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This Month

41 City Style

30 Creative Giving

43 The Look 45 Get Fit 46 Shop Talk 49 Beauty

Gifting local art is easier than you think

35 What Cheer

An interior designer’s Edgewood home

51 Feast Seasonal tastings across the city

Your naughty and nice source of

53 In the Kitchen 54 On the Menu 57 Review

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58 Behind the Bar 61 In the Drink 63 Dining Guide

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67 Get Out Merry and bright December happenings 68 Calendar 70 Music 73 Theatre 74 Art

8 Editor’s Note 11 Feedback 12 Web List

76 The Last Detail Countdown to the end of the world in 3… 2…

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19 Providence Pulse WaterFire’s past, present and future

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Publishers Barry Fain Richard Fleischer John Howell Publishing Director Jeanette St. Pierre Executive Editor Julie Tremaine Special Projects Manager John Taraborelli Art Director Karli Hendrickson Associate Editor Grace Lentini Assistant Art Director Meghan H. Follett Advertising Design Director Layheang Meas

What Cheer Be honest with yourself: you already know whether you’re on Santa’s naughty or nice list. This year, though, it’s time to embrace it. Our annual holiday guide is for everyone, no matter which list you’re on. Blew off those phone calls from your talky relative? “Accidentally” broke that macaroni necklace your kid made you? The naughty list is full of adults-only holiday fun. On the other hand, if you ran a charity

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talents. He has been a musician (The Cold War, ‘Mericans and currently Blue Ribbon) promoter (at the much beloved and long gone 201 downtown) and writer here in Providence for almost 20 years. When not doing any of those things, he says, “I get to work at the amazing Resources for Human Development in Pawtucket (, a pioneering arts-based program for developmentally disabled adults.” Eric’s new creative endeavor is stand up comedy - sort of: “I’ve recently inflicted my stand up upon the world to varying degrees of indifference,” he says.

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Setting the Record Straight First off, thanks for the feature on our new store location (“Keep it Civil,” November 2012). It was a very thoughtful and flattering piece.   Having said that, I feel a bit uncomfortable getting solo credit as the owner and creative force driving our business.   In reality, I share the workload and the ownership equally with my business partner, Guido Silvestri. In hindsight, I should have gone out of my way to make a statement about our business partnership.  I feel awful about this because Guido usually gives the interviews, and then I always see my name in print.  (In this instance, he asked me to speak to you because I was the project manager for the new location). Thanks again for the positive exposure.  We both really liked the article. Rob Asselin Civil

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GIVE LOCAL Farmstead mercantile 384 market street, Warren • 401-289-2102

One of the most festive and unique shopping experiences this holiday season, Farmstead Mercantile is a premier destination for antiques, art, gifts and home decor. Formerly Bradford Mercantile, Farmstead is located on two floors of the historic Haile-Nunes Barn. Visitors can expect a mix of old and new: artists, craftspeople and antique dealers from the East Bay, New England and beyond come together to offer a unique selection of goods in a spacious yet intimate environment. For the holidays, the shop offers an enormous selection of ornaments, floral and other seasonal decor, which complements its year-round selection of furniture, lighting, gifts, candles and accessories. As part of the Warren Arts District, Farmstead is able to sell original and limited edition art without charging sales tax. Come through and decorate your entire house in high style at a low cost.

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31 Bradford Street, Bristol • 401-396-9520 The Knotty Dog’s selection is second to none, specializing in locally made coastal products featuring reclaimed materials. Whether you’re in the market for custom furniture or just a dainty jewelry gift, The Knotty Dog is the place to go. From candles to fireplace accessories to cozy throw blankets, they’ll keep you warm this winter. Selling handmade soaps for mom, hooded bath towels for children and collars for Fido, shoppers are guaranteed to find unique gifts for everyone on the list. Serving customers near and far, the shop offers friendly customer service instore and free shipping on all web orders over $50. They are open seven days a week and late on Fridays through December. Bring in this ad for a free gift with any purchase.

FROG & TOAD 795 Hope Street, Providence 401-831-3434

For more than a decade, Rhode Islanders have been flocking to Frog & Toad for that special, one-of-a-kind gift. This neighborhood mom and pop is packed with unique offerings that appear well considered and sometimes irreverent. From work by local artists to handmade American jewelry to affordable handknit sweaters, you always know you won’t need to look elsewhere . . . even for that insufferable stinker on your list. Some staff favorite items include the t-shirts, “Don’t Mess with RI Either” and “You can go to Hell, I’m going to Pawtucket”, the amazing goats and pigs made out of recycled steel oil drums, and the RI Soapworks line of luxurious bath and body products. And here’s an insider’s tip: they have FREE gift wrapping and you don’t need to ask, they always offer!


21 Charles Street, Wakefield • 401-783-4433 / 800-834-3123 Garden City, Cranston • 401-942-2720 Give the gift of local and delicious edibles with an assortment of Sweenor’s Chocolates. With two Rhode Island locations, Sweenor’s is owned and operated by thirdand fourth-generation confectioners who are committed to using the finest ingredients. As the largest chocolate manufacturer in the state, Sweenor’s is unmatched in selection and quality. Satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth with handmade chocolate, truffles, fudge, caramels, bark, nuts and even sugar free products. From beautifully boxed assortments and gift baskets, to their unique nautical and seasonal treats, gift giving has never been so sweet. Check out their website for online ordering, favors for events and a list of fine retailers that carry the Sweenor’s line.

our favorite places to shop for the holidays BELLA ART

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Give the gift of Bella Art, a full service rubber and paper art specialty store just minutes from Providence. The creative boutique offers a variety of qualifier paper crafting workshops throughout the year, an extensive line of rubber stamps, scrapbooking and book art supplies and embellishments. Gift certificates are the perfect gift for the crafty person on your list.

Give the gift of comfort and joy this year with a gift from Berk’s Shoes. Choose from a large selection of classic and contemporary boots by top designers like Frye, UGG and Hunter, and stylish shoes by Dansko, Birkenstock, Tom’s, Sorel , Sperry and many more. Great denim, sweaters and accessories also available for one-stop shopping.

Campus Fine Wines


127 Brook street, providence 401-621-9650

91 Hope Street, Providence 401-400-5500

Come celebrate the grand reopening of Campus Fine Wines with Champagne tastings Friday nights in December. New ownership has revitalized this neighborhood favorite with a bright paint job, a fresh attitude, and an updated selection of wine, beer and tchotchkes. Come see for yourself — and cross a few gifts off your holiday list!


235 Westminster Street, Providence 401-272-4285 The 11th Annual Craftland Holiday Show is a staple of Providence gift shopping. Craftland features a fresh selection of work by 160 independent local and national artists specializing in gifts, prints and jewelry. This sweet necklace is made by New Bedford, MA artist Headcase Press using a combination of sterling silver and assorted vintage letterpress type. And bonus – Craftland is sales-tax-free.

Chez Moustache is a new gentleman’s barber shop, offering precision haircuts, hot shaves and fine men’s grooming products. We offer a relaxing experience in an elegant environment, customtailored for that special man in your life. Gift certificates are available for services or products. Stop by for a visit in person or order certificates online.

Details 277 thayer street, Providence 401-751-1870

An East Side institution, Details has been accessorizing Rhode Island’s best-dressed women for the last 25 years. From fashionable winter hats and scarves to their unmatched selection of designer hosiery and hair accessories, you won’t leave empty-handed. Legwear special: buy 3 pairs of legwear and get the 4th free (lowest value free).

GIVE LOCAL Fabulocity upscale consignments 9 cedar swamp Road, smithfield at the intersection of Route 44 401-231-5900


**(excluding Louis Vuitton bags, these are already discounted)


Fabulocity specializes in the unexpected. A consignment shop where half of the merchandise is new — direct from designer showrooms in NY and LA — the boutique features Louis Vuitton, Glenda Gies handbags, Hale Bob, Milly, Trina Turk, Anthropologie, Diane von Furstenberg and many more. They also feature local artisans including in-house designer Twist Jewelry Design. Visit them first, shop them often.


19 Sanderson Road, Smithfield 401-949-4849 Unique. Bold. Vibrant. Independent. These are just four words that describe the amazing line of handpainted women’s leather bracelets by Mallory Musante Designs. These exclusive accessories are all genuine leather painted with acrylic-based, non-chip leather paint, bold colors and unique designs. Every piece is individually hand-painted, making each a completely one-of-a-kind gift.

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424 Wickenden Street, Providence 401-456-0011 Gallery Belleau sells unique handmade gifts by local and nationally acclaimed artists and artisans: jewelry, paintings and works in clay, glass, wood and metal. Stop by on Thursday, December 13 between 10am and 8pm for the Hang 10 Sale, where everything in the gallery is 10 percent off in honor of their 10-year anniversary. Give gifts that are a perfect 10!

The hopscoTch Room 2209 mineral spring Avenue North providence 401-349-4409 The Hopscotch Room is Rhode Island’s newest resource for home decor and home entertainment items. Their selection includes everything from bars and barstools to stemware and martini shakers, and even chandeliers! With knowledgeable customer service, they can help you furnish a room, plan a party, or select the perfect gift.

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The Noon Shop offers unique, fanciful elements for a lifestyle of natural and unexpected beauty. The shop’s signature line of jewelry, cards, soaps, candles, tea towels and perfume are thoughtfully curated with other handmade products appealing to all five senses. Stop in today for a sensory shopping experience.

LunaSea is mystically inspired by natural remedies and green goods that are healing for both people and the environment. Environmentally and ecologicallyfriendly provisions, botanicals and gifts are a plenty. Browse the wonderful selection of organic herbs and spices, chocolates, teas, greeting cards and handcrafted items. Venture in soon and discover the uncharted waters of LunaSea.

Mrs. robinson 187 Wayland Avenue, Providence 401-831-7740 Mrs. Robinson, an upscale intimates boutique in Wayland Square, has a gorgeous selection of undergarments, nightwear and fine silks. Fine lingerie, delicate bras and panty sets and luxurious robes are the perfect gift for that special women in your life. Gift certificates and flirty stocking stuffers are available as well.



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Potter Dwo Wen Chen has a bit of a cult status in the city. Wen Chen has taken his whimsical pottery to a new location on Wickenden where visitors can browse a multitude of his functional artistic pieces and chat with the maker. The RISD grad creates stoneware, porcelain, earthenware and terracotta bowls, plates, vases, cups and more.

NAVA is all about new and vintage apparel, and accessories for men and women. The carefully curated Thayer Street boutique has a penchant for cowboy boots, funky and fancy dresses, silk scarves and jewelry. Can’t decide on a gift? Ask the friendly and knowledgeable staff for holiday gift giving suggestions, and enjoy a uniquely pleasurable shopping experience.



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How about some unexpected, unusual or exotic gifts for your loved ones this holiday season? Spectrum-India has hundreds to choose from — gifts as low as $5 and a variety of stocking stuffers from under $1. Select from energizing and healing stones, incense, zodiac candles, essential oils, winter essentials, jewelry, wind chimes, belly dancing outfits, chess sets, toys and so much more.

The CuraTorium 197 Wickenden Street, Providence 401-453-4080 The Curatorium is a crazy mashup of gift-giving opportunities. This charming little emporium has the perfect gift for everyone you need to placate. Mustache emblazoned pacifiers, Lego architecture and colorful leather wallets, in prices ranging from fifty cents to hundreds of dollars. The items offered at The Curatorium will make mincemeat of even the most difficult holiday list.

Shop local at Studio Hop and you will be supporting many local artists and artists from around the country! With a beautiful collection of fine art and handcrafts, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. Exceptional jewelry, fine art, ceramics, blown glass, turned wood, handmade dresses and accessories, journals, toys, skin care, complimentary gift wrap and so much more!

HOUSE OF HOPE BOUTIQUE 3194 Post Road, Warwick 401-463-3324 x231

House of Hope Boutique features handmade, fair-trade gifts for all your holiday needs. The boutique offers an assortment of items including children’s gifts, jewelry, housewares and even something for your pets. Each item has a mission and purpose and is helping someone in the world to better their life. All proceeds go towards offering job training to disadvantaged women in RI.

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An Illuminating Movie Since 1994, Providence has been the


fortunate home of WaterFire. The experience is uniquely ours: the aroma of wood smoke wafts through the air among living statues, fire-breathers, ballroom dancing and enticing indulgences. On December 1, WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City, a fascinating hour-long film will

premiere at The Vets, guiding viewers through the fruition of WaterFire from the mind of creative artist and director, Barnaby Evans, to its present existence. Produced by Joe Rocco, a two-time New England Emmy award winner, the premiere will include a pre-screening celebrity party for guests that opt for VIP treatment, which continued on page 21...

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will include access to an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Buddy Cianci, Rhode Show hosts Michaela Johnson and Will Gilbert and Barnaby Evans will all be in attendance. WaterFire’s history unravels with commentary from volunteers, historians, and fans

alike. In addition, the documentary also sheds light on other cities that have asked the WaterFire team to create unique experiences for them, too. It’s a whole new way to experience a beloved city tradition. – Adam R. Charpentier


Up Close and Personal

During this season of plenty, we typically take some time to reflect on and maybe do what we can to help those who are less fortunate. Coat drives, toy donations, collecting canned goods – they’re all fine gestures and help us to remember those in need at this crucial time. But what about the rest of the year? Struggling families at the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder have to survive all 12 months of the year and in between they live, laugh, celebrate and take care of each other. Jennifer’s Family is a new book of photography that intimately documents just such a life. RISD alum Louisa Marie Summer, a native of Germany, spent a year developing a close relationship with Jennifer, a 26-yearold second-generation Puerto Rican woman living in South Providence

with her Native American partner and their four children. With respect and understanding, Summer was able to peer closely into the lives of this family, capturing the everyday moments that define them. From a crowded living room during a child’s party to a breakfast of dry cereal served on an envelope to a ragged mattress on which a lone doll sleeps, the photos are clear, concise and telling. They document real lives without being exploitive, never holding up their subjects as objects of pity or vessels for political statements, and finding beauty in the mundane. Available at RISD Works (20 North Main St.), Symposium Books (240 Westminster St. and 224 Thayer St.) and Books on the Square (471 Angell St.) –John Taraborelli

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How You Can Help Although some of southern Rhode Island felt the brute force of Superstorm Sandy, much of the Ocean State was spared the utter devastation seen in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Many Rhode Islanders saw this as an opportunity to extend a helping to hand our regional neighbors. Frog & Toad (795 Hope St), for example, collected enough supplies – canned food, flashlights, bottled water, towels, blankets, clothes and so forth – to fill two U-Haul trucks, and then drove them down to Far Rockaway in Queens in November, dispensing the supplies to those in need of assistance. The past weeks have seen a huge outpouring of both local and regional assistance, but areas up and down the east coast continue struggling with recovery from the storm’s effect. Donations of all kinds are still in high demand, with blood being among the highest. The intense weather forced the cancellation of approximately 380 red Cross blood drives around the region, resulting in the cancellation of more than 3,200 blood and platelet appointments. Individuals both in Rhode Island and our ailing neighbors rely on these donations, and the injuries caused by Superstorm Sandy have only increased the demand. People eligible to give blood or platelets are asked to schedule a donation appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767 or visiting Of course, many general items, such as diapers and food, are still vital for families all across the region, which is why the Libertalia Autonomous Space is acting as a drop-off center for supplies. With the help of Occupy Sandy organizers and other activists, the supplies will be collected and

brought to New York City and Long Island. Current in-demand items include candles, serving dishes and utensils, batteries, food and bottled water. If you have items to donate, schedule a drop-off time by calling 680-6264 or visiting As for assisting with the financial cost of recovery, the Humanists of rhode Island are accepting donations for the Humanist Crisis Response. This program is part of the Foundation Beyond Belief, which serves as a focal point for the humanist response to major humanitarian crises. Through the foundation, the Humanists of Rhode Island are offering two different donation opportunities, one focused on helping damaged areas in the United States and the other targeting damaged areas in Haiti. To contribute to either of these opportunities, donations can be made at While humans and homes remain the focus for so many looking to help with Sandy relief, countless pets have also become victims of the storm’s destruction. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), more than 400 pets were evacuated from Long Island alone, each requiring food, shelter and animal supplies, and that’s only one area affected by the storm. Properly caring for these pets has put a great deal of financial stress on the ASPCA and its regional equivalents, such as our local RISPCA. All individuals interested in donating time or money to help with caring for these pets should contact the ASPCA at or the RISPCA at Lastly, if you would rather help with the local recovery process, Serve rhode Island continues to accept donations and volunteers at –Dale Rappaneau

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It’s in the Cards Learning the art of tarot Karen Bentley Tarot is

a onewoman show. The East Providence native, who now lives on the East Side of Providence (say that 10 times fast), makes a living by reading tarot cards. Similar to the standard 52-card deck, a tarot deck features four suits; in place of a spade or a club, however, you might find a cup or a sword. Oh, and you should probably watch out for that pesky devil card. Combining her love for reading the cards and acting in theatre, the self-proclaimed “tarotpreneur” created Tarot On Your Feet, a workshop in which she teaches the art to others via adaptations of improvisational acting games. Students learn without “dreadful, scripted textbook meanings that stifle the intuitive process,” she explained prior to the class. She also filled me in on the materials I would need: a tarot deck and a pen or pencil. Karen provides journals and refreshments. Workshops are tailored to the participant, location included. Eager to tune into my own powers of intuition, I asked the one question that plagued me most: What if I had to deliver bad news? She explained that she didn’t ‘cast the mark,’ and therefore I wouldn’t learn to either. Relieved that I wouldn’t be expected to predict deaths or divorces, I took the cards in my hands and began to lightly shuffle them. “The purpose of this course is to en-

able the student to generate meanings and associations,” she said. “These games are meant to enhance creativity and loosen inhibitions.” Exercise one (of five) was on alliteration, designed to get the mind prepared and drum up concentration. “I do this in my office before readings and in my car before big events as a mental warm-up,” Karen said. I was instructed to choose five major arcana (non-suited) cards. One at a time, I had to say words that began with the first letter of the card without stopping. Karen was sure to tell me not to censor myself and be as bold, silly or absurd as I’d like. The Magician: magnify, menacing, mystical, myopic… This felt good. And the words that sprung to mind made sense in context with the card, too. Strange. Exercise two had me thinking fast by free associating based on the name of the card – for 60 second bursts without stopping. Justice: court, ruling, finality, decisions… Exercise three was really interesting: I took court cards (the kings, queens and knights) and determined what each would be if it were a color, rock, flower, car etc. Queen of Wands: purple, quartz, rose, Bentley… Karen told me she associated that card with a Porsche, a car that screams status and success. “When you see that Queen in a reading, you know you’re dealing with an alpha female!” she said with a wink. Exercise four brought me a bit deep-

er into story construction, as I was asked to build and connect beginnings, middles (conflicts) and ends (resolutions) using specific frameworks. Once upon a time there lived a dark, troubled man (Knight of Pentacles) that worked as a hitman (Ace of Swords)… Hey, I knew my story was a bit ridiculous but I had been instructed to let my thoughts flow. It was fun as hell. We wrapped up with exercise five, in which I developed my speed: I faced Karen and as she flipped each card in the deck, I spoke a word association as quickly as possible. It was tough. Whenever I was taking too long in formulating

my response, she’d tap me lightly in the face with a card, creating that notion of danger to keep me moving right along. In the end, I wasn’t sure that I knew exactly what I was doing but I did feel confident that I could wing it as needed, and felt ready to practice my new hobby on some girlfriends. I also knew some of them would enjoy taking this course as much as I did. Guess who’s getting gift certificates for Christmas this year? To contact Karen about taking the $40 three-hour Tarot on Your Feet workshop, email tarotpreneur@ -Erin Swanson

do Good

When temperatures drop, well-adjusted adults have the tendency to regress, their inner three-year-olds wailing away: “Ugh. My remote starter takes forever to warm up the BMW.” Stop the tantrum and take a look at our homeless population; they’re out there freezing on the streets, not just during a twominute car ride to Whole Foods. Amos House is a Providence nonprofit that works to provide direct services and support to local impoverished


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folks. They’ve teamed up with Warwick’s House of Hope to create a solution that helps us all stay a little bit warmer. Stop by House of Hope Boutique in Warwick to pick up some all-natural baking mixes that have been made by the folks at Amos House; not only will you heat up your kitchen via oven baked deliciousness, you’ll give back to those in need by helping them help themselves. All proceeds will benefit Amos House’s programs and services.

The House of Hope’s annual girls night out event, “Fashion With Friends,” is also taking place soon, on December 5 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. Come out from 5:30-9:30pm and show support… or just stop by the boutique, taste some baked samples and stock up for the winter. Your pantry will thank you, and so will your less fortunate neighbors. 3190 Post Road, Warwick. –Erin Swanson

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The Malcontent

by John Taraborelli

The Third Way We shall overcome the single-party system We’ve done it again. After months of campaigning and a tumultuous political climate in which many voters claimed to be undecided, fed up and unhappy with the direction things are going, we did what reliable Rhode Island voters can always be counted on to do: reward the incumbents and strengthen the Democratic monopoly of our state offices. The next General Assembly will convene with Democrats holding 69 of 75 House seats and 32 of 38 Senate seats. Speaker Fox, tarnished by his role in the 38 Studios fiasco, retained his seat and his speakership. Congressman Cicilline has been faulted for both mismanaging city finances and misleading the public about them, yet was handily rewarded with a second term. Of course, the Democrats aren’t entirely to blame. Their only real opposition comes from a Republican Party seemingly incapable of producing a slate of candidates worthy of election to a student council, let alone state office, and remains trapped between the rock and hard place of an increasingly extreme and intractable national party agenda and a local electorate that’s not buying what they’re selling. The fact that they could not produce a victory for a well-respected former State Police superintendent of unquestioned integrity over a weak incumbent who fought a damaging primary battle says all we need to know about their prospects – simply put, they took their best shot and came up short. We often talk of a need for a third party, but at this point we’d do well just to have a second party. If there is one state in this country that should be capable of fielding a viable third party, it is the smallest one, which has a reputation for independence and contrarianism. There is evidence of this already – admittedly small flickers of hope, but hope nonetheless. Whatever people may think of Governor Chafee, it is significant that we elected someone without party affiliation to our highest state office. On the East Side, a grassroots independent with no political resume gave the speaker of the house, far and away one of the most

powerful people in the state, a run for his money. The Moderate Party, which in its 2010 debut managed to field a formidable candidate for governor, continues to build for the future. Furthermore, those few rogue candidates are operating in a small, affordable media market made up of equally small, manageable districts that are relatively easy to canvass. Within those districts resides an electorate that is perpetually ready to throw the bums out. So why can’t alternative parties and candidates gain more traction? The master lever is one big answer. That antiquated tool of party machinery continues to make an already safe Democratic majority even safer, especially during big national elections like this one. The ability to vote straight party with one easy flick of a pen is something Rhode Islanders simply don’t need, but inert incumbents and the deeply entrenched ward-heelers they rely on won’t give it up without a fight. Beyond that, a thoroughly dominant party in a parochial, everybodyknows-everybody state makes for a powerful and wide-reaching patronage machine – every Rhode Islander either is or knows one of its beneficiaries. It’s easy to maintain lockstep party loyalty when a combination of scare tactics and blunt reality means that we all have to wonder if casting our vote for the “other guy” will endanger our sister’s pension. Despite all this, we have the simplest and most effective means possible to fight back: our votes. If you’re tired of the same old hucksters, crooks and career politicians, don’t vote for them. Give the “other guy” (or girl) a shot, even if he or she is not necessarily your ideal candidate. And if you’ve really got some ideas about how to fix this state, consider running. It’s tough to beat the party machine, but it’s far from impossible. In a state this tiny, there is only a fine line that separates a concerted effort by a small group of concerned citizens from a full-fledged movement. Visit the blogs section of for The Malcontent’s take on the presidential election as well.

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Put an adult twist on the holidays Who doesn’t get the warm fuzzies upon strolling downtown on Westminster underneath the strings of white lights? Clearly, there’s no better place to conduct a Holiday Mini-Pub Crawl. Just grab a few friends, throw on your sexiest parka, and hit the town. Swing through Tazza for a spiked coffee, Aspire for a Candy Apple Tini and The Salon for an Old Fashioned. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy, no doubt. Deer Tick is performing at Fete on December 30. While this doesn’t sound very “holiday” at the surface, hop on YouTube and check out lead singer John McCauley’s rendition of a “Have a Very Merry Christmas.” Search “Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant” (his Diamond Rugs version is my favorite) and prepare to cry tears of merry joy. $23. 8:30pm. 103 Dike Street. 3831112, The man who penned myriad screenplays including Hairspray, Cry Baby and Serial Mom hits the stage to poke fun at holiday rituals with humor that’s reserved for adults only. The one-man

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show John Waters Christmas is sure to put the X in your Xmas. $35 advance, $40 day of, $99 gold circle (includes a meet and greet after the show). Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington Street. 331-5876, Why not ring in 2013 with some ringing in your ears? Head to The Met for a New Years Eve Bash featuring local jam and funk band Fungus Amungus. The band has shared the stage with Max Creek, the Spin Doctors and the Violent Femmes, playing live for up to seven hours at a time. Better make it a double – you’ll be on the dance floor all night long. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005, If you want to feel young again, throw a Holiday Key Party. As guests arrive, they are required to drop their car keys in a bowl, so feel free to liquor them up with seasonal cocktails. May I suggest spiked hot chocolate? Simply add some Vincent VanGogh Dutch Chocolate vodka to mugs of cocoa and dance around the house with lampshades on your heads for a few

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hours. Then don your Snuggie and call it a night. For a less boozy holiday bash, host an Ugly Sweater Party. Offer prizes for the guest wearing the most abominable Christmas sweater, plan a gag gift exchange and hang some mistletoe (a must for embarrassing your shy friends). Be sure to create a fun photo backdrop so that guests can pose in front of it to remember the evening forever. Hang tinsel or cover a wall with wrapping paper: the tackier the better. No holiday list is complete without including the fabulous Providence Gay Men’s Chorus. Join them for Happy Holigays: Let the Merry Bells Keep Ringing on December 5, 8 and 9. Come out to support the group, which has grown from 12 to over 40 members since its inception in 1995. $20. 7pm Wednesday and Saturday; 4pm Sunday. Beneficent Congregational Church, 300 Weybosset Street. Head to AS220’s 95 Empire on December 22 for their big Coincidental Hour: Christmas Magic Special. Or pop by on December 14 and 28 for BYOI,

Bring Your Own Improv, two nights of interactive comedic madness. Just tell the actors what you want to see. How exactly would thespians act out The Nutcracker? That could be interesting… or painful. 10pm. $5. 95 Empire Street. 831-9327, Dust off your apron, it’s time to bake bourbon-spiked Christmas cookies. That’s right, you can easily enhance your favorite treats with the addition of bourbon. Your guests will hit the floor, literally, over your Holiday Bourbon Balls – combine graham cracker crumbs, ground pecans, powdered sugar, chocolate chips and bourbon then mix and bake. Who knew you were such a gourmet? Squeeze in a date night while you do your holiday shopping. The Holiday Stroll on December 7, 14 and 21 in Garden City Center provides a romantic ambiance of lighted luminary candles, wine tasting at Café Luna, ice carving and live music. Shops will offer sales and samples, making for a multitasker’s dream come true. 100 Midway Road, Cranston. 942-2800,

Class it up. Hit the Dunk for TransSiberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas Eve on December 19. One of the world’s top acts, the genre-defying rock opera group has been touring for the holidays since 1999. With pyrotechnics, lights, lasers and a booming sound, it’s a sensory overload… in a good way. $41.50-$71.50. 7:30pm. 1 LaSalle Square. 331-6700, Who painted the Sistene Chapel? Duh, Michelangelo. What is the capital of Kenya? Yawn. Nairobi. Bored with the typical Trivial Pursuit-style questions? Try Holiday Pub Trivia – it’s sure to put some pep in your analytical step. During the week of Christmas, bars throughout the area will host holidaythemed trivia. A complete list of bars and dates can be found at He’s more than just a hipster-approved musician with Brooklyn street cred and tight jeans; Sufjan Stevens is a prolific lyricist, churning out songs of epic proportions. Join him on December 19 for Sufjan Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long, featuring both traditional hymns and popular carols. He’ll be taking requests all night. $20. Doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm. Fete, 103 Dike Street. 383-1112, Listen, I’ve got some serious Saturday Night Fever. If you do too, spend New Year’s Eve at Twin River for Boogie Nights with Tiffany, the ultimate ‘70s and ‘80s dance party extravaganza. Eat dinner and sip champagne with Mr. Boogie, then get on down with Roller Girl. Pop star Tiffany will be on hand too, making this your kitschiest NYE ever. $85-$115. 9pm. 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. Join the Ocean State Theatre Company

in welcoming the Winter Wonderettes. It’s 1968: Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean and Cindy Lou are preparing for their holiday party. Enjoy listening to the ladies harmonize on classic songs while you sip on a classic martini a la Mad Men. They’ll sing you into a haze of jolliness from December 5-30. $39-54. 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. 921-6800, Be selfish this year: Shower yourself with presents. In Downcity’s Secret Santa is a fun way to get free loot from your favorite downtown stores. Simply pick your most wanted item from any participating store and share it with the Downcity merchants by leaving a comment on their blog. They’ll choose a winner every Friday through December 31 and buy that person their one coveted item. Check out historic South Main Street’s Holiday Festival, December 1-6. The fest will kick off with an all-day event of carolers, holiday treats and over the top holiday window displays. Shoppe Pioneer, Marc Allen, Cable Car Cinema, Wild Colonial Tavern, Dr. Karambelas and others will offer specials through December 6. Styleweek will be incorporating trunk shows and makeup demos. On that final day, enjoy a holiday stroll for local shopping deals. 247-7467. Every year on the Sunday before Christmas, a group of fun loving people gather together for WestSide Caroling. Meet at Loie Fuller’s at 5pm; there you’ll lubricate your voice for an hour before heading out on the streets to carol throughout the historic West Side. Kids and families are welcome. At 8pm, you’ll return to Fertile Underground for milk and cookies. 1455 Westminster Street. 831-9344,

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e i p as Kid-friendly festive fun mice scurrying around the city this month, don’t freak out. They’re probably cast members of Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Based on the story The Nutcracker and the King Of Mice, it tells the tale (no pun intended) of a girl named Clara and her handsome nutcracker prince. $23-85. 8pm December 14, 2pm and 7pm December 15, 1:30pm December 16. 220 Weybosset Street. 421-2787, Sing out to Heaven at Handel’s Magnificent Messiah! December 8 at Vets. The annual production pairs the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra with the Providence Singers for a rendition of the choral work Handel’s Messiah. $30-$70. 7pm. One Avenue of the Arts. 248-7000, It’s a bummer that the Benefit Street Stroll won’t be happening this year. Luckily, the awesome shop owners up on Hope Street are picking up the slack and throwing a Hope Street Holiday Bash on December 6 from 4-8pm. You can expect live music, fire jugglers and, of course, Santa. The big guy will swap his sleigh

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for a convertible this year to take his place in the neighborhood parade. Contrary to some misguided beliefs, the zoo does not shut down come the cold weather. In fact, you can Visit Santa at the Zoo on December 1-2. Enjoy a tasty treat, a fun family-friendly activity and photo op with everyone’s favorite jolly man. Bring your cameras. The fun takes place in the zoo’s greenhouse. $5$10 kids; free for parents. 10am-noon or 1pm-3pm. 1000 Elmwood Avenue. 785-3510, Wasn’t it you who sewed a third arm on your sweater back in home ec class? You – yes, even you – can create a handmade fabric gift that’s sure to be treasured for years to come. Head to a DIY Holiday Gift Workshop at Kreatlier and get schooled by skilled sewers; learn to make bird garland, lavender sachets or bunny dolls. No fingers will be pricked in the process. 804 Hope Street. 4327995, Don’t wake me up out of my nice warm bed unless you’re taking me on some sort of a magical adventure.

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For a variation of the classic Chris Van Allsburg story, see JUMP! Dance Company’s Scenes From the Polar Express. This young person’s dance company will perform the ballet on December 22-23. $5-$10. Wheeler Theatre, corner of Hope and Angell Streets. Avoid the cookie cutter gifts by doing your shopping at the Festival Fete Holiday Market on December 1-2. Featuring over 100 artists selling jewelry, ceramics, paintings, home décor and more, kids can visit with Santa, make crafts and enjoy strolling entertainment while you visit with the folks behind the free gift wrapping counter. 10am-5pm. Garden City Center, 100 Midway Road, Cranston.

Maybe it’s because this event falls on my birthday, or maybe because I have an affinity for puppets, but I think everyone should take the kids to see Sparky’s Puppets on December 27 at the Providence Children’s Museum. The colorful hand puppets tell folktales from around the globe. Think creepy Rice-A-Roni hand meets Anansi the Spider. 1pm & 2pm shows. 100 South Street. 273-5437, On December 9, children’s musician Elizabeth Mitchell will be performing with her extended family band, You Are My Flower. Together, they will interpret Hendrix, Bowie and Van Morrison in their own special way. Mitchell knows the trick to raising kids who get it: Introduce them

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to the classics, early and often. $10$15. 1pm. RISD Auditorium, 20 North Main Street. You could see A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep every single year and never get sick of it. The theatre always puts a unique spin on the tale. For his 15th time, Timothy Crowe stars as Scrooge, the penny-pinching miser who is forced to take a walk through Christmas past, present and future in order to rediscover his goodwill. Now through December 29. $15-$60. 201 Washington Street. 351-4242, Atwells Avenue will be bumpin’ on December 15 for the Federal Hill Christmas Stroll. It kicks off at 4:30pm with a tree lighting in St. John’s Park featuring Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live music and carolers singing in English and Italian. Participating merchants will be offering face painting, gingerbread making and dinner specials. 4:30-6:30pm. 4327783, The Providence Athenaeum is the site for A Winter Concert for Fairies and Elves on December 15. It’s an upbeat family-friendly performance by Celtic musician Mary King. After the show, guests are invited to browse the children’s library at the Athenaeum, filled with books, games, toys and DVDs. 251 Benefit Street. 421-


6970, Do you and your kids love sledding but have a backyard that’s flatter than a pancake? Conquer the hill at Roger Williams Park beside the Temple to Music at 1000 Elmwood Avenue. Or try the steep hill at Moses Brown at 250 Lloyd Avenue. And, of course, you can always head to Yawgoo Valley. It’s a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it. 160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter. 295-2276, Head to PPAC for A Christmas Celtic Sojourn on December 19. It’s Christmas music, dancing, songs and stories in the Celtic tradition, hosted by Brian O’Donovan. Harps, violins, pianos and angelic voices combine for a peaceful sound that’s sure to rid you of holiday stress and bring your heart rate back down to acceptable level. 7:30pm. 220 Weybosset Street. 421-2787, On December 21 and 22, let visions of sugarplums dance in your head as you enjoy Providence Ballet’s rendition of Twas the Night Before Christmas at RIC. Watch as professional dancers and local children take the stage, with dazzling costumes and moving sets. 7:30pm Friday, 2pm Saturday. The Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts Sapinsley Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave.

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This year marks the 10th annual Bright Night Providence, a New Year’s Eve celebration for all. The downtown event features music, magic, comedy, art and more. Performers of years past included jugglers, magicians, rappers, opera singers, mimes, spoken word artists, storytellers and dancers. Every year sees a different line-up so I guess you’ll have to just wait and see. noonmidnight. Pawtucket’s Winter Wonderland in Slater Park takes place this year on December 1-2 and December 8-9. Visit with Santa and the Mrs., take miniature train, carousel and hay rides, see an 18-foot talking Frosty the Snowman, enjoy face painting, crafts, entertainment, food and more. Mrs. Claus will read a story at 4:30pm each night. 4-8pm. Armistice Boulevard. 726-3185, At the 8th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, prizes will be awarded to winners in each age category. Onlookers will enjoy raffles, grab bags, face painting, snacks and holiday photo stations. You’ve always wanted your picture taken with the Abominable Snowman, right? 9am-6pm. $12 to enter the contest. 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston.

Bundle up and head downtown to the Bank of America City Center Skating Rink. The 14,000-square foot is twice the size of NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza’s rink. Adults skate for $6, while children 12 and under skate for just $3. Don’t know how? Lessons are available. During the month of December, the rink is open seven days a week until 10pm. 2 Kennedy Plaza. 331-5544, Teach your kids the true meaning of the holiday season. Sign the whole family up to volunteer. Judy’s Kindness Kitchen is a soup kitchen that prepares meals for distribution at Crossroads Rhode Island. Children as young as eight can assist by making sandwiches on Sundays from 8:30am-10am at Congregation Beth Shalom. Judy’s Kindness Kitchen, 275 Camp Street. For some historical holiday fun, visit Smith-Appleby House where Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet kids for photos on December 2. While children discuss their Christmas lists and smile for the camera, costumed Colonial era volunteers will present history of the home while cooking on the hearth. $5 adults; free children. 1pm-4pm. 220 Stillwater Road, Smithfield. 231-7363,







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I’ve used this space to talk about my love of yoga before. It’s just that it is such a great way to energize the mind and body, and as someone who was hesitant to try it for years, I now like to spread the word about its many benefits whenever I can. I’ve attended classes at a number of different studios since I started practicing last year, and I’ve come to realize that every studio, every instructor, every class is going to be a little different than the last. And that’s a good thing, because it means there’s always something new to learn. Although I’ve become more and more confident in my yoga abilities over time, I recently learned that there was still something holding me back from being completely centered during my practice: my ego. I realized this while taking a heated class at Wayland Square Power Yoga on the East Side. My instructor Sharon Marie Melesko, who co-founded the studio in August, helped me see this while she was leading us through Vinyasa poses. I liked Sharon immediately upon entering the studio. She greeted me with a warm, inviting smile, and it stayed on her face throughout class. I found her teaching style playful and fun, which was nice after a stressful work day. But because it was my first time there, and I had determined that some of the other people in

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It was an aha moment. I had always been hesitant about attempting crow, not just because it required balance and strength, but because there was that chance of tipping over and embarrassing myself. But Sharon’s words reminded me that all eyes in the room were not on me. And I had a breakthrough. No, I didn’t master crow pose that evening, but I gave it

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I was in desperate need of a manicure. It had been a few months since my last one, and I was attending a fancy wedding that weekend. Now, I’m not one to get my nails done regularly. As much as I love the look of freshly painted fingernails, I just can’t seem to keep them from chipping. Maybe it’s the constant typing I do at my job or the fact that I am about as graceful as a horse in heels. Needless to day, I usually ruin a paint job within 24 hours. I had already invested in a great cocktail dress, shoes and a day-of hair appointment for the wedding, and the last piece of the beauty puzzle was a manicure. I was intrigued by the 3-D manicure offered at Sara’s Glam Squad Salon in downtown, so I made an appointment with owner Sara Faella a few days before the event. An extra dimension had to be a good thing, right? As soon as I entered the space, a bubbly Sara greeted me. She explained how the manicure worked and looked – it’s basically a solid base coat color of your choice with tiny crystallized beads affixed to the wet polish. Since my dress was black and white, I went with a neutral pale pink base with matching crystals. And knowing how prone I am to manicure malfunctions, I purposely picked a foolproof lighter hue. Sitting with Sara was like hanging out with your best gal pal. She has an easy, breezy way about her that instantly puts you at ease in her chair. With a background in fashion and a penchant for making women look beautiful, Sara opened her first salon – or beauty loft as she affectionately calls them – in 2010 in Westerly. She quickly gained a local and then national following, securing a partnership with Rain Cosmetics, an official sponsor of the Miss USA pageants. “I touched up Olivia right before the top 16 were called,” she beamed, describing the frenzy of this year’s pageant and RI’s own winner. “I was in tears. I was so excited for her.”

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Last year, she expanded with a downtown Providence space to better accommodate brides that were traveling all the way from Boston. Along with pageants and celebrity cosmetic artistry, Sara and her Glammies – “Sara-speak” for her staff of hair stylists and make-up artists – are really known for impeccable bridal services. “I’ve done thousands of brides. I just love to be around the positivity that comes from their awesome day,” she said, smiling. As we chatted, she was filing and buffing my beat-up nails. Once she shaped them, she put on a clear base coat and then a coat of the colored lacquer. Next came the fun part, sprinkling the itty-bitty beads on the wet polish. I could see why it’s also called the “caviar” manicure, as it looked like tiny pink crystallized eggs had just landed on my fingertips. It also made them look super luxurious, which is the ultimate goal at the Glam Squad. It also met my goal, lasting until my cousin’s big day. With a variety of colors and even Swarovski crystals, it’s a fun and glitzy way to accessorize your digits for a special occasion, like a wedding or holiday party. It’s a whole new dimension of glamour. By appointment only.

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In the Kitchen

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Describe XO Café. XO has a hip atmosphere, funky art and, in its current incarnation, creative dishes featuring local ingredients. You joined XO recently, right? Where were you before? Yeah, it’s only been about a month. Before XO, I was recently at Loie Fuller’s and Nicks on Broadway for years before that. The owner of XO brought me in because of my approach to and knowledge of local food, with the goal of making farm-to-table more of a focus here. The other places I’ve worked in the past are really part of that philosophy, so I was well prepared. How are you approaching the menu at XO, and what changes have you made? For the first couple of weeks, I was just getting acclimated – getting to know the staff and day-to-day workings here. Then, I started switching over the menu and added five dishes of my own. I prepared the dishes and had all the servers try them. Eighty percent of my sales that night were from the new dishes. It’s great having servers behind the food, really believing in the dishes and wanting to push them, and also drawing customers who understand and demand seasonal local food.

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How would you sum up your food philosophy? A lot of young cooks are all about the over-the-top precious food. I like to make it aesthetically pleasing too, but when you break it down, for me it’s all about getting things in the peak of season and flavor, and letting the ingredients shine on their own. What are some reasons farm-to-table and a frequently changing menu appeal to you? Is it more than a trend? The ‘90s were all about organic, but people were shipping food 3,000 miles across the country, and that makes no sense. I’m all about making a conscious effort to get behind local economies, seasonal foods and the farmers that provide the food, food that was grown with care and love. I want to influence others to do the same – even if it is cost prohibitive for you, if you can choose just a few

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things to bring into your home or restaurant, it makes a difference. As for why I like it, there’s the obvious – it’s great to support local farmers, and it just tastes better. But there’s the effect of change as well. Not only does a seasonal menu leave customers intrigued with what’s next, but it also keeps the cooks fresh and excited about cooking something new. When your staff becomes complacent it shows in the food; changing things up keeps them entertained and makes the food better. What are some great local dishes you’ve featured recently? A really popular one is the Grilled Pork Tenderloin with root vegetable hash, braised red cabbage, spiced cider reduction and pickled mustard seed. The vegetables include beet, celery root, carrot and turnip. The cabbage is cooked until it’s falling apart. And then there’s the cider – the components of this one really scream fall. We also made a Pumpkin SeedCrusted Salmon with celery root gratin with wilted greens, beet and apple slaw, and Dijon gastrique. Another favorite was the Seared Bomster Scallops with pork belly, Brussels sprouts, crispy quinoa and carrot-ginger puree. What’s a seasonal vegetable that made you especially happy lately?

I recently got some beautiful buttercup squash. I made a soup, pureed some for the base of a special I was running, and also used it to make a panna cotta for dessert. They just lend themselves to many applications. It’s fun to see how many things you can do with one vegetable. What’s next at XO? I’ll be further refining the menu and plan to revise it on a weekly, rather than just seasonal, schedule. We also had a cooking class for 8-10 people recently and I hope to continue those seasonally. We walked through preparing a beet salad and a chicken dish with similar components to the grilled pork tenderloin I described earlier. We also talked about how to source local ingredients at their seasonal peak. I got a flood of email and positive responses after that first class – it was pretty validating.

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A Welcome Return

An iconic South main location reopens We’re happy to report this month

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wafer-like than your traditional thick breakfast waffle. The waffles are paired with a seasonal, house made jam. The sides change often, but have included house potato salad and pickled jalapeno and red onion slaw. They are working on adding gluten-free options and can accommodate large orders with notice. TasTiNg The dorraNCe There’s quite a bit of new stuff at The dorrance (60 Dorrance St.), including new menu items, bar snacks and cocktails, but what’s most intriguing is the new tasting menu. Four-, six- and eight-course chef’s tastings are available for $55, $85 and $110, respectively. The always seasonal and local restaurant promises a tasting that “reflects the best our region’s forests, farms, waters and pastures have to offer at the moment.” Beverage pairings are available for $35, $55 and $75. The new bar snacks menu, available at the bar only, includes Sweet Corn Hush Puppies with Tabasco honey and pepper vinegar mayo, and a Grilled

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Portuguese Sardine with charred lemon, peanuts and black pepper honey. The latest after dinner menu includes desserts like Autumn Grapes (peanut butter custard, pistachio, crispy meringue, and goat’s milk caramel) and Mexican Spiced Chocolate Ganache with coffee, chocolate sorbet and a cinnamon-sugar donut, as well as a selection of after dinner cocktails. The new cocktail menu includes some additions as well, such as the smoky yet surprisingly easy-sipping Kentucky Campfire, a concoction of bourbon, orange, lemon, cinnamon, Laphroaig Scotch, Jerry Thomas Bitters and tonic. We’re NUMBer oNe? Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual “America’s Favorite Cities” reader survey, which ranks 35 destinations in categories like food/drink/restaurants, shopping, culture and nightlife, has always been kind to Providence. We’ve routinely ranked quite high in several categories, including food, culture and quality of life. However, this year we ascended to new

heights by, in the immortal words of Ludacris, comin’ for that number one spot in the food/drink/restaurants category. That’s right: Providence is now ranked at the top of the list, higher than foodie Meccas like New York, New Orleans, Chicago and San Francisco, several of which have their own Michelin guides. How did this happen? The answer, quite frankly, is that we have no idea. The rankings are based on a reader survey, that much we know, but surely more readers have visited places like New York and Chicago, and would therefore be more likely to rank them near the top. We can’t figure out what formula or algorithm is used to calculate the scores, what sort of inside track our fair city has on besting the competition, or whose palm we’ve managed to grease to come out on top – all we know is we’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. We’re on top, and we’ll take it. Say it with me now, We’re number one! We’re number one! (Oh, and take that, Portland, Oregon.)

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that another recently dormant restaurant space has been revived and taken on new life. The historic Mile and a Quarter house, at 375 South Main Street, the former home of the dearly departed Barnsider’s Mile and a Quarter, has been completely renovated and reopened as Mile and a Quarter under the aegis of Thayer Street restaurateur Andy Mitrellis (Andreas, Paragon). General Manager Mario Panagos, formerly of Bravo and Paragon, and Chef Jeff Paquette, formerly of Andreas and Spain, will serve dinner seven nights a week, as well as lunch six days a week, with brunch on Sundays. They offer a casual atmosphere and inviting bar, with a spacious dining room overlooking the river, which is sure to be one of the city’s prize views during WaterFire season and after the new pedestrian bridge is built. The food is described as “eclectic, with Mediterranean influence,” according to Panagos. Starters include Grilled Octopus with braised gigante beans, tomato and oil cured olives in lemonoregano oil, and their signature Sea Scallops wrapped in Kataifi pastry with cherry pepper-bacon aioli. On the heartier side, entrees include a Chianti Braised Colorado Lamb with potato puree and root vegetable demi-glaze, and the chef’s favorite, Pan Seared Native Sea Scallops, with roasted cauliflower puree, sautéed spinach and chili oil. The bar will feature craft cocktails like Ritten House Rye Whiskey Manhattan and Sweet Citadelle Gibson. It’s a welcome return for a classic Providence location. Call 331-1500 for more information.

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There’s a whole new vibe at 50 Weybosset Street, where bartender extraordinaire Carlo Carlozzi has opened Circe, a stylish restaurant and bar, with Simon Keating as the executive chef. Gone are the warm orange tones of the old Downcity. In its place is a dazzling look of white on white with a touch of gray – white woodwork, white leather chairs, white pendant lights. But the real change is in the food and the supercharged energy around the usually busy bar. Both Carlozzi and Keating are recent graduates of the John Elkhay school of restaurant business. Carlozzi was the hottest bartender in the city during his stint at Elkhay’s Ten Prime Steak & Sushi. Keating was the chef making magic in the kitchen at Elkay’s XO Café. These two key players from the Chow Fun Restaurant Group set out on their own with the opening of Circe in October. In Greek legend, Circe was a celebrated enchantress, and her beautiful image is suggested on both the lunch and dinner menu. Located in the heart of the city’s Financial District, Circe is bound to enchant lunch guests with its creative offerings (priced from $6 to $16) of soup, salads, sandwiches, seafood, pasta and meatloaf, a dish this city seems to crave. In contrast, the dinner menu is a threeact play with appetizers and salads as “beginnings,” entrees as “middles,” and desserts as “endings.” The night we were there, this “play” looked like a box

office hit with folks (mostly men in suits) three deep at the bar and tables filling quickly as the night progressed. Circe has an unusual layout with the bar to your immediate right upon entering the restaurant and tables to your left and then further in, next to the semiopen kitchen. The dining area on the left is dimly lit while it is much brighter near the kitchen. We could not read the menu at our table for two, but our server quickly offered us her pen/flashlight. Be prepared for extraordinary food when you dine at Circe. For our first course, the crispy pork belly with cider jus tempted me, as did the roasted pumpkin fettuccine with chervil cream. But I find it impossible to pass up fresh figs so I asked for the Berkshire Blue Cheese Stuffed Figs ($8). Sitting on a bed of baby arugula, the three plump figs were warm and filled with that tangy cheese, offset with a drizzle of Wishing Stone Farm honey. I savored every bite, not wanting this appetizer to end. My passion for fresh figs is similar to Brian’s preference for beets so he was pleased to see Roasted Local Beets ($6) on the small plates menu. The multicolored cubes of beets mingled with small chunks of smoked Gouda and amazing balsamic pearls. The ten entrees (priced between $20 and $30) on the global menu include a 14-ounce pork chop, pan-roasted free-range duck breast, seared Ahi tuna, grilled Scottish salmon, seared Bomster scallops, wild

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mushroom and ricotta ravioli, free-range chicken and a vegetarian plate starring seared halloumi cheese. Each main course is paired up with unique accompaniments. For instance, the small plate version of the Scottish salmon is offered with Four Town Farm sweet corn and Fall River chorizo hash – even more interesting than the headlining salmon. Our entrees were perfect dishes for a cold winter night. The Braised Lamb Shank ($28) was massive and fallingoff-the-bone tender. It barely fit inside the deep bowl of rosemary-scented beluga lentils and honey-roasted parsnips. Roasting always brings out the sweetness in root vegetables, and that touch of honey made the usually bland parsnips even more enjoyable. The lamb, the lentils, the parsnips – three completely different textures in perfect harmony. The Grilled Hereford Tenderloin ($30) was perfection on a plate. The chef created a tower of tastes, beginning with a base of sautéed spinach, then the absolutely wonderful dauphinoise potatoes, topped with the beyond tender tenderloin. On the side was a small pitcher containing port wine demi glace for drizzling. As tasty as the beef was, the classic French potatoes were creamy, garlicky and deliciously rich. During our dinner, we dipped into the conical bread basket again and again. The bread was excellent, but the warm olive oil dotted with a luxurious balsamic vinegar made it even better. I wonder if

that same good bread might have been used in the Bread Pudding ($8) that I had for dessert. Warm from the oven, the muffin-size serving of dense bread pudding came to the table with a tangy toffee apple sorbet on the side. The other dessert I eagerly sampled was the Coupe de Ville ($9), a parfait glass filled with coffee ice cream (house-made according to the menu) topped with an elegant chantilly cream, toasted slivers of almonds and a generous drizzle of Tia Maria. All that caffeine kept me up until 3am, but it was worth it. Pricey? Perhaps. (The Death by Chocolate dessert is $18.) Pretentious? Absolutely not. With owner Carlo Carlozzi warmly greeting old friends who come in to check out the new digs, it’s obvious that happy days are here again in Providence, and Circe is raising the bar when it comes to the city’s dining scene. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state. Follow Linda on Twitter @ LindaBeaulieu3.

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What is Gavin’s? Gavin’s is a World War II themed pub named after the owner’s son. Female employees dress like the pin-ups of that era, complete with red lipstick and fun hair, and male employees wear aviator button-up shirts. One wall looks like a WWII bomber plane, other walls feature hand painted murals of classic pin-ups by local artist Ian Gaudreau. How did you end up here The owner, Jeff Tahlmore, heard that I was looking for a new job. Gavin’s took seven months to open and during that time I helped build it. From shellacking the bar to chiseling the floor, I rolled up my sleeves and chipped in. Jeff’s dad handmade the light fixtures and everyone that works here put a lot of love into making this place. Describe the scene here. It’s geared toward the 25-plus crowd so you won’t find a college night here. Our clients don’t come in for one or two drinks and leave – they come in and stay for a while. Everyone knows each other so it’s a very welcoming environment. Once here, you will become part of the Gavin’s family. We offer complimentary pool and wifi, as well as a digital jukebox. Every Tuesday night, guests can enjoy live acoustic music and karaoke. Everyone sings along. Which drink has your John Hancock on it? I created our entire drink list where each cocktail is named after a classic pin-up icon. Order the Rita Hayworth: a mixed berry martini made with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Stoli Blueberry Vodka and a splash of cranberry served with fresh blueberries. Then, try Rosie the Riveter: sangria prepared with cabernet, Peachtree liquor, Malibu rum, triple sec and a fresh puree of mango, blood orange and carmelized pineapple. Can guests expect typical pub food here? Definitely not! Both the owner and Executive Chef Mike Iannotti attended culinary school and have a passion for

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December’s gluttonous lily has been gilded. Picture this: Every Friday, you find your way to Campus Wines, the gem of a shop on the corner of Brook and Sheldon Streets. You snag baconwrapped meatloaf from the Hewtin’s Dogs truck, conveniently parked just outside, and then head inside for gratis sips of champagne’s most distinctive and uncommon sub-category, known colloquially as “grower’s champagne” or “farmer’s fizz.” Is there a better way to (repeatedly, tipsily, blissfully) ring in the holiday season? Likely not. Just don’t forget the napkins. Campus Wine’s new owners, Andrea Sloan and Howard Mahady, conceived and launched this new tasting series as a way to convey their vision for the shop. Since taking over in July, the duo has worked to protect its longstanding role as a locally oriented hub, and to reflect that ethos in what lines their shelves. To the co-owners that means seeking out and highlighting wines produced by vintners who harbor “real respect for the land, the grape and those who drink,” rather than those with high wine scores or marquee names alone. Essentially, their vision borrows from the locavore movement that’s accrued runaway popularity over the past decade. Among chefs, food vendors and everyday eaters, principles like seasonal variance, respect for passion, quality over profits and regional distinction long ago became ubiquitous – and maybe even the new normal. This is not to say that Boozeland is untouched by locavorism. Take craft beer, which skyrocketed in recent years and vastly overtook corporate giants’ growth rates. And, of course, there’s an increasingly prevalent recognition of terroir, an elusive concept

that refers to distinctive wines that capture a place and time, as opposed to generic bottles stamped out primarily for profit. Yet as Sloan and Mahady both note, such developments are heartening but nowhere near the sweeping, even astonishing shifts in our food systems. Simply put, the beer, wine and liquor industries have lagged behind in puzzling ways.

As for champagne specifically, two main factors stymie a leap forward. First, there’s the matter of cuvées, or blends, which are most champagnes’ bedrock. To make a cuvée, champagne houses blend any number of grape varietals, regions and years, then add a signature “dosage” to yield a house style. Uniformity and regularity as a fine brand are the goals, rather than seasonality or diverse character. Second, many champagne drinkers covet prestige above all else. Buying a bottle says, “I have taste,” or, “I have

money”, and though what’s in the bottle can be excellent, that’s almost beside the point. By contrast, small-scale makers of “grower’s champagne” or “farmer’s fizz,” so-called because these vintners grow their own grapes and approach the craft like artisans rather than scientists or lifestyle hawkers. Fascinating, idiosyncratic wines are the result, made in minute numbers with intimate oversight. Whereas a luxury label might put out one or two million bottles per year, for instance, a typical small producer puts out 3,000. Big houses have acquired a kind of critical mass, producing 70% of the region’s wine and netting up to 97% of sales outside Europe. Underdog houses lack comparable resources to market and distribute their champagnes effectively, meaning that growth to scale – which could secure stability, to say nothing of prosperity – eludes them. Some have lucked into cult status or a distributor who took on their cause, but most scrape by as they can, continuing out of sheer passion for what they do. And, yes, what they do is damn fine. Purveyors have increasingly caught on, and routinely rate the wines as equaling or surpassing those from glitzy appellations. Yes, of course, well-known champagnes are delicious, but the contention is that they’re delicious but dull by comparison. It sounds too good to be true, but Mahady insists that the growers’ champagnes regularly won the blind tests that he conducted among staff. He and Sloan are confident their customers will be won over, too, if they give the wines a shot. With on-the-house tastings throughout December, on Fridays from 4pm7pm, there’s no viable excuse not to. Bring change for Hewtin’s, and prepare to be charmed. 127 Brook Street. 6219650,

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ABYSSINIA 333 Wickenden St.; 4541412. Enjoy the unique experience of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, using your fingers (and Ethiopia’s famed flatbread) to sample richly spiced meat, fish and vegetable dishes. (Forks are available, but less fun.) LD $-$$ ADESSO ON THE HILL 139 Acorn Street; 521-0770. The popular Adesso is back, in a new location. Come in for an elegant Italian dining experience;


try a brick oven pizza cooked in the open air kitchen. D $$-$$$ ANDREAS 268 Thayer St.; 331-7879. For a taste of Greece, head to Andreas. Their menu includes souvlaki, moussaka and a variety of kabobs, along with specialties like Lemon Oregano Lamb Chops and Spanakopita, an appetizer of spinach and feta in flaky phyllo dough. BrLD $-$$ ASPIRE RESTAURANT 311 Westminster St.; 521-3333. Aspire offers an exquisite fine dining experience with a number of delicious small and large plates, numerous fine wines and a full bar – with an emphasis on local ingredients. BBrLD $-$$$ BAKER STREET RUE 75 Baker St.; 490-5025. The Rue De L’Espoir em-

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MILLS TAVERN 101 North Main St., 272-3331. The only restaurant in RI to receive The Mobile Four Star Award for five consecutive years, Mills Tavern provides traditional American cuisine in a warm, friendly setting. D $$-$$$ MUMU 220 Atwells Ave.; 369-7040. A Chinese restaurant with a hip urban feel and friendly, welcoming service. Serving up lunch specials and signature dishes at dinner, this spot is sure to please, seven days a week. LD $-$$ PARKSIDE 76 South Main St.; 3310003. Chef/owner Steven Davenport offers innovative and classic foods with eclectic flare. The menu also includes creative pasta dishes and, of course, the signature rotisserie meats for which Parkside is famous. LD $-$$ POTENZA RISTORANTE-BAR 286 Atwells Ave.; 273-2652. Experience the authentic flavors of Chef Walter Potenza, a name long synonymous with Italian food in Rhode Island. This is a must-stop for foodies, and it caters to gluten-free diners. D $$-$$$ RED STRIPE 465 Angell St.; 437-6950. It’s classic comfort food with French influences. From their Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup to ten styles of Moules & Frites, Red Stripe’s menu is reasonably priced and made with passion. LD $-$$$ RICK’S ROADHOUSE 370 Richmond St.; 272-7675. With hand-cut, fire kissed steaks, gut busting burgers and fall off the bone ribs, Rick’s brings the best slow-cooked cuisine to the Ocean State. LD $-$$ ROMA 310 Atwells Ave.; 331-1717. This old world banquet room and catering facility has been serving RI for over 20 years. Chef Domenic prepares meticulous international cuisine with an Italian flair. LD $-$$ RUE BIS 95 South St.; 490-9966. This intimate eatery provides breakfast and lunch in a cozy, neighborhood bistro atmosphere – all with the gourmet pedigree of Hope Street dining staple Rue De L’Espoir behind it. BBrL $

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RUE DE L’ESPOIR 99 Hope St.; 7518890. In business for over 30 years, the Rue has only gotten better. Beautifully prepared with the freshest ingredients, the innovative, constantly changing menu keeps diners on their toes. Superb brunch. BBrLD $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 10 Memorial Blvd. (at the GTECH Center); 272-2271. Come celebrate their fifth year overlooking Waterplace Park by treating yourself to the best USDA Prime steak in Providence. Change your life one bite at a time. D $$$ SAKURA 231 Wickenden Street; 3316861. Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine, fresh sushi and sashimi in this casual, unpretentious neighborhood spot. Choose a comfortable booth or take your shoes off and have a seat in the tatami room. LD $-$$ SIENA 238 Atwells Ave.; 521-3311. Federal Hill’s Siena features authentic Tuscan cuisine in a warm and lively atmosphere. The extensive menu includes wood-grilled veal, steak and seafood entrees along with signature pasta and sauté dishes. D $$-$$$ TASTE Of INDIA 230 Wickenden St.; 421-4355. Providence’s first Indian restaurant delivers on its promise of serving real (and really delicious) Indian cuisine, with seafood delicacies and Tandoori specialties, made with authentic Indian spices. LD $-$$ THE ROI 150 Chestnut St.; 272-2161. Located in the charming Jewelry District, Chef Paul Shire’s 21st-century supper club serves up hot food and cool music. Modern day comfort food is always on the menu, as is a sleek bar with casual but hip surroundings. LD $$-$$$ TRATTORIA ZOOMA 245 Atwells Ave.; 383-2002. Located on historic Federal Hill, Zooma offers award winning Neapolitan cuisine in a beautiful, upscale setting, specializing in house made pasta, local fish, meats, vegetables and authentic wood fired pizza. LD $$-$$$


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December December 1 WaterFire has transformed Providence into a cultural hub. Come see how it all began and what the future holds, in the documentary WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City. $16-75. 8pm. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts. 4212787,

December 5 For artists, balancing finances and creativity can be a problem, but a Workshop with E. Larson Gunness could be the solution. Learn how to keep peace between your money and your muse. 5:30pm. 27 Sims Ave. 273-7101,

December 1 & 2 Holiday fun kicks off with Visits with Santa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. If you want to spread some Christmas cheer, the zoo is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program. $5-10. 10am-12pm & 1-3pm. 1000 Elmwood Ave. 785-3510,

December 6 Gather for a dinner and concert at Fala-la and Opera, a four-course meal with wine parings accompanied by outstanding musical performances. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm. $60. 500 Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence. 331-6060,

December 1-29 Work out those laughing muscles every Saturday night at Improv Jones, featuring some of the funniest local talent together as an award-winning improvisational troupe. $5. 10pm. 95 Empire St. 831-9327,

December 6 The Park Theatre proudly presents the Vienna Boys Choir, an acclaimed group that has been providing music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since 1498. $35-55. 7:30pm. 848 Park Ave, Cranston. 467-7275,

December 1-29 Trinity Rep continues its annual presentation of A Christmas Carol. Will this year’s show be dark and ominous, or light and festive? You’ll have to come to find out. It is playing from November 10 – December 29. $15-$36. 201 Washington St. 351-4242, December 1-31 The David Winton Bell Gallery continues exhibiting Until Kingdom Comes, Simen Johan’s collection of oversized photographs depicting animals at nearly life-size proportions. 64 College St. 863-2932, arts/bell-gallery. December 2-20 The Rhode Island Watercolor Society presents, Winter Around the World, dedicated to watermedia and the imagery of the season. Free. Slater Memorial Park, Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket. 726-1876, December 4 Brown University’s Wendy Schiller moderates A Time to Campaign and a Time to Govern, an open conversation with political reporter Ian Donnis, columnist Ed Fitzpatrick, and economic reporter Ted Nesi. Free. 5:30pm. 251 Benefit St. 421-6970,


December 6, 13, 20 & 27 Since the weather outside is frightful, Thursdays on the Terrace has become Thursdays at the Biltmore. Indulge in cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres while enjoying live jazz. Free. 5-8pm. 11 Dorrance St. 421-0700, December 7 Spend an evening with Trinity Rep’s Artistic Director Curt Columbus, who discusses translating Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment into an English play for the 21st century. Free. 5-7pm. 251 Benefit St. 421-6970, December 7-9 Gymnasts from local regions meet in Providence for the 14th Annual Rhode Island Invitational, presented by Aim High Gymnastics Parents’ Association. The show is open to the public for spectating. Free. 10am-9pm. RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. 458-6000, December 7, 14 & 21 From on-the-spot musicals to improvised songs, dances and skits, the cast of Friday Night Live promises memorable, unique performances appropriate for all age groups. $5. 7-8pm. 9 Duncan Ave. 831-9479,

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Shop Local (and Artsy) December 1-2 and December 7-9: It’s that time of year again: the return of the Foundry Artists Holiday Show. This year, the show once again settles into the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, where returning attendants and newcomers can peruse the wide selections of varying artwork on sale. Admission is free, but attendants are encouraged to bring donations of food for a collection benefiting the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The event runs from December 1-2 and December 7-9, with a performance by Debra Mann on December 7. 172 Exchange St, Pawtucket.

December 8 Need a great gift for Christmas? Look no further than the RISD Holiday Alumni Art Sale, featuring over 200 alumni artists, with work ranging from jewelry to apparel, ceramics to glass. $7. 10am-5pm. RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. 454-6656, risdalumnisales.

December 8 Featuring music by the Hummingbird Trio, Lucy Aldrich’s WWII Christmas presents dancing, programs, food and refreshments popular in the era. Don’t miss what has been called “the highlight of the holiday season.” Free. 2-5pm. 110 Benevolent St. 3318575,

December 8-9 Attend the Pawtuxet Village Holiday Stroll Weekend for two days of holiday events including a local art sale, horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling and Colonial living history. Free. 10:30am-6pm. 2200 Broad St, Cranston. 401-486-9095, December 10 Come to Trinity Rep for an unforgettable and unique opportunity to dispel the stigmas of domestic violence in Behind Closed Doors. This is a “PayWhat-You-Can” performance with limited seating so tickets and registration are required. Contact the RICADV/ SOAR offices to inquire about registration options and remaining tickets. 201 Washington St. 467-9940, December 13-31 The Yellow Peril Gallery proudly presents the artwork of Gage Prentiss, a sculptor specializing in modern figurative surrealism. 60 Valley St. 861-1535, December 14 Catch the latest dance performances by Case Closed! at the Everett Stage’s Hip-Hop Blow Out, also showcasing Everett’s beginner and advanced hiphop classes. $5. 8-9pm. 9 Duncan Ave. 831-9479, December 14 Thanks to an anonymous donor, the second annual Christmas WaterFire will transform downtown into a winter wonderland. Special activities include a tree lighting, Christmas caroling and a visit from Santa. Free. 5pm. Memorial Blvd. 273-1155, December 15 Bring the family to the Federal Hill Christmas Stroll for music, carolers, a tree lighting and lots of entertainment for individuals of all ages. Free. 4:30-6:30pm. Atwells Ave. 432-7783, December 15 The 12-member choral group Schola Cantorum of Boston presents “Sing We Nowell: A Holiday Celebration” featuring works by Victoria, Byrd, Palestrina and more. $35. 8-9:30pm. 224 Benefit St, Providence. 4546500, December 19 No Christmas season is complete without the Sufjan Stevens Christmas

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Sing-A-Long, featuring both Sufjan Stevens and Sheila Saputo. $20. Doors open at 7:30pm. 103 Dike St. 383-1112, December 20-22 Celebrate the season with the Park Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, an award-winning production complete with lush period costuming and a festive musical score. Check online for showtimes. $18. 848 Park Ave, Cranston. 467-7275, December 21-22 Get ready for a riotous evening of laughs with comedian Lisa Landry, accompanied by John Porch. $15. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm & 10:15pm. 39 Warren Ave, East Providence. 4388383, December 27 Enjoy an evening with folk artists at the Roots Cafe’s Peace Work “All About Folk” event, featuring musicians Bill Monroe, Tracie Potochnik and Kate Katzberg. Free. 7-10pm. 276 Westminster St. 272-7422, December 29 Badfish, a Sublime tribute band, returns to Providence for an evening of intense energy and groovy beats. $1520. 6-10pm. 79 Washington St. 3315876, December 30 Warm up in the dead of winter with The Devil Makes Three and Brown Bird, together for an evening that’ll surely get your blood pumping. $1720. 8pm. 1005 Main St. Pawtucket. 729-1005,

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though Moretti is coy about whether it’s a bible or a bottle that he’s been leaning on. Moretti explains the record’s lyrical content: “Going through the changes most people go through in their 20s, watching me and my friends turn the page into adulthood, relationships at extreme highs and lows, an overstayed welcome of drug and alcohol abuse [left them] questioning the direction of the lives we were leading. Providence is a small town, with lots of stories.” Though musically simple and deceivingly gentle, the record is a tour de force of the myriad sprawling folk and country tropes, often within the same song. On the beautiful and dark “Cold Water,” the song cycles through funereal mountain folk and rollicking country with ease and then again on “Spare Change,” utilizing Providence’s go-to lap steel man Mike Samos to gorgeous effect. On what’s been influencing him lately, Moretti is (typically for most musicians, it seems) all over the map. “I’ve been listening to a lot of different things: Damien Jurado, Magnolia Electric Company, Cocoa Rosie and a lot of classical music, specifically Mozart. I actually got to see Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Magnum, Damien

Jurado and Wilco live in the past year, which was really special.” On “Flowers,” he sings, “Still smell you on my clothes and in my bed... I wonder who you’ve been with.” When pressed on the record’s dark and highly personal subject matter he sums it up thusly: “In a town this small we all know an ex-lover with an axe to grind, perhaps a new lover with jealousy issues, Providence is just a big dirty bed.” It’s been a good year for Denver Boot so far; the band played a wellattended CD release in Fete’s ballroom as well as a memorable show at the Gelderstock music festival in Brookfield, Connecticut. “When we arrived it was pouring rain and everyone attending was huddled under the tent. The P.A. was off so there was no music, and everyone looked miserable. Without saying anything we set up and played acoustically. Suddenly everyone was dancing.” The Boot intends to take the winter off from live gigs in order to focus on the writing and recording of their next record, which Moretti promises will have “Less country overtones” and will be “tastefully gothic in nature.” He enthuses, “The whole band is pretty excited.”

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and ideas as a way to discover a relationship,” Gozansky reveals. “All of the action is in the words that they use, so the spectacle is in the performances of Anne Scurria and Barrie Kreinik – two virtuosic actresses who are already tearing it up in the rehearsal room.” Gozansky continues, “Of course anything that makes a play thrilling is often the thing that makes it a challenge, so figuring out how to make the conversation shift and escalate is one of the things we have to contend with. Also, since there are only two people on stage, we have to make sure that those characters and their desires are as expansive as possible so that the Dowling vibrates with their energy.” Gozansky finds a wealth of themes to explore in The How and the Why, including nature, nurture, ambition, regret and forgiveness. Some issues that Rachel and Zelda face are specific to their gender, from working in a male-dominated field to considering childbirth. Others are universal – decisions about which way to turn at crossroads, hopes of making the right choice, difficulties with aging in general. With the optimism of youth, Rachel hopes her new theory will ‘change everything.’ With the wisdom of her years, Zelda claims,

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Chris Belleau

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A Providence artist with an indomitable spirit On the corner of East Street and Wickenden, bathed in soft light behind a large window, dozens of glass miniature ocean waves sit frozen in time on a display. Their tips are crested white, bodies curved in typical wave fashion, as if any second they may burst to life and rush water across the display. The blue refracted light beneath each wave’s translucent body reinforces this imagery, and it’s captivating to stare at such energy and imagery captured within the fragile form of glass. These waves are only one of the many glass pieces on display at Gallery Belleau, owned and operated by Chris Belleau, professional glassblower. His other glass pieces include pumpkins so thin they glow orange in any light, oversized flowers, vases, paperweights and even sun-catchers featuring Santa’s face. No matter the piece, though, each one grabs and holds an onlooker’s attention, because each one is instilled with Belleau’s passion for blowing glass. Other pieces on display at his gallery from local artists include metal sculptures, various works in clay, drinking vessels, platters and glass sea shells. Like many artists, Belleau’s journey to discover his art resulted from a mixture of luck and curiosity. At the age of thirteen, Belleau apprenticed for a potter, getting his first true introduction into

the arts. “That was a big break, because it got me in the right direction,” he says. “I got to the point where I could do a lot of things with clay. Then I went to a show, I was 15 years old and I saw a red wine glass. I knew that I could make it out of clay, but how could I make it out of glass? It became a burning question.” This led him to attend University of Wisconsin-Madison, which, Belleau admits with a laugh, he only did so that he could try glass blowing. Belleau quickly learned that glass blowing is “definitely not a forgiving thing,” but his fascination with the art’s chemical reactions and volatile processes forced him to stick with it. Fast-forward to today, Belleau has been blowing glass for 25 years in Providence, and he absolutely loves the life he has carved out of the Ocean State’s capitol. “My five-year-old daughter goes to Vartan,” says Belleau. “I have a box in the local community garden. I feel so connected here. That’s my favorite thing about having this gallery – being connected to the community.” Unfortunately, a large piece of this connection is about to come to an end. “I’m losing the studio,” says Belleau. “I’ve been moving into my studio for 25 years and now I have to move out. The landlord wants his space back.” When a glassblower has to move studios, it’s not like a writer moving coffee shops or even a painter

changing spaces. Glass blowing requires three separate furnaces, one of which must reach the required 2,400-Fahrenheit temperature that can transform raw materials into glass. Moving this kind of monster is not like moving a couch – it requires city permits, safety equipment and all kinds of red tape. “When I shut down, I won’t be able to blow glass again for months and months and months,” says Belleau. He walks around the gallery, pointing out pieces that he “should take home and not sell.” These pieces are part of his life and they represent more than time spent sweating in front of a furnace: they’re the physical embodiment of his passion, reminders of what he has created and what he may not again create for an undetermined amount of time. For artists, the inability to create may be worse than death. Then Belleau moves to the display of frozen waves, picking up a deep seafoam green one and holding it up to the light. He stares into its translucent body and says, “When I shut down, yeah...” and leaves the sentences unfinished. While his studio will be temporarily shut down Gallery Bealleau will remain open as usual. Stop in for truly one-of-a-kind gifts. 424 Wickenden St, Providence. 4560011,

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The Last Detail

Well, this is it. You’ve reached the last page of our last issue. How does it feel knowing that you’ll never read another copy of Providence Monthly again? You’re probably wondering where you’ll get advice on where to shop and dine, what’s new in the local music scene, or why bartenders hate to make mojitos. That answer is it doesn’t matter, because on December 21, it’s all over… at least that’s what the Mayans say. Bummer, right? Think about it, last year was your final Christmas. You didn’t even take the time to really savor it properly, did you? Ditto for New Year’s Eve. You’ll never have another chance to kiss your lover (or a stranger) while the ball drops. The Mayan apocalypse is coming, and there’s nothing we can do about it except maybe repent. In a scant three weeks, the planets will align causing catastrophic tides, which will of course be counteracted by the cataclysmic solar flares that 76

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will engulf the earth in flames. Even if we survive those, the magnetic poles are going to reverse, sending the planet spinning in the opposite direction and presumably tearing apart everything we know and love, including the time-space continuum. If that doesn’t do it, the giant invisible planet Nibiru will when it collides with Earth. So, I guess that’s it. This is goodbye. Wait… what’s that? December 21 is just the end of a longcount period on the Mayan calendar, signaling the beginning of another long-count period? Oh… And the Mayan calendar didn’t take into account the later development of leap years, so even if the doomsday predictions were true they should have actually happened some time ago? Well, this is awkward. Guess it’s back to work for us. Know any good bartenders we should interview? –John Taraborelli

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