Casey Nilsson

Top Dogs

Four sets of medical volunteers prove that comfort comes in all shapes, sizes and breeds.

They’re not trained to see for the blind or sense a seizure, yet therapy dogs take on all-important, oft-forgotten tasks in hospitals and nursing homes: They cheer up the bedridden, elicit giggles from sick kids and motivate the elderly to take one more step.  Studies show therapeutic pet visits reduce respiratory rate, pain and psychological distress. But volunteers for the…

An Egg Hunt for the Big Kids

Who says kids get to have all the fun this weekend? Well, apparently every egg scavenger hunt organizer in the state. While the elementary-aged people search for goodies, the adults get to sit in the wet grass hoping to sneak some of their bounty. And if you ask me, the five- to eleven-year-olds need the sugar high the least of…

StyleWeek Northeast: Susan Troy, Tatiana Cueva and MEN

Read-to-wear, city chic and bedroom avant garde hit the runway on Thursday night.

Diverse designs and textures made their way down the SyleWeek runway Thursday night, with collections from Susan Troy, Tatiana Cueva and MEN. Susan Troy demonstrated a strategic use of fabric and color for a ready-to-wear (as in: Where can I buy it, like, today?) collection for the everyday woman. The mauve sweater and dip-dyed tights paired with a versatile eternity…

Trinity’s Crime and Punishment is a Must-See

Forget Avdotya and Pulcheria and Luzhin. Even character foil and “intelligent one,” Razumikhin — he’s a goner. Trinity's Curt Columbus and Marilyn Campbell cleaved out major characters and plot points to present a stunning skeleton of Crime and Punishment, onstage at Trinity Rep now through February 24. Dostoyevsky’s 150-year-old magnum opus is as relevant in America today as ever: Young…

Tradition or Love?

Sometimes an audience needs lots of flash and pomp to feel engaged in a musical. But PPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof, onstage through Sunday night, requires none of it. A simple set serves as a backdrop for standout vocal performances by the stars and supporting cast alike. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof tells the…

Out in Public

For transgender youth, living an honest life is a story of survival. But local advocates are developing ways to keep them safe at school amidst bullies of all sizes.

She shops at Forever 21 and knows how to run a game of pool. She binges on Netflix TV, but hits the books hard enough to have earned an early graduation. She has a gaggle of friends who are drawn to her quiet authority and unwavering sense of self.   She wasn’t always this way. Kaeleigh, an unequivocal teenage “she,”…

Folk Fest Chats: Q&A with Brown Bird

MorganEve Swain and David Lamb, the multitalented local musicians of Brown Bird, took a few minutes to chat about their second Newport Folk Festival performance, new music, touring and more.   How did this year at the Newport Folk Festival compare to your first appearance last year? David Lamb: It was a total letdown. Just kidding. It was awesome. Obviously…

The 2012 Newport Folk Festival, Saturday Edition

Some of the loveliest Newport Folk Festival moments happen just before a band starts a set, when the musician up front professes sincere gratitude for being a part of the day. Performers, famous or new to the scene, seem to step back, admire the crowd and bask in the idea that they’re part of history in the making. Local duo…

Waterside Wonders

Get a sneak peek inside the five priciest properties on the market, and we guarantee you’ll be dreaming in blue for days.

As the nickname reflects, the Ocean State is known for water views that could quench your thirst for splendor in a single glance. Water is on the forefront of our minds here, which might explain why the state’s most expensive houses — with aristocratic and Tinsel Town claims to fame — are all perched by water’s edge in Newport County….