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SEPTEMbEr 2012

21 This Month 33 Elevate Your Style Our annual fashion issue will school you on the trends for fall

Every Month 8 Editor’s Note 11 Feedback 12 Now on ProvidenceOnline.com

66 47 City Style Living in 1850s Federal style on Benefit Street 49 The Look 50 Get Fit 53 Shop Talk

61 Feast This College Hill restaurant goes crazy… in a good way 63 In the Kitchen 64 On the Menu 66 Review 69 Behind the Bar 70 In the Drink 73 Dining Guide

83 Get Out An abundance of art festivals paint the month with fun 84 Calendar 87 Music 88 Theatre 90 Art

15 PM List

92 The Last Detail

21 Providence Pulse

An anonymous art project that’s stumping the city

He’s drenching the city in paint, one wall at a time 23 City 26 Malcontent 29 Scene in PVD

On the Cover: Photos by Jessica Berndt, Karli Hendrickson, Greta Geiselman, Shaun Morse, Erin Swanson and Julie Tremaine

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Editor’s Note


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

The Look of the City Fashion happens everywhere you

look. You can’t walk down the street in Providence without seeing someone who’s enviably put together and sporting a totally unique aesthetic. In this month’s issue, there’s a lot of fashion happening in these pages, too. We sent four fashion experts – a personal stylist, a fashion professor, a custom suit designer and a photographer – out in the city to capture their own views of Street Style. You’re going to love what they found.

You also might have noticed that Providence Monthly is actually two magazines this month: the September issue of PM, and LOOK, a new publication that we made with StyleWeek Providence to celebrate the Spring/Summer 2013 show happening during the last week of August at the Biltmore. Read on to get inspired about local fashion, put on your finest threads, then go check it out.

Assistant Editor Erin Swanson Assistant Art Director Meghan H. Follett Advertising Design Director Layheang Meas Graphic Designer Veatsna Sok Account Managers Louann DiMuccio-Darwich Ann Gallagher Nicole Greenspun Elizabeth Riel Dan Schwartz Sharon Sylvester Kimberly Tingle Jessica Webb Illustrator Ashley MacLure Photographers Amy Amerantes Johnathan Beller Mike Braca Corey Grayhorse

Tiffany Medrano Laurel Mulherin Dan Schwartz Melissa Stimpson

Contributing Writers Linda Beaulieu Stephanie Obodda Michael Clark Jim Pierce Emily Dietsch Caitlin Quinn Samantha Gaus Cristy Raposo Ben Goulet Eric Smith Jane C. Govednik Vikki Warner Molly Lederer

Contributor Molly Lederer Writer

Interns Amy Beaudoin Don Previe Samantha Leach Dale Rappaneau Ellen Merrit Adam Toobin Emily Payne Members of:

Molly Lederer is a long-time favorite of ours here at Providence Monthly. She’s been writing our theater column for years now, both in Providence Monthly and So Rhode Island. This month Molly previews a new interpretation of Hamlet. “I am so excited to experience more of the bustling arts scene,” Molly says. “I want to see, hear and experience it all!” With all that work profiling theater, dance and music throughout the state, it’s hard to believe this is her second job. When she’s not taking in shows, Molly is toiling at her illustrious career in the natural chewing gum industry.

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Feedback He Nailed It John Taraborelli hit the nail on the head in his recent column [“Manifest Density,” The Malcontent, August 2012]. Providence needs a focal point, a district where people from the city and visitors alike can congregate for shopping, dining, culture and entertainment. Imagine the draw if Westminster Street downtown were converted into a pedestrianonly marketplace, steps from PPAC, AS220, Lupo’s and the Convention Center. This has worked for cities both large (Times Square in New York) and small (Church Street in Burlington, VT) and would be a boon to the downtown business and arts scene. Wishful thinking? Chris Merritt

A Beautiful Tribute I had several people tell me about Linda Beaulieu’s article [“Perfectly Romantic Dining,” Review, August 2012] including Beau and Elizabeth [Vestal] and have been keeping an eye out for a copy of PM… no luck. So last night I went online to read it. What a beautiful tribute to New Rivers from all points.  Gosh, it made me so proud reading the article.  I fully believe I made the best decision in passing the baton to Beau and Elizabeth.  Once again, thank you for your continued support of New Rivers with beautiful prose and pictures. Bruce Tillinghast

From Facebook I can certainly see the comparison to Duran Duran [“Electro-Crooning,” Music, August 2012]. Listening to this music TOTW_IntroAd_Layout today as a first-time 1“audience 8/6/12 7:44 PM Page 20 of one” reminded me of why I enjoy music in the first place. Good music makes me forget whatever’s going on in my life while I’m captured within the intricacies of lyric and sound. I’ve already listened to “Lose Control” and “Window” and both of them did just that for me. Thank you to Eric Smith for the review and introduction to this talented duo. Looking forward to listening to “Sentimentality Fails” and the products of whatever the future holds beyond for these talented Rhode Islanders. heidiaj Great piece this month by Ben Goulet on all the great music events sponsored by the City of Providence. Don’t forget to hit this one: www. facebook.com/SummitMusicFestival Summit Music Festival Thank you Providence Monthly for including the Chifferobe Side Show AND Vaud & the Villains in your [providenceonline.com] Weekend Best Bets! Can’t wait for tonight! Kristen Minsky

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A tradition of excellent care meets waterfront elegance Our well-loved Tockwotton Home on East Street is about to find a new home on the banks of Providence Harbor. Tockwotton on the Waterfront, with commanding views of the City, is a new senior living community built on our tradition of uncompromising quality and superior care. From its waterside location to well-planned, beautifully-designed interior spaces, our new community is a place seniors will be proud to call home. Call Michaela at 401-272-5280 for more information. assisted living • memory care short-term rehabilitation • skilled nursing

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Voting for Providence Kickball League’s MVP continues on our website until September 2. The two front runners, Abdullah Khaliqui of Providence Shakedown and Miss Winky of the extravagantly named Muscle Justice: Horsepower II: The Secret of the Hooves, hold commanding leads. Can anyone chal-

And for Their Next Trick… Alex and Ani has been rapidly expanding from a trendy jewelry line to a fullfledged business empire. We asked you what you think they’ll do next, and here are the results. • Go public with an IPO – 14% • Try to muscle into Victoria’s Secret’s territory with a new lingerie line – 1% • Expand its men’s offerings with a new line of customizable charm “Mangles” – 14% • Open a hookah lounge on Thayer Street – 5% • Shop a reality show to the Learning

Channel called “Bangle Hoarders” – 19% • Establish its own religion, borrowing elements from Buddhism, Scientology, Kabbalah, Zoroastrianism and “Game of Thrones” – 14% • Invade Poland – 14% • Begin construction of its own Death Star – 14% Two choices didn’t receive any votes: Create its own online “social network,” perhaps some sort of “book” of “faces”; and, Form a Super PAC, nominate founder and designer Carolyn Rafaelian as a candidate for president.

Spend an Hour in the Life Of… Spend a little time with some of the city’s more interesting artists, musicians, body piercers, skate boarders and more in our twice-monthly blog, “An Hour in the Life Of…” Last month we gave you 60 minutes each with artists Joseph Skorupa and Tom West. This month, we go riding with Kendra Plumley of the Metal Ponies Moped Crew. Stay tuned to see who’s coming up next.


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lenge their dominance? Providence Kickball League Rule #7 says in part, “Open corruption is the only fairness Providence has ever known.” With that in mind, we encourage you to vote multiple times and stuff the ballot boxes in favor of your kickball crush. The winner and final results will be announced in next month’s issue.

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Attention Fashionistas StyleWeek Northeast (formerly StyleWeek Providence) is gearing up for another week of fashion. Check out the newest fabulous styles and read designer profiles in our exclusive LOOK magazine, inserted into this issue. From August 26-September 1, enjoy runway shows, an accessory show-

case and an opportunity to chat with local artists and fashionistas. The event will go down inside the swanky and historic Biltmore Hotel in Providence. Go online to buy your tickets, as this is one stylish event that you definitely do not want to miss. styleweeknortheast.com/

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Think Pink Gloria Gemma is hosting its annual Celebrate Pink event on September 15 at The Warwick Mall. This free, one-day event helps to raise awareness about breast cancer. Families and individuals are encouraged to stop by and learn while having fun. There will be a large

variety of vendors on site from beauty to health screenings, as well as a fashion show. Celebrate Pink will set the stage for Gloria Gemma’s 7th Annual Flames of Hope event, a much-anticipated WaterFire night set to take place on October 6. gloriagemma.org

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Join RiverzEdge Arts Project in celebrating its 10th birthday by joining them for their Industrial Ball on Friday, October 12 at Le Moulin Mill, the social enterprise’s home base. The party runs from 7-10pm and will feature DIY fun and some space cadets. Don’t ask, just come and see for yourself. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. All proceeds will go back to the cause, furthering the art careers of local youth. Call 767-2100 to schedule a pre-party tour. riverzedgearts.org

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A Day of Music Warren is hosting a cool free event on September 8: the 4th Annual Fusion Fest, a day of fun on the water, with live music all day from 75 or Less Records. It’s a family-friendly event so bring the whole crew to Blount Clam Shack on Water Street between 11am7pm to enjoy food trucks, kids crafts

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and a local craft beer garden. They’ll also be serving hard cider and wine, with those proceeds benefitting Fusionworks Dance Co. and its educational and community programming. Don’t miss out on the special surprise at 2pm sharp. We hear it’s gonna be big. fusionworksdance.org


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Get a taste of Thayer! cOcO PAZZO



Serving a blend of traditional and modern Italian cuisine, Coco Pazzo offers tapas and pizza baked in a Mugnaini oven, as well as delicious desserts.

This British-style restaurant and pub carries over 200 beers and rotating taps. Come for the Fish and Chips, stay for a game of billiards.

Specializing in stylish footwear for men and women from Frye, Tom’s, UGGs, Dansko, Clarks, Birkenstock, Sorel and many more. Berk’s also sells clothing and accessories.

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For an Overflowing Glass Lifestyle™ explore Spectrum-India for fun fashions, gifts and home furnishings at great prices. Mention this ad for $5 off your purchase of $35 or more.

This three time “Best of Rhode Island” winner has been providing expert hair, skin, nail and body care for men and women alike. A Brown and RISD tradition since 1958.

Enjoy Hercules Mulligan’s warm atmosphere, with their menu of classic American dishes and those rooted in the Emerald Isle. Bar and kitchen open until 1am.

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Located on hip Thayer Street and offering over 25 different beauty products this is one spot you shouldn’t miss!  Voted Best Day Spa in Providence 4 years in a row.

Wholesome food served fast! Organic grass-fed burgers, delicious steak  burgers, home-made ketchup, olive-oil cooked fries and real fruit sodas. Home-made vegan burgers & wraps.

The first, and recently voted best, hookah lounge is a hip wi-fi cafe by day and a hopping lounge by night. Offering Lebanese food, two floors, two bars and an outdoor patio.

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FirstWorks Festival: On the Plaza in 2012

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In cities around the globe - Barcelona, Berlin and Sao Paulo to name a few - graffiti is a celebrated art form. Infamous street artists such as Italy’s Blu and Brazil’s Nunca combine spray paint and larger-than-life ideas to transform ordinary buildings to extraordinary cityscapes. The movement continues to spread through Providence, thanks in part to local artist Yarrow Thorne. The RISD grad’s newest venture, The Avenue Concept, is a culmination

of lots of listening and several years of work. Thorne discovered that business owners and City workers shared similar frustrations: buildings were getting tagged repeatedly, costing them time and money to clean. Luckily, Thorne knew several skilled artists who were looking for paid work. The owner of the newly-rebranded Yarrow’s Cans has created a solution, modeled upon frameworks that have proven successful in

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Seeing Green Recycling can be daunting. While you might fully commit to going green, if your neighbors aren’t doing anything to contribute, it can feel like a wasted effort. Mayor Taveras wants to show us that if we all recycle, we can see some tangible benefits – BBQ ben-

efits, to be precise, and to do it he’s hosting a citywide recycling contest. The Providence neighborhood that increases its recycling rate the most between now and September 7 will win a community barbecue with the mayor. Taveras will also bestow

upon the victorious district five new trees – a green reward for the greenest community. Mayor Taveras says that increased recycling saves the city money – as much as $250,000 if residents commit to the task – and those are funds

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Taking the stage at a comedy open mic night I often hear people say that they think the hardest thing to do would be to get up in front of a group of strangers and tell jokes. After doing a comedy open mic night, I can safely say that is not true: getting up in front of a room full of comedians is much harder. Stand up comedy may seem difficult to break into, but if you look closer, there is a whole group of people who have other day jobs and hobbies who frequent open mics just to try their hand at the craft. To make it as a comedian is something entirely different - but if your interest lies in simply gaining some confidence on stage and making people laugh, anyone can get up and try. The beauty of an open mic is that you don’t need experience. The downside? Expect some tough crowds and some silence at the precise moment you thought you just hit a hilarious punch line. My first time doing stand up was at the Comedy Connection for a Sunday Showcase. After my set in front of a huge audience filled with enthusiastic drinkers, I thought I was on my way to stardom. That’s the thing about an audience filled with non-comedians - they want you to entertain them, so they are easier to please. Most people only go to a comedy show for a date here and there or to see a headliner they loved on an HBO special. Every joke is new and clever; if everyone around you is laughing, the energy of the room is contagious. The only other time I’ve tried

my hand at open mic was a recent Wednesday night at The Speed of Thought Playhouse (SOTP) in North Attleboro. There, I found myself faced with a different feeling altogether. Most of the audience was other people coming to tell jokes, so many were only half watching as they mentally prepared for their own stage time. Others had already gone up and are still thinking about how they could have better delivered that Batman joke. Finally, you’re left with the people at the bar who came for drinks - not comedy and while they’ll laugh if you hit a topic they can relate to, they’re not exactly searching their souls for a chuckle. I had some material that had gone over well before, so I feigned some inklings of confidence as I stepped on stage. Yet I noticed that with a smaller room, the vibe was different than I was anticipating. Suddenly I could see each individual face of the people waiting for me to make them laugh. Maybe this all sounds terrifying and the thought of getting up in front of people waiting to judge you sounds insane, but there is something really wonderful about it all. The few jokes that get a laugh feel like they were truly earned – nothing is fake. The moments when you fall flat on your face, although tough at first, are the ones that allow you to really see what you need to change and improve on. After your set you can mingle and talk to other more experienced comedians; they’re helpful and supportive (albeit a bit self congratulatory).

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continued from page 21... other areas. “There are many examples of cities that took a negative product and turned it into a large scale public experience that saves the City money, creates jobs, mentors youth, solves reoccurring vandalism and provides an avenue for local artists to work,” Thorne says. Over the past four years he has facilitated the painting of murals on six walls throughout the city. “The mural at El Rancho Grande was my first public project,” Thorne explains. “The restaurant was getting tagged weekly.” Thorne worked with artists Ricki Vespia and Etipsone to come up with a creative solution. The end result was a 20-foottall mural. “The building was never tagged again,” Thorne says. The most recent, a revolving wall at the Roots Café, was completed in early August. Thorne funded the project himself, reimbursing the artists for their time and materials. In order for this program to continue, however, Thorne needs the support of outsiders. “I’m currently raising funding to support The Avenue Concept,” he says. Thorne doesn’t limit his reach to walls alone. He has worked to reopen the skate park that was started by pro-skater Donny Barley, owner of the muchmissed Fountain of Youth skate shop. A June demo saw over 100 kids and young adults turn out to break in the graffiti-covered ramps. With the City’s support and the help of sponsors, the skate park is now hosting workshops in-

volving skateboarding, music and street art in its temporary location at the Bank of America Skating Rink. Skate pro Darren Harper hosted the first free skate camp on August 16, aimed to educate urban youth about being active and staying healthy. About 150 kids participated as a DJ spun tunes and the notorious Wizart Spoke spray painted an installation wall. “Just wait until we get a budget,” Thorne says, “it’s going to be really amazing.” Thorne’s also been working with the Environmental Justice League of RI (EJRI) in attempt to convert a 30foot bus into a youth-inspired food truck to educate kids from at-risk communities about organic, healthy food. He plans to have the EJRI food bus painted by an artist with help of some children. On September 29 at Kennedy Plaza, amid all the FirstWorks festivities (read about them on p. 83), Thorne will be building a 150-foot wall in the middle of the plaza’s trolley lane, as part of a contract he has with the City. Forty some-odd artists will paint the wall while the public looks on. “[This venture] will promote the relationship that is building between City Hall and The Avenue Concept,” he says. “I want to show the public the many forms of art that exist and how it can make a positive impact in a community.” theavenueconcept. blogspot.com –Erin Swanson

Row, Row, Row Your Boat In the Ocean State, waterways are a dime a dozen. Lucky us. Exploring new aquatic territory has never been easier as the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance has just created 20 detailed, full-color paddle trail maps with the help of some friends including watershed organizations. Each has described places to paddle along with helpful information on where to park and interesting (we swear) facts. Locally, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council features a downtown Providence paddle that

begins at South Water Street Landing and ends at Eagle Square, while the Buckeye Brook Coalition showcases one that ends at the abandoned (and supposedly haunted) Rocky Point Park. Moshassuck River Watershed will send you splashing through ponds at Lincoln Woods and the Pawtuxet River Authority and Watershed Council guides you through Pawtuxet Falls. Maps showcase paddle tours throughout the state and can be downloaded online. exploreri.org –Erin Swanson

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These days, it seems as if just about anyone can become famous – talent is irrelevant. Writer and director Brett Davey, creator of International Stinkbomb, takes this idea and runs with it in his latest independent movie titled The Marriage Race. The comedy focuses on two families from wildly different backgrounds – think country mouse and the city mouse - in a race to break the world record for the most marriages. The adventure begins with a search for the family member willing to get

married more than 30 times, and then on to find more than 30 partners. Jennifer Davey, Louis Bourbon of The Bourbon Boys, and local musicians Erik Narwal and Philo T. Phuzzworth are stars and creative contributors in this locally-produced film. Look out for familiar spaces as all scenes are shot entirely in Rhode Island, from Peacedale to Harmony. The premiere is at the Avon Cinema on Sunday, September 30. $10. 1pm. 260 Thayer Street, Facebook.com/ TheMarriageRace. -Emily Payne

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Time magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald is the author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, a new book that examines the president’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the stimulus package. In an insightful interview with Slate.com, he discusses the difference between the White House’s nuanced, deliberative attempts to promote the bill to the American public, and the Republican response: “The Republican message was much simpler: No.” Later, he talks about the current Republican nominee’s approach: “There’s a reason most of Romney’s ads feature the stimulus... He’s running against the idea that government can produce positive change.” This is a nice illustration of the pervasive sickness infecting the conservative movement, or at least what passes for it these days. As many of the ideas of Reagan Era conservatism have been absorbed into the mainstream, as ideological purity has taken precedence over bipartisan pragmatism, as the extremes of the American right have gained more traction, dragging the center toward them, conservatism has taken on a distinctly nihilistic edge. This manifested in various ways throughout the Republican primaries: the dunderheaded, bumper sticker slogan spouting bravado of Rick Perry; the boldly intellectual yet cravenly opportunistic bluster of Newt Gingrich; the frothing radicalism of Michele Bachmann; the

appealing vapidity and corporate festishism of Herman Cain – all are symptoms of a disease that corrodes the party’s very soul. And, of course, so too is the resulting candidacy of Mitt Romney, a campaign that has from the beginning attempted to sell its very emptiness as vision. This shape-shifting, weak-kneed, disingenuous, philosophically bereft cipher has taken pains to avoid specifics or sticky definitions. In fact, there is only one thing he has been willing to be, one identity he has been willing to fully inhabit at all times in all situations: Not Obama.

into all-out nihilism. Simply put, the Republican Party of 2012 stands for nothing – unless relentless, knee-jerk, lockstep opposition to any and everything the president says, does or wants can be said to qualify as an ethos. The Republican Party has made it clear that it believes government is the enemy. Big government is the obstacle to progress. Government intervention is an intrusion on our freedoms – unless, of course, it furthers the conservative agenda and/ or pleases the all-important base. But if government is such an intractable, unsolvable problem, why are they trying so hard to be a bigger part of it? Sure, they can claim that their goal is to take control of big government so as to dismantle it, but Republicans in power have consistently proven just as quick and willing as Democrats to expand the size of the federal government and increase deficit spending. Their quest for ideological purity, coupled with their desperation to win at all costs, has given rise to an increasingly self-devouring philosophy. They seek to undermine the very intellectual foundation of our federal system, while at the same time attempting to secure for themselves greater control over its machinery. Their only real belief is opposition, their only true aim victory over perceived enemies, their only philosophy the desire to win at what they view as a zero-sum game. In a word: no.

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Through the Lens One photographer sees fashion everywhere “I really like that classic gentleman look,” Dustin Genereux says. “Clean cut, dressed well, shoes shined. Men used to dress up every day. It was just that culture of showing respect for yourself.” The photographer and graphic designer definitely has an eye for style both on and off camera (and has a drawer completely devoted to his beloved bowties, of which he guesses he has about 65). “I just like the fact that when you wear a bowtie, you look proper,” he explains. “You look like a gentleman – you look well kept. I wish more people would dress that way.” When it comes to fashion on other people, Dustin has a looser definition of what defines style. “It’s really about how well their outfit coordinates,” he says. “I really like people who have an indie look to them, but then add their own twist to it. I have a friend who owns eight pairs of cowboy boots, and she wears them with everything. That’s her thing.” His social circle reflects that same artistic eye. “I hang out with what you could call the trendy crowd,” Dustin describes. “Everyone makes fun of hipsters, like they’re a social joke, but they’re some of the most stylish people I know.” However, it’s not always about the clothes, especially when it comes to shooting fashion photos. “I don’t like models who are just there,” he explains. “They need to have a good personality that will show through the camera, to be able to engage the audience with just a look.” His environment inspires him just as much as his subjects. “That’s what I love about Providence,” Dustin says. “No matter where you shoot, there’s a background that tells a story. If you shoot anywhere on College Hill, you have Providence’s history right behind you. I like shooting in Olneyville – a gorgeous model with grungy decay behind her. I like that juxtaposition.”


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Photographer Dustin Genereux captures trendy, sophisticated clothing in the city.

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Personal stylist Flannery Zimmer forecasts some mixed media looks for fall.

“I’ve always been interested in fashion, but more so styling. They really are two different things.”

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Dressing the Part A Nordstrom stylist translates fashion trends to the public “Providence doesn’t have just

one style,” says Flannery Zimmer, a personal stylist at Nordstrom Providence Place. “I get to see a good mix of people in the store. Everyone comes in and shops all the different departments. They really mix and match everything.” As a personal stylist, Flannery works with individual clients, creating a private shopping room on the second floor of the store where anyone (the service is free) can go for a completely customized, one-on-one experience. “It can be a lot of fun,” she says. “You can get people to try a lot of things they haven’t tried before.” Often a client is shopping for an event, and is looking for a specific thing. “I pick based on trends, on what’s new that has come in that I really like, and on what they ask for. I set up the room for them, so when they walk in I have everything set up into outfits with accessories. I explain why I’ve pulled things and how you can combine different items and wear everything in multiple ways.” Flannery, who studied textile design, styling and fashion merchandising at URI, loves to study what’s happening locally and nationally in terms of trends. “I’m still trying to figure out my personal style,” she says. “It changes all the time. I’m really influenced by blogs and social media. I do Twitter (@FDZ_NordStylist) and Instagram for the store, and it really influences the way I dress every day.” For fall, Flannery is interested in contrast. “Right now I really love mixing prints and different textures,” she explains. “We call it mixed media – it’s the new color blocking, but instead of just mixing colors, you’re mixing textures, too. You can mix a tweed jacked with python booties – or if that’s too much, just do a tweed jacket with leather trim and keep the rest simple. It’s great for fall because I love layering.”

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Modern Classics Bringing back the idea of casual polish “I’m trying to teach people to dress well without making it complicated. My three adjectives that I use when I get dressed are powerful, crisp and clean,” says Marc Streisand, the creative force behind custom menswear boutique Marc Allen. “Mostly, my style is classic with a bit of an edge. How I get my edge is through the infusion of color – not so much trendy clothing, but with classic pieces that have unique color and pattern in them.” Without a dash of creativity, menswear can be a little dull. Marc creates interest in his outfits by layering patterns, and teaches his clients to do the same. “Often, what I like to do is blend several different patterns until they create a harmonious look. For men, it’s easier than women. In menswear, if you’re wearing a suit, as long as the pattern in the suit is a different dimension than the pattern in the shirt, you can wear it.” A broader stripe in a suit is nicely complemented by a narrower stripe in a shirt, and even a striped tie – as long as that stripe is a different width than the other two. But, Marc observes, “guys aren’t wearing as much neckwear anymore.” It’s all part of the current trend towards a much more casual aesthetic, he says. “The dress down Friday culture has completely taken over the sartorial aspect of dressing for work,” Marc comments. “The problem with that is that you can’t tell the CEO from the janitor, because they’re wearing the same thing.” However, especially in the warmer months, the traditional suit and tie is very restricting. But, Marc says, there’s a fix. “One of the key elements that men should focus on is wearing a sport jacket,” he says. “It allows you to be sporty and still put together. It’s more complicated to mix the shirt and pants with a patterned sport jacket, but a sophisticated dresser will match a nice jacket with a patterned shirt and a crisp pair of trousers or jeans. You can dress up any outfit that way.” The key to maintaining a more casual look, he believes, is by reading style blogs, which range from trendy to classic and polished. Those remind you to wear a crisp shirt, to make sure you aren’t wrinkled, and to think about the message you want to communicate for the day. “It’s okay to dress well,” Marc says. “It doesn’t mean that you’re part of the system, it means you take pride in the way you look.”


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An Eye for Style Finding fashion inspiration all around As a professor of

Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing at Johnson and Wales, Melanie St. Jean helps budding fashion stars to hone their art by forecasting trends and studying the global influences of fashion. But, she’s just as inspired by her students as they are by her. “College students, especially on College Hill, don’t care what people think,” Melanie explains. “By not caring, by not being judged, there’s more freedom there. I’m the only college professor who has her nose pierced and who wears motorcycle boots. You can really express yourself. To me that’s extremely important: what allows those students to be who they are.” St. Jean teaches students how to forecast trends (by looking back, decade by decade, at popular fashion and the societal influences surrounding each fad) and how designers take inspiration from their whole environment, like contemporary art, architecture and culture. To do this, she takes a group of students to Milan every summer to study. “You can predict when a look is going to come in again,” she says, “but it has to be tailored to the economy today, and who’s prevalent in popular culture.” So what’s the trend forecast for this fall in Providence? “Fall is going to be very dark,” Melanie says. “It’s going to encompass a lot of black, a lot of steel and platinum gray, and silvery, pearlized whites. A lot of luxury is in. Those three colors together can make any design look luxurious.” Expect, too, to see a lot of heavier materials, like leather, embellished with metals, crystal, studs. “I love this time,” she says. “With Providence,” Melanie explains, “because it’s surrounded with so many universities, it keeps that very young, energetic style. It’s always evolving, always changing and moving. I think that’s great. We have a lot of little boutiques coming back to life. We’re starting to see more freedom. I think that’s a great thing for Providence.”

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About the Homeowners South Carolina transplants Wendy Marcus and Al Goer live in an 1850s Federal on Benefit Street. Al is a consultant to manufacturing companies; Wendy is an interior designer who has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Architectural Digest.


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Southern Charm Wendy: 1. This painting is by Ida Kolmire, the well-respected New Orleans artist. We were in New Orleans and had seen one of her pieces at a gallery; we asked to go to her studio, and went through everything she had available until we found one that was just right. 2. This piece is by Jeri Burdick, a South Carolina artist who’s primarily known as a tile maker. She

does beautiful murals made from 4x4 tiles. 3. The walls I just wanted to be fun. I think every house should have a sense of humor – something that makes you smile. I wanted this room to smile. 4. The vanity is actually two little pieces from Pottery Barn Kids. I had the glass cut to fit across them. 5. I got this handmade blanket on my most recent trip to India.

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How does the style differ between Nashville and Providence? We like to say that Nashville is more Hollywood and Rhode Island is more New York. Nashville tends to get dressed up a bit more. I certainly like the casual vibe of Rhode Island, but sometimes a girl wants to dress up. Tell me about your stores. Our first store, J. Marcel, is located on Hope Street in Providence. That store sells overstock and closeout shoes at big discounts as well as handpicked jewelry, purses and gifts. Our second store, Blue Suede, is in Warren. There’s some limited overlap in the merchandise but at Blue Suede there is a wider range of price points. We have a third store on the way. Or, on the road in this case. We’re launching a 1973 modified Airstream trailer for Blue Suede, coming to a street corner near you later this year.  Describe your personal style. I am almost always in jeans, a sweater or a dress with boots. Then I like to wear jewelry that sparkles and stands out to make my look complete. Most of the time I try to dress in something that I am comfortable working at the store in that I can also wear out for dinner or drinks.  

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Tell me about this look. This is very much an everyday look for me. The dress is really soft and comfortable, which makes it great for work. The belt helps to give a little definition and shape to the waist. The boots are Old Gringo from Blue Suede. I love the embroidery on them. It makes them little pieces of art for your feet. The jewelry is from Nashelle, a designer that we carry at Blue Suede. How can a New England gal add some southern flair to her wardrobe? Rhinestones baby! Southern girls aren’t afraid to wear boots with skirts and they certainly aren’t afraid of a little bling. Add a little sparkle during the day and see how great it feels.

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Get Fit

By Jane C. Govednik

Muscle Memory

Personal training that leaves you wanting more

I had a feeling I was going to like Lisa St. Denis, owner PE Fitness Studio, even before we met. Communicating with her via email to set up a time for my personal training session, I could tell she was incredibly passionate about her work. When I arrived at her corner studio in Pawtucket’s Hope Artiste Village, she met me at the door of the old mill facility. It didn’t register that it we were at the very top of a large hill until she told me that part of my warm-up was to jog up and down it twice. Then she said we would be utilizing the hill a few more times during our hour together.

Instead of this making me re-think my first impression of her, though, it only made me like her more. You don’t go to a one-on-one personal training session with the intention of phoning it in, and since I had come prepared to work, I was psyched to see what else Lisa had in store for me. Lisa opened PE Fitness Studio in April. In addition to personal training, she offers small group classes including TRX suspension training, spinning, Zumba, boot camp and ballet toning. A Providence College alum, Lisa has been part of the health and fitness in-

dustry for years as an athlete, endurance coach and trainer. While working under the guidance of local fitness leaders after graduating from college, she knew she wanted to open her own studio one day. When the space became available at Hope Artiste, everything fell into place. After getting to know my fitness background a bit more (we’re both into running and triathlons), Lisa and I got to work. I say “we” because she was right there with me throughout the whole session, making sure my form was correct during TRX exercis-

es, encouraging me to push through the final seconds of plank intervals and showing me how to modify my pushups to have proper form even when my muscles were fatigued. She didn’t run up and down the hill with me, but at least that allowed me to take a little rest at the bottom to catch my breath (shh, don’t tell). As a trainer, Lisa was the perfect combination of tough, effective and motivating. I woke up the next day feeling muscles in places I forgot I had – and a strong desire to go back for more. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 742-9490, pefitnessstudio.com.

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October 30. What’s better than family time that involves fitness? Have fun with the entire crew at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K on Sunday, September 16. In addition to the 5K, the day’s events include a High School 3K and

Youth Races, open to children from the age of one up to middle school students. All races start and finish on Francis Street, located on the south side of the Rhode Island State House. For more information, check out cvsdowntown5k.com.

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Shop Talk

Fall at its Finest…

By Erin Swanson

Window Shopping


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Key Trends « This Season Color Blocking Pattern Mixing 20's Inspired Dresses

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I’m a staunch supporter

of buying local – hell, I practically yodel it from the mountaintop. Still, whenever I need to purchase curtains, I mindlessly hop in the car and head straight to Target. My only line of defense is that it’s cheap and easy… kind of like my last boyfriend. All joking aside, when I bought my first house two years ago, I discovered that dressing 26 windows (of varying sizes) is both expensive and daunting. I tackled a few rooms and invited some friends over. When one clapped her hands and shrieked, “I have the exact same curtains! Did you get those at Target?” I threw up in my mouth a little and decided to expand my horizons. I entered Artee Fabrics one weekday morning after having claimed a parking spot on the street directly in front of the downtown Pawtucket store. (Artee and I were getting off to a beautiful start.) Upon first glance, the rolls upon rolls of fabric appeared a bit intimidating; upon further inspection, however, they proved to be well-organized and meticulously hand-selected. I spotted General Manager Lori Rothemich at the back of the huge shop, buzzing this way and that, lugging giant

rolls of fabric with ease. “I don’t need a gym membership with this job,” she joked, and went on to explain that a huge delivery had just come in. Rothemich informed me that they were smack-dab in the middle of a 20 percent off sale, which applied to every fabric in the store. I immediately took it as a sign from the universe that the time was now for me to curtain my sunroom: I pictured its deep red walls, Persian carpet and vintage mustard chairs. I perused the racks, looking specifically for that particular room, while stopping to admire several fabrics I loved but which didn’t quite “go.” There were Ikats in all the colors of the rainbow, and leopard prints both subtle and bold. I traced my hand along the softest silks and the most delicate rhinestone-studded satins. Finally, I settled on two similar designs: both were thick cotton blends, one in a shade of off-white with chocolate brown details, the other crisp-white with charcoal embellishments. As she’d politely left me alone to browse per my request, Rothemich returned quickly to my side when I was ready to discuss my chosen patterns. “One of the nice things here,” she said, while hoisting the

off-white fabric roll from its saddle and placing it on an empty receptacle beside the white one, “is that we have the ability to compare anything side-by-side.” She pulled on each of the fabrics so that they hung down several feet; I took a step back and examined them as if they were hanging in my own home. “You don’t get this with fabric swatches,” she said with a smile. Indeed, Artee Fabrics goes above and beyond the department stores offering custom window treatments, bed linens and pillows and extending to custom lighting and furniture upholstery. On my way out, I stopped to admire a regal stripe in silk taffeta, and Rothemich nodded her head to indicate that she liked it too. “We have so many solid colors that stripe combinations are endless,” she said. “We can make them however someone wants, with diamonds, trim, embroidery – all the bells and whistles. We really cater to the customer, but without the big markup.” Many of her patrons are interior designers; they flock to the store, knowing great style when they see it. I’ll be back soon… I know great style when I see it, too. 228 Main Street, Pawtucket. arteefabricsandhome.com

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Delicious Thai and Sushi in a Great Atmosphere!

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Authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. Enjoy a wide variety of wood-grilled steak, seafood and veal entrees along with numerous signature pasta and sauté dishes. Voted “Best Restaurant in West Bay” 2012 RI Monthly’s Reader Poll.

This new restaurant and tavern has a Miami resort-like feel with its enormous waterfront deck, outdoor glass fire pits and tornado fire lanterns. Enjoy exquisite and delicious menu items in a historic warehouse. Live music, free valet and free dock slips add to the experience.

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20 Water Street East Greenwich 401-885-3700 bluonthewater.com

Cucina Enotecca

Open daily for dinner, Caprice serves up appetizers, salads, gourmet burgers, pizzas, pastas and entrees along with an exciting dessert list and selection of after-dinner drinks and martinis. Glutenfree options are available. Ask about their buffet menu and banquet services.

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Serving upscale Asian food and ice cold beverages in a modern atmosphere, Kon is perfect for date nights or a night out with a large group. Enjoy dinner at one of the hibachi tables or try a sushi platter at your table for two.

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EA S T G R EEN W ICH re s t a u ra n t w e e k This trendsetting coffee house is a great spot where friends can enjoy high-quality coffees, teas, juices and baked goods. Relax by the fire with free wifi or hit the drive thru and take your coffee to go. Felicia’s Coffee also sells whole cakes, cheesecakes and pies.

5757 Post Road East Greenwich 401-886-4141 feliciascoffee.com

New to the East Greenwich dining scene, this hip spot serves up affordable food in a unique atmosphere. The menu includes a rotating entrée list featuring paella as well as delicious seafood appetizers such as stuffies, clams casino and, of course, fresh oysters.

250 Main Street East Greenwich 401-398-2462 greenwichbayoysterbar.com

Fall into autumn with T’s Pumpkin Pancakes, Apple Strudel Muffins and Caramel Apple Cider. Autumn and a T’s breakfast is the perfect fall tradition.

This neighborhood restaurant sits amid the lush greenery of the East Greenwich Golf Course. Serving modern Italian and contemporary American cuisine, Bistro 9 is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner or to host a private party or wedding reception.

5600 Post Road East Greenwich 401-398-7877 tsrestaurantri.com

1646 Division Street, East Greenwich 401-398-1875 bistro9restaurant.com

Come in for a breakfast sandwich and coffee or grab a smoothie or a loaf of fresh bread to go. Offering a large selection of healthy salads, sandwiches and soups, you can dine in, take out or have Panera Catering delivered to your large or small group.

1000 Division Road East Greenwich 541-9088 panerabread.com

Combining classic Italian dishes with hearty pub fare, this family restaurant features a U-shaped bar with flat-screen televisions making for a comfortable place to watch the game over nachos and beer. Head to the private dining area to enjoy Veal Piccata and a glass of wine.

1050 Main Street East Greenwich 401-398-7600 ritrovopub.com

A ten day culinary celebration Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 23 For more details on East Greenwich Restaurant Week and other dining events in Southern Rhode Island, visit SORhodeIsland.com Since 1988, Pinelli’s has been offering top quality food under its “deli by day, café by night” spot. Deli creations include salads, antipasto, sandwiches and traditional Italian dishes. Café items range from calamari to New York Sirloin. Pinelli’s also offers full-service catering.

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With an eclectic menu and historic Main Street setting, Besos serves tapas, steaks, seafood and everything in between. Enjoy decadent house-made desserts with a glass of wine off their extensive list. Dine inside or on the porch & patio. Glutenfree options are available.

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A great place for dining and socializing downtown, the bar at Centro is the perfect atmosphere for a night out. With a creative menu that includes appetizers like Parmesan Truffle Fries and entrees such as Grilled Ahi Tuna Steak, there’s something for every palate.

Filippou’s serves authentic neighborhood pizza in a hip downtown location. Appetizers range from Twisted Pizza Fries to Twisted Buttery Hot Buffalo Wings. Try a specialty Cheeseburger Pizza or the new Volcanic Hawaiian. Grinders, burgers, salads and traditional Greek dishes round out the menu.

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FILIPPOU’S TWISTED PIZZA Perfect for a delicious meal or cocktails with friends, Richard’s has been serving exceptional American cuisine and drink since 1976. Come in for a burger at lunch or for steak and seafood at dinner. The kitchen stays open until 12:30am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Celebrating 41 years, this waterfront restaurant is known for its fresh local fish and expert lobster preparation. Executive chef Tom Blanchette skillfully serves up high quality food in generous portions. Enjoy lunch and dinner inside or out, and stay for the hot nightlife.

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Serving both traditional and artisan pizzas with tasty drizzle options including Jack Daniels Honey Bourbon, Middle Eastern Tahini or Truffle Oil. You can even build your own thin crust wood fired pizzas, proofed in extra virgin olive oil with your choice of a red or white base.

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Fresco is the best deal in East Greenwich. Sunday through Wednesday enjoy a three course pre-fixe dinner for only $21, Thursday half price wood grilled pizzas and Friday Happy Hour features fresh shrimp, oysters and little necks for $1 served from 5pm to 7pm. Fresco is open every day beginning at 5pm featuring with a large, friendly bar and comfortable dining room, located in the heart of historic downtown East Greenwich.

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Chef Parker returned from his time spent studying overseas to open this popular local chain featuring high quality pub-style food and a huge selection of beer and wine. Whether you’re in the mood for chowder, wings, nachos or a burger, Fat Belly’s is sure to please.

Making fine chocolates and caramels right on the premises, this sweet shop now offers homemade ice cream too. Come in for a cone this fall and take away a basket as a gift. Their chocolate-filled trays and baskets will make the perfect centerpiece on your holiday table.

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wiches, to the Swayze Sauce (a spicy, garlicky mustard) that garnishes the signature Roadhouse sandwich (pastrami, corned beef, bacon and cheddar on sourdough). The produce and dairy are locally sourced, too. The deli just opened the first week of August, and it’s already evident that this kind of food is in demand. Doktor says he went through 60-70 pounds of corned beef in the first three days, and he’s already had at least one inquiry about wholesaling it. (The meats are available by the pound, deli style.) When football season comes around he plans to pay tribute to the location’s popular former resident by offering pulled pork, chicken and other barbecue items. So, if you’ve been craving that New York deli taste without the three-hour drive, schlep on over to Ives Street and say “Mazel tov” to the new neighbor – and, like the menu says, “Eat. You’ll feel better.” 146 Ives Street. www.doksdeli.com Downtown’s New Hot Spot Another opening that has previously gone unheralded in these pages is

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Providence Coal Fired Pizza (385 Westminster St.), which arrived downtown earlier this summer. Its custom built oven is fired with Pennsylvania coal, making it unique among other pizzerias in this state. The result is a crust with that perfect balance of crispy outside and chewy inside, and the menu offers a variety of simple, but well-chosen options. There are the classics like Margherita and Tomato and Mozzarella, and fancier choices like the Clam (rosemary, pancetta, clams, fingerling potatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano) and the Conrad (roasted onion and peppers, sausage, rosemary, mozzarella and Pecorino). The Baby Bella, topped with oyster mushrooms, truffle oil, mozzarella and ricotta, is a textural marvel, with the gooey melted cheese playing off the meatiness of the mushrooms and the crispy crust underneath. The oven is also put to good use on starters like the Coal Fired Wings with sea salt, rosemary and roasted onions. The spacious, comfortable restaurant also has a full bar and is open seven nights a week, as well as lunch on weekdays. It’s a welcome addition to downtown.

Going Undercover The local nonprofit Project Undercover, which provides things like socks, underwear and diapers to needy children, is going to have a good day on Tuesday, September 18. How do we know? Because on that day all three Rhode Island Whole Foods locations (601 North Main St., 261 Waterman St. and 151 Sockanosset Crossroad, Cranston) will donate 5% of the day’s sales to benefit the charity. And with Whole Foods’ prices, that’s likely to buy a lot of undergarments for children all over Rhode Island. Heading Up North West Side cult favorite Ama’s (3 Luongo Sq.) has closed and will soon be replaced by north. Chef James Mark is an alum of Momofuku Ko, David Chang’s two-Michelin starred NYC eatery, and his menu looks to combine some of those Southeast Asian influences with Latin-American as well as local and regional American flavors. There is whole fried fish with tortillas and pickled chilies, a green curry lobster roll and even scrapple with “squishy white bread.” Follow @foodbynorth on Twitter to stay updated.

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plagued the East Side for what seems like ages, Oy ve, would it kill anybody to have some decent pastrami around here? For an area so rich with Jewish culture, the East Side is tragically devoid of a good, New York-style Jewish deli. I mean, even Framingham, MA has a Jewish deli – but on the East Side of Providence, bupkis. We’re happy to report, however, that things have just changed for the better. The all new Dok’s Deli on Ives Street (in the former home of United BBQ), while not a full-on Jewish deli, is certainly modeling itself very much in the mold of New York institutions like Katz’s and 2nd Ave Deli. Chef Tyler Doktor is a Boston native, but he grew up on family trips to the classic New York delis and has experience with kosher catering, and he’s intent on solving the Great East Side Pastrami Problem. “I see it as a combination of a gourmet sandwich shop mixed with a New York-style deli,” he explains of his vision, noting that in order to succeed, “You have to have good corned beef and pastrami.” Doktor, a former Johnson & Wales student who was most recently head chef of Leona’s in North Attleboro, believes he’s got a product that can stack up with the best of them. “My sandwiches aren’t quite as big as Katz’s, but I think the quality of the meat will rival anything this side of New York,” he maintains. A lot of work goes into backing up that tough talk: his house-made pastrami takes roughly three weeks, from brining (two weeks) to desalination to five hours in the smoker he inherited from United BBQ to resting for a week to being steamed and sliced; it’s a “labor of love,” he says. That smoker is the linchpin of Dok’s operation, as all his meats are carefully sourced (the beef is all Angus) from a local purveyor, and then smoked inhouse, including pastrami, turkey, whole chickens for his chicken salad, and, of course, bacon. Attention to detail and commitment to doing things the right way are evident throughout the menu: all the fixings are house-made as well, from the pickles, to the chips or apple cider slaw that accompany the sand-

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This College Hill eatery earns high marks for its creative menu friend of mine had nothing but good things to say about Coco Pazzo, so I went to this College Hill restaurant with fairly high expectations. Things got off to an excellent start when I got a parking spot right across the street. The friendly wait staff stationed outdoors offered us a table on the sidewalk patio or inside; the high humidity had us heading up a short flight of stairs for some air-conditioned comfort. It also afforded us a look at the completely new interior. What for years had been an Asian restaurant is now an open and airy space with an interesting copper-colored tin ceiling. In the center of the main dining room is a long communal table, a great spot for making new friends. In one corner we spotted the Mugnaini pizza oven – another good sign that this is a restaurant that knows what it’s doing. “Coco Pazzo” is the playful way of saying “crazy chef” in Italian. We can’t attest to anyone’s sanity, but we can vouch for the kitchen’s creativity. Once again we found ourselves in a Providence restaurant with a very original menu, the kind of place we could go to again and again and still find something new to try. The appealing menu offers tapas, appetizers,

salads, pasta, entrees, sides and pizza. What to try first? For starters, I was torn – the Prosciutto Di Parma and Burrata board begged for my attention, as did the New Zealand Mussels in sweet rosemary cream and the basket of Frittola, miniature doughboys stuffed with Italian cold cuts. In the end, it was the Deep Fried Oysters ($7) and the Zucchini Fritter ($5) that intrigued me the most for our first course. The battered oysters were fried until golden and served with salsa verde, which I didn’t even get into – I’m such a purist when it comes to the true taste of an oyster. With the fritter, I somehow expected something along the lines of that fleeting summer appetizer, a stuffed zucchini flower. Instead, it was a rather large, savory patty served with a pistachio nut dip. I thought I’d have just a bite or two, but found myself consuming the entire fritter with its equally unusual dip. This was one of those nights when almost everything we requested was not available. Brian wanted to try one of the many beers listed on the extensive drink menu, but they did not have his first choice. Then he asked for the halibut as his entrée, which was also not available. I was thrilled

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to see Branzino on the menu - I’ve seen this exotic fish dish only in Boston restaurants - but I too was told they were out. Disappointed, we ended up each ordering a pasta dish and sharing the Chicken Cutlet Milanese. One of my favorite pasta dishes is anything done in the style of carbonara, which led me to order the Fettucine Carbonara European Style ($15). This was a rather soupy version – tasty, but the mixture of fried bacon, eggs and Parmesan cheese had not thickened enough. All the carbonara dishes I’ve loved over the years were much drier and more pleasing to my palate. A much more successful pasta dish was Brian’s choice of Aglio Olio ($13), a bowl of delicate angel hair pasta with plenty of black olives and garlic oil and just a hint of anchovy. The Chicken Cutlet Milanese ($14) was the big winner of the night, an ideal dish to share. Two chicken cutlets, generous in size, were coated in breadcrumbs and sautéed in olive oil. Presentation is everything with any Milanese-style dish, and this was done beautifully with the golden chicken cutlets topped with plenty of arugula that was dressed with lemon juice and more olive oil. Desserts also got high marks that night. The Warm Apple Crostata ($7) served

with caramel sauce was flaky and just sweet enough. The Sicilian Cannoli ($2) was superb, filled with a pleasing combination of ricotta and mascarpone. So, much like my foodie friend, I liked Coco Pazzo despite the few bumps in the road. Everything was very fresh, and the menu was so original. The brick oven pizzas delivered to a nearby table looked appealing. They aren’t very large, more suited to an individual serving, but their prices are in line with their size ($7 to $8). Coco Pazzo is part of a restaurant group that includes the English Cellar Alehouse and The Apartment, both in Providence, and 505 Tapas Bar & Lounge and Sharx Bar and Grille, both in Cranston. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state.

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and media personalities. His talents have brought him from the runways of New York City’s Fashion Week and America’s Next Top Model to the pages of Allure Magazine, and everywhere in between. Several years ago, after closely evaluating the current style landscape in his hometown, Jason made the decision to begin making bi-monthly appearances at a downtown Providence salon. The idea was to bring a bit of New York City flavor to the folks back home. It didn’t take long for the news to spread and Jason began booking weeks and months in advance and made the choice to up his visits to every four weeks. As much as he loved making these appearances, the desire to create something

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Describe the ambiance. Parisian chic meets the Miami/New York party scene. It’s an intimate, comfortable and tasteful dining atmosphere. When the kitchen closes, the champagne lounge party (a modern ultra-lounge vibe featuring ambiance music) begins. What can diners expect of the menu? French-inspired food with American creativity, made simply with modern techniques. Chef Antonio Franco makes everything in-house from our infused butter to the whipped potatoes that are made to order. Our menu features a lot of local sustainable produce: Chickens served here were raised at Baffoni Farms in Johnston and fish is brought in fresh from a local fisherman.

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What do you recommend? The Steak Frites or the Pan Roasted Chicken. Both are classic French dishes that are very simple. For a starter, try the Spring Asparagus appetizer topped with a poached egg from Baffoni Farms. What’s happening this month at The Grande? On Labor Day weekend, we’re launching our weekly Bubbles & Brunch party happening every Sunday from 2pm-7pm with the party continuing until 1am. The Red Velvet Brioche French Toast is amazing. On Thursday nights, catch the staff in their French Maid costumers for French Made Thursdays: “We don’t do windows, and we don’t do boring.” What is your signature drink? The Grande’s signature drink, which I helped create, is the Champagne Sangria. Made with our house cham-

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Sipping your way through the two branches of the beer tree More than ever, beer

is a house divided. Contemporary barflies face a choice between craft and corporate, good and bad, local and imported. Even more basic, though, is the age-old schism between ale and lager. Ale belongs to hale and hearty drinkers who demand a beer that requires or puts hair on a chest. Lager, by contrast, is often lightweight to the point of nothingness. Clearly, I’m a devout aleist. Yet here’s the kicker: most people prefer lager. Lager far and away is the world’s most-consumed alcoholic beverage, and it is also the people’s drink, with a particularly high concentration of devotees among the less cash-flush consumers. As the old pub classic goes, “Oh, lager beer! It makes good cheer, and proves the poor man’s worth. It cools the body through and through, and regulates the health.” Am I then a snob if I don’t like what most of the world does? Is snobbery warranted in this case? And, if so, are there bad lagers and good lagers, to help split the difference? First, some beer geekery before we mull canons of taste. Three aspects of the brewing process affect which side of the dividing line a beer will ultimately land on: yeast, temperature and time, and added ingredients. Lagers are made with bottom-sifting yeast, accumulate alcohol through slow brewing and cool temperatures, and boast little in the way of punchy additions like hops, malts, or spices. (“Lager” comes from a German word meaning “to store,” referencing the beer’s medieval origins in dark, chilly caves.) What results is a beer that’s typically lowto-moderate in alcohol, subtle in taste and often described with words like “refreshing” and “mild.” Or, as a patron

down the bar from me once put it, lager is “water with a little somethin’ extra.” As for ales, consider them the opposite on all counts. That’s simplifying things, of course, but we’ll be quick and dirty to begin. When I voiced my preconceptions about lager to Vincent Scorziello, coowner and beer expert at Campus Fine

Wines, he encouraged me to think in terms of time and place with respect to the categories. “There’s nothing like an icy lager after taking a beating in the sun,” he insisted. True enough, I allowed. Ales are a tad too hearty to drink by the gallon. But beyond thirst-quenching, what about taste? Ever diplomatic, Vincent pointed me away from the bad name that “megabrand” pilsners have given lager, and towards what some craft brewers are doing to rehabilitate it. “Drink your way through some Victory’s Prima Pils or Six Point’s The Crisp,” he advised, “and see if they can change your low opinion.” All in the name of committed research, I guzzled a few bottles of each, which - as promised - were tastier and

heartier than expected. Encouraged but not thoroughly convinced, I turned to Newport Storm’s Derek Luke to see what a local brewer known for ales was doing with the lager category. As Newport Storm’s founder and brewmaster, Derek is also perhaps its most infectious pitchman. “Come down for a tasting!” he shot back to my inquiry, offering up the brewery’s current special edition, dubbed the Ursula, which was in production at that very moment. As Newport Storm loyalists may know, the Ursula is the latest in the brewery’s “Cyclone Series,” which is conceived and brewed in individual batches, and named alphabetically like hurricanes. “They’re brewed purely to demand,” Derek relayed, “and when stock of one runs low, the next letter is brewed to replace it.” Lager antipathy aside, I am not one to waste a fleeting opportunity. An early-release pack of Ursula went into the iciest corner of my fridge, and when optimal frost circled the bottles, I cracked one. And then another, and, oh, why not one more? All six, if you must know. Crisp but not insubstantial, and almost cider-like, Ursula was miles away from the wan lagers I’d suffered through and mocked at a distance. (At just over 6% alcohol, it was also more tipsiness-inducing. Plan accordingly.) “We wanted to create a beer that went magically with seafood,” Derek explained, like the beer equivalent of a dry white wine. A finish of champagne yeast, unusual for a lager, helps to ginger it up. Saaz hops add spice, and the natural lager qualities lend a bit of apples on the nose. Complicated? Just know this: it’s singular, and a winner. And, at only 800 brewed cases, worth stockpiling.

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PoTENZA RISToRANTE D’ITALIA 286 Atwells Ave.; 273-2652. Experience the authentic flavors of Chef Walter Potenza, a name long synonymous with Italian food in Rhode Island. This is a must-stop for foodies, and caters to gluten-free diners. D $$-$$$



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 $$-$$$

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SIENA 238 Atwells Ave.; 521-3311. Federal Hill’s Siena features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. The extensive menu includes wood-grilled veal, steak and seafood entrees along with signature pasta and sauté dishes. D $$-$$$ TASTE oF INDIA 230 Wickenden St.; 421-4355. Providence’s first Indian restaurant delivers on its promise of serving real (and really delicious) Indian cuisine, with seafood delicacies and Tandoori specialties, made with authentic Indian spices. LD $-$$ THE RoI 150 Chestnut St.; 272-2161. Located in the charming Jewelry District, Chef Paul Shire’s 21st-century supper club serves up hot food and cool music. Modern day comfort food is always on the menu, as is a sleek bar and casual but hip surroundings. LD $$-$$$ TRATToRIA ZooMA 245 Atwells Ave.; 383-2002. Located on historic Federal Hill, Zooma offers award winning Neapolitan cuisine in a beautiful, upscale setting, specializing in house made pasta, local fish, meats, vegetables and authentic wood fired pizza.LD $$-$$$ Xo CAFé 125 North Main St.; 273-9090. XO Café celebrates fine food, wine and funky art. Featuring a seductive atmosphere, outmatched by playfully composed dishes inspired by natural/local ingredients. BRD $$-$$$

East bay BILLY’S 286 Maple Ave., Barrington; 289-2888. Billy’s creates a warm, inviting family atmosphere and ensures the finest quality ingredients in everything from fresh salads to juicy burgers to pizzas and Italian entrees. Full bar available. D $-$$


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west bay CHAPEL GRILLE 3000 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston; 944-9900. Nestled in the hills of Cranston’s Chapel View complex, this restaurant offers great food and views. Enjoy a Mediterranean inflected menu while admiring the Providence skyline in the distance. LD $$-$$$

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troupe that features a blimp with a face and a working jaw. Don’t ask, it’s better to experience it firsthand. While you’re there, check out the annual Street Painting Festival – artists will be covering the skating rink in chalk. And I know what you’re thinking: all this outstanding art must cost the audience a fortune. However, the FirstWorks Festival is free as the wind. So grab your friends, head downtown and get ready for seven hours of death-defying antics. It’s sure to be a trip. 2 Kennedy Plaza. 331-5544, first-works.org.

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This Month September 1-3 You only have three more chances to cheer on the PawSox this year at McCoy Stadium. Grab your buds, a few beers and let the heckling begin. $5-11. Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket. 724-7300, pawsox.com. September 1-29 Every Wednesday and Saturday, stock up at the Farmers Market at Lippitt Park with fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, seafood, poultry and more while listening to live music. Wednesdays 3-6pm. Saturdays 9am1pm. Corner of Hope and Blackstone Boulevard. hopestreetmarket.com. September 1-30 On Sundays, set sail on the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Tour, a 45-minute narrated cruise. $8-10. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Central Falls Landing (at Broad Street and Madeira Avenue), Central Falls. 724-2200, rivertourblackstone.com. September 2-30 Kick off each week with the great Who Dat! Band, a melting pot of both amateur and professional musicians. $5 for audience members, free for musicians. 7-11pm. 276 Westminster Street. 272-7422, rootsprovidence.com. September 6-29 Get laughing every Thursday and Saturday night with Improv Jones. New members and special guests will engage in some of the many improvisational styles unique to this group. $5. 10pm. 95 Empire Street. improvjones.com. September 6 Opera Providence helps kick off the Pawtucket Arts Festival with a performance of The Three Tenors. $10. 5-10pm. Pawtucket Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket. pawtucketartsfestival.org.


September 7 Normal yoga too boring? Then head to the Steel Yard’s Yoga Rave, a fastpaced yoga class set to the beat of a live DJ. 5:30pm. 27 Sims Avenue. 2737101, thesteelyard.org. September 8 You ain’t seen tough until you’ve seen a Providence Roller Derby bout featuring The Mob Squad vs. The Old Money Honeys. Bout starts at 7pm. $10 online, $15 at door. Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street. providencerollerderby.com. September 8 & 9 Share culture, listen to music and enjoy local artwork at the Exchange Street Open Studios, featuring more than 40 artists in five local mills. 10am4pm. Exchange Street and Roosevelt Avenue. xospawtucket.com. September 9 Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts Day of Honor, offering free admission to veterans and members of our armed forces, as well as retired or active police, fire, ambulance or emergency personnel. 1000 Elmwood Avenue. 941-4998, rwpzoo.org. September 9-27 The Rhode Island Watercolor Society hosts Anything Goes, an open juried show featuring all 2-D media and collage artwork. 10am-4pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5pm Sundays. Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket. 726-1876, riws.org. September 11 Celebrating their ninth record release, The Offspring comes to Lupo’s. $40-45. 7pm doors, 8pm show. 79 Washington Street. 331-5876, lupos.com. September 13-30 The Yellow Peril Gallery proudly presents the artwork of Naomi Campbell, an artist whose skill rivals her style.

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Stock Up in September September 8 & 9: Rather wait to the last minute, do some early holiday shopping at the First Annual Arts Marketplace, which is part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival. The event, which takes place at the Pawtucket Armory, features both fine art and contemporary crafts for sale at reasonable prices. Available wares range from clothing and jewelry to paintings and sculpture. 10am-4pm. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. artsmarketplacepawtucket.com.

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September 20 SNL alum Norm MacDonald brings his high-profile, characteristically dry humor to the Comedy Connection. $32. 6:30pm doors, 8pm show. 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. 438-8383, ricomedyconnection.com. September 21-30 There’s no better way to see geographic history than through the RISD Museum’s America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, an exhibit featuring approximately 150 photographs. $3-10. Chace Center Galleries, 20 North Main Street. 4546500, risdmuseum.org. September 22 The third annual Woony River Ride Bike-a-Thon offers a choice of a 50mile, 23-mile, 10-mile or 5-mile ride along the scenic Woonasquatucket River, from Providence to North Smithfield to raise money for the river’s Watershed Council. $30 individual, $40 family. 9am-12pm start times. wrwc.org/woonyride.php September 27 & 28 Kids can play with wood pieces, glue and all sorts of construction tools at Wood Works, an event taking place in the Children’s Museum’s Discovery Studio. 10am-3pm. 100 South Street. 273-5437, childrenmuseum.org. September 28 Prepare to laugh as comedian Joe List hits The Spot Underground for Knock Down Stand Up Comedy Night. $10 advance, $15 door. 8pm. 15 Elbow Street. 383-7133, thespotprovidence.com September 29 Send off September with the American alternative rock band Mutemath with Civil Twilight. $20. 8pm doors, 9pm show. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005, themetri.com.

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of a supply closet. (The swordfight with mop handles was a highlight.) Their characters juggled creative aspirations, workplace apathy and emotional intimacy with an appealing, sense of earnestness. The result was a load of relatable, awkward and unexpected moments that kept the audience in stitches. Hendrix and Bowler first became friends when portraying celebrity buddies Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, respectively, in a Theatre of Thought production of Matt & Ben. (Coincidentally, that’s another two-woman show, penned by pals Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers.) Hamlette! started as a sketch this past November, with the duo mining material from their own experiences of collaboration – and the occasional challenges involved. “It’s a buddy comedy and we play exaggerated clowns of ourselves,” Bowler notes. “The stresses our heroines feel are a heightened version of the stresses we felt from working together. Hendrix explains, “We also come from very different backgrounds, much like our characters. Melissa comes from more of an improv/sketch/stand-up background and I come from a theatrical/performance art/storytelling background. This, at times, can make it hard to communicate, but it also broadens our collective knowledge and gives us more to play with. Ultimately, that is what makes it so much fun to be on

stage together, and what makes this show so fun to watch.” Why tackle one of the Bard’s biggest hits as a topic? Bowler suggests, “Hamlet is a familiar show that we could reference in the piece and people would get the references. We think the same goes for an office setting because it’s a common place where people work or have worked. To us, Hamlet represents everyday theater and the office represents everyday life.” She adds, jokingly, “That’s deep, right?” Hamlette! opens this month at the 95 Empire Black Box Theatre as a Residence@95 production. It’s part of AS220’s new arts program featuring original work by Rhode Islanders. aSo, grab a coworker or two and catch this practiced pair hamming it up. You can watch that old YouTube pig later, in the office. youtube.com/ watch?v=H7leMctSTMc

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Sterling silver charms from $25

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Free Gift With Purchase September 13–16 Receive a sterling silver PANDORA clasp bracelet (a $65 US retail value) with your purchase of $100 or more of PANDORA jewelry.* *Good while supplies last, limit one per customer. Charms shown on bracelet are sold separately. See our store for details.

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