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Kidding Around If you’re a regular reader of Providence Monthly, you probably notice some recurring themes: fine dining, cocktails, nightclubs, live music. Basically, the things that make living in the city so great. But, we realized, life does happen during the day – and sometimes, you even want it to happen with your kids. This month, we present our first-ever kids issue: The Urban Parent’s Guide to Raising Cool Kids. It’s full of ways to expose your children to great food, fun events, enriching classes at some of Providence’s best assets like Trinity Rep and JWU; and to teach them about art, culture and all of the awesomeness

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It’s Not the Size, It’s How You Use It

Small government is two lies in just as many words Two of the most abused words in the American lexicon are “small government.” Everyone is in favor of it – or at least claims to be. It’s a time-honored rallying cry of the Republican Party and Democrats will at least feint in that direction when it’s politically necessary or expedient. For a disaffected and angry electorate, they are immensely appealing words, alluringly full of empty promise and backed by bumper sticker rhetoric. In particular, the embittered white base that grudgingly backed Romney in the last election has adopted these words as dogma. But does anybody really want smaller government? All evidence points to the contrary. Democrat and Republican alike have been quick to expand government – both in terms of the tax dollars it gobbles up and the infringement upon our liberty it imposes – with flagrant disregard for their own rhetoric. While Democrats screamed and cursed and spat about the Bush administration’s overreaching and at times downright unconstitutional notion of national security, they have been conspicuously silent as Obama’s beloved drones patrol the skies, conducting summary executions around the globe – including at least one on an American citizen – and the veil of government secrecy remains as thick and opaque as it did during the Bush years. Republicans, for their part, continuously decry the “reckless spending” of Democrats while practically putting on a clinic in fiscal irresponsibility, and their extremely selective memories allow them to place unpopular government bailouts firmly in Obama’s column, while conveniently ignoring the fact that they began with his predecessor. The underlying and more insidious deception of the small government gospel, however, is that nobody really wants it yet they still preach it. What people really mean when they say they want “small 12

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government” is that they want government that does only and exactly what they like. Republicans shout from the mountaintops about cutting spending – which is all well and good when it’s couched in terms like “entitlement reform” and “social programs.” However, try to eliminate an expensive, ineffective and unnecessary weapon system from the defense budget, and suddenly we’ve got deep pockets and a grave threat to our national security. Similarly, even those who denounce the “welfare state” and beat their chests about personal responsibility are quick to look for Uncle Sam coming down the street with a bucket when the floodwaters rise. New York Congressman Peter King is a reliably conservative Republican who nonetheless raised holy hell for his own party leadership when Speaker Boehner tried to delay a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. In this case, his anger was justified, but we can only hope he remembers that outrage the next time a poor, majority black city floods. Admittedly, Democrats are less vocal about small government,

tending to be more forthright about their vision of an active and expansive federal government. That does not mean, however, that they don’t redefine that vision easily and often. They want the government to stay out of our personal lives when it comes to abortion and gay marriage, but not so much when it comes to tobacco, sugary drinks and seat belts. And those who favor a pliable interpretation of the Second Amendment when they see the imminent danger posed by certain kinds of guns would be wise to remember that neither was the founders’ original intent etched in stone with the First Amendment, which may prove equally pliable when a different party in power finds equally imminent danger in certain kinds of speech. Of course, here in Rhode Island, where everyone has a brother-inlaw drawing a municipal pension, a sister only two years away from her 30, or a guy who can fix that pothole, we’re just fine with the size of our government. We may be overtaxed, underserved, corrupt and inefficient, but at least we’re not lying to ourselves.

Along with success comes the ability to do more. This can be said of Seven Stars Bakery and their new Community Giving Program they started in February. On the first Tuesday of every month, 15% of the retail sales from all three locations are donated to their charity of choice. The first charity was the Providence Children’s Film Festival and the second has yet to be announced. To find out which charity has been chosen, sign up for their newsletter by visiting their website or check them out on Facebook. The charities are chosen by an application process, so if you would like to be considered, apply. Yes, Providence needs another bar. Especially when it comes in the form of The Eddy. Bartender extraordinaire Jay Carr serves drinks in a no-holds-bar attack of the tastebuds experience. And to top it off, the Snacks menu hits all the right notes with noshes such as candied and salted nuts or the Bavarian soft pretzels with maple butter. Its simplicity done well in an intimate space. Eating with the Ecosystem, the dinner series that brought the bounty of our local waters to Julian’s, Nicks on Broadway, Cook & Brown and the Dorrance last year, returns this season with a new locale. This spring’s dinners will head east to the Boat House in Tiverton, Fluke Wine Bar in Newport and Hourglass Brasserie in Bristol.

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Learning to Blend Integrating technology into the future of education We live in a world in which technology is increasingly integrated into our everyday lives, and at least a basic level of technological literacy is becoming as elemental a part of future success as a high school diploma. However, our classrooms largely remain the province of static textbooks and traditional methods. Shawn Rubin aims to change that. He is a former classroom teacher, and now the Director of Technology Integration at the Highlander Institute, a charter school in South Providence. His tech startup, Metryx, builds assessment software for teachers that can be used across mobile devices. Rubin has become a respected voice on integrating technology into “blended learning.” We asked him to teach us a lesson. • Children see how tied-in adults are to technology. In our daily lives we are running around texting and tweeting, but we send them to school to fill in boxes on photocopied worksheets. They see the power that online tools have when they are at home and they are not wrong to want this same level of engagement in school. • Some students get today’s skills already and need to be pushed further, some just need more practice and some need to have the whole thing retaught. Good teachers take the time to develop and deliver content at all three of these levels and more. Education technology and blended learning make this process easier. • Traditional textbooks, which are made and purchased every three to five years, are a poor substitute for the internet, which can connect students to every periodical on the planet, videos made by content experts, news podcasts that bring the voices and issues of the world to their headphones, and even video conferencing where students in Providence can participate in a project with students in Argentina. • Adaptive software has the ability to make problems harder for students who are doing well and offer embedded accommodations to students who are struggling. The software saves the

student’s profile and no matter where or when they log on they are seeing problems that match their learning path. Other products use video to help explain complex concepts to students; because students have the ability to pause, rewind and replay at their own pace, it is more beneficial than a teacher standing and delivering once at the front of the classroom.  • Technology is only as good as its implementation. Technology that arrives on a teacher’s desk without support is only hurting our chances of transforming education.  • A few districts in RI have taken the lead on this work. Woonsocket has created district-wide tech integration specialists. They understand the classroom and they are solely focused on learning about new free and paid software so that they can bring it back to their teachers in small doses of professional development. • Many schools have these folks, but they are unnamed and unpaid for the extra work they do. Maybe it’s the guy who spends a lot of time at the Apple Store, or a woman who used to work at IBM but now teaches fourth grade. These people are valuable assets and every school has them. School leaders need to invest in them. • It’s the struggling schools that need blended learning and education technology the most. Students are tuning out and dropping out because they are not engaged during school. Technology can be the hook.  • Last May, the Highlander Institute teamed with the principal of Pleasant View Elementary to submit a grant for money to create the first fully blended learning school in the state. Providence needs to seize this opportunity to bring more of its administrators and teachers into Pleasant View to learn how to teach in a blended learning classroom. Even if the technology is not yet available at other Providence public schools, it will be soon enough. Now is the time to begin training educators so that when the computers arrive they are ready.

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n a recent unseasonably warm and rainy evening, I found myself at the recently opened Bucket Brewery, which is housed at the Lorraine Mills building on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket, talking beer with the five co-owners: Erik Aslaksen, Nate Broomfield, Ron Klinger, Drew Powers and TJ O’Connor. They tell me that it all started with Broomfield’s wedding. Broomfield and Aslaksen had been homebrewing for quite some time when it was decided that they’d brew all of the beer for the former’s wedding. The guests raved and suggested that the two really look into brewing. They linked up with O’Connor, who provided a fermenter, Klinger, the accounting/money guy, and Powers, who’d won a competition for a beer he’d homebrewed with Broomfield and Aslaksen. “We quickly came to the realization that we couldn’t possibly drink all of the beer we could now brew,” says Aslaksen. Besides, law limits homebrewers to 200 gallons. They filed their articles of incorporation with the state in June 2011. Last November, they shipped their first beer and in December they held an open house, which was a rousing success. Don Grebien, the Pawtucket mayor, attended. “The city,” Aslaksen tells me, “has been really receptive. The mayor ran on a platform that included developing water-based businesses.” This makes sense: the city recently completed $42M in renovations to its water treatment plant. The Bucket Brewery, best categorized as a nanobrewery, is really nothing to write home about, at least for now. Tucked deep inside the recesses of the giant mill building, the space is best

described as cramped and bare boned. With six guys standing in the room, it was quite cozy. Along one wall are a couple fermenters. A whiteboard hangs on another wall. There are two lists on the whiteboard: one that lists the establishments that currently sell Bucket beer, which includes Chez Pascal, Wild Colonial and the beer mecca that is Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub. They tell me that they each invested their personal savings in the operation and, at this point, they’re doing the work for free. They see themselves expanding

to microbrewery status within a year, in a perfect world at least. All of them hold full time jobs; Aslaksen works as a freelance architect, Broomfield as an IT guy and Klinger works at Textron. They spend their evenings and weekends brewing beer. “All of us have kids, except for Ron, and full time jobs, so it’s very difficult to get the brewery work squeezed in.” He goes on, “Luckily, we’ve all been blessed with patient and kind spouses.” We try their four beers: Rhode Scholar, Thirteenth Maple Stout, Park Loop Porter and Pawtucket Pail Ale. The Rhode

Scholar, which Aslaksen describes as an excellent point for folks new to craft beer, is the most popular. The website describes it as “approachable and complex.” My favorite is the stout. It’s robust, yet light. After a couple rounds they tell me that after they opened people started sliding loads of resumes under their door. “People just wanted to work for us really badly,” Aslakesen says. “Some even volunteered to work for free, which we already do. We’re interns.” The Bucket Brewery is one of three craft beer breweries that have opened in northern Rhode Island in the last six months. Nick Garrison, an energetic Tufts graduate and Massachusetts native, opened Foolproof Brewery in Pawtucket on January 3 and Dorian Rave, a Central Falls police officer by day, opened Ravenous Brewery in Woonsocket in October 2012. Like Bucket Brewery, Ravenous is best categorized as a nanobrewery. Garrison’s operation is a bit bigger. Housed in a fairly large industrial building on Grotto Avenue, it’s sized to produce 3,100 barrels, or 96,000 gallons, per year. Bucket and Ravenous, on the other hand, produce around 5,700 and 4,800 gallons of beer per year, respectively, depending on demand.

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visit Foolproof on a recent Saturday morning. A brand new bar sits at the front of the brewery. Offices are in the rear, and the brewery, visible though large plate glass windows from the bar area, is off to your left. When I arrived, Garrison was readying the place for tours, which go for $10 per person and, according to Garrison, have been extremely popular. We sit at the bar to talk.

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Like the Bucket Brewery, Foolproof’s origin story begins with a wedding. Garrison began homebrewing with a kit his parents bought for him one Christmas. He decided to use the kit to supply beer for his wedding on Cape Cod. The beer was a big hit with guests. He tells me that, at this point, his hobby had already become an obsession. The deal was sealed at a brewpub in Quebec where he and his new wife were honeymooning. “We were sitting there having a beer when my wife said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to own a place like this?’ It was then and there that I decided to open a brewery.” He spent the next two years writing a business plan and cobbling together the cash to get Foolproof running. Now, four years since that Quebec brewpub, he’s brewing beer. We walk out into the brewery, which is freezing. “If I heated this place, I’d go broke.” Garrison, who lives in Providence with his wife, takes me through the brewing process. It starts with the backbreaking job of grinding 2,000

pounds of barley malt. The ground malt is then mixed with hot water in the mash tun, wherein the starches in the grains are turned to sugar, producing a liquid called wort. The wort is then drained into a kettle and boiled. Hops are added. Using a heat exchanger, the wort is cooled and pumped into the fermenter, where yeast is added and where it will ferment for about two weeks. Kegs are filled directly from the fermenters. Each brew takes about eight to ten hours, and they do it twice a week. The mezzanine is full of pallets of cans. Garrison points out his new canning machine. “We start canning on Monday,” he says. “The guys from Colorado are coming out to get it started.” The machine is designed to can 24 beers per minute. Garrison chose cans because they’re recyclable and portable. The portability is key to his brewing philosophy, which is to design beers that pair with life experiences. According to the website, Barstool, one of three of the brewery’s beers, is to be enjoyed “while bellied up to the

bar with your buddies” and Backyahd , as its name suggests, is to be enjoyed while grilling or hanging with friends in the backyard. Garrison isn’t alone: he has a brewmaster, Damase Olson, the 46th greatgrandson of Saint Arnold of Metz, the Patron Saint of Brewers, according to the website, and a sales manager, who, according to Garrison, moved here from Miami for the opportunity. I ask him where he sees the brewery in five years. “I want to be one of the most successful craft breweries in the country.” Well, he seems to be in the right place. In a recent Providence Journal Article, Grebien, the Pawtucket mayor, is quoted as saying, “We’d love to be known as the beer capital of Rhode Island.”


phone Dorian Rave, of Ravenous, the day after the inaugural Rhode Island Brew Fest, which was held at the renovated Pawtucket Brewery. He’s effervescent. The turn-out was excellent, he ran out of

beer, and he even converted some folks who absolutely refuse to drink dark beer with his popular Coffee Milk Stout. Rave, whose wife called him crazy for wanting to open a brewery, says that the brewery helps balance his life. He works his day job as a police officer until four o’clock each day. He then heads to the brewery. “You have to love this job because it’s not easy,” he tells me. Like Garrison and the guys at Bucket, Rave’s beer obsession started with a homebrew kit that his wife bought him, a gift, it turns out, that would become the bane of her existence. “I was driving her crazy; I spent every weekend, all weekend brewing beer,” Rave said. Rave’s goal is to “comfortably produce and distribute beer in Rhode Island and surrounding states.” Ravenous, Bucket and Foolproof are representative of what seems to be a burgeoning statewide craft beer industry. Further evidence of this trend includes the opening, within the last couple years, of several other breweries, including Whalers Brewing Company in Wakefield, Revival Brewing in Providence and Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly. More evidence: the inaugural Rhode Island Brew Fest happened last month, and sold out in advance. Even more: a new Rhode Island Brewing Society has recently been founded. Rave, when asked about this sudden burst of craft beer activity, is a bit befuddled by it all. “I wasn’t even aware of any other breweries until people from the Department of Business Regulation started telling me about other brewery applications when I started applying for my permits.” His conclusion: “I think we just all happened to have the same idea at the same time.”

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Every parent wants to raise a cool kid (or kids) Let’s face it, there’s no manual to raising a cool kid and there certainly isn’t a magic potion or formula to it. For years, parents have shared secrets and wisdom and “cool” experiences to help one another, which is pretty fantastic (they say it takes a village, right?), but it’s up to you to take the reins and use the shared knowledge to raise your own little hip city-dweller. The beauty of raising your child in Providence is that it has something for every kid, of any age, to become involved with. As parents, it’s wonderful that we can enrich our kids’ lives through the city we live in - and for our kids, it lands them a permanent spot as the kid others want to hang out with.

Dining You and your brood are hungry, and you’re all tired of the typical family friendly fare. Fear not, because we rounded up some of the coolest restaurants in town where both parents and kids can have a great meal. Now hurry and get there before hunger turns your kids into poor restaurant patrons (ie: cranky brats). Lively and artsy, Julian’s is a hit for the entire family. With the ever-changing art displays, unique and delicious food, TV playing in the bathroom and a mechanical horse out front, kids will jump at the mere mention of going. Though there’s not a specific kids menu, the waitstaff can accommodate little palates by serving on-demand requests of grilled cheese and chocolate milk. Red Stripe, the relaxed French-influenced bistro in Wayland Square, serves up some serious comfort food for both parent and child alike. Their Little Folks menu can satisfy the picky (Mac and Cheese) to the more adventurous (Steak Frites Jr.). From the bustling atmosphere to the paper tablecloths that will keep your kids busy doodling, Red Stripe is a great neighborhood spot that you’ll want to keep on your mustvisit list. Angelo’s has not only been feeding generations of families since 1924, but feeding them really well. With a relaxed setting churning out old-fashioned Southern Italian comfort food, this Federal Hill institution knows how to make kids members of the clean plate club (even grown-ups can’t help but order their own Meatballs and French Fries


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appetizer). Bonus: The automated train traveling around the perimeter of the ceiling keeps little ones entertained through mom and dad’s second glass of wine. With toppings like pastrami, goat cheese, and pear and ginger chutney, Luxe Burger Bar is far from an ordinary burger joint. The waitstaff is very understanding of your kids’ lack of patience, and the swift service makes everyone’s meal a happy one. The Little Luxe menu offers a bunch of fun meals, including teenie weenie (mini) hot dogs and popcorn shrimp, that your kids are sure to love. Who doesn’t love frozen yogurt? Froyo World, with a location on Thayer and on Route 6 in Seekonk, offers up eight to ten rotating daily flavors of yogurt, 45 toppings and seven sauces, all of which you create yourself. Your kids will have a blast building their own sweet treats and you’ll

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Shopping & Fashion Sure, once you become a mom you may lose your ability to sneeze and laugh at the same time but one ability you do gain is shopping like a pro. Whether it’s the newest release in baby gear or the most perfect outfit for Easter or even the best toy deal in town, Providence has your parental shopping needs covered. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a good list. Do you have a little Martha Stewart or Buddy Valastro on your hands? Joann Fabrics offers a Kids Studio where your child can learn how to sew, craft and decorate cakes, all at different levels to fit your child’s need. Over on the East Side, Kreatelier, a unique retail store on Hope Street that’s filled with environmentally conscious textile products, offers kids sewing workshops (and sewing birthday parties), where they create fun items like robot pillows and stuffed bunnies in sleeping bags. joann. com/kidsstudio, Attention all modsters, we have a hip shopping destination for you. Mod Mama in Davol Square (and now open in Garden City) carries to-diefor designer clothing, locally made goods, modern baby gear and ecofriendly products. Aside from wanting to spend your entire paycheck on the endless drool-worthy products, they also offer family-friendly classes, workshops, and events - like kid yoga, pajama parties, photography and more. This is a store we want to spend

our Friday nights in. (With martinis, of course.) Who doesn’t love a good deal? Every spring, Wheeler School hosts Rhode Island’s oldest and largest family clothing sale with the Wheeler School Clothing & More Sale. This year’s sale happens April 18-20. From designer dresses to blue jeans, fur coats to sweatshirts, housewares to hardware, you’ll find amazing bargains on clothes, sporting goods, electronics and more – all while supporting community and education. There are some certainties in life, like taxes, death and endless toys in the playroom. Instead of fighting it, just enhance the inevitable by shopping at super cool toy shops like Creatoyvity on Hope Street. Stocked with creative and imaginative toys (and unique crafting kits that you’ll find nowhere else), the top-notch pickings from around the globe will keep your kids busy and your playroom less traumatizing to look at. (Flowers help, too.)

Awareness To be aware is to perceive, feel, be conscious of and engage with your surroundings. As parents, we are aware of many things. We’re aware when there is a child in the pantry. Or when a shirtless exhibitionist answers the UPS man’s knock. Or even when your basement bathroom has becoming the local hot zone. Although, by definition, these enlightenments fit the bill, it’s not the type of awareness we’re talking about here. Instead, we’re giving you ideas on how to get your kids involved in community, education, service and social interaction. You know, so they can be aware on why it’s important to keep themselves busy and their parents away from an extended prescription for Xanax. The Hope Artiste Village is the home to the Wintertime Farmers Market, and it runs on Saturday mornings through May. A whole different seasonal crop of goodness to be had, the winter market boasts tons of fruits and veggies, along with local jams, jellies, pastries, glutenfree breads, fair-trade chocolates and more. Any park that covets a gigantic canvas-covered sandbox or funky netted obstacles to climb is a favorite park of ours. Aside from the unique playground options, Friends of Brown Street Park hosts community gardens, summer concerts, performances, kids fitness expos, holiday activities and other fun family events. This neighborhood playspace is a testament to a true community park and should be on your list of places to

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visit. If it’s a community space you’re looking for your kids to be involved with, look no further than the Providence/ East Side YMCA. Aside from sports, aquatics and fun and fitness, the YMCA provides programs like Healthy Weight for kids and teens, arts and humanities classes and volunteerism. They also offers community youth outreach programs, like Y on the Move – which brings programs to youths and families where they live, play and learn together, in an effort to promote family health and well-being. The community involvement will gear your kids in becoming natural do-gooders and, let’s face it, it won’t hurt their someday-college applications either. Does your little one constantly offer to help cook, clean, build or finish a task? Maybe volunteerism will make them happier than going to Nintendo Land. (Maybe.) Serve Rhode Island is the state’s volunteer center and commission for national and community service - where youth and students can find volunteer opportunities for the causes they love through SRI’s website. Even if they don’t have time between school, sports and work to physically commit, they can offer to handle small tasks from the comforts of their own computer or smartphone, in what’s called “microvolunteering.” Micro-volunteering is like being a freelancer (but on a volunteer basis) who helps with something as simple as gathering information on a topic to a short-term task like translating a web page for a company. Check out the endless opportunities on SRI’s website. If kids are anything, it’s flexible. You know that extended side angle pose you’ve been trying to perfect for months? Your eight-year-old will nail it in two tries after hanging out at Om Kids Yoga Center. Om Kids Yoga takes the ancient practice of yoga and translates it to a language that children enjoy. By using interactive games and animated


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postures, kids will build body awareness, improve concentration and focus, build confidence and self-esteem, and learn how to release energy and relax while also laying the foundation for a lifetime of health and well being. Plus, they have fun events like pajama parties and mother/daughter retreats. You can’t help but to be captivated the moment you walk into any Whole Foods location – it’s like a playground for the senses. Both Providence locations (University Heights and Waterman Street) just launched the Whole Foods Market Kids Club. The super cool club issues an official “Kids Club” card to each child that they can show at Customer Service each visit to receive a free treat. (If you get lucky, they’ll share it with you.) The first spring Kids Club event is on March 20 – Planting Seeds for Healthy Eating – where kids will plant seeds for nutritious vegetables and make a healthy snack. In addition to all of this, the store offers tours on request for schools, girl scouts and more.

Arts & Culture Exposing your kids to art and culture means more than bringing them to the latest Pixar pic. Lucky for us, this city is full of artistic energy. From museums where kids can practice their inside voice, to outdoor spectacles where they can use their normal voice – screaming as loud as they can to let two city blocks know they have to go potty – here’s a few creative ways to get, well, creative with your kids. I’m sure Picasso had to start somewhere. If he had been born in this century, he’d definitely would have been involved in the RISD Museum Youth Program. Get your own little Picassos involved in the world of art with amazing

programs offered by RISD museum. From Tours for Tots (interactive tours with read-aloud storytime and gallery activities) to Art + Design Lab for Families (in-depth investigations into special exhibitions) to Art + Design School for High Schoolers (explore how art and design provoke fresh ideas, elicit conversation and stimulate creativity), there’s something for every aged child in your life. RISD museum also offers camps and youth groups and a plethora of family events to enjoy. Our kids think that “cutting a cucumber” really means “shave 42,000 pieces of skin and pulp all over the kitchen floor, so that there is anything but a cucumber left.” While their intention is to join in on all the kitchen fun, maybe they need to brush up on their skills. Enroll your kids in Johnson & Wales Chef’s Choice cooking classes and soon they’ll be learning less destructive techniques in upcoming workshops like Pizza Party and Cookie Club. (Classes rotate throughout the year.) If it’s an online lesson you seek, check out Skill It’s noted course, Season’s Eatings, which takes place four times a year and is filled with delicious recipes, fun activities and inspiration to create connection with your kids in the kitchen and at the family dinner table. No need to hide the knives anymore., At any age, there is no denying the luster and magic of live theatre. If you have a theatre-loving child, Providence Performing Arts Center offers Camp Broadway, a week-long summer day camp of singing, dancing, acting, master classes, luncheons, backstage tours and a family and friend performance. Have a lunch date with your little one? Bring him or her to the free lunchtime Wonders of Wurlitzer organ concerts, where people of all ages bring their brown-bagged lunches to listen to the local musicians. Or you could enjoy an upcoming kidfriendly show, like Sesame Street Live or Beauty and the Beast. One of us may have been a science nerd as a child (Jen, raising hand), but we like to think that anyone can recognize how incredibly interesting museums and planetariums are. I mean, if it weren’t for stars, how else would you get your horoscope sent to your Twitter feed daily? Museum of Natural History & Planetarium not only houses 250,000 curated natural history objects and cultural materials, but gives endless spectacular star shows in their planetarium. MNH also offers a variety of children’s programs, like discovery zone, cosmic cadets and space camp. It might be the best kept not-so-secret spot in Providence. (And who didn’t want to go to Space Camp?) We all know that our kids are destined to be the next big actor, artist, painter, sculptor, insert-whatever-

creative-profession-you-can-think-of. It’s hard not to think that way when you witness such high levels of expertise in even something as simple as a drawing of their own family. Daddy having five legs isn’t inaccurate, folks. It’s art. Fortunately, there’s a place to harness this raw talent. Located just outside of Providence in neighboring Cranston resides Artists’ Exchange, an arts collaborative that offers a gamut of creative outlets for your little genius. From art classes to theater classes, summer camps to ceramics, festivals to galas to seasonal events, Artists’ Exchange is art enrichment at its finest. They also house the Black Box Theatre, where productions like A Christmas Carol are cast and showcased, as well as a boutique and cafe, with handmade crafts from local artisans and Johnson & Wales Culinary goodies. Not every oasis comes in the form of heated pools and free daiquiris (although, that’s nice.) Rhode Island has its own urban oasis with the Roger Williams Botanical Center. The Botanical Center is the largest public indoor display gardens in New England and houses two greenhouses, including over 150 species of plants and 17 types of palms.

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And, the coolest part is that they have a kids Eco-Exploration summer camp, where kids use scientific techniques to collect insects, set footprint traps and use other investigations to discover what type of animals hide in the city. They will also learn to grow their own food, draw in nature journals, play games and make nature-themed craft projects. Have you ever stepped on a LEGO? Took three years off of your life, right? Well, instead of swearing at that little piece of pointy plastic of doom, embrace its potential and head over to Pow!Science

to have your kids join their LEGO club, where they meet weekly to build spectacular creations and have them photographed. Pow!Science! is a super cool retail science store that offers other fun events like Yoyo club or Kinderscience, along with science programs, birthday parties, school shows, scout programs and more. Remember that former science nerd we talked about already? She loves this store. If your child has a flair for the dramatic (let’s face it, most do), Trinity Rep is calling his or her name. The Young Actors Summer Institute is one of the most comprehensive arts enrichment summer pro-

grams in New England. Taught by Trinity Rep’s professional acting company and Trinity’s education staff, students are able to choose from a variety of different classes, including playwriting, stage combat, improvisation, Shakespeare, film and much more. Some kids get excited by snow cones. Others get excited about pooping twice in one day (and want to show you how exciting that is). But if there’s one thing all kids get equally excited about, it’s heading to the library. Providence Athenaeum is the queen of libraries. If you haven’t seen this unique and gorgeous book-filled cultural center, you need to. The Athenaeum celebrates the notion of children “getting lost” in books, and houses the Children’s Library - a special sanctuary tucked away in the corner. Not only will your kids enjoy the magic of reading in there, but also be able to participate in fun activities like storytime, movies, special presentations and more. They recently held a Valentine Making Headquarters event and will host Chipmunks story time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout March.

Fun in the City When you’re small, Providence is big. Huge, really, with its tall(ish) buildings, cool skywalks, open spaces and even a glass elevator you can sneak on for free. While the Creative Capital gets major props for its culinary and arts scenes, we want to go on record saying it’s also one of the funnest cities for families. Does watching your daughter flail on ice skates remind you of your less-thanbalanced college Friday nights from years past? Maybe she needs an ice skating lesson. (And maybe you should just forgot those years all together.) Kennedy Plaza Skating Rink is one of New England’s most popular winter

destinations, offering a fun family activity (and lessons) at an affordable price. And, we even have the famed Rockefeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City trumped in that our 14,000-square-foot skating rink is twice the size. That’s enough room for plenty of flailing. Kids like to put their hands on things. Sometimes, that’s not a good thing. Like when they feel up the elderly lady at Target because she’s wearing “a fuzzy shirt.” But, if you take them to Providence Children’s Museum, you won’t have to worry about anything they touch. In fact, they’re encouraged to put their hands all over things there. A spot we both loved as kids, the Children’s Museum has playfilled exhibits that explore arts, culture, history and science. From the Water Ways room to the Discovery Studio to an endless calendar of daily hands-on events and exhibits, and even Museum Adventure Classes and other community programs, Providence Children’s Museum is a major must-do. Bonus: a four-person Family Membership pays for itself in fewer than four fun-filled museum visits. If you’re strolling around historic Wayland Square with your kids, be sure to pop into longtime independent bookstore Books on the Square. A treasure for your children. Books on the Square Storytime for Kids offers separate storytimes for babies and children up to age 6 each week. Not only will you be getting your children interested in the magic of reading and local community support, but Alex and Ani is waiting around the corner to reward yourself for being such a good mom after you’re done. It’s a summer night and you can’t possibly do another ice cream trip with the kids. (Well, maybe some of you can. We understand.) Switch it up and bring them to WaterFire. Aside from the fact that 80 sparkling bonfires are dancing the night away, your kids may bump into anyone from Elmo to the mystical creatures of Big Nazo while walking around

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The thought of hitting the gym right after having a baby is about as enticing as eating a rock. Luckily, you can incorporate your baby into some physical activity in a setting that involves meeting other moms and doesn’t sacrifice your baby’s need to sleep. Stroller Strides is a total fitness program and includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. There are a few Rhode Island based franchises, so for more information (or to start your own), check out their website.


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A treasured resource for Rhode Island families (and not just the place you spent three days of what was the closest to a vacation you had all year, after having your third baby). If you’re looking for classes and workshops to prepare for baby, to prepare siblings for baby, to get ready for breastfeeding, postpartum help, safety classes or to meet other moms in the area, Women & Infants Hospital has it all. You’ll get the help, advice, tips and support that you need (and their butterscotch pudding isn’t so bad either).

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town. Or maybe they’ll join in on the capoeira demonstrations and show off their own ninja dancing skills. Listen, just because you can no longer jump on a trampoline without cursing your decision to birth human beings, it doesn’t mean your kids shouldn’t. Sky Zone Providence is the awesomeness that just recently opened and is a must-go-to place for your hyper active kids. Sky Zone offers 15,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampoline courts, a massive Main Court, a three-lane Foam Pit, two 3D Dodgeball Courts, two SkySlam Courts and a Toddler Court. For just about any age, shape or size (well, except for you and your broken parts), Sky Zone Providence is the ultimate 3D play experience. If you want an event where every kid is a winner (and, by association, every parent earns a gold star for coming up with such a fantastic idea) CVS Caremark Downtown Races for Kids at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K is the place to be. All seven of our kids participate every September. While the Youth Races offer trophies to the top three in each age category, every single child gets a medal when crossing the finish line. (And if you bring grandparents, they have Oreos waiting as well.) The races are open to children from ages one through middle school aged students and consists of varying distances. It’s a super feel-good event right in downtown during a gorgeous time of year. Are you envisioning warm breezes, chirping birds and picnics in the park? Us, too. Even if means the kids are not in school and permanently attached to your hip. Kidoinfo Providence Storytime + Art in the Park in Greater Kennedy Plaza partners with Kidoinfo during the summer to bring Storytime in Burnside Park. Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy performances by storytellers, performers, authors and illustrators, followed by fun activities for the kids. Last summer, Play in the Park series was debuted as well, so be sure to follow Kidoinfo’s website for this summer’s schedule for these highly acclaimed family activities. It’s never too early to get your kids fully engulfed in a baseball team rivalry. We must prime them from the start, if they want to survive as a New Englander. Pawsox, a huge Rhode Island

family tradition, is the perfect place to embed the words “Red Sox” in their heads for life. From group outings to parties to the endless activities kids can partake in as part of their “Kids Corner” (Club Friday Events, Run the Bases, Clinics, Little League program and more), Pawsox is a gem that’s located right outside the city. Consider it an initiation to the rest of your kid’s social life. You may often refer to your house as a zoo, but it doesn’t compare to one where it’s ok to jump and shout, and animal droppings are fully embraced. Roger Williams Park Zoo is a staple for Rhode Island families. One of the oldest zoos in the country, Roger Williams is open year-round and hosts family-friendly events like Zoobilee, Nature Swaps, Frogwatch and zoo overnights. It’s also home to conservation programs and interactive displays like Hasbro’s Big Backyard. Your kids can’t help but to express their energy every time they walk through the front gates. Bonus: Purchase a membership for your family and, it pays for itself after two visits. If your child’s idea of fun is seeking out largerthan-life mutant puppet creatures and masked musicians who invade streets and stages around the world, then they should really see the Big Nazo Lab. Big Nazo is an internationally touring group that performs and visits a plethora of local events and happenings, and they have a Lab right downtown, which serves as exhibition space, creature-building workshop and community interface. Visitors of all shapes and sizes are welcome. We have fond memories of belonging to the Boys and Girls club as kids. Of course, those memories mostly revolve around the Tuesday candy shop and the endless consumption of Now and Laters, but the memories are cheerful, nonetheless. The Boys and Girls Club Providence may not sell Now and Laters, but there’s plenty of other pleasantries to make up for it. A great resource for children, they offer theater, swimming, digital arts, homework assistance, athletics and more. The Fox Point clubhouse has long been a hub for not only basketball teams and after-school sports, but for swimming. Training in their olympic sized pool, the Fox Point Clubhouse Swim Team participates in meets with other local clubs.

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to the max, which wasn’t surprising; this was a class designed to help runners become faster and less prone to injury, and to runners, that’s like an opportunity to strike gold. Along with exercise physiologist Jesse Cloutier, Mike led us 20 or so participants through the three phases of the class: foam rolling, dynamic warmup and strengthening. Foam rolling is done on a cylindrical foam log, and it can be a bit uncomfortable. (Mike told us, “This will probably be the worst part of the class” as we groaned through it.) But it’s very effective in getting the knots and adhesions out of the legs, improving circulation and increasing flexibility. The dynamic warmup, which included walking on our toes and heels, as well as lunge walks, got our heart rates up and prepared us for the workout. Finally, the strengthening portion of the class

consisted of core, back, leg and foot exercises proven to help minimize muscle imbalances in runners. The only piece of equipment used for RUNstrong’s strengthening exercises is an elastic resistance band. Mike says the foam roller and the band are all that’s necessary to wake up and work all the major muscles needed for running. Most runners, myself included, want two things: to run faster and to prevent injury. As someone who has had her fair share of running ailments, I’m looking forward to seeing how RUNstrong continues to help my training. Spring is just around the corner and the open road awaits - and who knows, maybe some of my fastest racing times do, too. 545 Pawtucket Ave. 475-5775, Rhode Runner, 657 Main Street. 831-6346,

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A few years ago on the recommendation of my brother, I began seeing Mike Silva, president and founder of FOUNDATIONperformance Sports Medicine, for physical therapy. The many miles I had put in training for my first marathon brought on some aches and pains in my shins and my foot, and I took my brother’s word when he told me, “Mike’s a miracle worker.” And he was right. It was rough at times, but I got through my PT sessions, learned how to strengthen some of my weaker spots, and was back to running painfree in a few weeks. Mike is a sought-after physical therapist to amateur and world-class athletes alike, and over the years he says he discovered that regardless of the injury, he was educating his patients – particularly runners – on the same exercises: those designed to target common areas of muscle imbalance. Realizing that these exercises could benefit all runners looking to become stronger and less injured – not just those seeking physical therapy – Mike developed a class series called RUNstrong. At the urging of his physical therapist wife, Carla, he began offering the series at FOUNDATIONperformance, but as demand grew, he needed a new space. Fortunately, Rhode Runner, a running store down the street from FOUNDATIONperformance, housed a community room that was the perfect size for the class. On a recent Tuesday evening I made my way to Rhode Runner for the first RUNstrong class in a six-week series. Pre-registration for the class was filled

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I had read about blowout bars in bigger cities before – those beauty quick stops where you pop in for a new ‘do on your lunch break so you can have your hair done for your evening plans – but had wondered what the big deal was. Can’t you just stop at your salon? I wondered. Just make an appointment. But, things are not always so easy to plan as that – and it’s not like we had one in Providence to try, anyway. But still, when La La Luxe’s Leah Carlson let me know that her Wayland Square salon had just opened one, I was intrigued. So, on a day when I had important plans for the evening, I headed there on my lunch break to make a stop at their bar. La La Luxe’s chic space had been changed around to include a long bar in the middle of the room, with chairs around it for easy blowout access. Jamie Millmather introduced herself to me as my stylist for the day, and asked if I’d like Amy Gonyea to do a quick makeup touch up while I had my hair done. They twisted my arm – I mean, really, who would want to leave looking even better than she had planned? – and I agreed. As Jamie washed my hair, she told me her story. She’s recently back in

Providence after a brief jaunt in Park City, Utah, and back at the salon she called home before she left. Since Jamie has been back, she’s been focusing on developing new color techniques, like the painted, sunlight highlights she’s been doing lately to create glowing, natural looking color. We sat at the blowout bar. As Jamie did my hair, Amy consulted with me about my evening plans. I was headed to a fashion event and would be wearing cheetah, so I asked for dark and vampy, even though it was the middle of the day. (What? In fashion time it’s always fabulous o’ clock.) After that, it was a flurry of talk about beauty products. Jamie used Prime and Straight in my hair, products made by Living Proof, the MIT-developed line out of Boston. Amy used Smashbox, Cargo and a gorgeous Beach Tint and Glossy Lip Tint combo on my lips as a more subtle option for the day, and instructions for what to do at night. The two of them worked so quickly and well together that I was done with the entire thing in under an hour, and I left feeling gorgeously glam. This is the kind of bar stop I could get used to. 139 Elmgrove Avenue. 383-3797,

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in this city when cooking supply stores seemed a dime a dozen. When Stock Culinary Goods opened its doors on Hope Street last November, it was part of a very small lot. “When Williams-Sonoma at Providence Place closed in January, we were the only kitchen store left in Providence,” says owner Jan Dane. “Our plan was always to bring in a lot of appliances and utilitarian items. If Jan is affable and warm, her school-age daughter is outright charming. As I make my way around the perimeter of the room, the duo warmly greets all who enter, leaving me to browse freely. The first thing I notice is that many items in stock are made in America such as framed Edible Rhody food prints and handmade Lynne’s Whim aprons. But as cute as Lynne’s aprons are, my heart belongs to the burlap ones with silky sash ties, sold inside glass Ball canister jars. No culinary shop worth its weight in flour would be complete without a multitude of goods from France. One of my favorite items in the store is an imported red Chasseur cast iron cooking dish with a bunny-shaped lid. “I have that with a duck lid too,” Jan says from across the room. There are clear stacking bowls and ceramic stockpots and – what’s that? – a beautiful made in France tagine, retailing for $299. It’s half

kitchen showpiece, half cooking vessel, but for those on a budget, the Emile Henry tagine retails for just $139. Everything you need to be a domestic goddess is here: food scales, hand turned cherry wood rolling pins, fondue pots, utensils, cast iron pans and griddles, glass pitchers, cloth napkins and hand-blown juicers. Be sure to pick up a Cook’s Journal in which you can track your culinary prowess. As all skilled chefs cook with wine, you’ll want a place to store your wine and a means by which to keep it fresh. You can hang three bottles on Stock’s wine rack, featuring felt horseshoe-shaped holders. While I truly love most everything in this store, there were two items I covet above all others. The first is an 11.5inch hand-forged artisan copper pot that is made here in Rhode Island. The handle is crafted of cast iron and attached by copper rivets. It has a pretty hefty price tag, but it’s certainly worth saving up for. Many items in Stock are very affordable including the colorful Nogent knives. When I notice them clinging to a magnetic burlap knife rack, I gasp in delight and ask Jan its price. “Actually we don’t sell the knife rack,” she says, “but my husband made it from items that are all available in store!” Well, I suppose I could handle a project. Game on. 756 Hope Street. 521-0101,

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What do you like about working for Whole Foods instead of a restaurant? Whole Foods is a place that fosters the creative spirit and is truly what separates it from working in the restaurant. Working for Whole Foods certainly does afford you more time to pursue other interests. The late nights and long hours of the restauraunt business are behind me, allowing more time with my wife and two-year-old son. The job is still certainly stressful. There are always demands to maintain a full, clean and attractive department, but that is why it is an extremely rewarding position. I’ve always said I want to work hard enough to know I deserve that ice-cold beer when I get home. What do you pay special attention to when developing recipes? Creativity is something I value and try to have with my cooking. I like to do catering jobs when the opportunity presents itself. That’s where I can try to go outside of the box and get into the kitchen and do some cooking. Shrimp and mango ceviche, polenta bolognese with thyme and lemon zest, and chimichurri beef skewers are a few items I made for a special event. Bringing the highest quality food to our customer drives my cooking. Even if the item is a staple, freshness and high quality healthy ingredients are always the inspiration for my dishes. I also love working as part of a team. I take suggestions from the team to help make

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Fulmer cites it as “a big change in paradigm, normalizing the idea that RI could produce its own food year round.” The farmer’s markets are just the most visible part, however, of a sophisticated local food system that connects producers, processors and retail and wholesale

the design for Farm Fresh’s packhouse in Hope Artiste Village.” However, the most exciting things are yet to come. These impressive first years have only built the infrastructure for a local food system that Fulmer and Griffin see becoming much bigger

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buyers. One of the organization’s biggest successes has been its Market Mobile program, which allows wholesale customers like restaurants and cafeterias to order food direct from the farms and have it delivered to their door. Many people and organizations in other states have tried to create just such a distribution system to no avail, but Farm Fresh made it work. Now Market Mobile helps 50 farmers – many of whom had never grown food year round or worked in wholesale – sell to almost 100 customers from Westerly to Boston every week. Program Director Sheri Griffin credits the enthusiasm of both suppliers and customers for making the program work, but there is more to it than just that. “The program’s foundations are based in some quirky skills of Noah’s and mine,” she notes. “Noah is a fantastic coder and has made this amazing software that runs the online ordering system. I grew up in a citrus farming family in Florida and my father designed and managed commercial citrus packing houses; he and I worked together on

and more sophisticated with expanded reach. “We estimate that just 1% of the food consumed in Rhode Island is locally grown or caught,” notes Griffin, adding, “That is 99% opportunity!” Two of the biggest projects on the horizon are the Open Kitchen and the Providence Public Market. The former will be a rentable food processing site and business incubator for food entrepreneurs who aren’t yet ready to maintain their own permanent space. The latter would be the real game changer for Rhode Island: a permanent, year round local food marketplace along the lines of Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market (you know, the place where they throw the fish) or San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza. There are several smaller items on Farm Fresh’s more immediate to-do list. They’re pushing legislation in the General Assembly that would legalize local beer and wine sales at farmer’s markets. Fulmer again points to Massachusetts, where local brewers and vintners saw a 66% boost in sales after similar legislation.

They’re helping to launch a Rhode Island seafood marketing campaign in April, with the intent of applying “some of the farm-to-table magic” to the bounty of our waters. The Market Mobile will also continue to roll towards its goal of breaking $2 million in sales this year. While we might take such successes for granted, in many ways Farm Fresh has become a national model. “That stuff might not sound exciting, but ‘food hubs’ are one of the biggest focuses in local food development across the country right now,” Fulmer says. “We’ve had a revolving door of groups from Seattle, New York and Philadelphia coming to see what we’re doing here in Providence.” Go to for an extended Q&A with Fulmer and Griffin. IN OTHER NEWS Bonefish Grill has opened in Cranston’s Chapel View shopping center (2000 Chapel View Blvd.). The national chain of seafood restaurants began in Florida in 2000, and has since expanded into more than 30 states. Their philosophy is to offer a variety of fresh fish from around the globe, which is handcut daily in their restaurants. Their unique grilled fish menu includes everything from mahi mahi to wild grouper to rainbow trout, all prepared in a wood-fired grill and paired with a selection of sauces ranging from chimichurri to a sweet Pan Asian (get it? Pan Asian) glaze. They’re open for dinner MondaySaturday and lunch and dinner on Sunday, and offer a full bar. Munroe Dairy, which continues that classic American tradition of milk delivery directly to your door with its iconic Cow Truck, recently added strawberry milk to its menu. While that alone might be enough to make the kid in you swoon, it’s even better to note that they’ve been delivering it for a good cause. Through January and February, Munroe donated 10% of its strawberry milk sales to Project Undercover, a nonprofit providing cleans socks, underwear and diapers to children in need. They had sold over 4800 quarts as of press time – and if you missed your chance to help Project Undercover, at least you can still enjoy some strawberry milk.

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The past decade has been a great one for local food. There are weekly farmer’s markets in almost every community during the warmer months, along with an increasing number of winter markets; more restaurants than ever are not only sourcing locally, but making it a talking point on their menus; and countless Rhode Islanders have had the opportunity to get to know their farmers, fishermen, cheesemongers and other food producers. The organization that is due a large portion of the credit is Farm Fresh RI. Founded in 2004, the nonprofit has blended so seamlessly into the lives and diets of Rhode Islanders, that many don’t even know it by name – though they certainly know its work. It’s a testament to Farm Fresh’s effectiveness that less than ten years later, it’s almost difficult to remember a time when fresh, local produce wasn’t readily available. “Much of the dysfunction in our food system today can be traced to the disconnect between people and where their food comes from,” explains founder and Executive Director Noah Fulmer. “Our work is about rebuilding ways to get local food to local eaters. The demand is huge and Rhode Island used to be good about connecting local supply and demand, but we’ve let things get rusty in the past few decades.” Farm Fresh has addressed this problem in a number of ways. The first and most ubiquitous is the farmer’s market: the organization operates 11 summer markets in Providence, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, West Warwick, Middletown and Newport. “Making the bounty of RI farms more accessible in urban communities has been at the core of our mission,” says Fulmer. “It’s a win for farmers to have a market in a population center and it’s a win for city folks who get access to healthier, fresher foods.” To that end, Farm Fresh has also made sure that the WIC, seniors coupons and SNAP are accepted at the markets. There has also been a multiplier effect, as countless other markets have popped up around the state in Farm Fresh’s wake – and the organization built on its own success by pioneering the Wintertime Market at Hope Artiste Village in 2007.

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I want so much to say the Wurst Kitchen is really the best kitchen, but I’ll refrain from doing so. Tucked into a corner of Chez Pascal, this petite eatery - possibly the smallest in the city reminds me of foreign lifestyles… pubs in Ireland, trattorias in Italy and cafés in France. It’s very much the kind of place where the workingman (or woman) stops in for a hearty lunch or a tasty dinner after laboring all day. And indeed you’ll find all kinds of people dining at the Wurst Kitchen - folks from the immediate neighborhood, die-hard fans of Chez Pascal and people looking for a unique dining experience. Matt and Kristin Gennuso, owners of Chez Pascal since 2003, converted part of their beloved French-influenced restaurant into the Wurst Kitchen last year, following the solid success of their food truck, Hewtin’s Dogs. Fans simply can’t get enough of Chef Matt’s Grote & Weigle hot dogs, housemade sausages, cured meats and condiments offered via the truck, which parks here and there mostly during the lunch hour and regularly at the Pawtucket Farmers’ Market at Hope Artiste Village. (The truck’s morning menu features a wonderful egg and ham sandwich on brioche with cheddar and sweet pepper relish.) Rather than add that rustic fare to the sublime menu at Chez Pascal, the talented couple opened a walk-up window and eventually added a food bar with four stools and two tables for

communal dining. On the Tuesday we stopped in for lunch, we had no trouble grabbing a couple of spots at one of the tables. On a subsequent Friday, we were lucky to get three seats together. Just about every spot was taken with the overflow crowd seated at the larger Chez Pascal bar. One of my lunchtime faves is the Pork Butt Pastrami ($8.50) with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard stuffed into a warm roll. You’ll see me licking my fingers when I polish off one of those delicious sandwiches. We thought we detected a hint of lemon in the mild Currywurst ($7.50), smoked weisswurst with curried onion sauce, but later learned that it was really golden raisins that gave this sandwich its very singular flavor. On the side of these lunchtime sandwiches was a scoop of excellent, bacon-scented potato salad much too small, in my opinion. On another day, and in a bolder mood, I took a chance on the Chorizo ($7.50) sandwich topped with egg salad, red pepper relish and just a hint of hot sauce. The Portuguese sausage was mild, and the sweetness of the relish tied all the flavor components together. I took a chance, and I won. As much as I liked that, it was the side dish of tender Sweet Potatoes with Bacon Butter ($4) that had me taking yet another bite even after I was quite full. Bacon butter… what a concept. Another much-appreciated dish was a special that day, a cup of velvety

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potato bisque ($4.50) with slices of smoked hot links and chives. At night all the lunch creations and more are served outside of the bun on wooden boards (priced at $8 to $12) accompanied by condiments. For instance, the lunchtime chorizo with egg salad in a lightly toasted roll is transformed into chorizo with beer-braised onions and crispy onion strings. Another solid dinner is the Thuringer Bratwurst ($8) with braised red cabbage and cranberry grainy mustard. Small plates ($8 to $12), just right for sharing if you are feeling generous, are also offered on the dinner menu, posted on a huge chalkboard on the back wall. But these grazing plates are so good I want to keep them all to myself, especially the Pretzel Profiteroles, pastrami mini-sliders with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. The small size of this restaurant and communal tables make for a relaxed, friendly dining experience. I found myself recommending the pastrami to a total stranger, a rare occurrence in chilly New England. Seated at the tiled food bar, it’s easy to converse with servers while they assemble the sandwiches and dinner platters. When the place is humming at lunchtime, it’s not unusual to see Matt come out of the Chez Pascal kitchen to expedite orders. We were fortunate to have the friendly chef-owner delivering food to our communal table with a smile and delicious descriptions of what we were about to eat. He even treated

everyone to bowls of really good popcorn, popped in-house with kernels from a local farm. Now before you go to the Wurst Kitchen, you have to understand the rules. It is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am2:30pm, and dinner from 5:309:30pm. The Wurst menu is available only in the Wurst Kitchen and at the dining room bar, not in the Chez Pascal dining room. Likewise, the Chez Pascal menu is not available in the Wurst Kitchen. The menu changes now and then so it’s wise to follow this restaurant on Twitter, which will also let you know where their food truck is located. Daytime take-out orders can be placed at a walk-up window. Outdoor seating will be available in warmer weather, which is on the horizon. Linda Beaulieu is the author of “The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, Second Edition” available at stores throughout the state. Follow Linda on Twitter @LindaBeaulieu3.

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How do the kitchen and bar come together? Contemporary comfort cuisine served in a comfortable atmosphere. Guests are blown away by how good the food looks and tastes; it’s really good without being pretentious. Our chefs have the scene down pat. We just recently started blending the kitchen and bar together so that our drinks have strawberry, basil, ginger and other elements that synergize with select menu items. What can guests expect from the bar? We have an amazing wine and craft beer selection featuring 10 beers on tap. We cater to our clientele; one of our regulars requested Delirium Tremens Beer so we ordered it. If I get it for you though, you have to drink it (laughs)! We’re launching a new cocktail list in the spring. I worked with Sous Chef Chris to create the best base mix for our Bloody Marys; the base is made with

house infused vodka peppadew peppers, cilantro, paprika and celery seed. What’s your signature cocktail? Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic –strawberry basil puree made in-house, Death’s Door Gin, which features organic botanicals crafted with wild juniper berries and traces of coriander and fennel, simple syrup, fresh lime juice and tonic water. Where did you pick up your bartending skills? The bartender walked out of the small Italian restaurant I was waitressing at back home in North Carolina. The owner told me to get behind the bar ASAP even though I knew nothing about making cocktails. People walked me through how to make certain drinks and seven years later, I’m still bartending. What does KitchenBAR add to the neighborhood? With two TVs, we’re an alternative to a sports bar. People joke that they want their names engraved their name on the back of the barstool like Cheers.


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


ADESSO ON THE HILL 139 Acorn Street; 521-0770. The popular Adesso is back, in a new location. Come in for an elegant Italian dining experience; try a brick oven pizza cooked in the open air kitchen. D $$-$$$ ANDREAS 268 Thayer St.; 331-7879. For a taste of Greece, head to Andreas. Their menu includes souvlaki, moussaka and a variety of kabobs, along with specialties like Lemon Oregano Lamb Chops and Spanakopita, an appetizer of spinach and feta in flaky phyllo dough. BrLD $-$$ ASPIRE RESTAURANT 311 Westminster St.; 521-3333. Aspire offers an

CAV 14 Imperial Pl.; 751-9164. The New York Times’ choice as one of Providence’s five best restaurants, CAV’s contemporary award-winning cuisine is available for lunch and dinner daily. They also feature Saturday/Sunday brunch. BrLD $$-$$$ DOK’S DELI 146 Ives St, 369-7633. Providence’s only New York-style deli lives up to a high gastronomic standard by using fresh, local ingredients and house-smoked meats. Try the Roadhouse, with house-cured pastrami, corned beef, bacon and “Swayze sauce,” in homage to the man himself. Meats, sides and house-made pickles all sold retail, too. LD $ DON JOSE TEQUILAS 351 Atwells Ave.; 454-8951. Don Jose’s digs a little deeper than your average Mexican restaurant, with all the basics you love alongside more artfully composed entrees and a wonderful selection of house-made tequilas. LD $$

BOMBAY CLUB 145 Dean St.; 2736363. Located on Federal Hill, this Indian restaurant features dinner everyday and a buffet lunch on weekends. Try the specialty Bombay Mix Grill with an assortment of kebobs on a sizzling plate. LD $$-$$$

THE DORRANCE 60 Dorrance St.; 521-6000. The Dorrance, a 2012 James Beard Foundation award semi-finalist (best new restaurant and chef), is known for its impressive architecture, hand-crafted cocktails and delicious modern American cuisine. LD $$-$$$

BRAVO BRASSERIE 123 Empire St.; 4905112. Enjoy lunch and dinner at this American bistro with a French flair. Located downtown across from Trinity Rep, it’s the perfect place for a pre-theater dinner or cocktail after the show. LD $$-$$$

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 $-$$

CAFé PARAGON 234 Thayer St.; 3316200. This hip eatery serves sandwiches, pasta and entrees at prices lower than the chic décor would have you believe. The adjoining Viva lounge is perfect for after-dinner drinks and private parties. BrLD $-$$

HARUKI EAST 172 Wayland Ave.; 2230332. For authentic Japanese dining, try Haruki’s large variety of sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, soba noodles and delicious specialty entrees. Enjoy the chic atmosphere and the freshest sushi around. LD $-$$$

CASERTA’S PIZZERIA 121 Spruce St.; 621-9190. This Rhode Island tradition serves big pizzas with generous toppings and thick, rich tomato sauce. Their famous Wimpy Skippy, a spinach pie with cheese and pepperoni, is not to be missed. LD $-$$

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LIM’S 18 Angell St.; 401-383-8830. Dive into the unique combination of Lim’s fine Thai cuisine and sushi served in an intimate and modern setting. LD $$

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

LUXE BURGER BAR 5 Memorial Blvd.; 621-5893. Luxe brings the classic burger to a new level. Their build-yourown burger list, which includes Kobe and Gold Labeled beef, never ends, with countless possible combinations. LD $-$$

PROVIDENCE PRIME 279 Atwells Ave.; 454-8881. At this finest USDA steakhouse, the atmosphere is fresh and sophisticated. With award winning steak, fresh seafood and a collection of over 300 bottles of wine, it’s the best in its class. LD $-$$$

MCBRIDE’S PUB 161 Wayland Ave.; 751-3000. McBride’s is a traditional Irish pub serving all the classics from Fish ‘n Chips to Corned Beef and Cabbage. They offer live entertainment on Tuesdays and Saturdays. LD $-$$

RED STRIPE 465 Angell St.; 437-6950. 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 $-$$$

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. D $$-$$$

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 $-$$

NYLO 400 Knight Street.; 734-4460. This contemporary restaurant is both delicious and visually stunning, with a loft restaurant and lounge. There is continental breakfast Monday-Friday and a full breakfast buffet available Saturday & Sunday. BLD $$-$$$

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 $

PARKSIDE 76 South Main St.; 3310003. Chef/owner Steven Davenport offers innovative and classic foods with eclectic flare. The menu also includes creative pasta dishes and, of course, the signature rotisserie meats for which Parkside is famous. LD $-$$ PHO HORN’S 50 Ann Mary St.; 3656278. Pho Horn’s offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine, including traditional dishes like the popular Pho (noodle soup) and Rice Chowder with


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 $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 10 Memorial Blvd. (at the GTECH Center); 272-2271. Come celebrate their fifth year overlooking Waterplace Park by treating yourself to the best USDA Prime steak in Providence. Change your life one bite at a time. D $$$

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

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This Month March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 From on-the-spot musicals to improvised songs, dances and skits, the cast of Friday Night Live promises memorable, unique performances appropriate for all age groups. $5. 7-8pm. 9 Duncan Ave. 831-9479, March 1-3 Experience the eccentric phenomenon that is the Blue Man Group, a wildly popular theatrical performance group, which combines comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Check online for show times. $38-65. 220 Weybosset St. 421-2787, March 1-22 The decrease of this year’s NHL games still got you down? Cheer on the Providence Bruins as they compete against teams from all around the country. Check online for game times. $27-32. 1 LaSalle Sq. 331-6700, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Work out those laughing muscles every Saturday night at Improv Jones, featuring some of the funniest local talent together as an award-winning improvisational troupe. $5. 10pm. 95 Empire St. 831-9327, March 3 The American comedy rock band Tenacious D rolls into Lupo’s Heartbreak hotel for an unforgettable evening of songs from their latest album, Rize of the Fenix. $39.50-45. Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm. 79 Washington St. 3315876, March 3, 10 & 17 Enjoy baked goodies and stimulating moderators every Sunday at the Temple Beth-El’s Sisterhood Film Festival, featuring such films as Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray and A Journey of Spirit. Grab an early seat and stay late for the discussions. Free. 2pm. 70 Orchard Ave. 331-6070, March 7 & 21 Gasbarro’s Wines invites the public to


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two complimentary wine tastings, the first featuring some of Verona’s most famous wines and the second showcasing Silver Oak’s high-scoring wine varieties. Free. 6-8pm. 361 Atwells Ave. 421-4170, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 High school students interested in art and volunteering are encouraged to join the Art Guild, a weekly gathering of artsy teens who help with arts-based projects about Artists’ Exchange. Contact the Artists’ Exchange to sign up. Free. 2:15-3:45pm. 50 Rolfe Sq, Cranston. 490-9475, March 8-10 Festival Ballet proudly presents a double-bill of Agon & Orchis, two unique ballets representing two different eras. While Agon premiered in 1957, Orchis is a recent release involving a multimedia collaboration. Check online for show times. $20-65. 1 Avenue of the Arts. 353-1129, March 9 From the predominantly Irish neighborhoods of South-Side Chicago comes The Tossers 20th Anniversary Tour, featuring contemporary Irish music that has been pushing the boundaries since the early ‘90s. $1013. Doors 8pm, Show 9pm. 103 Dike St. 383-1112, March 14-31 Written by Brown MFA program’s Jackie Sibblies Drury, Social Creatures is a sidesplitting “dramedy” looking into the truly terrifying reality of what possibly lies ahead for us at the end of the road. Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St, Providence. 3514242, March 14-31 The award-winning play The Real Thing tells the story of Henry and Annie, and how their marriages are on the verge of breakdown due to their affair. But there’s a question neither can

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answer: is their love the real thing? Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St. 7234266, March 15 & 16 The Providence Ballet’s latest production of Hansel & Gretel transforms the traditional fairy tale adventure into a journey to discover the nature of true beauty. Check online for show times. $15-30. 600 Mount Pleasant Ave. 4568144,

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March 23 Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for their annual H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Walk, a tour commemorating the birth of Lovecraft by showcasing sites and events featured in his personal letters and Providence-based stories. $10. 11am-12:30pm. 52 Power St. 273-7507 x62, March 23 With more credits beneath her belt than space to display them here, Susan Lorette Dunn is the talented mezzo soprano behind Jeremiah and The Great (Symphony). Fans of Bernstein, Schubert and Beethoven will love this show. $30-70. 8-10pm. 1 Avenue of the Arts. 248-7000, March 24 Little ones are encouraged to follow clues left around Roger Williams Park Zoo as part of their Egg Scavenger Hunt. All egg hunters receive a goodie bag full of fun stuff. Free with admission. 1000 Elmwood Ave. 941-4998, March 28 Enjoy an evening with folk artists at the Roots Cafe’s Peace Work “All About Folk” event, featuring musicians WS (Bill) Monroe, Tracie Potochnik and Kate Katzberg. Free. 7-10pm. 276 Westminster St. 272-7422, March 29 The rocking sounds of the red-headed brother/sister duo White Mystery comes to Firehouse No. 13 along with Warm Soda, Galvanize and Olneyville Sound System. Where else can you get this much music for such a killer price? $8. Doors 8pm, Show 9pm. 41 Central St. 270-1801, March 29-30 A Boston-based comedian who’s performed everyplace from Las Vegas to Afghanistan, Ira Proctor knows how to tell a story as profound as it is hilarious. $15. 39 Warren Ave, East Providence. 438-8383,

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this show, if they had made it ten more years, would have been redefined in some respect,” he points out. “Some of the brilliance of Wilson is that, like great playwrights do, he tells a big story by telling a little story. It’s just this family. It’s people in this backyard, in Pittsburgh, in 1957, and the world is coming hard for everybody in here.” Actor MJ Daly, who plays Troy’s wife Rose, thinks that the plain, accessible language of the script befits the backyard setting. “This isn’t a drawing room. People cuss. People talk about sex. It’s real life. So it’s gritty, inside and outside.” Ricardo urges RI audiences unfamiliar with the play, or with Mixed Magic Theatre, or with driving anywhere to see theatre, to be brave. “The same way you have to make an investment in buying food for your table, you have to make an investment in making sure that the food for your mind is taken care of, too. And good theatre is food for the mind.” MJ chimes in, with a grin, “And if you think you only like one thing, you just haven’t tried enough things.” “You’re malnourished,” jokes Jonathan. More food for thought: Fences is a

Pulitzer Prize-winning part of the late Wilson’s series The Pittsburgh Cycle, ten plays that explore the AfricanAmerican experience in the twentieth century. As Mixed Magic Theatre’s wealth of original material – like When Mahalia Sings and Moby Dick: Then and Now – continues to gain traction outside the state, the time is ripe for the company to mount a classic like Fences here at home. With a strong cast ready for the challenge, Mixed Magic seems poised to hit this baseball player’s story out of the park. Notes Jonathan of the production, “It’s a locally based ensemble of performers of color doing a great piece of American theatre. That’s not done that often.”

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came true for everyone, it would need a new name. Splashy stories of success promote the ethos, but there is meaning to be found in the quieter, more common tales of failure, too. Fences, the acclaimed drama by August Wilson, examines the effects of one baseball player’s broken dream in 1950s Pittsburgh. Thirty years after its premiere, the play remains a masterful, moving study of history, legacy, race, loss and hope - as audiences will see on Mixed Magic Theatre’s Pawtucket stage this month. “I would describe it, in shorthand, like a black Death of a Salesman,” artistic director Jonathan Pitts-Wiley observes of the show, drawing parallels between the characters of Wilson’s protagonist Troy Maxson and playwright Arthur Miller’s Willy Loman. “What happens when the dream doesn’t happen? It’s not like you don’t make it and then you die. Sometimes you don’t make it and then you haul garbage for years and years and years.” Fences’ Troy Maxson ends up a garbage man, but starts out a star athlete. His baseball career peaks before the desegregation of Major League Baseball, leaving him financially stymied and unfulfilled. He does his best to provide for his family, abiding by his own definition of masculinity. But his embittered, begrudging sense of duty affects his family members and their dreams in ways he can’t anticipate. As Jonathan muses, “This is not a person whose dream ended and so he bailed. In fact, he didn’t. And that had its own devastating consequence.” Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, Jonathan’s father, tackles the role of Troy. This marks his fourth time performing in Fences, but his first with Jonathan at the helm. (They’ve shared the story before, though; when Ricardo was cast in his first production of it, he and his then six-year-old son would run lines together.) From his veteran perspective, Ricardo explains how the backdrop of the 50s heightens the drama. “The role of every person in

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each edition is donated to the charity of the artist’s choice. “At this point, I would say the fastest seller is Josh Keyes, with whom we’ve raised over tens of thousands of dollars for organizations like Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders,” she says. “People are enthusiastic to begin collecting art and also to be giving back. We often receive very warm emails from people after they make their first purchase.” In terms of artist selection, it’s as simple as Finch and Buonaccorsi choosing ones that they both like. “Normally this translates to a highly skilled artist who makes interesting work that’s accessible to a diverse audience,” Finch explains. “We offer affordable high-quality art in a digital environment for even the most remote art enthusiasts. In this way we hope to encourage people to see art as an everyday experience.” Tiny Showcase has lots of great new editions in a wide array of mediums lined up for the New Year. In addition to traditional prints, they sometimes offer t-shirts, coloring books and pieces that are framed and matted, making for the perfect no-fuss gift.

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Allain’s previous full length album, thirteen, contains some pretty intimate lyrics on the opener “My Father’s Only Son”: “Our hands were shadowed by the dirt/ we pulled the life out of the ground just to re-seed her.” Like most musicians and fans, Steve’s love of music started early on at home. He grew up in a house filled with the sounds of George Jones, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. When his grandmother died he inherited her collection of vintage doo-wop and Chubby Checker. Later, when his family moved to New Brunswick, Canada his cousins, aunts and uncles would play and sing at family gatherings and young Steve would record hours of it and listen back later on. “This is when the seeds got planted in my head,” he says. Steve tends to shy away from straight storytelling in his songs, leaning more towards stream of consciousness or “aural collage” as he calls it. On “Good For You,” he paints a striking vignette; “Behind the wheel

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