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The Cable Car might be gone, but Acoustic Java carries on the cinematic tradition (with a side of stellar coffee!) (pg. 37)

This Month 37 CABLE CAR FINALLY GETS ITS SEQUEL Owner of Acoustic Java takes on a special challenge – to reimagine the beloved cinema and cafe

Every Month 8 Editorial and Letters News & Culture 11 Providence Athenaeum hosts special exhibit dedicated to Walt Whitman’s work and life

12 Benefit Street’s cherished stroll to make a soft return for the holidays

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14 Mobile shower in Pawtucket is philanthropists’ latest effort to help the homeless

46 Education: Students at Meeting Street schools spread Christmas cheer with handmade greeting cards and holiday fare

16 Meet the new music director of Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra

49 Calendar

18 Inside the East Side

Food & Drink 55 Flavor of the Month: Find fresh-baked

23 Rhody Gem: All that glitters is gold at this Wayland Square jewelry store 25 Neighborhood News 32 Festive artisan markets you can’t miss Life & Style 43 Home of the Month: In a College Hill Victorian, whimsy reigns supreme

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56 Food News: The city’s first croissant cart, New Harvest canned cold brew, and Ellie’s gingerbread fundraiser 58 Dining Guide East Sider 66 Globe-trotting educator Jonathan Migliori reinvents Quiz Night

Inside Acoustic Java’s microcinema. Featuring Deveney Andrade and Kevin Aldrich. Photography by Wolf Matthewson.

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As the formulation of the State’s takeover of our schools begins to take shape, we join the rest of our neighbors who hope…no, make that pray…that this time real change will be coming to a school system desperate to pick itself off the academic floor and begin a slow and long-overdue return to respectability. At this point, all eyes are focused on what sort of magic tricks the State’s new director of education has up her sleeve for this daunting assignment. We do have one concern that hopefully isn’t relegated to irrelevancy in this mad dash to move the needle. Among the few bright spots in the City’s woeful recent evaluation is Classical High School. Today, Classical continues to be one of the best examples of the importance of public education in shaping our children and their values. Not only was Classical selected in 2017 as RI’s first Blue Ribbon High School by the US Department of Education, but it was also named in 2019 by US News and World Report as the top high school in RI and 168th nationwide. For decades, Classical has provided a way for new arrivals to our state as well longtime residents to win scholarships that last year produced over $20 million in scholarships to Providence children who are very much representative of the City’s current ethnicity, but who were motivated to put in that extra effort to do better. A recent article by Scott McKay

on local NPR radio might be instructive. He used our own Nathan Bishop Middle School as his show and tell. After an impressive $30 million investment about 10 years ago, and with the creation of a strong PTA and a charismatic principal, the school produced significantly above average results by its students. Unfortunately, after decisions made at the highest level, too many students were shifted into the school, resulting in overcrowded conditions, teacher and administrative changes, and disciplinary issues that have now eroded many of those initial changes. It also has produced a decline of parent engagement, say some of the old parent veterans. Parental involvement would seem to be at the heart of whatever programs are brought in to try and recalibrate our public schools. But it’s also something that is sought by parents on a citywide basis. It’s why charter schools continue to have so many more applicants for the number of spots they can offer. It’s what will determine the success of a child attracting the college scholarship money for parents who need it. And it’s also what is needed to ensure the newcomers we hope to lure to Providence for jobs remain here to educate their children. New approaches, new ideas and new energy are all critical if we are to move the education of our children forward. But we suggest, that a “one size fits all” approach should not be among them.


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Walt Whitman Was Here

Athenaeum hosts special exhibit, highlights special connection By Megan Schmit

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famed poet Walt Whitman visited Providence. He described the city as a “half-rural, brisk, handsome, New England, third-class town.” At the time, he stayed with Providence Athenaeum members on Congdon Street, and today, the library is showcasing a major exhibition of Whitman books and artifacts through January 5 of 2020. “This is, to our knowledge, the most significant showing of Whitman works and artifacts in Rhode Island’s history,” shares Robin Wetherill, director of membership

and external relations. Most of the items displayed are from bibliophile Susan Jaffe Tane, who visited the library over 10 years ago and offered to share some of her collection after showing in Grolier Club in NYC. There are curios like a cast of Whitman’s hand and gold rings with locks of hair, alongside rare photographs and the Athenaeum’s first edition copy of his seminal work Leaves of Grass (purchased by the library in 1855 for just $1.25!). “This book is the first known copy to be acquired by a library, and its copyright

information is handwritten by Whitman himself,” shares Robin excitedly, “so not only is the book incredibly rare and valuable, but the fact that it has remained in our collection for over 150 years and survived being handled and checked out by generations of library members is incredibly special.” Walt Whitman: Poet of the Body runs through January 5, 2020, and open for viewings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6pm, Saturdays from 1-5pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit ProvAth.org.

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the last few years, the popular Benefit Street Stroll will make a return this December, though admittedly in a somewhat reduced fashion. However, Benefit Street resident Roz Rustigian, one of the organizers of the project, assures us the street will still deliver plenty of holiday spirit. The stroll itself will be held on Saturday, December 7 from noon to 5pm. The original Benefit Street Stroll started about 20 years ago. With the help of the Providence Preservation Society and energized residents, Benefit Street was festooned from one end to the other with special holiday door wreaths and lamppost garlands, and soon became one of the City’s “must-do” annual holiday experiences. At its height, in addition to the beautifully adorned houses themselves, the street was crowded with costumed carolers, hay wagon rides, bell ringers, street musicians, and the like, with hot chocolate and warm apple cider served in the old Armory midway down the block to top things off. The highlight of the stroll would be the lighting of a Christmas tree by the Mayor at the north end of the street, a tradition started by Buddy Cianci but continued by each of his successors, which was then followed by enthusiastic choruses of holiday favorites. But, more recently, the festival has disappeared. Enter the Mile of History Association (MOHA), a new neighborhood association of Benefit Street residents that was formed two years ago to advocate for and protect the historic elements of the street. Under their leadership, the street has begun to regain some of its old swagger. So, this

year, they have taken on the challenge of reigniting some of that old holiday spirit as well. “Admittedly we are not going to replicate the full-blown holiday festival of old in our first year,” Roz concedes, “but we want to invite people to come take a leisurely stroll down the street, exchange holiday greetings, maybe sing a carol, and see what makes Benefit Street such a special part of our City.” Toward that end, MOHA is helping houses up and down the street with their decorations this year. Then add in strolling carolers, some hot drinks perhaps, and other surprises to spice up the afternoon, and you have the makings of those old Currier & Ives moments from days of yore. Yule enjoy it.

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ders. An electric razor appears, and the locks fall away. Buzz by buzz, Lewis’ face emerges. “What’s better than a haircut after a shower?” muses Vanessa Parent, a professional stylist and owner of Vanessa Hair Salon in Pawtucket. As she cuts, she asks Lewis about his life. She’s upbeat and funny. You’d think she was in her own place, but instead she’s here, in a lonely parking lot off Barton Street, giving haircuts to people without homes. “I don’t have a lot of money to give,” Vanessa adds. “But doing this, it immediately makes you feel so good.” None of this would be happening without Peter Kelleher, a Maine native better known as The Soupman. Peter is a veteran contractor and past owner of a doggie daycare; he’s a gregarious man with a boisterous voice. In 2016, Peter learned that his son Travis had died. For some time, Travis had struggled with addiction and homelessness. Now, they’d subsumed him. Peter responded to Travis’ death with a biblical intensity. He began to cook and distribute soup to homeless people around Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he now lives. He started collecting clothes and shoes, coats and toiletries. He embraced his nickname and began a movement, “Support the Soupman,” complete with website and T-shirts. He renovated two buses to provide desperately needed services in Bridgewater, Taunton, and now, Pawtucket. “This has all fallen into my lap, by the grace of God,” proclaims Peter. “I’m still in shock. I didn’t ask for any of this. But I have a good team. That’s what helps this

thrive every day.” Peter has a strong relationship with Ocean State Job Lot, a company known for its philanthropy, but it was a newspaper article that turned Peter’s attention to Pawtucket. With the help of Mayor Donald R. Grebien – plus an army of partners and volunteers – Peter quickly set up a portable shower unit. The station pops up every Tuesday and Thursday. “It’s a wonderful thing they’re doing here,” says Tom Hodge, who serves as homeless liaison for Pawtucket. He estimates that 200 to 300 people currently live on the city’s streets. “Now we’ve got to find them homes. That’s the big thing.”

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Let’s call him “Lewis.” He’s a regular-looking guy, maybe 50 years old, with an overgrown mane and beard. His dark hair is graying, and he looks lethargic. But he smiles, because he’s just taken his first shower in quite some time. He sits down in a barber chair and a sheet is draped over his shoul-


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New 12-story apartment project proposed for Jewelry District Also in the design stage is a proposal before the Downtown Design Commission for a new 12-story, mixeduse apartment building on Chestnut Street, though this one is at least winning some grudging praise for its design even from some of those objecting to its size and massing. The current design calls for demolishing two smaller buildings and replacing it with a 127-foot structure, which would be 27 feet higher than currently allowed by zoning. Two interesting footnotes to the project: As planned, this would be Providence’s first modular high-rise building. According to its architect, by stacking premade modules on top of each other, the developers would save time and reduce building costs, which then would be put into more expensive materials and larger windows allowing more light into building and provide better views. The initial drawings are quite impressive. Additionally, it should be noted that the Chestnut Street buildings being sold to allow the new construction are owned by Michael Corso, a major participant in the ill-fated Studio 38 debacle, and who will participate in this new venture.

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Be vocal, shop local The holiday season is at hand, that time when we dress up our homes for the holidays (from menorahs or mistletoe), and exchange gifts to our friends and family. It’s also an important time for all the wonderful merchants and businesses on the East Side and downtown who make Providence the wonderful quirky and creative place it is. So, our request is that we all patronize and support them this holiday season. You might save a few bucks through Amazon but it will be at the expense of our neighborhood businesses who add an irreplaceable element to our daily life. Asher of Frog and Toad on Hope Street said it best: “Our future quality of life will undoubtedly depend on how we treat and support our neighborhood businesses.” To which we say, “Amen.”

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College Hill Neighborhood Association At our recent October meeting, the CHNA hosted the first public presentation by the Smart Hotel Group which is seeking input from the neighborhood to their plans to build a new six-story, 130-room hotel on the corner of Angell and Brook Streets. Smart Hotels, based in Shaker Heights, Ohio, brand themselves as “boutique hotels for campus + community.” Three historic houses on Angell, however, would have to be demolished as part of the project, one of which is on the tax rolls for over one million dollars. The hotel group is not seeking any tax relief and made a presentation offering what they feel are the benefits a college campus hotel would provide, which included local hiring, a new restaurant, and increased pedestrian participation to existing stores along Thayer Street. In response, several of the attendees raised concerns that no traffic study has been undertaken and whether there is enough parking for guests in addition to the loss of the three buildings. Ed Small, CEO of Smart Hotel, their local legal representative attorney Rob Stolzman of Adler, Pollack and Sheehan, and their architect Eric Zuena presented some of their initial thoughts for the design of the hotel. The developer noted that their company specializes in hotels adjacent to well-respected universities and have been hoping to find a site near Brown for years. The three houses that would be torn down are owned by Ed Bishop, who will become a minority partner in the project. The group then took questions from some 50 residents in attendance. The feedback was mixed, some concerned about what they felt was an underwhelming design for the building, some welcoming the project in terms of the vitality it would bring to the street, some worried over the additional congestion it

Last leaves walking on Blackstone Boulevard would bring to this already heavily trafficked area, and some strongly concerned about the demolishing of three expensive, well-maintained historic buildings and the subsequent impact this would have on the existing neighborhood. Developers say the next steps will be to solicit more feedback from neighbors and then present their initial plans to the City Planning Commission as quickly as

possible. Notably not present at the meeting were representatives from Brown and Wheeler, both of whom will be abutting neighbors of the project if it is allowed to move forward. The Providence Preservation Society has already expressed some initial reservations but has not yet taken an official position yet, nor has the CHNA. The College Hill Neighborhood Association is holding its annual Holiday party

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on December 2, from 6-8pm at Lippit House on Angell Street. All members of the community are invited to drop in and join neighbors for holiday cheer, hors d’ouerves, and good conversation. But more importantly, the CHNA would also like to wish all our neighbors a most happy holidays and a happy New Year. For more information about joining the College Hill Neighborhood Association please contact CHNA, PO Box 2442. Providence, RI 02906, visit CHNAProvidence.org or email CHNA@CHNAProvidence.org. -Seth Kurn

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Hold that Thought! By Jane Peterson Like a showgirl reluctant to leave the stage, autumn in Providence must be noticed: apricot, scarlet, deep purple and yellow to golden to orange to bronze, some edged with green. We can hold on to the memory of the astonishing trees in our parks, yards, and streets through the long winter nights. November was the last best opportunity for Blackstone Parks Conservancy (BPC) volunteers to work outside in 2019, and to begin toting up all projects this year and see what they had come to. Some projects were more visible than others. The six trees planted in Blackstone Field on River Road, for example, resulted from considerable planning to accommodate the different needs of both the BPC Education Committee for their events and the Narragansett Boat Club for their regattas. The red maples and the hackberry are thriving, but two of those trees, Prairie Fire crabapples, bear watching next spring given signs of stress. The Education Committee led by Rick Richards is seeing if an extra river ride could be combined with a winter duck walk, both popular events. This small committee perfected the art of doing a lot with few volunteers but could accomplish more with more help. Carrie Drake’s Park Committee held one last Park-Keeping sessions before the onset of mud season. Following on the heels of volunteer trail work in October, Moses Brown freshmen spread wood chips to keep

the heavily used trails from compacting too much and allowing runoff. Visitors now enjoy the ease and safety brought to the York Pond steps by a new railing. With encouragement by neighbors and the BPC, the northernmost section of Blackstone Park Conservation District, on Loring Avenue, received a long awaited pruning in October. City Forester Doug Still reports that pruning city trees with a newly organized team of climbers will continue into April, including much needed attention to the Boulevard. On the Boulevard – Heartened by the public reaction to the new path section, the BPC board now turns to figuring out how to fund more of the worst segments. Deming Sherman reported that eight trees funded by BPC donors had been successfully planted by Groundwork Providence. Thank you to all who are responding generously to our fall appeal. We depend on you.


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Fox Point Neighborhood Association Neighbors, Preservationists Oppose Demolition of Aqua-Life Building and Emphasize Historic Character A Fox Point developer and landlord appeared before the Providence City Plan Commission in late October to request approvals for a new development project on Wickenden Street. The project, as proposed, would involve demolishing the century-old, muraled apartment building on the corner of Wickenden and Hope streets, site of the former Aqua-Life Aquarium, and replacing it with a modern,

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15-unit structure with a flat roof and a commercial space on the first floor. Several Fox Point neighbors testified at the hearing, both to oppose the demolition of the current structure and to stress the importance of preserving the historic character of Wickenden Street. FPNA president Nick Cicchitelli expressed concerns about population density on that street, possible troubles with parking, and most emphatically, the visual appeal of a proposed new structure. “This is one of the most prominent and iconic corners in Fox Point,” he said. While Cicchitelli acknowledged that the existing building is not protected by historic preservation laws, he expressed reluctance about demolishing it. “It is of paramount importance,” he continued, “that a replacement structure respect the historic charm of the neighborhood.” Neighbor Dennis Wood, echoing these sentiments, evoked the words of local architect Dave Brussat, saying, “In saving the past, you are investing in the future.” Rachel Robinson, of the Providence Preservation Society, expressed misgivings about “the gradual erosion” of the historic character of Wickenden Street. Likewise, Fox Point neighbor Candace Powning extolled the appeal of this commercial-residential strip. “If we demolish the old buildings,” she stated, “we lose this interesting neighborhood.” After some deliberation, the Commission voted to grant approvals to the developer – thereby allowing the team to proceed to the next phase – explaining to attendees that he had met all of the requirements laid out in the city’s Zoning Ordinance. The Commission also recommended that the developer meet with neighbors in order to hear our concerns and begin a dialogue. While FPNA recognizes that this building proposal meets the requirements of our current Zoning Ordinance – which does not prohibit demolition of old buildings – we cherish the character of our neighborhood. So as we anticipate a meeting with the developer and his team at an FPNA neighborhood meeting in mid-November,

we hope the group will be willing to incorporate some feedback in terms of design. FPNA December Meeting Please join us on Monday, December 9 at 7pm at the at community room-library at Vartan Gregorian Elementary. See our website, FPNA.net, for agenda and directions. All are welcome. About FPNA The Fox Point Neighborhood Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Fox Point and protecting its historic integrity and resources. FPNA speaks out on neighborhood issues and builds community through local events. Please sign up for our mailing list and join us at a monthly meeting! -Amy Mendillo

Summit Neighborhood Association News We’d like to thank Lt. Joseph Dufault, the new Providence Police Department commander for the East Side, for joining us for introductions and a dialogue at our October monthly meeting. The lieutenant shared his perspective on public safety trends in the neighborhood, and we discussed neighbor reports of a rash of recent bicycle thefts. By the time this issue of East Side Monthly hits the streets, we hope that construction on the new Lippitt Park public drinking water fountain will be well underway, or complete! We’ll share progress photos on our website and social media channels, and in our electronic and print newsletters (see below for the e-newsletter signup!) Since the project is anticipated to be completed in the late fall chill, we’re looking forward to a sunny spring 2020 grand opening. Stay tuned, and thanks to everyone who’s pitched in to help this little project become a reality. The Summit Neighborhood Community Garden ended a long and productive 2019 growing season with a workday on


Memberships and Volunteer Writers As always, we welcome new members who are interested in supporting our neighborhood events, community projects, candidate forums, and advocacy. Memberships are affordable – starting at just $15 per year – and easier than ever to sign up for digitally or by mail. Additionally, SNA is always seeking local content for our long-running neighborhood newsletter, distributed by our volunteers to over 4,000 households, as well as our newly-launched e-newsletter. Have something to say about an event, a neighborhood fun fact, a local issue, a new business, or any topic that would resonate with the neighborhood? Please contact us for more information! Summit Neighborhood Association, PO Box 41092, Providence, RI 02940, 401-400-0986 SummitNeighbors.org, SNAProv@gmail.com

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Yes, it’s convenient to use an Amazon Wish List. Scroll, scroll, click, click – a half-hour later, all your holiday shopping is done. But there’s nothing exciting about it. Online shopping feels like a chore, like paying your electric bill. Loved ones open their pre-wrapped bags and boxes, and you wonder what you even ordered for them. The opposite? Browsing the displays of a holiday art market, where local artists and crafters show their wares. Instead of algorithms, you’ll find ceramics, paintings, kitchen implements, and tableware that you have never seen before – because it was physically created by the person in front of you. Art markets gather creatives from across the region, some of whom may even be your neighbors.

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DECEMBER 1: Holiday Arts Market The Jamestown Arts Center transforms from community school into a creative market. Jamestown, JamestownArtCenter.org DECEMBER 1-22: Field of Artisans The renowned South County showcase takes place every Sunday at Whalers Brewery, along with other locations across the state. South Kingstown, FieldOfArtisans.com DECEMBER 5: Small Works Holiday Show The HeART Spot showcases small works marked at less than $150. East Providence, HeartSpotArt.com DECEMBER 5-15: Foundry Artists Holiday Show See what the Foundry Artists have created this year at the Pawtucket Armory. Pawtucket, FoundryShow.com DECEMBER 7: Holiday Spectacular Artisan Craft Fair Aquidneck collectors browse the ample aisles at the Newport Elks Lodge. Newport DECEMBER 7: Cardboard Pancakes! New Urban Arts adds edge to the Providence cultural scene – and its annual market wins for most original name. Providence, NewUrbanArts.org DECEMBER 7-8: Craft & Kitsch Winter Market If it’s chintzy, campy, or mod, you’re likely to find it at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative’s annual market. Pawtucket, CraftAndKitsch.com DECEMBER 7-8: PVD Winter Lights Market Food vendors and a Christmas tree lighting at Providence City Hall make this market particularly magical. Providence, EatDrinkRI.com DECEMBER 8-15: Providence Flea Holiday Market Now in its seventh year, the beloved urban flea market returns for the holidays at Hope High School. Providence, ProvidenceFlea.com DECEMBER 22: BAFL Market BAFL = “Brunch Art and Flea Market.” Savor a late breakfast and collect crafts at Laferge Church. Newport, NewportArtHouse.org THROUGH DECEMBER 23: Little Pictures Show & Sale The hallowed Providence Art Club sets up shop for small art objects at affordable prices. Providence, ProvidenceArtClub.org/Little-Pictures

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COUSTIC JAVA has settled comfortably into its new space at 204 South Main Street, and the cafe attracts a steady stream of customers. In one corner, shelves are packed with books, which are all for sale. Owner David Fullerton is a longtime coffee aficionado and roaster, and the baristas sling high-quality coffees, teas, and cappuccinos. The store’s dairy products are sourced from Wright’s Farm in North Smithfield; breads are baked at nearby Seven Stars Bakery. Not bad for a storefront that only opened in late September. At Acoustic Java, the new “microcinema” on the East Side, private viewing is a brand-new concept. All day, movies play on the screen. Visitors can tune in or tune out as they wish. Without the app and earphones, the screening room is just a big, quiet auditorium decked with vintage movie posters. “In what other ways do people engage with film?”

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posits owner Fullerton. “That was the question I put to myself. It’s such a waste of space to have [the cinema] closed during the day. The idea was, hey, what if we could offer this as the kind of environment where you can come and do your work and engage with film? And that’s what you can do here.” But Acoustic Java has a lot to live up to. For 42 years, the space was occupied by The Cable Car, the iconic one-screen theater. Generations of moviegoers flowed through that venue; thousands of reels made their Rhode Island premiere in this tiny Providence spot, including art films, foreign films, and obscure cult classics. When the new cafe opened its doors, many assumed that the original Cable Car was just reopening; the new name has taken some adjustment. Yet, Acoustic Java isn’t just a new tenant in an old building; David has inherited decades of fans and expectations. He’s trying a similar project in a new way. And as every movie buff knows, it’s hard to make a satisfying sequel.


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HEN the Cable Car closed in May 2018, the news sent shockwaves through the city. Few people saw it coming. Indeed, this very magazine had just published a long story about independent cinema in Providence, spotlighting the Cable Car and its beloved owners Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian, who had taken over the operation in 2008. Days after that issue hit the stands, a Facebook post announced Cable Car’s impending closure. The owners had negotiated for a full year with the Rhode Island School of Design, which technically owned the building. No agreement had been reached, and it seemed best to pull up stakes.

This left RISD with a quandary: How do you fill a commercial space like the former Cable Car? South Main Street is a splendid location, on a walkable corridor with plenty of evening parking. The place was already outfitted as a movie theater, and the school’s goal was to keep it that way. But who was capable of making a one-screen art-house into a profitable, 21st century business? Who was willing to haggle with distributors, movie buffs, and local cultural institutions? If the rent was too high for the Cable Car owners, why should a new entrepreneur feel any different? And how do you rebrand a place that had already stoked so many memories? Then, out of nowhere, David Fullerton appeared.


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AVID is a serious, soft-spoken man with a passing resemblance to Christian Slater. Born in New Jersey, David grew up in Colorado, lived in California, and finished school in Providence. He speaks in slow and deliberate sentences, and his experience as a teacher is of little surprise. David holds a PhD from Brown, where he specialized in Abolitionist literature. He seems capable of any number of careers, but in 2007, David took over Acoustic Java in Worcester, Massachusetts. Those origins were humble: The cafe had a onepound roaster. He soon accrued a 12-kilo roaster, which grew his output by 25 times. But the new machinery was too unwieldy for the original space, so David moved his company to Whittall Mills, a historic brick factory building. For seven years, David commuted back and forth from Providence, until his family finally moved to Worcester. Today, Acoustic Java consists of three locations: one cafe and eatery, one roastery and tasting room, and one new cafe and microcinema in Providence. David knows our city well, including the former Cable Car. He remembers visiting the theater with his future wife to see the seminal Inuit film The Fast Runner. The Cable Car’s abrupt end stunned David as much as anyone else. “At the time, I couldn’t imagine the city without it,” he recalls. “So when I saw it had gone out of business, I could totally relate to all the emotions – the disbelief and sadness – and I thought to myself, ‘How could that happen?’” Opening a new Acoustic Java location was an ambitious idea, especially for a father of four children. But it also made sense: In recent years, the Massachusetts locations had collaborated with Cinema Worcester to present intermittent film nights. David is no stranger to streaming movies, but he found inspiration in the social rituals of movie theaters. “I thought it was such a great overlapping of experiences,” he says. “There’s the movie, the conversation that goes on around the movie, dinner and movie, coffee and movie. When I saw this opportunity, to come

[to Providence] and engage people with the coffee, it just seemed like there could be a good community match – with the coffee, and the movies, and the aesthetic sensibility.” During the afternoons and evenings, Acoustic Java will screen regular features, and a full schedule can be found on the Acoustic Java website. The selections are very much in keeping with the Cable Car’s independent spirit; this month, you can catch the 1963 Ingmar Bergman drama Winter Light, as well as the Short Short Story Film Festival, which showcases films under six minutes long. The festival, presented by local MergingArts Productions, is now in its 13th year. As time goes by, David hopes to collaborate with many other art institutions and festival organizers, the same way he’s worked with Cinema Worcester. In many ways, David has kept the Cable Car skeleton intact. The lobby maintains its peculiar, maze-like layout. Popcorn is still available, for the unheard-of price of $3 per bag, and refills are unlimited. David is still learning the ins and outs of distribution and projection, but as an educator he loves the idea of enriching conversations through cinematic art. Indeed, if you’re observant, you may spot the quote painted on the wall above the cafe counter. The dense excerpt comes from Walter Benjamin, a German intellectual from the early 20th century: “Reception in a state of distraction, which is increasing noticeably in all fields of art and is symptomatic of profound changes in apperception, finds in the film its true means of exercise.” Put simply: Modern life is busy, and our brains are changing in order to keep up, but movies are a great way to help us figure things out. “It’s a historic thing that’s happening,” says David, in his customary philosophic tone. “There are some things that are going to be gone and you can’t recover them, and that’s a sad thing. But excellent movies are still being made. And they’re super interesting, and they’re thought-provoking and world-changing. That’s one of the reasons we’re calling this a microcinema – for the intimacy, a space where you can talk.”


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LIFE & STYLE Home | Education

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In a College Hill Victorian, whimsy reigns supreme By Elyse Major

Artisanal accents keep traditional furnishings from being anything but stuffy

Expansive fireplaces, wide doors, and crown moldings are all elements one expects to find in a Queen Anne Victorian style home. And while they all exist in the circa 1891 College Hill residence of Dan and Robin Ruder, there’s something a bit extra. Traditional trappings like furniture and wallpaper are peppered with pattern, playful touches, and color. Against pastel or papered walls, be on the lookout for handcrafted birds suspended from high ceilings, a large glowing neon fish, a dining table always set with a fabulous array of faux desserts and Photography by Grace Lentini

fruits, and some form of art appearing at most every turn. “Where we live has evolved into my three-dimensional creation,” says Robin, who over the years has put her BFA and MFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to good use decorating interiors within the large single-family. “Our home is unique. It’s my livable art installation. I’m an artist and originally started as a sculptor.” While the Ruders have lived in the house for 33 years, raising their grown children Sarah and

Aron here, they still fondly recall falling for the house at first sight as if it was yesterday. “It’s a fabulous home in a fabulous location on a fabulous street,” says Robin. “When our children were growing up, there were 30 kids on the block. They rode bikes, played manhunt, basketball, and went sleigh riding together. It was a lifestyle for kids like suburbia with the advantages and amenities of a city for us, including great theater, live music, the RISD Museum, art galleries, and being able to walk downtown. It’s been perfect!”

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Robin thinks of the entire house as her DIY decorating project. Room after room there are bold swatches of color, pattern, and texture. She likes to think that Dan, a physician and entrepreneur, not only puts up with her decor style but enjoys it all as much as she does. “When I walk in I can’t help but feel good. I’m surrounded by wonderful art. It’s a joyful place to come home to,” says Robin. “People who have heard about our home always want

to see the fake food on dining room table. We used to clear it off when we had company. Now we set up a folding table alongside the table of fake food and everyone gets to see one of our main attractions. It’s very funny and lots of fun!” “To create a Rhode Island style, do whatever makes you most comfortable,” Robin advises. “Our state is made up of creative individuals doing their own thing. Do yours and you will be from Rhode Island.”

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production crew.” Leisure Group is just one of the many programs at the Carter School, the private high school in Cranston equipped for students with special needs. Six students participate in Leisure Group, with ages ranging from 14 to 22. They all arrive in motorized wheelchairs, and they spend their time here while the rest of the school goes to lunch in the cafeteria; for medical reasons, none of these students eat solid food, so the time slot is reserved for other


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activities – such as ornament-making. “For the most part, it’s about the choices,” says Michelle, who spends these sessions surrounded by baskets of crafting supplies. “It could become an occupation. With assistance, they choose what craft they want to do today. They can pick a color. They can pick a design. They can sell a product.” These kinds of crafts have become a Meeting Street tradition. This year, the school has collected greeting cards created by students; together, they vote on their four favorites. These are then printed as 15-card packets, which sell for $15. Proceeds benefit Meeting Street programs in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Last December, the school sold more than 800 packs of cards, plus 12,000 individual cards. “We were so impressed with the artistic talent of our students, and choosing only four designs is no easy task,” said John Kelly, president of Meeting Street. “These cards are the perfect way to send greetings to your friends and loved ones while showing your support for Meeting Street.” Meeting Street was founded in 1946, and it currently comprises several different schools, including an early learning center, a state-funded pre-K, the Grace School (elementary), Schwartz School (Massachusetts), and the Carter School. This year’s cards show carolers, a snowman, a sprig of holly, and penguins dressed in winter outfits. On December 6, Meeting Street will host a holiday bazaar, where an even wider range of student-made gifts will be available for sale. In the past, the Leisure Group has also contributed headbands, barrettes, flower pens, and luminaries.

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COLUMBUS THEATRE December 4: Xylouris White + Sam Amidon. December 6: True Love – A Tribute to Daniel Johnston with Silverteeth and Friends. December 7: Shade Range. December 11: Haley Heynderickx. 270 Broadway, Providence. ColumbusTheatre.com FETE MUSIC HALL December 6: Jabbawauke & Swimmer with Electro Politics. December 8: Socials Tour with Zoe Laverne & Cody Orlove. December 27: Alchemystics with Toad & The Stooligans, Delish, Sun of Sound. 103 Dike Street, Providence. FeteMusic.com   THE MET December 1: The Schemers with The Andy Stone Band. December 5: Casanova Behind These Scars Tour. December 6: Gary Hoey’s Ho Ho Hoey Christmas Show. December 7: The Senders. December 12: lespecial. December 13: The Front Bottoms with Brother

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would be worth the $8. But these kits also serve a good cause: 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Rhode Island families in need. In previous years, Ellie’s has sold more than 3,000 kits, making lots of customers – and under-employed households – full of holiday cheer. You can find the kits at both Ellie’s Bakery and its sister-restaurant, Gracie’s Providence. The kits are also available at Miriam Hospital, where they can double as a get-well gift. Doing good never tasted so sweet. ElliesProv.com -Robert Isenberg

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Joe Marzelli’s Old Canteen Italian Restaurant High-end Italian restaurant serving up specialty dishes and drinks. 120 Atwells Ave, Providence. 751-5544. LD $$$ Julian’s A must-taste Providence staple celebrating more than 20 years. 318 Broadway, Providence, 861-1770. BBrLD $$ KG Kitchen City neighborhood bistro turning up New American favorite. 771 Hope St, Providence, 331-4100. LD $$-$$$ Lotus Garden Noodle & Sushi House Authentic Cambodian cuisine in the heart of the Hill. 223 Atwells Ave, Providence, 383-4774. LD $-$$$ Luxe Burger Bar Build Your Own Burger: You dream it, we build it! 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, 621-5893. LD $ Parkside Rotisserie & Bar American bistro specializing in rotisserie meats. 76 South Main St, Providence, 331-0003. LD $-$$ Pizza J Fun, upbeat atmosphere with thin-crust pizza, pub fare, and gluten-free options. 967 Westminster St, Providence, 632-0555. LD $-$$

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Celestial Cafe Locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine with a curated craft beer list. 567 South County Trail, Exeter, 295-5559. BrLD $$-$$$

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Mariner Grille Seafood, steaks, and pasta in a October 10, 2019 fun setting, with live entertainment. 40 Point December Issue - 2019 Judith Rd, Narragansett, 284-3282. LD $$ Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana Authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza with exclusive ingredients imported from Naples. 60 S County Commons Way, South Kingstown, 783-2900. LD $-$$ Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 437-6950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 219 Main St, East Greenwich (second location in Warren),


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Twin Willows Fresh seafood and water views in a family-friendly atmosphere. 865 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, 789-8153. LD $-$$

Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar New American cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. 7366 Post Rd, North Kingstown, 295-0800. LD $$-$$$ Sophie’s Brewhouse Espresso drinks and sandwiches with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. 699 S County Trail, Exeter, 2954273. BL $$

EAST BAY + NEWPORT Blount Market & Kitchen Traditional New England seafood summer favorites offered year-round for dine-in and takeout. 406 Water St, Warren, 245-1800. LD $$

restaurant serving American and Italian classics. 33 Market St, Warren, 245-9305. LD $$ East Bay Oyster Bar Local seafood meets innovative preparation in a rustic setting. 308 County Rd, Barrington, 247-0303. LD $$ Pannoni’s BYOB with a fun and patriotic theme. 553 Hope St, Bristol, 396-5168. LD $$ The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 50 Miller St, Warren (second location in East Greenwich), 245-4500. D $$-$$$

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Bluewater Bar and Grill Casual restaurant with modern seafood dishes, patio seating, and live music. 32 Barton Ave, Barrington, 247-0017. LD $$-$$$

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Tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/ American bistro. 16 West Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$ Thirsty Gull New England sourced gastropub.

Cafe Water Street Dockside cafe with gourmet crepes and coffee. 279 Water St, Warren, 2457071. BLD $-$$ Crossroads Pub Restaurant Family-friendly

The Wharf Remodeled and reimagined, this dockside restaurant offers seafood, pasta, and coastal charm for days. 215 Water St, Warren, 289-2524. LD $$-$$$$

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ouis Iasimone is a proud member of a family of leading plumbing and heating professionals. With over 35 years of experience, Louis and the crew at Iasimone Plumbing, Heating & Drain Cleaning Inc. provide customers the highest level of service. “It’s so rewarding to have clients call us year after year,” Louis says. Making sure every client understands their options is an important part of what keeps people coming back to Iasimone each year. The company, a yearslong recipient of Angie’s List’s Super Service Award, offers a variety of plumbing and heating services, as well as no-cost estimates. They specialize in installation and repairs of sinks and faucets, bathroom fixtures, water lines, dishwashers, water heaters and boilers, and also offer water and sewage services. With the colder months upon us, it’s a good time for to schedule regular boiler maintenance, which is required to keep things running safely and efficiently. Iasimone is there to help clients keep their gas boilers in good running condition. Be sure to check that your thermostat is working properly to avoid wasting fuel and energy. Remember to keep an eye on your pilot light to make sure it’s burning a healthy blue and isn’t damaged. When in doubt, you can always give Louis and Iasimone Plumbing, Heating & Drain Cleaning a call to make sure that you’re in good shape for the winter.

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EAST SIDER By Amanda M. Grosvenor

Trivial Pursuits What do you do for fun when you’re an archaeology, classics, and medieval cultures aficionado who teaches for a day job and spends summers giving lectures to cruise ship tourists? You start your own trivia night, naturally. Jonathan Migliori grew up on the East Side and attended Martin Luther King, Nathanael Greene, Classical, and then Brown University. Following a year in the UK, he returned to Providence to write a master’s thesis in archaeology, but then “realized that academia was a giant waste of time.” While interning in the RISD Museum’s Ancient Art and Education departments, he recalled competing in trivia nights throughout Providence during senior year, and contemplated starting his own. “In true Rhode Island fashion,” he says, “my cousin told me that her husband’s friend’s family were co-owners of a bar [that was]

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looking to start a trivia night”: Governor Street’s Round the Corner. “She put me in touch with the friend, and that was that.” Jonathan describes his six-year-old trivia night as “artisanal.” He writes every question himself and invents novel ways of formatting rounds: picture and song identification, matching, and varieties of cryptic or wordplay sections typically appear. Questions “revolve around categorizations, definitions, words, names, and relationships,” capitalizing on Jonathan’s far-reaching, idiosyncratic penchant for subjects like etymology. This past summer, as a Viking Ocean Cruises resident historian, Jonathan enjoyed “going to the room where Rasputin was murdered in Saint Petersburg, going full-geek on a Beatles tour of Liverpool, and kayaking through a rainstorm outside Helsinki with a guide from Cape Cod.”

He recently started teaching Latin through the Wheeler School’s Aerie program after leaving La Salle Academy, where he taught sixth graders. He is the newly elected Vice President of the Brown Club of Rhode Island and is co-leading a Providence Athenaeum book group themed around hell and Satan called “Infernal Journeys.” If you’re looking for a diversion from typical trivia fare, the Wednesday night vibe at Round the Corner is fun and welcoming. Trivia starts at 8pm and offers prizes like free drinks and bar gift certificates. “I want people to feel like they’ve solved a puzzle when they get something right and be intrigued by learning an interesting fact when they get something wrong,” Jonathan says. Many of his regulars regularly lose, but they keep returning. “I’m very lucky that the bar lets me do whatever I want.”

Photography by Savannah Barkley for East Side Monthly

Globe-trotting educator Jonathan Migliori reinvents Quiz Night


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167 Power Street East Side of Providence $1,200,000 401.274.6740

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Kettle Point East Providence Starting in the $600,000s 401.553.6389

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