Grace Kelly

Escape Digital Distraction at Better Off

The Providence retreat encourages old-school creativity.

Better Off is a retreat where typewriters and Polaroid cameras are more than just relics. Visit the modern-rustic storefront on Broadway and you will first lock your cell phone in a vintage post-office box before grabbing a technology from the past to get your creative juices flowing. Devan Durante and Brandon Lane are the brains behind Better Off, with the…

Brown University Student Rapper Earns Recording Opportunity

Classically trained musician DAP – Dolapo Akinkugbe – recently worked with Mark Ronson and Ken Scott at Abbey Road Studios as part of Converse Rubber Tracks.

Go on Vice’s music website, Noisey, and search "DAP."  A video called "The Undergraduate" pops up. Click play and you will read, "In September 2015, US based classically trained musician DAP was given the opportunity to travel to London, England, and record at the iconic Abbey Road Studios as part of Converse Rubber Tracks. This is his story." Then there’s…

Local Rower Competing for Spot on Men's Olympic Team

Anders Weiss, from Barrington, and a member of the Narragansett Boat Club, explains the intense training and diet required to row competitively.

Anders Weiss checks off many aspects of what can be called the “rowing type.” He stands six-foot-four, has toned legs and arms with bulging veins, and if you Google his name, photos of him clad in spandex will pop up. You might even find a picture of his face in a painful grimace, lips curled over teeth and eyes hard…

Theater Takeaway: Trinity Rep's To Kill a Mockingbird

While the stars were aligned for To Kill a Mockingbird to hit the stage, the theater's production was, with a few exceptions, a tad less celestially blessed.

Trinity Repertory Company couldn’t have picked a better time to produce To Kill a Mockingbird. The Black Lives Matter movement is still the shot heard 'round the world, Harper Lee’s first Mockingbird draft, Go Set A Watchman, was published last year, and the famed author recently died. While the stars were aligned for To Kill a Mockingbird to hit the…

Providence's Lost Chinatowns

On the Chinese New Year, we take a look back at the state's first Chinese emigres and the communities they built in our capital city.

Harp Lee had traveled a long way. His journey began when he left his home in Canton, China, for San Francisco. He then traveled to Portland, St. Louis and finally to Boston. He left Boston in 1874 for the city’s smaller neighbor, Providence, where he opened Harp Lee and Company Chinese California Laundry. Lee’s laundromat was located in a narrow…

Q-and-A with Jesse Burke, Photographer for Wild and Precious

The book brings together photographs from a series of road trips traveled over five years by photographer Jesse Burke and his daughter Clover to explore the natural world.

Wild and Precious, by local photographer and RISD alum Jesse Burke (who also contributes to Rhode Island Monthly), is an exploration of Burke’s time with his daughter, nine-year-old Clover, on the grandest stage of all: the natural world. Burke took Clover on a road trip through New England and beyond, snapping photos of her interacting with her surroundings. The solo…

Tink Knit Teaches Moms to Craft for Profit

The hats, scarves and more are sold at Brown's bookstore.

Inside the Brown University bookstore, there’s an array of earthy knit hats, cute tea cozies and more on display. Unlike mass-produced items, each of these handmade goods is created by a single parent working with the Brown student group, Tink Knit. Julia Xu ’15 and Julia Xu ’17 (no relation) established Tink Knit last year in order to help single…

Rediscovering Rhode Island

Coming back to Rhode Island was quite a change.

I spent the past four years studying in Pittsburgh, where it was a whirlwind of Pirates, pierogies and the 2014 Polar Vortex. Also during my studies were trips to Argentina, Texas and London, trips where I was mugged in a park, drove my first car outside of Rhode Island, and ate more toad-in-the-hole than I care to admit. Exciting stuff….

The Dish: Seven Stars Bakery's Backdoor Bread Features Ancient Grains

Co-owner and baker Jim Williams offers a selection of organic whole grain breads for sale during the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market.

Seven Stars Bakery is bringing bread back to its roots, or more accurately, back to those long forgotten whole grains. Owners Lynn and Jim Williams started Seven Stars fourteen years ago, creating a brand and breads that have enchanted many with golden crusts, airy pockets and a variety of flavors and textures. Now they are changing the game again with…

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Nov. 12–18

West Side Story, seals by the sea, Craftopia! and more.

Rhode Island Philharmonic: West Side Story “Play it cool boy, real cool,” says West Side Story’s Ice, leader of the Jets Gang. The Rhode Island Philharmonic will play it real cool at this concert featuring music from the Broadway hit, West Side Story. Tracy Silverman stars on the electric violin, playing dramatic tunes from the 1960s Romeo and Juliet-inspired production….