Casey Nilsson

The Best Places to Shop for the Holidays in Rhode Island

You don't have to travel far to shop local. Here are a few of our favorite places by region.

No big-box stores here, people. Just locally owned shops brimming with treasures. Here's the kicker: You don't have to travel far for last-minute stocking stuffers and gifts, no matter the recipient. Follow the links below for our favorite shopping hotspots by region and — the best part — keep your local economy buzzing through the holidays:   37 Shops for…

Gilded Heels for the Holidays

Channel your inner debutante with shoes modeled after a turn-of-the-century design.

I'm a lady, and I like shoes. But specific elements must be vetted before I splurge on a pair, i.e. monetary-to-physical cost analysis, should I take a digger in my fancy new footwear. Out of fear and laziness, I revert to my plain old (read: older than the fruit cake in your freezer) Mary Janes, which are reliable, comfortable and,…

Fifteen Years of What Cheer

The venerable records and vintage store celebrates its fifteenth year with two fun events.

Need an escape from the holiday hustle? There's a wide world of goods — retro postcards, alphabetized vinyl, vintage jewelry and clothing — perched atop a flight of stairs in Providence, and it's not going to explore itself. What Cheer Records and Vintage, which celebrates its fifteenth year in business this month, is just about the best place to while away an…

A Brown Bird Christmas

Hear a version of "Jingle Bells" you'll actually like, plus more fine-tuned holiday songs by MorganEve Swain and the late, great David Lamb of Brown Bird.

Joy to the world, this album is wicked awesome. Last month, Warren-based musician MorganEve Swain released a limited-edition, fourteen-track album of songs she recorded with her late husband and band mate, David Lamb, who lost his battle against leukemia last April. The duo, which performed under the moniker Brown Bird, recorded the songs over several years and gifted them to…

A Night at the Vets for "Downton Abbey" Fans

Join RIPBS for a dinner party and a free screening of the first hour of season five.

Dust off your 1920s best; "Downton Abbey" is calling. RIPBS brings together the Brit drama's biggest fans for its annual dinner and screening event, scheduled for this Saturday, December 6 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Guests are encouraged to dress up in period ensembles. Experience a touch of "Downton" regality at the pre-screening dinner party, which boasts a…

SantaCon is Coming to Town

Have you readied your Santa suit and rehearsed your "Ho, ho, ho"?

Bid farewell to the crummy holiday parties of yesteryear and do this instead: Dress as Santa, raise some money for charity, drink a few brews and have a jolly time with bedecked friends, old and new, at SantaCon Newport. Sure, some SantaCons in other cities have a bad rep, but Newport's annual event is a dignified one. There are rules,…

How to Build a Prize-Winning Gingerbread House

The Artists' Exchange's Emily Urban gives us some insider tips on what makes a winning house for the organization's annual contest on December 6.

1. Think Outside the Graham Cracker Box   2. Families Make Great Teams   3. Remember: Candy can be Squished, Bent, Molded, Shaped   4. Frosting is Your Friend   5. Don't Eat ALL of Your Decorations   6. Most Importantly: Creativity is Key! The Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 6 at…

Theater Takeaway: Trinity Rep’s Barefoot in the Park

It’s syrupy sweet, fast-paced fun.

Trinity Repertory Company’s production of Neil Simon’s 1960s classic, Barefoot in the Park, is the most authentic night of theater you’ll see all season. The show — which follows a just-married odd couple living in a cramped New York City apartment — jumps from webpage to stage, real-life lovers and beloved company members shining in roles that seem written for…

How To Do Gallery Night Like a Pro

Tips from a Gallery Night Providence groupie for the last event of the year.

Hey Gallery Night, what's with the winter pile-on? We already have to deal with the impending dark, cold and mucky snow-and-sand combo. In winter, there's also a hole in the calendar where Gallery Night Providence used to be. I get it: too chilly for self-guided tours. And I doubt the lovely galleries want packs of us tracking in the aforementioned…

Keeping Up With Kent Stetson

The rise of a Rhode Island handbag designer.

If a single snapshot could mark a man’s arrival, Kent Stetson’s might be time-stamped January 29, 2013. It’d capture the bespectacled designer, near breathless from the thrill of it all, leading a group of latex monster/models — a fly-eyed fashionista, a hulking beast with three teeth — toting his latest line of luxury handbags down the StyleWeek Northeast runway. Behind…