Casey Nilsson

Cinderblock Stories

An experimental theater in Providence brings true tales of incarceration to the stage.

Christopher Johnson is telling a story and he's saying it straight. Devoid of flourishes yet not without elegance, the acclaimed spoken word artist blankets an audience with the plain truth of his past growing up in Newark, New Jersey. “At fifteen, I was stealing cars. At sixteen, I was selling cocaine. I loved this shit, this is what I lived…

A Taste of Crooked Current Brewery

Rhode Island’s tiniest brewery crafts flavors for all palates.

It’s less than 400 square feet, but this pint-sized Pawtucket brewery packs in a whole lot of flavor with wheat, pale ale and seasonal beers ripe for the tasting (Chocolate Cherry Stout, anyone?). I stopped by the brewery over the weekend to chat with co-owners Nichole Pelletier — Rhode Island’s first female brewmaster — and Jay Lourenco, her partner in…

Theater Takeaway: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

The underdogs meet their fate in an engrossing night of theater.

Even the little guys have stories of their own. Tom Stoppard’s fabulous play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, follows two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It sounds intimidating: Stoppard and Shakespeare, two of the quickest playwrights in history, come together for three acts of theater. But, for the most part, the play – first staged in London in the ’60s…

A Benefit for Thea Shaheen

Thea was wronged by her insurance company in December. Let's help make it right with a night of live local music.

This Thursday, the Columbus Theatre is coming through for a friend in need. Providence-based bands the Low Anthem, Gymshorts, Pixels and Pyramid will perform a benefit concert for Thea Shaheen, a transgender woman who experienced a pretty horrific ordeal involving her insurance company in December. Thea's a local musician herself who plays in Pyramid. Here's what the Columbus had to…

Theater Takeaway: Trinity Rep’s Middletown

Playwright Will Eno’s metaphysical play gets the stripped-down Trinity treatment.

We human beings are all but ordinary. Sure, we do our jobs, we’re agreeable, we move forward, in a sense, by placing one foot in front of the other every day. But beneath the surface, we harbor our own private storms. In Trinity Repertory Company’s Middletown, a story about a quiet small town in New England onstage now through February…

Web Extra: Newport Winter Festival

The twenty-seventh annual festival provides family-friendly and adult-centric fun in February.

Newport Winter Festival, an annual series of events that draws droves to the City by the Sea in midwinter, runs from February 13 to February 22. Favorite family-friendly events include a sand castle building contest, an ice sculpture demonstration, beach polo, a story time with the Frozen sisters and more. Adults will enjoy chili and chicken wing cookoffs, a comedy…

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

January 22–28.

Mummenschanz Bask in silence, shadows and big, funny faces at FirstWorks’ opening show of 2015. Mummenschanz, the experimental Swiss mime troupe that’s performed around the world for more than four decades, transcends age and cultural barriers by eliminating language, music and sound altogether. Instead, the crowd unites in delight over skits involving colorful, expressive masks, from wiry neon outlines to…

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…