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Contents

Photography: (L) James Jones (R) Tiffany Medrano

FEbruary 2013

21 This Month 21 Most Eligible Our picks for the most fabulous bachelors and bachelorettes

53 33 City Style A South Providence retreat 35 The Look 37 Get Fit 38 Shop Talk 41 Beauty

43 Feast CafĂŠ style at a repurposed mill 45 In the Kitchen 46 On the Menu 49 Behind the Bar

Every Month 6 Editor’s Note 8 Feedback 10 Web List 11 PM List

13 Providence Pulse Making a more bike-friendly city 15 City 17 Malcontent 19 Scene in PVD

50 In the Drink 53 Review 54 Dining Guide

61 Get Out Show PVD some love 60 Calendar 62 Music 64 Theatre 67 Art

68 The Last Detail Hasbro comes to Providence

On the Cover: Scott Grace, Jay Davani, Shawn Simmons and Jason Sweet photographed by James Jones at NYLO in Warwick

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Editor’s Note

PROVIDENCE MONTHLY

Publishers Barry Fain Richard Fleischer John Howell Publishing Director Jeanette St. Pierre Executive Editor Julie Tremaine Special Projects Manager John Taraborelli Art Director Karli Hendrickson

Feeling the Love

Associate Editor Grace Lentini Assistant Art Director Meghan H. Follett Advertising Design Director Layheang Meas

I have to admit: I have a special affection for this issue – which is fitting, it being February and all. Of all the issues we do, the Most Eligible Singles is hands down my favorite. Really, how can you blame me? We take a group of fun, attractive people out on the town and get to know them over cocktails. Then I get to write about how fabulous they are (and sometimes, later, I get to take credit for making a love connection). The good news is, this isn’t all about me. We want all of you to meet our Most Eligibles, too. On February 12, join Providence Monthly for a Mix and Mingle at NYLO in Warwick (the chic space where we shot the cover and cover story of this issue). From 5:30-8:30pm, single and taken alike, everyone is welcome to come, have a drink on us and join in the fun. See you there.

Graphic Designer Veatsna Sok Account Managers Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Nicole Greenspun Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Chelsea Sherman Sharon Sylvester Kimberly Tingle Jessica Webb Illustrators Ashley MacLure Photographers Amy Amerantes Jonathan Beller Mike Braca Corey Grayhorse James Jones

Tiffany Medrano Katie Poor Melissa Stimpson Dawn Temple

Contributing Writers Linda Beaulieu Jen Brister Michael Clark Emily Dietsch Ben Goulet Jane C. Govednik Molly Lederer

Stephanie Obodda Jane Parisi Caitlin Quinn Cristy Raposo Eric Smith Erin Swanson Vikki Warner

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Awesome, awesome piece on the city and the need to “sell” Providence to the wider world (“What’s the Story?” January 2013). I’ve been a Providence cop for 28 years, and I grew up in Silver Lake. The changes I’ve seen are mind-blowing,  both good and bad. I obviously see the bad quite often. It’s something  I accept as a  cop: that all great cities have a dirty underbelly, and  that someone has to respond to it and clean it up as best we can. So let’s leave the bad aside and focus on the good I’ve witnessed lately. John Taraborelli hit the nail squarely on the head when he points out that it’s the young people that are going to move Providence forward. I see young hip urbanites (Yippies? Huppies?)  everywhere, willing to move into oncedangerous neighborhoods and hijack them back to normalcy. The West End, specifically the Armory District, is the best example. And now they’re marking their territory in other parts of the city with places like What Cheer Tavern in Washington Park, and Cuban Revolution in Olneyville. Once the folks that are making this happen and the huge student population realize that the other is in the room, I don’t think there’ll be any way to stop this train. The word will get out. I’m just sorry I’m so close to the end of my career. It’s been a joy the last couple of years watching the rebirth. Nice job. Sergeant Carl Weston Providence Police Department

The two “education” people you picked are carpetbaggers. Don’t get me started on Rhode Island Campaign for Achievement Now (RI-CAN). It is a front for Achievement First (AF). Do the research in Connecticut and find out all the interlocking ties between CT-CAN and AF. As for Dr. Miller-Williams, she is an authentic education carpetbagger. She is here in Rhode Island to add turnaround school experience to her educational resume before moving on to her continued career as an educational consultant. All of the Race to the Top money goes to her salary and the salary of this new layer of administration and charters. None of it goes to students or to technology for the classroom. The school board, for once, balked at paying her salary and the salaries of the other United Providence (UP) administrators. UP will not work. No students want to go to Alvarez because it is on a brown-

personally and professionally. Dr. Miller-Williams’ entire 22 year career has been devoted to trying to make a difference in the lives of children. As a professional, she has had enviable opportunities to accept more lucrative, higher profile, corporate office senior-level positions. However, in almost every opportunity, she has chosen to take the more challenging, and in some cases, less lucrative positions working to turn-around failing schools in urban school districts in Detroit, Philadelphia, Charleston, New Orleans and now Providence. In several of the school districts where she felt exceptionally strong about the need and opportunity to make a difference, rather than uprooting her family, she commuted between the school district and her home in Houston, TX. Dr. Miller-Williams is a strong advocate of establishing adequate opportunities for all students to experience a rigorous academic curriculum, regard-

field, there are no sports teams and they have to go to school five hours per week longer than their peers. TUP is already manipulating data to justify their existence and salaries. UP sure is doing a good job with their PR - you selected a three month resident/carpetbagger to be on your top “10” list. Based on your awards for this year, you would never know there are hard working dedicated teachers in Providence. I guess your staff’s kids go to private schools. Posted from ProvidenceOnline.com Betsy1

less of a student’s race, background, first language or disability. She works tirelessly to ensure that policies in the schools she is charged with do not prevent or create barriers for student achievement and development. United Providence and the Providence Public School District are very fortunate to have an academic leader with the exceptional knowledge, values, beliefs, integrity, personal characteristics and leadership skills of Dr. Sheri Miller-Williams. I enthusiastically congratulate her on her selection of Top 10 To Watch! Posted on ProvidenceOnline.com by LarryW

Watching the 10 to Watch

And in Response…

I was really saddened by your 10 to Watch (January 2013) for picks this year. I am a life long Providence Public School District teacher. Last year, I invited several of your “10s” to be speakers to my students and that was a great experience.

I have known Dr. Sheri Miller-Williams for over 13 years and I can say without any reservation that she is undoubtedly one of the hardest working, most dedicated educators that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, both

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Show is celebrating its 20th year as New England’s premier gardening event. Even for non-gardeners, the beautiful floral displays make for a welcome breath of spring in an otherwise dreary month. This year also marks the return of the Food and Wine Festival, featuring celebrity chefs, wine tastings and more. Check out the magazine, and then find out more info at www.flowershow.com. 

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Ebisu Japanese Restaurant, Los Andes Restaurant, Fertile Underground and more. Plus, live music by Bored with Four and Miss Wensday and the Cotillions. And if that wasn’t enough, come to the after party at the Dorrance after 8pm. For more information contact mritz2@gmail.com.

The Children’s Film Festival is Back short-length films. The genres span live-action, documentary and animation. In addition to the viewing experiences, there will be opportunities to get a more hands-on experience of film through various workshops and filmmaker presentations. www.providencechildrensfilmfestival.org.

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A More Bike Friendly City

Bike to Work Day

“Cities that are more bikeable are more appealing to young Americans, a generation less emotionally tied to the automobile,” says Eric Weis, a member of the Providence Bicycle Plan steering committee and appointee to the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. With a need to retain more of the talent that passes through our city’s universities every year, and a desire to attract more creative

minds to jumpstart the local economy, Providence would do well to make itself more appealing to young Americans. Making the city more bike-friendly is not just a crunchy liberal environmental issue – it’s an economic issue, too. We asked Weis to imagine a more bikeable Providence. • The most important thing the city can do to encourage more cycling is to encourage

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better behavior by both motorists and bicyclists. Lots of people are scared off from biking because they’re concerned about being hit by a car. And then there are the fearless cyclists blowing through stop signs – their actions can create a general anger toward cyclists among some drivers, which can lead to aggressive and unsafe driving.  • Smoother roads would be a great first step.  More pavement markings (bike lanes, shared-lane markings) will also encourage more cycling.

• Better bike parking would also help. There are lots of hitching posts for bikes downtown, but not so many out in the neighborhoods or at shopping plazas. 

set. That’s thousands of young residents who should be able to live car-free, getting around by bike and on foot and using public transit when needed. 

• Being a compact city with many destinations within a short distance gives Providence a great canvas to work on.  Many of those who commute by car could easily make the switch to biking to work. 

• Being a more bike-friendly city can be a factor in retaining college grads. Add to that the fact that tech companies prefer to set up in more livable cities as a way to attract and retain the best young employees. It’s not mere coincidence that Seattle, Cambridge, Boulder and Minneapolis have strong tech sectors

• Being a college town is also an as-

and are also notably bike-friendly. • My wish list: At least twice as many bike commuters. Safe (and wellused) connections from downtown to the Cranston Bikepath, Blackstone River Bikeway and East Bay Bikepath. And a mayor so proud of the city’s new bike plan that he rides his bike to work regularly. To learn more, check out the Bike Providence master plan at vhb.com/BikeProvidence or find it on Facebook.

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Malcontent By John Taraborelli

By Grace Lentini

Size Matters

On the benefits of a bigger city I just returned from

a trip to New York City, an experience that is always equal parts invigorating and overwhelming. On the one hand, it’s great to be in a city where there is always something happening. On the other hand, being in a city where everything is always happening can discourage as easily as it excites. As much as we like to fancy ourselves a cosmopolitan place that can hold its own with any city – and to a large extent that’s true; Providence is quite good at punching above its weight class – a few days in New York can be a harsh reminder that in many ways, size matters. When we speak of size, the important measurement is population, not land area. North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo, boasts more than twice the land area of Providence, but can only muster about 60% of our population. Where would you rather live? Even in comparison to cities that are bigger on both counts, Providence holds its own. Jacksonville, Florida has a population more than four-and-a-half times the size of ours, and its roughly 875 square miles dwarf our 20. But you don’t

see the birthplace of Lynyrd Skynyrd ranking among Travel + Leisure magazine’s “America’s Favorite Cities,” a survey in which the Renaissance City routinely comes out ahead of much larger competition. A visit to New York, however, can be humbling even for our city’s biggest booster. Obviously, sizing up our little corner of New England against the country’s largest city is hardly a fair comparison, but it can make the limitations of a small population painfully obvious. While Providence may have all the bases covered when it comes to the joys of urban living, we’ll never match the depth and breadth of a big city. Sure, I can get Vietnamese food delivered to my house, but in Manhattan I could have Vietnamese food delivered by 30 different places, several of which would deliver until 4am and bring pot. The sheer scope of the place opens up a world of possibilities that would be unfathomable (and, more importantly, unsustainable) in Providence. Drawing on a smaller population makes it more difficult to generate the critical mass of people necessary

to sustain an ambitious restaurant concept, a big festival, a cuttingedge arts institution or even just a Vietnamese joint that delivers late. It can also foster mediocrity. For example, there isn’t an Indonesian restaurant in Providence, but if there was, it wouldn’t even need to be that good to survive. When you’re the only game in town, there’s no incentive to raise the stakes. However, in New York you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a restaurant concept that hasn’t been done 100 times, so you better bring you’re A-game if you’re going to make it. This is not to get discouraged or to say that we’re doomed by our small size, but rather to keep in mind the benefits of a larger city. Rhode Island’s shrinking population is a source of concern, and with the 2010 census Providence dropped below Worcester to become New England’s third largest city. While we can never expect to size up to New York, or even Boston, neither can we sit back and watch our city continue to shrink. A growing Providence is a healthy Providence – but still, it beats the hell out of Jacksonville.

The Olive Tap, Providence’s second olive oil joint, is now open in Wayland Square. They offer a wide array of extra virgin olive oil, infused olive oils, a variety of balsamic and red wine vinegars alongside pieces to bread to sop it all up. And in addition to the dipping treats, they also feature artwork for sale, a broad menu of spices, culinary sauces, marinades, tapenades and jams. Check them out on Facebook as “The Olive Tap Providence.” Wickenden Street boasts a new fusion of art festival and farmers’ market at Small Circle. It is a community marketplace of 100% locally made products featuring over 100 artisans and their mix of photography, jewelry, blown glass, textiles and woodworking. Small Circle was founded on both environmentally friendly and socially conscious principles while simultaneously stimulating the local economy. smallcircleri.com. Follow The Rhode Island Library Report, an online public journalism project, as it explores the role libraries play in our current lives and how they will fit into our future. This completely volunteer based project covers the range of services our libraries provide through economic hardships and technical challenges as we move forward in these digitizing times. Read about those who work so hard to keep our libraries alive and those who are benefited from this resource. rhodeislandlibraryreport.org.

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Wide Open Spaces

A closer look at some of the city’s once-beloved, now-vacant buildings WHAT

WHERE

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Miko Building A fire house that was converted to Miko Exoticwear

653 North Main Street

closed in summer 2008

7,754 sq ft $441,300

The Custom House remains of the city’s most dearly departed bars. We’d like to see another just like it.

Custom House Tavern A bar with live music at night

36 Weybosset Street

closed in August 2009

9,895 sq ft $535,000

1284 North Main Street

closed in 2011

5,000 sq ft Off Market

Java Speed Scooters A motor scooter store and coffee shop

A good place to get lunch. (Our office is close by and we’re selfish.)

Would it kill somebody to put a true Jewish deli on the East Side?

729 Hope A much-beloved neighborhood cafe

729 Hope Street

McCurdy’s Junction House

79 Ives Street

closed in 2009

closed last June

10,087 sq ft

An authentic, Chicago-style hot dog/ sausage joint.

n/a

A home-cooked BYO bistro

A locally-sourced, specialty grocer who puts the existing greenhouse to good use.

Clarke Flowers 398 Hope Street

An East Side florist since 1890

closed in March 2011

$1.3 million

Superman Building A 26 story building whose only tenant is Bank of America, who won’t be renewing their lease next year

111 Westminster Street

will be empty in April

Prov A Jewelry District Nightclub

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closed in 2008

The headquarters of a really cool, cutting edge startup - that, or the Ghostbusters.

$33.2 million

n/a

The Daily Planet - barring that, some mixed-use office/retail space and maybe a swanky, Top of the Hub-style restaurant

A neighborhood pub where college students can mix with the tech/ entrepreneur community taking root in the Knowledge District


Pulse | City PM Experiment By Cristy Raposo

Jumping Around in East Providence

New Treatment For Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Illustration: Ashley MacLure

Calmar Pain Relief has developed the country's first treatment center entirely devoted to the noninvasive treatment of chronic pain using a computerized medical device that transmits synthetic non-pain information through disposable surface electrodes on the skin (similar to an EKG). The device, invented in Italy, has received broad FDA 51O (k) clearance. I’ve jumped on a few trampolines in my day, so when I signed up for the SkyRobics class at SkyZone, a new indoor trampoline park in East Providence, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. Wrong. SkyZone itself is an amazing facility, offering 15,000 square feet of wall to wall trampoline courts. There is a massive Main Court, a three lane Foam Pit, two Dodgeball Courts and two SkySlam Courts for you basketball fans dying to go airborne as you slam dunk. After signing an electronic waiver at a kiosk, I checked in at the counter. I was handed a pair of high-top trampoline sneakers and directed to the Main Court. I laced up, stored my stuff in a cubbie and headed over to the Main Court. I thought this was going to be a fun bounce around workout. I claimed my trampoline and started bouncing along to Rhianna’s “Diamonds in the Sky” blaring out the speakers. The higher I bounced, the more I felt like a diamond in the sky. This was fun! The

hour-long class started with some jumping in place and then quickly transitioned into a serious workout. I did jumping jacks in the air, which are easier on the knees when you’re on a trampoline, jumped with resistance bands, which worked out my biceps and triceps, squatted, did sit-ups and more. Jumping from one side of my section to the other side sounded easy, but it was a chore. At one point, I bounced myself to the sidelines. I learned that ten minutes on the trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes on a treadmill. We were given a few water breaks, but silly me I doubted I would break a sweat, so I didn’t bring one. When the clock struck noon, I was sweaty, thirsty, but smiling. SkyRobics is an innovative workout that is really easy on your joints - I didn’t creak once. This was definitely more exhilarating than a halfhearted jog on the treadmill. Next time, I’ll try diving into the Foam Pit. 70 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. 383-6000, skyzonesports.com

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Small Point Cafe

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Noon Designs

Modern Love

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Scene in PVD

Remember her with something extra special…

Fans of great food and music gathered in January for Trinity Rep’s second annual Red, White and Blues fundraiser. Guests sampled food from local restaurants and danced all night to The Silks. Proceeds went to Trinity’s artistic and educational programming. www.trinityrep.com

Valentine's Day thursday, february 14

Photography by Mike Braca. The Silks get the party started

Allen Farms & The March Hare CSA table Nate Watson and Paul Brooks

A specialty boutique Allison Spooner, Donna Lee and Michael Gennaro Donnia Bredes, Emily Macleod, Becky Dennis, Julia van Broek

Open Daily 10-5:30 Saturday 10-5

Winter Clearance Up to 75% off

The Village CenTer

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Jeff and Deb Cute

Contemporary women’s apparel, lingerie, shoes and accessories

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Lupo’s

complete schedule at

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friday, feb. 8 • 8:30 PM

saturday, feb. 9 • 7:30 PM

tuesday, feb. 26 • 8 PM

indigo girls sunday, March 3 • 7:30 PM

thursday, aPril 4 • 7:30 PM

pentatonix sunday, aPril 7 • 7:30 PM

Carolina Chocolate Drops

plus Original Jelly Roll Soul saturdaY, March 16

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The

NEW

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Meet this year’s Most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes by: Julie Tremaine photography by: James Jones location: NYLO, Warwick [Jay, Christina, Karina and Jennifer styled by Studio 101 Salon. Hair by Breanna Shell and Kristen Tetreault-Lazzareschi. Makeup by Bethany Ann Lyons. Studio101RI.com]


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this valentine’s day,

show that special someone

Featuring for the 1st time, The EastSide / WestSide Battle for Culinary Supremacy! After party (after 8pm) at The Dorrance Live music by: Bored With Four Miss Wensday Timebomb & The Cotillilions.

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sk anyone who’s ever dated in Providence, and they’ll probably tell you the same thing: that there are unique challenges to dating in a city this size. They might say there aren’t enough singles, and everyone who is single is one degree of separation from you, anyway. They’ve heard stories. You’ve heard stories. You’re hesitant to put yourself out there because of them. It’s easy for people to be pessimistic about dating in Providence. A little too easy. Especially when Forbes and Travel + Leisure go and place us among the best cities in America for singles. We don’t really have one dedicated part of town where singles past a certain age congregate, and we don’t have a huge network of singles-based events. The thing is, haters gonna hate. Those inclined to criticize the dating scene in Providence would probably be just as

inclined to criticize the dating scene anywhere. The truth is that there are fantastic singles in this city. They just aren’t sitting around waiting to be asked out. And if you haven’t found them yet, you might not be looking hard enough. This year’s Most Eligible are all great catches: fun, successful, vivacious, intelligent… and, let’s face it, easy on the eyes. But part of what makes them so appealing is how much they have going on in their lives: they’re working hard, they’re out on the town, they’re certainly not sitting at home waiting for something to happen. Take, for example, Jay Davani. At 32, the girl is a force to be reckoned with: beautiful, successful, funny, determined yet down to earth. By day, she’s an events planner at Brown University; at night, she co-owns Suede, a vintage and thrift apparel company that brings pop up shops to events. “Music, theater,

JAY DAvANI, 32 Brown University Event Planner Entrepreneur “I’m looking to go out and have fun, try new things, but most importantly I’m looking for someone who cares.”

movies, fashion, art and design fuel my creative mind,” Jay says. “I believe in giving back and stay very active in various community networks. I really enjoy trying anything new.” Originally from Iran by way of Kentucky (don’t ask), she gave Providence a shot almost a decade ago and has been here ever since. “Living in this Renaissance City means constant growth and

rebirth of the people and places in Providence, which then in turn offers up endless opportunities.  I am so in love with Providence. Maybe that’s why I’m single – it has my heart. All of it.” There’s no doubt she’s a catch, and she’s clear about who and what she’s looking for. “I am Persian and have a keen sense of style and a mad gift for swagger – so that pretty much makes


me the Shah of Providence’s Sunset right? I never sit still long enough to get bored. I’m an open book. I really need someone who isn’t afraid to go outside of his comfort zone but remembers to put us first. Someone who isn’t intimidated by my success because, well, he has his own success story.” Even with all of that going on, or maybe because of it, she’s realistic about dating in this city. “Providence is the biggest city, but in the smallest state,” says Jay. “Everyone will eventually know everyone… and that means trying to form your own opinion without the influence of someone else’s voice.” “It seems that it isn’t really easy to find the singles scene in Providence,” she says. “Most people I know have met on dating sites like OKcupid or Match.com. I’m putting that off for now and hoping to meet someone the old fashioned way (and I don’t mean in a bar). ‘I can’t even hear you right now’ isn’t my pick up preference. Someone once told me, do what you love; focus on your passions; surround yourself with people who help you grow; and your best match will appear naturally there.” The hope that your passions draw you to the right person, rather than just finding someone on the town and making a connection, is a common one. It’s what Jason Sweet is also hoping for. “I’m looking for the ‘girl next door’ type. Someone who’s more into the outdoors

or catching a movie than the bar or club scene,” he says. The 36-year-old environmental consultant spends a lot of time traveling for work, and when he’s home, he doesn’t want to be out on the prowl – and love isn’t likely to be waiting on the next bar stool. “I work very hard at being the best person I can be,” Jason says. “I’m extremely honest, loyal and dependable. I live a very clean lifestyle and try to be as active as possible. They say that kids and animals can tell the kind of person you are inside, and I’ve been very successful working with both, so I guess that says something about my character.” More than hoping a chance encounter will lead to something bigger, Jason is focused on his own life, including renovating the lakefront home he just purchased. “Right now I’m looking to meet people, but I’m definitely interested in finding that one special girl. I’m definitely more of a relationship type of person.”

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o, what do you do when you’re looking to expand your social circle? Events like speed dating and singles-only mixers have faded in popularity and don’t happen so often anymore (though they do still happen sometimes at Vanity and Waterplace restaurants). Those, though, have a lot of intent behind them, and tend to attract people who are looking for serious relationships.

KARINA HOLYOAK WOOD, 44 Director, Rhode Island Tobacco Control Network “I like men who are sexy, intelligent, witty, romantic, relaxed, quirky, naughty and game for a laugh. I’m up for fun and interesting experiences, and if I fall in love, well, that’s a beautiful thing.”

JASON SWEET, 36 Environmental Consultant “I’m looking for the ‘girl next door’ type. Someone who’s more into the outdoors or catching a movie than the bar or club scene.” For people who are just looking to have fun and meet people – and, hey, if that goes somewhere, then great – there’s The Providence Collective. It’s a social group through MeetUp.com with 1500 local members, who can attend frequent events organized by the group. It’s free, open to everyone and a really good option for people who are looking to see some new faces. The group (meetup.com/newintown-995) isn’t about dating. It’s designed to help people meet people, whether that be for friendship or more. It’s a pressure-free environment and can save you from the single person’s classic refrain of “Oh? That place? I’ve been meaning to go try it out.” Every Monday, The Providence Collective hosts MeetUp Monday, which gathers people at a local bar to mix and mingle. Recent spots have included The Eddy, Ladder 133 and KitchenBar. There are also plenty of non-cocktail oriented offerings, like group outings to Fête to see live music, or to the Bank of America

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meet people everywhere,” says Karina Holyoak Wood. “Providence is full of fascinating known and yetto-be-known places, people and happenings.” The 44-year-old director of The Rhode Island Tobacco Control Network is a vivacious, fun-loving woman about town. “I’ve lived in Providence since 1996 and I love it here,” Karina says. The mother of two girls, ages 11 and 13, is originally from Birmingham, England. Involvement with her adopted home is one of her top priorities. “Improving public schools and getting more people engaged in politics and civic life, are passions of mine,” she says. Later this month, she’s captaining a team of friends in the annual One Financial Plaza climb for the American Lung Association. “I’m a socialite. I genuinely enjoy people, and I love to go out to eat, drink and cut up a dance floor.” (She has also broken into an Air Force Base in England to protest nuclear weapons and


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been stung by venomous spines from a coral reef on a Tahiti beach, but she’ll tell you those stories another time.) Karina definitely doesn’t have trouble finding new places and faces – but, she says, “I really have no idea what the ‘singles scene’ is. I don’t even know the first thing about dating. I think it’s mostly about being open. It’s your attitude and the energy you put out there. Life is what you make of it.” But, then, is there such a thing as having too many good things in your life? That can be just as much of a hindrance to meeting new people as anything else. How often do you hear single people comment that they have too much going on with work, family and friends to get out there?

“I’ve got three amazing children,” says Scott Grace. “They’re my passion. Between homework, little league and Boy Scouts, their activities tend to become my hobbies. I make a mean pinewood derby racer.” An EMT and firefighter in East Providence, Scott’s time is consumed by work, family and the home he’s currently rebuilding from the ground up. Then, there are his personal pursuits: he’s a triathlete and musician, having played in several local bands. “I’m a pretty good singer and guitar player,” he says. “I play gigs at local bars when I can, and I’m always up to jam with friends or catch a live show.” So, after all that, where’s the time to go out and meet people? “Regardless

CHRISTINA CARvALHO, 34 Human Resources Benefit Coordinator, UNFI “The most important thing is finding someone with values and traditions that align with mine.” of long-term goals, the most important thing for me when I’m meeting anyone is that initial connection,” he says. “If there’s a spark, I know it’s worth pursuing. If that leads to a relationship that we can build on, I’m open to it.” “The city is such mix of cultures,” Scott says. “I can’t see how it could fail to be a great place to be single. If you can’t find something to love somewhere between a Wickenden Street bar, Roger Williams Zoo and the RISD Museum, you’re the problem, not Providence.”

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SCOTT GRACE, 40 East Providence Firefighter “If you’re happy with your life, I think you’re a good catch. I love my kids, family and friends. I love my job. I have fun. All in all, I think I’m pretty happy. I’ll leave it to someone else to decide if that’s enough to mark me as a ‘great catch.’”

people find relationships, OKCupid.com and PlentyofFish.com are free, and tend to attract people who are more interested in having fun than making a serious commitment quickly. They’re great options, and are helping people make more connections than ever. Chances are you know a couple that met and married through one of them. But, according to a recent article in The Atlantic Monthly, those sites are changing the way people are dating – maybe for the worse. The article, “A Million First Dates,” asserts that the vast and seemingly unending dating options online make people less interested in monogamy, not more. With the next Mr. or Ms. Right just a click away, more people are exploring more options, and less are thinking seriously about marriage. That’s clearly up for debate, but it’s something to think about in the age of Internet 2.0.


“The good thing about being single in the city is you have many options where you can go to meet people,” says Christina Carvalho. “The bad thing about being single in the city is that most people out there aren’t looking for a commitment.” At 34, Christina has a good idea of who she is and what she wants. A human resources benefits coordinator for natural foods company UNFI, she loves culture in all forms: theatre, ballet, movies, concerts, museums and sketching. Fun, charming and funny, she’s a gal about town who wants to make the most of where she lives. “I go to events such as Chifferobe, concerts or my favorite bar, Local 121, to meet people,” says Christina. Family is also paramount to Christina. “I am passionate about my Portuguese culture and language,” she says. “I travel almost every year to Portugal.” She wants to find someone likeminded to get serious with. “The most important thing is finding someone with values and traditions that align with mine,” she says.

“I am looking for my prince to spend the rest of my life with.” It’s sometimes too easy to let those desires get in the way of the dating process, though. “When dating, I’m looking for living in the moment versus living in the past,” says Bobby Kayrouz. “I find that too many dates are centered on a past life. That’s a big turn off for me. I want to know about my date and what’s going on with her in February of 2013. Dates should be fun, spontaneous and adventurous. Let the art of getting to know each other breathe on its own and come to fruition at its own natural pace.” A 34-year-old mortgage broker, Bobby is smart and successful. He’s also a really sweet guy who’s rumored to be a great cook and is looking forward to treating the right woman well. “Without question I’m a man of family,” he says. “I love kids and look forward to raising a family with that special someone one day soon. But that will come to fruition when it’s meant to be and especially with that right person.” He very much emphasizes being in

JENNIfER BIfuLCO, 31 Elementary School Teacher “I take life as it comes. I’m not on some timeline of when things need to happen.”

BOBBY KAYROuz, 34 Mortgage Broker “Dates should be fun, spontaneous and adventurous. Let the art of getting to know each other breathe on its own and come to fruition at its own natural pace.”

the moment, and loves to play and listen to music, to travel, and, Bobby says, “I like to put a smile on a face - It’s almost an addiction.” Though he has big dreams for the future – when you’re helping people buy their dream homes, how could you not? – Bobby isn’t trying to push them into

happening. He likes to let things happen organically. “Some of my favorite spots to take a woman out are a bunch of different places on the Hill and a couple of new places downtown. I tend to be more of a bar guy on a first date. Keep it loose. Some light apps, maybe a glass of wine or two, some good conversation. Sound good?” The one common denominator among all of this year’s most eligible singles is that they don’t want to play games, and they don’t want them from other people. There’s no “dating game.” There’s just awesome people looking to have fun, meet other awesome people, and maybe make a connection. “It’s important for me to be myself when I date,” Jennifer Bifulco says. “I don’t understand how some people put on an act when they first date someone, and then they start to show their true colors after several dates.  I think people should just be themselves. Then right off the bat, you can tell if you are compatible. It’s important to me to go on a date and be me.”  The 32-year-old elementary school teacher loves beauty – she’s passionate about travel and photography – but isn’t into artifice. “I  have always been the type to look for deep connections with people,” she says. “If it’s not deep, it doesn’t hold my interest. If it’s  really deep, the hope is that it will turn serious. I am not big into casual dating. On the


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New York, DC, but I chose to stay here.” Now that he’s settled, Shawn is looking to find someone to share the city with. “I’m looking for someone who’s open minded, understanding and compassionate about what they do and who they are,” he says. “The singles scene in Providence is tough,” Shawn says. Though in some ways the gay dating scene is easier because it’s more defined, he says, “It’s hard because there are a lot of people who have this criteria, and it doesn’t stray from that. If you don’t meet the criterion, you’re not going to make it. There are specific places that you go to, but it’s hard to read whether you should approach them or they should approach you. It’s an awesome scene, it can just be tough to read. But I feel like it’s tough everywhere.” 

S SuzANNE vALLIERE, 36 Digital Brand Marketing at Hasbro “Most important thing to me when dating is to have fun and laugh and really enjoy that person’s company. I am looking for someone I call my best friend, who has his own life, appreciates that I do as well, yet is excited about the possibility of sharing lives.” other hand, I also have never been the type to have some fantasy dream wedding in my head. I take life as it comes and I’m not on some timeline of when things need to happen.”  Jennifer puts a lot of emphasis on being real – and is similarly realistic about dating in Providence. “The singles scene is never an easy scene,” she says. “People are out there with different intentions. You are vulnerable to a lot of judgment, but it can also be a lot of fun. The tough part of being single in Rhode Island is that everyone knows everyone, and there’s always some weird connection with everyone you meet. And if you are Italian, you need to check and make sure you aren’t dating some distant cousin. Gotta check the family tree.”

“I’m an easygoing, nice guy willing to give my best and worst to the person I’m with,” says Shawn Simmons. He’s a fun-loving, engaging, genuinely sweet person who, at 29, has had his fair share of adventure. Before his current career in StyleWeek Public Relations, Shawn travelled internationally, doing PR for the designer Ben Sherman. “I went to Dubai,” he says. “When I was there, I just got to see a lot of the Middle East, and I was able to speak to a lot of people. It was a crazy experience.” A native of New Orleans, Shawn moved to Providence for college and decided to make it his home. “It’s a vibrant city that has so much to offer. I wanted a small city with a big city feel. I had a chance to move to San Diego,

o the lesson in all of this? If you’re looking to meet a fabulous single, you need to get out there (maybe at our Mix and Mingle to meet the Most Eligibles. See p. 12 for the details), have fun, and let things happen naturally. It may sound trite, but it really might be true that the best way to attract positivity into your life is to like your life. “I have a great life,” Suzanne Valliere says. “I love to have fun – whether at a dinner table, on a dance floor or at home on the couch. As much as I like to play and have fun, I have a good balance between my social life,

keeping healthy, my family and friends and my career. Family and friends are extremely important to me - they are one of my best qualities.” Other great qualities? Her sense of humor, ability to throw together a dinner party and sparkling charm. Because she’s got so much going on – Suzanne is both a total professional and the first one to cut loose and have fun – she’s got a clear idea of what excites her in men. “I want a partner that appreciates me for who I am, who is honest, trustworthy and true,” she says. “Common interests are great, but I am always up for learning or trying something new. I want someone that has the same outlook on the future as I do, enjoys experiencing life, and believes that no matter how long you have been together, going on dates keeps the relationship new, exciting and passionate.” “Providence isn’t the biggest dating pool to be swimming in,” Suzanne confesses. “Sometimes it can be frustrating when you hit the shallow end of that pool, or when you meet someone and find out that they are in way over their head.” But, true to form, she’s still positive about the possibilites. “The best thing about Providence is the people that I have met. I enjoy meeting my friends out for dinner and cocktails – you never know who your friend’s friend is going to be – every new face is a new chance to make a friend, an acquaintance or a potential date.”

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of Pilates about 15 years ago, I had the impression that it was a fitness activity reserved mainly for celebrities. It seemed they were the ones always singing its praises, crediting it for their toned physiques, increased flexibility and better overall mind-body connection. At that time, though, it seemed like a New York City- or Los Angelesonly thing to me; a fitness activity that was hard to find in our little city. Eventually, the Pilates movement became more widespread and I had easier access to it locally. I always stuck to the mat classes rather than the equipment classes, feeling, I suppose, more comfortable closer to the ground. The Pilates apparatus not only looked, but sounded intimidating, with names like The Reformer, The Cadillac, The Wunder Chair and The Ladder Barrel. Thanks, I’d think, but I can do all the work I need here on my safe and familiar mat.

But that is exactly the kind of mindset that Maria Andresino, owner of Mind 2 Body Fitness and a Master Pilates trainer, is trying to change. “The mat exercises are the basis of all Pilates moves, but taking these exercises off the mat and onto the apparatus takes it to the next level,” she says. So, ready - or at least willing to try - to get to that level myself, I headed over to her studio for an equipment class along with with two fellow newbies. An impressive two-story loft space located in The Plant, a historical mill complex on the West Side, the studio contains all of the funky-sounding machines I mentioned above, but we spent most of our time on The Reformers. Maria was very hands-on with us to keep us in proper form and alignment. “Just so you know, I’m a poker,” she said as she wedged her hand under my tailbone to get my positioning right during an exercise. And she kept us entertained while calling out her “sig-

nature phrases” during class: “blowsuck,” which was our cue to blow all the air out of our lungs and suck our bellies in for a full contraction of our abdominals; and “kumquat” when she wanted to remind us to keep our collarbones wide and squeeze our armpits down towards our hips as if we were trying to get the juice out of two kumquats. This helped really activate our oblique muscles. Maria told me that the first equipment class people take is seldom what they expect it to be. I guess I pictured a strict ballet-like class, complete with an instructor clapping her hands  systematically to ensure rigid adherence to the movements. I definitely wasn’t expecting for it to be a fun, effective way to destress while getting my butt kicked. But that’s what it was. Afterwards I felt longer and lighter, and as Maria predicted, happy that I had taken my Pilates practice to the next level. 60 Valley St., Unit 27. 774-406-8222, mind2bodyfit.com

If you don’t have a bike trainer, you can rent one for $5.00 per class. 725 Branch Avenue. 331-6610, providencebicycle.com Hoping to become a better, less injured runner? Sign up for the next RUNstrong class series, a collaboration between Rhode Runner and Foundation Performance Sports

Medicine. Class meets every Tuesday at 6pm from February 5 - March 12. RUNstrong is a 55-minute circuit style strengthening class that will utilize only your body, a foam roller, and an elastic band. Sign up for one class or for the whole series. Rhode Runner, 657 North Main Street. 831-6346, rhoderunner.net

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FIT DEALS Don’t fall into a winter biking slump! Providence Bicycle  offers free indoor training classes each Tuesday and Thursday evenings at  7:00pm throughout February at its Branch Avenue location. If you don’t want to haul your bike back and forth, the shop will even store and set up your bike and trainer each session for free.

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City Style |

Shop Talk

By Erin Swanson

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Distinctive Dressing

Classic American clothing in Wayland Square

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A peek inside J. McLaughlin

On a chilly winter

morning I breeze through Starbucks for an eggnog latte and then hurry up the street to J. McLaughlin, curious to see what tricks the high-end clothing store has up its sleeve. Upon entering, I am met with a warm burst of air and the friendly smiles of two very well dressed employees. “Let me know if you need any help!” one says cheerfully. “I just cranked up the heat,” says the other. “I hope it isn’t too hot in here.” I shake my head; the warmth is much appreciated. The narrow shop is perfectly cozy and extremely easy to peruse, with each folded sweater and every hung dress neat as a pin. To the immediate left is a tiny men’s section, including dress shirts, knits, sweaters, pants and accessories such as ties, belts, socks and boxers. With both slim fit and regular fit shirts, there are a variety of plaids, checks, stripes and solids to appease any Dapper Dan. Gentlemen who are a bit more disheveled than dapper will appreciate the smaller selection, as it’s not at all overwhelming. The women’s section is much larger with dresses, tops, pants, skirts and accessories befitting ladies who lunch (or who simply enjoy looking effortlessly chic). The reoccurring theme here is fun prints: from a gold chain link pattern on a button down shirt to an Ikat design on a wispy scarf. The color palette

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ranges from neutrals to bright jewel tones making the garments appropriate for the office or for a celebration. All items in the store could be dressed up or down and easily integrated into an existing wardrobe. Manager Carol Hasslinger knows a thing or two about artfully building a versatile closet. She’s worked in retail for years and as a business owner. “First I find out what the customer is looking for,” she says. “Are they going to an event? Will they be traveling? A lot of our clothes are made of a really nice Catalina fabric – a French bathing suit fabric – that travels well and does not wrinkle.” “Sometimes customers offer what their job is,” Hasslinger says. “They’ll say ‘I’m a lawyer’ or ‘I’m a teacher.’ I have helped people pick out their entire wardrobe! A lot of times it’s just taking the clues that they give you. You have to read your customer.” For those of you planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner date, stop by to stock up on something beautiful that you’ll want to wear again and again. Everything in the store is private label. “The company was started by two brothers – Jay and Kevin McLaughlin – 35 years ago in Brooklyn, NY,” Hasslinger explains. Come in out of the cold to see what all the fuss is about. 182 Wayland Avenue, Providence. 401-6808985, jmclaughlin.com.

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CRANSTON 1199 Reservoir Avenue Phone: (401) 946-8735 Fax: (401) 946-4675 Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND 2140 Mendon Road Phone: (401) 333-9875 Fax: (401) 333-0429 Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 2 Meehan Lane *NOW OPEN* Phone: (401) 658-1032 Fax: (401) 658-1274 Monday–Friday: 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. EAST GREENWICH 1672 South County Trail, Suite 203 Phone: (401) 398-7827 Fax: (401) 398-7829 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.–noon 925 Main Street Phone: (401) 884-8200 Fax: (401) 884-8270 Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. EAST PROVIDENCE 400 Warren Avenue Phone: (401) 434-0993 Fax: (401) 434-0994 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed for lunch noon–12:30 p.m. 1275 Wampanoag Trail Phone: (401) 433-0908 Fax: (401) 433-0926 Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Barrington Medical Center 1525 Wampanoag Trail Phone: (401) 433-5149 Fax: (401) 433-4734 Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m.–11:30 a.m. FOSTER 142 A Danielson Pike Phone: (401) 647-7426 Fax: (401) 647-4869 Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

JAMESTOWN 20 Southwest Avenue Phone: (401) 423-2520 Fax: (401) 423-9635 Monday: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tues, Thurs & Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. LINCOLN 6 Blackstone Valley Place Phone: (401) 333-1051 Fax: (401) 333-1052 Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

PAWTUCKET 85 Pearson Avenue Phone: (401) 721-9824 Fax: (401) 721-9825 Monday: 12:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed every Wednesday PORTSMOUTH 161 Chase Road Phone: (401) 682-1129 Fax: (401) 682-1664 Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed & Sat: 7 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

1 Commerce Street Phone: (401) 335-1116 Fax: (401) 335-9020 Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.–noon

77 Turnpike Avenue Phone: (401) 682-2067 Fax: (401) 682-2321 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

2 Wake Robin Road Phone: (401) 333-3246 Fax: (401) 333-3562 Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–noon

PROVIDENCE 44 West River Street Phone: (401) 272-1649 Fax: (401) 861-0957 Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

NEWPORT 11 Friendship Street– Newport Hospital Phone: (401) 845-1260 Fax: (401) 848-6036 Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.–noon NORTH PROVIDENCE 1515 Smith Street Phone: (401) 353-4812 Fax: (401) 353-4814 Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m.–noon NORTH SMITHFIELD 594 Great Road, Suite 101 Phone: (401) 597-5940 Fax: (401) 597-5941 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. PASCOAG 1 High Street, Unit #5 Phone: (401) 567-8790 Fax: (401) 567-8749 Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed for lunch 1 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.–noon

146 West River Street Phone: (401) 793-3137 Fax: (401) 793-3144 Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 111 Plain Street Phone: (401) 444-2084 Fax: (401) 444-2098 Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Medical Office Building 2 Dudley Street Phone: (401) 444-8323 Fax: (401) 444-8657 Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 33 Staniford Street Phone: (401) 453-8218 Fax: (401) 453-8219 Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m. 160 Wayland Avenue Phone: (401) 621-4120 Fax: (401) 621-5679 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m.

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PROVIDENCE continued 1195 North Main Street Phone: (401) 865-6693 Fax: (401) 865-6694 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m. 285 Governor Street Phone: (401) 861-2130 Fax: (401) 861-0896 Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. 1 Hoppin Street Phone: (401) 793-8780 Fax: (401) 793-8303 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Shaw’s Plaza 208 Collyer Street, Suite 101 Phone: (401) 793-4615 Fax: (401) 793-4776 Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday: 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. 148 West River Street Phone: (401) 272-1467 Fax: (401) 272-1460 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 1125 North Main Street Phone: (401) 793-2881 Fax: (401) 793-2882 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

SMITHFIELD 400E Putnam Pike Phone: (401) 232-0927 Fax: (401) 232-0576 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 28 Cedar Swamp Road Phone: (401) 231-4156 Fax: (401) 231-4285 Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.– noon Saturday: 8 a.m.–noon TIVERTON *NOW OPEN SATURDAYS* 1800 Main Road Phone: (401) 625-1140 Fax: (401) 625-1144 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. WARWICK 400 Bald Hill Road Phone: (401) 734-1831 Fax: (401) 615-2144 Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.–noon 1035 Post Road Phone: (401) 467-4730 Fax: (401) 467-2019 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

REHOBOTH 237 Winthrop Street Phone: (508) 252-3804 Fax: (508) 252-3824 Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

1444 Warwick Avenue Phone: (401) 463-3675 Fax: (401) 463-3673 Monday & Wednesday: 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday: 7 a.m.–noon Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m. Saturday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Feast

IN THE KITCHEN / oN THE mENU / bEHINd THE bar / rEvIEw / IN THE drINK

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Feast |

In the Kitchen

By Stephanie Obodda

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How Sweet

andrew Schotts on chocolates for gourmands

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Tell us about the chocolate making process at Garrison Confections. We change the flavors of the ganache quite often – maybe four times a year. We’re one of the only chocolatiers in the country to do that. Everything we do is small to medium batch size, and everything is by hand - mixed, filled and rolled. We’re a true artisan chocolatier.

How do you get inspired about flavors?  I get inspiration from all over – things I eat, being out, memories of things I had in Europe. I can be at an ice cream shop and try to figure out a way to do that in chocolate. I take different kinds of cocktails and try to get those flavors in a piece.

Is it a slower process to make everything by hand? We can make about 20,000 pieces a week. It sounds slow, but we do large volume. I prefer to keep control in the quality – you can’t maintain the same quality with machines. That’s the way I started and that’s the way I still do it.

Are there any unexpectedly good chocolate flavor combinations you’ve tried? I like tea and fruit at the same time. Right now we’re doing a piece with ruby red grapefruit and Earl Grey tea ganache. Those flavors really go well together. I like caramel – right now we’re doing a pear pate de fruit with a salted caramel ganache that go really well together.

What’s your background? My training is as a chef. When I moved to Europe I became a pastry chef. I only moved into chocolates about 12 years ago, when I opened Garrison’s in 2001. I’m trying to reopen a retail store this year, and it will be more of a pastry/bakery/café. Chocolate will probably be about 25% of what I do. It’s a really interesting concept and I hope it comes to fruition.

Where do you like to eat? I’m a creature of habit, but I sometimes switch it up. I go to Loie Fuller’s for steak frites maybe once a week. I love El Rancho Grande. The other place I’ve been going is Broadway Bistro. They always have a really good salad – it’s twice as easy to mess up a salad as it is to get it right.

What’s in your current seasonal collection? It’s the Legendary Lovers collection for Valentine’s Day. We’ll be launching that on January 31. The factory store will be open through the 14th for sales. We’ll be doing very Valentine’s Day themed things – raspberry, a tea infusion, coffee, something spicy.

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Feast |

on the menu

By John Taraborelli

Ellie’s bakery is downcity’s new culinary star

Oui Oui

a Parisian style bakery warms up washington Street about the French, they know how to savor the good things in life. After a grueling five-hour work day, during which they enjoy two naps, a bottle of wine and some nice brie in between protesting the inhuman five-hour work day, they love nothing more than to dip into a café or boulangerie for a quick little escape – a steaming cup of coffee, a lovely pastry, perhaps some duck fat injected directly into an artery. Now with the refurbished ground floor of the Biltmore Garage coming online, downtown has a bit of that Parisian good life to call its own at Ellie’s Bakery (61 Washington St.). Ellie’s is the latest project from the folks behind Gracie’s. Proprietor Ellen Gracyalny kept the project in the family, so to speak, entrusting the kitchen to Melissa Denmark and Danielle Lowe, the pastry chef and assistant pastry chef respectively at Gracie’s. In all, about half the bakery’s staff was drawn from the restaurant; Gracyalny even used the same interior designer and

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painter. Fans of Gracie’s will find the attention to detail and consistency of vision at Ellie’s familiar. Just as the restaurant’s star motif is repeated everywhere from the menu to the glasses to the staff uniforms, Ellie’s signature red rooster pops up over and over again. But it’s not just in the aesthetic that the two businesses share a philosophy – it extends to the food too. In both cases, the menu is driven by seasonality, local sources and a commitment to letting quality ingredients shine through. The idea for the bakery began before there was even a location. Gracyalny, Denmark and Lowe took a trip to Paris and found inspiration for the project in its famed cafes and bakeries. “The concept is to take a pause from the day, to revive and rejuvenate yourself,” says Director of Marketing and Events Brendan Roane, another holdover from the Gracie’s team. “It’s a place where you can find time to reflect.” The idea is to be able to pop in throughout the day for a coffee and a treat, or stop in on the way from work

to grab a baguette. The bakery will be open six days a week (closed Sunday). The menu will change frequently, but includes pastry, quiches, breads, sandwiches, teas and locally roasted New Harvest coffee. The first-week offerings included everything from a sweet potato muffin with ginger peach streusel to chocolate-olive oil Madeleines to a sweet potato and bacon quiche. Heartier fare is available in the form of sandwiches like lamb mortadella with marinated eggplant and olive ricotta on olive sourdough or house made jam and peanut butter on honey beer bread. “We focus on high quality products and sourcing locally,” says Denmark. “The food is better that way and the staff has so much pride in what we do.” Ellie’s is a promising start for the new block of businesses at the Biltmore Garage. It’s soon to be joined by Figidini Wood Fire Eatery, providing a nice influx of food and life in what was previously just a parking garage. And it’s a sweet retreat from the bustle of downtown. A quote on the bakery’s

wall advises, “Find peace in the morning rush and you’ll have a good day.” I’m sure the French would agree. NEW AND INTERNATIONAL Half Way Tree Authentic Jamaican Cuisine has opened at 44 Hospital Street in the Jewelry District, providing full service lunch and dinner as well as takeout. The menu includes all the Jamaican and Caribbean classics you’d expect. They offer authentic jerk chicken wings and spicy meat patties, plus small and large plates of oxtail, curry goat, red snapper and jerk chicken accompanied by rice and peas, fried plantains and vegetables. On Friday and Saturday they’ll have a special of ackee fruit and saltfish, another classic Jamaican dish. Yama Fuji (900 Victory Highway, #3) is bringing a taste of Japan to North Smithfield. They serve all the Japanese classics you expect, including sushi and the hibachi grill. They also offer a full bar. Yama Fuji is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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Kyle Poland on creating seductive drinks What was your gateway into the hospitality industry? I was coaching Track and Field at URI at the time and wanted to make some extra money. So, I applied for a bar back position at Ten Steak & Sushi. It was there I met Carlo Carlozzi, the now-owner of Circe. He pulled me aside and told me that he’d teach me how to bartend if I promised to go with him when he opened his own place. I took him up on his offer, although at the time, I didn’t believe him. Five years later, here I am - the Beverage Manager at Carlo’s creation, Circe. Who is Circe? Circe is a beautiful goddess, seductress and enchantress in Homer’s Odyssey. She is an excellent hostess who enchants Odysseus and his men with her delicious food and drinks, which then turned them into swine. Eventually, she releases the men from their spell sending them off with supplies to fight the Trojan War, thus making her a heroine of sorts. The main wall here features a painting of Circe and her men by local artist Debbie Sabo.

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How is Circe the goddess incorporated into Circe Restaurant & Bar? This restaurant captures her essence; we enchant guests with our amazing food and drinks while providing a fun atmosphere. Carlo had a vision; I helped facilitate it. The goal is to show guests a fun time, while making them feel comfortable. Circe is upscale, but not highbrow; you can let loose and have fun here. We handpicked all the materials, including the upholstery, to ensure it created a comfortable customer experience. Chef Simon Keating creates phenomenal dishes and our drink list is amazing. What’s a typical evening like? The atmosphere is upscale but very laid back. One night there will be a DJ spinning house music, the next you’ll hear an artist crooning Frank Sinatra hits. Circe appeals to every type of crowd including everyone that likes go out and be seen in Providence. It’s a busy, fun bar usually filled with regulars. As long as you come in open minded, you’ll have a fantastic time.

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A New York Style Deli? What’s your signature cocktail? Shiso Martini garnished with a single shiso leaf. Shiso is similar to a mint leaf, but bigger in size and not as aggressive in taste and aroma; shiso doesn’t overpower flavors in a drink. I muddle a shiso leaf, squeeze a fresh lemon, add organic cucumber infused vodka, house made simple syrup and then shake it so it’s dry and fluffy. What’s an easy cocktail fellas can make to impress their ladies this Valentine’s Day? A Primo Bacio, which is Italian for “first kiss.” Take 1 oz. of any citrus vodka, pour into a pint glass with ice, add 1 oz. of white cranberry juice, 1 oz. simple syrup, shake it up, pour into a wine glass with ice, top it off with sauvignon blanc and then garnish with large green grapes. What’s your most memorable night behind the bar? Three years ago on New Year’s Eve. Carlo and I were the only bartenders staffed. The bar was insanely busy. We worked so hard; I’ve never been so busy in my life. I felt like I was melting down at the service bar. I glanced over at Carlo – he was working the bar like it was a Sunday afternoon at the beach. As busy as we were, Carlo never broke

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at the tail end of 2012. Run by five friends out of Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket, the enterprise is a passion project fueled by community support for good beer with local ties. Its first four beers are almost granular in their localness, and unapologetically so: Take the Thirteenth Original Maple Stout, which shouts out our fair state’s 13th colony status. An unconventional kolsch-style beer called Rhodes Scholar appears tailor-made for those smaht kids on College Hill, and anyone fond of a pun with their pint. The Park Loop Porter was designed and first poured for runners competing in last October’s “Ultramarathon,” set in Warwick’s City Park loop. (It’s now a rogue athlete’s or beer-bellied porter enthusiast’s dream.) And, underscoring the brewery’s location in the Bucket twice over, its Pawtucket Pail Ale - not Pale Ale, mind you - surely requires either local residence or at least one viewing of Outside Providence to appreciate its special spelling. Pawtucket’s other new brewery, anchored by a businessman and brewmaster-chemist, along with a part-dog, part-pig mascot Lucy, is similarly quirky and locally accented. Literally accented on at least one count since its first pale ale, “Backyahd,” captures our infamous linguistic tic - and caters to every Rhode Islander’s ideal summer pastime. Stamped with a Weber-grill silhouette, Backyahd guarantees “to deliver an un-

spoken zen with a spatula in your other hand,” and one’s inclined to believe it. Foolproof’s other two offerings, Barstool (a pub-friendly golden ale) and Raincloud (a robust porter), likewise evoke mainstays of Ocean State life, showing cheeky attention to what makes us special by brewing distinctly for it. On Saturdays, Foolproof offers tours and tastings every hour, on the hour, from noon to 3pm. Clever readers will note that RI Brew Fest is also set for a Saturday, and not much more than a stone’s throw from Foolproof’s facilities. After all, the only thing better than day drinking for local benefit is a chance to do it twice over. Bottoms up. Visit ribrewfest.com to purchase tickets, with general admission, VIP and designated driver options.

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the Café at Easy Entertaining for breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee, each time with different friends. Our consensus is: We want more. On a bitterly cold winter morning, I dashed into the café, happy to feel warmth again in the open dining area, a charming land of mismatched furniture in a restored factory loft space. I sat at a sunny table near an electric but much appreciated fireplace. My friend Leigh soon joined me, and we both dined on egg sandwiches for breakfast with bottomless cups of coffee. Mine was the Signature Egg Sandwich ($3.50), a fat pillow of early morning goodness. The perfectly poached, super plump egg was topped with thin slices of Vermont cheddar (not enough, more please). Holding all this warm protein together was an equally warm and soft pretzel roll. So simple, so good… the kind of food you can’t help but think about with each bite. Leigh chose the Skinny Egg Sandwich ($3.95) with similar ingredients tucked between two slices of whole grain and flax bread. It was supposed to have pea greens in there as well, but they hadn’t yet come in from the farm. Chef-owner Katie Roberts ventured out of the kitchen to apologize and said they substituted other greens. That’s the kind of honest, personal attention you get at the Café, where every effort is made to use local products. The eggs were from Baffoni Poultry Farms in Johnston, the breads from Foremost Bakery in Providence

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and the missing pea greens from Allen Farms in Westport, Massachusetts. Katie is the stunningly pretty face of Easy Entertaining Inc., a farm-to-table catering and special events business with a network of more than 30 local farms and artisans. The small, femalerun company was founded in 2006 after Katie completed culinary school in Florence. The café (former site of Mosaic Latin-American Bistro) serves as Katie’s office where on-site and off-site events can be planned in detail. The kitchen creates the food for such events as well as breakfast and lunch items for the café – gourmet food that is sustainable and locally sourced. A new winter menu is now in place, and that includes “fit and healthy” dinner options that you can pick up on your way home from work. Another wintry day found me at the café at lunchtime yearning for instant warmth, nicely provided by a cup of the Beef Chili ($4.95), one of the seasonal soups offered as a daily special. I only wish there had been more in that cup. My lunchtime companion had the same reaction to her Fall Greens ($6.50) with chicken salad added to the mix (for an additional $2.95). The baby greens were mixed with dried cranberries, toasted walnuts and a wonderful pumpkin goat cheese (from Beltane Farm in Lebanon, Connecticut), dressed with apple cider vinaigrette. The chicken salad had a touch of curry, and again left my friend wanting more.

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Thankfully, we found our sandwiches most satisfying. The Roast Beef Sandwich ($8.95) was a terrific combination of hearty flavors – tender slices of Angus beef from Blackbird Farms in Smithfield, a sweet-tangy cranberry aioli and Narragansett Creamery’s Atwells Gold, all on a pretzel baguette from Foremost Bakery. The House-Roasted Turkey Breast Sandwich ($7.95) featured turkey from Baffoni Poultry Farms, flavored with apple-bacon chutney and walnut aioli (both made in house), layered nicely within slices of pain au lait bread from Foremost. Once you have sandwiches as well crafted as these, it’s almost impossible to enjoy mundane offerings elsewhere. Other recent lunch offerings included the Kitchen Sink Grilled Cheese, Pineapple BBQ Carnitas Burrito and Meatball Panini ($6.50 to $8.25). The hearty soups were Tomato-Meatball Tortellini and Root Vegetable with Chicken and Whole Grain Elbows ($3.95 per cup, $4.95 per bowl). And then there was the afternoon I stopped in for coffee with friends. It was slim pickings on that particular day. Someone from an area business had come in earlier and scooped up most of the goodies available – plain and chocolate croissants, Danish pastry, fruit muffins, scones, cookies and brownies (all in the $1.85 to $2.75 price range). We were lucky to snag a hearty pumpkin muffin and without a doubt the best scone I’ve ever had. Forget all your previous experiences with dry, crumbly scones. This

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10 PRIME STEAK & SUSHI 55 Pine St.; 453-2333. Located downtown, 10 offers a sophisticated yet lively atmosphere, complemented by aged prime steaks, a full sushi menu and creative cocktails. LD $$-$$$ ABYSSINIA 333 Wickenden St.; 4541412. Enjoy the unique experience of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, using your fingers (and Ethiopia’s famed flatbread) to sample richly spiced meat, fish and vegetable dishes. (Forks are available, but less fun.) LD $-$$ ADESSO ON THE HILL 139 Acorn Street; 521-0770. The popular Adesso

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BRAVO BRASSERIE 123 Empire St.; 4905112. Enjoy lunch and dinner at this American bistro with a French flair. Located downtown across from Trinity Rep, it’s the perfect place for a pre-theater dinner or cocktail after the show. LD $$-$$$ CAFé PARAGON 234 Thayer St.; 3316200. This hip eatery serves sandwiches, pasta and entrees at prices lower than the chic décor would have you believe. The adjoining Viva lounge is perfect for after-dinner drinks and private parties. BrLD $-$$ CASERTA’S PIZZERIA 121 Spruce St.; 621-9190. This Rhode Island tradition serves big pizzas with generous toppings and thick, rich tomato sauce. Their famous Wimpy Skippy, a spinach pie with cheese and pepperoni, is not to be missed. LD $-$$

Costantino’s has expanded to include a brand new bar with a large menu of creative wood fired pizzas in beautiful DePasquale Square. D $-$$ DOK’S DELI 146 Ives St, 369-7633. Providence’s only New York-style deli lives up to a high gastronomic standard by using fresh, local ingredients and housesmoked meats. Try the Roadhouse, with house-cured pastrami, corned beef, bacon and “Swayze sauce,” in homage to the man himself. Meats, sides and housemade pickles all sold retail, too. LD $ DON JOSE TEQUILAS 351 Atwells Ave.; 454-8951. Don Jose’s digs a little deeper than your average Mexican restaurant, with all the basics you love alongside more artfully composed entrees and a wonderful selection of house-made tequilas. LD $$ THE DORRANCE 60 Dorrance St.; 5216000. The Dorrance, a 2012 James Beard Foundation award semi-finalist (best new restaurant and chef), is known for its impressive architecture, hand-crafted cocktails and delicious modern American cuisine. LD $$-$$$ HARRY’S BURGER & BAR 121 North Main St.; 228-7437. Harry’s features only freshly ground beef, Nathan’s hot dogs, a long list of craft beers and new twists on cocktails. A perfect quick bite or night out. LD $-$$ HARUKI EAST 172 Wayland Ave.; 2230332. For authentic Japanese dining, try Haruki’s large variety of sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, soba noodles and delicious specialty entrees. Enjoy the chic atmosphere and the freshest sushi around. LD $-$$$ JULIANS RESTAURANT 318 Broadway; 861-1770. What began in 1994 as a small Federal Hill brunch spot has grown into a popular destination for award-winning brunch, dinner, desserts, craft beer and cocktails. Outdoor seating, vegan options. BBrLD $-$$

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

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PROVIDENCE OYSTER BAR 283 Atwells Ave.; 272-8866. Visit this unique restaurant for a taste of the sea, featuring “Today’s Catch” and specialty Shrimp and Fish Tacos. “Appy Hour” from 4-6:30pm features a Sushi and Raw Oyster Bar. LD $-$$

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SAKURA 231 Wickenden Street; 3316861. Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine, fresh sushi and sashimi in this casual, unpretentious neighborhood spot. Choose a comfortable booth or take your shoes off and have a seat in the tatami room. LD $-$$ SIENA 238 Atwells Ave.; 521-3311. Federal Hill’s Siena features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. The extensive menu includes wood-grilled veal, steak and seafood entrees along with signature pasta and sauté dishes. D $$$$$ TASTE OF INDIA 230 Wickenden St.; 421-4355. Providence’s first Indian restaurant delivers on its promise of serving real (and really delicious) Indian cuisine, with seafood delicacies and Tandoori specialties, made with authentic Indian spices. LD $-$$ THE ROI 150 Chestnut St.; 272-2161. Located in the charming Jewelry District, Chef Paul Shire’s 21st-century supper club serves up hot food and cool music. Modern day comfort food is always on the menu, as is a sleek bar with casual but hip surroundings. LD $$-$$$ TRATTORIA ZOOMA 245 Atwells Ave.; 383-2002. Located on historic Federal Hill, Zooma offers award winning Neapolitan cuisine in a beautiful, upscale setting, specializing in house made pasta, local fish, meats, vegetables and authentic wood fired pizza. LD $$-$$$

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North BLACKIE’S BULL DOG TAVERN 181 George Washington Highway, Smithfield; 231-4777. This tavern specializes in comfort food and features a large selection of beer. Skilled bartenders, drink concoctions and live music make this the perfect happy hour spot. LD $-$$

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This Month February 1-3 Catch the latest in automotive ingenuity at the 2013 Northeast International Auto Show, a four-day event featuring hundreds of new cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, alternative fuel commuters and more. $4-9. 12-10pm. 1 Sabin St. 4586000, providenceautoshow.com. February 1-17 British playwright Howard Brenton puts a radically revisionist spin on the life and legacy of Anne Boleyn in this rollicking, often laugh-out-loud drama at the Gamm. 172 Exchange St, Pawtucket. 723-4266, gammtheatre.org. February 1-17 The David Winton Bell Gallery continues exhibiting Until The Kingdom Comes, Simen Johan’s collection of oversized photographs depicting animals at nearly life-size proportions. 64 College St. 863-2932, brown.edu/ campus-life/arts/bell-gallery. February 1-24 Come see Trinity Rep spin Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment into a 90-minute, three-actor theatrical presentation that builds to an explosive climax. 201 Washington St. 3514242, trinityrep.com. February 1-28 With the cold weather comes Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Winter Wonder Days, when admission is halved all throughout the month. Heated exhibit buildings and hot cocoa will keep you warm as you wander the zoo. $4.95-7.50. 1000 Elmwood Ave. 941-4998, rwpzoo.org. February 1, 8, 10, 15 & 17 The lack of this year’s NHL games got you down? Cheer on the Providence Bruins as they compete against teams from all around the country. $27-32. 1 LaSalle Sq. 331-6700, providencebruins.com.

February 1, 8, 15 & 22 From on-the-spot musicals to improvised songs, dances and skits, the cast of Friday Night Live promises memorable, unique performances appropriate for all age groups. $5. 7-8pm. 9 Duncan Ave. 831-9479, everettri.org. February 2 Having performed all around the world, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons, Amaan and Ayaan, have been called one of the 20th century’s greatest master of the sarod. Now, you can catch their concert at the Park Theatre. $25-45. 8pm. 848 Park Ave, Cranston. 467-7275, parktheatreri.com. February 2-23 Work out those laughing muscles every Saturday night at Improv Jones, featuring some of the funniest local talent together as an award-winning improvisational troupe. $5. 10pm. 95 Empire St. 831-9327, improvjones.com. February 5 Experience 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music performed by Shen Yun, a New York-based performing arts company, at PPAC. $50-100. 7pm. 220 Weybosset St. 421-2787, www.ppacri.org. February 7 Spice up the evening with the intense sounds of Nymphidels, Fall & Bounce and SexCoffee, three separate bands creating one of the greatest calendar headlines I have ever had the pleasure to write. $5. Doors 8pm, Show 9pm. 41 Central St. 2701801, fh13.com. February 8-9 Catch the up-and-coming comedy star Corey Rodrigues, whose storytelling abilities are as captivating as they are controversial. $15. Fri 8pm,

PVD Hearts Good Food February 5: Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday – Catch the intense mayhem of a monster chef rally as culinary artists from both the East- and West Side meet to compete for cooking supremacy. On February 5, for the first time ever, I Heart Providence: East vs West determines which side of the city tastes better, and the public is invited to watch the culinary smackdown for free. While the chefs smash ingredients, you can snack on complimentary food and enjoy live music by such bands as Bored With Four and MissWensday Timebomb. Show up early and show up hungry. Free. 6-8pm. 25 Dorrance St. 243-8600, providenceri.com.

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February 14-19 The RISD Museum proudly hosts the 4th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival, featuring an impressive lineup of films, animations and presentations. Check online for venues, times and prices. 10am-5pm. Multiple Locations. 454-6500, providencechildrensfilmfestival.org. February 15 The Emmy Award-nominated comic Eddie Izzard brings his stellar wit to Foxwoods for an unforgettable evening. $45-65. 9pm. MGM Grand Theater 350 Trolley Line Blvd, CT. 800-3699663, foxwoods.com.

February 22-24 Presented by the Rhode Island Stage Ensemble, A Chorus Line is the longest running musical in Broadway history, winning nine Tony Awards, and now you can see it at the Stadium Theatre. $19. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. 28 Monument Sq, Woonsocket. 7624545, stadiumtheatre.com. February 23 Treat your ears to an audio overload at Tour Odyssey with The Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns, also featuring Midi Matilda and Oh No Fiasco. $22.50-35. Doors 6pm, Show 6:45pm. 79 Washington St. 331-5876, lupos.com. February 23 The master of the guitar Popa Chubby returns to rock the house of Chan. Enjoy drinks and dinner as Chubby blows the roof off the house. $12-25. 8pm. 267 Main St, Woonsocket. 7651900, chanseggrollsandjazz.com. February 27 The Brooklyn-based Talib Kweli has been hailed as one of this generation’s most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers, and now he comes to Providence for one night. $2545. Doors 8pm, Show 9pm. 103 Dike St. 383-1112, fetemusic.com. February 28 Enjoy an evening with folk artists at the Roots Cafe’s Peace Work “All About Folk” event, featuring musicians WS (Bill) Monroe, Tracie Potochnik and Kate Katzberg. Free. 7-10pm. 276 Westminster St. 272-7422, rootsprovidence.com. February 28 The Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth proudly presents a Contemporary Ceramics Group Exhibition in their gallery, featuring artwork from local artists. 891 Broad St., 941-0795 ext 114, providencecityarts.org.


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with a brisk and refreshing nod to very early rock ‘n’ roll and classic punk rock. Recorded quick and dirty in a barn in East Greenwich, I can only imagine the wonderful things they’d come up with given a proper studio and some time to breathe. Their recordings exhibit a claustrophobic intensity, and a sort of otherworldly sheen simply because of their lo-fi recording methods and the slim economy of their songwriting. Their track “Hobbies” is a great example of this. Singer Rafay Rashid comes on like a punk rock Buddy Holly, rediscovering the path from brutish ‘70s proto punk like the New York Dolls and such to the more astute nerd-rockery of Elvis Costello and The Pretenders. Ravi Shavi is a four piece outfit comprising Rafay Rashid on vocals and electric guitar, Ben Tucker on drums, Bryan Fielding on bass and Nick Politelli on electric guitar. The group was born after the breakup of Rashid’s previous group, the Gambees. “I always thought there was something beautiful about how the appeal of music was largely inexplicable and beyond any rational explanation,” Rashid says. Rashid, born in Islamabad, Pakistan

and now a proud Rhode Islander, takes an understandably worldly approach to music. “I like to keep the melodies close to familiar forms of popular rock ‘n’ roll, especially from the ‘50s and ‘60s. I dig that the constant repetition of refrains is prominent in both Western and Eastern cultures, specifically popular American music and traditional Pakistani/ Indian music.” For Rashid, whose writings are admittedly about “cosmopolitanism and aliens,” songwriting is the medium for him to convey the feeling of having a split identity created by globalization, conflicts of faith and rampant consumerism. On record, Ravi Shavi is a really fun listen. “Vacation Holiday” begins with a quietly picked electric guitar figure. Just when you think the track will be just a bit morose in an Arcade Fire way, the band comes up with a startlingly good chorus before rounding the song out with some really great vocal overdubs and singalongs. “Indecision” sounds like Iggy Pop’s backing group for his Lust For Life album, and the track itself exemplifies from that same overall sleazy vibe. If only every band that recorded cheap and fast sounded this great, they make it seem pretty easy. “Everything you hear on the

record is pretty much live, with all of us recording our parts together,” says Rashid. “We set out to make something that sounded like us live and didn’t take away from that kinetic friction when we’re all throwing ourselves at it simultaneously.” Ravi Shavi has had a few impressive gigs over the past year including opening for Deer Tick, with whom they share an honest love for vintage rock ‘n’ roll songwriting, at the prestigious Newport Folk Fest after party and the no-less-prestigious DudeSmash at the Met. They also got raved about after their set at Foo Fest this past summer and enjoyed a last minute New Year’s Eve gig at Fête. Right before this issue hits the stands, the band is releasing their first full-length record with a show at Firehouse 13 with Roz Raskin and The Rice Cakes. They then plan to spend this upcoming spring and summer playing with the friends they’ve made in local bands such as Atlantic Thrills, Tapestries, The Wrong Reasons and many others. “There’s a real sense of a scene that has developed in Providence and I think its great that no one really sounds like each other here. People also are respectful and know how to get sloppy.” ravishavi. bandcamp.com


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heard a good sonnet? This is your lucky month. Be MAP’s Valentine: the love sonnet play is an original ode to amore, penned from an unusual perspective. How do we know you will love the show and the Manton Avenue Project (MAP) in general? Let us count the ways. 1. Kids wrote it As their slogan states, MAP makes “theatre by children, for everyone.” So the playwrights are kids, but the intended audience is all ages. In preparation for this production, eight playwrights, ranging from fourth to seventh grade, wrote their own sonnets. Then, as a group, they collaborated to develop the plot and characters of a brand new play. During a weekend workshop, each worked with a personal dramaturgy mentor to compose one short act. And the eight combined acts made Be MAP’s Valentine: the love sonnet play. Let’s pause for a moment to ponder the concept of fourth through seventh graders writing sonnets, never mind full-length collaborative plays. No need to hold the applause. 2. Adults perform it At any given MAP play, professional and semi-pro actors grace the stage. You’ll spot familiar faces from local theatres like the Gamm, Elemental, Trinity Rep and more. For added excitement, during “Tag Team” shows like Be MAP’s Valentine, the actors change with each new act. In addition to the talent onstage, adult volunteers help to build sets, make props, fashion costumes and provide tech offstage. An adult director, in this case Nicole Maynard, helms the production. But the kid playwrights are the real stars. They take turns watching the play from the vantage point of a small desk on the side of the stage - out of the spotlight, but visible to the audience. It’s a real treat to observe their reactions at seeing their written words come to life. 3. It’s guaranteed to make you grin As Bill Cosby once taught us, kids say the darndest things. So you can bet that they also write the funniest plays. Every MAP show we’ve seen has been full of whimsy, off the wall humor and

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inspired characters. We’ve seen a bulldog rap, a moose do splits and that’s just for starters. MAP plays invite you to take a closer look at the world in all its wacky glory. They offer a gentle reminder that the “wisdom” of age sometimes dulls the view. Youthful as they may appear, the playwrights behind Be MAP’s Valentine are all veterans of two previous MAP programs. Now on their third play, they’ve honed their skills. And, as funny as they can be, they don’t shy away from tough topics. This past year, MAP works explored themes like voting rights, the conservation of endangered animals and the messages of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The MAP kids’ take on love, which they broadly define as “the unselfish concern and care for others,” promises to be no less insightful. 4. It’s part of an innovative program, with an important mission “MAP is unique because we work specifically with the Olneyville community, which was hit hard by the sub-prime lending and foreclosure crisis, and is one of the lowest income communities in Providence, and we work with a relatively small number of kids - growing each year by ten kids and working with the same kids for five or more years. By engaging the MAP kids in our programming for multiple years, we really get to know each child and regularly reinforce their faith in their capabilities,” explains Meg Sullivan, who took over the role of artistic director from founder Jenny

Peek in November of 2011. Now in its eighth year, MAP expands this month with the opening of a new clubhouse. The space, donated by the Olneyville Housing Corporation as part of their Olney Village initiative, will serve as a much-needed classroom, rehearsal room and office. Sullivan eagerly anticipates the opportunities for additional programming, including an option for teens as they “age out” of the existing MAP programs. As the arts disappear from public schools, Sullivan sees first-hand how free participation in MAP helps kids to “learn the value of their voices and experience successes that can be transferred to other aspects of their lives.” As she puts it, “We are doing what we can to infuse the performing and literary arts into the lives of children during their formative years to help them become tomorrow’s creative thinkers and community leaders.”

Be MAP’s Valentine: the love sonnet play February 15-17 The Met School in the Media and Arts Center 325 Public Street Tickets Free; call 331-7007 for reservations mantonavenueproject.org


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