Casey Nilsson

Forty Years of Photographs

Newport photographer Peter Sweet showcases his body of work at (gallerie ellipsis).

Peter Sweet is bringing the world to Newport in his forthcoming (gallerie ellipsis) exhibition, "Passing Through: Forty Years of Photographs." The local photographer's work, shot in far-flung locales, includes prints from Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides and digital images, all of which are one of a kind and will not be reproduced. The opening night is scheduled for this Thursday, February…

Oliver! is Impressively Produced

Theater buffs won’t want to miss Trinity Rep’s take on this familiar tale.

Forget the syrupy, just-for-kids musical you caught off Broadway. Trinity Repertory Company’s Oliver!, directed and choreographed by husband-wife team Richard and Sharon Jenkins (yes, that Richard Jenkins), is campy yet covered in soot — just the way Dickens would want it. Trinity Rep is staging Lionel Bart’s award-winning adaptation and, at nearly sixty years old, the plot still resonates. You…

Trinity Rep's Fifty-First Season is a Winner

At age fifty-one, Trinity Rep is officially over the hill — but more ambitious than ever. The newest season boasts drama, comedy, romance and, you guessed it, some serious Christmas cheer. In an email to board members last Friday, Artistic Director Curt Columbus released the details of Trinity Repertory Company’s 2014–2015 season, which opens in fall. Here’s what he had…


We're hip, we know it. And so does "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen.

If Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein hadn’t crafted the best possible spoof of a modern liberal city in “Portlandia,” I think we’d have a sitcom on our hands. Last November, Travel and Leisure tapped Providence as America’s fourth best city for hipsters, just one spot below Portland, Oregon. Perhaps that’s why Armisen is bringing “Portlandia” to the Columbus Theatre on…

School for Supernovas

A new charter school gives pregnant, parenting and other at-risk students a shot at a high school diploma.

Kayla Rivera rummages through a pink butterfly folder, eyebrows furrowed, in search of her science homework. “I did it, I swear,” she tells Alissa Becker, her teacher. A few sheets of paper fly loose and land in Kayla’s lap, but one stands out from the rest with a torn and dimpled corner. “Look, miss, my daughter ate my homework,” Kayla…

BYO Venues

Four spots where you can bring your own and be entertained.

Our February issue features dozens of restaurants where you can bring your own beer or wine — and arguably cut your bill in half. But the BYO-mantra extends beyond the walls of those twenty-two eateries. Check out these entertainment spots where you can bring your own stash:   The Venue: Common Fence Music, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth The Vibe: Neighborly,…

StyleWeek Northeast Fall 2014: Restored by Design, Chevalier Homme and Samuel Vartan

Three wildly different designers hit the runway on Thursday night.

Jewels from another era, Poindexter chic and luxe women’s wear: The designers brought their A-game to the runway on Thursday night at StyleWeek Northeast. Up first was Restored by Design, featuring glamorous, old-world jewels by Martha Jackson. The designer, who recently opened a storefront in the Fox Point neighborhood of Providence, draped her angelic models in handmade jewels with flowery…

StyleWeek Northeast Fall 2014: Red on the Runway

Local designers competed in the fourth annual Red on the Runway, which benefited the American Heart Association.

StyleWeek Northeast kicked off in a rosy way with Red on the Runway, the fashion show’s fourth annual design competition that benefits the American Heart Association. The models, all touched by heart disease, included a doctor, local celeb Amy Diaz from the “Amazing Race,” boxer Peter Manfredo Jr. from “The Contender” and Rhode Island Monthly’s very own trendsetter-slash-publisher, John Palumbo….

A Hawk in the Ring

For sixteen straight years, Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas of the Narragansett Indians has fought for his tribe in the public arena — and he’s been roughed up along the way. Is the outspoken leader capable of changing the game?

It’s been forty years, but Matthew Thomas still remembers. He was sitting in a classroom in a middle school in a town that bears his tribe’s name. He recalls the color of the walls and the dingy carpet — the only things in the room darker than his own skin — and the words scrawled in squeaking chalk on a blackboard: Bloodthirsty. Savage. Animals….

The Denver Boot

This Providence-based band crafts tender, personal tunes.

  Billy Moretti isn't an entertainer. His band, the Denver Boot, forgoes a rompin’ stage act for simple riffs and intimate songwriting — folk tunes that make you think, feel and really listen. “If we play for a crowd and I see one person staring, that means more to me than when everyone’s dancing,” Moretti says. “Maybe they get what I’m trying…