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Don't Miss SoundSession'09

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you must make a point to go to SoundSession ’09 before it ends on Saturday. The lineup includes everything from reggae and hip hop to poetry and takes place at various locations around the city including the Xxodus Café, Lupo’s and Local 121 all at various admission price points. And the entire festival…

Westside Thursdays

Through July and August Providence’s Armory District will be the place to while away your Thursday evenings, with six free concerts at Dexter Training Ground. It might even stop raining for some of them. Hosted by that fine organization the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, the concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tonights’s is swing and big band from the…

The 411 on RI Nightlife

It’s easy to dismiss any description of Rhode Island’s nightlife as “happening” –– especially if you’re over the age of 21. But I recently stumbled across a local website that might prove otherwise. Tonightinri.com touts itself as “your one-stop destination for Rhode Island’s expansive nightlife and dining scene.” The jury’s still out on the expansive part, but the rest seems…

Key West: Banana-rama

Like many things in Key West, the Dade County pine shack that’s home to Blue Heaven has had many previous lives: billiard hall, bordello, boxing ring (where rowdy matches where refereed by Ernest Hemingway back in the 1930s).Then in 1992, with little culinary experience other than a family cookbook, locals Richard and Suanne Hatch turned it into a fun, offbeat…

Strike Up the Band Bristol-Style

It may not exactly feel like summer, but if you need a reminder that our favorite season is, in fact, here, head out to Bristol tonight. The biggest and longest-running 4th of July celebration in the country kicks off at 7 p.m. with the first of ten concerts marking the occasion. Tonight, the New Era Jazz Band takes the stage;…

Eat At Your Own Risk

A few times a week, I google "Rhode Island" with something weird, just to see if anything turns up that might make a good story. Today, because I have been on a coconut binge for weeks that I can only attribute to feeling literally starved for summer, I typed in "Rhode Island coconut." This is what came up. What is…

Taking Back Our Beer

If you happen to be walking through Kennedy Plaza around 5 p.m. today and see a lot more commotion than usual, it’s the rally that Narragansett Beer is holding to get a brewery built in the good old Ocean State. ‘Gansett is currently brewed in Rochester, NY, and owner Mark Hellendrung wants to return the local beer back to it’s…

A young Paul Newman, real big, outdoors

It actually started at the beginning of June, but this week  Movies on the Block, that fabulous free Thursday evening event in downtown Providence, kicks into gear with a screening of The Sting. Not only that, but it’s only one of TWO movies that will project Paul Newman and Robert Redford onto a big screen right next to Tazza Cafe…

Idol Alert

Ever entertained dreams of being on "American Idol"? Then start warming up your voice because this weekend Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium is hosting auditions (the first time they’ve been held in New England since 2005). Try-outs start at 5 a.m. Sunday, but to get in then you have to head to the stadium today or tomorrow to pick up a pre-registration…

Box wine part III

Birthday season party planning recently had friends and I trying to decide whether we could get away with serving boxed wines instead of bottled at a joint party. Since we’re all in favor of keeping our eco-footprint as small as possible, we had a big debate about whether boxed wines really are more environmentally friendly. You can recycle the cardboard…