Casey Nilsson

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…

These Raptor Photos Will Blow Your Mind

The rulers of the avian world are headed to Bristol for the Audubon's annual Raptor Weekend.

There's not a lot of magic left in this world, but we can all agree that a raptor in flight gives us a certain soaring feeling — a mix of envy and admiration for the free, strong ruler of the sky. Rare is the day one can get up close and personal with a bird of prey, but on Saturday…

The Weekly Round-up: Sept. 4–10

Five can't-miss events of the week.

Pawtucket Arts Festival News alert: Pawtucket is being hijacked by artsy types. Don't miss a moment of the fun, from dragon boat races to films to vendor marketplaces ripe for creative shopping. It all kicks off Friday night with the Taste of the Valley, where hungry attendees can sample bites from more than thirty area restaurants, plus beers from local…