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Proven procedures. Proven outcomes. Proven experience. Do you have joint replacement surgery in your near future? Whether it’s hip, knee, ankle, shoulder or any other joint, West Bay Orthopaedics offers you the experience of major surgical centers like Boston, New York, Chicago, or Philadelphia right here in Rhode Island. Our group is made up of eight highly experienced surgeons, specialists who have performed thousands of surgeries with proven results. We’ve been nationally ranked by an independent healthcare survey as one of the BEST orthopaedic practices for two years running. Let us put our experience and training to work for you. At West Bay, that’s what it’s all about.

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Call to make an appointment. For more information, visit us at www.westbayortho.com


South County SOUTH KINGSTOWN – INDIGO POINT Architecturally dramatic home set on 2 private, beautifully landscaped acres in private association. This impeccable home offers indoor and outdoor living with spacious decks and screened porch. 125 ft. frontage on Pond. $1,245,000 Kathy, ext. 114

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – SWEET ALLEN FARM Meticulously maintained one owner home with remodeled bright and sunny kitchen with granite countertops, cherry cabinets, breakfast nook, and sliders to deck overlooking private yard. Finished basement with wet bar. $349,000 Nanci, ext. 123

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – ACREAGE Privacy abounds in this custom built post and beam home on 2.8 wooded acres. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, exposed beams. French doors provide sunlight and views of peaceful and wooded nature. Large deck, central air, hardwoods. $349,000 Nanci, ext. 123

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – SALT POND VIEWS Stunning colonial in upper Salt Pond located just moments from deepwater channels and the ocean. State of the art heating/ cooling systems, granite/stainless kitchen with custom cabinets, sweeping southwest views. $799,000 Karen, ext. 111

NARRAGANSETT – SAND HILL COVE Walk to the beach from this 4 bedroom, 3 bath colonial. Kitchen has granite countertops and stainless appliances, first floor master suite. Lower deck perfect for entertaining, spectacular sunsets from large upper deck. $569,000 Andy, ext. 101

CHARLESTOWN – WOODED LOT Well kept 3 bedroom colonial on almost an acre. Applianced, tiled eat-in kitchen with maple cabinets. Newly carpeted, oil heat, low maintenance vinyl siding. Minutes to ocean/beach. $279,900

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Go Brazilian Imagine getting a salon blowout and having the smoothness and shine last up to 12 weeks. Sound too good to be true? Well, maybe, but hundreds of Kenneth Cote clients, like K.W., already know that the Brazilian Blowout Treatment comes close. This two hour salon process reduces frizz, bulk and kinky curl for up to three months when maintained with a sulfate-free shampoo. The result? Smoother, shiny, easy-to-style hair. And with our process you can shampoo your hair as soon as you leave the salon. But it’ll look so great that you won’t want to! So enjoy easy, beautiful shiny hair this winter. Schedule your Brazilian Blowout Treatment now and pay only $175. That’s less than half what many other salons charge. Call us today. Offer expires 3/1/11.

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Contents Photography: (left) Amy Amerantes, (right) Hilary Block

FEBRUARY 2011

19 This Month 19 On Call Saving lives with URI’s first responders

23 A Taste of What’s Next New tastes in South County dining

Every Month 11 Letters

13 So Happening

37 27 So Stylish A Westerly retreat for a city couple 29 What’s In Store 30 Tastemaker 33 Lifestyle

37 So Delicious Northern Italian moves south 39 Foodie Journal 41 Tastemaker 42 Review 45 Dining Guide

51 So Entertaining A musical murder mystery 52 Calendar 55 On Stage 56 Art View

60 So Approved A toast to Cupid

Southern RI’s stuffie king 14 So & So 16 Social Network

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Linda Beaulieu Writer As the resident foodie at SO Rhode Island, and our sister publication Providence Monthly, Linda Beaulieu has seen some of the best of Rhode Island’s culinary offerings. She maintains a busy schedule of taste testing the best the state has to offer, reviewing restau-

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Why a pain-free shoulder is not beyond reach.

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5 Ways to Be Romantic, South County Style: Take a long walk together on one of our beautiful beaches When was the last time you took advantage of our amazing shoreline and went for a quiet walk together hand in hand?

Designate a night as "Date Night" Take your sweetheart to a new local restaurant, a play, a concert or a sporting event. So many fun activities happen all the time in South County!

Give a surprise! Treat your love to a small gift to show your affection on a day that is not a holiday. I always advocate a piece of jewelry, but it could be any small luxury item that feels like a splurge

Go on a picnic! South County is loaded with parks and forested areas. Pack a nice lunch and a blanket, and head out for a long hike or kayak to a secluded area for some snuggle time.

Cook your loved one's favorite meal Light some candles, set a gorgeous table, and stay in for a romantic night.

New procedure offers relief for chronic rotator cuff problems and arthritis. Dr. Randall Risinger

A new shoulder replacement procedure offers hope for people suffering from shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff damage. The procedure, called Reverse Shoulder Replacement, has consistently succeeded where traditional shoulder surgeries have failed, providing pain relief, increased range of motion, and greater joint stability. Dr. Randall Risinger of South County Orthopedics is fellowship-trained in orthopedic sports medicine, including advanced arthroscopic and open shoulder and knee repair techniques. He is among the first in the region to perform the FDAapproved Reverse Shoulder procedure. To learn more and arrange a consultation, please call South County Orthopedics at 401-789-1422.

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The Flavor of 2011 It’s about that time. You’ve had enough of the necessary January downtime to fully recover from the holidays, and you’re ready to get out of the house for a little bit of midwinter indulgence. And with the long, cold nights we’re going to face all of this month, what better way to treat yourself than at one of southern Rhode Island’s new restaurants? The area is bustling with new openings

– from revived favorites like a Main Street diner in East Greenwich to delicious Italian food in South Kingstown to upscale New American in Westerly. This month, Linda Beaulieu introduces you to your new favorite eatery in the cover story. Bathing suit season isn’t for months, and we’ve got a lot more winter to get through – so go ahead and explore the area’s new culinary landscape. -Julie

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From Our Readers On behalf of our Board of Governors and Club members, I’d like to thank Providence Media for your role of coordinating ads and announcements to publicize the Coats for Coffee drive that you held with Seven Stars bakeries in November. More than 247 coats were collected, with an estimated total retail value of $4,940. Your donation will continue our mis-

sion of enabling and inspiring young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and healthy members of their community. Your support of our important work is greatly appreciated.

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Stuffed With Love

Photograpy: Marylou Butler

Stuffed quahogs, stuffies to most of us, always rank right up near the top of Rhode Island’s favorite foods. They grace the menus of many restaurants around New England and no seafood festival or event would be the same without them. Now a Rhode Island company is aiming to share one of our homegrown specialties far and wide. Carl Masiello literally grew up in the food industry, starting with stocking shelves in his father’s store, Carl and Dave’s Market on Atwells Avenue in Providence. The market then became Carl and Dave’s catering and for 30 years Carl and his brother Ralph worked side by side with dad Dave while also working stints as in supermarkets as meat cutters and managers. “It’s all I know,” says Carl. Now married with small children, he told his wife if he kept catering he’d never see them because of the hours and weekend heavy work. So a little over a year ago he tweaked some of his late father’s recipes, starting with the much loved stuffies, and began a manufacturing company called Captain Carl’s Gourmet Foods. “I had done enough to know that I no longer wanted to put the hours into retail catering,” he says, “but I also

knew that there was a market for our stuffies.” He certainly was right. In just over a year the business has added 10 employees, making it a local success story. During the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas the company went through 150,000 clam shells. That’s a whopping amount considering everything is made by hand. The light, fluffy, authentic New England-style stuffies are sold in retail packages to local markets and food service packages to restaurants. Their second product, stuffed scallops elegantly presented in the scallop shell, is gaining popularity. And not on the market yet, but coming soon will be stuffed salmon and stuffed mushrooms. You can shop for the products at Dave’s Market, Stop & Shop, Belmont Market and more. And no matter how far and wide they eventually spread, all Captain Carl’s products will be labeled with pride – Made in Rhode Island. For a complete list of places that carry the company’s products visit www. captaincarlsgourmetfoods.com. If your store or restaurant would like to carry the product, including under a private label, call Carl at 3381194. -Marylou Butler

RACE FOR THE CURE

DO GOOD

Pink Paradise

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Volunteer

The Potter League for Animals’ annual Have A Heart cocktail party and auction, to benefit homeless animals, commences at the Hotel Viking on February 11 at 5:30pm. Show up for the Preview Party and you’ll be treated to martinis, wine tastings, and antipasto stations; or you can arrive fashionably late for the main event at 6:30pm, where there’ll be elegant BreakA-Heart bags, a 50/50 raffle, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. The main draw of the evening, a live auction, features amazing prizes such as a Celtics games package, and the silent auction boasts over 200 items. $60-100 per ticket; 846-8276, www. potterleague.org.

Help is needed in the daily soup kitchen at the Welcome House of South County, located in Peacedale. Duties include preparation and serving of food, cleaning up around the kitchen, and planning for the next meal. The Welcome House also offers other opportunities such as cooking for the evening meal and as-needed electrician work. If you don’t have time for hands-on volunteer work, you can always drop off household supplies and items like toilet paper, aspirin, band-aids, paper plates, and much more. 782-4770, www. welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org.

Admit it: you’ve always wanted a pink flamingo (or several) for your front lawn, but were afraid the kitsch police would bust down your door and place you under arrest for the kind of crimes against good taste usually reserved for retired Floridians. Now you can them and any other snobby aesthetes that you’re just doing your part in the battle against breast cancer. Paint the Town Pink: A Benefit for Breast Cancer Research is two days of pink-tinted fun and prizes at South County Commons in South Kingstown, all to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. On Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12, the stores will be offering pink feather boas, refreshments and giveaways, but more importantly, for a mere $20 you can take home your very own pink lawn flamingo to show your support for breast cancer research. Friday night there will be a Paint the Town

Lion Heart Necklace

Pink Party from 7-11pm with music, dancing, refreshments and more. A $5 raffle ticket will also enter you to win fabulous prizes like a weekend in New York, a complete makeover for your hair, skin and wardrobe, or a 14-karat gold and ruby “Lion Heart” necklace designed by Calvin Campany of Adornment Fine Jewelry especially for Team Lion Heart of Race for the Cure. For more information visit www. adornmentfinejewelry.blogspot. com. -John Taraborelli

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Open Your Heart by donating a gift card to families of active military personnel. The fundraiser, organized by Narragansett’s Bay Realty and the Rhode Island National Guard, provides much-needed support to families who are struggling through a deployment. Join them at PJ’s Pub on Thursday, February 10 from 5-7pm. PJ’s will provide the food – all you need to bring is a gift card donation to enjoy the fun. 135 Boon Street, Narragansett. To donate, contact Jay Readyhough at 789-3003.

Coventry Senior Center needs volunteers to assist them with several different services. If you’re available any morning or afternoon between Tuesday and Friday, consider working on the meal site, where you’ll help make coffee and sandwiches for adult daycare lunch carts; or if you’ve only got an hour a week to spare, you can try delivering food in the Meals on Wheels program. If you’d like more face-to-face interaction with residents, try signing up for a position in the coffee shop, where beverages, pastries and snacks are served from 9 to noon on weekdays. 822-9474. -Meagan Gann


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A Home for the Holidays niture and Kim Peterson Designs, came together to turn the family home’s unattached, unused twocar garage into a bedroom suite for Adam, including a handicapped accessible bathroom. The space is designed so that Adam will be able to make the trip from the suite to the family’s main living area without assistance. A couple of days before Christmas, Adam was brought to his newly remodeled home for the big reveal, something Michael Moffitt describes as “a great way to go into the holidays.” Kudos to Moffitt Painting and the rest of the South County community for pulling together to give one family in need a great holiday season – and a better future. To see more photos of the home makeover, look up Seth Jacobson Photography on Facebook. www.dennismoffittpainting.com. -John Taraborelli

Photograpy: Seth Jacobson

Adam Aref of Wakefield is a 10-year-old boy with a very grownup problem: he has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As the disease progresses, it will be increasingly difficult for him to get around without major handicapped accessible modifications to his house. That’s where Dennis Moffitt Painting comes in. Last year, the family business performed a complete home makeover – gratis, of course – for a deserving local family, and the whole affair was such a spectacular success they decided to do it again this year. On October 31, Dennis and Michael Moffitt made a surprise visit to Adam’s house to notify him and his family that they won the Second Annual Thanksgiving Painting Makeover Giveaway. Moffitt Painting, along with Frank Karpowicz Architects, Picus Woodwrights, Bob’s Discount Fur-

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Romantic Treats

So Happening | Social Network Combine a silent auction with items donated from Wickford merchants, toy donations from guests and food from Foodie’s of Wickford and Beach Rose Café, and voila! You’ve got a fundraiser like no other. Art center Voila hosted the event before the holidays, which raised money and toys for Toys for Tots. www.voila-art.com

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First To Respond On call with URI’s volunteer EMTs By Bob Cipriano

Photography: Amy Amerantes

How do you recognize a real emergency, one in which life or death may hang in the balance? Is that cut on your hand really all that deep? Are those chest pains just a little heartburn from lunch? Is that numbness just some restless nerve endings? If you want to know what the biggest issue in a medical emergency is, just ask Josh Manfredo, Deputy Chief of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit housed on the URI campus. He’ll tell you, “Uncertainty.” People wait around and don’t make the phone call for some incredibly wrong reasons. Time is crucial in all emergency treatment, not just when the heart is involved – but some people have never called for an ambulance before and would prefer not to start. Some young people fear parental involvement when the emergency is linked to certain substances (incidentally, 16 is the age of consent for medical treatment – make the call!), while a lot of folks can’t get past the initial denial stage.

Our lives are surrounded by firstresponders, which, in most people’s minds, usually include the police and fire departments. However, there’s also the countrywide network of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are specially trained to handle medical emergencies. “We’re first responders, too,” Manfredo reminds us, noting that EMS is often referred to as “The Third Service,” after police and fire. When you call 911 in Rhode Island, a central dispatcher in Scituate forwards your call to a dispatcher in your area, based on your phone number’s location. That dispatcher then uses protocols to determine which one of the big three emergency units is appropriate. URI’s volunteer EMTs are trained to respond rapidly, spend no more than ten minutes on scene, and get anyone who needs ongoing treatment under a doctor’s care within an hour – but first they have to hear from you.

Who are these people and what can you learn from them? First of all, Kingston’s EMS unit just celebrated its 25th year of volunteer service. EMS units have been around a lot longer than 25 years, but volunteer students took over the service in 1985, along with other volunteers from the community and URI staff. Beyond the URI campus, they provide basic life support to the Bay Campus in Narragansett, as well as limited service to Alton Jones in West Greenwich. There are 63 active members of the unit, plus five or six reserves always on call. There is no particular gender for EMS volunteerism, says Manfredo, adding, “There are more women than men right now, but the ratio is usually very close.” The unit owns a basic life support ambulance and a supervisor “fly car,” a non-transport vehicle used to get a supervisor on the scene quickly. An EMS driver and supervisor are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a

week, 365 days a year. Is the URI contingent unique? No. Nationally there are over 300 student EMS operations. But while URI’s unit works all day and all night, many units elsewhere only handle special campus events. Others only handle quick response situations (get to the scene and then turn it over to the town’s emergency staff). Regardless of the depth of services, there’s a National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation that has established a network of communication so that all can exchange information throughout the year. URI’s EMTs also work closely with EMS units throughout South County, including South Kingstown, Charlestown, Hope Valley, Exeter, Westerly and Ashaway. They share equipment and personnel whenever the emergency or large event calls for it. So what kinds of students volunteer to get involved with medical emergencies? If volunteerism and

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college life strike you as an uneasy partnership in the current millennium, you’re wrong. When asked what brought him to the volunteer arena, Manfredo links his passion to his own lung collapse a number of years ago. What stayed with him about the EMTs at his own emergency scene was that they “never tried to reassure me by saying everything would be all right. We never do that.” He says what made him calm was the extreme professionalism and efficiency of the EMTs treating him. He knew he was in good hands – and something clicked. When he became a freshman at URI he got hooked on public safety through the Office of Emergency Management, becoming an Emergency Management Specialist. Now he’s Deputy Chief, handling internal operations, planning, logistics and administration. Of course, personal emergencies evolving into EMS volunteerism can’t put up numbers like 63 active members – not with the enormous turnover there is on a college campus. Plus, it’s not like you can just sign

up and you’re in. Following a 90day orientation, becoming an “EMT Basic” requires three to four months of training that occurs two or three times a week (totaling six to eight hours each week, evenings). All that translates into work plus commitment, with plenty of each required just to graduate. There are practical reasons to volunteer, beyond the kick of volunteerism for its own sake: employers look for what students do with their free time. Some students use volunteerism as a building block to eventual paid positions at fire departments. Pre-med and nursery students have to show they have pre-hospital contact time with patients. (“Some need up to 2000 hours of contact time,” according to Manfredo.) Think resumes. Think leadership, professionalism, levelheadedness as elements in their skill sets. Volunteerism feels good and pays dividends, personally, philosophically and professionally. “It’s rewarding to help other people. It’s rewarding

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URI’s volunteer EMTs are trained to respond rapidly, spend no more than ten minutes on scene, and get anyone who needs ongoing treatment under a doctor’s care within an hour.

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news to report these days concerning our beloved restaurant scene. Yes, some establishments, such as the Post Office Café in East Greenwich, have closed, but for every closing there are several openings. And some of those closings are temporary. Watch for the Red Stripe and Cheeky Monkey restaurants in Narragansett to reopen this spring. As the old tune goes, happy days are here again. It’s time to celebrate. Why not explore that new coffee shop on the corner, that downtown deli, or that upscale eatery? Here are some of the new experiences awaiting you. After extensive renovations, the Dragon Palace has opened at 1210 Main Street in Wyoming, where Bickford’s Restaurant was once located. The owners of this Chinese restaurant are Peter Santilli of Hopkinton and David Yung, a former manager of the New Dragon Restaurant in Narragansett. Yung said Dragon Palace has a similar menu and feel to New Dragon, with the addition of sushi. 1210 Main Street, Wyoming. 539-1112. In Warwick, Agaves Mexican Grill has opened at the site of the former 99 Restaurant on Route 2. Greenwich Pizzeria and Marketplace has replaced East Greenwich Deli and Market further south on Route 2. The now-closed Conversations Restaurant on Main Street in East Greenwich will reopen as Ritrovo, an Italian pub and grill. And for many of us in southern Rhode Island, the best news of all is that Jigger’s Diner in East Greenwich has reopened. Good things really do come to those who wait. Back in 2007, developer and restaurateur Piy-

ush J. Patel purchased the Chester House, a special events and catering company with an impeccable reputation in Westerly. Patel owns the award-winning Amalfi Mediterranean restaurant and catering company in Narragansett. This 240-seat facility is located on Ashaway Road (Route 3) in Westerly, and is now another Amalfi location. The new Amalfi of Westerly is now open to the public every Sunday from noon to 4pm for family-style suppers, which have been popular for years in the northern part of Rhode Island. The menu offers classic Rhode Island dishes such as Italian wedding soup with meatballs, salad with house dressing, pasta with marinara sauce, herb-roasted chicken, seasonal vegetables, oven-roasted potatoes, bread and butter. The cost is $12.95 per person and $8.95 for children under the age of 10. Beverages, dessert, gratuity and tax are extra. No reservations are required. For more info, call James LeDonne at 792-3539. 112 Ashaway Road, Westerly. This certainly isn’t a new restaurant, but the venerable Bay Voyage in Jamestown has an exciting new chef who has changed their concept and food philosophy. Chef Anthony Ockunzzi made his debut at the grand reopening of the Bay Voyage last April. Hailing from California, he graduated from Johnson & Wales, served as an apprentice, and worked in Denver and Miami Beach before coming to South County with a head full of ideas. The Americana dining menu offers Chef Anthony’s version of the classics, such as clam chowder and onion soup with a three-cheese gratin. Then

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at this location back when it was Three Fish and the Up River Café. Now called Bridge (just Bridge, not The Bridge), this restaurant juts out over the bank of the Pawcatuck River in downtown Westerly. Chef Jamie Fowler made his fine reputation while at Noah’s, a seafood restaurant in nearby Stonington. Today he’s offering seafood delicacies such as grilled fish tacos, lobster mac and cheese, a halfdozen vegetarian options and more. Check out his meat loaf with “wicked good gravy” and steak frites. Whenever possible, local products are used. The menu may have changed, but the restaurant’s historic charm is intact with wide floorboards and exposed wooden beams. I especially like to sit at the bar, where it’s all too tempting to feast on the fully stocked raw bar with six different varieties of oysters and clams. Bridge is open seven days a week from 11:30am to closing. The lunch menu offers chowder, salads and sandwiches priced from $5 to $16. Dinner includes all that and more, including surf and turf dinners and pasta possibilities. 37 Main Street, Westerly. 348-9700, www.bridgeri.com Caprice is the new name for Cucina Mista on Main Street in East Greenwich. One of the most stylish establishments along Restaurant Row, Caprice is now owned solely by Kostas Karambetsos, who also owns Tavern by the Sea in Wickford. Both properties have a Mediterranean-inspired menu and atmosphere. Prices range from $6 and up for appetizers, $10 to $29 for the main course. Open for dinner, Caprice has


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and Parker is the head of a fastgrowing local chain of restaurants known as Fat Belly’s Irish Pub and Grille. This modern-day pub is popping up all over Rhode Island, with locations in Warwick, East Greenwich, Providence and Wakefield. Stop in at the Wakefield pub on “Fat Friday,” and you’ll get half-price appetizers and live music. That site is open every day of the week from 11:30am to 1am. The extensive menu offers classic American-style pub grub: chicken wings done in a half-dozen flavors (try the garlic-parm), appetizers including the not-tobe-missed truffle fries, soups and salads, all kinds of pasta possibilities, grilled pizza, panini and sandwiches (with everything priced between $5 and $15). Let’s see… I think I’ll have the Murphy Salad. That’s blackened chicken served over the pear and Gorgonzola salad of baby greens with a balsamic Dijon vinaigrette. 333 Main Street, Wakefield. 2844540, www.fatbellyspub.com Bagelz of Wickford has closed, but, as they say, another door opens, the door to an expanded version of Foodies of Wickford. It’s déjà vu all over again with owners Craig Schennum and James Zajas promising what amounts to the return of Wickford Gourmet, a fixture in the village for 26 years until it closed in 2008. They say that the new Foodies will be a French country bistro with lots of gourmet items – such as imported cheeses, chocolates and local produce when in season – tempting customers. Bagels will still be on the menu, along with coffee from Ocean Coffee Roasters. Foodies has moved into the Bagelz building from the rear, which will become a consignment shop. The lower level of Foodies is devoted to retail sales, and the second floor serves as a dining area for patrons. Furniture from the consignment shop is used to retain a quaint, cozy atmosphere. I for one have really missed Wickford Gourmet, so it will be nice to have something akin to that back in business in the village. Foodies is open Sunday from 11am to 5pm, Monday from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm. 21 West Main Street, Wickford. 294-4775 Where Town Meats once stood is the new home of Orbie’s, a pleasant spot for coffee and pastry in the morning, deli sandwiches for lunch and prepared foods to take home late in the afternoon. The shop is open Monday

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When Jessica and Daniel Becker, the young, hip owners of the Duck & Bunny in Providence, look to relax, the two head to South County. Running the whimsical watering hole-meets-eatery (what the Beckers call “a snuggery”) on the capital city’s East Side can be demanding, which is why the charming colonial in the heart of Westerly they bought three years ago was the perfect weekend home for the couple and extended family. They met on New York’s Fire Island by virtue of a similar social circle, enjoying the spoils of summer shares when they weren’t doing the daily grind in the Big Apple. As their relationship blossomed, Jessica and Daniel moved in together and eventually sought a coastal pied-à-terre. Daniel, whose roots are planted in Rhode Island, brought his betrothed to the Ocean State for a whirlwind house hunt. “I think we looked at a dozen houses in a day, literally,” Jessica laughs. “This was the last one we saw and we both loved it.” It’s easy to see why. The circa 1920 white colonial is set back on Beach Road with a welcoming screened in porch that makes it easy to picture sipping lemonade on a hot summer day. While dated on the interior, the bones were pristine, and Jessica, an experienced interior designer, effortlessly pictured the home’s potential. The two took the plunge, signed the deed, and when schedules allowed, scraped, painted and built

their way to the home’s near-perfection today. “We did a lot of work, mostly surface work,” explains Jessica. Within six months, the home boasted refinished floors (stripped and stained by the couple), a built-in for their treasures in the living room, a full bath off the kitchen, and a garage-turned-comfortable den. Perhaps one of the more unexpected side-effects of spending so much time working on the house was that the Manhattanites were bitten by the Ocean State bug, and soon found themselves making a life-changing decision to make Rhode Island their permanent home. “We really loved Rhode Island,” Jessica smiles. In the time since buying the home in 2007, the two celebrated two more milestones: tying the knot and opening the Duck & Bunny. Despite a floor plan with defined rooms, the home offers a decidedly open atmosphere due in part to the entry hallway, which extends the entire length of the house. At the front of a home is a cozy reading room, offering a convivial vibe with a soft chaise lounge, a bookshelf ripe with good reads, a textured wallcovering made from Abaca (a banana-plant fiber), an uncluttered work station and plenty of natural light. Silver leaf wallpaper dotted with little stars on the ceiling adds a dash of whimsy, accented by a glass star chandelier. “I had them add the framed molding just to give it a nice detail,” says Jessica, who has expand-

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ly occupied by Three Fish and most recently the Up River Café. Chef Jamie Fowler offers plenty of seafood as well as meatloaf and steak frites. NEW ON THE MENU Hemenway’s Dockside Dining at 28 Water Street in East Greenwich has a hearty new menu for the winter season. Appetizers include Grilled Oysters with buffalo sauce, bleu cheese, and focaccia batonets; Duck Wings, crispy fried with a white balsamic cider glaze and pomegranate dipping sauce; Clams Zuppa with littleneck clams, Roma tomatoes, fresh garlic, herb butter, and grilled crostini in a red or white sauce; and Sesame Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Asian slaw, pickled ginger, and wasabi cream. Specialties feature Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with pink peppercorns, red flannel hash, pancetta, and cranberry honey-glazed Brussels sprouts; Sweet Potato Encrusted Sea Scallops with mixed greens, parsnips, sun-dried cranberries, toasted pepitas, and cider gastrique; Harvest Ravioli of butternut squash, amaretti cookies, apples, Bermuda onions, toasted walnuts, and sage cream; and a 14-ounce Pork Rib Chop, maple brined and served with a green onion, horseradish, chestnut-polenta cake with quince jam and roasted vegetables. For more info, call 336-3920 or visit www.hemenways-eg.com. OVER IN NEWPORT Kyle Ketchum is the new executive chef at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa on Goat Island. Ketchum, most recently at the Spiced Pear, will oversee all hotel dining operations, including menu development for Windward Restaurant and Pineapples on the Bay, plus room service, banquets and special events.

After a little winter nap, Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen is reopening on Friday, February 4. The Bowen’s Wharf restaurant offers a special mid-week dinner for two menu that includes an appetizer, salad or soup, entrée and dessert for $49. The menu changes weekly so call 849-7778 for details. Typical entrées are roasted veal breast and Thai curried chicken. Mid-week wine specials are also offered. Fluke will be open on Thursday, February 3, only for its Chateau Palmer wine dinner. A James Beard dinner with Pride Mountain wines and four local chefs is slated for Wednesday, March 9. Call for details. Castle Hill Inn at 590 Ocean Drive has a selection of winter dining offers. Available Monday through Saturday until April 30 is Castle Hill’s two-course “Leisurely Lunch” at $19 per person. Appetizers include New England Clam Chowder with a black pepper-thyme breadstick; Organic Greens with a Vermont chevre tart, quince, walnuts and a verjus-wildflower honey vinaigrette; and Native Littlenecks with grape tomatoes, garlic, shallots, parsley, and Sakonnet Vidal Blanc broth. Entrées include Scottish Salmon, skillet-seared and served with risotto, autumn greens, maitake mushrooms and a port wine gastrique; a Reuben composed of house-brined and cooked Hereford brisket, sauerkraut and Jarlsberg cheese on marble rye; and Murray’s Chicken Sandwich with olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato, frisee and Manchego cheese on sourdough. For more info, call 849-3800, or visit www. castlehillinn.com. If you have news dealing with food, restaurants or chefs, feed it to Linda Beaulieu at Lindab2720@aol.com. 

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Danny Peixinho of Jim’s Deli wants you to break the chains How long have you been in the sandwich game?  Eight years in this location,  but the deli has been serving great sandwiches for over 15 years in northern Rhode Island.

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Given the extensive menu at Jim’s, it seems like you guys very passionate about squeezing ingredients between pieces of bread. What else are the folks at Jim’s Deli passionate about?  We are all big  sports fans. Go Pats! We are not just about sandwiches; we also make handmade to order calzones, salads, panini, soups,  grilled pizzas and much more.

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I notice you have some creativelypunned sandwich/calzone names. Which ones give you the biggest chuckle? My Mother-In-Law’s Tuna! It’s actually better than hers.

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House-made ingredients are currently very much in vogue. Which of your ingredients (and prepared foods) are made in house? We make all our own chicken and tuna salads. We roast our own pork and chicken for sandwiches. All our soups are made by our talented staff. Some of the sauces are home made and much more. Everything is made with the freshest ingredients. We are currently working on a crusty Italian loaf; it’s in the works. We’re trying to perfect it. What are the top five most popular offerings this season at Jim’s? 1) The “Thanksgiving Day” has roasted turkey,  stovetop stuffing, mayo and cranberry topped with melted Muenster cheese, served warm. 2) The “Ranchero” is a steak sandwich with jalapeños, pepperjack cheese, bacon and ranch on a toasted torpedo. 3) The “Smokehouse” has honey-smoked  turkey, melted smoked gouda, red onions, tomato and mayonnaise. 4) The “Chicken Roma” has marinated baked chicken tenderloin, portabella mushroom, melted provolone cheese,  red onion, tomatoes  and balsamic  vinaigrette.  5) The “Buffalo Zone”  is a big calzone

stuffed with breaded and baked chicken dipped in Frank’s Red Hot, bacon, bleu cheese and mozzarella. It’s ten degrees outside and just beginning to snow. You’re going to make a sandwich for yourself and it’s got to be straight off the menu. Which do you choose? What do you have on the side? I’ll make a pastrami with  Swiss cheese. I’ll mix honey mustard, French’s mustard and dijon mustard together and slap it on some toasted marble rye. I’ll have it with a side of battered onion rings or sweet potato fries – yum.

Please explain to our readers why they’re not better off going to Subway. Go there if you want lettuce sandwiches  or low-grade meats and maybe a chance to meet Jared. Honestly, they may have some $5 footlong options, but think about what you’re getting. Open the sandwich and look at it.  You just can’t compare what they give you and what a sandwich  from Jim’s Deli gives you.  Break away from the generic. Explore your local mom and pop deli shops. Jim’s West Bay Deli is located at 5947 Post Road, North Kingstown. 885-0707

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So Delicious | Review

By Linda Beaulieu

Southern Hospitality A northern-RI restaurant opens a southern outpost the original Trattoria Romana in Lincoln, so I was eager to see how this recently-opened South County sibling compared. Much like the original, this Trattoria Romana is a truly handsome restaurant with plenty of dark wood, contemporary lighting, and walls covered with hand-painted murals and photographs of Italian scenes. Located at South County Commons, the space is divided into two fairly equal parts. You enter the stylish bar and lounge area, and the formally set dining room is on the right. A somewhat open kitchen can be seen in the back. We were warmly welcomed and swiftly seated at a roomy table for two by a window. Perhaps I’m being picky, but I had trouble getting comfortable. It seemed that either my chair was too high or the table was too low. But once the delicious food started arriving, I quickly forgot about the odd ergonomics. First off, it was a basket of wonderful bread – crusty, airy and chewy – which we tore into, dipping chunks into a bowl of olive oil that was fla-

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vored with balsamic vinegar, garlic and whole olives. The nightly specials were tempting, but having gone online earlier in the day to see the menu, I had my heart set on Polpetta alla Corinna for starters, and Filetto di Manzo Kona for my entrée. Brian countered with Prosciutto e Mozzarella and Lasagna alla Corinna. And now I’ll translate. The Polpetta alla Corinna ($9.95) is one of those oversized meatballs that’s now served as an appetizer in trendy Italian restaurants. I believe this dish originated years ago at Café Martorano in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and found its way up the East Coast. True to the original in all aspects, Trattoria Romana makes this giant meatball with ground veal, beef and sausage. The sauce (or gravy, as most Italian-Americans would say) is made with San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, considered the finest in the world. The meatball is topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese. On the same plate is a salad of mixed greens dressed with red wine vinaigrette. There is something about that sauce and the red wine vinegar

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that makes this dish addictive. (It’s also a pretty good main dish option if you’re following a high protein diet and counting carbs.) The Filetto di Manzo Kona ($25.95) is one of those dishes I’ve read about and have been dying to try. It’s an eight-ounce Black Angus beef tenderloin that has been rubbed with ground Kona coffee, again one of those premium ingredients considered to be among the best in the world. I could not detect any coffee taste, but it did give the meat an appealing crust. More than an inch thick, the tenderloin was grilled over an open flame. On the side were mashed potatoes, which would have been fabulous if only they had been warmer, and a small dish of summer squash and tomatoes. The Prosciutto e Mozzarella ($9.95) is so simple and so wonderful. Chunks of smoked mozzarella cheese were wrapped with imported prosciutto di Parma, once again probably the best prosciutto that money can buy. These tasty little packages were sautéed lightly, just enough to warm the cheese and crisp the edges of the prosciutto, and then served over mixed greens along with small stuffed peppers. Everything was drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, making this an extra special first course. Brian is a connoisseur of lasagna, so he just had to have the Lasagna alla Corinna ($15.95). The tender lasagna sheets were made in-house, according to the menu. Three cheeses – fresh mozzarella, ricotta and

parmesan – gave the pasta a depth of flavor, as did the San Marzano tomato sauce. This satisfying dish came with two normal size meatballs, a definite treat. My picky dining companion gave the lasagna his stamp of approval. I was pleased to see many offerings on the dessert menu, but there was one that stood out for me – Spumoni Cassata ($6.95). I hadn’t had cassata in decades so I was a bit excited, remembering this lavish Italian dessert. What came to our table was nothing like the cassata of my youth, but pretty wonderful in its own right. I have since learned that cassata can mean any one of several things – a fancy dessert made with layers of sponge cake, ricotta cream and candied fruits, a baked cheesecake, or a baked ricotta tart with a lattice top. At Trattoria Romana, it is a frozen layered ice cream dessert, enough for two to share, but I could have easily enjoyed it entirely on my own. Linda Beaulieu is the author of The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook, available at stores throughout the state.

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Narragansett ARTURO JOE’S 140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett; 789-3230. This full-service restaurant includes a martini lounge and private function room and features Italian food ranging from bruschetta and wood grilled pizzas to pastas, veal and fish dishes, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list. LD $-$$ Coast Guard House 40 Ocean Road; 789-0700. This historic landmark doubles as an elegant restaurant overlooking Narragansett Beach. Start with clam chowder and move on to shrimp scampi or a lobster roll. Bring the kids for brunch on Sundays. LD $$-$$$ Colvitto’s Pizza & Bakery 90 Point Judith Road; 783-8086. For a great selection of fresh calzones, breads, and pastries visit Colvitto’s. They also offer fresh hot pizza with your choice of 13 toppings made to order along with pizza strips and party pans. BL $ CHARLIE O’S TAVERN 2 Sand Hill Cove Road; 782-2002. Charlie O’s hits the spot! Kick back at this happening restaurant and tavern, which offers a full menu and extensive wine and cocktail lists from Simon’s Martini Lounge. Both venues are open every day, with a rotating list of special events and functions. LD $-$$ DIVOZZI ITALIAN BAKERY 1014 Boston Neck Road; 284-4333; also 1183 Kingstown Road; 284-4511. Di-

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So Delicious | Dining Guide Spain Of Narragansett 1144 Ocean Road; 783-9770. The exceptional wait staff and wide array of authentic Spanish seafood, veal and chicken dishes make Spain of Narragansett the perfect place to dine. The romantic setting and extensive wine list will keep you coming back for more. D $$-$$$

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TRIO 15 Kingstown Road; 792-4333. A Newport Harbor Corporation restaurant, Trio is a triple-threat restaurant with its innovative menu, inviting European décor and warm, attentive service. Enjoying a meal of chops, seafood, or pasta is the order of the day. Also rave-worthy are the Artisan Pizzas, which come in a variety of flavors and preparations. LD $$-$$$ TWIN WILLOWS 865 Boston Neck Road; 789-8153. Twin Willows is a sports pub and family restaurant with a menu of grilled dinners and seafood. It promises an evening of “high spirits and good times.” LD $-$$

Newport NEWPORT TOKYO HOUSE 6 Equality Park Place; 847-8888. For fine Japanese cuisine in the City by the Sea, this is the place. Their menu includes all your favorites, including a sushi bar and hibachi grill. LD $-$$

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BEACH ROSE CAFÉ 85 Brown Street; 295-2800. For casual waterfront dining on historic Wickford Harbor, visit the Beach Rose Café. Enjoy breakfast or lunch while you admire the views or the local art. Serving beer and wine. BL $-$$ SERGIO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 1814 Boston Neck Road; 667-4999. Legendary husband and wife team Pat and Terry Orlando continue their tradition of culinary excellence at this Saunderstown eatery. Try their classic Italian, including homemade pasta with San Marzano tomato sauce. LD $$-$$$ TAVERN BY THE SEA 16 West Main Street; 294-5771. Located in historic Wickford, Tavern by the Sea offers a relaxed yet romantic atmosphere and an array of dishes such as seafood, burgers and a complete kid’s menu. LD $$

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Providence CAV 14 Imperial Place; 751-9164. The New York Times’ choice as one of Providence’s five best restaurants, CAV’s contemporary upscale cuisine is available al fresco for lunch and dinner daily. They also feature weekend brunch. BrLD $$-$$$ RUE DE L’ESPOIR 99 Hope Street; 751-8890. 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 $$-$$$ SIENA 238 Atwells Avenue; 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 $$-$$$

Richmond DRAGON PALACE 1210 Main Street; 539-1112. Whether you’re in the mood for Chinese or Japanese, Dragon Palace has you covered. From classic Chinese like General Tso’s Chicken to fresh sushi and sashimi, they’ve got it all. LD $-$$

South Kingstown BAGELZ 99 Fortin Road, Kingston Emporium, South Kingstown; 7822295. 90 Pershing Avenue, Wakefield; 783-9700; and 21 West Main Street, Wickford; 294-6366. This artsy bakery offers a wide variety of special bagel spreads and flavors. Even better, they also offer delicious desserts, Fair Trade coffee blends and drinks, and “Soupz, Saladz & Sandwichez.” www.bagelzthebagelbakery.com BL $ Cap’n Jack’s 706 Succotash Road; 789-4556. For traditional New England fare in a family friendly atmosphere, Cap’n Jack’s is the place – and

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CUCINA TWIST 2095 Kingstown Road; 789-5300. With its lengthy wine list and unpretentious menu, Cucina Twist, owned by the Marra group, is a lovely place to relax for a great Italian dinner. Guests love the lobster ravioli or vitello valdostano. Mangia! D $-$$$

Chelo’s Waterfront 1 Masthead Drive, Warwick; 884-3000. Everybody’s favorite chain of Rhode Island family restaurants also provides great waterfront dining overlooking Greenwich Bay. Enjoy all the classics, plus deck and lawn seating, fire pits and live entertainment. LD $-$$

LILIANA’S 3009 Tower Hill Road; 7894200. Serving authentic Italian at affordable prices, Liliana’s offers great service in a family atmosphere. Owner Dino Passeretta brings over 15 years of experience in Boston, New York and Miami to South County. LD $-$$$

PINELLI’S CAFÉ AT NIGHT 701 Quaker Lane; 821-8828. This BYOB deli by day, café by night serves traditional Italianstyle deli food for the lunch crowd, and offers a wide array of appetizers, entrees, pastas and steaks for dinner. LD $-$$

MATUNUCK OYSTER BAR 629 Succotash Road; 783-4202. This restaurant, which maintains its own oyster farm, prides itself on combining local produce with farm raised and wild caught seafood to make the freshest, most delicious dishes around. LD $$-$$$

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PANERA BREAD 160 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield; 788-0102. This famous café provides hearty sandwiches on fresh-baked artisan bread, along with a wide selection of soups, salads, pastries, coffees, specialty beverages and more. BLD $ PICK POCKETS DELI 231 Old Tower Hill Road; 792-3360. A fun, healthconscious deli, Pick Pockets serves up lamb and beef kabobs, specialty falafel, deli wraps, and vegetarian and chicken dishes. LD $ RHODY JOE’S SALOON 515 Kingstown Road; 783-0008. Rhody Joe is a legendary Rhode Islander, and his namesake saloon does right by his good name, serving up mammoth burgers, grilled pizzas and lots of classic pub fare. LD $-$$

DAN’S PLACE 880 Victory Highway; 392-3092. For some good ol’ pizza, pasta, steak and ale, pay a visit to Dan’s Place. It’s a full restaurant and bar, with a family friendly atmosphere and weekly entertainment. LD $$

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TRATTORIA ROMANA 71 South County Commons Way; 792-4933. This authentic trattoria is the work of founder Luciano Canova, who grew up on a farm outside Rome, fulfilling his dream of offering great, homestyle Italian at reasonable prices. D $$

GUYTANNO’S CAFÉ 62 Franklin Street; 348-6221. Guytanno’s Café is casual dining with an upscale flair. The contemporary setting, intimate atmosphere, and the sweet aroma of freshly cooked food circulating from the open kitchen make it one of Westerly’s premier evening destinations. LD $$

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February FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Through March 6 Everyone knows how often you change your Facebook picture – sometimes hourly using the mirror in the employee’s bathroom. Go ahead and blame the technology at your disposal that not only allows you to capture the moment, but delete and do-over if your grin seems a bit too cheesy. But have you ever considered for a second what those poor saps from the Colonial era must have gone through? First they had to be deemed worthy of an official portrait to mark the fact they even existed in this world. Then came the reward of sitting for hours for a painter that you hoped wouldn’t make you resemble a hound. Gilbert Stuart and His Times shows how it should have been done, presenting 75 artworks as a tribute to our local boy, as well as a mini-survey of early American art. Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 1pm-6pm. Free. William Vareika Fine Arts, 212 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 849-6149, www.vareikafinearts.com. Through March 15 Take yourself out to the ballgame, or at least dream big, during the Third Annual Red Sox Season Ticket Raffle, where each $100 chance, in addition to benefiting the URI baseball team, offers a shot to win a pair of seats for the 2011 season. www.gorhody.com/sports/mbasebl/spec-rel/100810aab.html. February 4-6 Awaken the dead, or at least their body and sound doubles, as the Buddy Holly: Winter Dance Party Revival recreates full sets by Mr. Holly, The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Dion and The Belmonts on the 52nd anniversary of the original concert. 8pm. $25. Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston. 782-1018, www.courthousearts.org. February 6 Celebrate the NFL’s most sacred holiday with the Super 5K, a scenic run along the sea wall, with the dual pur-

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pose of supporting the Narragansett Summer Youth Track Series and making you feel less guilty about the evening’s Superbowl snacks. Noon. $20, $10 ages 18 and under; day off: $25, $12. Village Inn Hotel, One Beach Street, Narragansett. www.narragansettrunning.org. February 6 Avoid making that pesky airport security decision of pat-down versus radiation, and really start Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song on your own shores with four passionate performers, including a tin whistle player. 3-4:30pm. Free. Meeting Hall, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, Jamestown. 423-7280, www. jamestownri.com/library. February 6 Find out if the “Heart of Rock and Roll” is still beating as Huey Lewis and The News take the stage in support of their Soulsville album, 25 years after hitting the charts with “Power of Love,” penned for Back to the Future. 8pm. $35-$45. MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Ledyard, CT. 866-MGM-0050, www. mgmatfoxwoods.com.

Faces of Our Planet February 11-March 26: Sing along now: We are the world. We are the children. National Geographic, the Mystic Aquarium’s Sea Research Foundation and the Garde Arts Center, sponsors of the Faces of Our Planet, are all apparently still feeling the vibe of USA for Africa’s famous track. This fivepart series reveals the mysteries, magnificence and discoveries of the world’s human, animal and geographic mugs, and yes, might help you learn a little something outside of your five block radius. The line-up includes reptile expert Brady Barr on February 11, a Sea Party on February 19, the South African gospel music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on March 6, Director of the National Geographic’s Genographic Project Spencer Wells on March 11 and Diver Kenny Broad on March 26, but sadly, no Stevie Wonder solo. Check website for individual times and ticket info. Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London, CT. 860-4447373, www.gardearts.org.

February 10 Realize Stories Matter (yes, even that one), as long as it’s health or healing based, limited to six minutes and Phil Goldman, creator and host of Providence-based Perishable Theatre’s Live Bait pulls your name out of the fishbowl for you to share it on stage. Also on March 10 and April 21. 7:30-9pm. $5. All That Matters, 315 Main Street, Wakefield. 782-2126, www.allthatmatters.com.

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February 11-26 Move the board game from the kitchen counter onto the stage as CLUE: The Musical retains its mystery and interactiveness with the audience choosing the confidential ending from huge decks. $34, $30 seniors and members, $19 students and children under 18. Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kings-

February 12 Go ahead and toss your personal effects on the stage, just realize the King isn’t going to walk out from the wings and pick them up, because this Elvis Presley In Concert is the result of a state of the art video projection and 16-piece live band. 8pm. $40, $60. Mohegan Sun Arena, One Mohegan Sun Boule-

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from a stack of cards and place them in a sealed envelope. Only revealed at the end of the play, the contents of the envelope lead to one of over two hundred possible endings. This keeps the actors on their toes, and brings another aspect of the board game to the stage. Russell M. Maitland, executive director of the Courthouse Center for the Arts, helms the production. With a cast of seven, CLUE incorporates a live orchestra, snappy songs like “Don’t Blame Me” and “Seduction Deduction,” and all the great twists and turns expected of a well-crafted murder mystery. Says Maitland, “It’s exciting, it’s a rush and it doesn’t stop. I think that’s the beauty of this musical. You’re on the edge of your seat until the end.” Now in his fourth year as a South County resident, Maitland loves to stage musicals on an intimate, black box scale and to pick fresh, lesser-known works like CLUE. Since taking his position at the Courthouse Center, he also has helped to develop and expand programming in fine arts, film, music, education and dance. With annual attendance growing by the thousands, Maitland sees great things in store for the Center. On the theater side, the semi-professional Center Stage Production Company plans to transition to all professional Equity actors this summer. Maitland reports, “We’re ready to charge forward and be

a viable theater organization in the state of Rhode Island.” Before the Saturday performances of CLUE, Maitland hopes to set up rounds of the board game that audience members can play to get in the mystery mood. Introduced in the UK in the late 1940s as Cluedo, the popular game inspired books, TV shows and a hilarious 1985 film. But, just as crime dramas have changed since the days of Christie (and, for that matter, Murder, She Wrote), so too has the game of Clue. The latest edition from Hasbro showcases new weapons like the barbell and rooms like the spa, with an instruction sheet designed to resemble a tabloid magazine. For traditionalists who still want to find Miss Scarlet in the ballroom with the revolver, or Mr. Green in the billiard room with the wrench, the best thing to do is to see CLUE: The Musical.

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that may not be familiar to many these days, but has been around since the 1700s, has found a place in Rhode Island. Scrimshaw artist Barbara Cullen is the owner and resident artist of Mystic Scrimshanders in Wickford. Originally from California, Cullen was raised in Michigan and, having a love for art as early as she can remember, went on to receive her degree in art from Rockford College in Illinois. After moving to the East Coast in 1974, Barbara discovered scrimshaw at the South County Museum, where she took a three-week course that would later develop into 30 years of a rewarding career in scrimshandering. Over three centuries ago, American whalers began hunting whales, and to pass their time while at sea they would carve artistic and functional pieces out of the teeth and bones of their catch. Typically they would create games such as dominoes, canes, jewelry, cooking and sewing utensils, and anything else that sparked their imagination. They would use needles and knives to engrave images and lettering upon the surfaces, some more elaborate than others. Over the years, sailors traveled all over the world making new discoveries. As a result, scrim-

shanders expanded their sources of ivory to hippo, elephant, seal, walrus and warthog. This was how scrimshaw came to be, and according to Cullen, “It is considered the only truly American folk art.” Today, modern artists work with ivories that are referred to as ancient ivories, including wooly mammoth, mastodon, and fossilized or mineralized walrus ivory. As the winner of Mystic Seaport Museum’s Award of Excellence, Cullen’s passion, talent and dedication to her work is hard to miss. Her pieces range from beautifully engraved pocket knives and Nantucket-style baskets to charming bookmarks and candy dishes that would perfectly adorn any New England home. Often, Cullen collaborates with her clients and enjoys incorporating her own artistic styles – yet, her home and the art form’s history also play parts. “I have produced many local scenes over the years. Rhode Island is a very nautical state visually and lends itself to the traditional idea of scrimshaw,” she says. “The history of scrimshaw has also always intrigued me. Working with pieces of fossils, or sometimes artifacts that are many of thousands of years old, is something that never loses its appeal. When you are working with a piece of

a wooly mammoth ivory and stop to think that this is from an animal that has been extinct for 20,000 years, it gives you a new perspective on history.” Currently, Cullen is working on a unique and interesting pocket knife that presents quite the task: she must turn one client’s wife and children into mermaids on both sides of the knife. Wish her luck with that one. While we eagerly wait to see how this piece turns out, Cullen’s work can be seen on display in her shop in Wickford, in Newport Scrimshanders, the Scrimshaw Workshop in Bar Harbor, Maine, and occasionally at the Mystic Seaport Museum. Cullen also has a line of greeting cards, as well as paintings and prints, which can be seen on her website. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating area of art and history, Cullen also offers scrimshaw classes at her shop (usually one-onone, but she can accommodate up to five people), and perhaps, like Cullen, you will become absorbed by the history of scrimshaw. For more information you can contact Barbara Cullen at mysticscrimshaw1@juno.com, or call 294-2262. You can also view her work by visiting www.scrimshanders.com.

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