Culture

Hot weather, Southern food

Connect Providence, the same group that brought us the I HEART PROVIDENCE movie, is holding its April meeting at Mamie Ellen’s Southern Vittles in South Providence on Wednesday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m. Mamie Ellen’s, which opened last fall, is named after Elliott Butcher’s North Carolina-raised mother. When he’s not busy coaching the boys of Moses Brown to basketball championships…

Andrew Losowsky Breaks It to Us Gently

The very engaging Andrew Losowsky is out and about promoting his new book* over the next few weeks, but he’ll be stopping by the Providence Athenaeum on Friday night to give “an over-excited presentation” about the future of books, libraries and storytelling. If you’ve ever been seduced by the Athenaeum—it’s easy to lose half an afternoon browsing inside that old,…

Chicken Soup for the Rhode Island Soul

Every morning, I get a string of local news alerts in my inbox, and this morning they apparently were lifted straight from a David Foster Wallace novel: heartbreak hotels (look at that poor guy, cursing the heavens), death of a local porn legend, fears of gang violence at a supermarket carnival, dogs shunned, and Maine lobster populations gone berserk. In…

Now that the sugar buzz is fading

It’s time to tackle taxes. Tax deadline is Wednesday, and there will be no extended hours for dropping off taxes at any post offices this year (9 p.m. is the latest any are open). If, like me, you require much more than a few hours to complete any kind of form that involves lots of figures, that means getting started…

Roller Girls

Hey, Providence Roller Derby starts up tomorrow night, easily one of the coolest things about the city. I haven’t been to a bout yet, but this is my year. I’m intrigued, if only because roller skating scared. me. to. death. as a little kid. (I did like the plastic roller skates with wheels that didn’t actually roll—you just strapped them…

Wine box saga continued

So I’ve tried a few more types of boxed wine. (For spurious rationalization, see here. Or here.) And here’s what I found: The Washington Hills merlot is really pretty nice. Yes indeed. It is pricier than most, however – around $21 for the equivalent of four bottles, while the rest are more like $17. Of course that’s still a buck…

So does the rest of the world hate us less now?

A couple of ridiculously smart and influential foreign guys are at Brown tonight to tell us. “The Obama Effect: Global Reactions to the New American President” is at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 7, in the Starr Auditorium at MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer Street in Providence. The two speakers are heavy-hitting Brown professors-at-large. Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile, founded…

Rainy Day Fun!

On a whim, Pippa and I decided to go see David Sedaris at the PPAC tonight. Maybe it’s the rain, but the idea of hunkering down in an old movie palace, listening to someone read aloud funny essays sounds comforting and good. Yes? There are still $33 tickets at www.ppacri.org. 

PawSox Update

If you know of a better deal in Rhode Island than admission to a PawSox game ($6-$10 a seat) on a sunny spring afternoon, I want to hear about it. Starting April 18, it’ll be an even better value for families. The team just announced a Kids Eat Free initiative for children 12 and younger. Little ones holding a box seat…

New Urban Arts Benefit

New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized arts studio for high schoolers, hosts its ninth-annual campaign event tomorrow night at its West Side space. If you’ve never been to the workshop-slash-gallery-slash-office, you’re in for a treat. Think of it as the ultimate creative incubator, complete with a dark room, a printmaking/screen printing area, a digital media center and, of course, enough…