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Publishers Barry Fain Richard Fleischer John Howell Publishing Director Jeanette St. Pierre Executive Editor Julie Tremaine Associate Editor Grace Lentini Editorial Assistant Dale Rappaneau Special Projects Manager John Taraborelli

Vintage Appeal

Digital Manager Samantha Pezza Art Director Karli Hendrickson

I always admire people who have the thrifting gene. You know what I’m talking about: those people who are able to pull together a really unique wardrobe from lucky finds at thrift and consignment stores (usually for significantly less than the cost of new clothes). That kind of shopping – and cultivating that kind of aesthetic for themselves and their homes – are talents that I just don’t have. It’s the same for a lot of us: we’d love to have beautiful antiques in our homes, or own some really great vintage wardrobe pieces, but we just don’t know where to find them. That’s where this month’s cover story comes in. Our annual fall fashion issue is all about vintage and consignment shopping – not just where

to shop, but how to shop, straight from experts who consider this kind of shopping a way of life. If you already dabble in thrifting, we’ve got the scoop on a new invite-only shopping club. And if you haven’t known where to start before, you can thank us after you’ve made your first big consignment find.

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A Creative Catalyst The next evolution of WaterFire Countless mobs flock to see the needs-no-introduction spectacle known as WaterFire, from both nearby counties and far-off states, turning downtown Providence into an epicenter of creative and economic potential. Now, to help put local businesses further in the spotlight, the non-profit launched Ignite Providence, an online platform that features “an array of art, entertainment and culinary exhibitions and events centered around the WaterFire season.” The website seeks to help visitors “participate in and be inspired by Providence’s burgeoning cultural scene,” by giving them suggestions as to what they can do while strolling around the streets. For example, a quick glance at the site shows a list of recommended events happening near or around the same time as an upcoming WaterFire. Past suggestions have ranged from the culturally important (Rhode Island Film Festival) to the creatively quirky (Providence NecronomiCon), so as to offer a genuine PVD smorgasbord, and to spread the love as much as possible. Even if you consider yourself a connoisseur of what’s surrounding WaterFire, Ignite Providence offers a new way of experiencing a classic event. -Dale Rappaneau

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the last time I held a paintbrush in my hand. However, I can tell you the last time I held a glass of wine… that would be last night. Believe it or not, there is a place where you can do both simultaneously - in a controlled environment, of course. Enter Paint and Vino, the how-to painting studio where you are shown, step-by-step, how to bring out your inner painter all while sipping on delightful adult beverages. It was a cool summer night when I made my way to downtown Pawtucket. It’s nice to see that more and more once vacant buildings and storefronts are slowly becoming occupied. I parked, stepped out of my car, looked out over the Blackstone River and was immediately greeted with the door held open. Once I made my way inside, I was greeted with rows of blank canvases, paintbrushes laid out and little plates of paint, ready to be picked up and brushed onto the canvas. “What kind of wine are you in the mood for?” asks co-owner Rachel Araujo. There are whites and reds to choose from, with about three options of each, and of course, beer. Unsure of which to commit to, I try the Shiraz. “I feel like I could really use some chocolate or fruit to go along with this,” I muse. “Well then you have to try these chocolate-covered blueberries and pomegranates,” implores Rachel. (She read my mind before I even got here! It’s like she knew.) So I’ve got my wine, I’ve got a good friend in tow, a chic black apron on and I am ready to start this painting adventure. Any nerves I have about my abilities are put to rest as our instructor takes the stage. Tonight, I am learning how to paint a rendition of Starry Night. (Hopefully I won’t lose any appendages during the process.) There are a couple of instructors at Paint and Vino with backgrounds ranging from graphic design to illustrating children’s books. Step-by-step we make our way through laying the foundation for our Starry Night. First the hillside, then the background base for the sky. Then (I think my favorite part), the small individual strokes that give Starry Night its chaotically beautiful essence. What I walk away with is not only my very first piece of artwork I’ve made

since middle school, but a newfound excitement for a new hobby. Aside from going to the occasional yoga class or following other fitness trends, there really aren’t a ton of wholesome activities for grown-ass adults to do. As much as I love the seasonal brews on tap or the latest couture cocktail, I do feel the need to feed my soul and connect to the artist locked beneath the layers of daily life. This experience did just that. It allowed me to connect to my inner artist, the one that I didn’t even know existed. It got my creative juices flowing (I even bought three blank 11x14 canvases) and I can’t wait to keep them going. 150 Main Street, Pawtucket. 680-0856, –Grace Lentini

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Take a Peek Into the Life of a Young Chef Every great chef – from Gracie’s Matthew Varga to birch’s Ben Sukle and Chez Pascal’s Matt Gennuso – has a long and inspiring story behind their success, although most are too busy in the kitchen to constantly recite their life’s accomplishments. The life of a young chef, working his way up the culinary ladder, is a tumultuous one, riddled with trials and tribulations that go completely unseen by the world outside of the kitchen. Nick Rabar, a nationally-acclaimed chef and owner of East Providence’s Avenue N, is giving everyone the chance to take a glimpse into the life of a young chef in his new book The Cold Side of the Grill, released last month. “I wrote this book with the intent of creating both a culinary book that chefs and insiders of the restaurant industry would connect with, and a story that’s just enjoyable for anyone to pick up and read,” says Nick. This culinary novel follows the story of Jack Cahill, a young

man who makes the decision to delve into the restaurant industry and become a chef. Throughout the story, Nick highlights the dedication and passion that go into becoming a successful chef, as well as the challenges that come with it. “The story has a focus on relationships – whether boyfriend/girlfriend relationships or professional ones. There is a big struggle for young chefs who are trying to balance their love lives and family with their career.” Becoming a part of the restaurant industry is certainly a unique experience. While it can be one of the most challenging and time consuming industries to become a part of, it can also be one of the most rewarding and inspiring journeys a person can choose to take. Pick up a copy of The Cold Side of the Grill this month to learn more. To see Nick in action, you can visit his restaurant Avenue N at 20 Newman Avenue in Rumford. –Adam Baffoni


Finding the Right Spot Myths and realities of the so-called “parking problem” Downtown I can always tell when the person I’m making plans to meet Downtown live in Providence, and probably doesn’t spend much time here. The telltale question of a non-city person is this: “Where should I park?” Not only does this tell me that the person is unfamiliar with the geography of our rendezvous point, and therefore any parking options in the vicinity, but it also betrays a lack of understanding of how parking in a city works. Does this person think I can direct them to a specific spot? Do they think that I have a selection of parking spots on reserve? Are they under the impression that I can predict which spaces will be available at any given point in the day? If you’ve ever tried to park… well, really anywhere ever, then you should recognize that the question “Where should I park?” is fairly open-ended and difficult to answer. On the street. Wherever you can find a spot. Look for a place where there isn’t already a car – park there. Those are really the only answers I can come up with for that question. I say this not to mock those who are inexperienced with navigating our city streets, but rather to dispel a common misconception about Providence: namely, that it has a parking problem. Providence doesn’t really have a parking problem – or at least not the one you think. (More on that later.) The “parking problem,” as people often gripe, is that it is difficult – nigh, impossible – to find a place to park Downtown. In fact, it’s what prevents people from coming Downtown more often – or so the common wisdom goes. Downtown Providence encompasses an area of 0.51 square miles. Within that, there are 1,500 on-street spaces, and an additional 15,000 in lots and garages. That’s roughly one parking spot per every 917 square feet. Now granted, if you’re averse to walking almost 2/10 of a mile from your car to your destination, that might pose a predicament, but for most of the rest of us blessed with two working legs, it should not be a problem. The city is not the suburbs. Every destination does not have its own convenient parking lot right outside the door. You may have to 18

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walk a few blocks to get where you’re going. I’m willing to wager that you’ll arrive safely. (The danger that lurks in Downtown is another common misconception that we won’t get into here.) I’d venture to say that I make more trips Downtown than most, and I generally have no difficulties in finding a place to park – and believe me, there aren’t any bonus spots that open up to you when you get your frequent visitor card stamped. Granted, on a WaterFire night or some other unusually busy occasion, it may be a pain in the ass, but for the most part, it’s a simple matter of making a couple of passes and then walking a handful of blocks. And I’m only drawing from the 1,500 on-street spaces, because I refuse to pay for a lot or garage. (It’s not that I’m particularly frugal, as my bank statements can attest – it’s just the principle of it.) Now I am willing to admit that there is a problem with parking downtown: the meters. Among the hundreds of metered spaces Downtown, there is a confusing, seemingly arbitrary jumble of traditional meters, high-tech meters that accept coins or credit cards, multi-space meters that accept either only coins or only credit cards – often on the same street. There is no rhyme or reason to their placement, a confounding lack of consistency and a veritable Whitman’s Sampler of unhelpful signage to (mis)direct you. On a recent trip Downtown in the pouring rain, I was fortunate to find a space right outside my destination, only to spend several minutes getting soaked as I fruitlessly deposited coins in the multi-space meter, which repeatedly flashed the message “coin error” as it rejected perfectly legal US quarters. I then had to get back in my car, drive further away to find a traditional meter that wouldn’t make any errors in accepting my coins, and get even more drenched as I sprinted to my now more distant destination. While I reject the notion that “Where do I park?” is a legitimate or fair question to ask when traveling Downtown, I think anyone trying to park upon arrival is fully within his or her rights to beseech, “How the f!%* does this work?” -John Taraborelli

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he Providence club scene attracts partiers across the state. With hot beats, high hemlines, and the chance to be frisked by security, it offers something for everyone. But, have you ever wondered about the other club scene? Like, say, the one involving a chess club? Get pumped, because it turns out that Providence has a raging one. Here are a few of the myriad options for clubbing on the quieter side, right here in town. For the beer drinker, consider Beerded Providence. It’s a new social club for anyone who enjoys craft beers, facial hair and good times. The group’s inaugural event was held recently at the Wild Colonial on South Water Street, with tastings of five local beers, and more events are in the works. While the three founding fathers sport beards and consider themselves beard enthusiasts, the club does not discriminate. “Male, female, bearded and clean-shaven are all welcome,” reports co-founder Guy Shaffer. “As long as you don’t hate on the beard, we like you.” facebook. com/beerded.pvd or For the community minded, there’s

Provision. The group hosts public dinners and awards the proceeds to worthy causes. As an attendee, you make a small donation and enjoy homemade food, plus musical entertainment. At the same time, you review and rate proposals for local, creative projects. The proposal with the highest score gets the funds. Jori Ketten, Jeremy Radtke and Neal Walsh, all highly active in the local arts scene, brought the concept to Providence after hearing about similar programs in other cities. They held their first event in February of 2011, with Fertile Underground receiving the first grant. Stay tuned for the date of the next Provision dinner later this fall.

For the theatrically inclined, the Players at Barker Playhouse just may be the ticket. As a member of this dramatic group, you can attend five plays a season, three annual parties and numerous readings and social events. Plus, if you’d like, you can participate in the excitement of live shows – performed by members, for members. Around since 1909, the club proudly claims the title of America’s oldest, continuously running “little theater.” On October 12, during the upcoming production of Doubt, the Players will celebrate its 2,500th performance. “We welcome those who like to work either onstage or backstage, and those who prefer to sit in the audience and watch the stage! A member can

be as active as they wish,” explains Trisha McManus, the president of the Players and a 20-year member. McManus watched three of her five children perform at Barker over the years, and credits their positive experiences with inspiring them to work in the entertainment industry. Two of her sons have since written and directed a film (Funeral Kings, 2012, shot in RI), and her daughter has appeared as a series regular on several TV shows. For the creative writer, Frequency is a community arts organization that offers rigorous, experiential workshops, holds readings and talks, and helps local writers and readers to connect. Co-director Darcie Dennigan notes, “It’s pretty exciting to look around the table and see how many terrific, interesting, diverse writers there are in southeastern New England. I’m constantly impressed by the writers in our workshops, both seasoned or published ones and complete greenhorns.” Frequency also hosts free “writers’ parties” every few months, where guests read their work aloud in a casual, open mic setting – and clink a few wine glasses in the process.

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evening’s line-up includes a brief presentation by an innovator, as well as time for eating, drinking, socializing, and discussing start-ups, mash-ups, and more. For the artsy, the Providence Art Club on Thomas Street deserves mention. The Art Club, founded back in 1880, boasts airy studio space and a lovely, historic clubhouse. Exhibitions in its spacious galleries are free and open to the public on weekday afternoons from noon to three. And both artists and art-lovers are welcome to join the club – but there’s some protocol. To become a member, you first must be introduced and nominated by a current member, recommended by another member and then voted in by the Board of Managers. If you’re looking for variety, check out local Meetups. Then, clear your schedule. The site lists more than a hundred groups gathering in the Providence area, from singles to moms, photographers to programmers, hikers to paddleboarders. There are clubs for British expats, German language speakers, entrepreneurs, video gamers, tennis players, scrapbookers and sushi eaters. Don’t see one that appeals? The site gives you the option to start your own, with a monthly fee. (Suggestion: Yodel & Yahtzee. Just saying. Think about it. It could be big.) As you might guess, in a town this old, there are some private clubs that wish to remain, well, private. Sniff. There are even a few secret, or semisecret, societies. One such group, bound by charter and 19th century traditions, prohibits members from mentioning it even in obituaries. Of course, when it comes to belonging to a secret society, RI potentially could be the easiest place to gain entry – what with the two degrees of separation and all. You know someone who knows someone, right? You’re halfway there. An intriguing new Meetup group called Pituca launches this month. Co-founded by artists Carolina Arentsen and Nate Mega, the name comes from the colloquial Chilean Spanish, meaning “posh, intellectual

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and business savvy.” In this case, the name also serves as an acronym for philosophy, innovation, technology, universe, culture and art. The concept is a sophisticated social club wherein bright minds exchange bright ideas, creating a kind of “human internet.” Events will be held on the second

When it comes to belonging to a secret society, RI potentially could be the easiest place to gain entry – what with the two degrees of separation and all. you know someone who knows someone, right? you’re halfway there.


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Thursday of each month, starting September 12th at the Hamilton House on Angell Street. And, thankfully, there’s always a chess club. The non-profit Rhode Island Chess Association organizes tournaments throughout the year for adults and kids alike. It also connects players to free venues, like local libraries. Checkmate! If the idea of clubs and groups still sounds a bit suspicious to you, you’re not alone. As Woody Allen says in Annie Hall, “I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.” But, brush aside self-doubt. Take a deep breath. Dive in. You’ll find a whole gang of people with the same, somewhat obscure interests as you. Chances are, they can’t wait to meet you.

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Dennigan, an accomplished author herself, recalls that both she and her co-director Evelyn Hampton benefited from being part of different writing communities when they began writing. They hope for Frequency to serve that purpose for RI writers, even encouraging them to form spinoff writing groups of their own. For the avid reader, there’s no better place to curl up with a treasured tome than the Providence Athenaeum. The historic library building is open to the public, as is its celebrated Friday night Salon Series of lectures and spirited discussion. But only members can borrow books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Membership also allows you to request hard-tofind items, attend special programs like readings, concerts and children’s story-times, and access the collection at RISD’s Fleet Library. And your membership fee helps to preserve a cultural institution – so the next generation can curl up with a good book there, too. For the techie, Providence Geeks holds free, casual meetings one Wednesday night a month, usually at AS220 on Empire Street. If you’re interested in digital technology and want to network with like-minded folks, this is a fun way to do it. Each



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RuTH MeTeeR Self-described as “If Ralph Lauren and Helmut Lang had a hippie love child,” Ruth scores most of her items from flea markets, estate sales and TJMaxx Runway sections. We photographed Ruth in her kitchen. Check out her shop, The Gypsy, at

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“If you’re going to a thrift shop, it can take a lot of picking. There’s a lot of bad stuff mixed in with the good. You have to have an eye for what makes a quality item. I’ve been doing it for so long that I can pick out the vintage fabrics from far away. Of course, if you don’t want to take all that time, buy the cool stuff from people who’ve done the work, like us at the Vault or the Providence Flea.” - RuTH

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Searching for treasures at yard sales, estate sales, good will stores and shopping events.

“I think thrifting is recycling. Judging by the quality of the Pierre Cardin suit, if I were to purchase it today, it would easily be $1500. That is the quality of suit you would probably find at Neimans and Saks. There is something unusual about it and that it why it works for me.” - MicHael

There’s a certain type of person who loves consignment, thrift and vintage stores. It’s the Law of the Black Cocktail Dress: some things just never go out of style. We walk into these places with the intention of unearthing gems, of stumbling upon a piece of jewelry or a scarf that reminds us of our mother or our grandmother. We get the feeling that we’ve excavated some long lost item of preciousness and we wear it with pride, no matter that it’s not “new.” It’s better than new; it’s new to us. We salvaged it. On tree-lined Brook Street, venerable vintage store Foreign Affair has set up shop in Fox Point after years on Thayer Street. “I absolutely love all things old and with a history,” says Foreign Affair’s owner Marsha Taylor. “I love the find, working on each piece [she launders and repairs items if necessary], displaying the piece. I sometimes even feel a little sad when I sell it, I guess I get a little attached.” The store has a large enough space that Marsha has divided it, giving men and ladies each their own half. The clothing is displayed by decades, one rack specifically for 1950s cocktail dresses, another for 1960s-1970s print maxi dresses and rompers, another for sport coats and leather jackets. She notes that one of the reasons she loves vintage is the quality of the clothes, “Things were superbly made and have survived the passing of time, in most cases in excellent condition. Think about it. These pieces are decades old,” she says. She also loves vintage because she finds it to be an exercise in individuality; you’re not likely to run into someone on the sidewalk wearing the same dress or shirt that you have on when you’re wearing vintage. This is also why Marsha advises, “If you find something you like, buy it, because there’s only one and it probably won’t be there when you return.” 140 Brook St; 274-1484. Hidden above South Main Street’s L’Elizabeth Cafe lies a treasure trove of vintage clothing and jewelry known only as The Vault. For most of the time, The Vault remains closed to public eyes, used primarily as a “co-operative work space between four different vintage dealers in Providence,” says Ruth Meteer, owner of Gypsy and Vault member. “It’s basically just a workspace and studio, but once per month we open it to the public. We give people a first look at our items before we take them to market.” Attendance at a Vault opening requires an invite, but “right now the invite list is open and available to anyone.” As attendance grows, however, invites will be sent out on a limited basis, because, argues Meteer, “It’s a small space and we can’t fit everyone. But anyone with an invite can bring their friends.” For information regarding The Vault’s next public opening, sign up for an invite at Ana-Lia’s is a new Cranston consignment boutique with pink walls, old hardwood floors and an original tin ceiling. The one-room store carries a diverse display of merchandise, everything organized by size, color and style. “One of the most important insider tips on how to make a good find while consignment shopping is that you should take the time to look through all of the merchandise and try on pieces you like, even if they aren’t your size,” says Karen Calabro who co-owns Ana Lia’s with Jean Ranallo. “Vintage pieces and various  labels run differently.  Whether you’re purchasing a one-of-a-kind vintage piece, high-end designer item or something from Ann Taylor Loft, a good find is one that is your style and that

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Melanie Silva With a knack for combining clothes from different decades, Melanie appreciates revitalizing vintage clothing for modern outfits. She finds her best stuff rummaging through thrift shops. We photographed Melanie at the Rhode Island Antiques Mall, where she works. She also sells her finds at etsy. com/shop/fidgetfinds.

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you feel great wearing.” Karen highlights some of the more notable merchandise currently for sale at Ana-Lia’s: an Ungara piqued dress, a Nicole Miller silk blazer (limited edition 1993), vintage Gucci bags and evening wear such as suits and cocktail gowns. “The most memorable sale we made at Ana-Lia’s was a vintage Salvatore Ferragamo silk printed dress. The feeling of seeing something vintage come to life again on the customer was amazing,” says Karen. “It was a timeless piece and looked magnificent on her. She was thrilled to be wearing a piece of fashion history.” 727 Pontiac Ave., Cranston. 595-3211, visit them on Facebook. “I like oddities,” says Mary Ellen of Hall’s on Broadway. An eclectic vintage consignment store, Hall’s


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has an abundance of everything from stained-glass windows to a retro living room set. Perusing through, one room contains fashion accessories, jewelry, men’s clothing, china, artwork and instruments; another is brimming with fabrics and curtains, lamps, pottery and things for the kitchen. A third room has furniture, rugs, books and a vintage typewriter. Having owned a store in Warren for 12 years before opening Hall’s four years ago, she is well-seasoned in the art of consignment. Looking for something specific? Mary Ellen has a storage room in the back and an excellent memory of what’s inside. She frequently matches clothing with jewelry kept in storage, knowing just where every piece is. “I want to socialize, otherwise I would sell online,” she says, feeling as

“I like the anonymous designer. Most of the best fashion doesn’t have a label, because it’s older, before unions, back when pieces were handmade and unique. Everyone should research designs rather than a label, and care more about the construction of a garment than the prominence attached to it.” - Melanie though consignment is a “people business.” She likes to talk with customers, helping them find the perfect accessory, picture frame or designer item. “I enjoy the store more than anything. It was my hobby and now it’s my living,” says Mary Ellen. 145 Broadway. 272-0000, Sign up for email notifications about sales and Hall’s on Broadway’s annual outdoor sale. Virginina Hopkins and Crystal Gantz are co-owners of hope returns, a one-room gallery store specializing in gently used children’s retail, such as clothing, toys and gear for both boys and girls, newborn to size ten. “Virginia and I like to shop and we both love a good deal. We realized that shopping for children’s clothing and toys can become expensive and

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children use these items for such a short time,” says Crystal. “So we thought, why not let someone else enjoy it all over again?” Hope returns also carries locally made, handcrafted items such as wooden toys, hand-knitted sweaters, doll clothing and artwork. They believe that thoughtful resale stores such as theirs not only give back to the environment by selling second-hand items, they can also give back to their community and local economy. The ladies at hope returns love the idea that at resale stores, customers can happen upon items from all over the country and all over the world for fair prices. “We’ve sold big purple and pink bird marionettes, amazing beaded moccasins from Morocco, the sweetest apron dress from South Carolina and a funky dress from Korean designer Andre Kim,” says Crystal. “We love it when we are surprised!” hope returns is currently having a 40% off sale on all their summer resale clothing. 746 Hope St., 453-2222. Ask anyone who’s passionate about vintage, and they’ll tell you that you have to drive to get the best finds – and that there’s a hidden gem in northern

Rhode Island that’s worth the trip. In historic Scituate Village, Sacha Hummel runs Glitz, a consignment store specializing in antiques and vintage. Sacha began working in the industry 35 years ago, designing and restyling pre-owned items. He has a love for vintage and vintage-inspired items, which is reflected in the inventory at Glitz. “We specialize in the extraordinary and in furs,” says Sacha, “Recently, I attended an estate sale where I picked up three Vegas-style headdresses and a gown that a showgirl would love. These items will sell for Halloween.” The most memorable item Sacha has ever seen come in and out of the doors of Glitz was a Lanvin couture fur. He likes to see designer pre-owned merchandise come into the store because he is reminded of a time when the designer’s items were new in stores. Sacha also carries new merchandise intermingled with his vintage items. Glitz is stocked with clothing, shoes, handbags, furs and jewelry. 134 Danielson Pike, Scituate. 647-7788. Jackie Murrant of Blackbird’s knows her consignment store is a small but mighty, one room

of merchandise organized by category of clothing with a popular “high end” rack. “I sell a little bit of everything, not just high end. I have jeans from Saks and t-shirts from Target, because that’s how we shop,” says Jackie. After having been in the retail business for over 20 years, she advises serious consignment shoppers to make friends with shop owners and ask them to call you when the items you’re looking for come in. “Most people don’t realize that we get new items every single day,” she says. Blackbird’s is all about “reduce, re-wear, recycle,” putting emphasis on the idea that to buy secondhand is to buy with environmental thoughtfulness. “I’ve always shopped in resale, consignment and second hand stores; I hate waste, I hate that we throw good clothes away,” says Jackie. “My customers pretty much rock. I love that we are recycling so much clothing daily and I love giving the leftovers to people that need it. It’s an awesome business and I feel very lucky to be here.” 1800 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence. 353-2028,

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HoPe ReTuRnS Look for: quality kids clothing and toys

roCkeT To mArs This vintage boutique carries unique antiques of all kinds, dating from the roaring ‘20s to the disco-themed ‘70s. Here you will find a variety of treasures for everyday life, from clothing and arm candy to furniture and famous books. 144 Broadway. 274-0905. Check them out on Facebook sALVATion Army THriFT sTore “Doing the most good,” this thrift shop spreads love throughout the community by caring for the needy and feeding the hungry. Accepting donations at all times, The Salvation Army provides clothing, shoes and antiques at affordable prices, all while reinvesting its profits into making a difference. 201 Pitman Street. 4215270,

seCond Time Around At Second Time Around, the focus is finding designer items in exceptional condition. Costumers can feel like they belong on the runway with designers at their most affordable prices. 294 Thayer Street. 455-2050, WHAT CHeer This vintage-focused shop carries many purposes: Not only can you purchase cool items like your favorite vinyl album, beautiful antiques or even that 1960’s Playboy to add to your collection, but here you can trade or even sell your stuff for cash. 180 Angell Street. 861-4244,


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The How-to’s of consignment So, you’ve got stuff to consign? You’ve got options. While some shops buy entirely from private collectors, estate sales or wholesalers (Hall’s on Broadway is one of these shops, as is Foreign Affair), others buy resale outright or offer consignment routes. At hope returns, customers can come into the store with their items, fill out paperwork and leave the merchandise for one week. After that week, the customer returns and is given a percentage of the resale value. Any items that were not bought within the seven days are returned to the consignor or are donated in-store to the Rhode Island Foster Parent’s Association. Ana-Lia’s offers a 90-day consignment cycle (which then can be rolled over to one more 90-day cycle), after which items are returned to the consignor or donated to a local charity. Ana-Lia’s and the consignor split the proceeds. At Blackbird’s, make an appointment before bringing in your gently loved items (they are usually booked three weeks out). The merchandise will stay in-store for 60 days, taking gradual markdowns, and remaining items are returned to the consignor. Glitz offers a no-appointment-necessary consignment method. Simply bring your merchandise into the store and give it a second chance.

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What’s your style? My style is often described as classic or preppy. I think it’s both, but then again I’m Latino, so… Who’s your fashion inspiration? My style icons are James Bond and President John F. Kennedy. I like their clean-cut, classy style and elegance – described in one word: “Gentlemen.” When I flip through GQ, JFK is still featured as one of the best-dressed men in history. He still competes even 50 years after he left us. That’s legendary! And when you take a look at pictures of the Kennedy family vacationing in Hyannis, it basically looks like a modern-day J. Crew or Polo Ralph Lauren catalog. That’s what I want my style to be… timeless.   This look is definitely classic.  It looks like I’m going to the Kentucky Derby, doesn’t it? The blazer and chinos are both from J. Crew, the shirt from Lorenzo Uomo and the shoes from Aldo. The accessories are a mix of brands, but my favorite piece is my watch. It’s a Tag Heuer Formula 1. The red face and stainless steel strap make this such a versatile watch; it can be worn with a suit or with a pair of jeans and a tee shirt.   I love how you mix patterns and colors. Getting different patterns to blend harmoniously is a tough job, mostly based on trial and error. Don’t be afraid to mix it and add some color – be unique! If you don’t get it right, you always have tomorrow to try a new one.   To you, when is an outfit done? What finishing touches are most important? If you’re looking to step up your game, accessories are a simple (and affordable!) way to make a statement. Get some cool pocket squares, a tie bar, some colorful socks and a cool timepiece. It will be very, very rare that you find me without a watch. I’m fascinated by them and love anything from Tags and Hamilton, to something as simple as Fossil or a Timex Weekender for when you’re outdoors or going to the beach.

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first found out that I’d be taking a Barre class, memories of my not-so-graceful attempts at ballet as a child flooded my head. I was that girl that held my own when blasting a tennis ball across the court, but when you threw me into an arabesque or chasse, you better have said a prayer that I didn’t take down the rest of the class in a not-so-synchronized domino effect. Graceful was never a term to describe me, but I would soon find out that dancing like a swan wasn’t necessary for this incredible fat-burning all-over workout that utilizes isometric movements to lift, lengthen and define your entire body. Before I even walked through the doors of The Edge Fitness for Women, where I would be taking Barre, I was greeted by super-friendly owner Natalina Earls – a personal trainer and multicertified instructor whose years of passion for fitness and the well-being of others led to the opening of her womenonly studio. She and I immediately hit it off when she noticed my Tough Mudder tank top and mentioned that she was an obstacle course racer and would be competing in August’s Mudder. We chatted about the race (and how not to get electrocuted) for a bit and then she gave me a tour of her studio. The Edge Fitness prides themselves on the motto “No Men, No Mirrors, No Scales, No Judgment” and focuses on a functional body that’s fit and strong, rather than singly focusing on a scale number. She wanted to open a place that women felt free from worrying of how they looked as they worked out. A place where other women with similar struggles could find support. A place to kick ass. And this was evident by the women who poured

eights, squats, sweeps, kick-backs and more. The movements were isolated and precise, but the reps were high, so that you could feel that toning and elongating burn each and every time. With each leg movement, there was an arm movement to complement, and collaboratively, the movements stretched your muscles while working them. Halfway through the class, we picked up some hand weights and focused on concentrated arm movements, with the same lean and long muscle burn focus in mind. After arms, it was back to legs and to my favorite exercise – the tippy-toe plié pulse (unofficial title). Keeping our heels, off the ground the entire time, we plied down and pulsed, which was a very small repetitive extension, rather than coming back up to your original position each time. Which may have had me saying unkind words under my breath and maybe even throwing a prayer or two out to the Universe that my legs would work after it was over. But that’s the point. You want to swear. Because when you do, it feels. so. good. Class ended with an ab work out on a mat – using a ball between our knees – some great stretching and a feeling that I just grew ten inches on legs of steel. I felt tight. I felt strong. I was sweating. And I made some new friends. There isn’t much more you can ask for from a workout.

into the room for class, as they all knew each other’s names and began chatting about their progress. This was a community I fit right in with. We took our places behind the barre, as our instructor, Leah (who is originally from New Zealand and boasts an accent so cool that I would go back just to listen to her speak for an hour), ran

over some class details. The first thing I noticed about Leah (besides her accent) was that she looked strong. And fit. And like she knew exactly how to do an arabesque without bruising her neighbor or her ego. Class began and our arms and legs started moving. Our legs ran through series of pliés, pointed toe kicks, figure-

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September 28 and the Rock n’Roll Half-Marathon on September 29, there’s a race for every personality. With gorgeous weather, the start of fall and pumpkin-everything on the horizon, September is the perfect month to grab some friends, hit the streets and celebrate with a Patriots game (and beer or two) afterward.

FITNESS IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD A new local fitness blog has come to town! (And I’ll admit that it’s a shameless self-promo.) My longtime friend, Kelly Cambio, and I have collaborated on a website called The F Word, which features fitness, fashion, food, family, fun and our weekly fitsquad workout circuits – all

elements of a fit lifestyle. Kelly and I have shared a passion for fitness for as long as we can remember, so we wanted to share that love in an encouraging and supportive way and let the world know that as busy moms of three kids each, maintaining a fit lifestyle is possible. Check out our site for workouts, recipes, nutritional info and more!

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Gayle Gertler first fell in love with the American Southwest while on holiday there nearly 20 years back. “I just loved it!” she says, standing behind the counter in her Southwest Passage store, surrounded by earthy jewelry. After repeat visits to the area, Gayle had amassed quite a personal collection of turquoise and silver rings, earrings and necklaces when - tragically - her home was burglarized. “I went crazy on my next trip, buying up everything I had lost. I eventually developed a business selling the jewelry at craft fairs,” she says. “The opportunity to open my Wayland Square store fell in my lap and we opened almost seven years ago, in October of 2006.” Recently, the business expanded into a second location in the newly renovated Arcade, providing space to sell a wider variety of items. One hundred percent of the items in stock are handcrafted by four Native American groups residing in the Southwest: the Navajo, the Zuni, the Hopi and the Santo Domingo Pueblo. The first items that strike my eye are bangle bracelets that are displayed beneath the glass. I notice that several are oval shaped rather than the typical round design – perfect for women like myself with smaller wrists. I settle on two simple and delicate copper bangles, etched in part and perfectly suited to my summer tan. My favorite items - besides the copper bangles – are the fun yet dainty 16-inch necklaces made of bright aqua heishi beads, crafted by the Santo Domingo people. “They use these heishi beads, which means ‘shell’ in their

native language, and string them up. These are very light and great for everyday wear.” I ask Gayle how she’s amassed so much knowledge; it seems that she knows everything about the Southwest Native Americans. “I just learned as I went,” she said. “I learned as I began buying and selling and talking to artists and traders while hanging at the trading posts. There’s so much to it – so many techniques and so many stones.” Currently, she makes at least two trips per year, bringing back the latest and greatest to share with her customers. Her store is one where a mother and teenage daughter can both leave happy: Gayle’s trendy silver feather earrings will please the younger crowd while slide necklace pendants will be a hit with a more sophisticated woman. “Now that I have this second store I can sell so much more,” she says. “Check out these dreamcatchers, this beautiful pottery, these wine glasses, drums…” Gayle motions for me to follow her across the room. She hands me a heavy coffee mug. Beside it sit several more like it, each painted on the inside with a different bright color and stamped on the outside with a unique Native American symbol. “These are my absolute favorite!” I smile and agree that they’re beautiful, like many of the things in her store.

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A new spa offers beautiful membership options If I could, I would spend every weekend at the spa. What better way to welcome the weekend than a Saturday morning massage and facial? Or have a standing appointment for a Friday lunchtime manicure? It’s a dream that my body loves and my wallet hates. You can tell I’ve spent some time fantasizing about this – which is why I was so intrigued by the concept behind Citron Day Spa, which opened a few months ago in Wayland Square. Citron is an Aveda concept spa, which means they offer the company’s products and services. If you’ve experienced any of them before, you know Aveda focuses on natural beauty and total relaxation – so I was expecting a calm environment, but I was pleasantly surprised to see natural woods, water features and serene art all combine to create an opulent, chic spa space. Owner Christina Silvia brought me into the relaxation room before my services, and handed me a warm buckwheat neck pillow to wear while I filled out my paperwork. On a table in front of me were jars of lemon- and cucumber-infused water, a plate of petite vanilla bean scones and a drink menu, offering tea, coffee, mimosas and wines. (Since I had promised myself a detox weekend, I declined the bubbly… but it took a Herculean strength of will to do so.) I was there that day for a Green Science facial, and a spa manicure and pedicure. There are a lot of spas that give massages, facials and nail services, but Citron is different. They not only offer these services, but they give you a way to have them more often for a lot less money. Citron has memberships for frequent clients: massage, facial, nail bar and waxing memberships. A monthly fee includes one service, plus 10% off products and 10% off a repeat service later that month. The best part? That monthly fee is lower than the cost of just the one-time service. First up was the facial. Amanda brought me into the treatment room (which, several days a month, doubles as the medi-spa service room for laser hair and vein removal, and dermal fillers and Botox). I got undressed and onto the table, and the first thing Amanda had me do was close my eyes

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Growing Tall and Keeping Things Small Providence’s new 20-seat restaurant engages the senses green brightness. Birch’s menu is updated often to showcase seasonal ingredients. It’s divided into first, second, third and fourth (dessert) courses with the option of doing a fixed price $46 fourcourse dinner or ordering a la carte. On this visit, we each had two savory courses and a dessert, plus the hush puppy treat that arrived before our meal. My husband started with the Sungold Tomatoes ($10), a mixture of sungolds and red cherry tomatoes over a crouton puree, bathed in a Parmigiano and whey dressing. The dressing was so addictive, it was fortunate we had a spoon. I chose the Shaved Scallop ($10), which ended up being my favorite dish I’ve tried at birch. Tender strips of scallop were combined with creamy avocado pieces and thin radish slices, all sprinkled with black sesame seeds and served beautifully in a large scallop shell. It was as attractive as it was delicious. For my second course, I had the Young Eggplant ($18), braised in Chinese spices and served alongside a dollop of roasted garlic puree and quinoa topped with thin, tenderly cooked slices of kohlrabi. It appeared

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On September 3, birch will be heading to Sweet Berry Farm for Outstanding in the Field, a traveling event which pairs chefs with farms for a farm tour, cocktails, and dinner. Tickets available at small but turned out to be just the right amount. My husband tried the Crispy Vermont Quail ($18), fried and paired with sugar snap peas and shiitake caps. We learned the quail had been in a brine similar to dill pickle juice, giving it a slight tangy bite that complemented the fried coating. By staff recommendation, we paired these with a glass of Gandia El Miracle Grenache and a Goose Island Summertime Kölsch, respectively. For dessert, we ordered the Japanese-style Cheesecake ($10) and Triple Chocolate Pudding ($10). I’m not much of a cheesecake fan but Japanese cheesecake is fluffy and more soufflé than gooey, creating a pleasant foundation for tart raspberries. The trio of puddings - toasted white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate – was served with rhubarb sorbet, peanuts and oat crisps. I expected the sorbet to be distracting,

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I was looking forward to making another visit to birch, the new Providence restaurant that may be tiny but has already created a large buzz. In Rhode Island vernacular, birch is where Tini used to be (and before that, a New York System). Chef Benjamin Sukle most recently wowed diners as executive chef of The Dorrance, garnering praise from high-profile admirers such as Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and the James Beard foundation. Ben left the Dorrance to open birch with his wife, Heidi, in mid-June. Birch describes itself as “modern American cuisine rooted in classical technique, with dishes made from the best of our region’s seasonal environment.” The cocktail list is creative and tempting. I sipped a Buho & Berry ($12), made with mezcal, gooseberry, agave and lime. The mezcal and gooseberry combination offered a smoky depth without getting too heavy for summer. My husband ordered the Goosefoot ($8), a vodkabased cocktail flavored with sorrel and lemon balm. I’ve been a fan of sorrel since plucking it from my mom’s garden as a toddler, and the drink accurately captures the leaf’s

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conceptualized, composed and presented. The decor, natural and almost austere, allows food be the focus. A few tips: diners should be comfortable with bar seating. The Ushaped bar seats 20 and groups can be seated around a corner for easier interaction. Birch takes reservations on their website and I’d recommend reserving since seating is limited. These days you can often sneak in early without a reservation, but that probably won’t last. Since their menu is constantly evolving, I look forward to returning to birch because who knows what their food future holds. There is only one way to find out.

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What’s the philosophy behind Ocean State Sandwich? The first thing we said, besides sourcing locally, was to do things ourselves. We roast our own turkey and make our own roast beef. Because we make it ourselves it will taste different. We wanted to make the best sandwiches with the best ingredients. So we make some things ourselves. As far as sourced ingredients, I could have bought any mortadella. But I tried the one from Daniele, Inc and it was the best. Based on the way we wanted to do things and the price point we wanted to work with, I can’t do all local. So I blend local ingredients in with everything else. It’s a menu I can stand behind and be proud of.

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Now, you’re not going to have a great sandwich without the right bread… If you put great ingredients between two great pieces of bread, you have something out of this world. The Bouno bread we use is a 9-inch soft roll with such a good texture. We do offer a gluten-free bread. After tasting and tasting and tasting, I decided that if I was gluten-free, this is the bread I would have. People love it! Any sandwich can be made on gluten-free bread.

I hear you have a French onion soup inspired sandwich. One of my all-time favorite soups is French Onion. Using the equipment we have, we can’t execute the soup the way I want to. So, with some creativity, we use great caramelized onions and melted Swiss, and you have a great sandwich. It’s so unique. It’s that great sweet onion flavor with the caraway seeds from our rye bread that is a perfect match. The Swiss is the glue that holds it together.

Tell me about some of your specialty spreads. The first we make in house is a sundried tomato mayo. Which is basically what it sounds like – a blend of mayo and high quality tomatoes. However, the real star is our Sun-dried Tomato and Banana Pepper Relish. When we embarked on the great grinder tasting of 2012 – when we were trying out all the different grinders we could find so that we could make the best one – we recognized that many sweet pepper relishes overwhelmed the sandwich. So, after experimenting with combinations of different kinds of peppers, sundried tomatoes and seasonings, and taking into account that it needs to be spreadable, we came up with this. It typically goes on the Ultimate Grinder.

How do you capture the summer on your menu? With our corn salad. It is a corn salad with fresh tarragon, red onion and a little celery, rice wine vinegar and olive oil. I came up with this when I had a corn salad that had a little bit of basil in it. I thought that it could be better. So we played. We played a lot.

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family-friendly area. People are really awesome around here. What’s going on behind the bar? We have draft beers, wine, a lot of frozen drinks and some drinks that lingered over from Bar Rescue. Did Bar Rescue make any major changes? Bar Rescue changed the name from Marley’s On the Beach to St. Michelle’s Beach Club, named after the owner. We didn’t like the name change and neither did our regulars. We compromised and are now Marley’s Beach Club. The show upgraded the dance floor, upgraded our lawn furniture and added nice brick fire pits; Bar Rescue gave us a fresh look. They also changed up and added to our drink list.

What’s marley cooking up in the kitchen? Typical New England fare – lobsters, steamers, clamcakes and chowder. The burgers are really good. I love the lobster salad – fresh cracked lobster over a bed of fresh green lettuce.

Which cocktail is courtesy of Bar Rescue? The Island Hopper – made with Parrot Bay Mango, lime juice and simple syrup shaken over ice and then topped with coconut water. It’s super refreshing.

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What is the one frozen drink you must try at marley’s? The Peach Mango Margarita made with tequila, peach schnapps and Island Oasis mango. Simple, yet so delicious.

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What’s there to do besides drink cocktails on the beach? Get out of the city and enjoy the live music scene here. We have great bands on the weekends including Sunday afternoon with Tom Ravine. Or join us for karaoke on Tuesdays. There’s a car show on Tuesdays too. Husbands will come over and drink while their wives are in line over at Iggy’s. The patio is pet-friendly so bring your dog! Tell me about your famous Fishbowls. This cocktail, meant for two to share, is served in an actual fishbowl. Made with white rum, peach tree, blue curacao, pineapple juice, sour mix and Sprite and features Swedish fish swimming in your drink! Marley’s will be featured on SPIKE TV’s Bar Rescue season finale on September 15. They’ll be airing it live on a giant 21foot projector screen, and hosting Bar Rescue trivia from 7pm-10pm.

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Well, then. Attention to nomenclature might have tipped me off: “vinho verde” literally translates as “green wine” in Portuguese but means something more like “young wine.” Meant to be drunk within a year of production, it originated as an easygoing, summertime refresher for domestic markets, rather than a status wine for export. Those bubbles that threw me? They owe to an in-bottle fermentation often viewed as a flaw in winemaking, but which producers kept since consumers happened to like it. That fermentation in turn contributes to a slight vinegary tartness of my first bottle, as does its typically high acidity. Many producers nowadays have moved away from traditional methods, such as adding carbonation instead of fermenting in the bottle. Some romance was lost in the process, perhaps, but the trade-off are wines less rustic than before, and more consistent – but still wholly unpretentious. This is good news for vinho verde’s sustenance in Rhode Island as our demographics shift. People without connection to the Portuguese enclaves that made it a mainstay still have reason to warm up to what was once a homely

(albeit charming) wine category. It means, too, that wine shops like my perennial favorite, Campus Wines on Brook Street, have cause to champion the stuff even though they cater to diverse customers united by an oenophilic stripe. Put simply, today’s vinho verdes cross all lines as a crowd pleaser. As one of the shop’s owners, Andrea Sloan, remarked, “We approach it as a fun little wine, easy to enjoy, not to be over-analyzed. Which, really, is how all wine should be enjoyed. You don’t need a PhD, just tastebuds and a sense of smell.” Sloan and co-owner Howard Mahady stock a variety that ranges from familiar brands to, as they say, versions “nerdy enough to impress at a dinner party.” For neophytes or adventurers, they recommend Aveleda, Quinta da Aveleda, Casal Garcia (white and rosé) and Vera – and note that they’re continually on the hunt for new, innovative producers. When asked what to avoid in the category, Sloan replied definitively, “the reds.” Duly noted. As Holly Golightly in a wine critic’s guise might have warned, nobody wants a case of the mean reds.

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September 14: Don’t miss out on the third and final Cyclovia of the year. The car-free event is a global phenomenon that began in Colombia and has spread to cities around the world. It encourages Providence residents to get off their behinds to walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise and socialize. Cyclovia also brings a farmers’ market, Zumba dance classes, yoga, bicycle workshops and street vendors to the East Side. Free. 11am-3pm. Hope Street, between Lippitt Park and Rochambeau.


September 14: At the 36th Annual RI Heritage Day Festival you can explore culture, music and dance from countries like India, Korea and France. Free. Noon to dusk. Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street.


September 14: Better get your tickets now before it’s too late. 95.5 WBRU & Deer Tick Present: Dudesmash 2. The outdoor show promises to be even better than the last. $22.50-$25. 4pm doors; 5pm show time. The Met, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005,


September 19: Have you ever fantasized about being an art buff? Try out the monthly Gallery Night Providence, a two-hour tour on which you’ll board the art bus and go. Free. Tours leave every 20 minutes between 5:20-7pm. One Regency Plaza. 490-2042,


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September 1-29: Bringing a little bit of Brooklyn chic to the Ocean State, the Providence Flea offers upscale vintage and antique clothing, furniture and curiosities. Oh and food trucks… lots of food trucks. Rain or shine. 10am-4pm. 345 South Water Street. September 3-22: Every Tuesday at AS220 you can take a Street Funk Dance Class with Genesis Camille of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Drop in for a class to try your hand at hip-hop, pop, Latin, vogue, runway or more. $13. 6:45pm. 95 Empire Street. 831-9327, September 3-24: The Ladd Observatory invites the public to grab a hold of its antique telescope and take a look at the night sky every Tuesday night at the weekly Telescope Observing Night. Free. 9-11pm. 210 Doyle Avenue. 863-2323, Departments/Physics/Ladd/. September 3-24: Try an Intro to West Coast Swing dance class every Tuesday at Kennedy Plaza. Take a lesson from 8-9pm or just hit the floor after 9pm. Also enjoy a beer garden with food. $10 adults; $5 16-21 with student ID. 7:30-10:30pm. 2 Kennedy Plaza. September 4-28: The Summertime Farmers’ Market takes over Lippitt Park every Wednesday and Saturday. Stock up on greens, cheeses, meats, breads and more. Rain or shine. Wednesdays 3pm-6pm; Saturdays 9am-1pm. 1059 Hope Street. September 5-26: Make the most of the weather and stop into Armory



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September 29: Run, run as fast as you can; the Rock and Roll Half Marathon is about to take over the streets of downtown once again. Choose from a half marathon, a two-person relay or a mini marathon (also known as a 5k). Atlas Genius is set to headline the race, taking the stage for a post-race concert. Runners can also cool off with a well-deserved brew at the beer garden. Registration fees range from $40 for the mini to $105 for the half to $125 for the relay. 7am. Beginning at Gaspee Street and ending at Francis Street. Lisa Lanno, Spirit Medium. Tissues are recommended but not required. $20 advance; $25 door. 7pm. 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston. 490-9475, September 7: Join Paint and Vino as they celebrate the First Lighting of the Pawtucket Bridge by taking an outdoor step-by-step to painting class of the bridge. Bring out your inner Picasso as you sip on adult beverages. Reservations required. $35. 5-7pm. 37 Taft Street, Pawtucket. 680-0856, September 7-28: Make a date with your little one for the Brown University Bookstore’s weekly Children’s Story Time. Each Saturday, the bookstore is transformed into a magical world where tots can learn. Free. 11am. 244 Thayer Street. 863-3168, September 7-28: The new kid in farmers’ market town is the Providence Alternative Market. Each Saturday, shop locally for healthful foods while supporting RI artists, craftsmen and

charities. 10am-2pm. 1111 North Main Street. September 7-28: Saturday Nights bring Improv Jones to the 95 Empire Black Box. Some of the finest comedy performers come from all over New England to create a fantastically funny world that’s different every week. $5. 10pm. 95 Empire Street. 831-9327, September 7-28: Head to Fete every Saturday night for Born Casual, a late night dance party that’s sure to have you coming back for more. Best of all, it’s free. What’s not to love about that? Free. 11pm. 103 Dike Street. 383-1112, September 12-30: The Gamm Theatre opens its 29th Season with two plays by Caryl Churchill set in a future world where humans can be cloned. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 7234266, September 20: The world’s largest foam party hits the Dunkin’ Donuts Center as Barstool Blackout Tour: FOAM comes

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the Hamblett Family. The event begins at 5pm and will take place at both the Providence Public Library and Trinity Rep. Tickets $150/ea. $250 for patrons including VIP reception. Proceeds benefit RIPR. 201 Washington Street, Providence. 519-0238, September 26: Check out gravelvoiced musician Sean Hayes at the Columbus Theatre as he plays through his The Blank Tapes album. $18 advance; $20 door. 7pm doors; 8pm show time. 270 Broadway. 6219660, or September 28: Race to Seekonk Speedway for the unique Color Me Rad 5K. The color bombs start flying at 9am sharp as participants run the course while getting plastered by paint. $50. 9am, 9:20am & 9:40am heats. 1782 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA. September 28 & 29: Take a trip back in time to benefit the RI Music Hall of Fame with the Woodstock Bus Tour, an overnight bus trip to the site of the legendary festival. $239 double occupancy; $289 single occupancy. 999 Main Street, Pawtucket.

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Theatre for Thought

The Gamm delivers ethical and powerful stories On an unseasonably cold day in July, Tony Estrella, artistic director of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, says he feels like he’s just stepped into fall. “But tomorrow,” he says, “we’ll all be at the beach in shorts.” Sinister implications of climate change aside, the brief time warp in the weather patterns is apropos of what’s on Tony’s mind. The flexibility of time – how it changes, how it bends, what it means and where we fall within it – is one of the recurring themes of the theater’s two season openers: A Number and Far Away by Caryl Churchill. Each play seeks to present interesting thought experiments to its players and its patrons, examining what happens in a future that might not be so distant after all. The quandaries are familiar: Are we okay with cloning? How can we simultaneously celebrate and castigate violence? Why is climate change a political issue? How can we stop the maddening march of time? Tony says he couldn’t be more thrilled to be presenting the two plays to kick off the Gamm’s 29th season. Offered to audiences one after the other – each play is about an hour in length – the works are still in early design stages, but Tony is careful to point out that the sense of futurism, or of science fiction, is elegant and subtle rather than evocative of a George Lucas film. “There are naturalistic things going on,” he says. “When you create a future environment, you always have to start in the present and use your imagination to leap forward a bit. We don’t want to feel like it’s too far away for us.” This is surely because the messages that these plays carry – about time, about self, about the disconnect born of technology, about the acceleration towards catastrophe that may await us – are meant to hit audiences at their core. Tony says that by connecting to the emotional center of the plays (A Number is, in essence, a father/son drama, while Far Away shows us a wider array of characters who are all undeniably human apart from their surreal moments), viewers will no

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doubt be able to execute the imaginative leap that Churchill requests of them. The two one-acts will take place on a singular set designed by Michael McGarty. “We’re trying to have our cake and eat it too,” says Tony about connecting the physical worlds of the plays. “And I think we’ll be able to if we do our jobs – make them seem like entirely different worlds and yet one.” The plot of A Number harkens back to classic dramas from O’Neil and Miller, says Tony. Several decades before the beginning of the play, a father engages a geneticist to clone his first-born, but then comes to find out that there are three of these carbon copies walking around. Beyond the physical identity, though, the sons hold mysterious divergences in their DNA somehow. Far Away lets us access a world of disturbing truths, as well, via a young girl’s window. The things she sees make her frantic, while her wiser aunt, who seems to have seen it all, tries to explain away the frightening sights she’s seen. It doesn’t take much to understand where Churchill is going with this one. Tony says that he isn’t aware of these two plays being performed in concert with one another, and that it was a coup for the Gamm to get the rights to perform both. While they have two undeniably separate storylines, Tony says that he expects the plays to “talk to each other,” to “tell one, powerful story with the both of them.”

The plays will be further brought together by Tony himself, who is acting in A Number and directing Far Away. What attracted Tony to A Number was partially the acting challenge it presented: he must play three different clones of one father’s son across five different scenes. For him to direct Far Away, which Tony billed as some of the “edgier material” for which the Gamm has come to be known, seemed an inevitable choice. “I feel a special kind of connecting [to this type of material], knowing that we’re asking more of the audience – whether in form or content – and I want to be responsible for those plays,” he says. If Tony and his cohort make good on their promises, audiences will certainly be challenged, but not befuddled. Tony says they can expect to be moved and to be engaged in dialogue about identity and change, about family and fate. “I think these plays are going to really resonate with people emotionally,” he says. “It’s like any of the great, allegorical stories we tell each other that begin ‘Once upon a time.’”

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Howdy, Neighbor September 7: Even though Labor Day is over, it’s still technically summer – so why not squeeze in one last bash to close out the season? Narragansett Beer’s Neighbor Day Block Party returns to the West Side for a day of music, food, cool shopping, great prizes and, of course, beer. Local restaurants and food trucks like Julians and Championship Melt will be providing the food, while bands like Atlantic Thrills and Torn Shorts take the stage. Plus, the Rock N Roll Yard Sale will be peddling its wares. All proceeds benefit the WBNA, so be sure to stop by, neighbor, and have a ‘Gansett. Free. Noon-6pm. Luongo Square. For more details, check the “Narragansett Beer and WBNA’s Neighbor Days Block Party” event page on Facebook.

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England is alive and well, thank you very much. Not that I had been seriously doubting its continued existence in Providence but as I can attest, after witnessing the superb Something Bloody metal festival at Dusk in July, the strength and depth of the genre have never felt more vital or all-encompassing than over the past few years. Maybe it’s because I tend bar in close proximity to Dusk and have felt the tidal pull of countless heavy shows that draw great crowds that spill out onto their sidewalk. Maybe it’s because quite a few bands that I have covered here such as Thrillhouse and Lolita Black, I first saw demolishing Dusk’s small stage under the foreboding brick walls and iron chandeliers. Most likely it was seeing the fruits of a year of hard work that culminated in their epic two-day outdoor event that drew bands and fans from all over New England and beyond to a well run and successful operation on the very same weekend as that other famous Rhode Island music festival. (There’s still time for Dylan to go metal...) Anyways, New England heavy metal is alive and well, not that anyone had any doubts. Solanum is a metal band that did not play the Something Bloody Festival; they’re rather new, they don’t

yet swing in the same ballpark as some of the big names that filled that fest, nor do they run in the same cliques yet. But on the strength of their first album, this year’s No Need To Panic, and what is considered to be a pretty intense live show, they should be able to find themselves in a nice time slot for that festival’s sophomore run next summer. Solanum spent the first chunk of its existence the way most bands do, with certain instruments going through a revolving door of band members before finding the right one. Right around the completion of No Need To Panic the band solidified their current lineup of Tanner Guimond on vocals, Justin George on guitar, Michael Chopoorian on guitar, Nick Pichette on bass and Mike Murnighan on drums. They quickly grew a small but vocal fan base that stretched modestly from their native Cumberland into Connecticut and Massachusetts. Solanum began to develop its sound the way countless bands do; endless jamming in each others’ faces until a riff or a chord change sticks and then working it up from there. It’s a tried and true method regardless of your chosen genre, which they feel is coming from a progressive metal type place. It reminds me of what we

used to call grindcore, and I honestly don’t know if the kids still call it that or if it has since shattered into a myriad of blistering sub-genres. But the unapologetic brutality with which Solanum’s track “Pray For Death” explodes into the air makes categorization a moot point. There’s a whole lotta Slayer going on in here and when done well it’s never a bad thing. A band in its early stages like Solanum is going to have a hard time breaking out of its immediate influences, but with this track it seems to be refining these influences into something unique. Along with some cool studio trickery they manage to make a well worn genre sound pretty fresh for a new band. On the title track, “No Need To Panic,” the band’s sheer musical proficiency is more than enough to make the song wail furiously, and fortunately it’s a pretty great slab of churning metal with growly vocals that are incredibly understandable. The band members themselves seem to think that their live show outshines their recorded material, but they are equally strong with both, so do yourselves or that crusty kid in your life a favor and pick up Solanum’s No Need To Panic. or

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to be an unwritten rule: if it’s Italian, we approve. Many of us delight in passing under the Atwells Avenue archway where La Pigna (the pine cone or the pineapple, depending on who you ask) welcomes us into our own Little Italy, the historic Federal Hill. We proudly declare that the best Italian food can be found right here in our city. Don’t believe us? Try taking a stroll down South Water Street’s waterfront and tempt the senses with the intoxicating aroma emanating from the esteemed Al Forno, home of the most celebrated Italian-style grilled pizza in New England. Maybe it’s that same love of Italy and Italian-Americans that renders some of us star struck, texting up a tizzy after a sighting of the charismatic Judge Caprio or the notorious yet eternally beloved Buddy Cianci. Okay, perhaps we don’t all agree on those last two. Still, Providence’s passion for all things Italy makes it the perfect home for an Italian contemporary art gallery, and Just Art Contemporary Art Gallery is just that. Just Art’s owner Barbara Beaudette cultivated her love for Italy as an undergrad at UC Berkeley and went on to achieve her Bachelor of Arts in Italian at UCLA. After graduating, Barbara relocated to Florence, Italy, a place she refers to as the Mecca of art. There she worked in the import and export business for major stores including Harrod’s and Federated Department Stores. After nine years, Barbara decided to move back to the States to further her education, all the while planning to return to Italy. It was during her return trip that she met art curator Andy Sperotti. Together, the two created a vision for an Italian contemporary art gallery on the East Coast and four years later their dream became a reality. As Providence residents, we may love us some Italian culture, but each of us are drawn to it for distinctly personal reasons. Beaudette’s reason is her deeply-rooted passion for

Just Art Contemporary Art Gallery showcases Italian artists

“promoting the unbridled artistic talent residing in Italy.” Almost all of the gallery’s art, comprised mostly of paintings and sculptures, is Italian art from Italy. This unique factor sets Just Art apart from all of the galleries on the East Coast and many others throughout the country. Beaudette chose Providence as Just Art’s home because of the city’s vibe, it’s location between Boston and New York, and to save her Italian artists from traveling to her home state of California. Providence has held out La Pigna for Just Art, even though the gallery doesn’t reside on Federal Hill. Since opening its doors in 2011 at The Plant on Valley Street, Just Art’s exhibits have included grandmasters, i.e. celebrated artists who have passed, such as Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Afro, Renato Guttuso and many more. Just Art also presents masters, artists who are still living and have at least 40 years of experience, as well as established and emerging artists. Just Art’s current exhibition, The Color of Silence, is a trilogy incorporating three contemporary artists all influenced by the surrealist and metaphysical art movements of the early 1900s. Together, Ciro Palumbo, Matthias Brandes and

Marcello Scuffi, find inspiration in classic painting techniques from some of history’s greatest painters. Palumbo’s art makes use of colors and tones present in art hundreds of years ago while Brandes uses pigments and egg whites to create his own colors. Scuffi favors using ancient affresco techniques and preparing his canvases from coffee sacks. The Color of Silence trilogy details each artist’s fantasy and illusions of a utopian world where color abounds yet serenity and stillness reign. As if managing a thriving gallery wasn’t enough, owner Barbara Beaudette is also focused on fostering art studies both in the United States and abroad by bringing students here to live and work for three months at a time as well as sending students to Italy. She’s also intent on expanding Just Art’s reach to locations in Asia, Miami and New York.

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The Last Detail

The eternal rivalry between the macaroon and macaron hit the streets of Providence last month, as Ellie’s Bakery rolled out its Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich Food Cart. Although the buttercream-filled delight of a macaron needs no more reasons to outshine its extraO pastry cousin, Ellie’s somehow managed to improve the treat by turning it into an ice cream sandwich. “Flavors change seasonally,” says Melissa Denmark, pastry chef for Ellie’s, “and some of the ones we’ve showcased are espresso, pistachio, chocolate and cherry, and even a lemon basil.” While lemon basilflavored ice cream may seem adventurous, Denmark 84

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assures the “dried basil is incorporated into the cookie, so the cookie is basil and the ice cream is lemon.” Anyone interested in showing their support for Team Macaron can find the new food cart outside Ellie’s or driving around downtown while the nice weather holds out from 12-5pm, Monday to Saturday, or at Thursday’s Movies on the Block from 8-10pm. Small ice cream sandwiches go for $2 while the extra large are $6. It might be September, but you can still savor one last, gourmet bite of summer. 61 Washington Street. 228-8118, graciesprovidence. com/ellies -Dale Rappaneau

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