Larry Rachleff’s Final Song

The venerable Philharmonic conductor takes his final bow this month.

“In this world, I think art, beauty, empathy, sensitivity and spirituality have never been more important than they are now,” Rachleff says.

Give Mother Earth a Hand

Celebrate Earth Day at local events or make a planet-friendly art project.

Fort Wetherill. Photo courtesy of Aimee Falso.Clean land, water and air are essential to our long-term use and enjoyment of the planet. Recycle everything from envelopes to electronics, trade your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and never leave home without reusable shopping totes. There are countless ways to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22: Whether you repurpose an old sink…

RI’s Ice Queens and Kings

It's the Disney on Ice version of figure skating.

Emma Borin, from Scituate, skates on ice. Krphotogs Photography LLC/Photo courtesy Sarah DiNardo.Ocean State Ice Theatre is like a Disney on Ice version of figure skating. “It involves elaborate performances with unique costumes, props, backdrops and dramatic music — it’s live theater on ice,” says the team’s head coach, Sarah Mirza DiNardo, who guides a team of twenty skaters ages…

Who Is Hope Man?

A Spandex-clad superhero fights negativity in the Ocean State.

Chris VaccaroRhode Island has its own superhero in the form of Hope Man. The brainchild of entrepreneurial lawyer and Hatch Entrepreneurial Center cofounder Kevin Murphy, Hope Man inspires hope in the state through comics, costumed appearances, a web series and an activity book, all themed around the character. Murphy founded the nonprofit Hope Actions to raise the collective consciousness of…

The Amazing Benny’s Origin Story

How an Eastern European immigrant founded a regional treasure.

“I pledge the best possible quality and service at most reasonable prices,” read the ad Benjamin Bromberg took out in the Providence Journal in 1924 to announce his new store, Benny’s. The eastern European immigrant — who had no more than a sixth grade education — opened the automotive supply shop on Fountain Street in Providence with his wife, Flora….

Behind the Scenes at Barnaby Castle

Chic private happenings help preserve this Providence gem.

Don’t own a mansion? No problem. Those who book an event at one of the most storied estates in Rhode Island also become partners in preservation. Barnaby Castle on the West Side of Providence is being restored and the current owner has unlocked the property for hosting events such as cocktail parties, meetings and more. Event designer and resident Kaitlyn…

The Original Artsy Women in RI

A new show features the work of Rhode Island's pioneering female artists.

They couldn’t incite change with a vote, but they could with art — at least in Rhode Island. To commemorate Women’s History Month, the Providence Art Club hosts “Making Her Mark,” an exhibition that celebrates the professional women artists and educators of the nineteenth century. The show runs from March 5 to 30, with a daylong symposium on March 25….