Culture

Eat At Your Own Risk

A few times a week, I google "Rhode Island" with something weird, just to see if anything turns up that might make a good story. Today, because I have been on a coconut binge for weeks that I can only attribute to feeling literally starved for summer, I typed in "Rhode Island coconut." This is what came up. What is…

Taking Back Our Beer

If you happen to be walking through Kennedy Plaza around 5 p.m. today and see a lot more commotion than usual, it’s the rally that Narragansett Beer is holding to get a brewery built in the good old Ocean State. ‘Gansett is currently brewed in Rochester, NY, and owner Mark Hellendrung wants to return the local beer back to it’s…

A young Paul Newman, real big, outdoors

It actually started at the beginning of June, but this week  Movies on the Block, that fabulous free Thursday evening event in downtown Providence, kicks into gear with a screening of The Sting. Not only that, but it’s only one of TWO movies that will project Paul Newman and Robert Redford onto a big screen right next to Tazza Cafe…

Idol Alert

Ever entertained dreams of being on "American Idol"? Then start warming up your voice because this weekend Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium is hosting auditions (the first time they’ve been held in New England since 2005). Try-outs start at 5 a.m. Sunday, but to get in then you have to head to the stadium today or tomorrow to pick up a pre-registration…

Box wine part III

Birthday season party planning recently had friends and I trying to decide whether we could get away with serving boxed wines instead of bottled at a joint party. Since we’re all in favor of keeping our eco-footprint as small as possible, we had a big debate about whether boxed wines really are more environmentally friendly. You can recycle the cardboard…

What's Playing at the Newport Film Festival

The 2009 Newport Film Festival takes place June 3 through 9. I always make it a point to go to at least one film each year. Why? The lineup is always incredible, the movies are screened mainly in the quaint theaters at the Jane Pickens and the Opera House, both cinematic treasures in our state, and it’s one of the…

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…