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ETERNAL LOVE Gina Caramadre transforms flowers into beads, preserving favorite moments for a lifetime It started with a bouquet of red roses on Valentine’s Day two years ago. Gina Caramadre wanted to preserve the flowers from her boyfriend – her “true love” – in a meaningful way, not just pressed and framed or stowed inside an album. After much research, plus lots of rolling, sealing, and stringing, she transformed the plucked petals into a 108-bead mala necklace. “Mala is a symbol of peace, used as a tool to meditate and ground the mind, encouraging healing,” explains Caramadre, who describes the necklace also as a symbol of her relationship, which she defines as grounded in peace and “divinely eternal” – the very essence of what is now her jewelry business. Caramadre, while a project manager for Alex and Ani, had no formal training as a jeweler before starting Eternal in October of 2018, but she was both passionate and determined; she learned the right wire and strings to use, the different components like beads and clasps, and taught herself

how to crimp, knot, and source materials. “It seems I can preserve any flower that has a substantial petal,” Caramadre says, listing gerbera daisies, magnolias, peonies, and carnations as examples. Then, the magic happens. Through a chemical process, she breaks the petals down and waits for them to curate into flower clay, a process that takes several weeks. That clay is then rolled into beads, sealed, and strung onto wire. While the operation is small, Caramadre’s dreams are big. She’s looking into elevated materials, such as sterling silver and 14 karat gold, and partnering with local florists, wedding venues, celebration planners, and funeral parlors. “I want to continue telling people’s stories and sharing these special moments in time,” she says. “This craft has been the most beautiful way to connect with humanity, and my hope is to keep connecting.” DivinelyEternal.com, @divinelyeternal -Megan Schmit

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The V Word The “Vagina Grandmother” brings famous feminist production back to Providence

It was the year 1999 in Boston when Nancy Rafi first saw Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues. Midway through the performance of “My Vagina Was My Village” – about women who survived sex slavery – a woman in the audience fainted. “The house lights came up, the woman was escorted into the lobby with a therapist and a doctor, and Ensler talked about the power of theater,” remembers Rafi. “My life was changed right there.” She signed up to produce her own V-Day production, sold out all 550 seats at Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, and raised nearly $10,000. Today, Nancy is known as the “Vagina Grandmother” for being the longest-running hostess of V-Day productions worldwide. For those who might not know, V-Day invites people to produce their own Vagina Monologues production – as long as all proceeds go toward local organizations working to end violence against women and girls in their communities. Each year during V-season (February 1-March

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8), nearly 1,400 productions of the play appear around the globe. “Eve’s play is a compilation of women’s stories,” explains Rafi. “The play is hysterically funny, but it’s also deeply educational.” Topics, she says, explore infidelity, pubic hair, gynecologist visits, sexual assault, homelessness, and several other issues that affect women. “Because of the subject matter, each of my productions always include licensed therapists and counselors in the audience that are available to sit with anyone in the foyer who might need to process their reactions to the play and the topics discussed,” she adds. Rafi has hosted shows in Newport, Providence, East Greenwich, Wickford, and Cranston. She’s close friends with Eve Ensler herself, has brushed elbows with celebrities like Jane Fonda, Jennifer Hudson, and Kerry Washington, and brought her cast to NYC for workshops and to meet people like Dylan McDermott who

are connected with the V-Day movement. This year’s V-Day is significant to Rafi for two reasons: It marks her 20th year of producing the play, and it’s the first time in nearly a decade that it will return to Providence. While local colleges and universities have hosted V-Day productions, and Rafi has held a few for the community at Avon Theater and Elmwood Community Center (in Spanish), there’s been nothing within the last 10 years or so. “I thought it was about time to bring it back to the capital city!” Rafi’s V-Day production will take over the Renaissance Marriott hotel on February 29. Seventeen Rhode Island women will take the stage to read the monologues, along with music and projection, and proceeds will benefit the RI Crisis Assistance Center. “It’s been a life-changing experience for me,” says Rafi, “and I’m proud to continue my association with V-Day.” VDay.org -Megan Schmit

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The short film Blunder Bus opens with a teenager roaming around town. By accident, he picks up the wrong backpack at a bus stop, only to discover that the bag contains a ticking time bomb. With less than a minute before detonation, the unnamed adolescent must figure out what to do with the explosive, begging the question: What would you do? Blunder Bus is the creation of Max Galpern, Vaughn Traynor, and Cormac Crump, three high school buddies who have dedicated their free time to guerilla movie-making. These are no backyard horror flicks; Max and Vaughn attend Jacqueline Walsh School for the Arts in Pawtucket, and Cormac is enrolled at Classical High School, and they are very serious about their work. “It’s important that we’re having fun,” says Max, “but that we also focus. We try to be professional.” The trio already knew each other, but

their collaborative spirit was cemented in 2017, when they attended GiveMe5, a oneday crash-course in filmmaking sponsored by the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. After an eight-hour workshop, they had to develop and produce a one-minute short film. The process hooked them. “GiveMe5 was kind of a booster,” says Cormac. “We already had a bond, but it became a lot stronger.” Their ad hoc production company is called ShameonU, and they have set the ambitious goal of releasing one original short film on YouTube every month of 2020. Since they are all avid skaters, many of their dozen videos revolve around skateboarding culture. But they are deeply interested in narrative films as well, which are created in classic indie style: shifting roles, impressionistic scripts, and fast shoots in borrowed public spaces.

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and Gov. Gina Raimondo delivered effusive speeches about Puri and the significance of the new facility. As they tell it, the courtship was brief; both leaders were enthusiastic about the Gotham Greens proposal, which would turn an obscure brownfield, vacant for 20 years, into a colossal hydroponic farm. “The official opening of Gotham Greens’ Providence location is an important step in our efforts to grow Rhode Island’s food economy,” added Gov. Raimondo. “It’s critical that Rhode Islanders have access to fresh, locally grown food all year round, especially during the cold winter months.” Within, the new Gotham Greens structure is surreally huge, with sprawling glass walls and vast stretches of leafy greens. But unlike traditional farming, these crops seem to sprout magically out of steel platforms. Without soil to till, Gotham Greens uses 98 percent less water, resulting in six million heads

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We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it! What it is: Since 1995, Paper Connection International, LLC has been an essential paper resource for both artists and connoisseurs of specialty papers. More than just a supplier, their expert staff consult, educate, design, and create. They pride themselves in offering unique papers handcrafted from sustainable fibers by traditional craftspeople.

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Where to find it: A nondescript former jewelry factory on Doyle Avenue, between Hope and Camp Streets, houses the paper warehouse/showroom, located on the second floor above C&K Electric. While they don’t maintain regular hours, individuals or small groups can book appointments for a more personalized experience. What makes it a Rhody Gem? Founder Lauren Pearlman Sugita and staff delight in hearing patrons say of the business, “It’s a candy shop for artists,” or “I’ve learned so much about paper that I never knew!” With over 1,500 different papers, its likeness to a candy store feels apt – their selection features traditionally worked, artisanal papers from Japan, Korea, India, and other origin countries. “There are fewer younger generations interested in producing these beautiful testaments of history and culture,” Lauren says, which is why her team is dedicated to reviving fiber and pulp techniques through history lessons, workshops, and glimpses of papermaking processes.

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Sparkle & Shine If a month had a personality, February could be described as flirtatious. Slightly longer days hint at spring, but in reality the forecast is filled with snow. Stores start to display lighter-weight clothing, but temperatures generally settle around freezing. Flirt back at the calendar by adding some luster to your look with eye-catching pieces from Loren Hope. Headquartered in Newport with a flagship store and studio, this

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SECOND NATURE Savannah Barkley’s West End home and studio beams with botanicals and collected artifacts

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Consistent colors unify various elements in the small space

In the sun-filled West End apartment of Savannah Barkley, a rabbit named Sir Milky Quartz sits on a gold crushed velvet armchair. Little does SMQ (for short) know that a small business has been named in his honor. Barkley describes her lifestyle brand as a narrative – a collection and journey born from the process of nesting into home life and one’s personal style. Surrounded by leafy plants, fresh blooms, and a neutral backdrop punctuated with strokes of bright color and glints of gold, Barkley has indeed immersed herself in a defined aesthetic for both her home, inhouse studio, and growing enterprise. Along with two rabbits, Barkley moved from the East Side to the West End after graduating from RISD. Affordability and size were deciding factors, but the feature which appealed Want your home featured in Providence Monthly? Email Elyse@ProvidenceOnline.com to learn more ProvidenceOnline.com • February 2020

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to Barkley most about the apartment was the wealth of natural light. “I find it to be really important and inspiring to work with daylight as light plays such a major role as to how we see certain objects,” she begins. “It can often offer new perspectives and bring out qualities in your work which would otherwise not be seen.” Describing herself as “always treasure hunting,” spaces throughout the home are filled with mindfully acquired accents. Barkley makes good use of the ample vertical space with hanging textiles like strands of pink pom poms

and floating shelves that wrap wall corners to display objects. An avid indoor gardener, she maintains many blooms for her handmade range of pressed-plant vinyl bags and pouches, which she sews on a vintage green Elna Supermatic. “There is never a shortage of plants and flowers as I am often always foraging, propagating, and pressing botanicals – so they have become a staple in the ambience and earthy but whimsical scent and feel of this studio space.” Leaves and heirlooms aside, Barkley says that her absolute favorite thing in the studio

is Sir Milky Quartz. “My bun is the inspiration and muse behind my business. He brings warmth and whimsy whenever he decides to pop in the studio for a visit.” Barkley says that living and making in Rhode Island has really given her a supportive and encouraging platform for growth. “The local community at large is very interested in what businesses are producing close to home and they are not shy about coming out to support,” she says, adding a thank you. “The creative community has really shaped and inspired how I work.”

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RHODE TRIP “For plants, my favorite place to shop is Peckham’s Greenhouse in Little Compton,” says Barkley, who also enjoys visits to Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland. STUDIO SNACKS While Barkley is busy creating, a special pesto wrap and iced coffee from White Electric Coffee are go-tos.

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eventually grow old together, just glad we got to spend a lifetime with Providence. There’s so much to love about our city – and because it’s February, the go-to month to gush your affections, we’d like to offer a little Valentine to the Creative Capital. Our town has come a long way in the past 384 years, but it’s never looked more vibrant. How do we love Providence? Let us count the ways.


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Rooftop Bars On a warm summer evening, ProvidenceG is packed with partiers, who gather around fire pits, sip cocktails, and gaze at the Downcity skyline from the rooftop deck. Even in winter, ProvidenceG draws steady crowds every night of the week, thanks to a temporary enclosure and energetic DJs. Over on the East Side, Mare Rooftop offers similar panoramas of Wayland Square, thanks to enormous windows that surround the dining room. You can also reserve an “igloo,” a heated geodesic dome on the rooftop deck that overlooks the snow-covered streets.

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4: Global Eats

As the biggest fine art collection in the state, the RISD Museum is basically our Louvre. Visitors are treated to a survey of world artforms, from Egyptian artifacts to a Jackson Pollock canvas, along with the creations of RISD alumni. This year, the museum is hosting A Changing Reflection, a shining showcase of silver and metalworks. Also, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an Andy Warhol display, the museum is presenting a multidisciplinary series, Raid the Icebox Now, with showings and lectures by established artists.

The walls of the Columbus Theatre are plastered in posters, and its online calendar is equally packed with forthcoming events. Music is in our blood, and bands are everywhere: The What Cheer? Brigade marching around with brass instruments, Downtown Boys redefining punk, and Sage Francis continuing to spin new rhymes, plus hundreds more. Our bigger venues attract national acts, like this month’s Wallows show at Fete Music Hall and YK Osiris at The Strand. You can catch local outfits at more intimate venues, such as Dusk, The Parlour, the Scurvy Dog, Pop and more.

Providence’s full panoply of styles and flavors defies imagination. Our city has long been famous for its traditional Italian and Portuguese places, but you can also find Korean at Mokban; Indian at Kabob & Curry and India; Thai at Pàkarang; Moroccan at Tea in Sahara; Peruvian eats at Los Andes; Syrian at Aleppo Sweets, and – well, more international flavors than we could possibly list here. You can yearn for curry, mole, ceviche, glass noodles, or sashimi, and you’ll find multiple options for each.

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Not long ago, booklovers feared that the neighborhood book stall would vanish, thanks to corporate box stores and all-consuming Amazon. But in Providence, bibliophiles have their pick of literary little shops. The most traditional is Symposium, that stately storefront on Westminster. The biggest is Cellar Stories, which holds an astonishing 70,000 used and rare volumes. Paper Nautilus displays a variety of second-hand books and ephemera. Books on the Square is a go-to for new volumes and gifts. Twenty Stories stocks titles based entirely on the owners’ personal recommendations. And Riff Raff has its own bar. Really, they’re all page-turners.

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7: Nightlife The Salon is a legend of Providence nightlife, not only as a dance club with rotating DJs, but as a cocktail lounge, gaming parlor, theme-party nexus, and speed-dating venue. Its central location, just behind City Hall, means packed houses every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. And the Salon is just one of a dozen dance clubs in the city, where the music throbs until last call. “Nightlife” means different things to different people, though, and you could also catch a spoken-word show at AS220 or shoot for high scores at Free Play Bar Arcade. Or try them all – in winter, there’s a lot of night to live.

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Athenaeum Think of the Providence Athenaeum as the Rolls Royce of libraries. The Athenaeum welcomes visitors with elegant carpentry, carved statues, and dense rows of books, just as it has since 1836. Anyone is welcome to spend time, but a valid library card will access thousands of popular titles, as well as several special collections. The art collection alone, with its busts of famous authors and copy of Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington portrait, is worth a few hours’ visit.

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Speakeasy Spots Prohibition ended 87 years ago – but the mystique of the speakeasy is as alluring as ever, and Providence is full of homages. Step into the low-lit Avery and relish the creative cocktails and art nouveau decor. The Courtland Club combines an authentic vintage atmosphere with inventive pizzas and a long list of spirits. The most recent addition is The Dean Bar, an atmospheric cocktail lounge nestled deep within The Dean Hotel. For a healthy dose of gum-flapping and giggle juice, you can’t beat it.

9: Gourmet Donuts We Rhode Islanders love our donuts. We may owe some of this to the ubiquitous Dunkin’, but those plush, sugary rings also go great with our other fave, coffee. We have a particular love for gourmet donuts, which is why morning customers to PVDonuts and KNEAD often form lines through the door. Whether you prefer the traditional dough or fermented brioche, it’s astonishing just how exquisite a donut can be. Photo courtesy of The Dean Bar

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When The Grange opened in 2013, it proved that diners could enjoy a dynamic, upscale meal without harming a single animal. Last year, the arrival of Plant City proved that lunch, coffee, dinner, and after-work drinks could all take place in a single complex, and every sip and bite could be sourced from gardens. Providence is more vegan-friendly than ever, and now, with the recent opening of a Gotham Greens greenhouse and the Farm Fresh RI Food Hub aiming for a Fall 2020 completion, our city is contributing to a national network of sustainable cultivation techniques. Progress never tasted so great.

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Murals With its army of 150 artists, The Avenue Concept has transformed blank walls into spectacular paintings. We see these murals everywhere: Still Here, depicting a Native American woman holding an old photograph, is a fixture of our skyline. The “selfie wall” in Upper South Providence has drawn innumerable visitors who photograph themselves with colorful wings. Meanwhile, Shepard Fairey returned to his alma mater in October, leaving behind a dramatic new mural on the wall of AS220. In a city that displays art so publicly, “Creative Capital” is more than just a nickname.

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Breweries

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Microbreweries have popped up across the state, and you can’t drive 10 miles in Rhode Island without passing a tasting room. But the craft brew tradition started in Downcity, with the founding of Trinity Brewhouse. This funky gastropub still guarantees a good time, and the rotating selection of beer is just as frothy and delicious as ever. While most nearby breweries are actually in Pawtucket, Long Live Beerworks made a splash when it moved from West Fountain Street to Sprague Street, and Beer on Earth recently came up from North Kingstown to fill the old LLB spot. And if you just want to try the beers themselves, myriad Providence pubs have local craft on tap, from Bayberry Beer Hall to The Malted Barley. Bayberry Beer Hall

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14: Scenic Streets

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Federal Hill is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the country – and its mythic history of organized crime is steadily being eclipsed by its reputation for food and drink. (To be fair, there have always been great eats in Federal Hill.) The streets are a collage of pubs, pizzerias, and seafood joints, as well as renowned white-tablecloth bistros. The lynchpin of our Little Italy is DePasquale Square, that romantic cobbled plaza that looks like it was transplanted directly from Florence. Recurring culinary tours and concerts punctuate an already thriving epicurean scene.

“It’s so walkable!” That’s what tourists are always saying about Providence, and it’s a luxury we often take for granted. There are so many superlative strolls: the path down Blackstone Boulevard, collegiate walks on Thayer Street, window-shopping down Hope, Wickenden, Wayland, Westminster, and Broadway, and people-watching on Atwells. The inner-city is best known for its promenades, but there are other pockets to amble as well. The most impressive addition to our walkways is, of course, the Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the river and offers the most photogenic view of our skyscrapers at sunset.

They’ve won the five division titles, three regular season titles, and the Calder Cup. Each year, the best players from the Providence Bruins graduate to the Boston Bruins. A darling of the American Hockey League, our single professional sports team is a blast to watch on the ice, and you can catch them at The Dunk for a fraction of the price of an NHL ticket. At press time, the Bruins were still heading the Atlantic Division, so plan to grow out that beard.

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Independent Cinema

Nothing beats the big screen. You can stream movies until you’re blue in the face, but the Avon Cinema’s marquee over Thayer Street will lure true film buffs into its art deco heart. Here you’ll find a titillating range of classic, foreign, and independent films, as well as special events, such as satellite screenings of live theatrical performances. Down on South Main Street, Acoustic Java provides both coffee and flicks all day, as well as a cozy place to chill. This month, you can also check out the Providence Children’s Film Festival, which will screen in venues across the city.

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Great Theater Theater is alive and well in Providence – and professional, to boot. Everyone knows Trinity Rep, and if you didn’t catch its mega-hit The Prince of Providence last fall, you’ll have a second chance in 2021. Just as Trinity produces a wide range of stage classics and new scripts fresh from Broadway, this theater spotlights both local and national talents. Meanwhile, the Wilbury Theatre is known for producing more provocative scripts – and original works by local playwrights – in its more intimate space. Then of course, there’s the Providence Performing Arts Center, which draws big-name touring companies from New York and beyond.

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People have been browsing in The Arcade since 1828, making it the “oldest indoor shopping mall in America.” The neoclassical architecture still draws tourists through its doors, whether they know about the Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar or not. The walkway is flanked with shops, such as the Carmen & Ginger vintage store and Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council bookshop. Providence is full of such quirky bazaars; one of the most prominent is the Providence Flea, an all-year marketplace for used and handmade items. We also have half a dozen farmers markets, and more novelty shops than you can shake a pewter pendant at.

We love our zoo, of course – but many Rhode Islanders are unaware just how well regarded it is. Roger Williams Park Zoo dates back to the 19th century, making it one of the oldest zoos in the country. Its diverse species and Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular have made us a major destination, and the Faces of the Rainforest exhibit has impressed zookeepers around the world with its sophisticated environmental controls and rare Amazonian otters. It really is a jungle in there.

Yes, you. Because if there’s one thing Providence excels at, it’s community. There are plenty of medium-sized college towns with cool cafes, but our city knows how to bring people together – whether it’s early-morning workouts with the Providence Project, clicking flashlights on the Hot Club’s deck at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, or getting a few thousand people together to gaze at burning braziers during WaterFire. Providence is diverse, innovative, and weird, and just by living here, you help make it that way. Keep up the good work.


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February 14-23: Spotlighting family-forward filmmakers, Providence Children’s Film Festival presents 10 days of curated cinema screened at various venues, along with post-film conversations and activities. Providence, ProvidenceChildrensFilmFestival.org

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COLUMBUS THEATRE February 5: Christopher Paul Stelling. February 7: They Might Be Giants 30th Anniversary Flood Show. February 8: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow with Kevin Smith. February 21: Marc Maron - There’s More Tour. 270 Broadway, Providence. ColumbusTheatre.com FETE MUSIC HALL February 1: Zoink Zulag. February 11: Gost. February 12: King 810. February 21: Flaw.

February 23: Sunday Bloody Sunday. February 29: Back to the ‘80s. 103 Dike Street, Providence. FeteMusic.com THE MET February 1: Lotus Land. February 7: We Were Promised Jetpacks. February 8: Bearly Dead. February 9: School of Rock Attleboro presents The Fall 2019 Seasonal Show. February 9: Juice Krate. February 12: YBN Cordae. February 19: Durand Jones & The Indications. February 22: Lucero. February 23: Violin River. February 27: Summer Salt. February 28:

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THEATER PPAC February 8: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert. February 11-16: Fiddler on the Roof. February 21-23: A Bronx Tale. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. PPACRI.org TRINITY REPERTORY Through March 1: August Wilson’s Radio Golf. February 20-March 22: A Tale of Two Cities. 201 Washington Street, Providence. TrinityRep.com THE VETS February 1-2: Nick Jr. Live - Move to the Music. February 7-9: Festival Ballet Providence presents Game Changers. February 15: TACO Classical - Romeo and Juliet. February 16: John Cleese. February 18: Ms. Lauryn Hill. February 22: Firstworks presents Angelique Kidjo. February 23: Squeeze - The Squeeze Songbook Tour 2020. February 29-March 1: Sesame Street Live. 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. TheVetsRI.com

COMEDY COMEDY CONNECTION February 6-8: Stavros Halkias. February 9: RIBC Comedy for a Cause. February 20-22: Drew Lynch. February 27: A Night of Laughs to Support Blue Star Moms. 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. RIComedyConnection.com

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THE GAMM There aren’t a lot of places in Rhode Island where you can study “swordplay,” but under the guidance of Michael Liebhauser, dueling is a very serious pursuit. The Gamm Theatre is one of the most respected theaters in the state, and it doubles as a performance school for adults. Here, you

can rehearse Shakespearean scenes with Fred Sullivan, Jr., prepare for cold readings with Steve Kidd, and write your own 10-minute play with Dave Rabinow (which, believe me, is harder and more rewarding than it sounds). These four-to-six-week sessions introduce novices to the world of stage performance and help seasoned actors hone their skills. 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. GammTheatre.org THE WILBURY With a name like “The Playful Actor,” you know you’re going to have fun. But this workshop is more than just goofing around: Instructor Mycah Hogan studied acting in New York and has performed broadly. Hogan uses “joy-based games” to motivate actors, help them take risks, and find aspects of their voice and physicality that they never fully appreciated. Once you’ve broken the theatrical ice, try “The Mindful Actor” with the Wilbury’s resident artist Jennifer Mischley, who helps actors

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Going Public

In a typical week, Public may host an art opening, vendor market, movie screening, open mic, poetry slam, collage night, and dinner prepared by a local chef. Driving past the little second-store gallery on Aleppo Street, you might never suspect such a busy schedule. But when Casandra Inez and Spocka Summa opened their new space in Olneyville last September, they hit the ground running. Public is larger than it looks; the gallery combines multiple alcoves, which are decked with paintings, photographs, and rotating murals. Each month, Public presents a new exhibit, and the walls are repainted with brand-new portraits. In the front, Public is more like a curio shop, with books by Jess Tracey, vintage clothing by Junque Shop, and other locally made ephemera. Their young daughter is a regular fixture, toddling across the rustic wood floors.

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“There was a need,” says Inez. “We were missing a place like this. When you find yourself in that situation, one of the things you can do is create it. There’s places here and there, but we wanted to add to that community.” Inez grew up in North Providence, Summa in Silver Lake, and they met in high school. Their life together has been an endless mashup of creative pursuits: Inez performs poetry and dabbles in painting and photography. Summa is a prolific event producer, musician, and visual artist. In the past, they have facilitated concerts and pop-up markets – but Public allows them to concentrate their efforts under one roof. “How can we do something that’s more consistent and frequent?” SSumma recalls asking himself. “We let artists choose what they want to hang. They don’t have to be here to sell their stuff. It’s kind of a way to take the

weight off the artists’ shoulders.” Public also rents out the space for a variety of events – screenings, album release parties, groove nights – that the couple doesn’t have to personally run. This is a notable addition to Olneyville, where nightlife and startups have started to blossom, but a gallery is a novel opportunity for local artists and their supporters. “A lot of our artists say this is the first time they’ve shown to the public,” says Inez. “And we have a lot of foot-traffic. People walking by live here. They’re not looking for art. They come in and say, ‘What’s in here now? We’ve never been here.’ They get to walk through and discover us for the first time.” “That’s why we always ask people how they heard about us,” Inez adds. “We have more of a reach than we know.” PublicShopAndGallery.com

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The best cocktails – at least at The Capital Grille – come with a side of sparkle Leave it to The Capital Grille to redefine “top shelf.” This month, the downtown steakhouse is serving up something totally different: a martini made with rarified vodka and served with a diamond necklace. The Doumato Diamond Martini is a partnership with Ephraim Doumato Jewelers in Smithfield. The martini itself is made with Clix Vodka, distilled 159 times, which tastes “as pure as it gets, like glacial water,” according to Mark Phillips, wine director of the restaurant. The entire state only got five bottles, he says, and they’re all at Capital Grille. The drink – which includes the jewelry – will set you back $1,000. The necklace, though, is worth $1,600. It has nine diamonds in

graduated size, bezel set into 14 karat white gold, according to Matt Doumato of Doumato Jewelers. “We want people to be buying their significant other diamonds for Valentine’s Day,” he says, “and what better way to do it than at The Capital Grille?” But then again, you don’t need to wait for someone to gift the Doumato Diamond Martini to you. As Lizzo says, “If you’re by yourself, then go and buy yourself another round from the bottle on the higher shelf.” What the prophetess of self-love didn’t say – but definitely would agree with – is that diamonds in the drink are even better. CapitalGrille.com, DoumatoJewelers.com -Julie Tremaine

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by Jenny Currier

As the Romans Do Roma Capoccia brings Italian street food to Fox Point acquires a crispy exterior with a light, airy interior; it’s chewy without being doughy. The first time I visited Roma, it was a frigidly cold evening. The space felt inviting, with bright white walls, hanging lights, and large windows that fogged around the edges. The pizzas were set up buffet-style, and employees stood at the ready with giant scissors. Our server, Chelsea, was very friendly (which one would hope for when giant scissors are involved), and she showed us the average width of a slice, told us which pizzas might be heavier based on their toppings, and gave us an approximation of how big an ounce is (note: it’s about 2x3 inches). The pizzas range from 75 cents to $1.15 per ounce, and the toppings are as traditional as a margherita and as inventive as eggplant, ‘nduja, and pistachio. My methodology for any eating adventure is to share, so I ordered four “average”-sized strips that filled an entire tray ($13) and my friend did likewise,

so we sampled eight different pizzas. This, my friends, is how I envision heaven. In regard to alcoholic beverages, Roma Capoccia offers a handpicked selection of wines and craft beer. I saw a Tuscan red wine, Frescobaldi Rémole ($8), and immediately chose it because I liked the name. It might be my new favorite wine: smooth and robust, the perfect complement to pizza. A more difficult task was choosing a favorite of the pizzas – and with a menu that changes daily, it’s unlikely anyone will get bored. Thus, I will award pizza superlatives. Most Standout Pizza: Sweet potato pizza with candied orange, chestnuts, goat cheese, and sage garlic aioli. It was the first slice I sampled, almost dessert-like in quality, but with both CUISINE: Roman-style pizza, salads PRICES: Pizza: $0.75-$1.15/oz ($8-$15) ATMOSPHERE: Casual hip pizzeria (top) Marinara Pizza with garlic, parsley, and EVOO; Zucchini Ricotta Pizza with lemon zest and EVOO (bottom) The deliciously interesting options at Roma Capoccia 48

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I always believed I could eat my own weight in pizza. It’s one of my favorite foods, and despite being petite, I’m the person at the dinner table finishing off everyone else’s plate. But the new addition to Wickenden Street, Roma Capoccia, put my hypothesis to the test. Rather than selling pizza by the pie, or by the slice, they sell it by the ounce, and you can choose as many varieties as you’d like. This is perfect for people like me who cannot make decisions, and I was excited to experience this unique way of dining. It is, in fact, the only restaurant in Rhode Island that serves pizza the authentic Roman way, where pizza al taglio – a large rectangular (not round) pizza – is sliced with scissors at your desired size and reheated. While other styles of pizza, such as the well-known Neapolitan, are baked quickly and at high temperatures, Roman-style pizza dough is first fermented for 96 to 120 hours, and because of its high hydration, it actually tastes best after reheating. The crust


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sweet and savory flavors in the same bite. Most Unique Pizza: Chickpeas, tahini, pomegranate, and mint. It was colorful and exotic. Bonus points because it was also vegan. Best “Classic” Pizza: Mushroom Truffle, with roasted mushrooms, mozzarella, and black truffle. It’s hard to go wrong when truffles are involved. Most Surprising: BBQ Chicken. I know it sounds basic, but this was by far the best I’ve had of its kind, made with shredded chicken, mozzarella, cilantro, and both a sweet Kansas-style sauce and an Alabama white sauce. Roma Capoccia is the perfect place to try something new, to sample a bit of everything, and to eat your weight (or – okay – 14 ounces) in pizza. As they say, when in Rome…

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Food & Drink • In The Kitchen

by Robert Isenberg

Where the River Meets the Sea How the wending career of Agil Nadirov led to a trendy Mediterranean restaurant

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When Agil Nadirov arrived in the United States, he had a grand total of $600 and no place to stay. It was January of 2012. He spent his first night on the New York subway system, huddled in the warm train car. When he landed his first gigs in Brooklyn – busser, dishwasher – Nadirov was overjoyed. He was one step closer to settling down, buying a house, and opening his own restaurant. “I wanted to prove to myself and my family that I can do something,” says Nadirov, who now owns The River Social, a fashionable eatery and cocktail lounge next to Waterplace Park. Nadirov grew up comfortably in Azerbaijan; his father works in the oil industry and his mother is a physician. After working in New York’s restaurant sector, Nadirov stumbled into a bizarre opportunity: To work with his friend, selling remote-controlled helicopters at Providence Place Mall. “I took the risk,” says Nadirov, who started

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hawking high-tech toys to passersby. He learned the art of retail and helped expand the business – to nearly 20 locations. Incredibly, this kiosk is the reason he met his wife Rebecca, a Johnston native who bought an RC helicopter for her father. From there, he started a cell phone repair service, which also grew rapidly. But Nadirov still dreamed of opening a restaurant. He had worked in kitchens in Azerbaijan, and he took pride in the kebabs he would make for his family. As he and his wife traveled across the US and sampled different menus, Nadirov imagined aggregating a range of culinary traditions. “Most people understand Mediterranean cuisine,” he says. “All Mediterranean coastal countries, the food is kind of similar, but the ingredients are different. They add different spices and herbs. That’s why we bring all these countries together – we have Spanish grilled octopus, French duck breast, Turkish

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kebabs, Moroccan mezze plates.” The River Social is a bright space, with ceiling-high windows overlooking the Providence River. The entrance is accessible only from a cobblestone walkway, just a short distance from the Exchange Street bridge. Nadirov credits his wife with the interior design – the elegant, papery lamps, the smooth wood furniture, and the lit-up sign, wreathed in grass, that reads, “Let’s Meet Here.” The restaurant has become a hotspot for brunches, parties, bridal showers, and innumerable Instagram selfies. Soon, the restaurant will host live music every Friday, plus reservation-only dinners during WaterFire lightings. “The reason we [have] the name The River Social,” adds Nadirov, “it was right on the river, and when I came in here, I said, ‘This is the best place for people to get social.’ It doesn’t matter, winter or summer. Have a couple drinks, a couple

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The recently opened R Space simultaneously serves as retail space, dessert cafe, and living portfolio of freelance interior architect and RISD student Xiaohai Zhou. The downtown patisserie is minimal and modern, a reflection of Zhou’s fixation on the delicate balance between architectural form and function. Inside the pastel painted, French-inspired eatery, find mousse-based desserts and handcrafted tea beverages like Thai Iced Tea and Brown Sugar Pearl Milk, plus colorful sparkling drinks topped with fruit and flowers. Dip your spoon into flavors like Oolong Peach, Blood Orange, and Lavender Mousse – though you might be tempted not to, as the thoughtfully plated desserts (which take two days to create!) are predicated on the same dedication to visual art as the rest of R Space – almost too pretty to eat. Keep an eye out for their Valentine’s Day specials, which are sure to be sweet! @rspace_usofficial -Gina Mastrostefano

Avenue N finds second home on Hope Street Almost a decade ago, Avenue N opened its doors adjacent to the Rumford Center Lofts in the former Rumford Baking Powder Mill, the perfect setting for the contemporary bistro. Owners Tracy and Nick Rabar describe the restaurant as “a lively mix of city sophistication and small-town warmth.” And, as of January, they’ve planted themselves in the heart of the East Side. The second Avenue N inhabits the former Cook & Brown, which closed its doors in late 2018. The Providence menu will consist of staples like their sig-nature brussel sprouts, pizzas, burgers, chicken, and scallops, as well as some seasonal changes. Plus, the restaurant will feature a small retail area offering the 100 percent locally made products that have the cornerstone of their sister business The Pantry (located next door to their restaurant in Rumford). AvenueAmericanKitchen.com -Gina Mastrostefano

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10 Prime Steak & Sushi Fashionable prime steakhouse with award-winning sushi. 55 Pine St, Providence, 453-2333. LD $$$ Caserta Pizzeria Casual kid-friendly pizza spot offering traditional Italian crispcut pizza and calzones. 121 Spruce St, Providence, 621-3818. LD $-$$ CAV Eclectic cuisine and art in a historic setting. 14 Imperial Place, Providence, 751-9164. BrLD $$-$$$ Chapel Grille Gourmet food overlooking the Providence skyline. 3000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, 944-4900. BrLD $$$

bistro fare at Chez Pascal. 960 Hope St, Providence, 421-4422. LD $-$$$ Don Jose Tequilas Restaurant Homestyle Mexican fare plus beer, wine, and cocktails in a colorful setting. 351 Atwells Ave, Providence, 454-8951. LD $-$$ Harry’s Bar & Burger Called the “Best Burger in America” by CNN. Over 50 craft beers. 121 North Main St, Providence, 228-7437; 301 Atwells Ave, 228-3336. LD $-$$ Haruki Japanese cuisine and a la carte selections with casual ambience Locations in Cranston and Providence, HarukiSushi.com. LD $-$$

Character’s Cafe & Theatre Hybrid art space with all-day breakfast, coffee, and theaterinspired entrees. 82 Rolfe Sq, Cranston, 490-9475. BL $

Joe Marzelli’s Old Canteen Italian Restaurant High-end Italian restaurant serving up specialty dishes and drinks. 120 Atwells Ave, Providence. 751-5544. LD $$$

Chez Pascal & The Wurst Kitchen Housemade hotdogs and sausages can be devoured at the Wurst Kitchen, and next-level French

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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Rebelle Artisan Bagels Artisan bagels that are uniquely hand-rolled, boiled, and baked. 10 Doyle Ave, Providence, 349-1263. BrL $ Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 437-6950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ The River Social Mediterannean small plates overlooking Waterplace Park for a uniquely social experience. 200 Exchange St, Providence, 256-5686. D $-$$ Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich, and Smithfield, 521-3311. D $$-$$$ The Salted Slate An agri-driven American restaurant with global influences. 186 Wayland Ave, Providence, 270-3737. BrLD $$-$$$ Trinity Brewhouse Providence restaurant and brewery reinventing classic American pub fare. 186 Fountain St, Providence, 453-2337. LD $$ T’s Restaurant RI favorite with all-day breakfast-brunch. Cranston, East Greenwich,

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Colvitto’s Pizza & Bakery Pizza Calzones and baked goods made fresh daily. 91 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 783-8086. BrLD $

Mariner Grille Seafood, steaks, and pasta in a fun setting, with live entertainment. 40 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 284-3282. LD $$

The Cove Traditional bar and grill serving burgers, sandwiches, and classic New England seafood favorites. 3963 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, 364-9222. LD $$

Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana Authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza with ingredients imported from Naples. 60 S County Commons Way, South Kingstown, 783-2900. LD $-$$

Celestial Cafe Locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine with a curated craft beer list. 567 South County Trail, Exeter, 2955559. BrLD $$-$$$

Eleven Forty Nine City sophistication in the suburbs. 1149 Division St, Warwick, 884-1149.LD $$$

Chair 5 Hotel haunt with a beach-inspired menu and a dreamy rooftop lounge. 1208 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 363-9820. LD $$-$$$

Fuel Coffee Bar Breakfast and lunch, including vegan and gluten-free options. 904 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett, 792-3835. BrL $-$$

Coast Guard House A new American menu with a seafood emphasis and extensive wine list, open seven days a week. 40 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 789-0700. BrLD $$$

George’s of Galilee Fresh-caught seafood in an upscale pub atmosphere. 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, 783-2306. LD $-$$

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Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 437-6950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 219 Main St, East Greenwich (second location in Warren), 336-3747. D $$-$$$ Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich, and


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Twin Willows Fresh seafood and water views in a family-friendly atmosphere. 865 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, 789-8153. LD $-$$ EAST BAY + NEWPORT Blount Market & Kitchen Traditional New England seafood summer favorites offered year-round for dine-in and takeout. 406 Water St, Warren, 245-1800. LD $$ Bluewater Bar and Grill Casual restaurant with modern seafood dishes and live music. 32 Barton Ave, Barrington, 247-0017. LD $$-$$$ Cafe Water Street Dockside cafe with gourmet crepes and coffee. 279 Water St, Warren, 245-7071. BLD $-$$ Crossroads Pub Restaurant Familyfriendly 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 $$ The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 50 Miller St, Warren (second location in East Greenwich), 245-4500. D $$-$$$ Tav Vino Waterfront dining with an Italian and seafood focus. 267 Water St, Warren, 245-0231. D $$ 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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