Culture

Providence’s First Tweet-Up

The Perry Group, a local PR firm, hosted the area’s first Tweet-Up at Providence Piers last night. More than 100 people — all having heard about the event @Twitter —gathered for the panel discussion. The much-buzzed about event featured some of the state’s top Twitterers talking about how to brand your business — or yourself — through social media.A few…

The Dish: The Providence Granola Project

We hate to stereotype, but it’s no secret that granola lovers also tend to support progressive causes. Enter Keith Cooper and Geoff Gordon, whose artisan granola business, The Providence Granola Project, helps newly arrived refugees gain footing in Rhode Island. "It came together like many ideas do, over beers and late night conversations about how to solve the world’s problems,"…

Cool Event of the Week

Here’s something I definitely want to check out tomorrow night (especially if the weather holds up). It’s a spring gallery night in Bristol organized by the Bristol Independent Galleries association. Five galleries in the downtown area –– Hope Gallery, Bristol Looms, Bristol Workshops, The Paint Studio and Gallery 927 –– are all opening their doors from 5 p.m. to 9…

No Fighting at the Driving Range

Sunday was a lovely day at the driving range. I always like the driving range. It is fun to whack at a bucket of balls and a good chance to practice keeping a nice attitude in the face of disappointment. I think this is key: If you look at the driving range as a place to work on your actual…

Winning Stuff

The Rhode Island Press Association held its annual award banquet last Friday, May 9, and Rhode Island Monthly came away with the most prizes of any state media outlet. Not to toot our own horn, but it feels pretty good. We got the most first places too; of our sixteen awards, nine of them were firsts. Only the Providence Journal…

Mockamole

It’s cold, pouring and the you-know-what is making us turn on each other.  But it’s Cinco de Mayo! And this means guacamole.This morning, I celebrated by scouting around for a good recipe. I should explain that I have a fascination with recipes in which a key ingredient masquerades as something else. Mashed potatoes that are really whipped cauliflower, chocolate cake…

Dirt under my nails

If, like me, you’ve been seized by the desire to grow veggies this year (or, in my case, fruit – I think I’d be happy with nothing but tomatoes) then it’s time to start planning for this weekend’s big event. No, not Mother’s Day, although that’s nice too. Looming large the day before is the URI Spring Festival down at…

Drink Like You’re at Churchill Downs

At the Kentucky Derby (held this Saturday), horses and bourbon go together like love and marriage. The official drink of the race — the beloved mint julep — has been sating race watchers for the better part of a century. And for a genteel set, they know how to throw ‘em back — the Derby website boasts they go through…

Rhode Islanders Away From Home; Today Show Edition

Those of us who’ve ever tried on a pile of potential new duds in a store only to discover a) our underwear is disintegrating and b) the lighting makes us look like space aliens, will appreciate "You’d Be So Pretty If…," the new book about women’s body image by Rhode Island Monthly contributor Dara Chadwick, published by Da Capo Lifelong…

Good Stuff from the Sidelines

So, the weather couldn’t have been nicer on Saturday for the Special Olympics Southern Area Games in Warwick. I only caught the track events, but here are some highlights:1) In the 100-meter dash, a kid about seven or eight years old, with Buddy Holly glasses and colt legs, stepped up to the start line and crouched low. You could tell…