Casey Nilsson

Theater Takeaway: 2nd Story’s Eleemosynary

Women and/or wordsmiths, this is the show for you.

On a cold November night, there’s no warmer place than 2nd Story’s intimate DownStage theater. Warm in a “to the core” kind of way where, in a world filled with distractions and divisions, you can sit shoulder-to-shoulder with your beloved and watch a smart family drama unfold, then fold back up again, in seventy minutes flat. Playwright Lee Blessing’s complex…

Fall Foliage Walk in Rhode Island: Swan Point Cemetery

Peep before it all turns brown.

There's something bittersweet about a cemetery in fall. The earth is singing a most splendid swan song before, as the land of rest reminds us, the dark sets in. Not to depress you guys or anything. Swan Point Cemetery in Providence is a lovely place to take in the fall foliage. There are more than 100 varieties of trees to…

Web Extra: Keeping up with Kent Stetson

Watch a video of the Rhode Island handbag designer's zany runway show.

For our November issue, I profiled the eccentric Rhode Island handbag designer Kent Stetson. The story's called "Keeping up with Kent Stetson" for a reason: All summer long, I trailed Stetson from craft show to trade show and, finally, to his finished studio and flagship shop in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village. The man has vision, that's for sure. Some bags…

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…