Culture

Painting the Olympics

Good gig: Local artist Nick Paciorek doesn’t have to sit glued to the telly to catch Olympic action. In fact, Olympic action is how he’s making his living. Right now, he’s up in (balmy compared to here) Vancouver, painting the huge mountains and dramatic urban shoreline, charming street scenes, inviting ski lifts and, of course, nauseatingly picturesque Whistler Village. It’s…

BYOB Wine Tasting

This has to go down as one of the best small-fundraiser event ideas I’ve heard in ages. The Providence Community Boating Center is kicking off its 2010 wine tasting series this Thursday, with an evening centered around California whites. The center runs the boathouse down in India Point Park, a gorgeous spot to take a sailing lesson, and this is…

Shameless Afternoon Tear-jerking

At the risk of being a terrible mush, I have to pass along this story. I read it in Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird years ago. (I think it’s also made its way into the Chicken Soup books, but stay with me.) I remembered it today and I’ll tell you why in a sec:An 8-year-old boy had a younger sister…

A Sweet Valentine's Day Treat

Regardless of your feelings about Valentine’s Day (most people seem to either love it or hate it), I don’t think there’s any better excuse to take a break from the dietary monotony of New Year’s resolutions and treat yourself a little. One of my favorite things to make for the holiday, whether for myself or a certain someone special, are…

Just in Time for the Snow Day

Hey, here’s a neat contest for local high school students. Local t-shirt company RI Threads (look for them in our March "Current" section) is seeking designs for a Rhody-inspired shirt to go on sale this summer, with 100% of proceeds to go to the charity of the winning student’s choice. The deadline is March 31; you can get more info…

I HEART Providence

This was really fun last year, and it’s happening again on Thursday: Connect Providence’s February love letter to the city, I HEART PROVIDENCE, held at City Hall. Here’s the press release for this year’s love fest:Providence, will you be our Valentine? Celebrate your love for Providence at our largest gathering of the year… I HEART PROVIDENCE Hosted by Mayor David…

Theater Notes

If you have any desire to see The Gamm’s 4:48 Psychosis, go. Go this weekend: It closes Sunday. The play can be difficult to sit through at times, for sure, but I’m convinced Casey Seymour Kim’s performance is (thankfully) the closest most of us who do not suffer from mental illness can get to experiencing clinicial depression/psychosis. Her portrayal of "woman" is…

Notable Names at Bryant's Women's Summit

Bryant University just announced its line-up for its Women’s Summit 2010. The actual event doesn’t take place until March 11, but if you register before February 22 you’ll save $25 (the fee is $150 before the 22nd, $175 after). Keynote speakers include the chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group and RBS Americas, Ellen Alemeny, and former Delta Airline exec…

The P Bruins

My daughter and I, as part of a fundraiser for her school’s PTO, hit the Dunk yesterday afternoon for what was, for both of us, our first ice hockey game. It was great! Didn’t hurt that the Providence Bruins won 3-0, of course, but it was fun just to watch the fast action on the ice, flag down the cotton…

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