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Tradition or Love?

Sometimes an audience needs lots of flash and pomp to feel engaged in a musical. But PPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof, onstage through Sunday night, requires none of it. A simple set serves as a backdrop for standout vocal performances by the stars and supporting cast alike. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof tells the…

Red: A Portrait of the Conflicted Artist

In real life, the black swallowed the red: Darkness flooded over abstract impressionist Mark Rothko, and he committed suicide in 1970 at the age of sixty-six. But John Logan’s two-man play Red, onstage now at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, doesn’t dwell on the tragedy to come, at least not openly. Instead, it vividly paints Rothko in all shades, staging in…

Attention R.I. Shoppers!

R.I.'s first Nordstrom Rack store opened today at the Warwick Mall, and Andrea Valentini is moving.

Now is a good time to shop for yourself or someone else! There’s a lot going on in the fashion world this week, including today’s opening of the Nordstrom Rack store at the Warwick Mall, today's StyleWeek designer sample sale and an ongoing Andrea Valentini moving sale. Nordstrom Rack Opening: Rhode Island’s first off-price division of Nordstrom opened today at…

Sweet, Syrupy Holiday Fun

Elf is onstage at Providence Performing Arts Center until Nov. 10.

When we see a holiday show, we’re after more than glittery scenes, one-liners about the in-laws and cheerful song and dance. We want the performance to give us something we’ve been missing all year long — that feeling, that holiday feeling no sunny summer day could evoke. And, weeks before the official Christmas countdown begins, Elf: The Musical delivers. It…

A Fiendish Good Time

Check out this annual Halloween parade this afternoon in College Hill.

Grab your favorite little devil and come out this afternoon to the fifth annual Fiends of Brown Street Park Children’s Halloween Party and Parade. The event in Providence’s College Hill will feature Halloween-themed games and crafts, then a parade to the music of What Cheer Brigade. Snacks and pizza will also be provided.   The party kicks off at 4…

Stay Motivated with a Fall 5K or Ultramarathon

Enter the Monster Dash in Providence or challenge a team in Rhode Island's Six-Hour Ultramarathon and Relay.

October and November are the perfect months for running. The weather is nice and cool and the scenery of color-changing leaves is breathtaking. Add some Halloween costumes to the mix and you have live entertainment. There are so many fun 5Ks, marathons and other running events going on that it is easy to stay motivated before we are tempted to…

Smart Season

It’s about that time of year where we transition from spending free time outdoors to ducking in somewhere warm and cozy. But the excesses of modern indoor life — TV, video games, snacks, more TV, more snacks, some reading, maybe a Netflix binge — doesn’t necessarily equate to good mental and social health. Sit in on the following lectures, screenings…

Every Day is a Food Truck Festival in Providence

The Newport Food Truck Festival is coming to Newport Yachting Center this Sat., Oct. 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., but you don’t have to wait for a festival to try them all.

The Newport Food Truck Festival is coming to Newport Yachting Center this Sat., Oct. 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rhode Islanders are excited to try eats from Ocean State trucks and out-of-state mobile vendors. But did you know there are food truck “events” in Providence every week, and almost every day? You don’t have to wait for a festival and…

History in the Baking

An educator at the Rhode Island Historical Society is recreating historic recipes in her own kitchen.

When Edgar Allen Poe’s fiancee Sarah Helen Whitman had a few friends over to her Providence home for a séance, what might she have served her guests? Elyssa Tardiff has spent more than a year researching that and other historical culinary questions on her wonderful blog, Relishing History. As director of the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public…

RISD Entrepreneurs Share Secrets of Success

RISD alum and co-founder of Airbnb Joe Gebbia is kicking off the school's Entrepreneur Mindshare.

How would you like to stay in a sunny apartment in Barcelona for $33 a night? Or maybe a redwood treehouse in the mountains of Santa Cruz is more your style. They’re both available through Airbnb, the brainchild two RISD graduates, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky. The idea of a virtual community for short-term accommodations around the world was born…