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THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE Shepard Fairey’s 100th mural pays homage to the Creative Capital When Shepard Fairey arrived in Providence in October, he received a hero’s welcome. Fairey presented a public lecture at the RISD auditorium, and a short documentary about his 30-year career was also screened. AS220 hosted Facing the Giant, a retrospective exhibit of Fairey’s poster art. At the gallery opening, Fairey DJ’d the event himself. This is an astounding turn of events for the picaresque street artist, who graduated from RISD in 1992. During his time in Providence, Fairey started to paste “Obey Giant” stickers on public surfaces; the simplified portrait of Andre the Giant became a hit among skateboarders, then gradually

won global attention. Fairey’s fame grew exponentially in 2008 with his “Hope” poster, the ubiquitous image of Barack Obama. But the trip’s most lasting mark is a public mural – his 100th – hand-painted across the Founder’s League building in Downcity. The model was Anjel Newmann, the youth director of AS220, who took classes at the art center as a teenager. Painted in roughly the same color scheme as “Hope,” the new mural is Fairey’s philosophy writ large: “Creativity is the mechanism of self-liberation.” See the mural yourself at 91 Clemence Street -Robert Isenberg

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From the mid-90s until the mid-2010s, drivers on Route 195 West into downtown Providence encountered the decrepit hulk of the former Narragansett Electric power station. Built in 1912, the building was a prominent eyesore that sat vacant from 1995 until 2013 – a far cry from what it is today. The renovated plant, renamed South Street Landing, is now home to 450 Brown University administrative staff and a joint nursing education program between Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. The site also includes a recently opened 175unit apartment complex for Brown graduate students and a 750-space parking garage. In October, the renovation was honored with a 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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National Preservation Award, one of the country’s most prestigious and coveted accolades for property preservation projects. John Luipold, Vice President of Real Estate & Strategic Initiatives at Brown University, details the history of the site’s development. In the late 2000s, plans to convert the plant into a high-end hotel with space allocated to a Rhode Island history museum collapsed during the Great Recession. It lay vacant, but in 2011, Brown University was working with Boston-based CV Properties, LLC to build student housing adjacent to the powerplant, but both struggled with investing over $50 million in a new apartment complex next door to a derelict building. Then, Brown expressed interest in be-

coming an anchor tenant if the plant were renovated, and in response, CV Properties President Richard Galvin “said he thought he could pull a development plan together,” John explains. “That was really the genesis of the project.” So, construction for South Street Landing began in 2014. South Street Landing’s success has sparked additional local development. The Wexford Innovation Center at nearby 225 Dyer Street opened in July, and CV Properties hopes to break ground in early 2020 on a new 175-room hotel. “Now you’re seeing more residentials being planned and construction on other parcels,” Richard notes. “There’s no doubt that once some investors come in, others will follow.” -Ed McCarthy


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Let’s call him “Lewis.” He’s a regular-looking guy, maybe 50 years old, with an overgrown mane and beard. His dark hair is graying, and he looks lethargic. But he smiles, because he’s just taken his first shower in quite some time. He sits down in a barber chair and a sheet is draped over his shoulders. An electric razor appears, and the locks fall away. Buzz by buzz, Lewis’ face emerges. “What’s better than a haircut after a shower?” muses Vanessa Parent, a professional stylist and owner of Vanessa Hair Salon in Pawtucket. As she cuts, she asks Lewis about his life. She’s upbeat and funny. You’d think

she was in her own place, but instead she’s here, in a lonely parking lot off Barton Street, giving haircuts to people without homes. “I don’t have a lot of money to give,” Vanessa adds. “But doing this, it immediately makes you feel so good.” None of this would be happening without Peter Kelleher, a Maine native better known as The Soupman. Peter is a veteran contractor and past owner of a doggie daycare; he’s a gregarious man with a boisterous voice. In 2016, Peter learned that his son Travis had died. For some time, Travis had struggled with addiction and homelessness. Now,


they’d subsumed him. Peter responded to Travis’ death with a biblical intensity. He began to cook and distribute soup to homeless people around Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he now lives. He started collecting clothes and shoes, coats and toiletries. He embraced his nickname and began a movement, “Support the Soupman,” complete with website and T-shirts. He renovated two buses to provide desperately needed services in Bridgewater, Taunton, and now, Pawtucket. “This has all fallen into my lap, by the grace of God,” proclaims Peter. “I’m still in shock. I didn’t ask for any of this. But I have a good team. That’s what helps this thrive every day.” Peter has a strong relationship with Ocean State Job Lot, a company known for its philanthropy, but it was a newspaper article that turned Peter’s attention to Pawtucket. With the help of Mayor Donald R. Grebien – plus an army of partners and volunteers – Peter quickly set up a portable shower unit. The station pops up every Tuesday and Thursday. “It’s a wonderful thing they’re doing here,” says Tom Hodge, who serves as homeless liaison for Pawtucket. He estimates that 200 to 300 people currently live on the city’s streets. “Now we’ve got to find them homes. That’s the big thing.” The Soupman has a knack for attracting helpers – people like Vanessa, who happened to spot the shower unit from her car and now volunteers regularly at the new site. Peter’s goal is to establish this kind of service in every city in New England, helping people like Lewis get back on their feet, or even just survive the week. Peter insists that homelessness, and the factors that contribute to it, affect everyone. “I say it a hundred times a day,” he adds. “If it’s not in your house, it’s in your neighbor’s house. And if you don’t believe me, you’re delusional.” To donate and learn more, visit SupportTheSoupman.org. -Robert Isenberg

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Walt Whitman Was Here Athenaeum hosts special exhibit, highlights special connection In October of 1868, famed poet Walt Whitman visited Providence. He described the city as a “half-rural, brisk, handsome, New England, third-class town.” At the time, he stayed with Providence Athenaeum members on Congdon Street, and today, the library is showcasing a major exhibition of Whitman books and artifacts through January 5 of 2020. “This is, to our knowledge, the most significant showing of Whitman works and artifacts in Rhode Island’s history,” shares Robin Wetherill, director of membership and

external relations. Most of the items displayed are from bibliophile Susan Jaffe Tane, who visited the library over 10 years ago and offered to share some of her collection after showing in Grolier Club in NYC. There are curios like a cast of Whitman’s hand and gold rings with locks of hair, alongside rare photographs and the Athenaeum’s first edition copy of his seminal work Leaves of Grass (purchased by the library in 1855 for just $1.25!). “This book is the first known copy to be acquired by a library, and its copyright information is handwritten


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Animal Shelters & Sanctuaries Let’s not forget our furry and feathered friends. West Place Animal Sanctuary in Tiverton is a safe haven for injured wild animals of many kinds. Founder Wendy Taylor takes in fowl (ducks, turkeys, and geese, oh my!), alpacas, horses, pigs, goats, lost dogs, and others for shelter and rehabilitation. How You Can Help: Volunteer at the farm by walking dogs, feeding the animals, and pruning the gardens, or donate on their website. Tiverton, WestPlace.org.

we not? Black Friday, doorbuster deals, the cyber Monday click-and-save bonanzas – but the holiday season is also a time for doing good, reaching out, and pitching in to help those in need. Whether it’s volunteering for your neighborhood soup kitchen or donating to your favorite local charity, it’s always a good idea to pay it forward. Here are six examples of Rhode Island-based nonprofits you can show some love to on #GivingTuesday (Dec 3) and the coming months.

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lost in service. What’s more, some of these families struggle to pay their living expenses and cannot afford presents for their children. That’s why the James D. Reilly Foundation made it its mission to bring a magical holiday experience to those in need. Donations to the organization will help fund a myriad of things, from toys for kids’ “wish lists” to a mortgage or accessible vehicle. How You Can Help: Donate online, request a visit from Santa, or volunteer. Bristol, JDRFoundation.org. Homeless Shelters & Services Eighteen thousand meals served in its soup kitchen annually, 225 unique individuals housed in a year, and 80 children and adults helped daily. These are the impressive differences the Welcome House of South County has made in its community. Located in Peace Dale, the emergency shelter program seeks to equip its guests with the financial knowledge and skills to live an independent, comfortable life. The Welcome House also has a oneyear transitional housing onsite for a select number of individuals. How You Can Help: Volunteer in their soup kitchen or shelter, donate food, or give money to help this holiday season. Peace Dale, WelcomeHouseOfSouthCounty.org.

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We’re on the hunt for Rhody Gems! Every neighborhood has that secret, hidden, cool and unusual, or hole-in-the-wall spot that locals love. Email or tag us on social media using #RhodyGem to suggest yours, and we might just feature it!

What it is: An outdoor festive wonderland with wreaths made fresh on the spot by Tom Glenn, who Simple Pleasures’ Mary Moore describes as “gardener, gatherer, and jolly wreath maker extraordinaire.” Where to find it: Hopefully by now you’re familiar with Simple Pleasures, that actual brick-and-mortar gift shop housed in a rustic forge next to Waterman Grille, found by taking Pitman Street to the very end. Each year, the shop hosts Tom, who sets up a wreath-making station outside the shop. Weather permitting, Tom will be at Simple Pleasures weekends in December prior to Christmas, and weekdays by appointment or chance.

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What makes it a Rhody Gem? For more than 20 years Simple Pleasures has welcomed Tom to their shop garden. “In fact, it wouldn’t seem like the holiday season without Tom here,” says Mary. “Tom’s handsome, wild gathered wreaths have graced many lucky Providence doors. It’s become a memorable festive tradition to choose your special handcrafted wreath.”

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by Elyse Major & Megan Schmit There’s something magical about December in the Capital City: Lampposts festooned in ribbon and garland; small shops stocked with holiday offerings; restaurants serving up cinnamon-spiced seasonal goodies. There are tree and menorah lightings, classic performances, art markets and craft shows. And while spots like Benefit and Westminster Streets offer a special charm all year round, they become especially festive in anticipation of holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah. Whether you describe yourself as Buddy the Elf, the Grinch, or the Mensch on the Bench, we’ve assembled a stockingfull of ways for you to eat, drink, and get your merry on all month long – in Providence fashion, of course.


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Through December 23: The hallowed Providence Art Club sets up shop for small art objects at affordable prices during their Little Pictures Show & Sale. ProvidenceArtClub.org December 5:

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OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS “ M y f avo r i t e p a r t o f t h e h o l i d ay s i s n o t a n y t h i n g s p e c i f i c o r s p e c i a l l i ke a t re e l i g h t i n g o r eve n t – i t ’ s t h e g e n e ra l s e n s e o f, we l l , c o m f o r t a n d j oy yo u g e t d ow n t ow n . T h e w re a t h s a n d g a r l a n d s , l i g h t s , t h e m e d w i n d ow d i s p l ay s , C h r i s t m a s m u s i c , a n d f i rs t d u s t i n g o f s n ow. . . i t s e t s t h e s c e n e f o r w h a t re a l l y i s t h e m o s t wo n d e r f u l t i m e o f ye a r ! ” -Meg Schmit, editor

December 7:

Cruise the Providence Waterways with the Big Guy in Red. ProvidenceRiverBoat.com

December 7:

New Urban Arts adds edge to the Providence cultural scene – and its annual market wins for most original name: Cardboard Pancakes! NewUrbanArts.org

December 8:

Don your ugliest Christmas sweater and strut around the East Side during the Hope Street Winter Stroll, sipping, savoring, and shopping all the way. Facebook: Hope Street Prov


December 8:

Entertainer Bill Harley performs a family concert at Temple Beth-El as part of their Hanukkah celebration. Temple-Beth-El.org

December 8 & 15: Check out the Providence Flea Holiday Market’s new indoor home at WaterFire Arts Center. Facebook: Providence Flea December 13-15:

Festival Ballet Providence’s production of The Nutcracker brings you on an enchanted journey through spectacular sets, choreography, and dancing. PPACRI.org

December 13-15: RI Philharmonic partners with Providence Singers to present Handel’s Messiah, the beloved holiday classic concert. TheVetsRI.com

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There’s tons of festive firs – and more! – scattered around the city, and most are ceremoniously lit to the golden-basked delight of an audience. Check out these crowd-drawing light displays. Providence College combines Friar pride with Christmas cheer on Slavin Lawn. Both the Rhode Island State House and Providence City Hall boast stunning evergreens along with nightly menorah lightings. DaPasquale Square provides an Old World backdrop to their massive evergreen draped in red ribbon.

On the East Side, Fox Point neighbors transform George M. Cohan Square into Wickenden Wonderland, complete with a trimmed tree. The relatively new tradition in Olneyville Square features trees draped in multi-colored lights. An appropriately weird PVD spectacle, the Big Blue Bug is draped in bulbs with a red nose and antlers.


OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS “ S e e i n g t h e H o l i d ay P o p s a t P PAC a f t e r d i n n e r a n d d r i n k s w i t h my m o m a n d o u r b e s t f r i e n d s a t R o s a l i n a a n d s h o p p i n g o n We s t m i n s t e r a n d T h aye r S t re e t s fo r u n i q u e g i f t s . ” -Sara Harrison, contributor

December 14: Explore centuries-old Yuletide traditions like DIY tree decorations, candy-filled Christmas crackers, and guided tours of Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum. PreserveRI.org. December 14: After a huge inaugural success, the Rat Pack returns to Skyline for a special seasonal show! Enjoy a night of music, cocktails, dinner, and DJ’d afterparty on the Providence River. SkylineAtWaterplace.com December 15: Rhody’s young vocal star Billy Gilman performs his favorite Christmas tunes alongside the ones that made him famous during his Home for the Holidays concert at The Vets. TheVetsRI.com December 15: The Arcade Farmers & Artisans Market pops up at the oldest indoor mall for some last-minute holiday shopping. Facebook: Arcade Farmers Market December 17-22: Your favorite grouchy, green Who from Whoville is coming to Providence in Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. PPACRI.org December 18: WGBH brings talent from all over the Celtic world to The Vets to perform Celtic, Pagan, and Christian-inspired seasonal songs and sounds during A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. TheVetsRI.com

Photo courtesy of Go Providence

December 19:

Grab tickets to The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Yes, you read that right! It’s a holly jolly mash-up between the classic score and notso-classic dance moves. TheVetsRI.com


OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS “ M y f avo r i te P rov i d e n ce h o l i d ay t ra d i t i o n i s t h e Ce l e b ra te I n D ow n c i ty fe s t i va l t h a t t a ke s p l a ce i n D e ce m b e r. ” -Kayla Mandeville, contributing photographer

“ I a l way s l ove g o i n g to H o p e S t re e t fo r h o l i d ay g i f t s a n d a l way s f i n d g o o d o n e s at Stock and Henry Bear’s Park for kids!” -J a c k i e I g n a l l , c o n t r i b u t i n g w r i t e r

“ I l ove ex p l o r i n g s m a l l s h o p s a n d s e e i n g h ow t h ey ’ re d e co ra te d fo r t h e h o l i d ay s . T h e re a re a l way s s o m e re a l l y co o l w i n d ow d i s p l ay s . I a l s o l ove d r i v i n g d ow n Co l l e g e H i l l a t n i g h t – eve r y w i n d ow t a ke s o n a s p e c i a l g l ow ” - E l y s e M a j o r, e d i t o r i n c h i e f

December 26-29:

Okay, so Mickey, Moana, and the Frozen gang might not be your classic Christmas characters, but Disney On Ice: Celebrate Memories is still a magical wintertime show. DunkinDonutsCenter.com

December 31: Replicate a typical Italian New Year’s Eve dinner on Federal Hill at Chef Walter’s Cooking School. ChefWaltersCookingSchool.com December 31: NYE at the Providence G has a party for everyone. In the Ballroom, find a glamorous redcarpet affair; on the Rooftop, they’re bringing it back to the ‘70s; and in the Pub, it’s a big ol’ party. NewYearsProvidence.com December 31: There’s something about watching the virtual ball drop and fireworks show over the city that makes NYE at Skyline a magical welcome to 2020. NYEBySkyline.com The Roger Williams Park Carousel all decked out for the holidays

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Nauti or Nice? Show your state love with distinctly Rhody ornaments Pulling out bins and boxes of ornaments each year is a treat similar to rifling through a box of photos, each connecting to a special memory, person, place. Around the state, makers and sellers are stocking their shelves with ornaments so fun and quirky they’re just as much a souvenir as a Christmas decoration. Consider adding any of these to your collection or gifting to someone who adores the state as much as you do!

Wood and wire ornament $8, The Eagle’s Nest Gallery, Westerly

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LIFE & STYLE • Influencer

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I love a good quality jean in black or dark blue and a white V-neck and a blazer. The sockless shoe look during summer is always fun, too. I love a good designer belt to pop off the solid colors. Currently, a black and gray Louis Vuitton belt is doing the trick. Blue jeans and a white V-neck make me feel most comfortable. I also have these amazing Kooples black pants that are so comfortable. You can wear them with a sneaker and also a great dress shoe. When I’m performing, I’m usually in all black. Or all black with a pop from a light blue jean jacket or burgundy windbreaker. I love a good quality sweat pant when I am backstage or rehearsing. Those hours can be very long, so I like to be comfortable. My musical influences range from Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand to Freddie Mercury and Elvis. I draw so much from them – different vocal techniques to stage moves and ways to work a stage. I am a curious person and always learning ways to be better. Not perfect, but better. Being on The Voice was such an amazing, powerful experience that taught me that my instincts were far more correct than I thought. I gained a huge sense of self on the show. I absolutely love the 401 – it’s so dope! We have city, beautiful farms, and amazing shoreline. The culinary field in general is so overthe-top. I’m proud to be from Rhode Island. I draw so much inspiration from stories and comments from my fans. They show me so much strength and I am eternally grateful for the love they show. So excited to have released a brand new single and music video called “Soldier.” I love the theme and topic of this song. It’s about believing in yourself and standing your ground in this crazy world. Also, my annual Christmas concert will be December 15 at The Vets in Providence!

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LIFE & STYLE • Home

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CROWNING TOUCHES In a College Hill Victorian, whimsy reigns supreme

Artisanal accents keep traditional furnishings from being anything but stuffy

Expansive fireplaces, wide doors, and crown moldings are all elements one expects to find in a Queen Anne Victorian style home. And while they all exist in the circa 1891 College Hill residence of Dan and Robin Ruder, there’s something a bit extra. Traditional trappings like furniture and wallpaper are peppered with pattern, playful touches, and color. Against pastel or papered walls, be on the lookout for handcrafted birds suspended from high ceilings, a large glowing neon fish, a dining table always set with a fabulous array of faux desserts and

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fruits, and some form of art appearing at most every turn. “Where we live has evolved into my three-dimensional creation,” says Robin, who over the years has put her BFA and MFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to good use decorating interiors within the large single-family. “Our home is unique. It’s my livable art installation. I’m an artist and originally started as a sculptor.” While the Ruders have lived in the house for 33 years, raising their grown children Sarah and

Aron here, they still fondly recall falling for the house at first sight as if it were yesterday. “It’s a fabulous home in a fabulous location on a fabulous street,” says Robin. “When our children were growing up, there were 30 kids on the block. They rode bikes, played manhunt, basketball, and went sleigh riding together. It was a lifestyle for kids like suburbia with the advantages and amenities of a city for us, including great theater, live music, the RISD Museum, art galleries, and being able to walk downtown. It’s been perfect!”

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LIFE & STYLE • Home

GET RHODY STYLE Robin Halpern-Ruder on adoring her city and state, shopping small, the best place to take art classes, and more. WALKING DISTANCE My most favorite store is Peaceable Kingdom on Ives. Berks on Thayer is the best deal ever for shoes. For art supplies, I usually go to Jerry’s Artarama on North Main. I love all the restaurants. We are a great foodie town! CULTURE CLUB For art classes and atmosphere, the Providence Art Club can’t be surpassed. OCEAN STATE LOVE I think Rhode Island is an undiscovered gem. We have the beaches, forests, countryside, farmland, rolling hills, four seasons, and really nice people. Providence is a perfect city. It’s a place with lots of advantages of city life and a great place to raise a family.

Robin thinks of the entire house as her DIY decorating project. Room after room there are bold swatches of color, pattern, and texture. She likes to think that Dan, a physician and entrepreneur, not only puts up with her decor style but enjoys it all as much as she does. “When I walk in I can’t help but feel good. I’m surrounded by wonderful art. It’s a joyful place to come home to,” says Robin. “People who have heard about our home always want

to see the fake food on dining room table. We used to clear it off when we had company. Now we set up a folding table alongside the table of fake food and everyone gets to see one of our main attractions. It’s very funny and lots of fun!” “To create a Rhode Island style, do whatever makes you most comfortable,” Robin advises. “Our state is made up of creative individuals doing their own thing. Do yours and you will be from Rhode Island.” Photos by by Grace Lentini

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December 7-8: The PVD Winter Lights Market is a two-day capital city tradition with champion figure skating demonstrations, special giveaways, live performances, Eat Drink RI Market, and more. Providence City Hall, EatDrinkRI.com

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Westerly turns into a wonderland with lights, strolling carolers, hot chocolate and cookies, and more during the 23rd Annual Downtown Holiday Stroll and Luminaria. Westerly, OceanChamber.org

The Wickford Festival of Lights is a South County tradition that wows visitors with Santa’s grand arrival via kayak, caroling, and concerts – and an elf parade! Wickford, NorthKingstown.com

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MUSIC COLUMBUS THEATRE December 4: Xylouris White + Sam Amidon. December 6: True Love – A Tribute to Daniel Johnston with Silverteeth and Friends. December 7: Shade Range. December 11: Haley Heynderickx. 270 Broadway, Providence. ColumbusTheatre.com FETE MUSIC HALL December 6: Jabbawauke & Swimmer with Electro Politics. December 8: Socials Tour with Zoe Laverne & Cody Orlove. December 27: Alchemystics with Toad & The Stooligans, Delish, Sun of Sound. 103 Dike Street, Providence. FeteMusic.com   THE MET December 1: The Schemers with The Andy Stone Band. December 5: Casanova Behind These Scars Tour. December 6: Gary Hoey’s Ho Ho Hoey Christmas Show. December 7: The Senders. December 12: lespecial. December 13: The Front Bottoms with

Brother Bird. December 14: Hey Nineteen – A Tribute to Steely Dan. December 19: Larry’s Lounge Variety Show Christmas Spectacular. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. TheMetRI.com THE STRAND December 6: NLE Choppa. December 28: Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime – Under the Sun Tour. 79 Washington Street, Providence. TheStrandRI.com

THEATER PPAC December 3-8: Come From Away (TACO/ White Family Foundation Broadway Series). December 13-15: Festival Ballet Providence Presents The Nutcracker. December 17-22: Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. PPACRI.org TRINITY REPERTORY November 7-December 29: A Christmas


Carol. December 5-January 5: Fade. 201 Washington Street, Providence. TrinityRep. com THE VETS December 14: Handel’s Messiah by Rhode Island Philharmonic. December 15: Billy Gilman – Home for the Holidays Tour. December 18: WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan. December 19: Chris Tomlin Christmas – Christmas Songs of Worship. December 19: Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music. December 28: The Hip Hop Nutcracker. 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. TheVetsRI.com

COMEDY COMEDY CONNECTION December 6-7: Rich Vos. December 12: $5 Funnies. December 13-14: Tim Dillon. December 19-21: Big Jay Oakerson. December 22 and 29: Comedy Showcase. 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. RIComedyConnection.com

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Through December 23: Little Pictures Show & Sale. Providence Art Club, ProvidenceArtClub.org. December 5: Lippitt House Christmas Scotch Party. Lippitt House, PreserveRI.org. December 7: Boat rides with Santa. Fox Point Marina, ProvidenceRiverBoat.com. December 7: Rhode Island Food Bank Open House. RIFoodBank.org. December 7-8: PVD Winter Lights Market. Providence City Hall, EatDrinkRI.com. December 8: Hope Street Winter Stroll. Hope Street, Facebook: Hope Street Prov. December 8: Hanukkah Contest and Concert with Bill Harley. Temple Beth-El, TempleBeth-El.org. December 8-15: Providence Flea Holiday Markets. WaterFireArtsCenter,

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Holiday Spotlight Rhode Island playhouses are busy with Christmas classics and contemporary dramas fresh from Broadway

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL For 42 years running, Trinity Repertory Company has staged the Charles Dickens classic – but each production is unique. You can expect top-notch performances, inventive special effects, and original music by Richard Cumming. Make sure to nab tickets, as this Christmas Carol almost always sells out. Continues through December 29. Providence, TrinityRep.com

THE NUTCRACKER Tschaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is among the most anticipated events of the holiday season, and Festival Ballet Providence presents the most impressive production in the state. Sashay around the world with young Clara and her magical nutcracker prince. December 13-15. Providence, FestivalBalletProvidence.org

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE One of the great tear-jerkers of cinema’s Golden Age, It’s a Wonderful Life shows how a luckless banker enriched his town in countless ways. Catch this live “radio play,” performed in a vintage style at the Gamm Theatre. December 5-22. Warwick, GammTheatre.org

THE LION IN WINTER Theater is full of dysfunctional families, but none are as unhinged as Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three bickering sons. The Players stage this complex historical drama at Barker Playhouse. December 6-15. Providence, PlayersRI.org

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If you’ve ever had breakfast at T’s Restaurant, you may have noticed the paintings on the walls – vivid landscapes of farm houses and coastal cottages, lovingly rendered in oil paint. You may also have wondered: Where did these canvases come from? Who is this prolific resident artist at T’s, and how did the restaurant afford to commission so much original work? The answer: Anthony Tomaselli, co-founder of the restaurant and arguably one of the most beloved painters in Rhode Island. As a businessman, Anthony owns three T’s Restaurants with his wife Tina. As an artist, Anthony churns out scores of paintings per year, working on as many as five landscapes at a time. He teaches classes at the Providence Art Club, where he’s been a member for 25 years. Many of his pupils come to art later in life, after they’ve pursued more practical careers. “As my wife always says,” Anthony muses, “I give them permission.” The Art Club is also the setting for his

studio, a high-ceilinged atelier with bright windows and multiple rooms. The walls are packed with paintings, of all sizes and subjects. On a recent morning, Anthony dabbed at his latest piece – of sailboats docked beneath an overcast sky – as Gregorian chants played from a speaker. On a computer monitor, Anthony clicked through a series of digital photos; in his mind, he combines these various snapshots into a single painted image. “Sometimes the photograph informs the painting more than the subject,” says Anthony, one of his many astute observations about his own process. A Cranston native, Anthony apprenticed with the artist Gene Tonoff during his teenage years. These sessions were more than workshops in drawing technique. “He was very philosophical in his approach,” Anthony recalls. “He always said, ‘Be one with God, and live with positive emotions.’” Today, Anthony has adapted this advice, with a less

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denominational tone, for his own students. At Rhode Island College, Anthony was one of the first RIC students to pursue a BA in studio arts. He had a talent, of course, but drawing and painting gave him a sense of satisfaction and acceptance. “Human beings are in need of affirmation,” he says. “When I was a child, when I was drawing, I was affirmed.” In 1979, Anthony seized his chance to move to California. He’d never traveled farther than New York, nor had he flown in an airplane. His West Coast sojourn was brief and disappointing, but Anthony revelled in the minute sensations of his cross-country journey. At the Grand Canyon, he resolved to follow his passions thereafter. The next few years were busy with courtship, marriage, and a risky new restaurant. Through it all, he gravitated back to art, and he’s painted abundantly ever since. After 48 years of mixing pigments, Anthony has become an expert in quotidian landscapes, most taking place in smalltown Rhode Island, a few depicting busy urban life. This hasn’t always been the case; Anthony became politically frustrated in the late 1980s, and he keeps an angstier series, Man’s Inhumanity to Man, in the basement beneath his studio. Portraits of corporate greed and street-level suffering document that emotional era. The Art Club occupies several buildings on Thomas Street, but none is as splendid as the Fleur-de-Lys Studios: the intricate, half-timbered structure dates back to 1885, and Anthony’s workspace fills the entire first floor, with other artists housed above. It’s one thing to admire his paintings at T’s, but the Fleur-de-Lys open house is a thorough tour of Anthony’s life and work. And what will the artist paint next? Anthony smiles. “Winter always brings me to snow.” The Fleur-de-Lys Studios open house takes place December 7, 8, 14 & 15. 7 Thomas Street, AnthonyTomaselli.com

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Grab a post record-dive drink at Troop or a weiner at NY System to make a real day of it in Olneyville. What genres of music would you find in your shop? We specialize in secondhand jazz, prog, funk, soul, hip hop, and library music, but we also have a large selection of rock, psych, folk, blues, and world music. What record would be playing when you walk in? We are always diving into some obscure world, such as Soviet synth funk or Spanish jazzrock, anything that will inspire and stimulate the senses. Right now, I am listening to En El Ombligo De La Luna by Luis Perez, an excellent entho-ambient LP from Mexico. What kinds of people would you find perusing your shelves? A lot of sample and hip hop heads show love

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For the next installment of our tour-de-record shops, we swing into Olneyville. Located in the corner of the hippest of mills in the hippest corner of Providence, Vasili Kochura and Zachary Warf’s Music Research Library have created a true hub where jazz, soul, hip hop, and funk reside. In a mill just across from Fête lies a trove of second-hand vinyl just waiting to be discovered, devoured, and brought into the light of day. The Music Research Library stands out as a place of exploration and, as the name states, research. It’s not merely a place to pick up a dusty copy of CSN and Y Deja Vu, but rather a place to dive into the stacks and emerge with something truly found and enlightening. While the shop stands as a go-to for DJs, it remains open to the curious looking for something to uncover and put on their record table. With a listening station in shop, the Music Research Library accommodates hours of time devoted to finding the newest addition to your record collection. Pro-tip:


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HAPPY CHALLAH-DAYS! Celebrate Hanukkah with your favorite bread Golden-brown, shiny crust, doughy, rich texture, and that slightly-sweet taste. These are the delights of fresh challah bread. The word “challah” has become synonymous with the egg-based braided baked good, but really the term in Hebrew is used to refer to any bread served during a religious Jewish ritual. At Rebelle Artisan Bagels on Doyle Avenue, you can find challah baked with customized intricate designs. Owner Milena

Pagan says that many of her regular customers were asking if she could make the bread for Rosh Hashanah. So, she and her production manager took a special trip to London to learn how to make it from a challah specialist, who even shared her own recipe, which the two have brought back to Rhode Island. Says Milena, “We are super excited to bring something different to our local community!” RebelleArtisanBagels.com -Lauren Vella

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Beef Up Build your own burger – and find a beer to match – at The Abbey fermenting barrel from Newport Distilling Co. bolted to the wall. TVs are visible from every angle, and a queue of beer taps – including local drafts like Whalers and Shaidzon – await tasting. The Abbey boasts 92 beers in all, so consider the gauntlet thrown. In general, the menu is a litany of barroom favorites, with peppy names like “Basket o’ Fries,” “Giant Pull Apart Pretzel,” and “Tater Tots Your Way!” (sic). If you’re like me, and you’re happiest gorging yourself on beer-battered mozzarella sticks, then you will also embrace The Abbey. The standard burger menu will satisfy just about any living human; as a Green Mountain State-er, my personal favorite is the Jay Burger, owing to its heap of mushrooms and Vermont Swiss. The real challenge is to create your own. None of the ingredients are outrageous; you’ll find down-home fixin’s like olives, coleslaw, and green peppers, and you could theoretically put your burger on flatbread or marble rye. But the combinations are nearly infinite, and the trick is to find ingredients that (a) you love and (b) taste great together. You will be forgiven for chickening out and ordering – well, the chicken sandwich. The menu is robust, and an Abbey burger is not something you want to mess up. My picks: a beef burger, cooked medium, on a standard bun, plus blue cheese, sautéed onions, portobello mushrooms, tomato, lettuce, and chipotle ketchup. This, to me, is a perfect lineup. You might as well have just read my stomach’s Christmas list. I hate to brag, but my selection was an even greater victory than I’d hoped. Each bite was a savory detonation. In retrospect, I wonder why ketchup was ever made not chipotle. The meat itself, rich and tender, is a compliment to bovine evolution. From first bite to last, the bartender didn’t hear a word from me. But the best decision was a happy accident. At the last second, I picked onion rings instead of

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I’ve always loved the build-your-own-burger concept. In part, it’s practical: My social circle is a minefield of dietary restrictions. Friends are lactose-intolerant. Workmates eat gluten-free. My wife is a pescatarian and allergic to nearly everything. Nieces and nephews will consume only foods that rhyme with “tack-and-fees.” Out-oftown visits induce panic, as I wonder where we can eat that serves no nuts, wheat, dairy, meat, or un-bottled water. In these times of crisis, I need a place like The Abbey, where folks can order whatever they want – including meatless options – and pair it with nearly any beverage imaginable. The Abbey stands on a quiet stretch of Admiral Street, around the corner from Providence College. Its slogan is (and I quote) “a burger and beer joint,” which is about as self-aware as nomenclature gets. This is the kind of neighborhood pub with low lighting and a long bar. Knick-knacks are everywhere, like a slice of a


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Outside the Kitchen, Things Get Heated Chef Nick Rabar gives a behind-the-scenes look at his latest television series Nick Rabar is no stranger to the limelight – host of the Rhode Island PBS television series Stir It Up With Nick Rabar and Nick Rabar: Chef 2 Go, for which he was Emmy-nominated – but it’s his latest project, called Heated, that takes him beyond his comfort zone. “I’ve always done shows where I’m cooking in front of the camera. But to host a show without the security of the chef’s table? That felt like a challenge,” Nick says. Nick is the chef and owner of Rumford’s Avenue N American Kitchen and its neighboring market and cafe The Pantry. But his talents extend even further: he is a chef, entrepreneur, television host, published author, husband, father, and runner. The man moves at only one speed: full throttle. When approached by Rhode Island PBS to host a new series, Nick was ready to do something different. Each episode will center on a particular theme, featuring behindthe-scenes footage with leading experts in the industry. But the real crux of the show is a roundtable debate in which local personalities discuss pressing questions: What is the best pizza? Thick crust or thin? And as you might expect, debates can get heated. “I wanted a show that’s thought-provoking, entertaining, and showcases other businesses,” Nick says. On September 4, the pilot episode of Heated aired, and it’s all about donuts (or is it spelled “doughnuts”? Find out on the episode). In it, Nick visits three unique operations: KNEAD Doughnuts in Providence, Payne’s Donuts on Block Island, and B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic, Connecticut. Interspersed throughout is a discussion: Must donuts be deep-fried? Can a donut be savory – and if so, where do you draw the line? And, for

the first time ever, Nick goes on the record and admits he hates coffee milk. “We have so much to fight about!” he says jokingly. The real aim of the show, however, is not to pit experts against one another but to demonstrate that even though people disagree, it doesn’t mean they can’t be friends. “I would never use the show as a way of tearing people down,” Nick explains. “I know how hard the food industry can be, and I have respect for everyone – if you’re trying, I applaud you.” The concept has resonated: the pilot episode topped the charts. People want to have these conversations and are excited for what’s in store. The series is slated

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Smart Cookies Okay, so you had us at “gingerbread kit.” One of the great winter pastimes is baking those golden-brown cookies and decorating them with frosting and candies. Now, imagine gingerbread figurines created by Ellie’s Bakery, the renowned patisserie in downtown Providence. For several years, Ellie’s has created prim little boxes with high-quality cookies and brightly colored confections. The family-friendly joys alone would be worth the $8. But these kits also serve a good cause: 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Rhode Island families in need. In previous years, Ellie’s has sold more than 3,000 kits, making lots of customers – and under-employed households – full of holiday cheer. You can find the kits at both Ellie’s Bakery and its sister-restaurant, Gracie’s Providence. The kits are also available at Miriam Hospital, where they can double as a get-well gift. Doing good never tasted so sweet. ElliesProv.com -Robert Isenberg

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Like the setting for a film noir, the new Dean Bar is dimly lit. The principal colors are red, violet, and silver, and surfaces shimmer in pools of light. In the back, an impressionistic rainforest is painted against the wall. You sip your cocktail from a playful deco glass, the earthy mixture topped with a flower. Chef James Mark has based acclaimed restaurant, north, in The Dean Hotel for several years, so it only made sense for him to add a lounge as well. Until recently, the space was occupied by The Magdalenae Room, a favorite spot for discerning imbibers. The Dean Bar is an exciting successor; here, bartenders get to show off their collaborative beverage menu, crafting drinks to suit individual tastes. Designed for 30 people at a time, the Dean Bar retains its speakeasy atmosphere. North diners may enjoy a digestif in the late evening, and a snack menu is forthcoming. 122 Fountain Street, TheDeanHotel.com -Robert Isenberg


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Coast Guard House A new American menu with a seafood emphasis and extensive wine list, open seven days a week. 40 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, 789-0700. BrLD $$$ Colvitto’s Pizza & Bakery Pizza Calzones and baked goods made fresh daily. 91 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 783-8086. BrLD $ The Cove Traditional bar and grill serving burgers, sandwiches, and classic New England seafood favorites. 3963 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, 364-9222. LD $$

Celestial Cafe Locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine with a curated craft beer list. 567 South County Trail, Exeter, 295-5559. BrLD $$-$$$

Eleven Forty Nine City sophistication in the suburbs. 1149 Division St, Warwick, 884-1149. LD $$$

Chair 5 Hotel haunt with a beach-inspired menu and a dreamy rooftop lounge.

Fuel Coffee Bar Breakfast and lunch, including vegan and gluten-free options. 904 Boston

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Neck Rd., Narragansett, 792-3835. BrL $-$$ George’s of Galilee Fresh-caught seafood in an upscale pub atmosphere. 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd, Narragansett, 783-2306. LD $-$$ Mariner Grille Seafood, steaks, and pasta in a fun setting, with live entertainment. 40 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, 284-3282. LD $$ Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana Authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza with ingredients imported from Naples. 60 S County Commons Way, South Kingstown, 783-2900. LD $-$$ Red Stripe Casual French-American bistro. 465 Angell St, Providence, 437-6950; 455 Main St, East Greenwich, 398-2900. BrLD $$ The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 219 Main St, East Greenwich (second location in Warren), 336-3747. D $$-$$$


RESTAURANT GUIDE

Siena Impeccable Italian cuisine. Locations in Providence, East Greenwich, and Smithfield, 521-3311. D $$-$$$ Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar New American cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. 7366 Post Rd, North Kingstown, 295-0800. LD $$-$$$

9 East Ave, Westerly, 596-1936. D $$ Twin Willows Fresh seafood and water views in a family-friendly atmosphere. 865 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, 789-8153. LD $-$$

EAST BAY + NEWPORT

Sophie’s Brewhouse Espresso drinks and sandwiches with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. 699 S County Trail, Exeter, 295-4273. BL $$

Blount Market & Kitchen Traditional New England seafood summer favorites offered year-round for dine-in and takeout. 406 Water St, Warren, 245-1800. LD $$

T’s Restaurant RI favorite with all day breakfast-brunch. Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett; TsRestaurantRI.com. BrLD $$

Bluewater Bar and Grill Casual restaurant with modern seafood dishes and live music. 32 Barton Ave, Barrington, 247-0017. LD $$-$$$

Tavern by the Sea Waterfront European/ American bistro. 16 West Main St, Wickford, 294-5771. LD $$

Cafe Water Street Dockside cafe with gourmet crepes and coffee. 279 Water St, Warren, 2457071. BLD $-$$

Thirsty Gull New England sourced gastropub.

Crossroads Pub Restaurant Family-friendly

restaurant serving American and Italian classics. 33 Market St, Warren, 245-9305. LD $$ East Bay Oyster Bar Local seafood meets innovative preparation in a rustic setting. 308 County Rd, Barrington, 247-0303. LD $$ Pannoni’s BYOB with a fun and patriotic theme. 553 Hope St, Bristol, 396-5168. LD $$ The Revival Craft Kitchen & Bar Focusing on American fare and craft beer. 50 Miller St, Warren (second location in East Greenwich), 245-4500. D $$-$$$ Tav Vino Waterfront dining with an Italian and seafood focus. 267 Water St, Warren, 245-0231. D $$ The Wharf Remodeled and reimagined, this dockside restaurant offers seafood, pasta, and coastal charm for days. 215 Water St, Warren, 289-2524. LD $$-$$$$

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IN RHODE ISLAND LUXURY REAL ESTATE* Lila Delman wants to thank each and every one of our clients for another record breaking year in 2019. As the firm celebrates its 55th year in business, we continue to lead the Rhode Island Luxury Real Estate Market with the highest dollar volume of sales over $1,000,000.* Every property we market, regardless of price point becomes a luxury property. We take an artful and innovative approach to real estate and this defines the Lila Delman Difference. Christine Dupuis & Jacob Rochefort, Lila Delman Providence Sales Managers, wish you a happy Holiday season and invite you to discover the benefits of listing with Lila.

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LILA DELMAN REAL ESTATE OF PROVIDENCE 369 SOUTH MAIN STREET This representation is based on information from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and Statewide MLS for the period of January 01, 1993 – November 06, 2019. The MLS does not guarantee and is not in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market


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