Casey Nilsson

The Block Island Poetry Project Presents Poetry of the Wild

Discover a poem around every bend on Block Island.

This weekend marks the twelfth annual celebration of the Block Island Poetry Project. Novice and expert wordsmiths will flock to the island for three days of intensive writing, reading and sharing from April 16 to 19. Poetry Project founder and former State Poet Laureate, Lisa Starr, tells us about this year’s weekend, plus a new effort that lets poetry run…

Head to Newport for the Daffodil Days Festival

Three days of fun, free, family-friendly events that celebrate our favorite sign of spring.

Think Newport is prettiest in the summer? Then you haven't seen our Gilded city dressed up in gold for the Daffodil Days Festival. Over the last eight years, City by the Sea residents have dug their hands in the dirt to plant more than 250,000 daffodil bulbs in public areas. Their goal? One million daffodils and the unofficial title of…

Live Music Dive Bars

You don’t have to dress up to get down at these local dive bars. But you’d better wear your dancing shoes.

The Parlour Address: 1119 North Main St., Providence, 383-5858, theparlourri.com The Scene: The state’s greatest musicians listen and play at this intimate hole in the wall by the Providence/Pawtucket line. The Bands: Browse the schedule and see a mash-up of musical styles, from Monday night reggae to energetic local acts like the Horse Eyed Men, Consuelo’s Revenge and others. Insider’s…

Your New Favorite Band: The Horse-Eyed Men

Folk music on a molecular, biological level.

This Providence-based band of brothers crafts an unusual musical experience. Some tunes are dreamlike, others are visceral, others still are campy and fun — and they’re all punctuated by the richest sibling banter you’ve heard in real time. The Band: The Horse-Eyed Men The Members: Dylan and Noah Harley See Them Live: Thursday, April 9, the Columbus Theatre, Providence, with…

The Wilbury Group Announces its 2015/2016 Season

Providence's Little Theater That Could announces a season filled with world, state and regional premieres, plus a couple of kick-butt rock musicals.

The Wilbury Group is fast becoming one of my favorite regional theaters. Simply put, it's because I gave the tiny, five-year-old organization a chance. They were already doing the work — great stuff bursting with grit and bite. (Read our coverage of recent productions here, here and here.) It only took me four years to climb the stairs at the Southside…

The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events

April 2–8.

Mount Hope Farm Easter Egg Hunt Shop for fresh, local food while your little ones scour the barnyard for candy and clues. The third-annual Easter Egg Hunt, which coincides with the Mount Hope Farmers Market, invites small scavengers to search for colorful eggs containing — what else? — lots of candy, plus clues directing them to various farmers market vendors…

Search for Treasure at an Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Booze, gift cards and no kids allowed.

Flashlight: check. Basket: check. All-weather gear: check. Game face: check. This Friday, the Rhode Island Shriners hosts its fifth-annual all-adult (twenty-one and older) egg hunt that promises to be more fun than the ones for the kiddos. Hundreds of crazed participants will search the Rhodes Place and Scottish Rite Lodge grounds for thousands of colorful eggs. Inside they’ll find candy,…

Theater Takeaway: A Flea in her Ear

Trinity Repertory Company’s latest show, directed by Tyler Dobrowsky and featuring a new translation from the French by Curt Columbus, is a salacious, gut-busting riot.

The problem: A husband can’t keep up his end of the bedroom bargain. (A Flea in her Ear was written in 1907; Viagra was not a thing.) His wife is suspicious of infidelity, considering their long and rambunctious sexual history. The solution: They talk it over, and live happily ever after between the sheets. But, like any good story, it…

Turn off Your Lights, Rhode Island!

Earth Hour is this Saturday.

Providence's Office of Sustainability made a big fuss about Earth Hour last year, but it's been nothing but crickets in 2015. That's why it's up to you and I, dear reader, to turn off our lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time this Saturday night. The event, which began in Australia in 2007, is marketed as a symbolic gesture…

Theater Takeaway: Wilbury’s Rapture, Blister, Burn

Your raging second-wave aunt, your “I’m not a feminist” friend, your less-than-ambitious spouse: All of these people will love this show. And you will, too.

Career or family? The age-old question gets a good battering in Wilbury Theatre Group’s latest show, Rapture, Blister, Burn, a bleak, funny feminist manifesto directed by Susie Schutt and written Brown alum Gina Gionfriddo. At one key moment during the show, actor Alex Maynard, playing the crass twenty-one-year-old college student, Avery, reduces the women’s movement to dust in a single…