Casey Nilsson

Theater Takeaway: Gamm's Morality Play

A renegade priest, a plague, a murder and a mystery: Gamm's world premiere is a theatrical perfect storm.

Morality Play is set seven centuries ago in winter, but it feels relevant — especially considering the bone-chilling cold. The poor trudge through life, dropping dead with disease or working themselves to the grave. The world is a playground for the rich, after all, and its feudal inhabitants are their playthings. Written by Gamm's Artistic Director Tony Estrella, this brand-new…

Rhode Island Monthly on the Rhode Show

We chatted about our January issue, which boasts features on hidden Rhode Island, a horse sanctuary and a bitter winter storm.

Rhode Island Monthly's January issue is packed with fun stuff, including "Hidden Rhode Island," a feature that explores Rhode Island's secret gems, plus a heartfelt piece on the owner of Horse Play, a sanctuary for horses in South County, and a winter storm essay by beloved Rhode Island novelist, Ann Hood. Here's more about the issue from "The Rhode Show":…

The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events

January 8–14.

State House Open House Governor Gina Raimondo hosts a free-for-all day with food, live performances, ice skating and, yes, more food. The events kick off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State House, where guests can sample from more than twenty Rhode Island food and beverage producers, including Hemenway’s, Los Andes, Narragansett Creamery, Del’s and Gregg’s. While you…

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Newport Folk Fest Tickets On Sale This Week

Want to go to this year's festival? Better get your tickets early.

Early bird tickets to the 2014 Newport Folk Fest sold out in minutes. Minutes! And to think George Wein, grand master of folk, almost sold the biz in 2008. This year's dates are July 24, 25 and 26. No, we don't know who's playing the Fort. But does it matter? Last year was awesome; here's a little reminder: Don't be…

Retro Bowling Alley Opens in Pawtucket

BreakTime Bowl and Bar takes a cue from the past with 1920s duckpin bowling.

Pawtucket's best-kept secret is open once more. Last Saturday, I checked out BreakTime Bowl and Bar, a six-lane duckpin bowling alley in Pawtucket's trendy Hope Artiste Village — but not before picking up some veggies from the Wintertime Farmers Market on the ground floor of the complex (see what's new at the market here). BreakTime, which launched with a soft opening…

The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events

January 1–7.

Penguin Plunge Hardy New Englandahs: Tolerate some salty cold and help the needy keep warm in 2015. The ninth annual Penguin Plunge in Westerly is hosted by the WARM Center, a nineteen-bed adult shelter that operates a daily community soup kitchen for residents in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. On New Year’s Day, newbies and longtime plungers rush into…

Six Cheap, Fun(ish) Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill

You can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape Rhode Island’s electricity hike in 2015, compliments of our friends at National Grid.

Who’s excited to pay 24 percent more on their electricity bill over the next year?! At least we’re in it together. Here are a few choice ways to dull the pain, ahem, cut electricity costs in 2015 and beyond. Because, let's be real: The more diligence we show in energy conservation, the better off our Ocean State will be. Note:…

10 Last-Minute Gifts to Win the Yankee Swap

Have no fear: Rhode Island-themed gifts are here.

You’ve finished your shopping, wrapped every last stocking stuffer and you’re coasting through to Christmas. But wait! You jolt from a daydream — the type with dancing sugar plums, etc. etc. — and remember: You forgot a Yankee Swap gift for the family party. (For the uninitiated, here are the rules.) The mall on Christmas Eve’s Eve! Oh, the horror!…

HealthSource RI: Upcoming Dates to Remember

You can purchase health insurance through Rhode Island's exchange until February.

If you haven't already secured health insurance for 2015 through the state's health care exchange, Health Source RI, here are some dates to remember: December 23: The last day to choose your 2015 plan and pay for your first month’s premium, should you want your coverage to begin January 1. (Deadline has been extended to December 31, however, according to…

The Best Places to Shop for the Holidays in Rhode Island

You don't have to travel far to shop local. Here are a few of our favorite places by region.

No big-box stores here, people. Just locally owned shops brimming with treasures. Here's the kicker: You don't have to travel far for last-minute stocking stuffers and gifts, no matter the recipient. Follow the links below for our favorite shopping hotspots by region and — the best part — keep your local economy buzzing through the holidays:   37 Shops for…