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Beer Lover’s Guide: Craft Beer Bars

Local bars pour regional and faraway favorites.

The Wild Colonial This Providence pub’s name turns a derogatory Irish term into something to be celebrated. The historic tavern’s eighteen draft lines fill glasses with an ever-rotating list of classic brews — can you say Guinness? — and the latest trends in craft beer, ranging from selections from Maine Beer Company, AleSmith and Wicked Weed to Sean Larkin’s Dry…

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Feb. 16–22

Celebrate WINEter, listen to Beethoven's Eroica!, check out the films at the Providence Children's Film Festival and more.

Beethoven's Eroica  The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School present Eroica, the classic Beethoven symphony inspired by Napoleon and the French Revolution, a bombastic and emotionally charged masterpiece. Beethoven wrote this groundbreaking work using broad swaths of sound to demonstrate his feelings through music, creating a piece that bursts with vibrancy. Larry Rachleff is at the helm as conductor, where…

A Jaunt Through Pretty, Patriotic Bristol

This bayside town boasts movie star looks and a colorful history.

I f you’re like me, when you think of Bristol, Rhode Island (not to be confused with Bristol County, Massachusetts, or Bristol, England), you conjure up visions of Fourth of July festivities. And guess what? You’re pretty spot on.   But Bristol is multifaceted, and just as there’s much more to a model than looks, this compact place has deeper…

Theater Takeaway: Trinity Rep's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's classic, raunchy and comedic tale gets a fanny pack strapped on and is doused in hairspray.

Looking back at my notes after seeing a play is telling. There are doodles when the play is dull, meticulous phrases when it's serious and incoherent scribbles when it's exciting.  With Trinity Rep's rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the incoherent scribbles flowed forth.  Trinity's A Midsummer Night's Dream is set at a high school in 1986, and it works;…

Backstage at PPAC's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

We spoke to some of the stars, including two adorable (yes, adorable) rats.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time treats you to sensory overload — and I mean that in the best way possible.  A dog is dead, pierced with a garden fork. This is when we enter the world, well, the mind, really, of Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old on the autism spectrum. Played by Adam Langdon, Christopher attempts to…

Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Feb. 9–15

Get thee to the theater (three amazing shows are running), snag some winter deals in Newport and take a dip for Save the Bay.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Trinity Rep  Have a couple laughs and bask in the romance of a Shakespearean classic at Providence’s historic Trinity Repertory Company. Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky, this rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set at a high school dance in the '80s, and we all know what that means: shoulder pads, big music and even bigger hair!…

Beer Lover’s Guide: RI Beer

Sixteen spots to grab a pint, from newly minted breweries to timeworn brew pubs.

Brutopia Brewery Beer is to barbecue what wine is to cheese. And at Brutopia, bite into dry-rubbed, fall-off-the-bone ribs and pulled pork while sipping brewed-on-site suds from Revival, and Brutopia exclusives. The atmosphere is prime for watching sports — pick a sport, any sport — and shooting pool with friends. Check out the beer tanks visible from the dining room…

National Wear Red Day

Go red for a good cause.

It's time to see red. In celebration of National Wear Red Day, thousands across the state will deck out in their best red outfits and buildings and landmarks in Rhode Island will be illuminated red.This 'red-out' is sponsored by the American Heart Association to promote its Go Red For Women campaign, which centers on raising awareness about heart disease and stroke in women. …