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Rhode Islanders Away From Home; Today Show Edition

Those of us who’ve ever tried on a pile of potential new duds in a store only to discover a) our underwear is disintegrating and b) the lighting makes us look like space aliens, will appreciate "You’d Be So Pretty If…," the new book about women’s body image by Rhode Island Monthly contributor Dara Chadwick, published by Da Capo Lifelong…

Good Stuff from the Sidelines

So, the weather couldn’t have been nicer on Saturday for the Special Olympics Southern Area Games in Warwick. I only caught the track events, but here are some highlights:1) In the 100-meter dash, a kid about seven or eight years old, with Buddy Holly glasses and colt legs, stepped up to the start line and crouched low. You could tell…

Hot weather, Southern food

Connect Providence, the same group that brought us the I HEART PROVIDENCE movie, is holding its April meeting at Mamie Ellen’s Southern Vittles in South Providence on Wednesday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m. Mamie Ellen’s, which opened last fall, is named after Elliott Butcher’s North Carolina-raised mother. When he’s not busy coaching the boys of Moses Brown to basketball championships…

Andrew Losowsky Breaks It to Us Gently

The very engaging Andrew Losowsky is out and about promoting his new book* over the next few weeks, but he’ll be stopping by the Providence Athenaeum on Friday night to give “an over-excited presentation” about the future of books, libraries and storytelling. If you’ve ever been seduced by the Athenaeum—it’s easy to lose half an afternoon browsing inside that old,…

Earth Day Arrives Early

Earth Day might not officially be until Wednesday, but wait ’til then and you’ll miss some of the tree-hugging fun. Here’s a primer on this weekend’s festivities: On Saturday, the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol hosts its “Audubon Earth Day Celebration: The Power of One.” The day-long event features a kids’ nature play zone, beach and wetland exploration programs, “animal…

Chicken Soup for the Rhode Island Soul

Every morning, I get a string of local news alerts in my inbox, and this morning they apparently were lifted straight from a David Foster Wallace novel: heartbreak hotels (look at that poor guy, cursing the heavens), death of a local porn legend, fears of gang violence at a supermarket carnival, dogs shunned, and Maine lobster populations gone berserk. In…

Now that the sugar buzz is fading

It’s time to tackle taxes. Tax deadline is Wednesday, and there will be no extended hours for dropping off taxes at any post offices this year (9 p.m. is the latest any are open). If, like me, you require much more than a few hours to complete any kind of form that involves lots of figures, that means getting started…

Roller Girls

Hey, Providence Roller Derby starts up tomorrow night, easily one of the coolest things about the city. I haven’t been to a bout yet, but this is my year. I’m intrigued, if only because roller skating scared. me. to. death. as a little kid. (I did like the plastic roller skates with wheels that didn’t actually roll—you just strapped them…

Wine box saga continued

So I’ve tried a few more types of boxed wine. (For spurious rationalization, see here. Or here.) And here’s what I found: The Washington Hills merlot is really pretty nice. Yes indeed. It is pricier than most, however – around $21 for the equivalent of four bottles, while the rest are more like $17. Of course that’s still a buck…

So does the rest of the world hate us less now?

A couple of ridiculously smart and influential foreign guys are at Brown tonight to tell us. “The Obama Effect: Global Reactions to the New American President” is at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 7, in the Starr Auditorium at MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer Street in Providence. The two speakers are heavy-hitting Brown professors-at-large. Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile, founded…