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It’s no secret in the LGBT community that accurate representation – or representation at all – has always been seriously lacking in the mainstream media. From sitcom cancellations like Ellen in the 1990s to the hackneyed stereotypes on shows like The L Word, and the “bury your gays” trope on shows like The 100,

LGBT cinematic history has been awash with marred, inauthentic characterization. Occasionally, the media gods graced the public with a few gems, but for the most part, LGBT stories have always been on the proverbial “B” reel. This very pattern is something that AS220’s Cocktails and Screens events are hoping to change. This

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year, the program will host its first ever LGBT screening event in celebration of Pride Month. From the genesis of Cocktails and Screens in September 2018, the staff has always been on the lookout for diverse filmmakers. “Right from the start, our mission was to provide a platform to tell diverse stories and not shy away from any subject,” says Jimmy Caputo, co-founder and co-host of the film program. Jimmy recognized early on that there are a lot of voices that have been silenced by Hollywood. The program has screened films pertaining to several serious topics including rape, abuse, autism, homelessness, conversion therapy, and Middle-Eastern conflict. So, when LGBT filmmakers and directors reached out to him in the early part of this year, he did not hesitate to dedicate a night to their work where people could enjoy art from a different perspective. Says Jimmy, “We are interested in giving everyone an equal voice.” Cocktails and Screens is unique because it gives the audience the chance to interact with the directors after they watch their films and have more in-depth conversations about the work they just experienced. Jimmy says that many of the works screened at the event are meant to entertain, but the shorts have more of an agenda. They are trying to convey a poignant message and start an open, intellectual conversation about the issue. He also explains that these film festivals are special because the participants are passionate about their work. You won’t see a hyper-produced, cliched piece made to make a killing at the box office here. “Whether or not a given film or genre is your cup of tea, hearing the filmmakers speak passionately about their work, it’s hard not to become endeared to their project or at least to respect their efforts.” Cocktails and Screens Pride Event will be held June 6. AS220.org.

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Learning by Cooking Rhode Island Community Food Bank program celebrates 20 years of kitchen job training

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Community Kitchen gives students hands-on opportunities to launch a culinary career

of local restaurants, where owners are eager to conscript trained cooks, no matter how complicated their backgrounds. “Even though we’re a culinary training program, we emphasize life skills. Employers don’t want to say, ‘Get here on time.’ We work with them on teambuilding and leadership. They walk out of here with their heads a little higher.” Simple exercises can go a long way; for the first time in their lives, many students learn to formally introduce themselves and use basic communication skills. A favorite activity is modeled on “show and tell,” where students gather in the kitchen, hand

out a sample of something they’ve created, and explain their process. During our visit, one student distributes Dixie cups of brussels sprouts, bacon, and cheese – an explosion of flavor. Not everyone graduates from the program, but tactile activities like this help students own their roles. “Sometimes they don’t want to do a task,” says Heather. “They say, ‘I’ll do that when I’m working in a restaurant, because then it’ll be real.’ I tell them, ‘This is real. It doesn’t get more real than this. If you’re going to do it, you need to start doing it now.’” RIFoodBank.org -Robert Isenberg

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On a Wednesday morning, a dozen students huddle in a classroom. They wear chef’s whites and furiously jot down the day’s chores: cut 10 pounds of celery sticks, prep meat, wash dishes. Students nod, acknowledging their assignments. Some ask questions. “How finely should I chop the onions for the tetrazzini?” says one. “Dice them,” comes the answer. “A small to medium dice.” This is the Community Kitchen classroom, where novices have learned culinary arts for 21 years. Everyone here is low-income or unemployed, and some lack permanent addresses. All around them, cheeky culinary posters decorate the walls: “Periodic Table of Desserts,” “15 Minutes Early is On Time, On Time is Late,” and “Our Kitchen: Love Served Here.” “We have a really great program, and we network with the other community kitchens across the country,” says Chef Heather Langlois, a Johnson & Wales alumna who helped found the program and has taught here since the beginning. “There’s a lot of passion behind us. Every class, we learn something that we can change. We always ask, ‘How can we help them more?’” Community Kitchen is a creation of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, where classes take place. For 14 weeks, students convene at the Niantic Avenue facility to study kitchen arts, food safety, and professional development. The program is tuition-free, but it’s also demanding: Students participate in hands-on activities for eight hours a day, mimicking restaurant shifts. The meals they create are served at community centers and after-school programs across the region. Many participants have gone on to work in restaurants, earn master’s degrees, and become teachers themselves. For others, holding down a job and paying bills is an achievement unto itself. “We have very dedicated staff,” say Mev Miller, the program’s life skills manager. Community Kitchen works with a range


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With a rich history of connecting Rhode Island communities and welcoming visitors to the City of Providence, PVDFest (from June 6-9) is deepening its connective

fabric by working with local organizations to launch the first-ever 1,000 Acts of Kindness Program at this year’s event. The program, inspired by Mayor Elorza’s

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BENEFITING TWIN RIVER’S EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIP FUND City of Kindness initiative (launched in January), will ask festival-goers to record acts of kindness they see throughout the weekend, while encouraging participants to pay kind acts forward to other visitors. Two “Kindness Kiosks” will be set up along the PVDFest footprint to catch these acts of kindness, which can be anything from letting someone go in front of you in line to buying a friend a drink. The kiosks, curated by the student-led Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex (JSEC) Kindness Crew, will house JSEC students that will record acts of kindness throughout the festival. These students and their coordinator will be available to provide tips on how to be kind and prompt discussion by asking participants how they define “kindness” – all with the end-goal of recording 1,000 acts through the duration of PVDFest. In addition to their remarkable kindness initiative, the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Program has partnered with Kindness. org in New York City to provide kind festival-goers a national platform to display their acts. The 1,000 Acts of Kindness Program will launch on Thursday, June 6, the first night of the festival, where the first-ever citywide Good Night Lights will connect festival participants with the city tradition, while also bringing the magic of PVDFest to the children at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Deputy Press Secretary at the Office of Mayor Elorza, Patricia Socarras, says that “in years past, events bringing community together have served as gateways for participation for first-time festival-goers. The feeling of community is a critical part of PVDFest and the [Kindness Program] offers another opportunity for participants to be a part of the festival.” Patricia encourages festival participants to record their acts of kindness on social media using the hashtag #1000ActsPVD. PVDFest.com -Caroline Boyle

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The Land That Time Forgot Digital tour highlights the evolution of Providence’s urban landscape It’s easy to think of an open space as somewhere where nothing has yet been built, but in urban environments, that often isn’t the case. Providence Public Library’s spring exhibition, part of the 41.8219° N, 71.4171° W Exhibition & Program Series, hones in on the places our eyes often pass over, telling the stories of empty lots, parks, parking lots, crumbling foundations, and fields. The heart of the exhibition is a digital tour highlighting 12 vacant and open spaces throughout Providence using maps, photographs, and information from the library’s Special Collections. It’s hosted by Rhode Tour, a smartphone app and website that uses text, sound, and images to bring Ocean State stories to the palm of your hand. Did you know that a smallpox quarantine hospital once stood on Field’s Point? Or that La Salle Academy was originally located downtown, near La Salle Square. Exhibit curator Angela DiVeglia is also hanging temporary signs at each location

that tell viewers what the space used to be and direct them to the digital tour and a hotline where they can share their own memories. “Our usual exhibition space wasn’t available this year because the library is undergoing a massive renovation,” Angela explains, “so we decided to take our exhibition online and out into the streets.”

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The Groden Greenhouse Plant Nursery

We are pleased to introduce Rhody Gem, a new monthly column in Providence Monthly. We’re always being thanked for spotlighting the “hidden gems” of the state, and in our ongoing efforts to leave no stone unturned, we’re putting the call out to our readership! Each month we’ll spotlight a Rhody Gem: a business, artisan, or place suggested to us by our faithful readers. What it is: Part of The Groden Network, a mission-driven organization dedicated to serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges, this greenhouse offers houseplants and floral arrangements year-round to both retail and wholesale customers.

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Where to find it: Located at the corner of North Main Street and Branch Avenue within North Burial Ground. “I had always seen the greenhouse from the road and was curious,” begins nominator Margaret Owen. “I was delighted to find a plant source right in town and doubly pleased to discover that it’s a vocational training center for people with developmental challenges. On top of that, they welcomed my painting class (PermanentMagenta.com) for an afternoon and some of the students there joined us to sketch the plants.” What makes it a Rhody Gem? “It’s right smack in Providence,” says Margaret, who has purchased armloads of annuals like zinnias, marigolds, dusty miller, and more. “It’s so encouraging to have a wonderful alternative to those big box stores fives minutes from my house.”

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Sangria is the ultimate party drink. It’s classy, it’s tasty, and it fits almost any occasion. Created in Spain, this festive punch is a host’s go-to beverage, no matter what the weather or time of year. Sangria can also be easy to make: Chop up your favorite fruits, toss them in a pitcher of wine, and maybe mix in some fruit juice and spritzer. Voila! Your back-porch dinner party is a hit! You can also take your sangria to the next level – and better yet, use a medley of Rhode Island ingredients. Gooseneck Vineyards has some lively reds for the task, and local rum doesn’t get better than small-batch maker White Dog Distilling. The finishing touch is Yacht Club soda, which could be Pineapple, Orange Seltzer, Fruit Punch, or any number of other flavors.

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WaterFire turns 25 this year, and while Providence’s premier cultural phenomenon hasn’t lost any of its glow over the course of a quarter century, it’s not the only big event lighting up the city this summer. Practically every weekend between June and September is packed with festivals, including newer stars like PVDFest and FringePVD, a big menu full of foodie events, and soirees celebrating the gay community, ethnic pride, and the first blow for freedom against the British crown. “Providence is a great festival city in part because of its walkability,” says Kathleen Pletcher, founder of FirstWorks, which partners with the City of Providence to host PVDFest. Now in its fifth year, PVDFest 2019 has an expanded four-day lineup that includes a deeper program of speakers and more “spectaculars” than ever, including three days of performances by eVenti Verticali, a high-wire Italian performance troupe that plays against the backdrop of a giant video screen. “Providence is a wonderful canvas for festivals, and each year we raise the bar,” Kathleen says. So while you’re busy making summer plans, make sure at least some of these great Providence events are on your to-do list:

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PVD Fest: June 6-9 Artists are taking over Providence again for four days in June as the immersive PVDFest brings public art installations along with live music, dance performances, and food from the city’s culinary-arts masters to parks and other public spaces. Co-sponsored by the City and FirstWorks, this year’s PVDFest will include an exhibit of Pakistani truck art, a pretzel-eating contest, a parade, and a bike tour through the city’s neighborhoods. PVDFest.com

Gaspee Days: June 8-9 The burning of the HMS Gaspee in 1772 was one of the acts of rebellion leading up to the American War for Independence, and the annual Gaspee Days festival in Pawtuxet spotlights a triumphant parade featuring colonial militia groups in full regalia, a road race, and the ceremonial torching of a miniature Gaspee replica. Take that, King George! Gaspee.com

The Day of Portugal commemorates the death of famed Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões, known for his penned tribute to the golden age of Portugal’s seafaring exploration. In Providence, the holiday is marked by a two-day festival incorporated into PVDFest, with a torch procession and activities honoring Portuguese heritage. RIDayOfPortugal.org

Federal Hill Stroll: June 11 Siena, Pane e Vino, Caserta, Caffe Dolce Vita, Massimo, and many of our other favorite restaurants set out a sidewalk spread for participants during the Federal Hill Stroll, a three-hour movable feast that lets you indulge in Providence’s great cuisine (don’t forget dessert at Scialo Bros. Bakery) and walk it off at the same time. GoProvidence. com/Events/Federal-Hill-Stroll Photography by Small Frye Photography

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Providence Flea Don’t call it a “flea market” – Providence Flea has vendors, sure, but so much more, including live music and food trucks. On display are the works of artisans and craftspeople as well as vintage treasures. The Flea takes place on Sundays from mid-May through September, and each edition highlights the work of a local non-profit organization. ProvidenceFlea.com

Blackstone Parks Conservancy Summer Concert Series The historic trolley shelter on Blackstone Boulevard is the venue for an annual summer concert series, mostly on weekday evenings. BlackstoneParksConservancy.org

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An illuminated night parade winding through the streets of Providence and before a reviewing stand at PPAC will be the bedazzled culmination to the 2019 PrideFest, a celebration of the city’s LGBT community that includes a day-long festival/party on South Water Street, drag queens strutting across stages, carnival rides and a Kids Zone, and related events throughout the weekend. PrideRI.org

It’s unclear if man can live on bacon and beer alone, but for one day in June, this indulgent pairing can be fully satiated at Bacon & Beer Fest RI 2019. Held on the grounds of the Cranston Print Works building, the festival will feature samplings of 25 bacon dishes paired with an equal number of craft beers – all “curated” by the organizers of the popular Beervana Fest and RI Food Fights. Eventbrite.com

Swap golf balls for meatballs during the tastier side of the CVS Health Charity Classic golf tournament, which kicks off with the two-day Crave RI food festival at the Dunk. Food and drink are teed up by more than 100 restaurants like The Chapel Grille and La Creperie, plus more than 150 beer, wine, and liquor producers; the event includes demonstrations by top local chefs, as well. CVSHealthCharityClassic.com

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Maybe it’s the shared southern roots, but BBQ and blues music harmonize perfectly even among us Northerners. This two-day festival will feature music from bands like Slam Allen and Professor Harp, plus barbecued ribs, pulled pork, and all of those delicious sides like cornbread, mac and cheese, and collard greens. (Non-BBQ fixin’s will be available, too.) RIBBQBlues.com

“Paws” for a good cause at Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual Zoobilee bash, which last year raised more than $250,000 through ticket sales and an online auction. The adults-only Feast with the Beasts includes food tastings, wine and beer bottle bazaar, music and dancing to the sounds of the World Premier Band, and socializing with some of the zoo’s animal inhabitants. RWPZoo.org/Zoobilee

The Cape Verdean community is near and dear to Rhode Island, and the annual Independence Day Festival transforms India Point Park into an interactive cultural experience of the Cape Verde Islands. It’s also the oldest Cape Verdean heritage celebration in the country, featuring traditional music, dance, food, and themed tents, plus arts and crafts. RICapeVerdeanHeritage.org


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Seems appropriate that this summer’s FringePVD festival – a celebration of edgy performance art and local culture – will be held on the fringes of downtown Providence. Most performances will be held in the Olneyville neighborhood, including onstage at The Wilbury Theatre Group, at Sprout CoWorking space at Rising Sun Mills, Riffraff Bookstore and Bar, WaterFire Arts Center, and Donigian Park, which will host the main festival tent and beer garden. FringePVD.org

NecronomiCon: August 22-25 Providence, a.k.a. “the birthplace of weird” and also of macabre author H.P. Lovecraft, will host a conference devoted to Lovecraftian fiction featuring a goulash of festivities, art, and academic presentations from scholars, artists, and historians. The three-day NecronomiCon – named for Lovecraft’s book of magic – is sponsored by Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council, a Providence-based nonprofit. NecronomiCon-Providence.com

The Rhode Island Seafood Festival: September 7-8 India Point Park will channel its waterfront location into the Rhode Island Seafood Festival, which will be awash with lobster rolls, chowder, clam cakes, and other fresh seafood from local restaurants. Live music and kid-friendly entertainment will be on the menu, as well. RISeafoodFest.com

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RI Historical Society's Concert Under the Elms Held on the grounds of the John Brown House Museum, these Thursday night summer concerts are far from stodgy affairs, featuring bands like Steve Smith and the Nakeds, Becky Chace, and Neil and the Vipers. Food and dessert trucks also make an appearance. RIHS.org/Concerts-Under-The-Elms

Music at Burnside Park The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy sponsors the free Burnside Music Series + Beer Garden on Thursday evenings through July and August, with a diverse lineup of rock, electronic, jazz, and salsa artists, and the lunchtime concert series Noon Tunes in September. ProvParksConservancy.org

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Providence’s most famous tourist attraction, is both an event and an art installation centered around bonfires that light up the river passing through downtown. Tens of thousands of people converge in the city center for art, food, music, dancing, and more. The first full lighting takes place on June 22 with lightings happen throughout the summer and into the fall. Check WaterFire.org for dates.

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In Providence, the impressive complex Rising Sun Mills brings to mind the old saying “Birds of a feather flock together.” Built circa 1800 and named after their former function, the textile mills have been revived as live/work studios and lofts for artists and the once-abandoned buildings are now thriving with creatives of all disciplines, including Courtney Webster, an event stylist and project manager for an interior design studio in Boston, and her husband Brandon Aguiar, a painter. “We needed a space that could accommodate Brandon’s art studio,” Courtney says. “We fell in love with the raw, industrial character of the building with its original large windows, brick walls, and wood floor.” Living in a 1,300-square foot loft with such high ceilings takes some planning design wise. “We struggled a bit with how open the layout is! It was tricky to define spaces without anything feeling closed off,” Courtney admits. Yet within the floorplan concept the couple managed to create distinct areas linked by a neutral palette warmed with pink and blue color accents. “I love how well they pair with one another and how many different shades of each there are,”

The sofa received a new slipcover in neutral linen, while a shaggy throw from Urban Outfitters injects a bit of color and a lot of texture. When just a small dose is needed, dark wood and a bamboo tray can evoke exotic destinations without going all-out.

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Courtney notes. Their individual sense of design also comes into play. “Brandon and I have blended a mix of bohemian, midcentury-modern, and rustic styles in our home to create a true reflection of us. We wanted it to feel honest and homey with a mix of functional and stylish pieces,” says Courtney, who mines inspiration from design books, Instagram, blogs, and her job. “I’m always surrounded by beautiful fabrics, and am constantly sourcing and selecting items for clients. I get to envision how things would work in my home and love taking that influence and making it

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My martial arts experience is in Jeet Kune Do and kickboxing, which both entail striking from a distance, not wrestling up-close-andpersonal. So it took some courage for me to walk into Tim Burrill Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, just off of Eddy Street, on a Monday night. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling-based martial art; the strategy is to take the opponent to the ground to establish control. I was invited onto the mat by instructor Carlos, who talked me through basic escapes as he pinned me down. As a woman, I worried it might feel awkward being in a male-dominant environment, but the learning process was refreshingly free of tension. I wasn’t the only female student, either; the

studio’s general manager, Alexandra, homeschools her children, runs the dojo, and trains when she has the time. “I go reptilian when I fight,” she told me, laughing. “Every woman has aggression in them; it just needs to be let out.” Her husband Mitch, a student for over 10 years, affirms: “Women don’t have the size and strength advantage, so they think more, and they end up improving much faster than men in Jiu-Jitsu.” That Monday night on the mat, I understood what he meant. Jiu-Jitsu is like chess – it’s not about explosive power, but about taking a minute to breathe, to collect thoughts, and to act. It’s all about constant movement, even when pinned to the ground; you arch

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A COMPETITIVE EATING CONTEST WITH A TWIST The Malted Barley hosts first-ever pretzel eating contest at PVDFest World records. Pretzels. The Malted Barley. Competitive eaters. Billy Gilman singing the national anthem. What do all of these things have in common? They are all part of the first Malted Barley World Pretzel-Eating Championship taking place at PVDFest this year. Before sitting down to speak with Malted Barley owner Ron Koller, you wouldn’t think much of a pretzel-eating contest hosted by a local bar. However, upon further investigation, you’d find your assumptions were a gross underestimation. The contest is going to be much bigger than a street side attraction. “It’s going to be spectacular...we could have 20,000 to 25,000 people,” says Ron with all the zeal that P.T. Barnum probably had when he opened up his circus. The contest will include 12 participants, 10 who are ranked competitive eaters and two contestants from Rhode Island, on stage in Kennedy Plaza. The event will be regulated by Major League Eating, a sanctioned sport group (yes, sport group) that officiates world eating championships. Whoever can eat the most pretzels in a matter of minutes wins a cash prize,

holds a world record, and reaps the glory of a first-place competitive eater. The idea for the pretzel eating contest came to Ron and his wife at a state fair in Wisconsin. The fair hosted the world’s first cheese curd competitive eating contest, and watching the contestants devour the dairy product sparked inspiration for the couple. Ron called the Major League Eating Federation to inquire if anyone had done a competitive pretzel-eating contest. Turns out, it had never been attempted. “It was like fate, it was like karma,” Ron recalls. “We have to do this.” If this year’s inaugural contest goes well, Ron hopes to expand the affair with qualifying events leading up to the championship in Providence. Ideally, he’d like to hold smaller contests at his Malted Barley locations in Westerly and Juno Beach, Florida (now under construction). The winners would travel up to Rhode Island’s capital to have a stab at the world record. The Malted Barley World Pretzel-Eating Championship will be held at Kennedy Plaza as part of PVDFest June 8 at 3pm. TheMaltedBarley.com. -Lauren Vella

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No Grill Required

Lekker BBQ’s menu draws influences from Korea and Japan. Its signature offering, Seiro-Mushi, is a Japanese method of steaming meat, seafood, and vegetables in large, square bamboo steamers. When I entered the renovated Atwells Avenue space, I was surprised by how cozy it felt, with rustic wood walls and eclectic decor that verged on steampunk with a dash of American barbeque aesthetic. An amusing mural in the style of cave paintings shows the progression from prehistoric hunter societies to the modern restaurant. We started our meal with a scallion pancake. It was delicious, more delicate and translucent than usual, served with a traditional dipping sauce. Next, we chose a couple of selections from the Kebabs menu: a classic Yakitori (chicken skewer) and grilled eel with a sweet sauce. We were impressed by these and I would like to try more, like the lamb or cauliflower kebabs. We ordered two rounds of Seiro-Mushi,

one with a combination of beef and vegetables and the other with assorted seafood. Each order can feed one to two people. Though Seiro-Mushi is not as interactive as a hot pot or Korean barbeque, it’s still a production. Each table at Lekker BBQ has an induction cooker in its center. A square dish of water sits on the induction cooktop, ready to steam the ingredients. The large, square covered steamer is placed on top. Our meat and vegetable combo steamed for about ten minutes while we enjoyed our appetizers; the seafood was prepared in the kitchen so we could enjoy it at the same time. Lekker offers high quality beef, including prime short rib and Wagyu. Our choice, the prime short rib, was thinly sliced and had more marbling than some of the other cuts, which added flavor to the other ingredients. I appreciated the selection of vegetables, which included Japanese yam, enoki mushrooms, kabocha squash, edamame, and wide slices of carrot. Our

seafood steamer contained several large quahogs, mussels, and snow crab legs. The Seiro-Mushi is served with a multinational trio of dipping sauces: Japanese soy sauce, Korean Gochujang sauce, and a Chinese sesame sauce. When we finished our Seiro-Mushi, we didn’t expect the treat that would follow – a round of fresh ramen noodles simmered in the steaming broth. The broth was surprisingly flavorful and the noodles had a great texture. We all remarked on the utensils – metal chopsticks with a matching ramen spoon, as pleasant to use as they were stylish. Steam cooking is incredibly healthy. These days, when it seems everyone is following a specialty diet, this restaurant could be a good dinner choice to accommodate a party with diverse diets like gluten-free, Whole 30, low-carb, and paleo. Along with Seiro-Mushi, Lekker has a

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tableside skewer grill, Korean barbeque, and a couple of other entree selections including bibimbap. There’s also a small selection of desserts including the one we tried: a grilled banana split with Matcha ice cream. This cultural mashup was a fitting ending at a restaurant that takes inspiration from various cuisines.

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There’s no doubt that veganism has gained traction as a sustainable lifestyle. The plantbased diet is said to curb or prevent diseases that plague Americans such as heart disease and cancer, help reduce carbon emissions produced by the meatpacking industry, and serve as an ethical, guilt-free way to live your life. In Providence, many adhere to this lifestyle and so the demand for a robust variety of vegan options is high, and the global enterprise Plant City is here to meet it. The food hall, pioneered by vegan chef Matthew Kenney, was originally inspired by Lidia Basitanch and Mario Batali’s Eataly in New York City. The unique experience of dining in a market in the Italian wonderland is something that Matthew wanted to recreate with his conglomerate of stores. Set to open June 14, Plant City will include an expanse of eateries from all over the world. The building is laid out with several “concepts” in mind, with retail stalls on the bottom floor and sit-down restaurants upstairs. “There’s a little bit of everything from our existing concepts Double Zero [an Italian pizzeria] and Bar Verde [Mex-

ican cuisine] to a brand-new restaurant that we’re calling New Burger,” says Plant City rep, Charlotte MacKinnon. What is most impressive and commendable about this business, however, is the marketplace. Here, the vegan giant will partner with local food producers and businesses to provide Providence with the freshest plant-based products available. The hall’s retail section will include items like wine, beer, dried goods, nut cheeses, and other unique items. Charlotte remarks that this was one of the most exciting parts of the business, finding new vegan creations each locale has to offer. “We plan to source a lot from local companies – we’re already working on getting these amazing macaroons that are made in the area.” In addition, every restaurant housed in the space will source almost everything from produce to baked goods from local farms and small businesses. In a small state that revels in its locality, this vegan chain might just fit in. 334 Water Street, Providence, Facebook: Plant City PVD

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Chez Pascal’s rooftop addition will be a treat for its restaurant staff and customers alike “There’s certainly something really satisfying about putting a little seed in the dirt and just watching it grow,” says owner of Chez Pascal Kristin Gennuso. And she’s right. Nurturing your own produce from seedling to full-blown fruit does something to the soul, fostering a new appreciation for the process of farm-to-table cooking. Until recently, Kristin and her husband Matt were the only ones who could fully relish the sprouting, budding, and harvesting of the restaurant’s rooftop garden. The flat top of the building was only accessible via ladder, making the climb too hazardous for anyone but the owners. The husband-and-wife duo decided to extend the roof of Chez Pascal’s “nook eatery” Wurst Kitchen to allow staff and possibly select customers to enjoy the vegetation as well. From the inside, the cedar addition gives the room of the Wurst Kitchen a New York studio loft-feel with an expanse of windows letting in natural light from all four walls. A wooden staircase with a white railing leads up to the rooftop, and wooden floors and cream-colored paint make the dining area appear more open. The decision to expand the restaurant came

from a desire to maximize the space. After 15 years, Kristin says, it was either try something new at Chez Pascal, or hang up the towel. “We needed something different, we didn’t feel like we exhausted our efforts in this space.” Vegetables grown in the container garden will help Chez Pascal expand their retail stand that sits in the back of the Wurst Kitchen dining room. The business just obtained a jarring license, so a variety of pickled vegetables will be available for purchase once the garden is harvested. In addition, both Matt and Kristin hope that they will be able to use the rooftop space to host classes about growing produce and cooking. The lesson would start with a helpful tips from a local farmer and end with a cooking lesson in the belly of the Chez kitchen. But until the first cucumber makes its entrance into the world, customers and staff alike are playing the waiting game. Currently, all of the plants remain in their infancy, secretly stashed in the restaurant’s cavernous basement under a grow light. 960 Hope Street, Providence, Chez-Pascal.com.

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For many gourmands, critics, and connoisseurs, authentic cuisine is the Helen of Troy of food. Ever sought after, authentic food of any kind will send fleets of people to countries like Italy and Japan just to find the most Italian pizza or mastered sushi. Authentic fare is a point of debate amongst food purists, but real falafel or a home-cooked curry does more than start squabbles. It connects you with people across the globe and breaks down cultural barriers. When Camilla Indira Baffoni opened Pan-ADay on the West Side, she wanted to bring the Carribean to Providence. You’ll only find authentic Carribean food here because the owner won’t have it any other way. Camilla’s eatery is like a smack in the face in the best possible sense, and adventurous and willing diners will find they are gluttons

for punishment. Everything about the storefront – from the bright-colored walls to the aromatic spices in her curries – awakens the senses as you walk through the door. The counter service restaurant was always a dream of Camilla’s. Originally from Guyana and of Indian descent, Camilla found that there were very few Carribean restaurants in Rhode Island when she arrived here in 2008. Some years later, she decided to open up Pan-A-Day, and the locale will be celebrating its two-year anniversary in July. At Pan-A-Day, customers can find dishes that are an amalgamation of Carribean, African, and Indian cuisine. Each item is cooked the way that Camilla has experienced them in Guyana. The establishment is an extension of her culture and life, and she wants to share this part

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of herself with her guests. “It makes me proud of who I am and what I am representing here,” she says. For this, Rhode Islanders should be thankful – we’re getting the real deal. Often, restaurant owners will tone down spices and change recipes to accommodate the local palate, but these kinds of adjustments often compromise the authenticity of the food and change it completely. At Pan-A-Day, the compromises the cook makes are miniscule, like using boneless chicken instead of bone-in for her curries. “I want the integrity of the meal that I’m making to taste like the way I want to eat it. The way I want to eat it is the way I want to sell it. So, you have to really embrace the flavor I’m creating.” This strong sense of self-assuredness is a personality trait that is important and welcomed on the increasingly cosmopolitan West Side. As an immigrant and a woman of color in a male-dominated industry, Camilla’s mere presence in the business makes the South American newcomer a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs like her. However, Camilla doesn’t see herself this way. When she came to America, gender inequality was a surprising bit of discrimination she wasn’t used to. “For me, I find that very strange because in Guyana we don’t deal with things like that. I’ve never really grew up finding that, ‘oh this is a guy thing, or this is a man’s thing.’ In my household I did not grow up like that.” Both of her sisters owned businesses in her home country, and her parents always encouraged them to carry out their ambitions. This upbringing is what gave her the confidence to open her restaurant. Gender politics aside, Camilla’s dream is to have a line out the door of Pan-A-Day at lunchtime when her food is the most fresh. Until then, she will be plugging away, making Carribean food the best way she knows how.

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June 7-8: TruTV’s Paul Virzi grabs the mic at Comedy Connection for some personal and hard-hitting jokes. Catch this up-and-coming comedian as he makes his rounds at famous gigs like Carnegie Hall and Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. East

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June 11: Take a walk through Providence’s own “Little Italy” during the 20th Annual Federal Hill Stroll. Featuring all the sights, sounds, and flavors of the neighborhood’s restaurants, shops, and galleries. Vote for King of the Hill and Most Creative Venue. Federal Hill, Providence, GoProvidence.com

June 12: The Guild plays host for Summer Brews & Blush Blossoms, a summery fresh flower party featuring DIY seasonal centerpieces, expert tips, and a complimentary pint of craft beer. 461 Main Street, Pawtucket, TheGuildRI.com

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June 14: Droneflower is the musically dynamic duo Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky. Catch their cinematic performance at Columbus Theatre, featuring two cover songs by rock bands Guns n’ Roses and Morphine. 270 Broadway, Providence, ColumbusTheatre.com

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June 14: “A Concert for Freedom” is part of the Stages of Freedom program that examines and discusses the city’s involvement in slavery. The acclaimed Schiller Institute New York City Chorus will perform African-American spirituals by notable Black composers at Manning Chapel. 21 Prospect Street, Providence, StagesOfFreedom.org

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June 15: You probably know Providence’s Jewelry District, but do you know why it has that name? Find out this and more during a two-hour guided walking tour of the historic area that discusses the past, present, and future of the former manufacturing hub. Corner of Richmond and Ship Streets, Providence, EventBrite.com

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June 21: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Buddy Guy pair up for a concert at Bold Point Park. Chill out to this blues and roots-inspired performance with a waterfront view. East Providence, RIWaterfrontEvents.com

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June 23: Jazz in the Factory transforms the Old Slater Mill factory into a music venue with the Latin rhythms of the Rebecca Cline Trio. Rebecca performs alongside RI Music Hall of Fame inductees Marty Richards on drums and Marty Ballou on bass. 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, Facebook: Slater Mill

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June 28: You definitely won’t forget this concert lineup at The Strand: Florida rock band A Day To Remember with hardcore punk performers Knocked Loose and British pop punk party Boston Manor. 79 Washington Street, Providence, TheStrandRI.com

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ART & CULTURE • On Stage

by Robert Isenberg

Home Visit A Brown alumnus composed this Tony-sweeping musical – now it’s coming to PPAC

If you’ve never heard of the musical The Band’s Visit, it probably isn’t what you think. These aren’t brassy showtunes from the 1940s. “The band” isn’t causing a ruckus with big dance numbers and a show-stopping finale. The musical is a quiet comedy about an Egyptian police band that ends up in the wrong town, and the players spend the night bonding with

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downbeat locals. Odder still, it’s based on a 2007 indie film from Israel, which most of us have never heard of. And yet – The Band’s Visit wowed critics from its first Off-Broadway run, winning 10 Tony Awards in 2018, including Best Musical. The show became an instant classic, largely because of its sophisticated songs, with music and lyrics by David Yezbek.

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Bring your family to meet our Family Visit our Hyacinth Macaws, Amy and Angel, at the new Faces of the Rainforest exhibit at Roger Williams Park Zoo. David graduated from Brown University in the early 1980s, and he has since become a powerhouse of musical theater, making a name for himself with film adaptations. David helped create the Broadway versions of The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, all beloved movies that went on to become acclaimed stage productions. In the wake of his most recent success – The Band’s Visit also won a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, plus an Obie Award for Musical Theatre – David composed the songs for this year’s Tootsie, which may very well be the Tony darling of 2020. If nothing else, TV viewers of a certain age will remember the theme song to the 1990s show, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, an ear-worm that millions of people can still hum to this day. David co-wrote the theme with friend Sean Altman, another Brown graduate. On the one hand, The Band’s Visit is an exciting addition to the Providence Performing Arts Center’s season lineup, given the show’s recent success and fresh new touring company. The story is a heartwarming parable for our time, where a group of Egyptians must find lodging in an Israeli town with no hotels, and the strangers find ways to overlook their differences and enjoy an introspective evening. David has personal ties to the story, which showcases the music and cultural flavor of the Levant region; David grew up in New York City, and his family counts Jewish and Lebanese ancestry. The show is also a homecoming for one of Providence’s most impressive former students. A prodigy’s career has come full circle, and we can be glad for his Visit. The Band’s Visit performs June 25-30 at the Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street. PPACRI.org

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Law & Order: A very slimy, half-step descending riff forms the basis of this track between blasts of nonsensical noise over lyrics that appear to be about Law & Order: SVU. Is it a deep socio-political statement or post-modern-socio-political-statement? Half the fun is figuring it out! Wake Up Dead: I love simple songs. I love fast songs. I love short songs. I love songs that make me think about my own mortality. This song checks all the boxes. See you on the other side.

riffs, and lo-fi drum machines that remains something altogether refreshingly different. Not trying to be anything other than itself, FreakBag works to make themselves an entity built for experience over studio sounds. “I think what is most liberating is...not being tied to any one particular sound,” says FreakBag instrumentalist Johnny Sneeze. “Personally, I get tired of hearing anything that always stays the same, so I like being in a band like FreakBag where we have the creative room to do whatever we feel like.” The shouted-spoken words of each song hit in sometimes poignant, sometimes absurd ways that, coupled with spastic loops of music, sound, and anarchic guitars, plays out in my mind the same way a novel by Hunter S. Thompson, Sylvia Plath, or Jack Kerouac reads. With a tongue-in-cheek worldliness and artistic edge, one of these songs could very well be an American representative on a Putumayo Presents compilation. “I write mostly all the lyrics. Usually things I find funny, or word combinations that make me laugh,” says singer and lyricist Hana Ko. “With the first EP, the lyrics were mostly made up of catchphrases from my dad, or bizarre

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things my mom would sing to me as a kid. I reworked them to fit into our songs. With the new EP, the words are pretty descriptive of situations I’ve been in or some dark/ odd interactions I’ve had. The repetition is something I think helps paint the mental images I’m going for.” With the same attitude and sentiment of Bjork or Lou Reed, FreakBag makes an impact without seeming to try. To listen to Fat Piggy is to take journey. Different words stand out, different soundscapes resonate, and it’s over so quickly, leaving you with the echoing words “one of these days you’re going to wake up dead.” For the intended FreakBag experience, they are meant to be engaged, not heard. “We are 100 percent a live band first and foremost,” says Hana. “Most of the reason we started FreakBag was so that we could play shows! It’s way more about the experience and performance for us, the actual tunes being secondary. I think it’s about being in the moment and feeling that raw energy.” With a simple formula (or anti-formula) of songwriting and recording on their Fat Piggy EP, FreakBag has made their way back to their friend Joe Bazydlo’s studio in Connecticut, affectionately called “The Cigarette Factory,” to repeat the process for their upcoming EP. “I’m not sure if there really is a whole lot to the creative process [laughs]. We usually go into our practice space and start playing something, and it works most of the time,” says Johnny. “That spontaneity is something that we like to bring to our love shows. There are a good amount of our songs that have a level of improvisation in them.” FreakBag is made up of Hana Ko and Johnny Sneeze at the moment. You can find the new album on their Bandcamp page or pick up a tape at a live show. Keep an eye out for the upcoming EP in the coming months.

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Providence Monthly; Summer Festivals; 19+ ways to party in Providence all season long; Pride's New Mini Film Fest; Korean BBQ Gets Steamy on...

Providence Monthly June 2019  

Providence Monthly; Summer Festivals; 19+ ways to party in Providence all season long; Pride's New Mini Film Fest; Korean BBQ Gets Steamy on...