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Weekend Recommender

Sometimes (especially in the depths of winter) it’s a struggle to find five recommendation-worthy happenings to highlight in our events e-newsletter, The Weekly Round-Up. Other times, there are so many great things going on that it’s tough to winnow it down to just five.This week turned out to be jam-packed, so here are three more things worth checking out this…

What's Playing at the Newport Film Festival

The 2009 Newport Film Festival takes place June 3 through 9. I always make it a point to go to at least one film each year. Why? The lineup is always incredible, the movies are screened mainly in the quaint theaters at the Jane Pickens and the Opera House, both cinematic treasures in our state, and it’s one of the…

Providence’s First Tweet-Up

The Perry Group, a local PR firm, hosted the area’s first Tweet-Up at Providence Piers last night. More than 100 people — all having heard about the event @Twitter —gathered for the panel discussion. The much-buzzed about event featured some of the state’s top Twitterers talking about how to brand your business — or yourself — through social media.A few…

The Dish: The Providence Granola Project

We hate to stereotype, but it’s no secret that granola lovers also tend to support progressive causes. Enter Keith Cooper and Geoff Gordon, whose artisan granola business, The Providence Granola Project, helps newly arrived refugees gain footing in Rhode Island. "It came together like many ideas do, over beers and late night conversations about how to solve the world’s problems,"…

Cool Event of the Week

Here’s something I definitely want to check out tomorrow night (especially if the weather holds up). It’s a spring gallery night in Bristol organized by the Bristol Independent Galleries association. Five galleries in the downtown area –– Hope Gallery, Bristol Looms, Bristol Workshops, The Paint Studio and Gallery 927 –– are all opening their doors from 5 p.m. to 9…

No Fighting at the Driving Range

Sunday was a lovely day at the driving range. I always like the driving range. It is fun to whack at a bucket of balls and a good chance to practice keeping a nice attitude in the face of disappointment. I think this is key: If you look at the driving range as a place to work on your actual…

Winning Stuff

The Rhode Island Press Association held its annual award banquet last Friday, May 9, and Rhode Island Monthly came away with the most prizes of any state media outlet. Not to toot our own horn, but it feels pretty good. We got the most first places too; of our sixteen awards, nine of them were firsts. Only the Providence Journal…

Mockamole

It’s cold, pouring and the you-know-what is making us turn on each other.  But it’s Cinco de Mayo! And this means guacamole.This morning, I celebrated by scouting around for a good recipe. I should explain that I have a fascination with recipes in which a key ingredient masquerades as something else. Mashed potatoes that are really whipped cauliflower, chocolate cake…

Dirt under my nails

If, like me, you’ve been seized by the desire to grow veggies this year (or, in my case, fruit – I think I’d be happy with nothing but tomatoes) then it’s time to start planning for this weekend’s big event. No, not Mother’s Day, although that’s nice too. Looming large the day before is the URI Spring Festival down at…

Drink Like You’re at Churchill Downs

At the Kentucky Derby (held this Saturday), horses and bourbon go together like love and marriage. The official drink of the race — the beloved mint julep — has been sating race watchers for the better part of a century. And for a genteel set, they know how to throw ‘em back — the Derby website boasts they go through…