Jen McCaffery

Eye for Design Update: February 2014

The latest in design news from around Rhode Island.

Late January/February Calendar: 1/29 Pecha Kucha. Part of Design Expo 2014, the adult show-and-tell will feature presentations by Scott Ferguson of Oracle, Barnaby Evans of WaterFire, engineer Kipp Bradford, Justin Sirotin of Mars Made and Adrienne Gagnon of DownCity Design. Free. Doors open at 7 p.m., presentations start at 7:30 p.m. Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown, 401-662-3839,….

Eye for Design: Endangered Properties in PVD

Each year, the Providence Preservation Society releases its list of properties in peril.

A historic district north of College Hill, a former theater, several houses of worship and the State House lawn made this year's list of endangered properties in Providence. For twenty years, the Providence Preservation Society has compiled a list of places around the city that have deteriorated, have been neglected and may face demolition. "In a city known for its…

StyleWeek Northeast Fall 2014: Nick Pini, Selahdor and Jonathan Joseph Peters

Sexy dresses, slouchy jackets and lots of pink closed out StyleWeek Northeast Saturday.

The top of the Biltmore was packed Saturday for the final night of StyleWeek Northeast Fall 2014. Designer Nick Pini started the shows with sexy dresses in black, cream, gray and silver that occasionally showed a slice of back. They ranged from a simpler pleated dresses to pieces embellished with lots of sequins and fringe. David Chum’s designs for Selahdor…

StyleWeek Northeast Fall 2014: SEED Competition and Toni Spaziano

Innovative student designs and children's looks took to the runway Wednesday night.

Fire, water, earth and air served as the inspiration for this year’s student design competition called SEED at StyleWeek Northeast Wednesday night.  Students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology filled the runway at the Providence Biltmore with elemental designs ranging from Marsha Titova’s water-inspired light-up dress to Alyssa Fishenden’s streaming train of photo…

Design Expo and Endangered Properties

There's lot's going on Thursday for people interested in design.

People interested in art and design in Rhode Island have several great options to check out Thursday. Here’s a breakdown: Opening reception for Design Expo 2014 IMPACT. The second annual design event is focused on the impact of designers in Rhode Island and will feature speakers and the work of designers from around the state. Go here for more information….

The Lyons is Wickedly Funny

A dark tale about dying and family dysfunction.

When it comes time to depart our earthly existence, most of us would probably like to be surrounded by family. Unless of course you’re one of the Lyons family. A bitingly funny and ultimately poignant production called The Lyons now playing at 2nd Story Theatre shows that no matter how dysfunctional, family ties endure, for better or for worse. The…

Missed Connections 2014

They're in some quintessential Rhode Island locations.

A recent blog post on Missed Connections at art museums in New York made me wonder where the fleeting attractions are happening in Rhode Island. An infographic released last year that broke down the popular Craigslist category by state found that hearts flutter most in the parking lots of the Ocean State. But I thought there was probably more to…

A Delicate Proposition

Gene Waldroup and Liberio Cortes arrive at the factory shortly before 4 a.m. They’re the first workers on the early shift at the Leavers Lace Corporation in West Greenwich, one of the last mills of its kind in Rhode Island. They flip on the lights and quickly make their way to the factory floor, with its imposing ten-foot-tall black iron…

Golda's Balcony: A Lesson in Public and Personal History

The 2nd Story Theatre production tells the story of Israel's former prime minister, Golda Meir.

She started out as a Russian immigrant to the United States, and emerged as an international leader who helped establish a homeland for Jews. Golda’s Balcony is a powerful one-woman play by William Gibson that tells the story of Golda Meir, who started out lining skirts in America at age sixteen, but followed her passion for Zionism to eventually become…

Good People at the Gamm is Excellent

Geographically, South Boston and Chestnut Hill are not that far apart. But when it comes to opportunity, the distance is almost insurmountable. The people who got out and the people they left behind are the subject of David Lindsey-Abaire’s Tony award-nominated play, Good People, which is now playing at the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket. The sad yet often very funny…