Casey Nilsson

Winter is Better at Roger Williams Park Zoo

See some photos and a new video of our furry friends at the zoo.

Sure, you might be a little chilly, but the red pandas, snow leopards, moon bears and seals are just getting into their groove. Personally, I think this is the best time to visit Roger Williams Park Zoo: half-priced admission, no crowds and barely any elephant aroma (sorry, Alice, Ginny and Kate). Plus, the Tropical America rainforest exhibit feels like a…

Celebrate MLK Day with a Spinoff of Dr. King's Favorite Treat

MLK loved pecan pie. Today is also Popcorn Day. Let's mash it up.

Some of you might celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Providence Children's Museum with educational MLK-inspired stories and activities. Others might see the excellent film Selma in theaters.   View image | gettyimages.com Personally, I was inspired to make something salty and sweet in honor of the American hero. His birthday was January 15, but we…

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

January 15–21.

MLK Jr. Series The Rhode Island School of Design hosts a dinner, a concert, films and a keynote talk by a Hollywood star in honor of our American hero. The Martin Luther King Jr. series kicks off on Saturday with an opening celebration dinner at Portfolio Cafe featuring Nigerian cuisine, followed by a concert of gospel music and spoken word…

Staff Picks: Providence Restaurant Weeks

Rhode Island Monthly staffers name their picks.

You have eleven days left to feast at eighty restaurants in greater Providence. What are you waiting for? Go on, get eating! We understand. Eighty is an intimidating number. If you're panic-stricken over the greatest Restaurant Weeks list of all time, take a tip from Rhode Island Monthly's expert staffers and stick with the classics, new and old. Here are…

Theater Takeaway: Gamm's Morality Play

A renegade priest, a plague, a murder and a mystery: Gamm's world premiere is a theatrical perfect storm.

Morality Play is set seven centuries ago in winter, but it feels relevant — especially considering the bone-chilling cold. The poor trudge through life, dropping dead with disease or working themselves to the grave. The world is a playground for the rich, after all, and its feudal inhabitants are their playthings. Written by Gamm's Artistic Director Tony Estrella, this brand-new…

Rhode Island Monthly on the Rhode Show

We chatted about our January issue, which boasts features on hidden Rhode Island, a horse sanctuary and a bitter winter storm.

Rhode Island Monthly's January issue is packed with fun stuff, including "Hidden Rhode Island," a feature that explores Rhode Island's secret gems, plus a heartfelt piece on the owner of Horse Play, a sanctuary for horses in South County, and a winter storm essay by beloved Rhode Island novelist, Ann Hood. Here's more about the issue from "The Rhode Show":…

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

January 8–14.

State House Open House Governor Gina Raimondo hosts a free-for-all day with food, live performances, ice skating and, yes, more food. The events kick off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State House, where guests can sample from more than twenty Rhode Island food and beverage producers, including Hemenway’s, Los Andes, Narragansett Creamery, Del’s and Gregg’s. While you…

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Newport Folk Fest Tickets On Sale This Week

Want to go to this year's festival? Better get your tickets early.

Early bird tickets to the 2014 Newport Folk Fest sold out in minutes. Minutes! And to think George Wein, grand master of folk, almost sold the biz in 2008. This year's dates are July 24, 25 and 26. No, we don't know who's playing the Fort. But does it matter? Last year was awesome; here's a little reminder: Don't be…

Retro Bowling Alley Opens in Pawtucket

BreakTime Bowl and Bar takes a cue from the past with 1920s duckpin bowling.

Pawtucket's best-kept secret is open once more. Last Saturday, I checked out BreakTime Bowl and Bar, a six-lane duckpin bowling alley in Pawtucket's trendy Hope Artiste Village — but not before picking up some veggies from the Wintertime Farmers Market on the ground floor of the complex (see what's new at the market here). BreakTime, which launched with a soft opening…

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

January 1–7.

Penguin Plunge Hardy New Englandahs: Tolerate some salty cold and help the needy keep warm in 2015. The ninth annual Penguin Plunge in Westerly is hosted by the WARM Center, a nineteen-bed adult shelter that operates a daily community soup kitchen for residents in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. On New Year’s Day, newbies and longtime plungers rush into…