Culture

Art at City Hall

I know I should be writing about corned beef and green beer, but a little thing called work has gotten in the way of my St. Paddy’s Day revelry. I’m figuring that by now most people (those with the luck of the Irish, that is; or those with the Guinness-fueled guts to sneak out the back door) are already comfortably…

Art for Chile

Chile is just getting hammered. And, says Magaly Ponce, a Chilean-born Providence artist and college professor, despite what you might have heard, the people there need our help: "The most damaging mismanagement on the government’s part, it seems, was to not quickly assess the extent of the damages, initially turning away international help and later misinforming citizens of the tsunami…

The Dish! The Party!

So, we just got word that our monthly food e-newsletter, The Dish, is a finalist for this year’s national City & Regional Magazine Awards, up against big-city slickers Chicago, Philadelphia and 5280 (that’s code for Denver, to all us low-elevation dwellers). We don’t want to call it an upset that The Dish won this category last year, but on a…

Just Married?

Back in January we were thrilled to launch our new quarterly wedding-planning e-newsletter, Engaged. We’re already hard at work on the spring edition and need your help! We’re searching for inspiring real Rhode Island weddings to feature on our website and in the newsletter (check out Heather and Ryan’s uber-creative celebration in the first edition). To be considered, send a short description and five of…

RISD The Musical!?

RISD students are an eccentric bunch, but this is just beyond: This weekend, they’ll spoof the art school experience with two presentations of RISD The Musical!  The one-hour show chronicles the "tumultuous" journey from application to graduation. Sounds self-indulgent, but the project actually serves a greater good: All ticket sales benefit Partners in Health’s relief efforts in Haiti.February 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. $10 suggested…

Drink That Wine!

As if I needed another reason to drink (isn’t that what jobs are for?!), this Saturday, February 27th, is “Open That Bottle Night.” The concept was started by former Wall Street Journal “Tastings” columnists, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, eleven years ago, and the basic premise is simple: what are you waiting for? – open that special bottle of…

Beware of the Dog!

Hot dogs were totally reamed out by the American Academy of Pediatrics yesterday for their tube shape, which poses a choking risk to kids. Oh dear. There’s no word on earth of why they suddenly thought of this yesterday, but the docs want a warning label printed on hot dogs (I’m picturing a little flag, like a Hersey’s kiss), along…

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…