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One thing’s for sure: our readers know Rhode Island. We asked you for your favorite haunts, and you delivered, revealing some best-kept (and hidden-inplain-sight) secrets. Here are your picks of the city’s Best — along with a few gems we Phoenix editors just couldn’t keep to ourselves. Enjoy! And, on page 30, we praise a pair of Local Heroes.
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Another step towArd equAlity; Big @#!%-ing pApi; musicAl musings On Tuesday, the Other Paper reported
that “five Senate Republicans have f endorsed same-sex marriage,” continuing
that, “In a statement Tuesday morning, the senators said, ‘We recognize that there is a national consensus building on this generational issue, and we are glad that support for the freedom to marry is growing within the Republican Party.’ ” Signing the statement were Senators Dennis Algiere, David Bates, Dawson Hodgson, Nicholas Kettle, and Chris Ottiano. There is little mystery where your superior correspondents stand on marriage equality. We are for it, as we have been for full equality and rights for Vo Dilanduhs of all sexual orientations for the entire 33 years of this column. P&J are delighted that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted later on Tuesday to pass the bill and push it on to the Senate floor. Now the bill faces a vote (after our deadline) that appears to be a sure-shot in a traditionally greased-to-go legislature that knee-jerks its vote in favor of any bill that isn’t remanded to custody under the “held for further study” nomenclature of the corrupt committee system. P&J happened to be in the State House a few hours before the judiciary committee’s vote. Answering nature’s call in one of the elegantly appointed marble stalls, we saw written on the pristine wall, in black marker, “No gay marriage” and “We hate homos.” But the topper was, “Send them back to Faglandia,” which was so absurd P&J could only think of Groucho Marx’s call of “Hail, Freedonia!” in the classic comedy, Duck Soup. Let’s hope that the Senate judiciary vote — and eventual full Senate confirmation — puts an end to that type of thinking. And perhaps it’s time the custodial crew of Halitosis Hall got on the job and removed such dated and ignorant obscenities.
Speech of the Week
Since many of Phillipe and Jorge’s dear readers aren’t exactly sports buffs, it’s worth repeating the brief but earthily elegant oratory David “Big Papi” Ortiz gave at Fenway Park before the BoSox’ first post-marathon bombing home game on April 20. Standing in the middle of the field during pre-game ceremonies to honor the dead, wounded, and first responders, Big Papi — perhaps the most beloved Red Sox player in the past decade — pointed out that the players were wearing special uniforms with “Boston” across their chest instead of the traditional “Red Sox.” Speaking from the heart instead of a script, Ortiz said, “This is our fucking city! And nobody’s going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.” The crowd reaction was huge and loud, with political correctness properly put on the back burner for a rousing moment. Big Papi’s colorful remarks aired live on NESN with no bleeping of the offensive word and when media nerds started their usual nitpicking about how this might be received by the suits at the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC did the right thing for a change. Chairman
Julius Genachowski — who happens to be a native of Brookline, MA and a Harvard grad — declared the incident unworthy of hysteria by tweeting on the FCC’s Twitter account, “David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston.” In a time of insanity, at least a couple folks brought a sane response to the situation. Kudos to Big Papi and Big Julius.
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Additional kudos to Phoenix contributor Victor Paul Alvarez for his story last week about the legendary jukebox at P&J’s favorite watering hole in our Little Towne: NickA-Nee’s on South Street, a home away from home for Phoenix reporters and staff. One long-ago incident involving the jukebox stands out in P&J’s mind. Fresh from seeing the Meters at the Howlin’
Wolf nightclub in New Orleans at a friend’s wedding, we breezed into NickA-Nee’s and confronted a wet-behind-theears bartender to ask if the place had any Meters songs on the box. As the newbie hemmed and hawed, saying, “I’m not really sure,” out of the jukebox magically came the loud sounds of “Cissy Strut,” the band’s first big hit. “You do,” P&J informed our young friend as we smiled and settled down for a few hours of cold Rolling Rocks and hot music.
RaRe chili Sighting
There will be a rare performance by the Chili Brothers (Tony Medeiros, Greg Takemoto, Bruce Mattson, Dan Hann, and Joe Potenza) at 7 pm on April 27 at the Roots Cultural Center in downtown Providence. The Chilis were musical compatriots of the Band’s late Rick Danko and you can expect to hear a lot of Danko & Co.’s music by guys who really know how to play it. You really don’t want to miss this show.
hall of fame countdoWn
Last call for tickets to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s second annual induction ceremony and concert. It’s all taking place this Sunday, April 28 at the Met on Main Street in Pawtucket. This year’s event has expanded to “all day and all of the night,” to quote the Kinks. The afternoon show (2-4 pm) will include the inductions of Eddie Zack & the Hayloft Jamboree, Bobby Hackett, Jimmie Crane, George M. Cohan, and Sissieretta Jones, with a performance by members of the Hayloft Jamboree and musical tributes to the other inductees. From 4:30 to 5:30, there will be a plaqueunveiling reception in the hall honoring the 2013 inductees. This is your chance to see how the Hall of Fame is expanding and to hear about rapid developments in the Tune In & Tune Up basic health care initiative for Rhode Island musicians. Doors for the evening program will open at 6 pm, with a show starting at 8 pm that will include a tribute to beloved local activist Richard Walton and inductions of writer Bill Flanagan, Paul Geremia, Steve Smith & the Nakeds, and the Cowsills, who will all perform. Last year’s show sold out and tickets have been moving even more quickly this year. So get ’em now ($20) at Round Again Records, In Your Ear, Lupo’s Box Office, Empire Guitars, F.Y.E. and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Office. Tickets will go for $25 at the door but, by that point, there may not be any left.
Richie havenS, Rip
Speaking of Vo Dilun’s musical heritage, the great Richie Havens — who passed away on Monday — performed numerous times in the Biggest Little at the Newport Folk Festival, the original Lupo’s in Providence, and a show at the former Stepping Stone Ranch in Escoheag that Jorge (Rudy Cheeks) emceed and remembers well. Havens was a sweet and generous man who shared his music with the world and made this planet a brighter place. ^
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“As much as I try acting normal, I’m an emotional basket case.”
In Boston, Chris Faraone reports from Heartbreak Hell
Chris Faraone was a block and a half from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, en route to a bar called Forum on Boylston Street, when the bombs went off. The day’s shift from carnival to chaos is preserved impeccably on his Twitter feed. “I’d make fun of all the people going to watch the marahon [sic] in running gear, but I totally did go to see Magic Mike in my G-string,” he wrote at one point. Soon after, he was sending dispatches from a war zone: “Some relatively calm, others crying for blocks near Boston marathon finish line where loud noises were just heard,” “Observer who was right near Boston Marathon finish line during explosions tells me he smelled gun powder,” “FYI to my friends and fam and readers: I’m okay, and for the next few hours will be writing and processing today’s pandemonium.” That last tweet could serve as an epigraph for the e-book Faraone, a former Boston Phoenix staff writer who covered everything from Occupy protests to the LA rap collective Odd Future at the bygone paper, will release Friday, April 26 called Heartbreak Hell: Searching for Sanity in Boston Through a Week of Tragedy & Terror. Faraone didn’t just spend the hours following the attack writing and processing; he has never really stopped. He was interviewing people at the vigil in Boston Common the day after the bombings. Then he was speaking to a gaggle of nurses in town for a medical convention. Then, on Friday — the day Boston literally and figuratively froze with fear — he reported from what seemed to be the only open bar in
the entire city: Biddy Early’s, in the Financial District. “I hate to be that guy . . . who never stops talking about how he was never late to work in 20 years at the World Trade Center, but got a flat tire on 9/11,” he writes via email about the “dumb luck” that prevented him from reaching Forum ten minutes earlier. “But in this case I guess I am.” The restaurant has posted a note on their website that reads, in part, “Forum will be closed until further notice, as we are now a crime scene.” My conversation with Faraone has been edited and condensed.
PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF BOSTON EXPERIENCED THE DAY OF THE BOMBINGS AND THE DAY OF THE “CHASE” MOST ACUTELY. WHAT WERE THOSE DAYS IN BETWEEN LIKE? There’s a lot of color
from those days in Heartbreak Hell. Even before the lockdown, all of downtown was ghostly, with more military vehicles and cop cars then regular autos. It was a police state, plain and simple, with noise where there wasn’t usually noise, and silence where people are typically frolicking. There were
the anomalous weirdos who I guess were just getting on with their lives — playing whiffle ball, enjoying lunch on Boston Common — but for the most part heads were shook. Even though we didn’t have a suspect yet, I think there was a feeling that a villain was on the loose, among us.
YOU DESCRIBE SOME OF THE MORE TACTLESS TV REPORTERS IN THIS BOOK. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE WAY THE STORY HAS BEEN COVERED SO FAR? WHERE THERE MOMENTS WHEN YOU FELT UNCOMFORTABLE BEING A REPORTER? I always feel
uncomfortable being a reporter when people are suffering. My best friend recently died, and if someone walked up to me at his funeral and asked me a question for People magazine, I’d probably kick him or her right in the crotch. As for the TV reporters — yes, I get all over them, always. There are a lot of well-meaning and talented ones, but there are also tons whose primary obligation is to report bullshit ripped directly from the dailies, or even TMZ. As much shit as I’ve given them, though, it was nice to see some of the local characters get to cover something real for a
change. Some of them even did a damn good job. Maybe in the future they’ll ask their producers to continue doing serious news when this is over, though I highly doubt it.
HOW DO YOU THINK THESE EVENTS WILL CHANGE THE CITY? This is a smart city, with
smart people, so a lot of the bullshit that we saw at the national level — as far as big losses of civil liberties via the Patriot Act and other unconstitutional atrocities — will be toned down. With that said, we’re all fucked in some way or another. There’s no way there won’t be a gigantic money grab by the military industrial complex — they specialize in post-traumatic manipulation.
YOU WRITE THAT “LIKE SEEMINGLY EVERYBODY ELSE AROUND HERE, I’M SEARCHING FOR A BIT OF CLOSURE, HOWEVER SUPERFICIAL, HOWEVER TEMPORARY.” IS CLOSURE POSSIBLE? No. There
is no closure for this. Not for me at least. As much as I try acting normal, I’m an emotional basket case. I had a bit too much to drink a few nights ago, and wound up a crying mess, screaming at the top of my lungs and punching the floor. This book will close out the immediate thoughts, feelings, and observations that I initially had — and I think that’s important, especially later on, in the long term — but it also only begins a new chapter that might be even scarier than the last. For details about buying Heartbreak Hell, go to wtpbooks.net. The book will also be available for free online shortly after its release, Faraone says.
The guru of advanced hindsighT The name of the lab that rock star behavioral economist Dan Ariely founded at Duke University sounds like a joke: The Center for Advanced Hindsight. But it isn’t. It’s a real-life place where Ariely and a crew of researchers study pain, overeating, cheating, dating, decision making, and the relationship between eye contact and trust. According to the center’s website, they’re also working on developing programs and iPhone apps “to save the world.” Ariely — author of the bestseller Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions — brought his trademark curiosity and world-saving passion to Providence on April 20 in a lecture titled “Who Put the Monkey in the Driver’s Seat?” for RISD’s “Shared Voices” Presidential Speaker Series. True to form, the man’s ideas ranged from an alarm clock that donates money to the user’s least favorite charity if they continue to snooze, and the observation that, if you wear an ugly shirt from another culture, political correctness will prevent people from ridiculing it. The Phoenix caught up with him before the talk. The interview has been edited and condensed.
WITHOUT KNOWING ME, CAN YOU TELL ME IF I’M MAKING BAD LIFE DECISIONS? You are. I can tell you what they’re likely to be.
Most likely you haven’t thought carefully about retirement. My guess is that, if you’re like a lot of Americans, you’re not taking good enough care of your health — thinking long term in terms of getting habits for healthy eating. If I think about other general categories, my guess is you’ve texted and drove in the recent past and you probably had unprotected sex at some point. As a journalist, you probably procrastinate and
you wait [until] the couple of hours before the deadline to really focus. My guess is you don’t go to sleep on time.
[LAUGHING] WHAT IS IT LIKE HAVING THESE THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU? I don’t think that people are bad, I
just think that our human nature is incompatible with the environment we design for ourselves. Knowing that you text and drive for example, doesn’t make me think worse of you. It just makes me think, “OK, how [did] we create this system that is so terrible? What would we do better?”
LAST NIGHT — FRIDAY, APRIL 19 — YOUR TALK IN BOSTON WAS POSTPONED BECAUSE OF THE MANHUNT FOR ONE OF THE MARATHON BOMBERS. IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THOSE RECENT EVENTS THAT RELATES TO YOUR RESEARCH? The question of
course is, “Why is terrorism so successful?” The way we understand these events is that [one of] the two biggest contributors to the irrational fear . . . is the intentionality on the other side. There is somebody who is intending to kill you, unlike [with] car accidents or other things. The other thing is that there is no room for perception of control. So when you drive, you feel you are in control. The truth is, somebody drunk could just swerve and hit you and you have no control, but we have this feeling of being in control. The other thing which is kind of interesting is thinking about the police force. I think the force of anticipated regret is so powerful that the police basically did not want to get to a situation in which somebody later on would say, “You should have done x.” In order to prevent that, they shut down the whole city.
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2013 THE BEST
EdiTors’ picks: a fEw of our favoriTE Things
food & drink
his is our 16th edition of all things Best. In the first outing, we noted that “within every neighborhood there are hundreds of Bests: vibrant centers that rival any for their bustle, commerce, and visual riot; tiny shops that have persevered for decades. Paying tribute to them is no small endeavor.” It is our honor to continue that tradition on these pages. First the editors offer a few recommenda tions; on page 10, we turn it over to the real experts — you, dear readers. We tallied your votes for your favorite people, places, and things in 135 categories. Now get out there and enjoy the very Best.
Every year we give props to some of our lo cal favorite Italian bakeries (shoutouts to Buono’s, Crugnale, Calise, et al.), and this time we’re spotlighting the delectable piz za strips from DiVozzi’s and Borrelli’s insanely addictive pizza rolls. DiVozzi’s opened a third location in the heart of Little Portugal (aka West Warwick) last summer and business is booming thanks to crusty loaves of Sicilian bread, tempt ing sweets, and killer pizza strips (three for just $3.29). The Borelli’s in Providence remains a longtime favorite with locals, with racks full of addictive minieclairs and cannoli. But their pizza rolls (no, not at all like the frozen Totino’s variety) are just too perfect — and just 75 cents each! Pick up a dozen and try the spinach and olive, eggplant, or the carnivorous “God father,” an Italian grinder packed into a small baked roll. Fantastic!
Arie Bates at Borelli’s Bakery
BEsT TwisTs on pizza
DiVozzi italian Bakery, 27 Pike st, West Warwick | 401.826.2253 | divozzibakery.com Borrelli’s Bakery, 805 Charles st, Providence | 401.861.7955
BEsT LoBsTuh cLuB
Dining at the CroW’s Nest is worth the wait — trust us. This Warwick landmark has been doing it right since the 1960s, filled with bluehaired beauties rubbing elbows with salty skippers and locals intheknow. Hang in the lounge for su perfriendly service and the best lobster salad in the state, hands down. But wait, it gets better — the Crow’s Nest Lobster Club sandwich is a jawdropper, and al ways priced right (around $16 regardless of season). The lobstuh salad preparation is simple and easy on the mayo, served with a heaping pile of fries or slaw. Lobster and bacon, people – ’nuff said.
288 Arnolds Neck rd, Warwick | 401.732.6575 | crowsnestri.com
BEsT rEgaL EaTs in rumford
Rumford residents Nick Rabar and wife Tracy have a hit on their hands with AVeNue N AmeriCAN KitCheN, located in the re vamped Rumford Center (former home to the famous baking powder). Nick is a familiar name around these parts, the renowned chef/entrepreneur/author and host of his own show on Cox, Nick Rabar Continued on p 10
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Chef 2 Go. Bring some friends to Avenue N, for there are far too many apps to tempt the palate, like plump fried oysters, lamb sliders, and the Rabars’ gastropub spin on a childhood classic — handbattered corn dogs with mac & cheese. Stellar entrees in clude swordfish with whole wheat spaetzle and a forktender, molassesbrined bone in pork chop. As for Sunday brunch, we’re talking the best steak and eggs around, and Avenue N’s signature burger (topped with an optional fried egg) is untouchable. Full bar (including Allagash on tap) with signature cocktails, too.
20 Newman Ave, rumford | 401.270.2836 | avenuenrestaurant.com
BEsT chickEn soup — fuggEdaBouTiT!
1500 oaklawn Ave, Cranston | 401.463.5303 | macerarestaurant.com
BEsT (and BoLdEsT) dining advEnTurE
north is a dining adventure, to say the least, with a focus on an insanely eclectic array of dishes. Prepare for an interna tional culinary jaunt courtesy of chefs John Chester, Tim Shulga, and James Mark (who has worked in renowned kitchens Momofuku and Nick’s On Broadway). Wedge your way into the sixperson bar area and snack on sea bream and savory country ham rolls with Korean mayo, or bring some friends and knock down one of their “north Feasts,” including a fried chicken platter (with feet) or spicy rock crabs. And try the fried chicken and waffle sandwich or “Korean Hangover Stew” dur ing Sunday brunch. 3 luongo memorial sq, Providence | 401.421.1100 | foodbynorth.com
BEsT cornEd BEEf hash omELET
West Warwick gets no love from us RIers in general, and that’s why we are giv ing ClyDe’s huNgry horse a shout here. While many WW folks wait in line for a ta ble at AJ’s every weekend, some of us would rather drop in to Clyde’s (formerly Papa’s Place) and crush their kingsized corned beef hash omelet, made from scratch, of course. Add a homemade slab of grilled cornbread on the side. Plenty of parking in back. Clyde’s is open daily at 7 am.
943 main st, West Warwick | 401.615.7176
p h otos by R I C hAR D M c C Af f Re y
There are many reasons to become a regu lar at mACerA’s itAliAN restAurANt, like lunchtime grinders served on Buono’s crusty bread, consistently perfect cala mari, chicken Marsala to die for, and so much more. But they’re bestknown for their soup and sauce — “always ready to go!!” as their website proclaims. The chick en escarole soup keeps the small takeout counter jampacked. Pick it up hot or cold by the gallon (bring your own container and save $1). Macera’s is tucked behind a small strip plaza in Cranston —in Vo Di lunese, “It’s right next to Mustang Sally’s and across from the Bob’s Store plaza.”
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Wharf’s acclaimed line of buttonups and oxford shirts. Keep an eye out on Wharf’s website for special deals, which recently included a 20percentoff instore coupon.
212 Westminster st, Providence | 401.272.1231 | shopwharf.com
BEsT onE-sTop cigar-and-BomBEr shop
The West Warwick lovefest continues here, dishing praise to one of the better liquor states in the state, JoyAl’s liquors. While Joyal’s certainly lacks the megawarehouse appeal of nearby Haxton’s on Bald Hill Road, the 12,000 squarefoot sales floor is stocked with plenty of spirits, wines, and brews. But head to the last aisle and peruse the quality selection of bombers at unbeat able prices (we loaded up on Blue Hills’ Wa termelon Wheat 22ouncers at just $4). Plus Mr. J’s Havana Shop inside Joyal’s boasts the largest selection of cigars in southern New England and more than 50 varieties of pipe tobacco. Onestop sipping and puffing!
90 West Warwick Ave, West Warwick | 401.822.0536 | joyalsliquors.com
BEsT downciTy sTyLE rEfinEry for dudEs
BEsT rEason To visiT wu-sockET
Come on, dude— you’re looking like a wrinkled, sunstarved schlub right now, but RI native Rob Babigian, owner of WhArf ClothiNg & WAres, will help re fine and redefine your style. The personal ized service and sharp layout cater to the dignified preppy. Granted, prices are a bit steeper than the mundane mall stuff from Eddie Bauer or J. Crew, but this is the only place around to score highend wares from Gant, Raleigh Denim, Randolph Engineer ing, and many more. And don’t forget
A worldrenowned, underground cloth ing label based in Woonsocket? Believe it. little BAstArD ClothiNg Co. has made plenty of waves since introducing the in famous “Kid With Gun” logo tees a few years back and continues to catch flak from parents and school principals (it’s just a Tshirt, people). For our Nikeobsessed friends, look up the “galaxy” and brand new “Cement Print” line of shirts. Pats fans will surely fiend for the “Patriotic Bas tards” hoody, and limited sizes remain for the WuTang Claninspired “Woonsocket”
set; women’s gear is available, too. Break north and check out the boutique HQ or shop online.
land handles the music side of the biz and is wellregarded for his hospitality. Salud, Pat and Ricky!
BEsT LivE divE
108 main st, Woonsocket | 401.356.1333 | littlebastardco.com
BEsT pLacE To graB your BaLLs in puBLic
The sport of bocce (some say “bahchee,” though some Italians may call it “bawtch”) ain’t just for old goombahs down at the VFW. Lob a Duckpinsized ball closest to the small white pill or “pallino” and let the good times roll. We want in on the ProViDeNCe DoWNCity BoCCe leAgue, but un fortunately the 2013 registration is already filled to capacity. The PDBL expanded from 12 teams to 16 this year; the squads include Pass the Bocce To the Left Hand Side, De boccery, Mission Imbocceball, Boccelism, and the Rolling Stones. Four games are held weekly, and libations are available next door at Tazza. Hit the PDBL site to get on the waiting list!
arTs & EnTErTainmEnT BEsT rEason To LEavE your couch on a wEdnEsday
Raise a glass for DusK owners Pat Butler and Ricky Sunderland, who consistently book great lowdough shows just about every night of the week. That includes the Dusk Metal Night series, held just about every Wednesday. A recent show was a major score for the intimate Harris Avenue bar/lounge, with megastar locals Howl and Tinsel Teeth (and only $5!). Sunder
301 harris Ave, Providence | 401.714.0444 | duskprovidence.com
It’s been a busy 12 months for family man/big man bassist/bar proprietor Aaron Jaehnig — he welcomed a baby daughter (congrats!), continues to perform with ac claimed local rock quartet Northern Lands, and is the man in charge of the PArlour (formerly the Penalty Box) on North Main Street. Jaehnig was a Living Room legend and has friends lining up to rock his Par lour. A recent tripledip featured Keith Mc Curdy, Jay Berndt, and Barn Burning. The corner tap still boasts a wide array of craft beers, too. Great spot, great people.
1119 North main st, Providence | 401.383.5858 | facebook.com/Parlourri
BEsT pLacE To LoL aLL summEr Long
If there was a Jefferson Award given to comedy wranglers, Joe Rocco (yes, the sports guy from Channel 10 back in the day) would be a shooin. He’s the man responsible for the wildly successful NeWPort summer ComeDy series. From Bill Maher (making his Rhody debut on July 28) to Lisa Lampanelli (returning August 2) to Nick Offerman with Megan Mullally (August 30), Rocco hauls in big-time funny people. Prepare for gorgeous views of the harbor and uproarious laffs under the big white tent. Bill Burr kicks off the season on July 14. All shows on sale now!
Newport yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf | 800.745.3000 | newportcomedy.com
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EntErtAinmEnt dancing, viewing, laughing, listening Best Art GAllery: As220 + As220 Project sPAce
(Sidebar Bistro, AS220’s monthly “Is This Jazz?” series), but Roots has become a favorite meeting place for jazz listeners and players. The Mango Trio (Jhony Keys on, yes, keyboards, bassist Mibbett Threats, and drummer Zeffro Gianetti) helm the Strictly Jazz Jam every Tuesday (8-11 pm, $4, musicians free with sign up), and the very best players and vocalists in the state hit the stage and let it fly. It’s a genuine happening. And things get jazzy on Sunday too (see Best Weekly Jam).
115 Empire St + 93 Mathewson St, Providence | 401.831.9327 | as220.org/galleries | AS220
has long offered lively exhibits at its Empire Street mothership. But something changed after the opening of its Project Space gallery on Mathewson Street in 2007. Everything remains unjuried and uncensored, the shows continue to be a mix of emerging and established local artists, but it’s as if everyone quietly agreed to up their game. What had been a hodgepodge became one of the top art showcases in town.
Best kArAoke sPot: 133 cluB
29 Warren Ave, East Providence | 401.438.1330 | 133club.webs.com | Hey, even
Best comediAn: rAy HArrinGton rayharringtoncomedy.com | On his Twitter
bio, Ray describes himself as “a comedian [and] closet-nerd.” He excels at speed-oflight improv and irreverence, and is a bit of an optimist: his new album is titled The Worst Is Over. Phoenix readers clearly believe that The Best is yet to come for Harrington.
Best comedy cluB: comedy connection
39 Warren Ave, East Providence | 401.438.8383 | ricomedyconnection.com | Comedy Connection is our Comedy Central. The East Providence institution is the perennial Best winner, and with good reason — they attract national headliners (Bill Bellamy, Sommore) and always showcase the best local laffmeisters. The weekly Friday and Sunday showcases are an ideal way to kick off and wrap up your the weekend. What’s so funny? Head to East Providence to find out.
Best comedy niGHt: Providence imProv Guild
393 Broad St, Providence | improvpig.com | Improv is built on spontaneity, but the not-quite-one-year-old Providence Improv Guild definitely has a plan. They set out to provide a hub for the improv community, providing a venue, a curriculum (yep, you can oxymoronically learn to be spontaneous), and a fertile environment for creative expression. There are shows most Fridays ($5) and workshops on Saturdays. We encourage you to P.I.G. out ASAP.
Best cover BAnd: run For covers
run4covers.com | Want to hear Justin Bieber and Danzig in the same set? Or how about a neck-snapping segue from Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer” to Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”? Run For Covers revel in making those unlikely leaps. The quintet pride themselves on not playing the same-old sameold, and fans appreciate the effort. Run For Covers turn every club into a love shack.
Best cover cluB: corinne’s
1593 Newport Ave, Pawtucket | 401.542.0038 | corinnesbanquets.com | Everybody’s work-
ing for the weekend, right? And on a Friday or Saturday night, when a cover band kicks
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
into Loverboy’s awesome anthem, fists get pumped, the chorus gets shouted, and a week’s worth of day job stress is in the rear-view mirror. Mullett rocks the hell out of Loverboy when they hit Corrine’s, the large and friendly space in Pawtucket. The club is a regular stop for the area’s fave hitchanneling outfits — Witzend, the Senders, Smokin’ Toads, and 2013 Best Cover Band Run For Covers. Phoenix readers say Corinne’s has them covered (oof, sorry).
have the “Super Party Rockin Muthafuckin ROCKSTAR DJ” on the decks. Dirty DEK is that self-proclaimed ROCKSTAR, and every Friday night he gets the job done for his fervent following. When DEK is working the decks and the dancers lock into the groove, everyone in the room is a ROCKSTAR.
Best dAnce cluB/niGHt: cAsuAl sAturdAy @ Fête
the Fall River treasure grabs this honor, the Narrows is much more than a folk venue, but fans of every musical genre think it’s The Best. It’s low-key and high-quality, cozy and all-encompassing —and it’s BYOB. It hosts beloved roots acts (Los Lobos), new kids (Eilen Jewell, the Vespers), weirdos (Los Straitjackets, Aaron Freeman, aka Gene Ween), blues kings (Robert Cray, Ronnie Earl), prog rockers (Carl Palmer), genre-jumpers (Peter Case), soul survivors (Bettye LaVette), genuine bow-down legends (Dr. John, Ian Hunter) — and folkies (Tom Rush; buy now for his 9.13 show). OK, folks — see you at the Narrows.
103 Dike St, Providence | 401.383.1112 | fetemusic.com | Dust off those gold chains
when PVD’s Born Casual is in the building, banging out that crazy-crunk trap rap. Dude can get a room lathered up in no time; his Casual Saturdays at Fête are already the stuff of legend (and you may actually see a proportionate amount of chicks to dudes — a PVD anomaly), and no cover all night! The same applies to his biweekly gig at the Salon (second Friday of the month). Stream a handful of mixtapes like Pizza and Pills at soundcloud.com/borncasual.
Best Folk venue: nArroWs center For tHe Arts
16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA | 508.324.1926 | narrowscenter.org | As we always note when
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Best HiP-HoP venue: tHe met
den has guided the classical ballet company through passionate and compelling performances since 1960, highlighted by creative takes on Giselle, Coppelia, and other timeless works. The crux of SBRI’s mission statement: “to serve as a place where talented dancers can share their passion.” Audiences — and our readers — are clearly passionate about their efforts.
handily and leads the way as arguably RI’s best overall concert venue. The club’s size and locale provides the perfect tour stop for many of the national indie/underground rap acts en route to Boston or New York venues, and hosts plenty of local rhymers. Wu-Tang legend Ghostface Killah stops by on May 11.
401.334.2560 | stateballet.com | Herci Mars-
Best dj niGHt: dj dirty dek @ tHe WHiskey rePuBlic
515 South Water St, Providence | 401.588.5158 | thewhiskeyrepublic.com | If
you want to win Best DJ Night, you need to
1005 Main St, Pawtucket | 401.729.1005 | themetri.com | The Met took this category
Best jAzz venue/niGHt: strictly jAzz jAm WitH tHe mAnGo trio @ roots
276 Westminster St, Providence | 401.272.7422 | rootscafeprovidence.com | Downcity has a few spots to hear jazz
Harry Potter likes to cut loose on karaoke night. “I love karaoke,” Daniel Radcliffe has said. “I am one of those people who says, ‘No, no, I can’t, I couldn’t possibly, no, I won’t . . . all right, give me the mic! And then I’m elbowing other people out of the way to get to the stage.” We don’t think Big Bill has welcomed the wizard and true star to the East Providence tavern, but we do know that Phoenix readers say it’s The Best place to strut their stuff every Wednesday night. Just like Harry.
Best movie tHeAter: Avon cinemA 260 Thayer St, Providence | 401.421.3315 | avoncinema.com | The Avon has been show-
ing world-class cinema for 75 years. For most of its existence, it has been an “art house,” specializing in foreign and independent films. From Last Tango In Paris to Midnight In Paris, from Marty to Barbara, it has seared thousands of indelible cinematic images into our collective consciousness. The elegant single-screen experience is a rare and wonderful thing in 2013. Phoenix readers recognize the Avon as The Best.
Best museum: tHe risd museum
224 Benefit St, Providence | 401.454.6500 | risdmuseum.org | We made a not-so-bold
prediction last year: “Let’s go out on a limb and bestow the 2013 Best Museum to RISD right now.” They’ve won every year, so we may have to kick ’em out of contention in ’14 and let another distinguished hall get some love (nah, we can’t do that). Make the trip to College Hill to take in the current “Lists” exhibit from the Smithsonian archives and seek inner peace in the presence of the 12th-century wooden Dainichi Nyorai Buddha.
Best oPen mic: tHe nutty scotsmAn
812 Putnam Pike, Glocester | 401.710.7778 | facebook.com/thenuttyscotsman | The Nutty
Scotsman certainly embraces the word “open.” They garnered The Best accolade for their weekly open mic night hosted by the five-piece “dubgrass noise-funk” outfit Rat Ruckus (which kicks off around 8:30; the guest list fills up fast), but they also open their stage every Wednesday and Saturday Continued on p 14
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for karaoke with Sergio and on Thursdays it’s “country-oke” with Timmy. Head to the wilds of Glocester and join the fun. At the Nutty Scotsman, the door is always open.
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71 Washington St, North Attleboro, MA | 508.695.BOWL | northbowllanes.com | Bowl-
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ing is at the heart of the experience at North Bowl — there are 40 lanes, all with lounge seating, a variety of leagues, and a pro shop (including a Ball of the Week special). But you cannot live on 10 pins alone. There’s an arcade with 31 games (with prizes); pub food and brick oven pizza; beer, wine, cocktails, and margaritas; and Cosmic Bowling (Thursday-Saturday nights), with DJs and videos on giant screens and an out-of-thisworld light show. The slogan here is “Eat. Drink. Bowl.” Words to live by.
Best PlAce to PlAy Pool: rHode islAnd BilliArds BAr & Bistro
2022 Smith St, North Providence | 401.232.1330 | capitolbilliards.com | They don’t mess
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around in North Providence. It’s best to know a little something about the game when you walk into Rhode Island Billiards. Make that games — there are a handful of ways to go when you’re confronted by 16 beautiful fields of green. There’s no lack of folks who like to rack ’em and run ’em, and this popular spot is the consensus spot — that’s how it has dominated the category for five years in a row. And there’s much more than pool: 108 beers, bands on weekends, a full menu with all you can eat pizza and pasta deals . . . . It’s The Best of almost everything!
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HOLLY WILLIAMS with ANDERSON EAST
BEN WALSH ALBUM RELEASE
with LOCAL LIGHTS, KAYLA RINGELHEIM
HE’S MY BROTHER SHES MY SISTER
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with JEFFREY LEWIS & THE RAIN, BEACH DAY SAT 5/23
41 CENTRAL ST. Providence RI • (401) 270-1801
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with JAMES DEWEES, THE TOWER & THE FOOL
DEAD CONFEDERATE with ROADKILL GHOST CHOIR
79 Washington St, Providence | 401.331.5876 | lupos.com | Rich Lupo’s place has been the
haus of rock (and R&B and soul and punk and legends and local heroes and everything in between) since 1975 — their legacy spans five decades and three locations. Didja know that James Brown, Radiohead, Green Day, Foo Fighters, and Tony Bennett played there? In December, the club will mark 10 years on Washington St. A look at upcoming shows — Bassnectar, MGMT, the Darkness, Juicy J, Queensrÿche, Silversun Pickups — proves that the offerings are as diverse as ever.
Best tHeAter comPAny: trinity reP
201 Washington St, Providence | 401.351.4242 | trinityrep.com | Like a favorite professor,
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with ATLANTIC THRILLS, THE LEGENDARY ROCKIN’ PROPHETS, BILLY BOUCHARD
a great theater company should challenge us. It should feed our intellect and it should always fill the basic human need for laughter. It should approach the masterpieces with the same progressive, creative nerve it takes to tackle the avant-garde. Trinity Rep not only bridges the gap between classic and contemporary, it blurs the two. Shakespeare junkies and fans of Wilde and Wilder get their fix, as do those seeking the annual pleasures of A Christmas Carol. Trinity Rep dependably proves: the play’s the thing.
dodged the wrecking ball but gathered dust in the ’80s; it was revived in the mid-’90s, and its grandeur was restored through meticulous restorations and renovations. PPAC prides itself on hosting Broadway touring shows, plus concerts, comedians, and culture vultures (Anthony Bourdain, David Sedaris). Yeah, it’s a classy joint.
Best triviA niGHt: trinity BreWHouse
186 Fountain St, Providence | 401.453.BEER | trinitybrewhouse.com | Everyone’s a know-
it-all these days, with the answer to everything a coupla clicks away on the phone glued to their hand (which actually makes a lot of people a know-nothing-at-all-since-Ican-Google-it these days). Which makes the pure brainpower on display at trivia nights more impressive than ever. The session held at Trinity Brewhouse on Tuesdays at 8 provides the answer to the query, “What Trivia Night do Phoenix readers consider The Best?” Get there early, the seats fill up fast.
Best tWitter Feed: in doWncity
twitter.com/indowncitypvd | Their Twitter declaration is loud and proud: “Official guide of Downcity Providence. Everything you want to do, taste, see, and buy in Providence, RI.” From parking tips to shopping advice to nightlife nudges to shoutouts for all things PVD, you need to follow these folks.
Best visuAl Artist: kristen minsky
facebook.com/kristen.minsky | This category was open to interpretation, a catchall for artists in various mediums. The winner, Kristen Minsky, describes herself as a “flapper, tapper, and gal about town.” She’s the founder and creative director of the dance troupe, the TropiGals (“the dames of which dreams are made,” she notes), half of dancing duo the Minsky Sisters, and the leader of the Chifferobe extravaganzas. In performance, the artistry on display is a visual delight. Let her entertain you!
Best Weekly jAm: Blues/jAzz jAm WitH sWeet P. & tHe WHo dAt BAnd @ roots 276 Westminster St, Providence | 401.272.7422 | rootscafeprovidence.com |
There’s something wonderfully democratic about the jam sessions that crop up in bars. Bring your ax and you’ll get a chance to shine. The gathering at the Roots Cultural Center most Sundays from 7-11 pm is helmed by Paul Alexander Williams, better known as Sweet P. The guitarist/singer has been working the clubs since the grand ol’ age of 19, so he’s a great anchor for the pros in the Who Dat ensemble and the skilled amateurs who share their talents; the occasional special guest juices things up every now and then. Admission is $5, free for jammers.
Best tHeAter venue: Providence PerForminG Arts center 220 Weybosset St, Providence | 401.421.ARTS | ppacri.org | PPAC opened in 1928 as the
Loew’s Movie Palace, and was one of the downtown showcases for film (with the RKO Albee, Majestic, and the Strand) through the late ’60s (before suburban multiplexes changed the cinematic landscape). In the ’70s it was called the Palace, and hosted a slew of landmark concerts (a few names: Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, the Kinks, Steely Dan, Van Morrison) and substance-enhanced midnight movies. It
DJ Dirty DEK
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City Life People, places, causes, media Best Beach: east Matunuck state Beach
too often secretive and cynical. The capital city is still in trouble. But it looks like we have the right man for the job.” A year later, those words ring even truer.
area got a big boost in its profile last year, when it unveiled a new pavilion, with food stands, bathrooms, changing stalls, and more ($4.5 million of your tax dollars at work). And it’s green: a wind turbine and solar heaters provide the power. Avoid the throngs that flock to Scarborough and Narragansett and head to this little gem. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Best Radio PeRsonality: Buddy cianci
950 Succotash Rd, South Kingstown | 401.789.8585 | riparks.com/Locations/ LocationEastMatunuck.html | This 144-acre
Best Bike Route: east Bay Bike Path
riparks.com/Locations/LocationEastBay.html | The East Bay Bike Path tops this category
for the 16th year. Here’s some trivia to share the next time you’re enjoying its awardwinning splendor: It spans 14.5 miles. It was greenlit in 1983 and built from 1987 to 1992 on the former rail bed of the Providence, Warren, and Bristol Railroad. It’s a link in the East Coast Greenway, which aspires to be a 3000-mile motorized-free ribbon from Maine to Florida. And more than 1 million people walk, run, skate, and bike on it every year. Yep, it’s The Best.
Best Blog: 990WBoB.coM
990WBOB.com | 990WBOB.com takes the
title again (and in dominant fashion). From pop culture to politics, the all-encompassing site is fully immersed in the local community, bolstered by a team of ace writers and on-air personalities. And WBOB is an invaluable resource for local musicians, with host/music journalist extraordinaire Rob Duguay proudly plugging Rhody’s vibrant music scene. His Album of the Week blog always makes for a good read, and the site hosts the popular “Mondays On Blast” music series at the Spot.
Best local cause: MaRRiage equality Rhode island 118 North Main St, Providence | 401.941.2727 | marriageequalityri.org | Last month, the
cover of Time magazine declared “Gay Marriage Already Won,” citing that 83 percent of voters felt that same-sex marriage would be legal by 2022, according to exit polls in the 2012 election. But MERI’s goal — “to win access to marriage for ALL Rhode Island couples, regardless of sexual orientation or identity” — has yet to be won. Hit the website to get info on volunteering, donations, and how to urge state senators to get the cause “already won” in the Ocean State.
Best local non-PRofit gRouP: faRM fResh Rhode island
1005 Main St #1220, Pawtucket | 401.312.4250 | farmfresh.org | The politically correct
award show phrase these days is “And the [whatever] goes to . . . .” In the Best NonProfit Group category, all of the nominees — Providence Community Health Center, PVD Lady Project, Rhode Island for Community Justice, Youth Pride Inc. — are The Best. But Farm Fresh Rhode Island got the
Mayor Angel Taveras
most votes, so this blurb’s for them. Their core objectives are shared by all righteous non-profits: “build healthier communities” and “strengthen community-based businesses.” Their specific concerns: “Preserve Rhode Island farmland and our agricultural and culinary knowledge”; “increase access to fresher, tastier food”; “Improve impact of food production and distribution on our environment.” They’re doing their Best to make a difference.
Best oPen sPace: colt state PaRk Hope Street, Bristol | 401.253.7482 | riparks. com/Locations/LocationEastBay.html | Colt
State Park is another consistent Best bet in this category; here are some fun facts about the beloved spot: In 1905 (give or take a year), Samuel P. Colt bought three farms and established the opulent space, which encompasses 464 acres on Poppasquash Neck. The marble gates at the entrance were inspired by the Petit Trianon, a chateau at the Palace of Versailles in France. The state bought the land in 1965, and the park was dedicated on August 21, 1968 by Gov. John Chafee. It boasts 10 playing fields, six picnic groves, a 55-foot observation tower, four miles of trails, and the ultra-popular wedding site, the Chapel-by-the-Sea. Go!
Best Place to PeoPle-Watch: WateRfiRe
waterfire.org | When those pyres are lit, the grand stroll along the Downcity river becomes an engaging saunter. Couples arm-inarm, a gaggle social circles, babies enjoying a stroller session — there are plenty of encounters to absorb and, even if you don’t speak to those you’re passing, the voyeuristic side of humanity is sated. Factor in some glorious weather — June can be particularly sublime — and the attraction becomes irresistible.
Best Place to Run: Blackstone BoulevaRd
blackstoneparkconservancy.org/the-parks/ blackstone-boulevard-park | Sure, you can
jog in a circle around a track or hit the sidewalks for an extended jaunt, but isn’t it nice to have a long stretch of road like the Boulevard to get your sweat on? The times we’ve chosen this tony East Side path, the runners populating it have been unusually friendly — hey, what’s not to like about such surroundings? The stretch between Hope St and Butler Ave is a little oasis, easier on your feet than cement and flecked with all sorts of flowers during the summer. Tie up those laces and get going.
Best Politician: angel taveRas providenceri.com/mayor | A day in the life: on the Friday that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras graciously and generously made time to head to the Olneyville New York System for our cover shoot, he finalized a pension agreement with police, firefighters, and retirees that averted a legal challenge that could have bankrupted the city and danced the merengue at Community College of Rhode Island’s Cultural Awareness Day. He also checked off dozens of other items on the day’s agenda. In last year’s item honoring Taveras as Best Politician, we noted that he “has been transparent and hopeful in a political culture that’s
Cor e y gr ay h or s e
630WPRO.com | “Personality” is the key word
here. Buddy embodies personality. He rolls with the subject matter: he can be breezy and engaging, but he gets worked up with a topic hits home, and most days a topic or three will push more than a few buttons. And he’s a deep source of knowledge and perspective for all things Vo Dilun. No wonder he’s a perennial winner in this category.
Best Radio station: WBRu
WBRU.com | WBRU (95.5 FM) may someday
be the last alt-rock radio station standing in the Northeast (godspeed, WFNX). We love the “Retro Lunch” and “Home BRU’d” (weeknights at 9). “Exposure” (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 pm) is the only place on the commercial dial to hear indie acts like Screaming Females and Titus Andronicus. The Summer Concert Series is always is a blast. And don’t forget “The 360 Black Experience in Sound” every Sunday — shoutout to Midnight Madness!
Best tv PeRsonality: fRank coletta
turnto10.com/story/20916727/frank-coletta | Since 1981, Frank has brought a personal
touch to local news both big and small. Most careers don’t find a person staying in one place for three-plus decades, but the WJAR news anchor’s dedication to the 401 has paid off — he has basically come to define Channel 10. There’s something reassuring about the light touch that he brings to the screen. Tune into NBC 10 News Sunrise and News At Noon; you’ll be in The Best hands.
Best tv station: WJaR
turnto10.com | WJAR is The Best, and it was The First: it hit the airwaves in 1949 (on Channel 11; it moved to 10 in 1953) and will turn 64 on July 10. Its newscasts have dominated the ratings for most of its existence — viewer loyalty bred by reliability and trust. Its current (and long-running) news team includes Frank Coletta (see Best TV Personality), Patrice Wood, Mario Hilario, and Jim Taricani; its distinguished alums include Christiane Amanpour, Matt Lauer, and Meredith Vieira (and let’s not forget Jay Kroll and Bunny North); and a few new faces are carrying on the tradition. There’s more competition than ever these days, on screens large and small, but people keep turning to 10.
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taste, sip, and savor Best Appie Hour: VAnity restAurAnt And Lounge
566 South Main St, Providence | 401.649.4667 | vanityri.com | This ’20s-style supper club
has a growing fan base. The apps are theme-related: Italian eggrolls, silent flick (popcorn and peanuts dusted with Romano and herbs), “sticks and sauce” (chicken tender sticks with honey Dijon); clams Casanova (zuppa style with bread). Pair these with classic drinks (Hemingway or Bees Knees) or original cocktails (Flapper or Pretty Boy Floyd), and you have yourself a happy hour indeed!
Best BAgeLs: oLgA’s Cup & sAuCer
103 Point, Providence | 401.831.6666 | olgascupandsaucer.blogspot.com | Olga’s only has two kinds of bagels — plain sourdough and multiseed; no other multi-hyphenated variations are necessary. Try them toasted with cream cheese or grilled and served with homemade gravlax (fresh salmon soaked overnight in a salt-sugar-herbs cure). Or have ’em with eggs and cheddar for a breakfast sandwich.
Best BAkery: seVen stArs BAkery
Illuminati, with tall swagged windows topped with stained glass crests of European banking families. They take pride in serving “couture cocktails,” so presumably any spills on evening gowns will look perfectly at home. Beware the smoky Scorpion Mescal in El Coche — it packs a sting.
Martini contains “way too much Hammer + Sickle vodka.” The Hot and Dirty Martini has jalapeño juice as well as olive juice. Sex On the Mezzanine? “An orgy of juices,” plus booze. To stop the sloshing, bar food is half-price from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Best BAr, diVe: e & o tAp
125 Washington St, Providence | 401.272.6950 | facebook.com/TheStableProvidence | This
289 Knight St, Providence | 401.454.4827 | eandotap.com | E & O Tap encapsulates the
Dive Bar experience: dirty glasses, flat soda, and stiff drinks. But Mike Kelly has some damn good taste in beer (including BBC and Abita) and keeps the joint jumping nightly. Call next on the tabletop soccer while beardos cheer for the Sox on the big screen. John McCauley has been known to premiere a new tune here (E & O Tap is pretty much Deer Tick HQ), and the “E & O Raps” events are always fun. A bonus: the Poco Loco Taco truck is parked onsite every Wednesday and Friday. “Get Some.”
Best BAr, FAnCy: CirCe restAurAnt & BAr
50 Weybosset St, Providence | 401.4378991 | circerestaurantbar.com | No bar in town has
820 Hope St + 342 Broadway, Providence + 20 more fun naming their drinks (thanks for Newman Ave, East Providence | 401.521.2200 the smiles, Kyle). The I Hope I Get Fired | sevenstarsbakery.com | After a successful 10
years, debate still rages among Seven Stars customers, especially the coffee drinkers: “Buttery croissant? Crunchy scone? Can’tstop-eating-it cinnamon bun?” But also: “Which loaf will make me a hero at home? The stuffed-with-Kalamata olives bread? The European-tasting seedless rye? The sourdough baguette?” Any of the baker’s dozen of breads will do the trick.
Best BAr: tHe AVery
18 Luongo Memorial Sq, Providence | 401.751.5920 | averyprovidence.com | Snazzy
West Side watering hole the Avery once again takes the Best Bar crown. Pull up a comfy barstool and enjoy a properly prepared, old-time classic (try the Ginger Sidecar) courtesy of owner John Richard. It’s low-key and chic without the attitude, with a nice brew selection (eight taps and more than 40 bottles) and an even better whiskey selection (more than 70!). Open daily until midnight.
Best BAr, Beer seLeCtion: JuLiAn’s growth of craft beer bars in the state, this category is more competitive than ever. But Julian’s has 2013 bragging rights — and a lot to brag about. As we type, the draft list includes Thornbridge Raven (a black IPA), Shmaltz Funky Jewbelation (a complex strong ale), and a pair of local standouts (Foolproof’s Revery, a Russian imperial stout, and Bucket’s Park Loop Porter). There’s also an array of alluring bottles (and a few cans), big and small. Many bars have more taps, but Julian’s has The Best.
Best BAr, CoCktAiLs: tHe dorrAnCe 60 Dorrance St, Providence | 401.521.6000 | thedorrance.com | The decor makes you feel like you’re knocking one back with the
P H OTO S BY R I CH A R D M c C A f f R e Y
318 Broadway, Providence | 401.861.1770 | juliansprovidence.com | With the steady
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Best BAr, gAy: tHe stABLe
colorful bar is gay in both senses, thanks to the abundance of rainbow decorations. The Stable is touted in gaycities.com as having a “cool, relaxing metropolitan-style setting.” It boasts attentive, knowledgeable bartenders, inexpensive cocktails, a cowboy theme — who could ask for more?
Best BAr, HoteL: Aspire At HoteL proVidenCe
311 Westminster St, Providence | 401.521.3333 | aspirerestaurant.com | How convenient. Imbibe a bit too much and, if you can splurge, a comfy bed upstairs makes more sense than driving home. The sleek bar is open from 4 pm to midnight, seven days a week, adjacent to a light-flooded dining area fancied up with crystal chandeliers. And the bar menu is half-priced on weekdays from 5 to 7 pm. Room service, anyone?
Best BAr, sports: tHe WHiskey repuBLiC
515 South Water St, Providence | 401.588.5158 | thewhiskeyrepublic.com | You don’t have
to wait till St. Paddy’s Day to enjoy this lively sports bar at the Fox Point Marina. With more than 20 HDTVs, you won’t miss a game; NFL Sundays are an exceptionally good time. And it’s the perfect place to do a taste test between Jameson 18-year Limited Reserve and Redbreast 12-year Irish whiskeys.
Best BArBeCue: Wes’ riB House
38 Dike St, Providence | 401.421.9090 | wesribhouse.com | The best reason to go to
Olneyville is for their ribs and chili, and you won’t likely leave any chopped BBQ sandwich on your plate, either. You can indulge in pork chops or even roast lamb, and they brag that their BBQ potato chips are “what french fries wanna be when they grow up.”
Best BreWery: reViVAL BreWing revivalbrewing.com | This was one of the
tightest Best battles of 2013. All of the nominees — Foolproof, Grey Sail, Narragansett, Newport Storm, and Revival — had banner years (which have been well-
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documented in these pages), but Revival was deemed The Best (as they were year). Their Saison Farmhouse Ale and Double Black IPA have become reliable pleasures on taps all over the state; the availability of the latter and Octoberfest in bottles redefined local beervana. On the horizon: Zeppelin Unfiltered Hefeweizen Ale.
Best BreWpuB: trinity BreWHouse
| 186 Fountain St, Providence | 401.453.2337 | trinitybrewhouse.com | Best brew fare,
check (here’s the list we consulted closest to deadline): Kölsch, Larkin’s Irish Stout, Rhode Island IPA, Tommy’s Red, Russian Imperial Stout, Hefeweizen, Redrum Imperial Red, and Belgian Saison. Best pub fare, check: chili, nachos, wings, double loaded ravioli; 12” rustic pizzas; burgers; pulled pork; jerk chicken; and hearty entrees (lobster mac ’n’ cheese, grilled sausage platter, BBQ salmon teriyaki). That clearly adds up to the Best of both worlds.
Best BrunCH: JuLiAn’s
318 Broadway, Providence | 401.861.1770 | Nothing this good should be confined
to Sundays. So, by popular demand, the brunch menu here is available weekdays from 9 am to 4:30 pm. That their pancakes ($6) are served with real maple syrup should say it all, but the cinnamon-orange vegan French toast and seven varieties of eggs Benedict, available in half portions, will undoubtedly speak to you as well.
Best BuFFALo Wings: Wings oVer proVidenCe
725 Hope St, Providence | 401.272.9464 | wingsover.com | They invite you to “let your
inner caveman out” and go Neanderthal. Since pterodactyls are no longer around and were probably pretty tough anyway, this popular place invites you to tear into a chicken. Or tear off a rib. Started in 1998 on the UMass Amherst campus, there are more than 30 locations today, as far west as Madison, Wisconsin.
Best Burger: Luxe Burger BAr 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence | 401.621.5893 | luxeburgerbar.com | Rub your hands in anticipation and build your own burger in nine steps, from meat (or ahi tuna) through toppings to pimped-up fries. Combinations too daring, or crazed, for general consumption are possible. Kobe beef with a fried egg and pulled pork, under BBQ sauce, over salsa, on a sesame seed bun, with cheddar Tater Tots on the side, anyone?
Best Burrito: CiLAntro MexiCAn griLL
127 Weybosset St, Providence | 401.421.8226 + 1759 Post Rd, Warwick | 401.732.7884 + 430 Newport Ave, Rumford + 712 Centre of New England Blvd, Coventry | 401.823.8800 + 166 Connell Hwy, Newport | 401.841.0300 + 1658 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence | 401.353.8225 | cilantromex.com | This chub-
by mamacita is built on a 12-inch tortilla (whole wheat, tomato-basil, or spinach). Then it’s packed with fillings such as pork carnitas or grilled adobo chicken, cilantro and lime rice, sweet corn mango salsa, hot puréed jalapeños, or cool guacamole. And at the Providence, Coventry, and Rumford locations, you can wash it down with beer or a margarita. Viva Cilantro!
Best CHoWder & Best CLAM sHACk: iggy’s dougHBoys & CHoWder House
889 Oaklawn Beach Ave, Warwick | 401.737.9459 + 1157 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett | 401.783.5608 | iggysdoughboys.com | One of the traditions that summer visitors catch onto sooner or later is to visit Iggy’s, order a steaming bowl of chowdah, break off a piece
of clam cake, and dunk. Afterward, having some fresh fried doughboys, rolled in sugar, provides the carb boost to get back in line and order some more of everything to go.
Best CoFFee sHop: CoFFee exCHAnge 207 Wickenden St, Providence, 401.273.1198 | sustainablecoffee.com | Serious caffein-
aters know that bags of coffee can’t hang around on shelves for weeks without losing flavor. Coffee Exchange roasts daily, in small batches, so you can get beans or grinds at their freshest — organic and fair trade, if you prefer. Two nonprofits were founded here, Coffee Kids and the Coffee Trust, to help coffee-farming families build sustainable communities.
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Best CupCAkes: sin
200 Allens Ave, Providence | 401.369.8427 | eatwicked.com | Yes, yes, sugar and carbo-
hydrates need to be taken in moderation (like good advice). But these devilishly tempting cupcakes induce visions of ending up unconscious on the couch, grinning wickedly with crumbs on your face. Rich in cream and butter and, on occasion, dark chocolate. Go ahead. But restrain yourself. Eat them just one at a time.
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come only in regular and extra-large. The latter doesn’t quite extend to the horizon, but is shareably close enough. The Dexter, the Community Garden, the Hurricane Tuna Melt — there are 13 signature sandwiches in all, and of course you can compile your own with Boar’s Head cold cuts. Then browse their market and take home a do-it-yourself kit.
Best desserts: tHe duCk & Bunny
312 Wickenden St, Providence | 401.270.3300 | theduckandbunny.com | Among the two
dozen flavors of house-made gourmet cupcakes (mini and maxi), favorites include carrot, red velvet, mocha, date nut spice, and chocolate cheesecake (there are also vegan and gluten-free options). For special occasions, go for the six- or nine-inch cakes or sheet cakes, with fabulous fillings (think Nutella or tiramisu). These are almost outshone by the pies (fruit, custards, creams, or nuts) and cheesecakes.
Best diner/greAsy spoon: tHe Modern diner
364 East Ave, Pawtucket | 401.726.8390 | Greasy? Greasy?! We’ll have you know that this glistening 1941 Sterling Streamer has the distinction of being the first diner to be put in the National Register of Historic Places, in 1978. Popularity led to it being expanded out back, but the original chrome diner stands proudly in front. There’s nothing at all greasy about the lobster Benedict or French toast with bourbon sauce — and spoons are polished to a shine.
Best Food truCk: poCo LoCo tACos 2005 Broad St, Cranston | 401.461.2640 | pocolocotacos.com | The bold yellow van
will pop your eyes open in the morning, and so will “The Napalm” taco or burrito, with not just jalapeños but a sauce that will melt your fillings. (If even the thought brings tears, you can get their sweet chili and honey BBQ on other items.) Vegehead? How about potato and “soyrizo” instead of meat? And don’t forget, you can head to their year-old location on Broad St if you don’t want to chase the truck.
Best Frozen yogurt: tHree sisters 1074 Hope St, Providence | 401.273.7230 | threesistersri.com | No need to give up the yumminess here when you forego the
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influenced, New England grown,” as in attentive technique and local sources. The menu includes escargot à la bourguignonne and grilled Vermont quail, but an unpretentiousness extends to their inhouse Wurst Kitchen and a “dogs truck” that spreads the glory of kitchen-made sausages all around town.
Best restAurAnt, indiAn: indiA 1060 Hope St, Providence | 401.421.2600 | indiarestaurant.com | Would you have
thought of preparing a grilled cantaloupe salad at home, or lamb chops spiced with coriander, cumin, nutmeg, and lemon? And then there are the tastes and treats you wouldn’t even try to recreate, such as papri chaat (Indian-style nachos) and aloo tikki (a pan-seared potato patty topped with every condiment in the kitchen). Visit Bombay on the East Side.
Best restAurAnt, irisH puB: FAt BeLLy’s irisH puB
125 Canal St, Providence | 401.351.3434 + 760A Tiogue Ave, Coventry | 401.822.2221 + 241 Main St, East Greenwich | 401.884.3434 + 333 Main St, Wakefield | 401.284.4540 + 632 Metacom Ave, Warren | 401.289.0887 + 254 Old Forge Rd, Warwick | 401.884.2112 + 255 Lambert Lind Hwy, Warwick | 401.681.4905 | fatbellyspub.com | This Irish pub has spread like the middle-aged paunch of its namesake. The owner, Scott Parker, is also its executive chef, so there’s concern for more than the brews (four Irish imports on tap). Sip that Harp Shandy with truffle-Parmesan fries or choose from the burger and panini menus.
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extra butterfat and order frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. Try the fruit swirls, or the yogurt parfait, tempting through the tall cup. The chocolate is the rich, dark variety. Or get the peanut butter and chocolate. Self-serve and go crazy with toppings.
Best HookAH Lounge: proVidenCe ByBLos
235 Meeting St, Providence | 401.453.9727 | providencebyblos.com | Providence Byblos
was the first hookah bar around these parts, and the locals (and college kiddies) love it. The Middle Eastern art of toking the hookah provides a nice, mellow buzz to the dome. There are other attractions: two full-service bars on two floors, and every Thursday is ladies’ night, with specialty martinis. And who says happy hour is just for sipping? Try the Provy Byblos “Happy Hookah Hour” (3-6 pm; it’s 18-plus to hookah). Get your puff on and “hook” it up!
Best iCe CreAM: BriCkLey’s iCe CreAM
322 Main St, Wakefield | 401.782.8864 + 921 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett | 401.789.1784 | brickleys.com | The spring opening date
of the seasonal shops flashes around town fast. Folks line up for this homemade, small-batch treat, with its fresh fruit flavors — banana, bing cherry, ginger, lemon, or strawberry. The younger crowd goes for cookie dough, cake batter, peanut butter cup, or Heath Bar. And some fans choose a frozen yogurt, sugar-free, or sherbet flavor.
Best JonnyCAkes: Jigger’s HiLL And HArBour diner 145 Main St, East Greenwich | 401.884.6060 | hillandharbourdiner.com | Jigger’s jonny-
cakes have been a tradition since the diner opened in the ’90s; despite ownership shifts through the years, the cakes have remained a customer fave. Though these are made with Kenyon’s corn meal (instead of the EG grown-and-ground flint corn of the past), they are very tasty. Large as a saucer,
crispy outside and dense inside, these jonnycakes rock.
Best LAte nigHt eAts: HAVen BrotHers
72 Spruce St, Providence | 401.861.7777 | This diner on wheels has history, with Anne P. Haven starting it as a horse-drawn lunch wagon in 1878. That was only six years after the first diner in the country opened in Providence; the Haven family owned it until 1953. It plugs in next to City Hall after 4:30 pm. Meet you there at 2 am for a chilicheese dog.
Best LoBster roLL: CHAMpLin’s seAFood
256 Great Island Rd, Narragansett | 401.783.3152 | champlins.com | This is a Galilee market landmark, with a restaurant that serves the definitive lobster roll — bun grilled for crunch, plenty of juicy chunks (most places in Rhode Island that mushed up lobster like tuna salad have been shamed out of business), and not too much mayo. Since lobsters are carnivores, you’ll find them in line for these, too.
Best orgAniC produCe: FArM FresH FArMers MArket
1005 Main St #1220, Pawtucket | 401.312.4250 | farmfresh.org | Year-round organic pro-
duce is a dream come true for many chefs and home cooks. From the winter markets’ supply of onions, potatoes, squash, greenhouse greens, and cabbage-family members, the variety expands to summery treats, such as green beans, cukes, tomatoes, corn, eggplant, peppers, melons, berries, currants, peaches, apples, and pears (the tree fruits are usually IPM, not certified organic). Eat hearty! And check the website for seasonal updates on Farm Fresh stands.
Best pizzA: BoB & tiMMy’s
32 Spruce St, Providence | 401.453.2221 + 621 Pound Hill Rd, North Smithfield | 401.768.3490 | bobandtimmys.com | They
must be irked that Al Forno gets the nation-
al attention for bringing wood-grilled pizza to America, but the best response is perfection: thin crust, loads of fresh ingredients spread to the edges, tomato sauce versions nicely tangy. Exceptional. And cheap: $9 or $10 for a 14-incher, before add-ons.
Best prepAred Food-to-go: dAVe’s MArketpLACe
Nine locations, from Cumberland to Wickford | 401.831.3400 | davesmarketplace.com | They’re “Locally Owned and Operated
Since 1969,” a tribute to good word-ofmouth. At the beginning, they were just a little roadside produce stand called Dave’s Fruitland. They know what customers want, offering plenty of items that are local, kosher, gluten-free, organic, or housemade — and delicious.
Best restAurAnt, CHinese: pHoenix drAgon
256 Broadway, Providence | 401.831.7555 | phoenixdragon-restaurant.com | They’re not a
generic pan-Asian restaurant but specialize in Northern and Southern Chinese dishes and Japanese cuisine. As well as their Phoenix Dragon Duck, they are especially proud of their General Tso’s Chicken, ubiquitous but here with white meat only, crisp, and with a perfectly balanced sauce.
Best restAurAnt, eAst BAy: persiMMon
31 State St, Bristol, 401.254.7474 | persimmonbristol.com | Champe Speidel is
a master chef, religiously flavor-oriented, but an artist with presentations too. He’s so into finding the best ingredients and cuts of meat for fine dining that he opened Persimmon Provisions and a butcherie in Barrington, for cooks who care. At the restaurant, try the appetizer that starts with slow-roasted delicata squash and dry-cured duck breast, and taste for yourself.
Best restAurAnt, FrenCH: CHez pAsCAL
960 Hope St, Providence, 401.421.4422 | chez-pascal.com | Their motto is “French-
Best restAurAnt, itALiAn: sienA
5600 Post Rd, East Greenwich | 401.885.8850 + 238 Atwells Ave, Providence | 401.521.3311 | sienari.com | They call it “Tuscan Soul
Food,” and a lot of thought as well as heart goes into the dishes. Even the sides — oops, contorni — are well considered: cavoletti di Bruxelles is more than a fancy name for Brussels sprouts; they are caramelized. And you can get your semi-boneless pan-seared chicken breasts baked in terra-cotta, if you choose. Mangia, mangia!
Best restAurAnt, JApAnese: HAruki eAst
172 Wayland Ave, Providence | 401.223.0332 | harukisushi.com | Complemented by Haruki
Express on Waterman St and the original Haruki in Cranston, this place has gained appreciation for more than fresh sushi and a mean sashimi. The softshell crab is deepfried with ginger sauce, the fried calamari comes with a spicy cucumber sauce, and check out the tuna shiitake: the grilled mushroom caps are stuffed with tuna tartar.
Best restAurAnt, koreAn: sun And Moon
95 Warren Ave, East Providence | 401.435.0214 | sunandmoonkorean.com | Korean home-cooking, made-to-order by Mother Lee. The menu has gotten more sophisticated, so kimchi, the spicy and garlicky marinated cabbage, is no longer available as a separate appetizer, just accenting other offerings. But how could dishes with such cool names as Jap Chae Dup-Bob and BulGoGi not satisfy? And no, Don Gatsu is not an Italian addition.
Best restAurAnt, MexiCAn: don Jose tequiLAs
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Best restAurAnt, MiddLe eAstern: eAst side poCkets 278 Thayer St, Providence | 401.453.1100 | eastsidepocket.com | Family-owned and
operated, ESP has been serving falafel and hummus, tabouleh and dolmas for 15 years. But their namesakes are their claim to fame — pita bread filled with such goodies as grilled beef or exotically seasoned ground beef, or even a buffalo chicken version. For something different, try their open-face spinach and feta mini-pizza.
Best restAurAnt, neW: gAVin’s puB
520 South Water St, Providence | 401.383.3833 | gavinsprovidence.com | A very welcome ad-
dition on the Providence waterfront. Walk in and you might think you’ve time-traveled to a WWII-era sailors bar, with pinup girl hairdos, ’40s and ’50s outfits on the waitresses, and period decor. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and not just tossed into a microwave. The naan bread pizzas are a great place to start.
Best restAurAnt, neWport: sALVAtion CAFé
140 Broadway, Newport | 401.847.2620 | salvationcafe.com | Never mind all those
hoity-toity restaurants swarming with tourists in the summer — Phoenix readers enjoy the unpretentiousness of this landmark Broadway bistro. Where else among the appetizers can you get a chicken-liverstrawberry-habañero-jelly sandwich, or salmon belly and ginger dumplings in white miso broth? Dessert? Their vanilla peach cobbler is to vie for.
Best restAurAnt, nortHern ri: trAttoriA roMAnA BAr & griLL 3 Wake Robin Rd, Lincoln | 401.333.6700 | trattoria-romana.com | Born near Rome,
chef Luciano Canova trained at the Culinary Institute of Italy and refined his skills around Europe. Then he chose Rhode Island as the place that would appreciate the trattoria he always wanted to open. Try the bocconcini della nona al Vin Santo (stuffed chicken breast over Parmesan risotto). Vinnie’s grandmother assures us it’s delizioso. (And there’s a Trattoria Romana South in Wakefield, to save our southern readers the trip to Lincoln.)
Best restAurAnt, on tHe WAter: WAterMAn griLLe
4 Richmond Sq, Providence | 401.521.9229 | watermangrille.com | A lovely water view is
a good start, but a restaurant also has to impress us with their menu. The Seekonk River accomplishes its tranquil role here, but then the kitchen takes over. Executive chef Kevin DiLibero’s signature dishes include a slow-braised lamb shank in its rosemary-infused juices and a “Duck Duo” of both breast and confit.
Best restAurAnt, roMAntiC: xo CAFé
125 North Main St, Providence | 401.273.9090 | xocafe.com | In 1997, this restaurant
helped lead the foodie renaissance in town, earning the accolade of “hippest restaurant in Providence” in Chef Magazine. Today executive chef Martin Lyons carries on Jules Ramos’s emphasis on sourcing its produce from regional farms. The 1799 John Updike House enfolds romantic diners in historic comfort.
Best restAurAnt, seAFood: MAtunuCk oyster BAr
629 Succotash Rd, South Kingstown | 401.783.4202 | rhodyoysters.com | Oysters
don’t get much fresher than the ones farmed by Perry Raso in Potter Pond and served in his restaurant on said pond. You can have them on the half shell; fried up in a po’ boy sandwich; dressed-up in Rockefeller, with Pernod, spinach, and bacon; in a delectably creamy soup; or in the jubilant jambalaya. Lobsters and scallops, swordfish and cod, are also primo.
Best restAurAnt, soutH County: MeWs tAVern
456 Main St, Wakefield | 401.783.9370 | mewstavern.com | A popular hangout for
generations of URI students, they keep scores of beers on tap — 69, at last count — and a long row of single malt scotches. Food? The calzones and pizzas have a good rep, as does their humongous Everest Burger. Get there early — the place tends to get packed.
Best restAurAnt, spLurge: grACie’s
194 Washington St, Providence | 401.272.7811 | graciesprovidence.com | There’s a good reason that Gracie’s was the only restaurant in town to be rated with four diamonds by AAA a few years ago. Since it opened on Federal Hill in 1998 (and subsequently moving to the theater district), their reputation has grown. Chef Matthew Varga’s Bomster sea scallops with maple-braised pork belly is a surf and turf like no other.
Best restAurAnt, susHi/sAsHiMi: tokyo
388 Wickenden St, Providence | 401.331.5330 | spainri.com | How considerate of them to
be BYOB so you can pour from a bottle of sake instead of having to buy it thimbleful by thimbleful. The sashimi appetizer array is a steal at $6.95; you won’t readily find their Geso Karaage (fried cuttlefish tentacles) elsewhere; and the chopped-yellowtail Fire Hamachi is a treat.
Best restAurAnt, tApAs /spAnisH: FLAn y AJo 225a Westminster St, Providence | 401.432.6656 | flanyajo.com | How many
other places offer razor clams? How often do you come across anchovies not in a can but rather arrayed next to olive oil crackers
made on the premises? Here you feast on your choice of small pinchos and tapas, and converse with friends over wine or sherry (it’s BYOB) as the little dishes pile up.
Best restAurAnt, tHAi + VietnAMese: ApsArA
716 Public St, Providence | 401.785.1490 | Despite being tucked away in an obscure corner of town, Apsara draws plenty of appreciators. Their pad Thai is an enormous portion and as good as any you’ll find this side of Bangkok. The Thai-style chicken with lemongrass is another standout. The nime chow is definitive. That’s the Cambodian term for Vietnamese nem cuon, those delectable spring rolls no one can resist. Authentic stuff here.
Best restAurAnt, VegAn/ VegetAriAn: gArden griLLe
727 East Ave, Pawtucket | 401.726.2826 | gardengrillecafe.com | It’s one thing for
restaurants to toss a few vegetable dishes onto their menu to satisfy diners accompanying the more numerous carnivores they’re after. But here, vege-heads rule. Unprejudiced meat-eaters will be tempted by the chipotle seitan and even the pastrami-spiced (wait for it) tofu. And who could resist the mushroom pizza, which includes smoked onion, Gorgonzola, and arugula?
Best restAurAnt, West BAy: eLeVen Forty nine
1149 Division St, East Greenwich | 401.884.1149 | elevenfortynine.com | Until a few years ago,
restaurants bounced through this prominent location like a roulette ball. It took master chef Jules Ramos, who launched XO Café and Mill’s Tavern, to make it stick. Who would have the nerve to offer shrimp and grits, or BBQ pork tacos at an upscale place? Someone who knows how to make them work.
Best sAndWiCHes/WrAps: geoFF’s superLAtiVe sAndWiCHes
163 Benefit St, Providence | 401.751.2248 | facebook.com/GeoffsSuperlativeSandwiches | Go for the sandwiches, stay for the pickles. Or go for the pickles and stay for the staff’s giddy repartee. There are many reasons to indulge yourself at College Hill’s hippest
lunch spot. We used to be addicted to the Mike Schwartz (pastrami and tuna, yes!), but there are plenty of other items to drool over, each named for local celebs both ancient and modern. A friend can’t say no to the Antoinette Downing, a salmon ditty named after the famed LaProv preservationist. Informality rules, by the way — and yes, those pickles are free.
Best steAkHouse: MiLL’s tAVern
101 North Main St, Providence | 401.272.3331 | millstavernrestaurant.com | For seven years
straight, it was the only Rhode Island restaurant to receive four of five stars from the Forbes (formally Mobil) Travel Guide. You’re allowed to spend a fortune, but there’s a $29.95 prix fixe menu Sunday through Friday. From grilled pineapple risotta to roasted duck breast to a mandarin orange semifreddo with olive oil sponge cake, for one possible combination.
Best Wiener Joint: oLneyViLLe neW york systeM
20 Plainfield St, Providence | 401.621.9500 + 1012 Reservoir Ave, Cranston | 401.275.6031 + 1744 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence | 401.383.4155 | olneyvillenewyorksystem.com | Anthony Stevens and son Nicholas settled in Brooklyn after emigrating from Greece, thus the NY part. They opened a little restaurant here in 1946, near the present Providence location, and their wieners started catching on. Topped with meat sauce, mustard, chopped onion, and celery salt, in a steamed bun. Accept no hot dog impostor.
Best Wine List: LoCAL 121
121 Washington, Providence | 401.274.2121 | local121.com | “Fresh and Local” is their
slogan as well as their reason for being — and for being so popular. The wine offerings are well-chosen and very affordable; there are three dozen whites (including varieties from Sakonnet and Newport vineyards) and more than 40 reds, plus two roses and nine champagnes. On the floors above them at the former Dreyfus Hotel are AS220 living and work spaces for artists, which perhaps by osmosis contribute to their artful dishes. Their house-made black pepper cavatelli and confit chicken with nasturtium pesto sure is a beauty.
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Shopping top-shelf goods and services Best AlternAtive smoke shop: ethnic concepts
(1990, $25). And their exhaustive categories span every letter of the alphabet ’cept K, Q, X, Y, and Z (though we’re sure there are tomes that feature Kites, Quetzalcoatl, Xerography, Yarn, and Zoology); our fave is “Books About Books.”
353 Wickenden St + 112 Spruce St Providence | 401.454.PIPE | ethnicconceptsnorth.com | The Ethnic Concepts empire is approaching Lifetime Achievement status as the smoke shop of choice. EC caters to smokers/tokers with fair prices and a wide selection of glass water pipes (with mammoth blown-glass pieces upwards of $400), designer blown-glass works of art, hookahs, one-hitters, and vaporizers. But just because grass is pretty much legal in RI now (welcome, dispensaries!) doesn’t give you the right to walk in and start spouting off about bongs and bowls. Know the code, dude.
Best cD/recorD store: olympic recorDs
580 Wickenden St, Providence | 401.301.9266 | olympicvinyl.tumblr.com | From Kendrick
Lamar to My Bloody Valentine to Miles Davis, Olympic Records has you covered with a super selection of new and used vinyl (and discs) tucked away in Fox Point. Let your fingers do the walking and sort through endless bins of wax (we recently scored some choice Built to Spill and Hum platters), including a wealth of local artists like Lolita Black, Doomsday Student, and Deleted Arrows. Spin the black circle! Viva la vinyl!
Best Art supplies store: utrecht Art supplies
200 Wickenden St, Providence | 401.331.3780 | utrechtart.com | New York City, 1949.
Brothers Norman and Harold Gulamerian have trouble finding quality artists’ linen and begin importing from Europe. Before long, Utrecht Linens, Inc. expands to a fullscale art supplier. In 2013, RISD students and other creative types flock to the local outpost to snag canvases, brushes, paint, and a fine smattering of smocks. Voila!
Best clothing store, men’s + Best shore store, men’s: whArf clothing & wAres
212 Westminster St, Providence | 401.272.1231 | shopwharf.com | Wharf proudly proclaims:
“We sell apparel, accessories and items made with attention to detail and quality that are of value to is and that we hope you enjoy as much as we do.” They have you covered with style and sophistication: Oxford button-down shirts, blazers, distinctive denims, footwear by Timberland, Alden, and PRO-Keds, and awesome accessories. Need a tiger stripe camo pocket square? Of course you do. You gotta look sharp.
Best Bike shop: DAsh Bicycle shop 267 Broadway, Providence | 401.453.3274 | dashbicycle.com | Do you just want the
cables lubed, or does the housing and drive train need to be fully cleaned as well? Whichever, the nifty two-wheeler shop on Federal Hill does it all, repair-wise. They’ll also put your fanny on a whole new frame if need be: from Linus (an RI exclusive) to Kona to Pake, they rep a handful of cool companies. Providence is small — there’s no reason to drive around to do your errands. Stay green, get pedaling, and find out why the Dash dudes just walked away with this year’s award for the third year in a row.
Best clothing store, women’s: Queen of heArts
220 Westminster St, Providence | 401.421.1471 | queenofheartsprovidence.com | The funky but chic boutique offers “covetable jewelry, amazingly adorable dresses, and uniquely perfect gifts,” many by local artists and designers. Another big draw: the distinctive creations by owner Karen Beebe’s fashion line, Lucille. Queen of Hearts often adorns their Facebook posts with a logo that declares “What We Love.” Since Queen of Hearts has garnered Best honors for the third consecutive year, it’s clear that readers love them too.
Best comic Books store: the time cApsule
537 Pontiac Ave, Cranston | 401.781.5017 + 1732 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA | 508.336.4790 | thetimecapsule.com | It’s
easy to lose a few hours while taking in all of the flashback fun at the Time Capsule. The Cranston home base spawned a second store a few years back (in Seekonk), spilling over with ol-skool comics and modern-day graphic novels, plus plenty of Star Wars collectibles, vintage gaming systems (a mint condition Intellivision, anyone?), and a healthy selection of low-priced vinyl (hit the $1 bin). They’ll buy your stuff, too; check the website for their Top 10 wanted list. And if you’ve never been there, pencil in May 4 for a visit: the Time Capsule will be participating in Free Comic Book Day, natch.
Best consignment/thrift/ vintAge store: kArmA couture
591 Main St, East Greenwich | 401.398.0576 | shopkarma.com | The slogan over the en-
trance sums it up: “What Goes Around, Comes Around.” And what comes around at Karma Couture tends to go fast. Which is no surprise when you can get $138 Lacoste leather sandals for $39, or a gorgeous $920 Balenciaga navy wrap dress for $238. The authenticity of the items is guaranteed, and most of them are one-of-a-kind. Browse online or in person; Karma’s offerings will surely keep you coming around.
Best DAy spA: innisfree BoDy works
18 Post Rd, Warwick | 401.461.3788 | innisfreebodyworks.com | Innisfree proves
the “location, location, location” adage. The wellness center is in a 1760 customhouse in Pawtuxet Village; they say their setting is “a special place to regain health, beauty, and serenity.” Innisfree offers body treatments, facials, massage therapy, organic hair removal, holistic health coaching, makeup services, and more, plus workshops on a wide range of intriguing topics (“The Seductive Power of Chocolate”; “The Body Electric”). Go. Relax.
Best Doggie DAycAre: the BArking lot
697 Allens Ave, Providence | 401.781.2275 | thebarkinglotri.com | We spend a lot of time
outside the Barking Lot (that’s a long red light at the intersection of Ernest St and Allens Ave), and the dogs — and owners — we see coming and going at both ends of the workday look very happy. The testimonials on their Facebook page reinforce that observation. In addition to day care (with off-leash play) and boarding (for dogs and cats), there are training programs (puppy socialization, obedience), and grooming. The furry ones frolic while you work with peace of mind — it’s a win-win.
Best fAciAl + Best mAnicure/ peDicure: the w sAlon
Best Book store, new: symposium Books
713 Westminster St, Providence | 401.521.8439 | thewsalon.biz | The W is a full-service salon
240 Westminster St, Providence | 401.273.7900 + 224 Thayer St, Providence | 401.421.0393 + 247 Main St, East Greenwich | 401.886.1600 | facebook.com/pages/Symposium-Books/ 160615037289876 | Symposium boasts an
and spa (hair, massage, waxing, much more). But let’s run down the options in the categories that they Bested: there are seven facials (Cleaning Extraction, Customized, Express, LA Stone Therapy, Men’s, Teen, and Ultimate Experience) and a few nails variations (basic, spa, French tips, and an anti-aging manicure). The W will help you look your Best from head (they have a dozen stylists on their Hair Team) to toes.
eclectic, stimulating, and well-curated selection. They’re big on art books, philosophy, and serious fiction. They’re big on fun, too, with loads of graphic novels and magnetic poetry sets in Spanish and French and Hebrew. And the sale tables are genuine treasure troves. Feed your mind!
Best green items: fertile unDergrounD
Best Book store, useD: cellAr stories
1577 Westminster St, Providence | 401.365.4384 | fertileunderground.com | Fertile Under-
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111 Mathewson St, Providence | 401.521.2665 | cellarstories.com | They’ve been at it for
more than 30 years, so they obviously know what they’re doing. The Downcity staple has a ridiculous breadth of titles, from (as featured on the website as we type) The Tin Woodman of Oz, by L. Frank Baum (1918, $30) to Something About Cats and Other Pieces, by H.P. Lovecraft (1949, $325) to Historic Highway Bridges of Rhode Island, by Matthew J. Gill, Jr. and Edward D. DiPrete
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Herbs, fruits and vegetables from Schartner Farms, and much more. FU also serves breakfast, lunch, and sandwiches at their café, maintains a community garden, and hopes to have the Furtile Turtle slow food truck on the road soon. Green is good!
Best gym/heAlth cluB: methoD fitness
19 South Angell St, Providence + 755 Westminster St, Providence | 401.274.6384 | methodfit.com | Yes, it’s time. Time to tone
comes to such creativity. From soil to light fixtures, tents and tarps to water filtration systems, they supply advanced gardeners and newbies with all the right stuff. Here’s your chance to pluck a gardenia from your own living room.
Best Jewelry store: Alex & Ani
201 Wayland Ave, Providence | 401.919.5467 + 2000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston | 401.633.1490 + 1 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport | 401.849.3002 + 232 Main St, East Greenwich | 401.398.1023 | alexandani.com | In last year’s
up, get in shape, sweat, sweat, sweat. Method Fitness will get it done, with an expert staff of trainers and, if you’re game, a high-energy Fitness Boot Camp strength and conditioning class that promises to burn off the fat twice as fast as running. And Method takes pride in offering something different than the chains — a small, salon-style feel and no sales pressure tactics.
entry celebrating A&A’s Best Jewelry Store win, we noted that they had stores in MA, CT, NY, FL, and MD; add CA, NH, NJ, CO, DE, ME, and VT to that list (28 in all); they also have 96 “shop within a shop” locations. Oh, and they bought Belcourt Castle in Newport. It’s Alex and Ani’s world, we’re just buying bangles and rings and necklaces and earrings in it . . . .
Best hAircut, men’s + Best hAircut, men’s: ky michAels sAlon
Best liQuor store, Beer selection: nikki’s liQuors
the best advertising. So let’s cite some of the words on Facebook raving about the Ky Michaels Salon Experience: “I can’t give any compliment that would do this place justice. Ky knows just what to do to make me head out the door looking and feeling my best.” “Ky rocks. He knows what you need when you need a change. Great at looking at your hair with a fresh eye and colors like no other. He is officially the man.” Word!
but here we go: Nikki’s is the king of the hill, acing every requirement on the Best Beer Selection checklist. They always get the seasonal and small batches releases first (Founders’ KBS, Stone’s Enjoy By, Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout); they have more than 1000 mix-a-six (10% off) bottles; and they boast great Beer of the Month/Deal of the Week specials. When they move to their new location on Broadway, The Best will only get better.
442 Wickenden St, Providence | 401.228.3808 | kymichaelssalon.com | Word of mouth is
33 Smithfield Rd, Providence | 401.861.9006 | facebook.com/nikkis.craftbeerfinewinespirits | We’re preaching to the converted here,
Best home Decor store + Best nerD store: frog & toAD
Best liQuor store, overAll selection: Bottles
beauteous knick-knacks have their place in the world. The character of a room can be built on a handful of small objects. Or large objects — this beloved East Side emporium has a spectrum of cool furniture as well. But it’s also treasured for its quirkier fare, including some items that revel in their cheekiness. Jewelry and trinkets by local artisans, framed prints, greeting cards, RI-centric T-shirts (the newish Joy Division-inspired “Rhode Island: Unknown Pleasures” model is genius) — anything goes at F&T.
takes the honors in our first-ever Liquor Store, Overall Selection category. Bottles is certainly one of the more elegant liquor stores, with exposed brick, wood shelves, a mezzanine — and a fine selection of books to enhance your appreciation of their offerings. They host tasting events (beer on Friday, wine on Saturday) and off-site seminars (explore “Vodka: A Global History” at the Waterman Grille on May 9) — and they deliver (free to greater Providence). Cheers!
795 Hope St, Providence | 401.831.3434 | frogandtoadstore.com | Artsy oddities and
Best hyDroponics store: rhoDe islAnD hyDroponics
85 Front St, Woonsocket | 401.356.1899 | ri-hydroponics.com | Getting your garden
to grow inside your home is complex business. Among other things, you need to know about climate control and seed starting. The payoff is major, of course. Surrounding yourself with greenery during the colder months is good for body and soul. RI Hydroponics is full-service when it
141 Pitman St, Providence | 401.372.2030 | facebook.com/bottlesprovidence | Bottles
Best liQuor store, wine selection: cAmpus fine wines
127 Brook St, Providence | 401.621.9650 | campusfinewines.com | Campus Fine Wines
has been a Fox Point staple for more than four decades, satisfying oenophiles and lovers of other luscious libations. Last July, the store was bought by industry vets Andrea Sloan and Howard Mahady and their partners, Vincent Scorziello and Natalie Butler. They kicked it up a notch in all departments — wine, beer, and spirits — Continued on p 28
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with a particular focus on the former, citing their “commitment to producers who make wine with respect for the land, the grape, and those who drink.” Phoenix readers raise their classes to CFW.
Best mAssAge: mAssAge envy spA
1000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston | 401.275.4900 + 1000 Division St, East Greenwich | 401.336.2900 | massageenvy.com | There are many good reasons for enjoying a massage — aches from physical labor, pain from athletic injuries and, oh yeah, stress from the economic anxiety that surrounds us all. We have one pal who gets worked on because of his road rage. The muscle therapy provided at Massage Envy alleviates those stress points; from reflexology to hot stones, there are many variations One thing’s certain: when the session is over, you breathe a lot easier.
Best musicAl instruments store: wAkefielD music 58 Main St, Wakefield | 401.783.5390 | wakefieldmusic.com | Wakefield Music is a
full-service shop: whether you’re strumming or picking or bowing or bashing or blowing or tickling, they have the instrument you need. Sheet music and fake books? Check. Reeds, tuners, drum heads, mutes, batons? Of course. Lessons, workshops, clinics? More than 20 pros are ready to help you express yourself. And there’s a jaw-dropping selection of rare and consigned pieces (acoustic guitar-seekers, prepare to drool). No wonder Phoenix readers sing its praises.
Best pet store: Dogs in hArmony 1417 Atwood Ave, Johnston | 401.934.3647 | dogsinharmonyri.com | Their website says
they’re a “bakery that has gone to the dogs,” but Dogs In Harmony offers much more than organic treats (from Ginger’s Snappy Treats to “sugar-sensitive” Healthy Howlers for diabetic dogs). There’s a charming line of local products — collars and leashes, blankets, bandannas, washable pee pads, pet-themed gifts — and dog, cat, and bunny foods. And Dogs In Harmony has a dedicated four-legged and twolegged fan base — a write-in campaign secured their Best status. Woof!
Best pilAtes clAss/stuDio: proviDence pilAtes center
5 Lincoln Ave, Providence | 401.480.0193 | providencepilatescenter.com | Sit in a chair
all day? This just in: your bod is screaming for more flexibility. The PPC has been growing its biz since 2001; it’s filled with wunda chairs, ladder barrels, and other devices that help you loosen every muscle you have, from the inside out. Grab your mat and head over to get your non-impact regimen going the right way.
Best plAce to get pierceD: rockstAr BoDy piercing
267 Thayer St, Providence | 401.272.0345 | rockstarpiercing.com | Rockstar’s logo in-
cludes their mission statement: “Expertly Trained • State Licensed • Scrupulously Hygienic • Absurdly Personable.” Jef Saunders, one of Rockstar’s rockstars, is serious about his profession. His blog, “Confessions of a Piercing Nerd,” addresses “body piercing, rationally.” You’ll learn a lot. Rockstar has worked its magic on thousands of grateful customers since 2002. Modify thyself!
Best sAlon: luniAcglAmour
37 Main St, East Greenwich | 401.886.GLAM | luniacglamour.com | LuniacGlamour is an
ambitious, lively, and funky shop. It’s a full-service salon: hair, skin, waxing, nails, spray tanning, bridal styling, little girl and tween and girlfriend parties. It’s a showcase for Rhode Island designers — jewelry, clothing, bags, accessories. And their attitude is exemplified by their note about the fare from Thriller Party, by RISD grad Rue Sakayama: “She doesn’t have time for boring clothes. Neither do you.”
Best shoe store, women’s: moDern love
222 Westminster St, Providence | 401.421.1471 | queenofheartsprovidence.com | For the
third straight year, Karen Beebe gets two Best huzzahs — for her women’s clothing store, Queen of Hearts, and the next-door shoe store, Modern Love. Karen must be a big David Bowie fan, since Modern Love shares a name with one of Bowie’s biggest hits and the store’s shared logo shouts out his “Oh! You Pretty Things!“ Recent arrivals include kicks by Dolce Vita and Nicole (a platform made with cord and flecks of fluorescence). Go get your pretty on!
Best tAttoo pArlor: DrAgon lily
3380 East Main Rd, Portsmouth | 401.261.6725 | dragonlilytattoo.com | If you want it on
your body, Dragon Lily can put it there. Glance at their galleries and you’ll marvel at the range of their artistic expression. Lily, Doug, and Christina are skilled and soulful, and their customers are loyal. And if you need an unwanted tattoo covered up or fixed, they can do that too. Your body is a canvas, and the folks at Dragon Lily are ready to make it a masterpiece.
Best yogA stuDio: oceAn stAte BikrAm yogA
560 Mineral Spring Ave #104, Pawtucket | 401.743.5405 | oceanstatebikramyoga.com | Bikram yoga aims to warm and stretch
your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and increase the flow of blood through your entire body, helping to restore your vital systems. OSBY’s motto is direct and inspiring: “90 minutes, just for you. Feel better. Be Better.”
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local heroes In this 16th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work — local heroes who often labor behind the scenes to change their communities for the better. Whatever neighborhoods we live in, we are all in their debt.
A lifeline After deAth
“As a joke which nobody thinks is funny, I say I have the job that’s a conversation killer,” Tara Moniz says. “Nobody wants to talk about homicide.” In a state where victims of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and other social disasters can find specially trained counselors, Moniz — Director of Victims Services at Providence’s Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence — is the only advocate devoted specifically to murder, she says. When Rhode Islanders read about a murder-suicide in Warwick; when they hear about a strangling or a stabbing in Woonsocket or Pawtucket or Providence, Moniz is likely reporting for duty at the hospital or the family’s home. Murders don’t just happen to the victim, she says. They happen “to their mother, to their father, to their children, brothers, sisters, and the community.” A murder also leaves logistical questions that, thankfully, few people will ever have to answer. Will the medical examiner pass the body along to a funeral home or does the family need to pick it up? Who will make sudden funeral arrangements? Will anyone clean the bloodstained rug where the crime took place? It’s Moniz’s job to help answer these questions. “I’m perfectly comfortable walking into a house where a mother is laying on the floor crying and knowing that I can go to her . . . get on the floor with her and hug her and then sort of be able to say, ‘We need to do this now,’ ” she says.
A murder leaves logistical questions that few people will ever have to answer. It’s Moniz’s job to help answer these questions.
We’ll let other newspapers focus on the fact that Moniz lives in a town called Hope Valley (which, we must admit, is pretty poetic for a woman of her unflappable charm). We at the Phoenix will instead boast that we helped connect Moniz with her current job. While working as a case manager at South Shore Mental Health Center in Charlestown in 2003, she spotted the Phoenix’s “The Peacemakers” feature profiling the fledgling nonviolence institute’s peace-promoting work on Providence’s grittiest streets. Moniz ripped the article out of the paper, went home to her mother, and said that this was where she wanted to work. A few years later, when funding for her counseling position dried up and she answered a listing for a homicide victims advocate, she got her chance. Nowadays, four years later, Moniz has a stack of testimonials describing her skills. Her work is “critical to the emotional balance of victims and surviving family members who struggle to cope after a tragic loss,” a note from the state attorney general’s office reads. “I am [grateful] that God appointed you to help so many,” adds a handwritten note from a bereaved family. What impresses us most, though, is that, like a tango dancer or jazz musi-
cian, Moniz is a master of improvisation. Murder and its effects are unpredictable by nature, so Moniz is constantly straying from the services printed in the nonviolence institute’s “Victims Support Services” brochure. One day she might chauffeur a bereaved mother to the cemetery for a visit to her child’s headstone; another, she may browse the Internet for jewelry designed to carry a loved one’s ashes. Once when a family couldn’t bear to look at autopsy photos during a murder trial in Providence, Moniz stayed in the courtroom to bear witness on their behalf. None of these “clients,” as the nonviolence institute calls them, are charged a cent. In fact, on every third Wednesday of the month, they — and anyone else struggling with the violent loss of a loved one — are invited to a meeting room at the ISPN’s South Providence headquarters for one of Moniz’s victims support sessions. Votive candles and a half-empty box of tissues sit on the table (“I could buy stock in Kleenex,” Moniz jokes). Framed photographs line the walls with names and birth/death dates underneath them. She isn’t so much a discussion leader as a listener during these sessions, Moniz says. Some attendees have been told by friends to “get over it” or “move on.” But, as Moniz says, “Why would you ‘get over’ someone? . . . You don’t want to ‘get over’ people. They’re important to you. “We’re not going to tell you, ‘Oh, I’ve already heard that,’ ” she continues. Sitting in that victims support room, she points to a photograph sitting on a nearby bookshelf of a brightly smiling woman. That woman’s mother told Moniz again and again about the frozen lasagna they shared for their last meal together. “She needed to tell me that a hundred times and that’s OK,” Moniz says. “Every time I look at her now I think. ‘OK, she had lasagna with her mom. Her last meal was lasagna with her mom.’ ”
Walker MeTTling Art in Action
DEDICATED Moniz in the victims support room.
Their names are Gumball Dude, Couch Robot, Monster Glitter Arms, Ninja Pigs, and Casanova Frankenstein. They come from Marsh Mallow Land, Gotham, the Atlantic Ocean, the jungle, Mars, Hell, and Snakeville. Their powers include teleportation, mind control, turning humans into gold, spraying venom into enemies’ eyes, and “supergnawing.” These are just a few of the characters created by young Rhode Islanders under the tutelage of Walker Mettling, founder of the Providence Comics Consortium. You may have stumbled into a PCC gathering if you’ve walked into a Providence Community Library branch on a weekday afternoon and seen an energetic man gesticulating excitedly before a group of
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eight- to-12-year-olds armed with pencils and workbooks. This is the formula PCC has followed since its founding (with the help of a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant) in October 2010. Kids enroll in the PCC — free of charge — for a month of twice-weekly after-school workshops. During the sessions they learn about comics-making by filling out character sheets (“Name,” “Height,” “Weight,” “Homebase,” “Powers/Abilities,” “Weaknesses,” etc.), playing sketching games with names like “Face Factory,” and brainstorming with visiting artists. The kids eventually develop characters — Fred the Penguin or Lonely Shoe, for example — and build a comic story around them. Once the workshops are finished, Mettling compiles, prints, binds, and publishes students’ work in books that are distributed to the students and filed on the shelves of Providence Community Library branches. “It isn’t that often that kids are actually making art and putting it out into the world — like, way out into the world,” Mettling explains, sitting in the living room of his apartment on Providence’s West Side. A second-hand color copier the size of a washing machine whirs on the other side of the room, spitting out copies of his latest PCC collection. But PCC isn’t just a way for kids to practice what he describes as a kind of mental yoga; it’s also a collaboration with real-life comics artists. PCC participants at, say, the Olneyville or Rochambeau branches of the Providence Community Library will frequently create characters that Mettling — a printmaker and comics artist with indie comics pals across the country — then places in the hands of professional artists as “assignments.” Take the recent PCC project funded by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, for example. RIDOT was interested in educating citizens about new laws that require fastened seat belts at all times in vehicles, so Mettling pitched a series of comics called Providence Car Crash Consortium to help spread the word. Local
kids created characters like Anti Carcrash Dog and Bony the Head that were handed off via email to professional artists in Portland, Oregon and New York City. The results are like no PSA you’ve ever seen. One strip features an anthropomorphic roll of “CAUTION” tape named Tapey who, after riders start wearing seat belts more frequently, finds himself filing for unemployment and sobbing in his bed at night. Others follow characters like Headless Hula Dancer (“Their was a reckless driver/she loved her dashboard hula girl/ and in a crash/they BOTH lost their heads”) or offer an Aesop-esque moral: “WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT OR YOU MIGHT LOSE YOUR SOUL TO THE ...GHOST CAR.” For other projects, PCC has connected kids with Providence musicians. Search “Providence Comics Consortium Zaplight” on YouTube to hear local singer/songwriter Amil Byleckie singing the words from a student’s character sheet — “Zap light was born in a cloud as a baby / He grab[b]ed a lightning stone and the lightning stone turned him into a lightning bolt” — over psychedelic, electronic background music. “In a way it’s sort of like a weird public art piece,” Mettling says, describing the way PCC connects kids, parents, artists, libraries, and the general public. Next month, the project will grow even bigger. Last fall, a RISCA grant allowed Mettling and his project partner Julia Gualtieri to set off on bikes for a series of one-day workshops at libraries in northwest Rhode Island. This May, they plan to hit 15 public libraries in 30 days, from Narragansett to North Providence. So if you’re driving on the state’s back roads during the next few weeks, look out for a biking duo with a baby-caddie hitched to one of the bikes filled with workbooks, pens, and pencils. And, for your soul’s sake, remember to wear your seat belt. Learn more about the Providence Comics Consortium on Facebook and at comicsconsortium.blogspot.com and providencecomicsconsortium.tumblr.com.
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The dearly departed Roger Ebert wrote of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, “The structure strips away all artifice. It shows, heartlessly, that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based on betraying not only other loved ones, but even ourselves.” Epic Theatre Co. will stage the caustic and comic play at the Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket, tonight (and Fri + Sat through May 4) at 8 pm) | $15, $12 students
friDAY 26 look whAt i founD!
Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett (writers for Letterman and The Onion, respectively) have been obsessively collecting “strange, outrageous, and profoundly stupid” videos for more than 20 years, and have been sharing (and cracking wise about) their funny finds in the Found Footage Festival since 2004. Davy and Peter Rothbart are obsessed with finding love letters, lists, birthday cards, and whatever, and share their treasures in Found magazine (and at foundmagazine. com). Now they’ve joined forces for a four-city “founD vs. founD” mini-tour, and will share their favorite finds at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St, Providence, at 7:30 pm | $12; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Brookline Resilience Youth Team, a Boston Marathon runner’s charity | 401.272.3970 | foundfootagefest.com
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sunDAY 28 fripperY AnD finerY
“There’s one thing that he loves and that is flattery/ One week he’s in polka-dots, the next week he is in stripes/ ’Cause he’s a dedicated follower of fashion.” The curators of “Artist/rebel/
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as ambidextrous. It’s rock. It’s hip-hop. It’s classical. It’s everything. It’s sad. It’s glad. It’s mad. It’s confused. It’s a beautiful disaster. It’s like we demolish everything lyrically on stage.” The fun starts at Fête, 103 Dike St, Providence, at 7:50 pm | $26 | 401.383.1112 | fetemusic.com
tuesDAY 30 MAking it new
Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the artistic directors of coMplexions conteMporArY bAllet, have a lofty goal: “reinventing dance.” The “about” page on their website states that “dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them . . . Complexions creat[es] an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world — and all its constituent cultures — as an interrelated whole.” CCB will perform at 7:30 pm in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence | $35, $30 seniors, $15 students and under 13 | 401.456.8144 | ric.edu/pfa
weDnesDAY 1 slAM it open
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subject. A decade ago, the city became a galvanizing topic as artists fought to protect the old mills that served as their homes and studios from demolition — with mixed success. But lately, the community’s industrial architecture itself has attracted artists’ attention. The city is ultimately the subject of paintings by Neal Walsh and photographs by Scott Lapham, two longtime pillars of the AS220 universe, at 186 Carpenter (186 Carpenter St, Providence, through May 10). The abstract paintings of Walsh’s faint murmurs series might not at first glance seem to be about the urban landscape. But most of the paintings are built from recycled scraps of other paintings. And the cracked and peeling and repaired paint, the blue stains, the textures that recall wood paneling or clapboards are inspired by architecture. “They’ve got rough edges. They’re beaten up. They’ve been put through the ringer. Some have sat outside for a while. Or been stepped on or stepped over,” says Walsh, who is AS220’s gallery director (and also a friend). “I’m interested in urban spaces, rust and wear, natural processes and organic processes. But the counterpoint would be memory, too. Stuff that triggers memories, triggers another train of feelings and emotions.” The standout paintings at first appear to simply be white-on-white abstractions. The limited color alerts you to heighten your senses to detect their subtleties — the scuffs and scratches, the way the paint is layered like the walls of a much trafficked old hallway in which so much paint has been built up over the years that the doors no longer close quite right. And then a fog of gold or pink begins to seep through the cool gray whites and seems to glow. In Scott Lapham’s Walking Distance series, AS220’s youth photo program coordinator works to build personal connections with the people and places within a walk of his West End home. Here are mothers holding baby daughters on their laps, a man standing in front of a giant American flag, and a young couple embracing outside City Hall. In one photo, a traffic sign warning drivBUILDING A CONNECTIONlapham’s Ida and Imani. ers to slow down
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See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. AS220 | Providence | 7 pm | ZUOLOGY [AS220 Youth program showcase with hip-hop, breakdancing, and more] BILLY GOODE’S | Newport | Open mic BRITISH BEER COMPANY | Bristol | Hawkward A Cappella CITY SIDE | Woonsocket | Sweet Tooth & the Sugar Babies EAST BAY TAVERN | East Providence | DJ Midnight FÊTE | Providence | One More Time [A Tribute to Daft Punk] with Michael Savant FÊTE LOUNGE | Providence | 7:30 pm | Holly Williams + Anderson East GILLIGAN’S ISLAND | Westerly | Open mic hosted by Bob Lavalley GREENWICH HOTEL | East Greenwich | Mark Greenwood & Friends HOGAN’S ALLEY | Lincoln | 7 pm | Second Avenue IRON WORKS TAVERN | Warwick | 8 pm | Betsy Listenfelt KNICKERBOCKER CAFE | Westerly | 8 pm | Open mic with host band Blue Steam LOCAL 121 | Providence | Born Casual THE LOCALS | North Providence | 7 pm | Shaun England
LUXURY BOX SPORTS BAR & GRILL | Seekonk, MA | Chris from What Matters?
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| Open mic hosted by Don Tassone THE MET | Pawtucket | New England Hip-Hop On the Rise MURPHY’S LAW | Pawtucket | 7 pm | Tom Lanigan NEWPORT BLUES CAFE | Felix Brown NICK-A-NEE’S | Providence | Dennis McCarthy Band THE NUTTY SCOTSMAN | Chepachet | Country-oke with Timay ONE PELHAM EAST | Newport | Keith Manville 133 CLUB | East Providence | 8:30 pm | Mac Odom Band THE PARLOUR | Providence | Part of the Artistic Explosion Music Festival; proceeds benefit Girls Rock RI and the Rhode Island Music Educators Association| Northern Lands + Shotgun + the Denver Boot + Nymphidels PERKS & CORKS | Westerly | Sister Mary [Mary T.S. Brooks & Marissa Owens] POWERS PUB | Cranston | Contraband RALPH’S DINER | Worcester, MA | Kyoty + Ehnahre + Godstopper + Vultures of Cult THE SALON | Providence | 8 pm | Sex Trivia Night TIPSY SEAGULL DOCKSIDE PUB | Fall River, MA | 7:30 pm | Scott Baer VINTAGE | Woonsocket | 7:30 pm | Vintage Rhythm & Blues Ensemble featuring Dave Howard
See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. AS220 | Providence | Weak Teeth + Olneyville Sound System + Songs + Gertrude Atherton BIKI’S BAR | Warwick | Squelch BOVI’S | East Providence | Kickback BRITISH BEER COMPANY | Bristol | D& D Live CADY’S TAVERN | Chepachet | Easy Baby CHAN’S | Woonsocket | 8 pm | Nick Moss & the Flip Tops CHIEFTAIN PUB | Plainville | Missing Element CITY SIDE | Woonsocket | Sweet Tooth & the Sugar Babies
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CORINNE’S | Pawtucket | 44 East Band CUBAN REVOLUTION | Providence |
Los Sugar Kings DAN’S PLACE | West Greenwich | Steve M. Duo EAST BAY TAVERN | East Providence | DJ Sleazy EAST PROVIDENCE YACHT CLUB | East Providence | Rock-a-Blues ELEVEN FORTY-NINE | Warwick | 8 pm | Steve Anthony & Persuasion 1149 BAR & GRILL | Seekonk, MA | 8 pm | Tribeca FÊTE LOUNGE | Providence | 8:30 pm | Sara Azriel + the Silks + Herrick Bain | 10 pm | Goldmine GAME 7 SPORTS BAR & GRILL | Plainville, MA | Michael Lebon GILLARY’S | Bristol | Felix Brown GREENWICH HOTEL | East Greenwich | Dan Lilley & the Keepers INDIGO PIZZA | Coventry | 8 pm | Jim Gadoury IRON WORKS TAVERN | Warwick | Brett Brumby KNICKERBOCKER CAFE | Westerly | Sugar
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| Lincoln | 8:30 pm | Mac Odom LOCAL 121 | Providence | Green Party with Shannon THE LOCALS | North Providence | 7 pm | Greg Lato + Andy Pratt THE MALTED BARLEY | Westerly | Esmeree Skye MARINER GRILLE | Narragansett | 7:30 pm | The Dunn Brothers with Gil Pope THE MET | Pawtucket | 7:30 pm | Fairhaven + Satellites fall + Last One Out + Collington MULHEARN’S | East Providence | Greg Hodde’s Blue Reign MURPHY’S LAW | Pawtucket | 8 pm | Silk Road NARRAGANSETT CAFE | Jamestown | The Senders NEWPORT BLUES CAFE | Party Girl NEWPORT GRAND | Java Jive THE NUTTY SCOTSMAN | Chepachet | The Hitmen OAK HILL TAVERN | North Kingstown | Joe Cage OCEAN MIST | Wakefield | Hope Road [Bob Marley & the Wailers tribute] OLIVES | Providence | World Premiere ONE PELHAM EAST | Newport | What Matters? 133 CLUB | East Providence | Stone Leaf PERKS & CORKS | Westerly | Boatcake PERRY’S BAR AND GRILLE | Narragansett | Shacklehands POWERS PUB | Cranston | Uncle Chubby RALPH’S DINER | Worcester, MA | We Were Astronauts + Wild Mountain Strategy + RiggaGoo RI BILLIARD BAR & BISTRO | North Providence | Cliff Myers RI RA | Providence | Fighting Friday THE ROCK JUNCTION | West Greenwich | Red Light THE ROI | Providence | Leyland Baker Quartet THE ROOTS | Providence | Luna’s Ladies Night with Heather Rose In Clover + DJ Girl Lightning THE SALON | Providence | Upstairs | DJ Mr Morris & Friends | Downstairs Club May with DJs Nick Hallstrom + AUTOFAC + Haffkat
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| Matt Pryor + James Dewees + the Tower & the Fool | 11 pm | Casual Saturday with Born Casual FIREHOUSE 13 | Providence | 8 pm | Part of the Artistic Explosion Music Festival; proceeds benefit Girls Rock RI and the Rhode Island Music Educators Association| Super Secret Special Guests + the Viennagram + Tapestries + Conseulo’s Revenge + Littlefoot + Huge Face GAME 7 SPORTS BAR & GRILL | Plainville, MA | Just Us 3 GILLARY’S | Bristol | TBA GREENWICH HOTEL | East Greenwich | 7 pm | Open mic INDIGO PIZZA | Coventry | TBA IRON WORKS TAVERN | Warwick | Robert Black JAVA MADNESS | Wakefield | 11 am | Mark Greenwood KNICKERBOCKER CAFE | Westerly | Soul Shot
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See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. AS220 | Providence | Glowkid + Pink Eye + Improper Dosage + more CADY’S TAVERN | Chepachet | Open mic blues jam hosted by the Rick Harrington Band CORINNE’S | Pawtucket | 5 pm | Open jam with Wolf & the Daddies ELEVEN FORTY-NINE | Warwick | 10 am | Milt Javery GEORGE’S OF GALILEE | Narragansett | 2 pm | Second Avenue GILLIGAN’S ISLAND | Westerly | Steve Chrisitan JAVA MADNESS | Wakefield | 11 am | Tuesday Night with Colleen Rogers and Jeff Ceasrine
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See Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses. THE BEACH HOUSE | Portsmouth | Karaoke with Johnny Angel GREENWICH HOTEL | East Greenwich | 7 pm | Open mic LOCAL 121 | Providence | DJ Nook THE MALTED BARLEY | Westerly | Reggae Tuesday with DJ Don Dada THE MET | Pawtucket | Kris Allen + Jillette Johnson OCEAN MIST | Wakefield | DJ Blade Mon ONE PELHAM EAST | Newport | Stu Sinclair from Never In Vegas THE PARLOUR | Providence | Vintage Vinyl Breakdown with the Colonel THE ROOTS | Providence | 7 pm | Strictly Jazz Jam with the Mango Trio THE SALON | Providence | 8:30 pm | Kimi’s Movie Night THE SPOT | Providence | 7 pm | Creation Tuesday hosted by Matt Martin & Friends
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PEARL LOUNGE | 401.331.3000 | 393 Charles St, Providence | pearl restaurant ri.com PERKS & CORKS | 401.596.1260 | 48 High St, Westerly | perksand corks.com PERRY’S BAR & GRILLE | 401.284.1544 | 104 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett | perrysbarandgrille.com POWERS PUB | 401.714.0655 | 27 Aborn St, Cranston | powerspub. com RALPH’S DINER | 508.753.9543 | 148 Grove St, Worcester, MA | myspace.com/ralphsdiner RHODE ISLAND BILLIARD BAR & BISTRO | 401.232.1331 | 2026 Smith St, North Providence | RIBBB.com RI RA | 401.272.1953 | 50 Exchange Terrace, Providence | rira.com THE ROCK JUNCTION | 401.385.3036 | 731 Centre of New England Blvd, West Greenwich | therock junctionri.com THE ROI | 401.272.2161 | 150 Chestnut St, Providence | theroiprov.com THE ROOTS | 276 Westminster St, Providence | 401.272.7422 | rootscafeprovidence.com THE SALON | 401.865.6330 | 57 Eddy St, Providence | thesalonpvd.com SIDEBAR BISTRO | 401.421.7200 | 127 Dorrance St, Providence | sidebar-bistro.com THE SKYLINE LOUNGE AT LANG’S BOWLARAMA | 401.944.0500 | 225 Niantic Ave, Cranston | langs bowlarama.com THE SPOT | 401.383.7133 | 101 Richmond St, Providence | thespotprovidence.com STELLA BLUES | 401.289.0349 | 50 Miller St, Warren | stellabluesri. com 39 WEST | 401.944.7770 | 39 Phenix Ave, Cranston | 39westri.com TINKER’S NEST | 401.245.8875 | 322 Metacom Ave, Warren VANILLA BEAN CAFE | 860.928.1562 | Rts 44, 169 and 97, Pomfret, CT | thevanillabeancafe.com VANITY | 401.649.4667 | 566 South Main St, Providence | vanityri. com VINTAGE RESTAURANT | 401.765.1234 | 2 South Main St, Woonsocket | vintageri.com WHISKEY REPUBLIC | 401.588.5158 | 515 South Water St, Providence | TheWhiskeyRepublic.com
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Every Tuesday Trivia Night 8pm!
Continued from p 42 MIKE DONOVAN | 8 pm | Comix at
Foxwoods, 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT | $15-$25 advance | 860.312.6649 | foxwoods.com
BIG JAY OAKERSON + SCOTT HIGGINS | Fri 8 pm; Sat 8 + 10:15 pm
| Comedy Connection, East Providence | $15 HARDCORE COMEDY SHOW | 10:30 pm | Comedy Connection, East Providence | $15 STAGE TIME FRIDAY with three comedians | 8 pm | Catch A Rising Star at Twin River, Lincoln | $22
COMIC HYPNOTIST FRANK SANTOS JR. | 10:15 pm | Catch A Rising
Star at Twin River, Lincoln | $22
PAUL HOOPER + JUSTY DODGE | 8
+ 10 pm | Comedy Zone at Showcase Warwick, 1200 Quaker Ln | $10 | 401.885.1621 | showcasecinemas. com THE BIT PLAYERS | Fri-Sat 8 pm | Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Pl, Newport | $15 | 401.849.3473 | firehousetheater.org BRING YOUR OWN IMPROV | Apr 26 10 pm at Theatre 82, 82 Rolfe St, Cranston [$7] + Apr 28 at the Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Rd [$7, $3 under 15 + seniors] | bring yourownimprov.com FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE with improvised song + dance + skits + more | 8 pm | Everett, 9 Duncan Ave, Providence | $5 | 401.831.9479 | everettri.org
UNCOMMON THEATRE’S IMPROVSOUP | 7:30 pm | Burrell School,
16 Morse St, Foxborough, MA | $5, $3 students | 508.543.1605 | improv soup.org CHRIS D’ELIA | Fri 8 pm; Sat 8 + 10:30 pm | Comix at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT | $25-$50 advance DUELING COMIX PIANOS | 10:30 pm | Comix at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT | $15-$25 advance
MEATBALL COMEDY STOP | 9 pm |
Carousel Grille, 859 Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick | 401.921.3430 | thecarouselgrille.com BILL ENGVALL | 8 pm | MGM Grand at Foxwoods, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd, Ledyard, CT | $35-$60 | 866.646.0050 | mgmatfoxwoods. com/ IMPROV JONES | See listing for Thurs THE BIT PLAYERS | See listing for Fri CHRIS D’ELIA | See listing for Fri
BIG JAY OAKERSON + SCOTT HIGGINS | See listing for Fri PAUL HOOPER + JUSTY DODGE | See listing for Fri
COMEDY SHOWCASE | 8 pm | Come-
dy Connection, East Providence | $10
NEW ENGLAND ALL-STAR COMIX
with Johnny Pizzi, Mike McCarthy, and Doug Key | 8 pm | Comix at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT | $15-$25 advance
THE COMEDY FACTORY | 8 pm |
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COMEDY OPEN MIC HOSTED BY JAMES CREELMAN | 8:30 pm | The Salon, 57 Eddy St, Providence | 401.865.6330 | thesalonpvd.com
CLINT COLEY | 8 pm | Comedy Connection, East Providence | $5
KOUTROBIS COMIX CORNUCOPIA
woods, Mashantucket, CT | $20-$40 advance LOL THURSDAY | See listing for Thurs IMPROV JONES | See listing for Thurs
CONCERTS POPULAR THURSDAY 25
FRANCISCO PAIS | 8 pm | Narrows Center For the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA | $20 advance, $23 day of show | 508.324.1926 | narrows center.org THE C100 BIG BAND performing classic swing music | 7:30 pm | Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston | $10, $5 students | 401.874.2431 | uri.edu/music JAY UNGER & MOLLY MASON | 7:30 pm | Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA | $25 | 508.994.2900 | zeiterion.org LOST IN THE TREES + THE TODDLERS + VIO/MIRE | 9 pm | Colum-
bus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence | $13 | columbustheatre.com
AARON FREEMAN [GENE WEEN] | 8 pm | Narrows Center For the Arts, Fall River, MA | $25 advance, $28 day of show “BROADWAY AT THE BLACKSTONE!” | A performance by A to
Z Theatrical Productions featuring classic and contemporary musical theater songs | 8 pm | Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St, Cumberland | $35 | 401.725.9272 | riverfolk.org
BROWN UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND SENIORS CONCERT | 8 pm | Grant Recital Hall- Brown University, 1 Young Orchard Ave, Providence | Free | 401.863.3234 | brown.edu/ music
EX REVERIE + LOLITA BLACK + MALYSSA & THE LIBERATORS |
Machines with Magnets, 400 Main St, Pawtucket | 401.475.2655 | machineswithmagnets.com GARY FISH & FRIENDS | 7:30 pm | Sandywoods Center For the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton | $10 | 401.241.7349 | sandywoodsmusic. com
“THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK: BACK TO BROADWAY,” featur-
ing the Al Deston Singers and His Trio | Fri-Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 2 pm | Trinity Church, Queen Anne Sq, Newport | $15, $12 seniors + military | 401.324.9492
TODD BAPTISTA’S AMERICAN BANDSTAND with Gary “U.S.”
Bonds + Danny & the Juniors + Dicky Doo & the Don’ts featuring Gerry Granahan + Johnny Tillotson | 7:30 pm | Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA | $45 + $49 | 508.994.2900 | zeiterion.org T.S. MONK QUARTET | 8 pm | Garde Arts Center, 325 State St, New London, CT | $43 | 860.444.7373 | gardearts.org
ALLYSEN CALLERY + KIM LAMOTHE + CHRIS MOON | 8 pm
| Church Street Coffeehouse, 25 Church St, Warren | $12 | 401.245.8474 | churchstreet coffeehouse.com DEBO BAND | 8 pm | Narrows Center For the Arts, Fall River, MA | $15 advance, $17 day of show
MUSIC OF ENGLAND AND NEW ENGLAND WITH BRIAN PETERS AND JEFF DAVIS | 8 pm |
Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St, Cumberland | $13 advance, $15 day of show | 401.725.9272 | riverfolk.org
RAMMING SPEED + THRILLHOUSE + CRUCIDIX + THROENHUNTER |
with Mike Koutrobis, Jenny Zigrino, Mike Prior, and Paul Keenan | 8 pm | Comix at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT | $10-$20 advance
Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket
THE BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS | 7:30 pm | St. Michael’s
BILL BELLAMY | 8 pm | Comedy
Connection, East Providence | $29
SUSIE BURKE & DAVID SURETTE
$20, $15 seniors, $10 students | 401.253.7194 | ccsatsm.org
“THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK: BACK TO BROADWAY,” | See listing
College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence | $10 | 401.456.8144 | ric. edu/mtd
ASSEMBLY OF LIGHT CHOIR + SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE + GERTRUDE ATHERTON |
GENERATIONS BARBERSHOP QUARTET | 2 pm | Linden Place, 500
Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket
Hope St, Bristol | $15 | 401.253.0390 | lindenplace.org KENDRICK LAMAR | 8 pm | Ryan Center, 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston | $43.85 | 401.788.3200 | ticketmaster.com SOUTH COUNTY WAVE JAMMERS | An open jam with Dan Moretti and other local musicians | 2 pm | The Towers, 35 Ocean Rd, Narragansett | $10 | 401.782.2597 | thetowersri.com
“THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK: BACK TO BROADWAY,” | See listing
THE URI PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE | 5 pm | Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston | Free | 401.874.2431 | uri.edu/music
GHANIAN DRUMMING AND DANCING CONCERT led by Martin Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng and dancer Kwabena Boateng | 8 pm | Grant Recital Hall- Brown University, 1 Young Orchard Ave, Providence | Free | 401.863.3234 | brown.edu/music
WONDERS OF THE WURLITZER CONCERT with Peter Krasinski | Noon
[bring a bag lunch; complimentary beverages will be provided] | Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St | Free | 401.421.ARTS | ppacri.org
PETER CASE + Ryan Fitzsimmons |
8 pm | Narrows Center For the Arts, Fall River, MA | $20 advance, $23 day of show
TALLAHASSEE + SMITH & WEEDEN + COYOTE KOLB | 9 pm |
Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence | columbustheatre.com
CLASSICAL SATURDAY 27
BROWN UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA presents “Flights of Fancy,” with works by Mahoney, Elgar, and Beethoven | Sat-Sun sat 8 ; sun 2 pm | Brown University’s Sayles Hall, Waterman and George sts, Providence | $10 | 401.863.3234 | brown. edu/music
THE URI CONCERT CHOIR & UNIVERSITY CHORUS performing mu-
sic of Eastern Europe from the early 20th century to today and a spring program, respectively | 8 pm | Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston | $10, $5 students | 401.874.2431 | uri.edu/music
THE RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA performing works by Mozart, Romberg, and Strauss | 3 pm | The Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, 667 Waterman Ave, East Providence | $15, $5 students + seniors | 401.248.7070 | riphil.org
THE URI SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE performing works by Per-
sichetti, Bennett, Ewazen, Mackey, and Reineke | 3 pm | Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston | $10, $5 students | 401.874.2431 | uri.edu/music URI STUDENT COMPOSERS present a concert of new works-in-progress | 7 pm | Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at University of Rhode Island, 105 Upper College Rd, Kingston | Free | 401.874.2431 | uri.edu/music
BROWN UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA
| 7 pm | Sandywoods Center For the Arts, Tiverton | $12 advance, $15 door
| See listing for Sat
Church, 399 Hope St, Bristol |
| Sapinsley Hall at Rhode Island
THE RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | 8 pm
PAULA HUNTER: AWAY FROM HOME, with guest artists from
Jump! Dance Company | Fri-Sat 7:30 pm | Church of the Redeemer, 655 Hope St, Providence | $10 | 401.529.4391 | paulahunter performances.com
RI DANCE ALLIANCE MODERN MOVEMENT FESTIVAL 2013 featur-
ing modern dance technique classes with Daniel McCusker; a concert featuring work by McCusker, Heidi Henderson, Melody Ruffin Ward, and Kathryn McNamara; and a breakfast chat with the artists about their work and where it fits in with contemporary culture | 95 Empire Black Box, 95 Empire St, Providence | ridancealliance.org
MOMIX presents “Botanica,” a journey through the four seasons | 7:30 pm | Park Theatre, 848 Park Ave, Cranston | $35-$55 | 401.467.7275 | parktheatreri.com
PAULA HUNTER: AWAY FROM HOME | See listing for Fri RI DANCE ALLIANCE MODERN MOVEMENT FESTIVAL 2013 | See
listing for Fri
RI DANCE ALLIANCE MODERN MOVEMENT FESTIVAL 2013 | See
listing for Fri
COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET | 7:30 pm | The Auditorium
in Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence | $35, $30 seniors, $15 students | 401.456.8144 | ric.edu/pfa
BROWN UNIVERSITY’S FESTIVAL OF DANCE | 8 pm | Stuart Theatre, 77
Waterman St, Providence | $15 + $12 seniors + $7 students | 401.863.3283 | brown.edu/academics/theatre-artsperformance-studies/performances
PARTICIPATORY FRIDAY 26
REHOBOTH CONTRA DANCE with caller Sue Rosen and music by Julie Metcalf, Mark Koyama, and Pete Johannsen | 8 pm | Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth, MA | $8 | 508.252.5718 | contradance links.com/rehoboth.html
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE with
dance leader Linda Nelson and music by Dawn Chung and Bill Ouimette | 7:30 pm | South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Rd, Kingston | $10 | 401.539.3009 | kingstonenglishcountrydance.org
EVENTS THURSDAY 25SUNDAY 28
5TH ANNUAL SENE FILM, MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL | Apr 25 at the
Warwick Museum of Art, SENE Limelight Party & Artists’ Reception, with the exhibit “Exploring Digital Arts,” the First Annual SENE Limelight Awards, previews of festival films, hors d’oeuvres by Atomic Catering, and complimentary Narragansett Beer, wine, and dessert [7-10 pm, $20, includes a free ticket to any festival film screening] | Apr 26 at the Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence, the documentary Fambul Tok [2 pm]; international shorts [3:45 pm]; Rhode Island documentaries [5:30 pm]; Comedy Shorts I [6:45 pm]; the feature Everything Went Down
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Continued from p 44 [8:30 pm] | Apr 27 at the Columbus Theatre in the Main Auditorium, HS Student Filmmakers [11 am] + Bishop Hendricken student films [11:30 am, $5 for both programs]; animated shorts [1:30 pm]; the feature SAL [3 pm]; film awards [5 pm; free]; Short Films II [5:45 pm]; Comedy Shorts II [7:30 pm]; in the Upstairs Theatre, College Filmmakers [noon]; Short Films I [1:30 pm]; Short Films II [3:15 pm]; LGBT short films [5:45 pm]; the feature 15 North | Apr 28 at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St, Providence, the documentary The Joy of Sox: Weird Science and the Power of Intention [noon]; the feature Rising Star; Short Films IV [3 pm]; the feature Human Nature [5 pm] | Apr 28 at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, the closing night party [$10, 7 pm] | Screenings admission $10 [$8 students + seniors]; all-access SENE pass $40 [$30 starting Apr 26] | senefest.com
FOUND VS. FOUND featuring Joe
Pickett and Nick Prueher from the Found Footage Festival and Peter and Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine sharing their favorite found videos and notes | 7:30 pm | Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main St, Providence | $12 | 401.272.3970 | foundfootage fest.com
11TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FRIEND 5K WALK AND RUN | Registration @
8;30 am [$25] | Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence | cfsri.org/events-walk.html
THE 2ND ANNUAL NEWPORT CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL with un-
A SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY BACKSTREET ATLAS | “The
film documents the people and spaces between the two Northeast metropolises as Zach and Adam blast through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in the summer of 2012. One part skate tour, one part ethnography, one part summer vacation, Backstreet Atlas aims to motivate its viewership by showing the skate trip of two dudes wanting to keep life interesting” | 8 pm | 95 Empire Black Box, 95 Empire St, Providence | Call for ticket info | 401.831.9327 | as220.org
ARKHAM FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS DEATH FORCE | A “locally-
produced action extravaganza!” | 7:30 pm | 95 Empire Black Box, 95 Empire St, Providence | Call for ticket info | 401.831.9327 | as220.org THE SPRING MOVIE SERIES | concludes with Robot & Frank | 7 pm | Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Ln | Free | 401.739.5440 | warwick library.org
READINGS THURSDAY 25
JODI DAYNARD will read from,
discuss and sign her novel, The Midwife’s Revolt | 5:30 pm | Brown Bookstore, 244 Thayer St, Providence | 401.863.3168 | bookstore.brown.edu MAURICE SCULLY will read from his poetry | 2:30 pm | Brown University McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St, Providence | Free | 401.863.3260 | brown.edu/cw
THE PHILBRICK POETRY PROJECT
limited sampling from more than 30 breweries, plus a home brewing demonstration, music + food | 12-3 pm + 4-7 pm | Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell St, Newport | $45 | newportcraftbeerfestival.com
presents a reading by David O’Connell, author of this year’s winning manuscript, A Better Way to Fall, and Dennis Barone, the poet who judged the competition | 7 pm | Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St | Free | 401.421.6970 | providence athenaeum.org
tisans selling repurposed clothing, handbags, jewelry, accessories, paper arts, fine arts, bath and body products, and more | 10 am-4 pm | Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket | $1 [kids free] | rhodycraft 100.blogspot.com
poetry collection, Gravesend | 5:30 pm | Brown Bookstore, 244 Thayer St, Providence | Free | 401.863.3168 | bookstore.brown.edu GOT POETRY LIVE! | 6 pm | Blue State Coffee, 300 Thayer St, Providence | $3 | 401.383.8393 | gotpoetry. com/News/topic=23.html
CRAFTOPIA with more than 65 ar-
GOOD VS. EVIL: AN EVENING WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN & ERIC RIPERT | “An evening of sto-
rytelling and observation providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind the kitchen doors” | 7:30 pm | Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St | $25-$55 | 401.421. ARTS | ppacri.org
COLE SWENSON will read from her
THE WORD ON WEDNESDAYS presents “The Poetry of 10,” with Marion Carey, Len Cabral, and featured guest Douglas Bishop celebrating International Workers’ Day | 7 pm | The Roots, 276 Westminster St, Providence | $5 | 401.272.7422 | roots providence.com
PROVIDENCE POETRY SLAM FINALS | 8 pm | AS220, 115 Empire St, Providence | $5 | 401.831.9327 | as220.org
A SCREENING OF VENUS AND SERENA, a documentary by Mi-
chelle Major about the Williams Sisters | Cocktails + light food [6 pm], screening with post-film Q&A with Major [7 pm] | Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St, Newport | $20 | newportfilm.com
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THE POWER OF MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL | Apr 27 1 pm, Calle 54,
a performance film that explores Latin jazz; 3 pm, Moro no Brasil, featuring many of Brazil’s most honored artists | Apr 28 1:15 pm, Latcho Drom, a world music film; 3:15 pm, Fados, about Portuguese fado music | [Screenings on May 4 + May 5; details next week + online now] | Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd | Free [seating is limited; call for reservations] | 401.683.9457 | audibleearth.org
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“CONTEMPORARY FORMS OF HUMAN BONDAGE” | A teach-in about
human trafficking and migrant labor,and their intimate linkages with slavery, with Mariela Martinez from the Student Labor Alliance, Oscar Otzoy from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and Claudia Sáenz, a student and member of the Farmworker Alliance | 6:30 pm | Brown University MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer St, Providence | Free | 401.863.5085 | brown.edu/ initiatives/ slavery-and-justice/ student-advisory-committee-teachschedule-spring-2013
“DRAGON RISING: THE IMPLICATIONS OF CHINA’S ASCENDANCY FOR INDIA’S SECURITY” | A talk by Ashley Tellis, the author of
India’s Emerging Nuclear Posture and coauthor of Interpreting China’s Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future | 5 pm | Brown University’s Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting St, Providence | Free | brown.edu/initiatives/india
“GENETIC ENGINEERING: DO THE BENEFITS OUTWEIGH THE COSTS?” | A talk by Nigel Cameron, president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, and Gregory Stock, author of Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future | 4 pm | Brown University’s Salomon DeCiccio Family Auditorium, Waterman and George sts, Providence | Free
“URBAN LANDSCAPE INFRASTRUCTURE AND COASTAL RESILIENCY” | A talk by Elizabeth Mos-
sop, director of Spackman Mossop and Michaels in New Orleans | 7 pm | Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute Building at the University of Rhode Island, Greenhouse Rd, Kingston | Free | 401.874.2983
“FORENSIC OF EXPLOSIONS” |
A talk by Maurice Marshall, from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense | The conclusion of the Forensic Science Partnership Seminar Series | 3:30 pm | Pastore Hall at the University of Rhode Island, 51 Lower College Rd, Kingston | Free | chm. uri.edu/forensics/seminars.php
“HAS INDIAN DEMOCRACY UNDERMINED INDIAN SECURITY? |
A talk by Ashley Tellis, senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | 2:30 pm | Brown University’s Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting St, Providence | Free | 401.863.5059 | brown.edu/initiatives/india
“ ‘THE FIRST THING WE DO, LET’S KILL ALL THE LAWYERS’: LIBERALISM AND REVOLUTION IN MODERN EGYPT” | A talk by Amr Shalakany, visiting professor of Islamic studie | 4 pm | Brown University’s Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St, Providence | Free | 401.863.2809 | watsoninstitute.org/events_detail. cfm?id=2075
A DJANGO UNCHAINED PANEL DISCUSSION with Matthew Pratt
Guterl, professor of Africana studies; Greg Tate, associate professor of Africana Studies; Corey D.B. Walker, chair of the Department of Africana Studies; and Terri Francis, associate professor of film and African American studies at Yale University | 6 pm | Brown University’s Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman St, Providence | Free | 401.863.5085 | brown.edu/ initiatives/ slavery-and-justice/quentintarantinos-django-unchained
“OBAMACARE: WHAT IT MEANS FOR RHODE ISLAND” | A panel dis-
cussion with Ed Quinlan, president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island; Chris Koller, the health insurance commissioner of Rhode Island; Megan Hall, the outreach and education lead at RI Health Benefits Exchange; and moderator Marc Joel Levitt | 5:30 pm | The Roots, 276 Westminster St, Providence | Free | 401.272.7422 | as220.org
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pm; Sat 12-5 pm + by appointment | Through Apr 27: “The Awakening of Stone,” an installation by Ariele Affigne | “Wayfinding,” new work by Jori Ketten BANKRI GALLERY | 401.456.5015 x 1330 | 1 Turks Head Pl, Providence | bankri.com | Mon-Wed 8:30 am3 pm; Thurs-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm | Through May 1: “Moments In Color,” photographs by Stephen Spencer | May 2-June 5: “Collected Fragments,” collages by John deMelim— 137 Pitman St, Providence | Mon-Fri 9 am-7 pm; Sat 9 am-3 pm; Sun 12-4 pm | Through May 1: “Collected Fragments,” collages by John deMelim | May 2-June 5: “Journey,” paintings by Manette Jungels— 1140 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown | MonFri 9 am-7 pm; Sat 9 am-3 pm; Sun 12-4 pm | Through July 3: “Animal Fantasy,” paintings by Abbot Low
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Rd, Warwick | Through Apr 30: “On and Through and In Between,” new work by Deborah Baronas and Graham Heffernan HERA GALLERY | 401.789.1488 | 10 High St, Wakefield | heragallery. org | Wed-Fri 1-5 pm; Sat 10 am-4 pm | Through May 4: “The Garden,” photographs by Alexandra Broches | “Repeat Repeat,” a conceptual installation by Michael Yefko IMAGO GALLERY | 401.245.0173 | 36 Market St, Warren | imago foundation4art.org | Thurs 4-8 pm, Fri + Sat 12-8 pm | Through May 25: works by Lenny Rumpler, John Boland, and David Gonville, plus IFA member artists Eileen Collins, Mary Dondero, Rose Esson-Dawson, Lisa Legato, Pascale Lord, Eileen Mayhew, and Linda Megathlin JAMESTOWN ARTS CENTER | 401.560.0979 | 18 Valley St | jamestownartcenter.org | Wed-Sat 10 am-2 pm | April 26-June 7: “The Ceramic Spectrum: A Survey of Contemporary Ceramics” with works by Chris Archer, Charlie Barmonde, Hayne Bayless, Kate Blacklock, Holly Curcio, Rose Esson Dawson, Tyler Gulden, Chris Gustin, Elizabeth Kendall, Jay Lacouture, Jim Lawton, Chloe Marr-Fuller, Maureen Mills, Hilal Minda, Steve Murphy, Allison Newsome, Matt Nolen, Seth Rainville, and Zach Shaw
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College of Rhode Island, 400 East Ave, Warwick | ccri.edu/art | Tues +
Wed + Fri 10 am-4 pm; Thurs 10 am7 pm | Through Apr 26: “A Life of Looking,” works by Fred Dalkey and Nathan Lewis KRAUSE GALLERY | 401.831.7350 x 174 | In the Jenks Center at Moses
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8 am-4 pm + by appointment | Through Apr 26: “Everyday,” with works by Jessica Brilli, Brenda Cirioni, and Scott Francoeur MAD DOG GALLERY | 401.722.7800 | 65 Blackstone Ave, Pawtucket | maddogartiststudios.com | Mon-Wed + Fri-Sat 12-4 pm; Thurs 12-8:30 pm | April 26-May 17: glass sculpture by Adam Waimon and works on paper and panel by Deborah Weiss 186 CARPENTER | 186 Carpenter St, Providence | 186carpenter.tumblr.com | Through May 10: “Walking Distance,” new photographs by Scott Lapham | “faint murmurs,” new paintings by Neal T. Walsh | Hours by appointment [email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org]
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| Through May 19: “Members’ NonJuried Show” PROVIDENCE ART CLUB | 401.331.1114 | 11 Thomas St | providenceartclub.org | Mon-Fri 12-4 pm; Sat-Sun 2-4 pm | Through Apr 26: “Keys To the Cure,” multi-media artworks by Kelly Milukas
| Slater Memorial Park, Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket | riws.org | Tues-Sat 10 am-4 pm; Sun 1-5 pm | Through May 16: “Volunteer Committee Show” | Works by Susan Klas Wright and Kris Occhino
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am-8 pm | Through May 18: “Earthworks: Open Juried Clay Annual
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| 401.277.5206 | 80 Washington St, Providence | uri.edu/prov | MonThurs 9 am-9 pm; Fri + Sat 9 am-5 pm | Through Apr 26: “Our Urban Wildlife,” a mixed media exhibit VAN VESSEM GALLERY | 401.835.6639 | 63 Muse Way, Tiverton | sandywoodsfarm.org/vanvessemgallery.html | Through May 1: works by Desiree Brunton, Harmony Winters, David Seibert, Joan Mann, Penny Jackim, Matthew G. Smith, Meredith Brower, Nancy Walker, Charlie Barmonde, Ben Butler, Ellen Bromgren, Beth Claverie, Craig Crawford, and Marika van Vessem
WICKFORD ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY | 401.294.6840 | 36 Beach
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| Tues-Sat 11 am-3 pm; Sun 12-3 pm | April 26-May 12: “Mixed Media, Acrylic, Collage, and Sculpture,” an open juried show YELLOW PERIL GALLERY | 401.861.1535 | 60 Valley St #5, Providence | yellowperilgallery.com | Through May 12: “Foreclosed Dreams,” a photo essay by David H. Wells
MUSEUMS MUSEUM OF NEWPORT HISTORY | 401.841.8770 | 127
Thames St, Newport | newporthistory.org | Through May 31: “Hearth
In Home: Keeping Warm In Early Newport” NEWPORT ART MUSEUM | 401.848.8200 | 76 Bellevue Ave | newportartmuseum.org | Tues-Sat 11 am-4 pm; Sun 12-4 pm | Admission $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 students + military with ID; free under 6 | Through May 5: “Legacies In Paint: The Mentor Project,” with work from a four-month mentoring project with mid- to late-career Rhode Island painters [Paula Martiesian, David Barnes, Michele Provost, John Riedel, and Ida Schmulowitz] and younger painters [Buck Hastings, Mollie Hosmer-Dillard, Li Jun Lai, Erika Sabel, and Dan Talbot] | Through May 12: “Faculty Focus,” with works by Charlene Carpenzano and Dan McManus of the NAM art school | Through May 12: “Shelf Life,”paintings by Gerry Perrino | Through May 19: “Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition” RISD MUSEUM | 401.454.6500 | 224 Benefit St, Providence | risdmuseum.org | Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm [Thurs until 9 pm] | Admission $12; $10 seniors; $5 college students, $3 ages 5-18; free every Sun 10 am–1 pm | Apr 28-Aug 18: “Artist/Rebel/ Dandy: Men of Fashion,” an exhibit drawn from the RISD collection and loans from other national and international organizations and private individuals that celebrates the dandy, tracing the variety of ways in which this personality has blazed through two centuries and investigating where he resides today | Through May 19: “Grisgorious Places: Edward Lear’s Travels” | Through June 9: “RISD Business: Sassy Signs and Sculptures by Alejandro Diaz” | Through June 16: “Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists’ Enumerations from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art” | Through June 30: “Double-and-Add,” works by Angela Bulloch, Anthony McCall, and Haroon Mirza | Through July 14: “The Festive City,” an exhibit of rarely seen prints and books that provide a glimpse into the festivals of early modern Europe
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tol.mass.edu/gallery | Jackson Arts Center, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA | Apr 26-27 7 pm: Momo, by Michael Endes, a “story about the precious nature of time, the importance of imagination, and the power of love” | $10, $6 students + seniors
BROWN UNIVERSITY’S GRANOFF CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS | 154 Angell St, Providence | Apr 26-27 7:30
pm: Overture to a Thursday Morning, a one-woman show by Kali Quinn combining music, physical play, and imagery, depicting characters ranging from age five to 91 | Suggested donation $15 CONTEMPORARY THEATER | 401.218.0282 | thecontemporary theater.com | 327 Main St, Wakefield | Apr 26-May 18: God’s Ear, by Jenny Schwartz | This week: Apr 26 + 27 7 pm | $20 [$15 Thurs + Sun] EPIC THEATRE CO. | At Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket | Through May 4: Betrayal, by Harold Pinter | Thurs 7 pm; Fri-Sat 8 pm] | $15, $12 students GAMM THEATRE | 401.723.4266 | gammtheatre.org | 172 Exchange St, Pawtucket | May 2-June 2: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, by Martin McDonagh | This week: May 28 pm | $45 + $36 [previews May 2-5 $26] GARDE ARTS CENTER | 860.444.7373 | gardearts.org | 325 State St, New London, CT | April 28: | 3 + 7:30 pm | $60 | May 2 7:30 pm: Traces | $53 GRANITE THEATRE | 401.596.2341 | granitetheatre.com | 1 Granite St, Westerly | Through May 5: The Boys Next Door, by Tom Griffin | This week: Apr 25-27 8 pm; Apr 28 2 pm; May 2 8 pm | $20, $17 seniors, $12 under 13 NEWPORT ART MUSEUM | 401.848.8200 | newportartmuseum. org | 76 Bellevue Ave, Newport | April 25 + 27 5:30 pm: The Marley Bridges Theatre Company presents A Diamond In the Rough, part of “Murder At the Museum,” an interactive theater experience | $25, $13 youth
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OCEAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY
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May 19: The King and I, by Rodgers & Hammerstein | This week: Apr 25 + 27 2 + 7:30 pm + Apr 26 + May 1 7:30 pm + Apr 28 2 pm | $39-$54
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY THEATRE | departments.rwu.edu/theatre
| At the RWU Performing Arts Center, 1 Old Ferry Rd, Bristol | Through Apr 27:
Avenue Q, by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty | Apr 24 + 26 + 27 7:30 pm | $10, $5 students + seniors 2ND STORY THEATRE | 401.247.4200 | 2ndstorytheatre.com | 28 Market St, Warren | Apr 26-May 26: The Rose Tattoo, by Tennessee Williams | Apr 26 + 27 + May 2 8 pm; Apr 28 3 pm | $25, $20 under 21 [previews Apr 26-28 $20] URI THEATRE | 401.874.5921 | uri. edu/theatre | Robert E. Will Theater
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Nothing, by William Shakespeare | Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 3 pm | $20, $15 seniors, $12 students ZEITERION THEATRE | 508.994.2900 | zeiterion.org | 684 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA | April 27 8 pm: Rose, a one-woman play starring Olympia Dukakis | $45-$52
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THE CROODS 3D | Thurs: 1:30, 4 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL 3D | Thurs: 6:35, 9:30 TYLER PERRY’S TEMPTATION | Thurs: 3:30, 6:45, 9:40 PAIN & GAIN | Starts Fri: 1, 1:30, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:30 | Fri-Sat late show: 12 OBLIVION | Thurs: 12:30, 1, 3:45, 4:15, 7, 7:30, 9:50, 10:20 | Fri-Thurs: 12:45, 1:15, 3:45, 4:15, 6:50, 7:20, 9:45, 10:15 | Fri-Sat late show: 11:50 42 | 12:30, 3:50, 6:56, 10:10 SCARY MOVIE 5 | 12:15, 2:25, 4:35, 7:40, 9:50 | Fri-Sat late show: 12:15 EVIL DEAD | Thurs: 4:45, 7:25, 10 | FriThurs: 9:25 | Fri-Sat late show: 12:30 JURASSIC PARK 3D |Thurs: 4:05, 7:15, 10:15 | Fri-Thurs: 1:20, 4:20, 7:25, 10:20 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION | 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55 THE CROODS | 11:30, 2, 4:25, 6:55, 9:20 OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN | 12:40, 3:40, 6:35 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL | 12:50, 3:55, 7:05, 10:05
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EVIL DEAD | Thurs: 1:40, 4:25, 7:40 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION 3D | Thurs: 6:50 JURASSIC PARK 3D | Thurs: 4:10, 7:10 THE BIG WEDDING | Starts Fri: 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 | Fri-Sat late show: 9:55 PAIN & GAIN | Starts Fri: 1:10, 4:0,5, 7:10 | Fri-Sat late show: 10:05 OBLIVION | 1, 1:30, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30 | FriSat late show: 9:50, 10:20 42 | 1:35, 4:35, 7:25 | Fri-Sat late show: 10:25 SCARY MOVIE 5 | 1:55, 4:55, 7:35 | FriSat late show: 9:45 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION | 1:50, 4:40, 7:20 | Fri-Sat late show: 10 THE CROODS | 1:45, 4:45, 7:05 | Fri-Sat late show: 9:20 OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN | 1:05, 3:55, 6:40 | Fri-Sat late show: 9:25 OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL | 12:35, 3:45, 6:55 | Fri-Sat late show: 9:50
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Shane Carruth returns at long last with a follow-up to Primer (2004), his creepy, ultralow-budget SF puzzler. This time the story is even more ominous and obscure: A woman at a bar is attacked with a taser, dragged out the back door, and force-fed a worm that gives her kidnapper telepathic control over her actions. He directs her to liquidate her home equity and max out her credit cards for him, and when she comes out of her trance a few days later, she has no recollection of what happened. Carruth spends the rest of the movie alluding to a sinister bioengineering conspiracy that’s never really explained, which suggests that his working method is to appropriate some SF cliché but then withhold the sort of narrative payoffs we all expect from it. No one else today approaches the genre in quite this way; the only precedent I can think of is Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). _J.R. Jones
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129 minUteS | r | cinemA world + entertAinment + iSlAnd + providence plAce 16 + ShowcASe + SwAnSeA StAdiUm 12 Michael Bay tries his hand at satire, targeting the sort of hollow excess most of his movies epitomize. Based on true events, it tells the story of three moronic Miami bodybuilders who kidnap a millionaire, torture him for weeks, steal his fortune, and proceed to blow the money on drugs and shopping sprees. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie are impressive as the criminals; their focused, deadpan performances balance out the hyperactive direction, making it tolerable for once. They also convey a sense of pathetic insecurity behind the characters’ cartoonish machismo, with its rampant sexism, sadism, and homophobia. Bay is no Paul Verhoeven, but he’s coming from a similar place here, purposely amplifying the ugliest qualities of American culture. With Ed Harris and Tony Shalhoub. _Ben Sachs
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Robert Redford directed and stars in this boomer drama about the Weather Underground, impressive for its cast of aging talents (Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Richard Jenkins, Brendan Gleeson). The story hardly seems worth all the firepower: Redford is a former Weatherman, thought to have killed a guard during an early-’80s bank robbery in Michigan, who goes on the run after his cover in Albany, New York, is blown by dogged reporter Shia LaBeouf. There’s the usual handwringing about whether the ends justified the means, tarted up with a little Occupy Wall Street rhetoric; the high celebrity quotient tends to work against the drama, reminding us what a privileged generation this was and how its endless examination of itself in popular culture was part of that privilege. Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, and Anna Kendrick round out the cast. _J.R. Jones
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