Casey Nilsson

20 Rhode Island-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Sick of the same ol', same ol' Halloween themes? Get decked out like a pirate, a pop star, a hot dog, a felon, a cop and more, Rhody-style.

THE CARTOON CHARACTERS: The Griffins Why: Grab five friends and go as the cast of “Family Guy,” developed by RISD alum Seth MacFarlane and inspired by little Rhody. What to wear: White button-down, green pants and glasses for Peter; mint green button-down, tan slacks and pink shoes for Lois; matching pink beanie and T-shirt, glasses and blue jeans for Meg;…

RI Museum Awesomely Pairs a Blood Drive with a Vampire Doc

Donate blood, hear from a Dracula descendent and watch a Rhode Island-made documentary on vampire mythology.

Has anyone ever fleshed out (hee hee) the idea of a vampire in a blood mobile? That'd be horrible. And it's definitely not going to happen at the Museum of Work and Culture's community blood drive and screening of Vampires of New England, a documentary by Westerly filmmaker Alec Asten.  Next Friday, October 17, head to the Woonsocket museum for…

Festival of Children’s Books and Authors: 6 Things You Need to Know

Next Saturday’s festival at the Lincoln School in Providence is a treat for book dorks big and small.

1. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid man will be there! But only in the morning; he’s a very busy guy. Arrive promptly at 9:30 a.m. to hear Jeff Kinney chat about his bestselling series, with a ninth book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, set to be released on November 4. Click here to read an excerpt….

Rhode Island’s Survivors

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. See a play written and performed by local survivors of domestic abuse, and help break the chain of violence.

On Thursday night, I met seven funny, smart, gutsy women who, on Monday, October 6, will stand on a spot-lit stage and share their collective story of survival. Trinity Repertory Company hosts the third-annual production of Behind Closed Doors, a play written and performed by the women of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships). SOAR’s Behind Closed Doors debuted in 2012…

The 7 Coolest Rhode Island Digs on Airbnb

You need a getaway, but do you really need to leave Rhode Island? Book a fancy local abode and call it a vaca.

A while back, I was reading a piece in New York Magazine about one of my favorite travel resources, Airbnb, and learned that two of its co-founders met right here in little Rhody. Our small world gets smaller. According to the story, RISD alumni Brian Chesky ’04 and Joe Gibbia ’05 got the inspiration for Airbnb, a website where people…

Saturday Night Lights: Brown v. Harvard

Root, root, root for the home team.

This Saturday, our Brown Bears take on the Harvard Crimson during a rare, under-the-lights night game at Brown Stadium. In the last decade of Ivy openers, Brown won just two games — both at home. Gather up your loudest friends and family and help the home team earn one more win against its biggest Ivy League competitor. We have to…

Wrap Up in a Rhody Scarf

Embrace the chill with cozy threads from five local designers.

I know, I know. It’s technically still summer. But. My scarf radar is going wild, and I bet yours is, too. There's no better way to enjoy these chilly mornings and eves than wrapped up in a soft, snuggly new accessory. Here are a few locally made faves: Amy C. Lund, Handweaver, Tiverton Heirloom-quality textiles woven by hand. Pictured, left…

The Weekly Round-up: Sept. 11–17

Five can't-miss events of the week.

RiverFest Celebrate life on the Blackstone River at a moonlit block party and daytime arts bash in Woonsocket. On Friday night, the twenty-one-plus crowd will gather at Ciro's Tavern to raise funds for RiverzEdge Arts Project’s youth projects with a silent auction, a photo booth and fun adult-attention-span-friendly games. Sip on brews from Narragansett Beer, Sam Adams, Berkshire Brewing Company,…

The Modern Homesteader

A jam session and forest feasts at URI’s Fall Garden School.

Last year, I wrapped my first trial-by-water-bath canning season with a few broken jars and some spoiled green beans only the compost pile could enjoy. I learned how to preserve my fresh summer produce the hard way — read: solo, sweating over an ancient Ball Blue Book, wondering why in the world I need paraffin for food preservation — but…

Theater Takeaway: Trinity Rep's Ivanov

The State Theater of Rhode Island opens its fifty-first season with a stunning Chekhovian tale.

How, you might ask, could a play with a down-and-out, narcissistic, depressed title character possibly be funny? In Trinity Repertory Company’s impressive Ivanov, tragedy and comedy coexist as naturally on the stage as in real life. In spite of a melodramatic antihero, a slew of secondary characters — with witty, rambunctious, dull and downright ridiculous personalities — shine in their…