Jamie Coelho

Throwback Thursday: Appreciating PPAC

The Providence Performing Arts Center was built in 1928 and still remains the jewel box of the city. But did you know it was almost turned into a parking lot during the recession in the late-1970s?

     Rhode Island Monthly is celebrating twenty-five years. We’ve changed a lot since 1988 (while you're here, check out our new website), and in some cases, so has the rest of the state. For #ThrowbackThursday, we’ll take a weekly dip into the archives to show off an image that has appeared in a past issue of Rhode Island Monthly. We’ll…

Throwback Thursday: Big Rooster Finds a New Home

Most Rhode Islanders are familiar with the funky rooster that formerly stood guard outside Sollitto’s Liquor Mart in Providence. But where is he now?

Rhode Island Monthly is celebrating twenty-five years. We’ve changed a lot since 1988 (while you're here, check out our new website), and in some cases, so has the rest of the state. For #ThrowbackThursday, we’ll take a weekly dip into the archives to show off an image that has appeared in a past issue of Rhode Island Monthly. We’ll see…

Telling Stories: FUNDA Fest

FUNDA Fest preserves African and black American traditions.

Who: Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS), a nonprofit organization that continues the tradition of storytelling through performance and educational and cultural experiences. Notable storytellers include Len Cabral, Valerie Tutson, Rochel Coleman, Ramona Bass Kolobe, Raffini and Tejumola Ologboni. What: The sixteenth annual FUNDA Fest involves performances and concerts that teach black American history, including stories that come from African, Caribbean…

Ski Conditions at Yawgoo Valley

Clay Hartman is a real-life snowman. The maintenance manager at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park grooms twelve trails every morning while the sun rises. At night, when temperatures drop to ideal conditions, he and a crew of three operate the park’s fifteen snowmakers. They start the machines an hour before closing and if it’s cold enough, run them…

Extended Q&A: Verdi Productions

Local filmmakers Chad A. Verdi and Tom DeNucci weigh in on past and upcoming movie projects in Rhode Island.

    Why did you get into film? Chad: I got into the film industry because my wife Michelle and I bought the rights to the Vinny Paz story at the end of 2009. We wanted to learn the business prior to making that film. We entered this blind and wanting to learn. Our first movie was Inkubus, which had huge success,…

Q&A: The Barstow

Executive chef and co-owner Michael McHugh talks about launching the new restaurant on the South Side of Providence.

How would you describe the menu? It’s an American menu with Mediterranean influence. The interesting thing about American food is it’s a composite of so many other influences. We chose to do a lot of smaller and medium-sized options so that people could try new things and become familiar with us. The American public is getting so much better educated…

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic

We spoke with Natasha Kuchiki, who plays Mulan and Jasmine, about the upcoming show and her skating career.

Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is coming to the Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center Dec. 26−30. We spoke with Natasha Kuchiki, who plays Mulan and Jasmine, about the upcoming show and her skating career. Before joining Disney on Ice in 2000, she competed in three US National Championships, earned a bronze medal in the 1991 World Championships and…

Gingerbread Kits Help Families in Need

This is the fourth year that the Gracie’s team has worked with the Miriam Hospital to produce nifty gingerbread-decorating kits.

Even though they came from cookie-cutters, these gingerbread men and women will not all be the same. This is the fourth year that the Gracie’s team has worked with the Miriam Hospital to produce nifty gingerbread-decorating kits to benefit families in need. Each $8 kit comes with a gingerbread man or woman baked that same day at Ellie’s, as well as…

Throwback Thursday: Food Truck Memories

For #ThrowbackThursday, we’ll take a weekly dip into the archives to show off an image that has appeared in a past issue of Rhode Island Monthly.

Rhode Island Monthly is celebrating twenty-five years. We’ve changed a lot since 1988 (while you're here, check out our new website), and in some cases, so has the rest of the state. For #ThrowbackThursday, we’ll take a weekly dip into the archives to show off an image that has appeared in a past issue of Rhode Island Monthly. We’ll see…

More Jewelry Sales for Charity

Several local designers have organized shopping events this season that will donate a portion of sales to local non-profits.

Alex and Ani isn’t the only local jewelry company that gives back to charity. Several local designers have organized shopping events this season that will donate a portion of sales to local non-profits. Jessica Ricci Holiday Shopping Open House Where: Jessica Ricci, The Arcade, 65 Weybosset St., Providence, 215-4904 When: Thurs., Dec. 5. 5:30−7:30 p.m. What to Buy: Unusual pendants,…