we will have a panel of “celebrity” judges, as well as a people’s choice award, with prizes for the winners. The event will be held Tuesday, October 30, at Seven Stars Bakery, 820 Hope Street. There will also be wine tasting and entertainment. For further details, see the SNA website. Snow-shoveling aid planned You may not be thinking about snow yet, but the Summit Neighborhood Association is. We are trying to organize a brigade of volunteers to help clear the walks of our elderly and disabled neighbors this winter. If you would like to volunteer for this project, or you or a neighbor could use assistance with shoveling, send emails to Britt Page and Tom Schmeling at SNAsnow@ gmail.com or call Tom at 241-0242.
Lippitt Park bench improvements Parks Department head Bob MacMahon has discussed repairs and additions to the benches in Lippitt Park with SNA, which has funds available from Parents For Parks, The Miriam Hospital and its own money. The SNA board of directors approved discretionary purchase of benches after an assessment of the park layout is made. Community gardens move ahead An SNA committee promoting a community garden at the back of the “tot lot” playground at Ninth Street and Summit Avenue reports that Bob MacMahon of the city Parks Department is supportive. He has determined that the space could accommodate 30 garden beds 10 feet by 4 feet and has irrigation water available. MacMahon also was receptive to suggestions about improvements to the play areas including new equipment, benches with shade and a track around the whole area for wheeled toys. He said proposals from the City’s landscape architect would be forthcoming. Residents are invited to directors’ meetings. The board convenes at 7pm the third Monday of every month in the cafeteria of Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Avenue. The meetings are open and neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend.
Blackstone Parks By Jane Peterson Blackstone Parks Phone Number: 270-3014 www.blackstoneparksconservancy.org Mailing Address: P.O. Box 603141, Providence, RI 02906
Heading into fall This summer, a number of new friends of parks stepped up to help the Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) protect “the jewel of Providence” - Blackstone Boulevard Park - as well as the semi-wild Blackstone Park Conservation District overlooking the Seekonk River. And a new group set up by the Providence Parks Department (http://providenceparks.org), Partnerships for Parks, enables us to forge links with other parks in Providence for everyone’s mutual benefit. Bearing considerable talent and experience, these volunteers arrive at just the right moment to help us accomplish several goals: to strengthen our educational outreach, to create alliances with environmental groups, and to get a deeper grip on our parks’ past. You will be hearing more about several newcomers in the months to come. For now here are just two of the people enlivening these parks. On our website, perhaps you’ve seen Elisa Vele-Tabaddor’s bird column. A child psychologist who juggles a job and the needs of a toddler with researching birds and liaisoning with the Providence Police, Elisa is a relative newcomer to the East Side. She works on issues concerning the neighborhood of the Conservation District and River Road. Elena Riverstone, park committee member and coordinator of a relatively new group, Friends of Blackstone Woods, is an amateur photographer/artist and retired business owner. She aids the Conservancy in organizational matters, invasive plant species management, education, and design. “Healthy Urban Green Space for All” is our vision. Below are Elena’s musings on a “stakeout” at York Pond:
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Community News “In the warm light of an early August evening, I see what I had hoped for: a night heron, perched on a dead branch hanging out over York Pond, motionless, staring at the water, waiting for fish. With its short legs and stocky body, it appears neckless as it perches, hunched over the water, utterly lacking the grace of its relatives, day herons and egrets… Over the next two weeks when I go to see the herons, they’re no longer there. Maybe they’ve moved to Hockey Pond in the southern section of the park where the water is cleaner. It hasn’t yet rained, and York Pond is shallow, murky, with an unpleasant smell. The need to clean the pond is painfully clear. How can we keep our population of wading birds, ducks and swallows, the snapping turtles, dragonflies, and the myriad other forms of life that live in the pond unless we protect our wetlands? How can we afford to lose this rare opportunity to experience wildlife in its natural habitat, virtually at our doorstep?” The Boulevard The ever-popular summer concerts drew nearly 400 people to the Trolley Shelter by season’s end. The natural stone bench at the trolley shelter will be formally dedicated to Lillian and Sol Koffler in early October. We thank Sandy and Richard Bornstein for this beautiful addition to the historic trolley shelter site. The BPC and the Parks Department are discussing removal of dead and dying trees on the Boulevard. We are jointly considering which trees might be candidates for sculpting and carving. Two volunteer researchers are assembling a history of the Boulevard and the Conservation District. If you have any memories or references such as letters or journals - please contact us. Events We need your help. The BPC with the help of the Appalachian Mountain Club is renewing efforts to check the damage done by intensifying storms. Upcoming workdays in the Blackstone Park Conservation District: late September or early October (date to be announced) and October 28, with rain dates the following Sundays. See our website for more information. Eastside Marketplace receipts make a difference. Please keep them coming to the P.O. Box above.
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Friends of Brown Street Park Phone Number: 454-8712 www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing Address: 30 Pratt Street Providence, RI 02906 Events this month Save the Date for our 6th Annual “Fiends” of Brown Street Park Halloween event Tuesday, October 31 from 3:30-5:00pm. We need friends to help plan this event. Please email Wendy email@example.com if you want to help make this year’s event more Spooktacular than ever. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
24 is scheduled to hear our other state Representative, Edith Ajello (D), and her independent challenger, Francisco González. Candidates or representatives from other campaigns may also be invited. (This meeting will be exactly one week after Summit Neighborhood Association’s Congressional debate on Wednesday, October 17 at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Avenue.) September meeting No agenda or speakers had been fixed by this column’s deadline for our meeting in the bookstore at 7pm. on Wednesday, September 26 (which will occur after many of you read this column). One possible topic might be informal reports back from the various political parties’ national conventions by East Siders who attended as delegates, alternates, observers or volunteers. Check our Yahoo! Group’s public message board (above) for current details. Brief commercial notes Yoga Plus has opened on the former site of Kyureo Antiques on South Angell Street, next to UPS (Mailboxes Etc.) Across the street and next to Lim’s, the store that housed Mod Mama is now empty.
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Fox Point Neighborhood Association Phone Number: 270-7121 Website: www.fpna.net Email: email@example.com Mailing Address: P.O. Box 603177 Providence, RI 02906
Monthly meetings Wednesdays, September 26, October 24 and November 28 at 7 pm., Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street at Elmgrove, next to CVS. Free and open to all. Candidates’ forums There were nearly twice as many attendees as seats at our Democratic primary debates on August 22 between Gayle Goldin and Maryellen Butke to succeed State Senator Rhoda Perry, and between State Representative Chris Blazejewski and his challenger Dirk Hennessey. The spirit, like the campaigns themselves, was excited but cordial, although the questions elicited few striking contrasts in views. Many thanks to Ray, Susan, Andrew, Carole and Jennifer at Books on the Square, and to Martha, Sarah, Mary, Hollie and Joan at the League of Women Voters (who kept time and order while I moderated). Our meeting on Wednesday, October
Events this month FPNA is revising its Monthly Board Meeting schedule from the second Monday of the month to another weekday. Location will remain the Vartan Gregorian Bath House Library (455 Wickenden Street). Please check www.fpna.net for meeting details. Councilman Yurdin calls for traffic safety improvements Councilman Seth Yurdin, in an August 29th letter to Michael P. Lewis, director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), has called for safety improvements to the Wickenden/Benefit interchange as the I-195 relocation project continues. As noted in Yurdin’s letter, “The problems most often cited (by residents) include excessive speeding from highway exit ramps; pedestrian access; and safety and con-
gestion.” The Fox Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) is also aware of numerous complaints from residents, including reports of a downed portion of the RIDOT temporary fence that separates the South Main exit ramp from a nearby sidewalk and the Holy Rosary Church. Lt. John Ryan reported to FPNA that no accident report had been filed on the recent incident, but it appeared likely that an automobile had left the road and run over several fence posts before leaving the scene. Councilman Yurdin is advocating for improvements to the area that would include pedestrian accessibility, increased signage advising motorists that they are entering a residential neighborhood, and increased enforcement of traffic laws and speeding. In 2012, the RI General Assembly passed legislation (2012-S 2131, 2012-H 7352), which establishes that “it shall be the policy of the state to consider people of all ages and abilities and all appropriate forms of transportation when planning roadway projects.” FPNA’s board feels the current plan for the I-195 relocation is in need of adjustments to better comply with the Complete Streets design principles. The RI Coalition for Transportation Choices will be monitoring the implementation of Complete Streets. Check http://www.rictc.org/ for more information and updates. FPNA’s board elects new president In August, FPNA’s Board of Directors unanimously elected Christina Morra as its new President. She previously served as recording secretary for the organization. Morra has lived in Fox Point since April 2006, when she moved to Fremont Street. In 2010, she purchased a multifamily residence near the historic Roger Williams Landing Park. She also serves on the Auction Committee for the Tockwotten Home. An East Side native, Morra grew up on Summit Avenue, beginning her neighborhood association experience by helping her mother pass out leaflets for the Summit Neighborhood Association. She attended St. Pius V. School and LaSalle Academy before studying Public Administration and City Management at Roger Williams University. Morra has a wide range of experience consulting and campaigning for issues as well as candidates. She serves as the Rhode Island Director of Fair Vote, a national voter reform advocacy organization, and serves on a state commission that was created to study advanced voting methods for elections in the State of
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The Paxson Years Begin Brown’s nineteenth president to be inaugurated this month by Barry Fain & Steven Triedman photography by Jonathan Beller Brown University’s 19th president, Christina Hull Paxson, seems to be the real deal. When we sat down with the disarmingly personable new president, she described what’s she’s been doing during her first few months on campus. “I’ve been trying to take a ‘crash course’ on Brown, the city and the state so I can learn about how things operate here.” According to the Brown Daily Herald, she also spent quite a bit of time meeting individually with department and program heads in their offices where she was struck by “the sense of collaboration that exists among different disciplines. It’s not as if each department is a little self contained unit; people work across areas.” The new president comes across as bright, charming and unpretentious with a wonderful, sometimes self-deprecating sense of humor. She has wasted no time in meeting with some of the other university presidents, key government officials and community leaders. “What has already become clear to me is that the universities and colleges in Rhode Island are really not competing with each other, so we can explore ways to complement each other.“ Like her predecessors, Paxon acknowledgeges that Brown will continue to expand. But she also understands the importance of dealing with community issues that can lead to major towngown conflicts: “I’m looking ahead, not back.” As for her thoughts on the recent awkward confrontation between President Simmons and Mayor Taveras over payments in lieu of taxes to the City, the new president skillfully (and probably wisely) skirted the issue. “It’s hard for me to go back to those discussions since I wasn’t here, though I’m sure today’s difficult economic times have put stress on both of the parties. Based on
the smiling pictures of the two of them when the deal was concluded, there seems to have been a good and fair outcome to the negotiations and everyone seems relieved that the deal got done. My sincere hope is to continue to build on this relationship.” The fear some at the university expressed after the accord was reached with the City was that the new deal might only serve as a stepping stone to even more renegotiations if the City
was unable to keep its financial ship afloat. President Paxson feels comfortable that the new deal is a fair one to both parties and is secure. “Since much of my academic background revolves around economic development, it is apparent to me it’s important that Brown’s growth needs to also help Rhode Island be successful.” “There will be more development as the university grows, but I hope that we can not just be Brown-centric and edu-
cate the community as we develop our plans,” she adds, hinting at further development on the campus, the Jewelry District and possibly the new 195 land. The medical school will continue to grow and will hopefully become a new economic engine for the city and state. “I already have a Rhode Island license plate on my car and am registered to vote,” she exclaims. “Providence is a great city, very comfortable and livable. It reminds me of when I grew up in Pittsburgh.” She boasts that her first experience with Brown dates back to the ‘70s. “My brother, who is six years older than me, went to Brown. He arrived as a short-haired freshman and by Thanksgiving had shaggy long hair all over the place,” she recalls, laughingly referring to her brother as a hippie. Paxson arrives with some impressive academic credentials. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore, she continued on to Columbia where she earned a PhD in economics. Upon graduating, she became an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton. After rising to a full professorship at Princeton, she also won five annual awards for teaching excellence there. She served as the chairman of Princeton’s Economics Department and was the founding director of a NIA Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging. In 2000, she founded the Center for Health and Well Being at Princeton, an interdisciplinary research center that is part of the wellrespected Woodrow Wilson School. The center, which Paxton led until 2009, offered certificate programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in health and health policy. But it’s her recent success that has helped her create a resume that attracted the attention of the Brown Search Committee as they sought out October 2012 East Side Monthly
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their next president. Her work in recent years focused on the impact of childhood health and circumstances on economic and health outcomes over the course of their lives; the impact of the AIDS crisis on children’s health and education in Africa; and the long run consequences of Hurricane Katrina on the mental and physical health of vulnerable populations. She is also a senior editor of The Future of Children and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is probably best known in the popular media for her research with Anne Case on the relationship of height to status, intelligence and earnings. While the new president has a lot on her plate as she enters her first few months on the job, the good news is that the school has been doing well in terms of fundraising and that its academic reputation has never been stronger. “President Simmons left the school on an incredibly strong trajectory which I look forward to building upon.” The 11-year presidency of Ruth Simmons at Brown has to be considered one of the more successful in the long history of the university. Her fund-raising prowess was undeniable, with over $1.6 billion raised during the recently completed Capital Campaign. She added well over 100 faculty positions, and the school has begun an exciting expansion of its medical school in the city’s Jewelry District, which has been rechristened as the “Knowledge District.” Unfortunately, her last few months in office turned out to be probably the most tumultuous in her otherwise
well-regarded presidency as she and Mayor Angel Taveras went toe-to-toe over what the school would provide to the City as payments in lieu of taxes. Their very public “he said, she said” escalated into an ugly front page spat that reflected badly on both participants until it was finally resolved during the last few weeks of her tenure. In return for an additional $4.1 million a year in annual funding to the City, Brown was given five streets on or, in the case of Olive Street, near its campus, plus the use of 250 parking spots on a partial basis through a resident sticker program. In the end, most people accepted the deal as reasonable, though a few continue to feel the City may have given away too much. It is impossible not to be impressed with Paxson’s spirit and enthusiasm as she prepares for her official inauguration that will take place on October 26 and 27. We were meeting on that one day every fall when the Van Wickle Gates on Prospect Street are opened to admit students as part of convocation ceremony. As Paxson welcomed her first class of freshman with a convocation speech entitled “Constructive Irreverence,” she now feels that with the return of the students, “my job has officially begun.” In terms of her vision for Brown, Paxson acknowledges the actual specifics are very much a work in progress and of course will need to be approved by the Board of Trustees. But she did offer some general guidelines of things that are important to her. “First and foremost, Brown is a very inclusive place so it’s important that
any strategic process engage as wide a range of people as possible. It’s all about the gathering of ideas. Health and health care have always been important to me so what is happening in the Jewelry District with the Medical School is especially exciting to me.” She also expressed a determination to integrate the school’s national reputation for top-tier academics with an expanded commitment to research, and feels Brown is ideally positioned to excel in both. Given her interdisciplinary background at Princeton, President Paxson also feels particularly comfortable in a school that has been committed to the concept for years. While the new president acknowledges the university will continue to grow, she promises any expansion will be done thoughtfully. “Space here on College Hill is limited and does not lend itself to a project whose footprint is large. So we will have to look at other areas of the city.” And while she loves what’s happening with the Alpert Medical School downtown, there is all that new land freed up by I-195. Anything she’d like to share with us? With a smile she deftly deflects the question. “Nothing I can talk about,” she laughs. And then there’s Thayer Street. “I already know that parking is a problem there for all of us. I also know that this is an area that’s important to both the university and the adjoining community. So it’s an area that needs to be considered carefully. I’m also very mindful of our obligations to be a good neighbor to the community.” On a more personal level, it’s obvious the new president will be much
A list of Brown University’s presidents from 1765 to present 1. Reverend James Manning, 1765- 6. Reverend Alexis Caswell (class of 12. Barnaby Keeney, 1955-1966. 1791, established the College in the 1822), 1868-1872. English Colony of Rhode Island and 13. Ray Heffner, 1966-1969, Providence Plantations in Warren in 7. Reverend Ezekiel Robinson passed new curriculum. 1765, and then moved it to College (class of 1838), 1872-1889, instituted Hill in Providence in 1770. graduate study. 14. Donald Hornig, 1970-1976, merged Pembroke with Brown and 2. Reverend Jonathan Maxcy (class 8. Reverend Elisha Andrews (class re-founded the Medical School. of 1787), 1792-1802, was the first of 1870), 1889-1898, founded the alum to be president. Women’s College. 15. Howard Swearer, 1977-1988. 3. Reverend Asa Messer (class of 9. Reverend William Faunce (class of 16. Vartan Gregorian, 1989-1997. 1790), 1802-1826, renamed the College 1880), 1899-1929, renamed the Womin the English Colony of Rhode Island en’s College as Pembroke College. 17. Gordon Gee, 1998-2000. and Providence Plantations as Brown University. Under his leadership, the 10. Reverend Clarence Barbour (class 18. Ruth Simmons, 2001-2012, first Medical School was founded.
4. Reverend Francis Wayland, 1827-
1855, suspended the Medical School.
5. Reverend Barnas Sears (class of
of 1888), 1929-1937, was the last in a long line of Baptist minister presidents.
11. Henry Wriston, 1937-1955, was
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was named by Time magazine as America’s best college president in 2001. She was the first woman and first African-American president of an Ivy League school.
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York three days a week. They have two sons, Nicholas, 22, and Benjamin, 14, and two standard poodles, Ivan and Leo. Everyone will have a chance to meet the new Brown president in person during her official inauguration on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. The Friday night festivities will feature performances by artists from Brown, Providence and Rhode Island under the artistic direction of Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Brown-Trinity MFA students. Emceed by Brown alumna actress Kate Burton, the celebration begins at 8pm at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public with tickets available at www.brown.edu/ go/inauguration. Then on Saturday at 2pm, the actual inauguration ceremony will take place on the College Green. Again, the event is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed. With her academic expertise, enthusiasm, warmth and exceptional academic and personal skills, it would seem the upcoming Paxson years promise to be exciting ones for both Brown and the city.
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East Side Primary Results Goldin Wins State Senate seat in hard fought primary battle In perhaps the most
spirited and contested East Side primary race in years, two political newcomers went toe-to-toe on a five week, down to the wire showdown that filled our mailboxes with letters, postcards and, in the spirit of new media, resulted in an unprecedented flurry of email, texts and robo-phone messages. In the end, Gayle Goldin, the candidate who had received the support of most of the progressive East Side establishment, the teachers union (NEA) and virtually every major Democratic officeholder from Mayor Taveras on down, defeated her challenger Maryellen Butke by a 2223 (57%) to 1657 (43%) count. While Goldin was supported by a wellorganized, professional campaign effort, Butke also proved to be an able fundraiser and particularly effective presenter in her public debates before neighborhood groups as she mounted an eleventh hour charge in the final days of the campaign. She was also aided by voters who were turned off by the perception that longtime incumbent Rhoda Perry was blatantly trying to “hand-off” her seat to Ms. Goldin. Several well-known East Side good government types, like Buff Chace and Karina Wood, supported the Butke candidacy and made the last days of the campaign quite interesting. In the end, Goldin was able to present herself as thoughtful and committed to progressive policies in her personal appearances around the East Side. She also clearly benefited by very public support from Mayor Taveras, outgoing Senator Perry and current State Representative Edie Ajello. After receiving notice of her victory, Goldin reflected on her victory: “This was an extraordinary experience and I had so many dedicated, thoughtful, smart people helping me along the way. I would like to thank the voters, my supporters, and all of the volunteers who spent countless hours getting this campaign to the finish line. I am honored to represent the East Side.” The other East Side contested local primary race involved State Representative Chris Blazejewski, who was seeking a second term against Dirk Hennessey. Despite the fact Hennessey expended virtually no funds in his run for office, Blaze-
jewski used the opportunity to walk the district and connect with as many constituents as he could. The results suggest he was quite successful as he won easily with over 87% of the vote, 903 to 128. The final primary contest was of course the knock down-drag out between Congressman David Cicilline and businessman Anthony Gemma. Radio show host Dan Yorke probably summed up the feeling of most political observers on election day when he noted over the air that Gemma’s campaign had to be one of the most bizarre he has ever seen. “He seemed to spend all his money on hiring a detective agency and ran an almost stealth campaign in terms of paid advertising. To those of us in the media, he’s either got some sort of secret sauce or he’s concentrating in areas outside of Providence.” Based on the results, it would appear he did neither as Cicilline won by an impressive 62% to 31% margin (with 8% to perennial candidate Chris Young) and lost all but one town in the district. The Cicilline victory came in part because of a full-court press during the final two weeks of the campaign. Spending heavily during the primary, he raised $1.7 million and used $1.3 of it according to campaign records. In those last days before the election, Cicilline was accompanied by Patrick Kennedy who had held the seat for a decade before retiring two years ago. While Cicilline’s numbers have been historically low for an incumbent, due primarily to the public’s disappointment in the way he misrepresented Providence’s financial situation during his final months in office, his success in the primary suggests he may be gaining momentum as he squares off in an eight week race to the finish against a well-financed Republican Brendan Doherty. It also suggests he can now expect some out-of-state monies as Democrats nationally fight to regain the House. Even more surprising than the size of the Cicilline victory over Gemma was the fact that he captured every city and town in the district with the exception of Smithfield. And in some cases, Newport and Middletown for example where he captured 79% and 77% of the vote
respectively, the percentages were actually higher than in Providence (74%) where he was expected to do well. Former Attorney GeneralArlene Violet succinctly framed what we can expect in the campaign going forward: “It was Gemma’s race to lose and he did by becoming a Johnny One-Note. Doherty has to avoid the same fate and not allow the Cicilline campaign to define him as supportive of Republican extremism. We’ll see if he and his advisors are up to the task since Cicilline is a very skillful campaigner and a great debater.” Ironically, perhaps the candidate who put his reputation most on the line was an office holder not even up for re-election. Mayor Taveras, with only two years under his belt, could have taken the easy route and stayed out of things to avoid making enemies. Instead he went all in on three Providence races, backing newcomer (and Brown ’09 graduate) Libby Kimzey against Federal Hill icon (and former mayor) John Lombardi in District 8; Joseph Almeida in the heavily hispanic District 12 against incumbent Leo Medina; and of course Gayle Goldin here on the East Side. For the record, his candidates won two out of three as only Lombardi was able to prevail in his race. There are increasing rumors, Taveras is considering a run for higher office (governor perhaps) and is trying to build a
team that shares his political views. Given that neither Goldin nor Blazejewski face an opponent, they obviously are home free in the general election. However, there will also be two other local races on the East Side for us to follow. In District 1 (formerly District 3), longtime State Representative Edie Ajello will face off against a political unknown named Francisco Gonsalves who lives over by the State House, which now has been added to the old district. The majority of the district remains on the East Side and has been represented by Ajello for 20 years. Potentially more interesting, is the race in Representative District 4. State Majority Leader Gordon Fox will face off against Independent Mark Binder. A writer by trade, Binder has run for political office before and has already launched attacks at Fox’s conflicts of interest and the need for more transparency in government. Expect there will be some fireworks before this one is over. One additional thing to consider is that this is also a Presidential election year, which means the role of student voters could be a factor. Given the liberal nature of Brown, this could have some impact on both the Senatorial race between Democratic incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse and businessman Barry Hinckley as well as the Cicilline-Doherty race. October 2012 East Side Monthly
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It was a simple enough request – “I’m going away for the weekend and I need somebody to watch my dog. Would you be available?” I jumped at the chance. And who wouldn’t? I mean it’s not every day that a beautiful blonde asks a guy like me for a favor. I was hoping I’d, like, get some favors in return, if you know what I mean. I’d been watching her walk her dog for weeks from the balcony of my East Side apartment, and had admired her gorgeous long legs and perky smile in secret, wishing I could be the type of guy who could have a chance with her. I thought that was a joke. Here I was, a 25-year-old loser with a G.E.D. and a job at an all-night convenience store working for minimum wage, which was barely enough to feed me and pay the rent, let alone have luxuries like a cell phone, cable TV or the Internet. She was so far out of my league that I felt like a 12-yearold trying to hit a Josh Beckett fastball. In fact, I wouldn’t have spoken to her at all if I hadn’t run into her in the lobby of the apartment. And I mean “run into her” literally. She was walking in with an armload of groceries and I wasn’t looking where I was going. The next thing I knew, we were both on the floor laying there with our legs in the air and covered in sugar that had exploded from a broken bag, while cans of dog food and mixed vegetables rolled across the tile. I didn’t know what had happened until I looked up and saw her. Again, when I say “looked up,” I mean it literally. I was looking up her dress, which had flown up to her hips. I saw that she was looking right at me and knew that I’d been looking right at her. She snapped her legs shut faster than one of those giant clams, and I felt my face redden like a sunburned tourist on Miami Beach. “Ah… geez, I’m sorry,” I stammered and scrambled to my feet.
Now even the most remote chance I might have had with her was gone. But amazingly, she just smiled that perky little smile I’d come to know, and held her hand out. “If you’re really sorry, then you’ll help me up,” she said. I think the sunburned tourist went to third degree burns, but I somehow managed to collect myself enough to take her hand and pull her to her feet. Now I was looking down at her, I watched her wipe the sugar off her red dress, pick up a couple of cans and try to rebag them so I started to help her out. We got the stuff all back into the bags, all except the sugar, which was a total loss. I told her I’d come back down with a broom and clean that up, and that I’d replace the bag of sugar. “No, it’s okay,” she said about replacing the bag. My jaw dropped faster than the approval rating of Congress and before I could answer, she was gone, down the hall and into her apartment, unit seven, I noticed. I didn’t even know her name. But who cares? I knew what color underwear she wore, so I thought we already had an intimate encounter. Hey, for me it was the closest I’d come to touching a woman under 60 since my aunt had made my cousin go with me to the junior prom the year before I dropped out of high school. I had broken my arm on the parallel bars; the entire cheerleading squad was watching when I fell and they laughed the whole time, even when the EMTs were wheeling me towards the ambulance. I still have a scar where the bone ripped through the skin. Needless to say, I never set foot in that school again, 4.0 GPA be damned. I decided the best thing to do would be to replace the sugar anyway. I’d already decided she was just trying to be polite and I’d never see
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her again – but even that was a big thing for me. Showing up with a bag of sugar would at least give me an excuse to knock at her door and see her up close again, if nothing else. Hey, you take what you can get in life, if you know what I mean. So when I went to work that night I remembered to bring home a fivepound bag of sugar - the good stuff, not the generic brand - along with the usual dried out egg muffin thing I eat for breakfast. (Thank God for my employee discount.) I waited until midmorning, just before she usually walks her dog, and I went down to the first floor and knocked on her door. She opened it immediately, and she looked stunning. Today the dress was black and shorter, hugging the tops of her thighs like a clinging child. I handed her the sugar and was just about convinced she’d thank me and send me on my way. But she invited me inside instead. I could have died right then and there and died happy. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before. “I don’t even know your name,” she said. “Uh, William…” I croaked, literally. My windpipe was so tight I croaked like an April bullfrog in a lily pond. “What?” she asked. I took a deep breath and tried again. “William,” I said. “But my friends call me Bill.” That wasn’t exactly true because I didn’t have any friends, but I was hoping she would become one. “Ok, Bill,” she said. “I’m Julie. Pleased to meet you.” Instead of the obligatory handshake, she actually gave me a hug. I’ll tell you, my body tingled for three days from just that touch. I knew I was hopelessly and completely in love – or maybe it was lust, but what’s the difference? Instead of going out for coffee, she made a pot right there in her kitchen, now that she had sugar to go with it.
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lap or next to me. He even slept in the bed with me, curled up on my feet. Julie had cable TV, a computer and even satellite radio. It was like being on vacation in a five-star hotel. She called the first day to check in and see how things were going, then said she’d be “out of pocket” as she called it, until Tuesday. She expected to be home Tuesday morning, and then I’d go back to work that night. I was in no hurry to return to my own place, but I couldn’t wait to see Julie come back. If I’d gotten a kiss on the cheek before I’d done anything, I might get kissed on the lips for doing a good job. It would be my first time. But that’s just between you and me.
Korea to help this girl. “I’m… I’m in Providence,” she said. “I’m across from the courthouse. By the canal.” “You’re in Providence? What happened? Did you get mugged? Should I call the police?” I was panicked now. The girl I loved/ lusted after was in real trouble! “No. No police,” she said. “Just come get me. Take me home. I need you, Bill.” “I’m on my way.” “I’ll be by the statue. The one with the dead soldiers.” “I know where it is.” “Bill...” “Yeah?”
That’s why I was so surprised when the phone rang on Sunday night, right about midnight. I knew it was her because of the caller ID, and I experienced a sudden thrill as I picked up the phone. “Hello?” I said. “Billy, I need you.” It was Julie. And yet it wasn’t. It was her voice, but it was wrong. It was throaty and deep. Almost a growl. But it was a damned sexy growl, I’ll tell you that. “What’s the matter?” I asked. “I need you… to come and get me.” “But you’re in New York,” I said. “And I don’t have a car.” Already my brain was trying to figure out how to get a train ticket, bus fare, anything. I’d have gone to North
“You may not recognize me right away. But I’ll know you. I’ll come to you.” I grabbed my coat and flew. I wouldn’t recognize her? She must have been beaten badly, raped maybe, and I wanted to kill whoever had done this to her. But first I wanted to get to her and make her safe. I’d never felt anything like this before. Maybe I did lust after her. But this, my friend, was love. I didn’t know I could run so far without collapsing, but luckily it was mostly downhill. I just ran on adrenaline, I think, and hardly knew where I was until I saw the statue, the old war memorial. I approached it slowly, but didn’t see anyone there. Just a stray dog, its yellow fur silver in the light of the full moon.
“Julie?” I called. The dog stood up and walked towards me, its head down. It was a mess. It had been injured pretty badly, I saw. I couldn’t tell if it had been hit by a car or taken a bad fall, but it was limping and blood clotted its back. The dog opened its mouth and spoke. It was a growl, but a sexy growl. It called my name. It told me it loved me. I carried her all the way back up college hill and back to her home. The injuries weren’t as bad as they looked and I cleaned her up, fed her some lunchmeat and put her to bed. By Tuesday morning she was herself again, the beautiful blonde co-ed I had fallen in love/lust with. Hey, I know it isn’t the perfect relationship, but it works for me – it works for both of us, actually. For about 28 days out of the month, she’s my best friend, her and the little dog, actually; we can watch television, get a coffee, go to a restaurant and have a nice Porterhouse once and awhile. And if her heat cycles happen to be different from the monthly changes, which they are for ten months out of the year, she tells me, well that’s a real bonus. There’s no chance of her getting pregnant because her DNA’s just a little off, and she is incredibly passionate when she’s in heat. I won’t get into details, but trust me on this one. Now that I’ve moved in with her I can use my rent money for other things. And for three days or so, when the moon is full, I have two pets to take care of. I’m perfectly safe as long as I keep the fridge stocked up with raw meat and I don’t let her get out to run the neighborhood. It’s much better for both of us. Having a girlfriend has made me feel so much better about myself. In fact, I’ve enrolled in the community college where I’m majoring in animal science. I hope to become a veterinarian some day, and maybe figure out the science of how this thing works. It might make me famous. Who knows? I know it seems a little off, maybe even weird. But I’ve never been so happy in my life. Hey, a guy like me, you gotta take whatever you can get. And what I’ve got… well, even for a guy like me, it’s something special. James Arthur Anderson’s latest horror novel, The Altar, is set in Western Rhode Island and has just been published by Wildside Press, which has also published his critical study of H.P. Lovecraft. A long time ESM contributor, Dr. Anderson is Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, and a B.A. and M.A. from Rhode Island College.
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I got to meet her dog, a friendly little black miniature poodle with the unlikely name of Wolf, and that’s when the request came up to watch her pet. Ah, so that’s the catch, I thought. She’s just being nice because she needs a dog sitter. But, hey, I’m an opportunist. That hug alone was worth a year’s worth of pet sitting. And if I did a good enough job, I suspected I’d get another. Hey, there might even be a kiss on the cheek for me if I played my cards right. “I’d love to take care of Wolf,” I said. “Hey, it’s the least I can do after knocking you down in the lobby.” The longer I was around her, the more relaxed I became. Now that I knew her ulterior motive, it was easier for me. I knew where I fit in. I was the pet sitter. Just the pet sitter. I could live with that. The little dog was adorable and he seemed to like me. I sat on the couch and he climbed up on my lap and went to sleep. Remarkably, Julie sat beside me. Our thighs actually touched and when she started petting the dog on my lap… well, I won’t go there. She was going out of town in three days, and she was so grateful that she didn’t have to put little Wolf in a kennel. He hated that, she said. “And you two have already bonded,” she said. It was true. The little dog and I got along beautifully. This could turn out to be a long-term relationship after all, I thought. At least between me and the dog. She gave me a key to her place and said I could stay there if I wanted, could and even sleep in her bed. It was almost more than I could handle. But I reminded myself that I was just the pet sitter, and my pulse almost returned to normal. The instructions were simple: walk Wolf three times a day, as I had seen her do (I already knew the times without even being told), feed him dry food in the morning and a can at night, change his water twice a day. What could be simpler? Best of all, when I left she gave me another hug and a kiss on the cheek. I was in love/lust all over again. I didn’t see her again for the next three days – the convenience store had an emergency and put me on a double shift, for which I was grateful. The rent was due soon and I needed the cash. But I let them know that I needed my regular weekend off. I lied and told them I was visiting my mother in Vermont. I didn’t want anything to go wrong with my pet sitting duties. The first two days were perfect, well almost. If Julie had been there with me and the dog, then they would have been perfect. But this was the next best thing. The dog was wellbehaved and liked to sit either on my
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The Roots Cafe has a track record of feeding the cultural capital that is Providence, hosting everything from folk artists to local acts to variety shows. Now they’re spicing up Tuesday nights with Strictly Jazz Jam, where audience members are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in. Mango Trio members Mibbett Threats on bass, Zeffro Gianetti on drums and Richard Hundley on keyboard will be leading the festivities. Even better, entrance to this event is free. 7-10pm. 276 Westminster Street. www.rootsprovidence.com.
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The more than 400-year-old art form has a home right here in our city with Opera Providence. This month, the beloved company is kicking off in style with a one-time show, The Musical Extravaganza. This event on October 1 will feature the Opera Providence Ensemble of David and Andrea Lara, and it will be the only Providence performance. But don’t worry if you have to miss out, the group will be traveling to Newport on October 9 for A Night at the Opera, and Cranston for the Jussi Björling Centennial Concert. $35. Saints Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church, 70 Jefferson Street, Providence. www.operaprovidence.org.
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It’s ballet with a twist. Rhode Island College is kicking off their fall 2012 season with the Ballet Folklórico de México. This troupe, founded by Amalia Hernández, uses Mexican dances from the pre-Columbian era, the Hispanic Viceroy period and the revolutionary years to depict the beauty and complexity of our world. On October 2 at 7:30pm, they will be visiting our city for one show. See the classic art of ballet in a unique form. Later this month, RIC will feature a performance by Pianist Soyeon Kate Lee. This young artist has been praised by the New York Times and is the winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition. Come out to Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center of Rhode Island College for a relaxing afternoon performance on October 21. 2:30pm. The Auditorium in Roberts Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence. www.ric.edu.
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Warm up on a
chilly autumn night inside a cozy theatre where you’re sure to “fall” in love with one of the many exciting offerings from local favorites including PPAC and the Gamm.
Providence Performing Arts Center
The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) opens its 35th anniversary season with the Rhode Island premiere of the hit Broadway musical, Catch Me If You Can, on Sunday, October 7. The show runs through Sunday, October 14. The musical is based on the DreamWorks film of the same name, and tells the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., the world class con artist who posed as a doctor, lawyer and jet pilot, all before the age of 21. Once again, PPAC launches a national tour of a Broadway hit. Elf is another DreamWorks film turned into an original musical; it tells the story of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly believes he is one of Santa’s elves. The musical is at PPAC Sunday, November 4 through Saturday, November 10. Memphis, the third show of the season, won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. It tells the sizzling story of the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Dates are Tuesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 9. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 421-ARTS, www.ppacri.org.
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Artistic Director Tony Estrella has chosen two challenging, hard-hitting dramas for the fall, beginning with Amy Herzog’s After the Revolution, which Estrella will direct. After the Revolution is a play about ideals in an age of apathy, set in 1999 New York City. Three generations of a loving and radically leftist family gather to celebrate the law school graduation of its youngest torchbearer, Emma. News of a shocking book about their late grandfather
casts a pall on the party, shaking up the family. The play raises the age-old question about whether or not the ends justify the means. This one will make you think, move you, and even make you laugh. After the Revolution plays through October 14. From November 8 through December 16, Red, by John Logan will be shown. Also to be directed by Estrella, it won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play. Trinity actor and director, Fred Sullivan, Jr., will play Mark Rothko, the late ‘50s abstract-impressionist painter, in this lively and provocative play. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 7234266, www.gammtheatre.org.
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Trinity Repertory Company opens its season with the Shakespearean classic King Lear, through October 21. Trinity’s resident acting company will join forces with the acclaimed Dallas Theatre Center for a co-production of the tragedy. Brian McEleney will star as Lear. Sarah Treem’s comedy, The How and the Why will be at Trinity November 29-December 30. The funny, gripping play is about two brilliant women, one in her fifties, the other in her twenties, each with her own controversial theory about evolution. 201 Washington Street. 5211100, www.trinityrep.com.
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2nd Story Theatre opens with Edward Albee’s shocking, controversial drama, The Goat, or Who is Silvia? which will run through October 21. A warning: this is a play that director Ed Shea says “presses every button, provoking usually open-minded audiences to question their moral attitudes and levels of tolerance.” Shea goes on to say it “is for only the most stalwart of theatergoers.” He’s got my attention. 2nd Story follows up the provocative play with JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls. It’s about a young girl who commits suicide and a respectable family that is subjected to an inquiry, with each member implicated in her undoing. We’ve seen the play, and guarantee you
Director Ed Shea stars in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
will witness one of the best surprise endings ever. 2nd Story moves to the Bristol Courthouse for this production which plays from November 2-December 2. Neil Simon’s comedy, Lost in Yonkers, which Shea thinks is his best, plays in Warren November 16-December 16. 28 Market Street, Warren. 2474200, www.2ndstorytheatre.com.
Cranston’s Park Theatre, aka The Rhode Island Center For The Performing Arts, opens its fall season with the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s version of The Complete History of America (abridged) for one performance on Friday, October 12 at 7:30pm. With an emphasis on the 2012 elections, the comedy theatre will present a 90-minute rollercoaster ride through American History. 848 Park Avenue, Cranston. 467-7275, www.parktheatreri.com.
Brown’s theatre department will feature Kiss of the Spider Woman, November 1-11, based on the novel El Beso de la Mujer Araña. It’s a musical with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and won the 1993 Tony Award for best musical after runs in the West End and Broadway. Enjoy an unusual tale of an imprisoned homosexual window dresser who fantasizes about fleeing the prison life and has to learn to share his cell with someone who’s his opposite in many ways. Another book cum stage production, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted by Lydia R. Diamond, will play from November 29-December 2. It tells the story of a young black girl who develops an inferiority complex regarding her dark skin and eyes. Leeds Theatre, 77 Waterman Street, Providence. 863-2838, www. brown.edu/academics/theatre-arts-performance-studies/performances. October 2012 East Side Monthly
FALL Arts preview the season’s top Art and Film by Dale rappaneau
The autumn season is as invigorating as it is energizing. Sweaters replace sweltering heat, and a swarm of returning college students take to the streets, promising an uplift in East Side energy. And with the current lineup of festivals and feature films, you’re definitely going to need all the energy you can muster. Here’s what’s happening over the next few months.
opening night, November 15, Diaz will be in attendance, creating and selling his iconic cardboard signs for $20 each. In addition, you can have your photo taken with a life-size model of Diaz’s aunt, or receive a free toaster when you sign up for a Museum membership. (How’s that for a unique experience?) The exhibit runs from November 16 to June 9, though the opening night should not be missed. 224 Benefit Street, Providence. 4546500, www.risdmuseum.org.
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Spice up fall with the steamy film Liberal Arts. The plot follows Jesse Fisher (writer/director Josh Radnor), a 35-year-old single, who finds himself falling for Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen), a 19-year-old college student. Emotions explode as Zibby takes Jesse on an adventure through her college campus that leaves them breathless, alive and reinvigorated. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly said, “Liberal Arts is the best movie about college I’ve ever seen since I don’t know what.” It runs from October 5-8. For something less campy and more crazy, catch the The Found Footage Festival on November 5, at 7:30pm. Unlike Cloverfield or The Blair Witch Project – films created to replicate found footage effects – this festival actually showcases footage from VHS videos that were “found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.” The idea began in 1991, when the festival’s creators found a training video entitled “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties” in a McDonald’s break room. Thirteen years later, they had found over 1.000 hours of footage, which they edited down to 90 minutes of the most hilarious moments caught on amateur film. 204 South Main Street, Providence. 2723970, www.cablecarcinema.com.
While we’re still all jazzed up from the FirstWorks Festival, catch the organi-
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Lauren Scott’s Every Night my Teeth Fall out at the Peregrine Gallery
zation’s next presentation, Pixilerations [v.9], a mini-festival celebrating digital and multimedia arts. Now in its ninth year, Pixilerations features cutting-edge artists from Taiwan and Southern New England, showcasing artwork that incorporates technology, interactive games, robotics and virtual environments. It runs from October 1121, in the Sol Koffler Gallery. 169 Weybosset Street, Providence. 421-4278, www.first-works.org.
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If you love animal pictures (and who doesn’t?), you have to attend Until the Kingdom Comes, an exhibit showcasing the work of Simen Johan. Featuring a series of uncanny
photographs of animals that delight as much as they perplex, Johan has crafted a unique artistic experience that, some say, “might illustrate our primordial beginnings or apocalyptic ends.” The exhibit opens November 17 and runs until February 17. 64 College Street, Providence. 863-2929, www.brown.edu/campus-life/arts/ bell-gallery/.
Looking for a unique experience? Check out the interesting work of Alejandro Diaz at RISD Business: Sassy Signs and Sculptures. Diaz’s textbased artworks and installations utilize everyday materials, such as cardboard, to reinforce his humor-infused political criticisms. On the exhibit’s
Get your fill of history at the John Brown House Museum’s Gallery Night featuring Janet Uhlar’s exhibit Freedom’s Cost: The Story of General Nathanael Greene. Happening October 18, the evening begins with a lecture featuring the rich history of Nathanael Greene: a strategist of the American Revolution, confidante to George Washington and an integral part of America’s journey toward independence. In addition, the first floor of the John Brown House Museum will be open to Gallery Night participants from 5 to 8pm. 52 Power Street, Providence. 331-8575 x 28, www.rihs.org.
Deconstruction promises to be an enthralling experience featuring the work of Lauren Scott, whose art has been shown both domestically and internationally. Many have compared the rhythm of colors and shapes within Scott’s paintings to the work of Franz Marc and other German Expressionists, though she focuses on imagery that is both more personal feeling and ubiquitous. Deconstruction runs from November 5 to January 3, with the opening reception on November 15. 150 Waterman Street #6, Providence. 781-366-4924, www. peregrinegallery.com.
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Coming up on October 13 is the 4th annual Colonel’s Super Dooper Guitar Party being held at the German Hall in Pawtucket. This full day of rock enjoyment will showcase the likes of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Bloodshot Bill, Boo City, Jittery Jack and many others, with major underwriting by Empire Guitars. Business co-owner Jeff Keithline has been in bands himself for 40 years and loves to support local music endeavors, from recently hosting a Girls Rock Rhode Island concert to now being the primary sponsor of the upcoming Colonel’s event (find them on Facebook for tickets and further details). “We’ve been working with ‘The Colonel’ Johnny Maguire for many years,” Jeff explains. “There will be a lot of wonderful performers as well as an exhibit of vintage guitars and other instruments, plus gear swaps and seminars.” Empire Guitars just launched a revamped website (www.empireguitarsri. com), which you can visit to examine their extensive selection of instruments and accessories, including one of the best vintage guitar collections in the Northeast. This business is situated to the rear of Empire Loan, which offers pawnbroking service with easy short-term loans of any amount. Bring in the merchandise you want to use as collateral and you will walk out with cash. It is quick and easy. Empire Loan also sells an assortment of new and used jewelry, watches and other items. Jeff is a member of the recently organized North Main Street Merchants Association. Peter Kammerer from the Sandwich Hut is the head of the group and he’s worked with other merchants and Miriam Hospital to successfully complete some street beautification projects, like flower planters in the medians. With these improvements, the street is starting to have some nice boulevard qualities. RIPTA is also planning on implementing a rapid bus line, which would include new artistic bus shelters. “North Main Street has got a lot going for it in the future,” Jeff exclaims. Visit Empire Loan and Empire Guitars to support a thriving North Main street business.
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by Bob Cipriano
Premium Rush A picture that really moves The bridge between late summer movie nonsense and cold weather award contenders seems particularly rickety this year. Routine comic raunch and ordinary adventure permeate screens like high fructose corn syrup in your all-natural juice drink. Premium Rush, on the other hand, is far less typical. This nifty little thriller runs seamlessly through its high-energy story without offending your intelligence or sensibilities and provides just about everything its title implies. Films like this (Source Code and Run, Lola, Run also spring to mind) are pleasant reminders that the concept of ‘pictures in motion’ was the impetus for the term ‘motion pictures.’ Good moving images on a screen, exciting ones, can be the best reason to plunk yourself down with some popcorn for a couple of hours, if the images manage to tell a worthwhile story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt rides a bike for a living. He rides it real fast, delivering signed documents and such when electronic facsimiles just don’t cut it. The guy graduated law school and could take the bar exam if he wanted to live that kind of life. But he’d rather race through Manhattan on a bike to make $80 on a good day. (This little slice of background passes for dignity in this film and, more important, allows Gordon-Levitt to speak a lot more intelligently than anyone else.) His bike is a ‘fixie,’ meaning it has one gear and no brakes, which Gordon-Levitt thinks are dangerous. Clearly, we have someone to root for here. Director David Koepp shoots some exciting expository segments tracking Gordon-Levitt’s prowess as he snakes around and through traffic, pausing only to consider alternate route scenarios when oncoming vehicles threaten, dismissing the ones that leave him struck down and broken up on the street. These internal considerations in Gordon-Levitt’s head play out on screen, alarmingly at first, until it becomes obvious that the crash and burn scenarios are brain games. (We all experience these mind map maneuvers, but usually with carts in supermarkets
on a busy day. It’s a lot more fun with the bikes and taxis and murderous rush hour motorists in Manhattan.) There are special effects at work, of course (many of the cars and passers-by that are scattered in GordonLevitt’s path are digital), but far less than you might imagine. The character commitment to a bike without accessories gets directorial support as Koepp mirrors the do-it-yourself philosophy of his fixed-gear disciple by using a lot of real stunts and effects. It’s Gordon-Levitt himself pumping that bike uphill and down, skidding to stops with his feet like some Bedrock Neanderthal. Or, to put it in other terms, there is substantial authenticity on screen to support both the artistic ideal and enactment credibility. Fine, but Premium Rush isn’t an enhanced documentary about daredevil bike messengers. At some point, some narrative in the form of a plot has to kick in to supplement the action, but not get in its way. To this end, Koepp, who also wrote the script with John Kamps, employs a classic McGuffin. Gordon-Levitt has to deliver a ticket
that is worth a child’s future or many thousands of dollars, depending on whether you’re the child’s mother (Jamie Chung) who entrusts GordonLevitt with the ticket, or Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) whose own future depends on paying off his gambling debts with the money he can get for the ticket. Maybe the logic of that premise seems shaky, but don’t worry too much about it. The film’s logic is present in the context of the action, and watching Gordon-Levitt elude Shannon, along with a New York bike cop (Christopher Place) he thoroughly antagonizes, will take up just enough of your brainpower and all of your breath. That’s plenty of plot right there, but complicating matters further, GordonLevitt had an argument with his coworker girlfriend (Dania Ramirez) just before the movie started, and now she seems to be giving serious consideration to Wolé Parks, another coworker and Gordon-Levitt’s arch rival. In many ways, Premium Rush is Joseph Gordon-Levitt having a really bad day. Can he get his girl back? Can
he deliver the ticket on time, given all those out to stop him? Should he even try, since there must be something illegal involved? How long can he continue to escape Shannon’s doggedly persistent, violent clutches? GordonLevitt delivers a savvy performance, filled with the same kind of charm he displays in The Dark Knight Rises, combining character commitment to an ideal with a boyish fearlessness. The plot easily supports the film’s consistently satisfying action sequences. While Gordon-Levitt smoothly carries the film, Michael Shannon almost steals it as the selfabsorbed, slightly crazed, anger management dropout who is ready and willing to kill to pay off the gambling debts and get back in the game. Shannon plays it like an honors graduate from the Christopher Walken School of Villainy, a whacked out coyote to Gordon-Levitt’s wily roadrunner. Premium Rush moves fast, plays hard, holds together and fulfills its modest but thoroughly professional goals. It’s also unique, given its time and place. And a lot of fun. October 2012 East Side Monthly
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On the Menu
by John Taraborelli
Food Lovers’ Lane Federal Hill moves to the Culinary Museum for one night only If you were to
attempt to stroll down Federal Hill tasting and experiencing as much as humanly possible, how far would you get? There is simply too much for one night. However, if you attend Taste of the Hill, you can at least attempt it. This annual food, wine and art event condenses the best of the Hill and beyond into one convenient time and place – in this case, the Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts Museum (315 Harborside Blvd.) from 6-9:30pm on Wednesday, October 24. It’s a perfect opportunity to stroll down what they’re calling “food lovers’ lane,” with stops at Hill staples like the Blue Grotto, Angelo’s and Venda Ravioli, purveyors like Narragansett Creamery and the Bakery Boutique, and neighbors like El Rancho Grande and Rasoi. The Hill’s art mavens will also be showing out, bringing the cultural contributions of Chabot Gallery, Gallery Z and Royal Gallery to the event. All of this is to support the Federal Hill House, one of the state’s oldest and most respected human services organizations. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door and can be purchased at www.tasteofthehill.org. Autumn’s New Crop We always expect the end of summer/ beginning of fall to bring us a bounty from our farms and gardens, but this year the restaurant scene is also providing quite a harvest. Ama’s, the little shoebox of a restaurant across from the Avery in Luongo Square, abruptly closed over the summer. In its place we have north (3 Luongo Sq.), which brings the considerable talents of Chef James Mark to bear. He was formerly of Nicks on Broadway, but also worked at the Michelin-starred Momofuku Ko in New York City. The opening menu looks impressive and ambitious, freely mixing regional, Latin and Asian influences into things like a Green Curry Lobster Roll or Pork and Clams with coconut milk and fermented shrimp. Check foodbynorth.tumblr.com for updates In other “tiny West Side restaurants with one-word names” news, Kitchen is open at 92 Carpenter Street, across
from the Public Safety Complex. The recently renovated storefront will be serving breakfast from 7:30am-1pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 7:30am4pm on weekends. Bayal Buffet (50 Ann Mary St., Pawtucket – in the former Shaw’s plaza), offers dishes from around Africa and the Mediterranean, but primarily focused on the cuisine of Senegal. We haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but based on previous experiences with Senegalese food, we expect a lot of rich, well-spiced curry-type dishes, heavy on fish, and bearing the distinct influence of French cookery. Pawtuxet Village got a welcome addition in the form of the Elephant Room (2170 Broad St., Cranston), a teahouse and creperie. The focus is primarily on serving loose leaf teas from around the world, but there is also coffee, wheatgrass shots and “daily specialty waters.” Those looking for a bite to eat can choose from pastries, salads and crepes both sweet and savory. The old Mile and a Quarter House at 375 South Main Street has been sadly empty since the beloved Barnsider’s closed several years back. Now prominent Thayer Street restaurateur Andy Mitrellis (Paragon, Better Burger Company) is giving the location a new life
as Mile and a Quarter. We’ve heard the renovated interior is gorgeous and the food is going to be upscale and eclectic. We hope to report more next month. Ellie’s Bakery (51 Washington St.) will be the first business to open in Cornish Associates’ new Biltmore Garage development; this is from the folks behind Gracie’s. No menu has been announced yet, but some of the photos already posted on their Facebook page include Honey Glazed Fig and Goat Cheese Tarts with fig jam, Strawberry Cheesecake Macarons, and Caramelized Onion and Thyme Scones. Grindin’ Hudson Street Deli (68 Hudson St.), which carried on the tradition of its predecessor, Hudson Market, with its famed Italian grinder, now expands on that legacy of giant sandwiches. Its new Grinder Menu includes the classic Italian, along with another nod to Hudson Market, the American, with ham and bologna, as well as the Decatur Veggie. They also feature new daily specials, including a Steak Bomb on Tuesday and Thursday’s Thanksgiving, with turkey, cranberry, stuffing and gravy. Check their new website, www.hudsonstreedeli.com, for more. October 2012 East Side Monthly
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Late Night Art Touring the East Side galleries has never been simpler
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As a newcomer to the city, Gallery Night Providence’s website was a personal starting point in my discovering the different art galleries here. Founded in 1996, the organization helps the public view the latest exhibitions in spaces that stay open late for the occasion by providing free bus and bike tours to different galleries. In the past 16 years, Gallery Night has grown to include 25 exhibition spaces across the city; the majority are located here on the East Side. A no-brainer starting point to the East Side scene is the RISD Museum. Even though plenty of locals have been to the museum, they might neglect the Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery; the Dreyfus Gallery for new media is reachable only by stairs from the Chace Center lobby or elevator. This space features shows curated by students, allowing them visibility to the rest of the community. If you want to feel the pulse of what is happening among the student body
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Deacon Taylor House. Several artists have spaces in these two neighboring houses, including Anthony Tomaselli and Joan McConaghy, who are featured on the Gallery Night tour. In contrast to what is usually going on in the Gelman gallery down the street, the artists who work in this space are mainly painters working with conservative subjects such as landscapes, portraits and still life. If tradition and aesthetically strong work is your taste, Thomas Street is a must-see for you. A little bit deeper into the East Side are the Wheeler and Moses Brown schools. Within these two private schools are gallery spaces that show contemporary artists. Chazan Gallery at Wheeler has been given more attention since Dr. Joseph Chazan, a local art patron, backed the space but this is no reason to disregard Moses Brown’s Krause Gallery, pleas-
antly isolated from the rest of town once you drive through the gates and onto the gorgeous campus. For Gallery Night this October, both spaces will be featuring group shows. Some other spaces on the East Side are geared more towards craft and are set up more like shops than galleries. These include Three Wheel Studio on Wickenden, featuring ceramic pottery, and Gallery Belleau, also on Wickenden, selling blownglass works. There is truly is something for everybody on the East Side; visual culture is at your fingertips when you walk out your door. You can access it all to your heart’s content through Gallery Night and never have to worry about parking. Whether you’re new to town or not, Gallery Night is the way to go. The next Gallery Night Providence will take place on October 18. www. gallerynight.info/index.html October 2012 East Side Monthly
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Ever since the fall of 2005, our family has had a child in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, from which we live 0.9 miles. We are, according to Providence Public Schools’ transportation policy, not eligible for transportation by school bus to or from school. We’d need to live a mile or more from school in order to qualify for bus transportation. That tenth of a mile has made a gigantic difference in our lives. Because (nearly) a mile is a fair stretch for little kids to walk, and especially because Hope Street runs between our house and King, my kids don’t walk to school on their own. It is just too dangerous, especially in the winter. So we get our kids to school and back while managing work and other commitments. In doing so, we have much in common with thousands of families citywide who live inside their kids’ school neighborhood zones. For the full picture, it’s useful to know that middle school neighborhood zones are a mile-and-a-half radius from school. High school zones are three miles. If kids live within those zones, no matter the barriers - and some neighborhoods feature obstacles considerably more intimidating than Hope Street - they don’t get a bus ride to school. Many families lack the resources needed to get their kids to school. Such resources may include a car, money for a RIPTA pass, or time. As a result, Providence’s schools show evidence of damaging chronic absenteeism. “The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools,” a Johns Hopkins University report released in May 2012, describes “chronic absenteeism” as what happens when a student misses at least 10 percent of school days for any reason; it reports Providence’s chronic absenteeism rate as 34 percent of all K-12 students in 2010-2011. Data released by the Providence Public Schools demonstrate a slight improvement in 2011-2012, with 20.7 percent of students chronically absent, and 11.7 percent of students categorized as “excessively absent,” with over 36 days missed per student (that’s 20
percent of school days missed). Because chronically and excessively absent students aren’t attending school regularly, their academic performance suffers significantly at all grade levels. Student academic success depends on many factors, but perhaps none so critical as their actual presence on a regular basis. Transportation challenges are at the top of the list of reasons why students don’t attend school regularly. Fixing this one problem would have a powerful positive impact on student performance. It’s the classic example of low-hanging fruit. The Providence Public Schools have identified it as such and are putting into place a range of supports that will help more kids to get to school. The signal example of this effort is a pilot program that provides free RIPTA bus passes to ninth grade students who live more than two miles from their school. Providence’s Youth 4 Change Alliance (Y4C), a group of young people that has gathered data and stories about the financial and physical challenges students face on their way to school, provided the motivation for the ninth grade RIPTA pilot. Y4C’s evidence galvanized the Providence School Board to change the walk zone for ninth graders from three miles to two, and brought stakeholders from the school district and RIPTA together to hammer out the details of the program, which will distribute bus passes to a projected 847 students, a huge increase from the projected 253 ninth graders who would have otherwise
been the only recipients of free passes by dint of living more than three miles from their schools. The program is currently in place only for this year and is being closely monitored to determine if it has a positive impact on attendance. I surely hope that it does and that funding is identified to expand the program to all students citywide as soon as reasonably possible. It’s a limited but definite step in the right direction. At the elementary level, the Family Service of Rhode Island’s Providence Children’s Initiative worked with Fogarty Elementary School families last year to determine the causes of chronic absenteeism. They discovered that many of the students who were missing school most frequently lived within a mile of the South Providence school. In response and in collaboration with the school district, the Providence Children’s Initiative has debuted the “walking school bus,” which uses trained volunteers to meet kids at a designated place and time to escort them safely to school. This is a splendid idea, a powerful example of how we can pull together to ensure kids are in school, provide meaningful support to families, reduce dependence on energy resources, increase pedestrian safety and demonstrate that we are willing to be creative and committed as we improve our city’s schools. Jill Davidson can be reached at email@example.com or her blog, providenceschools.blogspot.com
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MUSIC arena & club | classical ArenA & Club MOHEGAN SUN October 4: Sondre Lerche. October 6: Eddie Money. October 6 & 7: Sun Brewfest. October 7: Lennon. October 11: Kristen Kelly. October 12: Shreya Ghoshal. October 13: Peter Gabriel. October 13: Colin Kane. October 19: Neon Hitch. October 20: Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson. October 20: Classic Albums Live Fleetwood
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THE MET October 2: Melvins Lite. October 4: The Angry Samoans. October 5: The Agents. October 6: The Growlers. October 7: RI Legends Blues Jam. October 8: Off With Their Heads. October 9: Larry and His Flask. October 10: Dark Dark Dark. October 13: Max Creek. October 16: Divine Fits. October 17: Sloan. October 22: He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. October 24: Wolf Gang. October 25: Paper Diamond. October 28: RI Legends Blues Jam. October 28: Jackie Greene. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005, www. themetri.com.
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FeSTivAlS SOUTH MAIN STREET AUTUMN FESTIVAL October 6: Day to night celebration all along South Main in conjunction with WaterFire and the RISD Alumni Sale. Wild Colonial will serve fall beers; Cable Car will serve coffee; enjoy a vintage market and yoga in the park. SeASOnAl WATERFIRE October 6: Gloria Gemma’s Flames of Hope. October 16: Ruth’s Chris Fundraiser. Downtown. 273-1155, www.waterfire.org. ROGER WILLIAMS ZOO October 4-31: Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. October 20: Boo at the Zoo. October 27-28: Spooky Zoo Daytime Family Fun. 1000 Elmwood Avenue. 941-4998 x316, www.rwpzoo.org. SUMMIT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION October 30: Fall Bake-Off Contest with wine tasting and entertainment. Seven Stars Bakery, 820 Hope Street. 4897078, www.summitneighbors.org. FRIENDS OF BROWN STREET PARK October 31: Fiends of Brown Street Park Halloween event. 3:30-5pm. 484-8712, www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org. October 2012 East Side Monthly
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GALLERIES GALLERY Z October 18 & 25: Opening Receptions for Anthony Tomaselli. 259 Atwells Avenue. 454-8844, www.galleryzprov.com. GALLERY NIGHT October 18: Visit over 24 galleries, museums and historic sites. 4902042, www.gallerynight.info.
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JEWISH ALLIANCE OF GREATER RHODE ISLAND October 4: Mothers Circle. Empowering non-Jewish mothers to create Jewish homes. 130 Sessions Street. 421-4111 x184, www.shalomri.org. PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM October 6 and 7: Imagination Playground. October 8: Block Party. October 19: Skygazers. 5-8pm. October 25: Spooky Studio. October 27: Creepy Creatures. October 28: Boo Bash. 100 South Street. 273-5437, www.childrenmuseum.org. HOPE ARTISTE VILLAGE Tuesdays: Story Time Yoga. Free. OM Kids Yoga Center, 999 Main Street, Suite 702, Pawtucket. 305-3667, www.omkidsyogacenter.com.
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Kate Rentals Rental & Property Management Services for Landlords & Home Owners â€œSpecializing in Above Average Homes & Apartment Listingsâ€?
401-477-6314 Kate Foster Real Estate, Inc. Licensed & Insured
LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Spring & Fall Cleanups Bushes Trimmed â?Š Tree Removal Pine Bark Mulch
Landscape Construction Parking Lot Cleaning Handyman â?Š 26 Years Experience
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I BUY BOOKS Old, used and almost new. Also buying photography, art, etc. Call 401-421-2628. firstname.lastname@example.org
PROPERTY MANAGER AVAILABLE 24/7 on call. Rent collection. Rentals, evictions. Call 421-0092.
CEILING WORK, DRYWALL Plaster (hang, tape & paint). Water damage repair. All phases of carpentry. Reg. #24022. Fully insured. Steven, E. Prov., 401-641-2452.
HOUSECLEANER Available Crystal Clean, a quality housecleaning service. We donâ€™t cut corners. Weekly or bi-weekly. We use environmentally friendly products. Bethany 265-0960.
GARAGE FOR RENT Lloyd Ave., long-term storage, $125/mo. Congdon St., $125 garage, $100 outdoors. Corner Pratt & Benefit St., $125/mo. Call Roger, 339-4068. email@example.com
MALIN PAINTING Most ceiling & wall repairs, wallpaper removal, oil-based and latex finishes, staining, varnishing. Fully insured, many local references. Safe, secure, fast service. Call 226-8332. Reg. #19226.
L.A.D. MASONRY SERVICES Free estimates. Cement, brick, stone, patio, walks, driveways, chimneys, fireplaces. Repairs. Bobcat services. Insured. Lic. #29611. www.ladservicesllc.com 401-4875118 PROACTIVE Computer Services Home or office. Computer repairs, data recovery. WIFI Solutions. Fully equipped mobile service. Service calls $40/hr. Call 401-6477702. www.pcsllcri.com
HOUSE CLEANING Experienced. Local references. Free estimates. Call Lilly, 401-419-2933.
SUPERB HOUSEPAINTING High end workmanship. Small jobs a specialty. Call Ron 751-3242. Reg. #18128.
SCREEN PRINTING & Embroidery. T-shirts & Sweatshirts. Max Formal Co., 1164 North Main St., Providence. 421-3268.
CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS and more. In-home consultation. 30 years experience. 401-949-1587.
JOBS BY JIM Garages & Attics Cleaned
Unwanteds Removed Small Demolitions - Garages, Sheds, etc.
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October 2012 East Side Monthly
East of Elmgrove
by Elizabeth Rau
No Longer Swaying In the Breeze Janet’s trees are gone. The glorious white pine, the luscious hemlocks, the grand maples. Here at 7:59 in the morning, gone minutes later. Not really. It took two days to cut down all the trees, every last one. The chainsaws were busy. A dozen trees, some a century old, fell to the ground with a thud. We watched for a while from our window across the street and then pulled the shade and turned away. It was a sickening sight. When it was over, I had my first view of the neon sign at the convenience store across three blocks: open. This is a story for our times. Janet lived in the big brown house on the corner for 60 years, maybe more. Her backyard was a green woodlands, a gift to the neighbors who adored her. But the yard, unknown to most, was also a buildable lot. When she died last year, her heirs sold the two properties, the house and the lot, as a package. “Diamond in the rough,’’ one ad said. “Opportunity!’’ A developer scooped up everything. He’s renovating the house and building a single-family in the backyard. That’s right. A single-family in a backyard the size of a swimming pool. I am told that the house will be tasteful. Can’t wait. I don’t know if I’m more disappointed with the heirs, the developer or the realtors. One thing I do know: Our corner is ruined. It will never be the same. In my optimistic moments, I imagined a dreamer galloping in on her white horse to spruce up the house and preserve the yard. I imagined seeing over the picket fence a feisty mutt or a spunky girl kicking a red ball. I know: This is the United States of America and it’s your right to make as much money as possible off your land, as long as you don’t break the law. And I didn’t step up to buy the 70
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property. But this is also a country that treasures free speech. I have a pen and it’s filled with ink. What’s happening on the East Side? Every sliver of open space is being developed. “Rare buildable lot on the East Side,’’ I’m not kidding. That’s another way Janet’s property was advertised on real estate websites. I wonder what she would think about that. She was fiercely protective of her trees, hence the irony. During our many chats, she told me about them. The hemlock in the side yard was once a sapling, a present from a friend out of state. Janet planted it, and it grew. The white pine, tall and slender, soared over the house. She told me her pediatrician came over one day and cut the lower branches so her small children wouldn’t get hurt in a collision. Back then, she said, doctors made house calls. Janet let her branches go where they wanted. Sometimes they wandered over her fence into neighbors’ yards. One homeowner wanted her to cut the branches back. Janet refused. I don’t
blame her. The trees were fantastic. All trees are, even the dying ones, bare and twisting in the twilight. A few months later, a tree cutter, chainsaw in hand and buzzing, showed up at her house. Without her permission, he opened her gate and walked into her yard to do his business. I saw him and came running over. I told him to scram, and he did. My 11-year-old son has memories of the trees. He’d walk to our bedroom window in the morning, wrap his body around the curtain and inspect the white pine. What was it doing today? Swaying in a spring breeze or shaking off snowflakes? The building boom on the East Side began, I suspect, with the houses on Blackstone. You know the ones I’m talking about. The spooky house was ripped down a few years ago to make way for two houses that look like T.J. Maxx amid a sea of J.Crew. Those houses led to more. Unattractive is an understatement. I’m waiting for Mr. Ed, the talking horse, to pop its head through a garage door.
Then there’s the proposed fourstory luxury student apartment complex on Thayer Street. When I first read about the project in the paper, I thought surely City officials would say no thank you. Too bloody big. Now it appears the plan is moving ahead. Nine houses will be flattened. Do college students really need to live in pristine apartments with flat screen TVs and underground parking? What are undergraduates doing with cars anyway? We all need to take a deep breath and think carefully about what we’re doing to the neighborhood. One word comes to mind: excess. The East Side doesn’t need more two-family houses. There are plenty of multi-family houses that need facelifts. Go on. Do the neighbors a favor. Renovate them. As for the luxury apartments, well, that’s a no-brainer. Teenagers in digs whose monthly rent is higher than the yearly income of some people living on the earth we all share give me a knot in my stomach just thinking about them. “What goes around comes around’’ is one of my favorite idioms. Wait. Just wait. It’s worth noting that the people involved in the deal on my street don’t live on my street. They don’t see what we see: stumps, a shot-up landscape. Maybe a backhoe driver will show up at their doorstep one day with a surprise: Move over; we’re building a Walmart. My son says, “Look away, Mom.’’ I’ll try. Janet was my friend. She was great. I miss her. I wish she was still there, tending to the wild. If you’re peering down at us, Janet, I’d like to say thank you. Thanks for giving us the trees as long as you could, to the end. Elizabeth Rau can be reached through her blog, www.eastofelmgrove.com.
Illustration: Ruth Chung
More trees are cut down as development on the East Side trumps good taste
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