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Contents

Photography: (L) Jonathan Beller, (R) Melissa Stimpson

MarCh 2012

23 This Month 23 Street Smarts Test your PVD prowess with our annual quiz

33 33 City Style A well-traveled life 35 The Look 37 Get Fit 39 Beauty

41 Feast Join the subterranean club

Every Month

43 In the Kitchen 45 Review 46 On the Menu 49 In the Drink 51 Behind the Bar 52 Dining Guide

6 Editor’s Note

57 Get Out

8 Feedback

A doomsday comedy to make you blush

11 PM List

58 Calendar 61 Music 63 Art 64 Theatre

13 Providence Pulse

66 The Last Detail

Bingo‌ with a dash of glitter

Download a direct connection to city hall

15 City 19 Malcontent 20 Scene in PVD

On the Cover: Illustration by Alli Coate.

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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 Editorial Assistant Erin Swanson Special Projects Manager John Taraborelli Art Director Alli Coate

Smarten Up

Assistant Art Director Karli Hendrickson Advertising Design Director Layheang Meas

One of my favorite

things about Providence is that it’s a quality-over-quantity kind of place. We might be small, but we pack a lot of awesomeness into 20 square miles. But, there’s a curious phenomenon about this city. Because it’s so small, its residents assume that we’ve seen everything, been everywhere, know everything about it. This month’s cover story, The Great Providence Quiz 3.0, is going to prove us wrong. Test your smarts in the magazine and then head online for clues (which you’re definitely going to need) and an-

swers. We’ve even got a game plan (see what I did there?) for how to turn this quiz into a drinking game. It wouldn’t truly be a Providence Monthly quiz without it.

Graphic Designer Meghan H. Follett Account Managers Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Nicole Greenspun Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Sharon Sylvester Kimberly Tingle Jessica Webb Illustrators Karli Hendrickson Ashley MacLure Photographers Mike Braca Dan Schwartz Stacey Doyle Tim Siekiera Kate Kelley Melissa Stimpson Laurel Mulherin Dawn Temple Contributing Writers Linda Beaulieu Andrea E. McHugh Emily Dietsch Stephanie Obodda Scott Duhamel Cristy Raposo Dawn Keable Jen Senecal Molly Lederer Alyssa Smith Michael Madden Vikki Warner Daniel McGowan

Caitlin Quinn Writer

Caitlin Quinn, a longtime contributor to Providence Monthly and our sister publications SO Rhode Island and The Bay, writes our monthly “The Look” column. She has frequently written on the arts and other topics, including a personal favorite of hers, salsa dancing. “Rhode Island has so much to offer in terms of dining, shopping and fashion,” she says, “and yet, my favorite thing to do is to simply drive along the coast and take in the scenery. It never gets old.”

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Dating and Pet Allergies On behalf of cat owners looking for love, I feel obligated to pay something forward. Julie Tremaine’s first foray into matchmaking services [“Adventures in Dating,” PM Experiment, February 2012] hit a speed bump when her first match turned out to have cats. Like Julie, I am allergic to cats, and while not a “deal breaker” for me, it was certainly a turn off. As fate would have it, I met a wonderful girl with two cats; I spent the first year of our relationship with many a wheezing and teary-eyed morning. When it came time for her to move in with me, she knew the cats could not come with her. She gave one cat to my mother and we called out our Facebook friends to help us find a home for the other. The response was swift, stern, and unexpected – that I should deal with it. Turns out there are many easy ways to deal with allergies. Now I pop a Claritin every morning, I sleep with an air filter, and I’m religious about weekly dusting and vacuuming. I get

along just fine and Bonkers the cat is a treasured part of our home. So Julie, don’t let a cat allergy hold you back from love - you might just find that more than one life will enter your heart. Keith Andrade

I’m Flattered, No Really I have just seen the issue [“Super Singles,” February 2012] and I think it came out great. I’m really glad I participated in this. Thank you so much for the opportunity and for the amazing job you did with it. [Steve was one of this year’s most eligible bachelors.] Steve Oliveira

Thanks for Your Support We want to thank John Taraborelli for his excellent piece about the specific new steps we’ve taken to make parking convenient and affordable in downtown Providence called Park Downtown Providence [“Solving the Parking Problem,” February 2012]. There are over 14,000 public off-street parking spaces in the downtown with some excellent specials. In addition, the 1,500 on-street spaces are customer friendly, many now with meters that can be paid with a smartphone. The key is the first ever website dedicated exclusively to parking in the downtown, parkdowntownprovidence.com. Thank you for your continued support. Frank La Torre Director of Public Space, Providence Downtown Improvement District

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Go On, Play With Your Food Providence Monthly is sponsoring Rhode Island Food Fights’ The Great Cupcake Championship event on March 11 from 2-5pm. Watch as RI foodies fight for the crown at the Spot Underground. A crowd of hungry onlookers (you) will sample the days entries and a panel of judges will choose their favorites. To sum it up: all the coffee, milk and cupcakes you can handle for $10. For more information, go to rifoodfights.com. Also, we’ll be posting exclusive video footage of the event on our website, providenceonline.com.

Contemplate the Meaning of Life Providence Monthly is sponsoring the March 8-April 8 run of Boom at The Gamm. This play seems simple since there are only three characters and the entire thing takes place in just one room. Regardless, it’s not dull at all. Instead it speaks to those of us (read: all of us) who ponder the meaning

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With the help of our friends, we were able to donate $3,000 to neighborhood libraries. PM staffers John Taraborelli and Samantha Gaus presented the check to the Providence Community Library Development Director, Steve Kumins, on February 14. It was a fitting day to spread the love.

Who Hearts Providence? Providence Monthly sponsored the 4th Annual I Heart Providence event at City Hall on February 9. Hosted by Mayor Angel Taveras and created by Mike Ritz, it was an evening where Providence-philes gathered to celebrate the city and share ideas. Ritz appealed to the masses: “This

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Don’t be a Drag, Just be a Queen Of course, you could drop a check in the mail for AIDS Care Ocean State or AIDS Project RI. But you’re going to have to seal it with a bright red lipstick kiss in order to come anywhere close to the live flamboyance that goes down at their monthly Gay Bingo. These themed fundraisers are held the third Thursday of every month, except for the dead of summer, well, because everyone knows that drag queens don’t like to sweat. The well-attended events support the extensive outreach efforts of both organizations to in-

clude housing, education and prevention services for the HIV positive and those at high risk for infection. And while you’ve still got to score a bingo to win cash prizes, those decked in costumes may notice a bit of favoritism. Fashion your own outfit for these upcoming dates: Easter Bonnet on March 15, Toga on April 19, Trailer Park Trash on May 17 and Gay Pride on June 21. Doors 6pm, Bingo 7pm. $20. Riviera Bingo Palace, 1612 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston. 273-1888, aidscareos. org. –Dawn Keable

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Do you dream of jamming out on stage with Trey Anastasio or Eric Clapton? Hate to burst your overzealous bubble, but chances of that happening are slim to none. Fret not. Wear Your Music has created a special line of bracelets to help you feel close to your favorite artist and channel your inner rock-and-roller, all while giving back to charity. Over 150 artists – including the above, plus many more – have donated their used guitar strings to local jewelry designer Hannah Garrison, who has artfully turned their trash into wearable treasure. Garrison (who started the company with financier Steve Bernstein) says that the idea stemmed from a desire to recycle a piece of rock memorabilia that would otherwise be thrown away: “We took it a step further and decided

When a native Rhode Islander is asked to name things distinctive to our state, he’s sure to mention coffee syrup (in addition to stuffed quahogs and Newport Creamery, of course). It’s rich, it’s sweet and it’s oh so delicious – at any time of the year. Uncle Matty’s Coffee Syrup would be the first to agree. The East Providence-based company points out that, in fact, coffee milk was made the official state drink in 1993. Their product is all-natural and mixes well with ice cold milk, iced coffee or (if you’re so inclined) a cocktail. The locally-made coffee syrup can be purchased at several stores in the general Providence vicinity including Whole Foods in Cranston, Eastside Marketplace and Eastside Mart in Providence, Buckets General Store and Schroders Catering in East Providence and Shores Market in North Providence. If you’re a true Rhode Islander and a ten minute drive is considered a road trip, don’t fret – Uncle Matty’s is also available online. unclemattyscompany.com. – Erin Swanson

to donate the proceeds from the sale to the musician’s charity of choice.” In 2011, Wear Your Music has sold over 1,000 artist bracelets and donated over $60,000 to charity. Made to be unisex, the bracelets come in a variety of colors and price points ($7 to $200), and can be bought online. wearyourmusic. org. – Erin Swanson

HOT SHOTS

One Eleven Could you imagine taking the same picture of the same person, place or thing everyday for one whole year? Undoubtedly you would see change. Imagine seeing these changes and feeling like you actually witnessed them occurring over time. That is exactly what Providence artist Peter Green intended in his 111 Photographs of 111 Westminster Street. Green took 111 pictures of the downtown building throughout 2011 and compiled them to make one huge picture containing all of the little pictures. Think of the world’s coolest Instagram collage. Each shot portrays the building in different lights, weather, and times of day, but what is most remarkable is how each photo truly displays its own unique identity while portraying one of the city’s most well-known buildings. Go

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to his website for more information on the artist and this superstitious sounding exhibit or to purchase the 20” x 28” poster for $20. providenceraptors.com. – Eilish Shaffer

It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years. As the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in American history, The Station nightclub fire contributed to the loss of 100 lives. There are many stories of loss and survival from that night, and one local filmmaker hopes to highlight many of them in the documentary film, The Station (to be released in February 2013). With the fire’s 10th anniversary approaching next year, filmmaker David Bettencourt, in conjunction with

Gina Russo and Paul Lonardo, coauthors of the book From the Ashes, is inviting anyone who wants to participate and share their stories as part of the film to do so; they hope to get as many people involved in the project as possible. Be sure to check out their website to watch a short trailer of the movie or to donate funds to be used in producing the film and developing a memorial at the site of the fire. thestationmovie.com. - Eilish Shaffer

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Maybe Next Time You Should Use Your Debit Card You can thank a North Providence native for the fact that your next movie watching experience will be so spine tingling it’ll leave you fearing the dark. Screenplay writer Chris Sparling is back with a new much buzzed about psychological

thriller, ATM. Some might remember him from his work in the 2010 dramatic thriller Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, which received an award for Best Original Screenplay by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. The much-anticipated ATM,

which tells the story of three coworkers that end up in a desperate fight for their lives during a routine stop at an ATM late one evening, is set to follow the same path. Sparling is also making his feature directing debut this summer with supernatu-

ral drama Falling Slowly, which he plans to shoot in both Los Angeles and Rhode Island. Until then, look for ATM, to be released by IFC films on March 2 for video on demand and digital download. Its theatrical release is on April 6. – Eilish Shaffer

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Bling for Your Face At 31 years old, was I too old to get a facial piercing? My mother certainly seemed to think so. I politely had to disagree. What’s the difference between sporting a necklace or an eyebrow ring; a pair of earrings or a pair of snake bite spikes? In my un-professional (and, let’s face it, open-minded) opinion, piercings are nothing more than another form of adorning oneself with beautiful jewelry. And, I’ve never been one to say no to bling. Rockstar Body Piercing has a reputation for quality – I felt comfortable putting my life (and face) in the hands of one of their skilled employees. William “Billy” Wood Jr., a professional body piercer with seven years of experience, took the call. He invited me in for an appointment… at 5pm on Valentine’s Day. Not quite the romantic evening I had envisioned, but still I agreed and “penciled” it into my online appointment book. As I ascended the stairs to Rockstar, which is located on the second floor above a pizzeria, I felt my stomach do a flip-flop. No, it wasn’t because I was hungry (though the pizza did smell delicious); I realized, to my embarrassment, that I was completely nervous, to the point of a physical reaction. I clutched my swirling stomach as I opened the main door. There was no turning back now. The waiting room was narrow, with a long glass case filled with a variety of body jewelry and an insanely cool mural on the lengthy wall. A young woman got me started on paperwork right away, and the shop apprentice 16

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began discussing jewelry options: all of the body jewelry available at Rockstar is implant grade, the best of the best. I had a multitude of options to consider. Did I want a lip ring or a nose ring?

insertion varies depending on whether the client chooses a hoop or a stud; it has to do with how the jewelry rests on the nose. Wood instructed me to sit on his table (in a small private room off

Back to the question at hand – I wasn’t sure. After talking pros and cons with Wood, I settled on a small, delicate hoop to be placed in my nose. Oral piercings can irritate the gums and kissing is a no-no during the first few weeks after the procedure. Because of this, I decided it best to not cause further damage to my already receding gum tissue and presently defunct love life. I learned that the angle of needle

the waiting area) and he sterilized my skin and used a purple dye called gentian violet to mark the spot – the puncture hole. The butterfly in my stomach had returned and now my heart was getting in on the action, racing and pounding. As if telepathic, Wood began speaking in a hushed tone, and advised me to lay flat on the table. He then softly guided me through a relaxation tech-

nique: breathe in through the nose and exhale out through the mouth. He sat behind me and continued to direct my purposed breathing. I felt his gentle touch on my nose (he doesn’t use a clamp, as some other piercers do) and heard him tell me he’d be piercing in sync with my exhale. My hands balled into fists, I waited for the searing pain. It never came. I felt a little pinch and some pressure, which can only be described as a tug of my nostril. As he slid the ring into place I felt a second tug. Wood continued to talk in that hushed, soothing voice as he told me to keep my eyes shut for as long as I wanted. (Nose piercings cause the eyes to water.) He gently dabbed the tears that dotted my eyelashes with a tissue. Eventually I opened my eyes; they didn’t sting one bit. I was thoroughly schooled in aftercare techniques and sent home with a few bottles of saline solution in a metal can (plastic bottles can allow for bacteria growth). Wood encouraged me to return to him in six weeks so that he could assess the healing – and of course to call or come in sooner if I was to experience any complications. I have not. The healing has been completely painless and complication-free. I could not be happier with the new and improved, blinged-out version of my once unadorned face. It looks and feels natural. I’ve even had to point it out to my closest friends, most of whom have been surprised that I haven’t, in fact, had it all along. 267 Thayer Street, second floor. 272-0345, rockstarpiercing.com. – Erin Swanson

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Rhode Island continues to trample its own reputation in the media By now you’ve no doubt heard about the East Side dustup between Councilman Sam Zurier and residents/constituents Dee Dee and Dr. Gary Witman. In case you’ve missed it, a quick review of the facts: Dee Dee sought out the assistance of her councilman, freshman Democrat Zurier (full disclosure: Zurier is a former columnist for our sister magazine, East Side Monthly), to get the sidewalk in front of her home repaired. Her husband Gary, a prominent physician, was rendered quadriplegic in a freak swimming accident and is wheelchair bound, making the damaged sidewalk an impassable obstacle for him. Zurier rallied to have the repairs done, with the expectation that the Witmans would oblige with a campaign contribution. When that contribution never materialized, Zurier sent the couple a letter expressing his disappointment. Later, the whole affair wound up splashed on the front page of the Sunday Projo and a mini-controversy ensued, with Witman eventually going on Buddy Cianci’s radio show to call for the councilman’s resignation. (A bit of a disingenuous move, since, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay points out in an excellent editorial, Witman herself is no stranger to the quid pro quo world of Rhode Island political fundraising.) In short, a rookie councilman made a rookie mistake. In the process, a city service was rendered to a resident who really needed it and no palms wound up being greased to get it. The real shame here isn’t Zurier’s admittedly boneheaded letter, but that this story managed to find such legs. The time and energy invested in sustaining this tempest in a teacup seems like a waste, particularly when considering the people involved. Zurier is one of the smart-

est and most thoughtful members of City Council, a Yale grad and a Rhodes Scholar in a political body that has more often been populated with wardheeling hucksters. Witman is a reliable and active supporter of the Democratic Party and a skilled fundraiser. The Projo reporters who broke the story, Mike Stanton and Katherine Gregg, are two of the paper’s finest. At a time when so many troubles loom over our city, does Providence really benefit from having people of this caliber bogged

tions do these events have for public policy, or even just the average citizen’s life? What lessons are to be learned from them? Most importantly, how much time, energy and media attention have been poured into them that could have been better invested elsewhere? The ZurierWitman tiff is no different. The best thing anyone involved can do for the city is to simply move on and focus attention on something that really matters. Furthermore, we as residents of

Rhode Island faces big problems right now and we can’t afford to be distracted. down in a minor dispute over ward politics? Rhode Island faces big problems right now and we can’t afford to be distracted by “sexy” controversies – the type that are easy to form an opinion on, make for great sound bites, and carry the faint whiff of corruption, thus lending themselves easily to “gotcha!” journalism – that keep the news cycle churning but are essentially insignificant. In recent months, three news stories from Rhode Island have gotten the most national attention. One is the ongoing struggle of Central Falls – a bleak story indeed, but one that is at least substantive, historic and full of lessons to be learned. The other two: the great “holiday tree” debate and the controversy over Cranston West’s prayer banner. What ramifica-

this state, constituents of our politicians and consumers of our media, need to do the same. Of the myriad problems facing this state, one of the most pervasive is our poor image. Even if we could bring Central Falls, Providence and other struggling communities back from the brink of financial disaster; fix the pension deficit; balance the budget; repair our collapsing infrastructure; amend our complex and oppressive tax code; and much, much more the state will continue to struggle as long we have a reputation for insurmountable problems. By continuing to make big noise over small issues – noise that echoes well beyond our borders – we will do nothing to establish Rhode Island as the charming, resourceful and innovative place it can and should be.

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Over 250 people gathered at The Dorrance to help us honor our “10 to Watch for 2012.” Mayor Taveras stopped by to congratulate our 10 honorees, the Union Street Collective provided music, and we raised $3,000 to help the Providence Community Library.

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Bonus: Give yourself one bonus point for each of the city

The Great

Photography: Jonathan Beller

locations you can identify here

Quiz 3.0

by John Taraborelli illustrations by Alli Coate

How well do you know your city? Providence

and Wikipedia. To keep it fun we’ve included word

is kind of a small town and sometimes it’s easy

searches, scrambles, crosswords and more. It’s the

to feel like you’ve been there, done that, know

most enjoyment you can have while learning.

it all. But before you go putting together an exploratory committee for your mayoral campaign,

Rules: Take the quiz and find the an-

spend a little time with our third biannual Provi-

swers on our website (providenceonline.com). Give

dence quiz. We’re pretty sure this test of knowledge can send even Roger Williams, Buddy Cianci

yourself one point for each correct answer (in the case of questions with multiple answers give yourself one point for each) for a total of 136 possible points.

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History & Notable People 1

According to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Liberty Trees were sites in the original colonies where people would gather to discuss independence from England. To what year does the Providence Liberty Tree date, and where is it located?

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Our friend Ambrose here, a Civil War general and Rhode Island governor whose statue stands proudly in the Kennedy Plaza park that bears his name, is missing something: namely, the unique style of facial hair that is also named for him. Help him out by drawing it in.

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More than a year before the boys in Boston were boarding ships to throw tea off them, Providence residents were burning them down to the water line. Unscramble the answers to the clues about the notorious 1772 Gaspee Affair, then rearrange the highlighted letters to spell the answer to the final question.

a. Corner of Benefit and Benevolent Streets, 1776 b. Intersection of North Main and Olney Streets, 1768 c. South Main Street at Planet Street, 1770 d. India Street, 1772

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You know you’ve made it when you get a street, park or other landmark named after you. Match the following places, all named for real people, to the description of those people: a. Royal Little Drive > b. Billy Taylor Park > c. Dave Gavitt Way > d. John Hay Library > e. Olneyville >

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Stumped? Get the answers at providenceonline.com

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Arts & Culture 3

There are several regularly occurring comedy nights in various venues around the city. Match the show in the left column with its home in the right:

a. Empire Revue > b. Improv Jones > c. Friday Night Live > d. Knock Down Stand Up >

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It goes without saying that RISD grads often go on to noteworthy careers in arts and entertainment. When it comes to Hollywood success, however, Brown might actually boast a better track record. Determine which of these films were directed by RISD grads, and which by Brown, and decide for yourself: The Bourne Identity, Good Will Hunting, Real Genius, Velvet Goldmine, An Inconvenient Truth, Drumline. RISD Brown

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Gallery Night provides a monthly opportunity to scramble around to many of the city’s art galleries in one night, either by self-guided walking tour or hopping on the Art Bus. Unscramble the names of some of the stops on the tour.

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You’d expect one of America’s oldest cities to have its fair share of haunted history, but the undead are also alive and well in modern Providence. Fill in the crossword with the answers to these clues about some of our favorite spooky events.

ACROSS 3. This kid friendly Halloween party happens at the Providence Children’s Museum 4. The name of this jack-o-lantern showcase at Roger Williams Park Zoo is also a good adjective to describe it 6. During a Steel Yard-sponsored 5k road race, villagers chase down this supernatural creature

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Geography & City Life 1

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Looking at a map, it’s surprising to find that though many streets intersect Atwells, very few fully cross it. You can find the names of five streets that do in the crossword below.

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For years, Providence (population: 178,000) was the second largest city in New England. (Boston, with a population of 617,000, is the largest.) As of the 2010 census, what city surpassed it for that distinction with a population of 181,000?

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The five tallest buildings in Providence are the Textron Tower, the Residences at the Westin, the Bank of America Building, One Financial Plaza and the Westin Hotel. Fill in the names below from shortest to tallest.

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Providence has lots of unofficial neighborhoods-within-neighborhoods, like the Armory District, the area within the West End in the shadow of the Armory; and Hope Village, the bustling business district on the north end of Hope Street. Snow Town and Hard Scrabble were two such examples from the past. What were they?

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Need a hint? Find a clue from the hosts of The Rhode Show on providenceonline.com

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Music & Nightlife 1

In the late ‘80s and ‘90s, before Providence became known for noise rock, it boasted a thriving underground power pop scene. Which veteran band of that era recorded an album, Teenage Symphonies to God, that was produced by veteran of the Athens, GA power pop scene Matthew Sweet? a. Velvet Crush b. small factory c. Honeybunch d. Purple Ivy Shadows

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Providence is a metal town, boasting a heavy metal scene that is always just under the radar, but still thriving. Which of the following are real local metal bands, and which ones did we just make up? (Hint: it’s a 50/50 ratio.) a. She Rides b. Howl c. Wülves d. Worms in Women and Cattle

e. Death Confetti f. Villainer g. Killbeard h. Call of Cthulhu

Roots rock and Americana have become the dominant sounds in the Providence music scene over the past several years. Unscramble the names of the following bands that have been at the forefront of that scene, then use the highlighted letters to spell one more. 1. These guys are definitely from the ‘Nited States of…

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2. Though the _____ Lounge only boasted one snake, it could be wild enough to earn its name

5. Fort ______ was never a legal venue, but that didn’t stop it from making a storm of noise

3. It seems like 100 years since the _____ Lounge rocked the Jewelry District

6. This “cafe” has now been reincarnated in Pawtucket

7. No waiting area, this club was inside the old Snookers

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Most bars and clubs in Providence close at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, though six are now allowed to stay open until 3am as part of a pilot program, and a handful must close at midnight because of the neighborhoods they’re in. There are two of each category listed below – sort them by closing time: The Avery, Whiskey Republic, the Point Tavern (formerly Abe’s), Karma, Kartabar, Roxy


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The restaurant industry is notoriously fickle, but some places have staying power. Place these Providence institutions on the timeline below according to the year they opened:

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Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual “America’s Favorite Cities” survey ranked Providence #5 in the country for ethnic food. Use the ethnic foods listed below to fill the name of a corresponding restaurant into the crossword:

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Spike’s Junkyard Dogs is known for its beef hotdogs with creative toppings. Match each signature dog to its description:

a. Texas Ranger > b. Patriot Dog > c. 57 T-Bird > d. German Shepherd > e. Junkyard Dog >

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Providence is rich with Italian history and culture – so much so that even the Irish pubs offer Italian food. Which of the items below is not a real Italian-inspired menu item at a local pub? a. McGinnie Meatball Sub b. Louie’s Favorite Tortellini all Vodka c. The McParm Slider d. The Italiano Chicken Sandwich e. The Italian Stallion Grinder

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From its odd (at least to outsiders) love of pizza strips to being the birthplace of grilled pizza, Providence knows its way around a pie. Two local favorites appeared on GQ’s 2009 list of the 25 Best Pizzas in America. What were they?

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Some like it hot, and restaurants often offer a little extra kick for those who do. Unscramble the names of the signature hot sauces at the following eateries: East Side Pockets: ICUSDEI

a. Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, Bob and Timmy’s b. Pizza with with Prosciutto di Parma and Wild Arugula, Bacaro c. Pepperoni and Cheese, Caserta Pizzeria d. Pizza Alla Vodka, Siena e. Grilled Pizza with Roasted Eggplant, Al Forno f. Pesto and Tomato Pizza, Fellini Pizzeria g. House Made Canadian Bacon Pizza, Julian’s

Poco Loco Taco Truck: LNPAAM Wings N’ Things: OTMCAI Los Andes: OOTOCR

See a video clue from a Rhode Show host at providenceonline.com

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Sports & Leisure

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New PC Friars head coach Ed Cooley is trying to return the basketball program to its glory days. Through the years, several PC alums have gone on to the NBA. Fill in the name of each player on his jersey: Austin Croshere, Marshon Brooks, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Gomes

How many golf courses are there within Providence city limits, and how many of them are 18 holes?

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Both the Providence Kickball League and Providence Roller Derby are known as much for the unique character of their teams as they are for the competitive action. Which of the teams listed here play kickball, and which play roller derby? 99 Problems, Riveters, Old Money Honeys, Ze French Revenge, Stilettos, Killah Bees, Zomboree, Mob Squad

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Teams names in the Providence Downcity Bocce League tend toward the ridiculous and never shy away from a pun. Though PM doesn’t have a bocce team (yet), it shouldn’t stop us from getting in on the fun. Which of the following two teams did we just make up? a. b. c. d. e. f. g.

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The Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path passes many city parks on its way up the river. Which of these parks is not crossed by it? a. Waterplace Park b. Merino Park c. Riverside Park d. Joslin Park e. Donigian Park

The Rhode Show’s video clue at providenceonline.com will show you the correct path.

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As of August 2011, the five largest employers in Providence are Women and Infants Hospital, Providence School Department, Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital and the City of Providence. Put them in order from smallest to largest.

Providence boasts an increasing number of young, high-tech startup companies. Though you may not have heard of them (yet), use the clues to unscramble their names and find out what they do.

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An online subscription service that delivers men’s socks and underwear to your home: SNPCMAKA

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A cheerful company that “promotes optimism” by selling t-shirts that pay for clothing for children in need: YYSHPMAPRSTI

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2500 employees A customer loyalty service for businesses that rewards customers for swiping their credit cards: PEYLWIS 4200 employees

A job search website to connect college students to part-time jobs and internships: ZJBOLE

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Which one of the following national brands was not founded in Providence? a. b. c. d. e. f.

Citizens Bank Ocean State Job Lot Capital Grille Monster Mini-Golf AT Cross Amica Insurance

Out of 39 Rhode Island cities and towns, where does Providence rank in terms of median household income?

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Find answers, clues and how to turn this quiz into a drinking game at providenceonline.com

Scoring 0-34 points Are you new here? Welcome to Providence. The city was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams as a haven for religious freedom. See also: NY System wieners, Brown and RISD, Providence Place Mall, blah blah blah. Talk to us after your first WaterFire.

35-68 Thanks for making the trip in from Cranston/Johnston/Warwick/Barrington/etc. to check out a show at PPAC. We assume you’ve already got a reservation on the Hill. Buon appetito!

69-102 Hey, didn’t we see you waiting outside Julian’s for a table at brunch last weekend? You know we can tell you about a great little place around the corner that’s a little less crowded…

103-136 You again? Man, we see you everywhere. You didn’t tell those other three guys about this place did you? Oh, good. Anyway, let us buy you a drink.

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1. I got this statue in Nepal. It’s a style of woodcutting that’s particular to that area of Kathmandu. I went to this little hovel and I saw all of these pieces being cut by a woodworker. It was $12, but it’s priceless to me. 2. That was my grandmother’s mirror. It was in her home in Providence for years. It’s probably from the ‘60s. It’s weird, because it always makes everyone looks really beautiful. It’s almost rose colored. 3. This is a water aerator (that they use to make seltzer) from the 1920s. I found it in a flea market in Buenos Aires when I was looking for jewelry inspiration. 4. This is a pasta maker. My maternal great grandmother brought it over on the boat from southern Italy. Somehow it survived the trip. I found it in my grandfather’s house – it was one of the few things he still had from her. 5. My dog Aggie is part poodle and part Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She’s my baby. She’s always with me at my studio (at Hope Artiste Village). She pretty much goes everywhere with me. jessicariccijewelry.com

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How can others create a wallet-conscious closet? Be a consignor at a local shop because it’s a good way to turn over your stuff, make a little more money and put that towards new finds. Consignment stores are great because you can score things that are new with tags for less than 50 percent of the retail price. Even better: pick out some of the wealthier suburbs and go to those consignment stores. You have to be willing to travel. Outlet versions of your favorite stores are good and you can also get on e-mail distribution lists. What do you splurge on? I like to put the money that I save towards experiences, like traveling. I’ve been to some amazing cities and when I’m there I don’t give a second thought to purchasing clothing because you will never find it anywhere else. One of my most special pieces is this beautiful coat that was made to my measurements and mailed to me by a woman whom I met at a street fair in Berlin.

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Kickboxing was my workout of choice back in the day – meaning the early 2000s – when I faithfully punched and roundhouse kicked my way to a pretty lean and mean body, if I do say so myself. Then I started running in order to add some crosstraining to my workout routine. I found that there was truth in the term “runner’s high,” and I soon became hooked on that feeling, trading in my kickboxing gloves for running shoes. Every once in awhile, though, I would fondly remember my sculpted kickboxing-era shoulders and abs. So, I was very happy to get the chance to dust off my gloves and throw some hooks and uppercuts at the newly-opened RI Martial Arts school in North Providence. I’ll admit that I was a little nervous when I showed up for kickboxing class. It was to be my first in almost a decade and my instructor, Kyoshi Rick Wilmott, came with some pretty serious credentials: he’s a World Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee and he holds black belts in 10 different martial arts systems. This guy is the master – literally. At RI Martial Arts, Wilmott teaches authentic martial arts to kids, teens and adults, but decided to also offer kickboxing because it’s a high-intensity workout that helps people feel empowered. “With kickboxing there’s

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used in martial arts. I was pleasantly surprised that getting back into kickboxing was much like riding a bike; I hadn’t forgotten the basics and I felt right at home jabbing, bobbing and weaving my way through class. I welcomed the stress relief (oh yes, and the workout) I got from punching and kicking a heavy bag for an hour. There were a couple of beginners in my class, and Wilmott was attentive and encouraging to everyone, offering guidance on technique when

needed, and high fives all around after each set – or, as close as one can get to high fiving while wearing kickboxing gloves. A few days after class I could still feel the soreness in my shoulders and abs - the kind that only shows up when you’ve neglected working on certain muscle groups for a little too long. It looks like kickboxing is making a comeback in my workout repertoire. 1385 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence. 383-3990, rhodeislandmartialarts.com.

FIT NEWS We may live in a digital world, but sometimes it just feels good to put pen to paper, particularly when it comes to setting goals. Róisín “Ro” McGettigan, a Providence resident and PC alum and fellow professional runner Lauren “Lo” Fleshman have created  the Believe I Am Training Journal for this very reason, as they have seen, first hand, a training journal’s power in helping set and achieve personal goals. The

journal features motivational musings and cheeky designs by the creators themselves.  “Each section is illustrated, written and crafted with a great deal of heart and sincerity,” says McGettigan. believeiam.com. We often take for granted the fact that we can move. Unfortunately, there are many people who can’t because of a disease called ALS. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive motor neurone disease that robs people of the ability

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There are so many benefits to incorporating a healthy amount of chocolate into your life. First off, there’s the enjoyment that comes from eating it. Then there are all of the health claims associated with chocolate: as a mood booster, as a source of cancer-preventing antioxidants, and as a heart-healthy treat that has been found to lower both cholesterol and blood pressure. (Look it up. If you trust WebMD to diagnose your weird itch as definitely cancer, then you can trust it to justify your chocolate habit, too.) But for me, chocolate was always just chocolate - until now. Spa services that incorporate chocolate are popping up in Providence, and on one of the few snowy days we had this winter, I headed to Hairspray Salon for my sweetest spa day yet. I had been past the subterranean Wickenden Street salon countless times, but had never really taken note of the place before. It turns out that Hairspray, and owner Luz Pray, have interesting stories to tell. Though the salon has been around for over a decade, Luz has recently transformed the space into an art gallery as well, hosting exhibits on a near-monthly basis. During my visit, Luz explained that the gallery side of Hairspray has become so popular that people come in off the street just to take in the artwork and jewelry on display, all of which is for sale, and almost all of which sells out during a given exhibit. I headed upstairs to the day spa to experience my first chocolate facial and body wrap. We started with the wrap, which involved me getting dirty with a lady named Barbara. Wait, that sounds wrong. Really, it was me having my entire

body painted with a luxurious, mineralrich compound, mostly comprising fancy things from the Dead Sea… and a lot of mud. Barbara then wrapped me in a giant, heated foil packet, in which I roasted (in a good way) while she gave me the facial. She went through process after process: cleansing, steaming, extraction and a chemical peel. After my face was finished, I got out of my foil cocoon and headed to the spa shower to uncake myself of the mud that was now baked on to my skin. When I got back on the table, I couldn’t help but wonder: where was all the chocolate? Barbara explained that while chocolate does have a lot of benefits, the only real benefit of it being applied to the skin is the aromatherapeutic aspect. Smelling chocolate makes people happier, and, she explained while she was rubbing my back and legs with chocolate raspberry body oil, there’s no better time to give people an extra boost of happiness than during a relaxing spa service. While I had envisioned having my face painted with actual chocolate, this was a much better, more enjoyable experience for me. I know it’s a betrayal of womankind to say this, but I don’t like chocolate very much, and the idea of being painted into a human candy mold wasn’t so exciting to me. This service incorporated another kind of decadence without the novelty-for-novelty’s sake present in so many frivolous spa treatments. After I was finished, Barbara gave me a piece of chocolate and sent me back out into the snow, feeling totally refreshed and smelling delicious. The opening for the Cumberland Alliance’s show at Hairspray is March 24 from 7-9pm. hairspraysalonprovidence.com

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What’s your role at The Fire Brick Oven Pizza and Bar? I’m the Corporate Executive Chef for the Atwells Restaurant Group. I oversee Fire, Providence Prime and Providence Oyster Bar. My job at these three restaurants is primarily management, but I spend the summers on Block Island at the Spring House Hotel, where I’m more hands-on in the kitchen. It’s a good balance for me. How would you describe The Fire’s philosophy? Regional Italian cooking, made in-house from scratch. We put a lot of value in fresh ingredients. For example, we cook all pasta “a la minute” - to order - instead of pre-cooking and reheating it in sauce, as many restaurants do. A specialty is our wood-fired oven.

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Tell me about that brick oven. It’s a Wood Stone oven from California – a combination oven that’s both wood and gas powered. In a wood-only oven, when you add food, it absorbs the heat and brings down the temperature. The addition of gas keeps the heat high and consistent. Our oven stays at over 800 degrees all day; it’s burning from 10am until midnight. Of course we use the oven for our pizzas, but we also cook several of our appetizers and entrees in there. We even use it for prep, such as for roasting the peppers and sausage for sides and pizza toppings. What makes your pizza special? All of it: the pizza dough to the toppings to the ingredients. We use Caputo flour, which is finer grained and higher in gluten – it gives the pizza a crispier dough. We don’t overload it with any one ingredient, so it’s unlike the super cheesy pizza you get at most chains. The toppings are minimal and well-balanced (so the sauce, cheese and toppings don’t overwhelm each other) and create a cohesive whole. Using the wood oven gets the dough much hotter. Our pizzas are cooked within 90 seconds, two minutes tops. This cooks the pizza unevenly – which is actually desired. Some parts of the pizza are almost charred, which gives it a great flavor. What are some of the non-pizza specialties at The Fire? Definitely our pastas, because they’re

cooked to order with high quality pasta, fresh water and good sauces. Our number one selling entree is Rigatoni Insaccati, which features fresh ground veal sausage blended with a nutmeg cream sauce with crimini mushrooms, green peas and Asiago cheese, finished with a hint of crushed red pepper and basil. Another popular choice is the Gnocchi Sorrento. It’s made with a three-cheese pink sauce and baked in the wood oven. Aside from pasta, another popular choice is the Wood Roasted Lemon Chicken, prepared Tuscan style. It’s a split and quartered whole chicken with hints of rosemary, lemon, white wine and garlic, served with charred bell peppers and roasted red bliss potatoes. All parts of this dish, including the sides, are prepared in the wood oven. What’s one of your favorite local suppliers? We buy our chicken from Buffoni’s in Johnston. If you want to taste their chicken, try the Wood Roasted Lemon Chicken or come by on Sunday night, when we have an all-you-can-eat Tuscan chicken dinner, also roasted in the wood oven. The Sunday night dinner is really affordable. We try to keep the prices low because we want to be a neighborhood restaurant. How did you get your start in the food industry? Like most chefs, I found my way to the food industry through a summer job, working for my father who was running a country club on the north shore of Boston. Like a lot of people, I started

as a dishwasher... after a few months, someone doesn’t show up for work, and before you know it, they hand you a knife and you’re doing prep. At some point, I realized I liked working in the restaurant industry and wanted to continue to culinary school, so I went to Johnson & Wales. I liked the cooking, working late and sleeping late in the morning. Before I was 21, I couldn’t go to the bar, so my late nights at work became my entertainment. I found camaraderie and a place for myself. And a night life that wasn’t sitting in someone’s parents’ basement. Who were your early food influences? My family. I remember my grandmother making polenta at the kitchen table and my grandfather bringing in squirrels from the backyard. Growing up, my father and I would watch all the PBS cooking shows together – chefs like Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. When I graduated from Johnson & Wales, Julia Child was our main graduation day speaker, so it all came full circle.

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By Linda Bealieu

Fit for a King

The crown of the Jewelry district Paul Shire, who landed on the Providence restaurant scene more than 20 years ago, is in the kitchen again – this time at The ROI, a new supper club beneath the sidewalk in the space where the old Century Lounge used to reside. Shire has many fans who fell in love with his food first at the original DownCity Diner and then at Oak on Hope Street. Shire ended up selling his interest in both those restaurants to take a break and do some traveling. Now, with his batteries fully recharged, he’s cooking again, and the Providence restaurant scene is all the better for it. I’m slowly working my way through the menu at The ROI, having had lunch and dinner there on several occasions. For appetizers, the best of the bunch is the Polenta Fries ($8.95). Traditional cornmeal polenta is sliced into thick planks, much like steak fries, then fried in olive oil. A stack of these fries is served with a spicy marinara sauce and a generous sprinkle of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Somewhat delicate, the larger fries tend to break into pieces. When “the girls” got together for a recent lunch, we politely ate every crumb. I liked the Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders ($9.95), especially when dipped into the tangy blackberry glaze. The Fire Grilled Large Shrimp ($12.95) were drizzled with pesto, and I would have liked a little more for dipping. Every bite had that certain crunch you want in properly cooked shrimp. The Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings ($8.95) were plump and meaty. The accompanying mango glaze helped to douse the fire on my lips. A friend said that the Pulled Pork & Jack Cheese Quesadilla ($10.95) was greasy, but that was not my experience. The pork

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is slow cooked, shredded, and mixed with a smoky barbecue sauce. With a bit of the house salsa and some sour cream, it was a Cinco de Mayo party in my mouth. Another appetizer possibility, if you care to share, is the Margherita Pizza ($12.95). This pie is so good, however, you’ll want the whole thing for yourself. The hand-stretched, fire-grilled pizza shell is topped with simple, classic Italian ingredients: fresh plum tomatoes, shredded fresh mozzarella, and a chiffonade of fresh basil (red, white and green – the colors of the Italian flag). Fresh is the operative word here. One day at lunch, I thoroughly enjoyed the Seafood Chowder ($4.95) with its unmistakable ocean-fresh taste in every mouthful and the hint of fresh dill. I was told it’s made from scratch with local clams. On the salad side of things, The ROI Salad ($8.95) is a winner with its sweet, tangy and tart components – a mix of greens with dried cranberries, goat cheese, candied pecans and cider vinaigrette. That pulled pork (in the quesadilla) makes an encore appearance in the Pulled Pork Sandwich ($10.95), served on ciabatta bread with a side of fries. The French fries are fine, but I recommend upgrading to the Sweet Potato Fries for something special. The fries are all served in cute little metal baskets, miniature versions of what the fries are cooked inside back in the kitchen. The queen of the sandwiches is the Open Faced Meatloaf ($10.95), which would make the Grilled Filet Sandwich ($12.95) the king. The meatloaf is one of Chef Shire’s signature dishes, dating back to his years at the much-missed DownCity Diner. Shire makes one heck of

The roI Salad

a meatloaf using all-natural ground beef, rolled oats and his secret seasonings. For the sandwich version, a thick slice of the meatloaf is pan-fried and served open face on house-made focaccia. It is drizzled with gravy spiked with a bit of Jack Daniel’s Kentucky bourbon, then crowned with an abundance of delicate fried onion crisps. As an entrée, two slices of the meatloaf are served along with creamy mashed potatoes and more of that gravy with a kick ($15.95). Of the two burgers ($9.95 to $10.95) I’ve tried, one was perfectly okay and the other was magnificent. The former was topped with a generous slice of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and red onions (there’s that Italian flag again). The latter was the Greek Burger, which will always tempt me. This is one of those dishes that I have added to my list of “the best things I ever ate.” The half-pound of ground beef was cooked to a medium state of doneness, as I requested, then topped with an almost ridiculous amount of feta cheese and kalamata olives. I loved every bite. All the burgers are served on Kaiser rolls with fries and a pickle spear. The most expensive dish on the menu is the Fire-Grilled Choice Filet ($23.99), a beautiful cut of tender, flavorful meat with an herb crust and a Chianti demi glaze. Mashed potatoes complete the plate. Another wonderful main course is the Herbes de Provence Salmon Filet ($18.95), which makes healthy eating so easy. The boneless salmon is encrusted with seven herbs and served atop a creamy mushroom risotto with a side of zesty citrus butter. The dessert menu is pretty straightforward – Apple Crisp, Tiramisu, Chocolate

Cake and New York Cheesecake ($5.95 each). The most creative offering is the Cinnamon Maple Bread Pudding, a warm and sweet concoction that blends coffee cake and custard resulting in something like French toast with a walnut topping. Clearly the food at The ROI is very good – as hip and cool as the décor of this subterranean restaurant. Dark and sexy, The ROI has a long, inviting bar where creative cocktails are a specialty. The tables and chairs, and a few booths, are the color of dark chocolate. Amber sconces and bright red pendant lighting brighten the intimate dining room. An interesting city skyline decorates one wall, while other walls have iridescent panels. So what is the significance of the name? Shire explains that “ROI” has multiple meanings beginning with “return on investment.” It also stands for the name of Shire’s financial partner, Paul Roidoulis. And it is the French word for “king.” Shire says everyone will be treated like royalty at his new restaurant. Indeed. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state.

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on the go: grilled cheese. Fancheezical hit the road on February 18 and will be making the usual rounds of Downcity, farmer’s markets, college campuses and special events. Co-owner Guy Shaffer promises lots of familiar and creative takes on the classic, including organic, vegan and gluten-free versions, and imported and artisanal cheeses – “Everything from nouveau-gourmet to the kind your Mom used to make,” he notes, adding, “Plus some delicious takes on tomato soup.” The truck itself rolls into town with a storied past. The old Chevy spent years as the canteen truck for a fire department in New Hampshire, so it’s no stranger to dispensing comfort food to hungry crowds. Later, it became the delivery truck for an organic farm on Martha’s Vineyard. After a ferry ride back to the mainland and a complete renovation – including four coats of cheddar cheese yellow paint – it’s ready to take on a new life. Fancheezical will offer thoughtfully made classics like the Old School, which melts sharp cheddar blended with Colby jack and a pinch of asiago onto crusty Italian bread, as well as more gussied up versions like the BBQ, with pulled pork and a secret cheese blend on rye. There will also be daily specials and, of course, you can build your own from a range of fixings: several kinds of cheese, including vegan options; six

kinds of bread; toppings like bacon, ham, jalapenos and pesto. So why does the food truck trend just keep rolling? “More than ever we are a mobile society in high-gear, and even though many of us are on tight budgets we still have to eat,” says Shaffer. “Our niche is healthy, comfort food that’s still fast and affordable – the best of both worlds.” Visit fancheezical.com for menu and locations. MORe CHANGeS ON THe HILL Last month we mentioned some of the new openings on Federal Hill. There seem to be quite a lot of changes afoot for the last winter and early spring, however. The folks behind the venerable Andino’s (171 Atwells Ave.) are working on a second location, Andino Jr.’s Appetizers Plus, at 301 Atwells, the former home of Gallery 17 Peck. The restaurant will focus on appetizers and dessert. Another Federal Hill mainstay, Ricotti’s (133 Atwells), has closed, and the new Wise Guys Deli will take over. It’s another piece in the restaurant empire of Gianfranco Marrocco, proprietor of Mediterraneo, Caffe Dolce Vita and Geppetto’s, among others. Cup n’ Rol (262 Atwells) has now become Café Nook and 295 (295 Atwells) has closed. Finally, The Grande is opening in the space that was Forbidden City Tea Room (224 Atwells), which was closed last year after a fighting incident. No details yet.

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Dean Martin’s “Martin

Burgers,” circa 1967, famously epitomize the Rat Pack’s swagger in all its cholesterol-and-cirrhosis-defying, testosterone-laden charm. Form one pound of ground beef into patties. Salt and grill, four minutes per side, he advised. “Pour chilled bourbon in chilled shot glass and serve meat and bourbon on a TV tray.” Some 40 years later, America has transitioned from an era of meat-and-booze to one of meaty booze. No longer content to let meat and spirits share tray space, bartenders and drinkers have smashed them together in a glut of outlandish packages: infused liquors, meat-based cocktails and far messier gimmicks like the “bone luge.” (We’ll get to that.) Consider it a new variation on the liquid lunch: entertaining, sublime and downright wrong. To cut to the bloody-rare heart, a mash-up of meat and booze symbolizes rebellion against the teetotaling vegan, a figure universally reviled among Bacchanalians. For pleasure-hunters, to refuse meat or booze is a choice of self and health over camaraderie and pleasure. To refuse meat and booze is an offense that begs epicurean counterattack. At mid-century, Rat Packers renounced prim prohibition conventions with hefty steaks and bone-dry martinis. Then, beginning with the “fat wash” in the early 21st century, neo-boozehounds upped the ante by narrowing the distance between plate and glass. Essentially, a fat wash requires melting salty, fatty things like bacon or even lard into a spirit, chilling until hardened, and straining solids to leave meat flavor without meat’s mess. Arguably, this meaty downward spiral’s nadir is the bone luge, which began in Portland’s hipstersaturated scene as an ironic rejoinder to the fratty ice luge. Whereas ice lugers slurp cheap liquor from tacky ice sculptures, bone lugers sip top-shelf liquor through a piece of marrow bone (after first hollowing

out the marrow itself with a dainty silver spoon). A cheaper, avowedly anti-aesthete option can be found in the “t-boning” offshoot, which nods to Bronco Jesus – er, Tim Tebow – and red state-approved cuts of beef. In this iteration, any form of brown liquor, and perhaps any liquor at all in a pinch, is funneled down a steak’s aftermath into a Tebow-positioned subject. Debates about the trend tend to

focus on issues of class and humor. Is all this costly drinking as out of touch with Middle America as Mitt Romney? Is it funny and fun, or humorless and hipper-than-thou? Yet these questions miss the central point that often, meaty booze just doesn’t taste good. Rarely does meaty booze match the pleasures of meat and booze, Dean Martin-style, or even time-tested boozy meats like coq au vin or beef bourguignon. No concept should trump taste. Thankfully, Providence appears safe from a bone luge-augured collapse into silliness. Marrow dishes are still uncommon here, and one can hardly imagine local restaurants hopping on the bone-to-cocktail bandwagon just yet. More importantly, as brunchers at Harry’s Bar & Burger can attest, we

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have a much-preferable way to merge meat and booze in the restaurant’s wildly popular Bacon Bloody Mary. Hardly a paragon of subtlety, the drink boasts threefold bacon: an infused vodka base, small flecks in the drink itself, and a full strip as a swizzle stick. “The swizzle stick almost wasn’t necessary,” a patron remarked, “but I’ll never say no to bacon.” I’ve heard it described in hyperbolic terms as “inspired,” “a beautiful experience,” and “the best Bloody Mary I’ve ever had.” Put simply, it works… and then some. Partially, its success owes to great care. Harrison “Harry” Elkhay, Harry’s eponymous bar maven, tinkered with the formula until he perfected it. First came the vodka, which required testing types of bacon, degrees of browning, steeping time, and so on. Then came the classic Bloody Mary foundation, which had to be tweaked just so to match the bacon. Ultimately, Elkhay settled on a ratio of tomato juice, horseradish and other seasonings that stood up to bacon’s meatiness without becoming too much altogether. In a way, too, Elkhay found a loophole in the rule against meaty booze by choosing a drink that’s a meal and a cocktail in one. Meat simply makes more sense in it. “Everything has its place,” he concedes, stating that bacon suits a Bloody Mary but isn’t wildly versatile behind the bar. Outside brunch hours, patrons can get their slices on a burger or with a beer or bourbon, on the side. Hold the TV tray, please.

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BOMBAy CLUB 145 Dean St.; 2736363. Taste authentic North Indian cuisine in the cozy atmosphere of Bombay Club. The extensive menu includes Indian specialties such as lamb, seafood, vegetables and more. Weekends offer a lunch buffet. LD $-$$

ASIAN BISTRO 123 Dorrance St.; 383-3551. Chinese, Japanese and Thai, hibachi and sushi – they’re all under one roof at Asian Bistro. For the freshest flavors in a convenient downtown location, this is the place. LD $-$$$

BRAVO BRASSeRIe 123 Empire St.; 490-5112. 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 $$-$$$

ASIAN PALACe 1184 North Main St.; 228-7805. All the flavors of Asia are here: from Chinese classics to new Thai favorites to fresh, impeccably

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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 $-$$ HARUKI eAST 172 Wayland Ave.; 223-0332. For authentic Japanese dining, try Haruki’s large variety of sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, soba noodles and delicious specialty entrees. Enjoy the chic atmosphere and the freshest sushi around. LD $-$$$

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HeMeNWAy’S 121 South Main St.; 351-8570. A true Providence classic, Hemenway’s has been serving topnotch seafood for 20 years. Their oyster bar features everything from the famed Prince Edward Island variety to the local favorite, Poppasquash Point. LD $$-$$$ JACKy’S WATeRPLACe 200 Exchange St.; 383-5000. Experience sushi, Chinese and Japanese food, noodles and much more in a stunning atmosphere, right in the heart of Waterplace Park. Sip an exotic drink while taking in the spectacular view. LD $-$$$ KARTABAR 284 Thayer St.; 331-8111. This European-style restaurant and lounge offers a full menu of unique dishes such as Champagne Sea Bass and Gorgonzola-stuffed Filet Mignon. They also offer a gourmet wine list and martini menu. LD $-$$ LUXe BURGeR BAR 5 Memorial Blvd.; 621-5893. Luxe brings the classic burger to a new level. Their build your own burger list, which includes Kobe and Gold Labeled beef, never ends, with countless combinations. LD $-$$ MCFADDeN’S ReSTAURANT AND SALOON 52 Pine St.; 861-1782. Looking

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for a great sports bar that also offers top-notch dining? Look no further. For game night, a quality lunch or dinner, or a great after-work cocktail, stop by McFadden’s. LD $-$$

foods with eclectic flare. The menu also includes creative pasta dishes and, of course, the signature rotisserie meats for which Parkside is famous. LD $-$$

MILLS TAVeRN 101 North Main St., 272-3331. The only restaurant in RI to receive The Mobile Four Star Award for five consecutive years, Mills Tavern provides traditional American cuisine in a warm, friendly setting. LD $$-$$$

ReD STRIPe 465 Angell St.; 4376950. It’s classic comfort food with French influences. From their Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup to ten styles of Moules & Frites, Red Stripe’s menu is reasonably priced and made with passion. LD $-$$$

MUMU 220 Atwells Ave.; 369-7040. A Chinese restaurant with a hip urban feel and friendly, welcoming service. Serving up lunch specials and signature dishes at dinner, this spot is sure to please, seven days a week. LD $-$$

RICK’S ROADHOUSe 370 Richmond St.; 272-7675. With hand-cut, fire kissed steaks, gut busting burgers and fall off the bone ribs, Rick’s brings the best slow-cooked cuisine to the Ocean State. LD $-$$

NeW RIVeRS 7 Steeple St.; 7510350. Long considered one of Providence’s finest restaurants, the James Beard Award-nominated New Rivers serves creative New American cuisine with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients in an intimate setting. D $$-$$$ NOT JUST SNACKS 833 Hope St.; 831-1150. Indeed, it’s not just snacks, but rather some of the tastiest, most authentic Indian food around served in a comfortable, homey setting right in the heart of Hope Street. LD $-$$

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OPA 244 Atwells Ave.; 351-8282. Visit Lebanon for dinner. Select from a menu of authentic dishes or let the chef prepare a platter of 12 “mezza” items ranging from salads to seafood to grilled meats. D $$-$$$ PARKSIDe 76 South Main St.; 3310003. Chef/owner Steven Davenport offers innovative and classic

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RUe BIS 95 South St.; 490-9966. This intimate eatery provides breakfast and lunch in a cozy, neighborhood bistro atmosphere – all with the gourmet pedigree of Hope Street dining staple Rue De L’Espoir behind it. BBrL $ RUe De L’eSPOIR 99 Hope St.; 7518890. In business for over 30 years, the Rue has only gotten better. Beautifully prepared with the freshest ingredients, the innovative, constantly changing menu keeps diners on their toes. Superb brunch. BBrLD $$-$$$ 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

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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 $-$$ THe ROI 150 Chestnut St.; 272-2161. Located in the charming Jewelry District, Chef Paul Shire’s 21st-century supper club serves up hot food and cool music. Modern day comfort food is always on the menu, as is a sleek bar and casual but hip surroundings. LD $$-$$$ TRATTORIA ZOOMA 245 Atwells Ave.; 383-2002. Located on historic Federal Hill, Zooma offers award winning Neapolitan cuisine in a beautiful, upscale setting, specializing in house made pasta, local fish, meats, vegetables and authentic wood fired pizza.LD $$-$$$ XO CAFé 125 North Main St.; 2739090. XO Café celebrates fine food, wine and funky art. Featuring a seductive atmosphere, outmatched by playfully composed dishes inspired by natural/local ingredients. BRD $$-$$$

East bay BILLy’S 286 Maple Ave., Barrington; 289-2888. Billy’s creates a warm, inviting family atmosphere and ensures the finest quality ingredients in everything from fresh salads to juicy burgers to pizzas and Italian entrees. Full bar available. D $-$$ Le CeNTRAL 483 Hope St.; 3969965. Enjoy a variety of classic French staples from Coq au Vin and Croque Monsieur, to North African tajines in an intimate setting. They also offer a gourmet wine list. BrLD $-$$$

South County eLeVeN FORTy NINe ReSTAURANT 1149 Division St, (Warwick/East Greenwich line); 884-1149. 965 Fall River Ave., Seekonk; 508-336-1149. Metropolitan chic comes to the suburbs at this super stylish restaurant with a raw bar, outstanding menu, and some of the best cocktails around. LD $$-$$$ SIeNA CUCINA 5600 Post Rd., East Greenwich; 885-8850. Siena features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere, plus over 20 wines by the glass and an Italian “tapas” menu. D $$-$$$

North THe LOCALS 11 Waterman Ave., North Providence; 231-2231. Have a taste of locally grown food from an extensive menu at reasonable prices. The Locals offers live music and a great sense of being a part of the neighborhood. BLD $-$$ RASOI 727 East Ave., Pawtucket; 728-5500. Rasoi, Hindi for “kitchen,” is the fruition of a dream by Chef Sanjiv Dhar to balance healthy food, personalized service and Indian culture. Featuring a full bar and famous weekend buffet. LD $-$$

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female power. Inspired both by the ancient JudeoChristian-Islamic history of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gathering spaces and by the novel of the same name, The Red Tent is an event in which women can gather to share ideas and celebrate all that is female. Spas, salons and wellness practitioners from around the state will offer hairstyling, manicures, facials, makeup application, massage, reiki, laughter yoga, belly dancing, reflexology and henna tattooing. There will also be an international marketplace with 30 vendors selling unique wares, and much

more. All proceeds benefit the RI Crisis Assistance Center, a local organization working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Immediately after the event, Eve Enslerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Vagina Monologues will be performed. Tickets for the play are sold separately and include a dessert buffet. This day of pampering is for women only. Sorry, boys. March 4. $20 event admission, tickets sold at the door. 9am-4pm. $25 play admission, tickets sold at the door or online at rimonologues.com. 4:30pm. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. 714-2388, redtentri.com.

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This Month March 1 The first Thursday of every month is Music Thursday at The RISD Museum of Art. Enjoy live music, snacks and a cash bar in the grand gallery. This month’s event will feature the Duke Robillard Trio. The museum is now open until 9pm every Thursday. Free with museum admission. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $3 youth (5-18) and college students with ID. 5:30-8pm. 224 Benefit Street, Providence. risdmuseum.org. March 1-18 The Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA programs will present two plays in rotating repertory: Waiting for Godot and Venus. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is one of the most important theatrical works of the 20th century. Venus, penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Susan-Lori Parks, is a look at the treatment of women and minorities. Tickets are available online, by phone or at the Trinity Rep box office. $10 general admission, $5 students. Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Providence. 351-4242, trinityrep.com. March 2 Every first Friday of the month, there will be an open mic night of Spoken Word Poetry at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. Come out and showcase your spoken word talents. 7-9pm. 265 Oxford Street, Providence. 785-2320, nonviolenceinstitute.org. March 2-3 Twin River’s Catch a Rising Star comedy club is known for attracting national acts. This month catch Theo Von, who you may recognize from NBC’s Last Comic Standing or MTV’s Road Rules. Von brings southern charm and wit to his rants about his dysfunctional family and upbringing in rural Louisiana. $22. 8pm Friday, 8pm and 10pm Saturday. 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. 723-3200, twinriver.com. March 3 The Throttles will perform at the Ratskeller, inside the German Club. The Throttles are from Newport and have an eclectic sound, playing rock with an upright bass, bringing a unique vibe to their live shows. Free. 8pm doors. 78 Carter Avenue, Pawtucket. gacsri.org.

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March 3- April 15 Come to the Roots Café to learn the basics at the Blues Guitar Workshop. This five-class workshop runs on Saturdays from March 10 to April 7 and will culminate in a final recital on April 15. Students must bring their own instruments. $120. Saturdays, 10:30amnoon. Sign up by emailing funkgit@ gmail.com. 276 Westminster. 272-7422, rootscafeprovidence.com. March 7 Farm Fresh Rhode Island is hosting the 2nd Annual CSA Fair for all those interested in learning more about Community Supported Agriculture, a prepaid subscription to a farm’s produce for the season. It’s a chance to ask questions and shop around for the CSA that’s right for you. Most give a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruit and sometimes even eggs and meat. 4-6pm. The Greenhouse at the Wintertime Farmers Market inside Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 312-4250. March 9 Break out your old school TMBG bracelet and head to Lupos to check out They Might Be Giants. The elusive band’s most recent LP Join Us was recorded over nine months in New York City and features blazing electronic rock. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. $25 advance, $30 day of. 79 Washington Street. 331-5876, lupos.com. March 15 The Yellow Peril Gallery presents #occupy, a group exhibition featuring artwork inspired by the Occupy movement to launch the 2012 Gallery Night season in Providence. The showing will integrate art with technology such as augmented reality tattoos, real-time tweets cast upon walls, and chairs with voices. Yes, you heard us right. 5-9pm. 60 Valley Street #5, Providence. 8611535, yellowperilgallery.com. March 15-24 The Strange Attractor Theatre presents A Terrific Fire, a new play that’s been developed with help from artists and audiences in Providence, Juneau and Philadelphia. The theatre welcomes audiences to watch both the play and the rehearsals, which are unique in that they are created without starting from a script. Check

Playwright Peter Nachtrieb

The Big Bang March 8- April 8: Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb is about a young woman who shows up to a young man’s campus laboratory to answer an online dating ad that promises “sex to change the course of the world.” What begins as one hell of an awkward blind date morphs into one riot of a masterful event. The play takes place in one room and has just three characters – still, it is anything but dull. Instead, it’s dark and poignant and witty; it speaks to those of us (read: all of us) who ponder the meaning of life… and of death. This sharp, doomsday comedy was developed right here in Rhode Island at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre and explores themes including homosexuality and human survival. Nachtrieb, a writer who studied both theatre and biology, develops his devilish dialogue almost effortlessly, as if this play was written with as much exertion as he spends on breathing the air. This imaginative show runs March 8- April 8 at The Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket. Catch it while you can. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 723-4266, gammtheatre.org.


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out both at AS220’s newly revamped performance space, 95 Empire. 8pm Thur-Sat, 2pm Sun. $15 at the door. 95 Empire Street, Providence. strangeattractortheatre.org. March 16 Home is wherever you are. At least that’s what Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers seems to think. Come check out their version of American rock and roll – steeped in tradition but with a modern twist. $15. Doors 8pm, show 8:30pm. The Met, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005, themetri.com. March 16-17 You’ve seen him on Sex and the City and you’ve heard him on The Howard Stern Show. Be prepared to bust a gut as comedian Craig Gass takes the stage for two nights of laugh out loud fun. Shows at 8pm and 10:15pm. The Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. 438-8383, ricomedyconnection.com. March 18 Join the Providence Art Club at their Opening Reception for two new exhibitions during the month of March, the 14th Annual Fidelity Investments Open Juried Exhibition: Growth at the Maxwell Mays Gallery, and Beverly Thomas and Marion Wilner: Color in Context at the Dodge House Gallery. 2-4pm, 11 Thomas Street, Providence. 331-1114, providenceartclub.org. March 18 The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is teaming up with the P-Bruins to raise money for research and celebrate MS Awareness Week, March 11-18. Join them for an afternoon game in which our hometown heros battle the Springfield Falcons. Advance ticket purchase required. Call 738-8383 or go online to nationalmssociety.org/rir to purchase. 4:05pm. Dunkin’ Donuts Center, One LaSalle Square. March 20 Chef Walter Potenza teaches students to prepare homemade fresh pasta in the Italian culinary tradition in his Pasta 101 cooking class, whether simple style or filled. $85. 6:30-9:30pm. 286 Atwells Avenue, Providence. Register ahead on chefwalter.com or by calling 490-0999.

March 23-24 The premiere building technology show hits Providence this month; the Journal of Light Construction Show is appropriate for the architecturally interested and historic remodeling crowd. Learn how to bring old houses into the new century or make a contemporary home more energy efficient. Go online to register ahead. Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence. 4586000, newengland.jlclive.com

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March 23 The Providence Athenaeum presents its Legendary Pub Quiz. Test your knowledge on all things cerebral… with a pint of beer in hand. Now that’s our kind of quiz. Call 421-6970 to reserve a spot. 7:30pm. $5 members, $10 non-members. Location to be announced. providenceathenaeum.org March 26 Lo-fi indie rockers and internet heroes Cloud Nothings hit the stage at Fete. Don’t miss this show. $8 advance. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. 103 Dike Street. 383-1112, fetemusic.com. March 29 Special Olympics Rhode Island hosts their 22nd Annual Fashion Show, “Under the Tuscan Sun” at Twin River. Guest MC Danielle North of WPRI 12/Fox Providence will host the event, featuring fashion, dinner a gift bag and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance, prior to March 26. $50. 5:45pm reception, 6:30pm dinner, 8:15pm show. Email or call Tracy Garabedian, tracy@specialolympicsri.org, 349-4900. March 30 Love to cook? So does TV celebrity Giada De Laurentiis. The host of Food Network’s Giada at Home will be visiting Rhode Island at the Dave’s Marketplace in Smithfield Crossings. She’ll be available for a book signing so bring your favorite Giada cookbook (or two). 4pm. 371 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. 830-5650, davesmarketplace.com.

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The happy accidents of The Invisible Hours Those of us who have an eternal soft spot for the jagged and gentle guitar chime of bands like The Chills and The Lilys don’t often come across Providence bands who give us the same giddy shiver. While The Brother Kite may be our finest example of guitar pop lacquered with velvety production sheen, the almost completely unknown (but no less formidable) Invisible Hours play like the dark, charred side of that same shiny coin. Similar to the Kite, The Invisible Hours craft indie pop songs from the same classic substratum; but where the former aims for monumentally epic moments of harmonic bombast, the latter turns its own songs – casually laced with a little more bitterness and heartbreak – inward to where the guitars are a little darker, the melodies a little more desolate and the mood a bit more bleak. That isn’t to say The Invisible Hours are a gloomy band, because they’re not. Tracks like “Psychic Surgery” and “An Open Letter” hum with the same stoned dazzle as the best Brian Jonestown Massacre tune, and the beautiful murky guitar of “While You Were Waiting” picks up where your precious Bunnymen left off. New recordings like “Complex Knots” bounce along rather happily like that first Shins record, with singer and guitarist Chris Kelley’s vocals more confident and up front in the mix. I got to chat with him about the band and their forthcoming (and as yet untitled) record, which combines their first fantastic sounding EP

with a batch of brand new recordings. There seems to be a mix of ‘80s Merseybeat sounds as well as American psych in your music. Were you intentionally trying to create a bridge between these sounds or was it a happy accident? We’re not so much into ‘80s Merseybeat. Initially, I was really interested in a lot of the ‘80s west coast Paisley Underground bands, which was kind of an updated American spin on ‘60s psychedelia. We were definitely drawn to stuff that was more melodic and spacey but we were also really feeding off each other’s ideas. Of course, when you’re in a band there is a lot of compromise that occurs when you are writing together... it’s a good thing because that’s where you get your real sound. The three of us approach everything democratically. While a small part might be intentional, it is more of a happy accident. We played our first show in April 2010; I was listening to a lot of Lilys, Ride, Love, the Rain Parade and a ton of stuff from the ‘60s. People have told us we sound really British and I suppose some of our influences are either British or come from a scene that tries to emulate some part of that. The vocals and lyrics seem dreamy and wispy. What things are you talking about lyrically? Is the obscurity intentional? Lyrically, most are reflections on relationships or interactions with other

people. Sometimes it’s fun to secretly say something in a song that you would never say out loud in any other situation. I like to walk around in an idea. Sometimes I see a film, look at a picture, or read something that takes my thoughts to a different place. If I’m lucky, I remember to write it down. The voice is just another instrument and I like it to stay with the other sounds. The records we love and find influential are just mixed terribly when compared to modern recordings, but the sound is honest. I think when we mix the recordings, we base it more on what we like than what the industry standard is recording-wise. What are your plans for a full-length recording? We’re almost done mixing and hope to have it available digitally on bandcamp.com before our March 23 show at Fete. Later in the spring, we will put it out on CD. It will include the first four songs from our first session (which we had self-released on CD in a very limited quantity) with five or six new songs that our bass player Ian recorded. An alternate mix of one new track, “To Wherever it Belongs” will also appear on Ball of Wax, Volume 27, a compilation CD. The Invisible Hours were also featured on Ball of Wax, Volume 14. Go to ballofwax.org for more information. Also, find The Invisible Hours on Facebook and be sure to catch their next show on March 23 at Fete in Olneyville.

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A photojournalist captures candid moments on film My first impression upon meeting photographer Jesse Nemerofsky: this guy is direct. He doesn’t hold back. Nemerofsky expects a lot from himself, and from others – fortitude, intelligence and hard work. With an old-school toughness, it’s impossible to tell (meeting him now), which came first, the career or the mindset. But in the roughand-tumble world of freelance photography, as his 25-plus-year career can attest, this tenacity has served him well. Having taken turns photographing subjects in war zones and on Wall Street, from presidents to scientists and from models to everyday average Joes, Nemerofsky has the grit to be comfortable in far-flung fields and with people from divergent disciplines. Montreal-born and raised, Nemerofsky came to Providence in 1981 to attend the now-defunct Rhode Island School of Photography, but decided after a short while to jump right into full-time work. He opened a studio in the Conrad Building downtown at 385 Westminster, above the original incarnation of Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel. There he

began working in fashion, catalog and commercial photography. After ten years, seeking variety, he began taking assignments to cover news events and prominent people. He’d found his niche; the travel and the excitement agreed with him. His work found its way into print media’s holiest outlets: TIME, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, USA Today and a slew of others. The prospering photographer traveled with presidents and vice presidents, and encountered many of journalism’s biggest names. Nemerofsky has a selection of this photojournalism work currently on display at The Camera Werks on Hope Street. Among the instantly recognizable subjects are Andy Warhol, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Ted Turner and Audrey Hepburn. Pat Zacks, who owns The Camera Werks and is a longtime friend of Nemerofsky’s, relishes the stories behind each portrait and candid image. Having been captured in opportune moments, most of the images were not set up; that immediacy is part of what makes them so compelling for Zacks.

Nemerofsky’s passion for seizing these “decisive moments” is what has led him to undertake several large photo essay projects throughout his career. One saw him prowling New York City in the mid-nineties, photographing the opulent and the hard up side-by-side, and in the process describing a bit of the soul of the city. In another, he traversed the United Kingdom to document coal miners in Wales, cleaning ladies in Liverpool, and kids on the streets of Belfast, among other telling subjects. It’s fascinating to observe how quickly society’s changed, and also the ways in which it’s stayed the same, through these photos. Here’s hoping he’ll show these excellent collections locally very soon – they deserve a fresh look from a current viewpoint. A selection of Jesse Nemerofsky’s photographs of celebrated Americans are now on display at The Camera Werks, 766 Hope Street. An artist’s reception will be held on March 15 from 5:30 to 7pm. For more information, please call 273-5367 or email psz333@aol.com. A range of Nemerofsky’s work is also available on his Facebook page.

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Company returns to the roots of its name by presenting a trio of rotating world premieres. These three new works were introduced in the early stages of development at a group workshop several years back. With strong interest in all, artistic director Curt Columbus and his team had trouble selecting just one for the season. So they decided to take a chance, expanding all three into fulllength, full-scale productions to be presented in repertory – a first for Trinity, in spite of the troupe’s name. Columbus suspects that Three by Three in Rep is a first for the American stage as well, since most of the cast members appear in two of the three shows. Because each play is its own distinct work, audience members can see them in any order. And all three can be seen in the course of a weekend, though there is no marathon day of all in a row; as Columbus jokingly points out, no one wants to sit still for that long these days. Nevertheless, seeing the full trio gives new perspective to each. Columbus notes that they “are in conversation with each other. There is a dialogue about who we are and the state of the American family.” Trinity’s playwright-in-residence Deborah Salem Smith contributes Love Alone. Like her previously staged works – Boots on the Ground and Some Things Are Private – Smith’s new play deals sensitively with a serious subject. It explores the aftermath of a woman’s death on the operating table during a

routine procedure. It follows the woman’s widowed partner, her daughter and the young doctor who attended to her. It touches on gay rights, the limits of medicine and a flawed health care system. But in Smith’s hands, such hotbutton issues never feel ripped from the headlines. “She approaches it very lyrically and poetically and beautifully,” Columbus explains. “It’s ultimately about how we grieve, how we let go, and how we move on.” George Brant pens The Mourners’ Bench about a haunting family tragedy. In the first act, two adult siblings struggle to come to terms with the dreadful way they lost their parents years ago. In the second act, which takes place 30 years prior, their aunts grapple with the immediate loss. In the third act, the new inhabitants of the house try to make peace with the horror that happened there. Columbus insists that it’s not as dark as it sounds, but powerful, moving, and surprisingly funny. He reveals, “It’s really about home: where home is located, how we make home, how we keep family secrets, and how those family secrets poison us and empower us.” Columbus himself scripts Sparrow Grass, about a blended family with steamy secrets that erupt after the father’s return from war. Loosely inspired by Racine’s Classical play Phèdre (and reworked with Trinity Rep actor Phyllis Kay in mind for the lead), Columbus describes the play as “savage and sexual and meant to be epic.” He expects it to raise questions like, “In a world where

nothing is taboo, what is still taboo? How do we use sex as a way to focus on something that is not love? What does it mean if the words mother and son and father and daughter are used, but if the real blood connections aren’t there? What’s permissible and what’s not?” All three plays continue to develop through the rehearsal process, which adds excitement. Different directors take the helm for each, while their shared use of Trinity’s Dowling Theatre – where there is no wing space, fly space or backstage space – presents an interesting challenge for innovative set designer Michael McGarty. For his part, Columbus can’t wait to hear audiences’ reactions to the trio. He notes, “It’s a real gift to have a community that supports new work.”

Three by Three in Rep Sparrow Grass (now through May 13) Love Alone (now through May 27) The Mourners’ Bench (March 7-May 24) Trinity Repertory Company 201 Washington Street, Providence 351-4242 • trinityrep.com

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iPhoning It In You’re cruising down the street, windows down on a warm spring afternoon, when suddenly you bottom out on a pothole the size of Kentucky. You’re strolling down Wickenden, peaceful as a babe in dreamland, when a rabid dog comes barreling at you, foam dripping from its angry mouth. What do you do? Cry? Run? It’s fine to do both. Just be sure to use the new ProvConnex smartphone app to keep the City informed of your unfortunate situation. Who knows, they might just send someone out to patch up that hole or cage up that mutt. The City is now offering 24-hour online assistance via an easily download66

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able app; use it to find links to information, forms, permits, applications and payments. Use it, also, to initiate service requests such as asking animal control to “control” the impending citywide spread of rabies. It’s simple. Once you’ve downloaded and opened the app, you’re instructed to use your GPS to notify the City of your location – particularly useful for incidentrelated service requests. You’re then asked to choose from a long list of issues including neighborhood, parking, street sign and graffiti. (Granted, for many of us graffiti is more art than issue, but that’s beside the point.) providenceplanning.org. -Erin Swanson


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