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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…

Saturday Morning on Atwells

The warm weather this past Saturday had me feeling festive, so I headed to Federal Hill and spent the morning wandering along Atwells, where the weekend crowd was t-shirted and unrushed, happily browsing in the food shops. I always find it endearing to see people taking their time: I watched one woman try on an oven mitt, another picking up…

All a Twitter

Thanks to Twitter, I’ve become a celebrity stalker, celebs who actually do their own tweets, that is, not people like Britney Spears who have ghost twitterers, because they’re so busy, apparently. It seems like there are hundreds of celebrity Twitterers, but my latest guilty pleasure is following Bonnie Fuller, evil genius of magazine publishing, former editor of Cosmo, Glamour, US…

Woodworking 101

It’s spring, self- and home-improvement time, and here’s a timely option (especially if you own an older home). In one of the light-filled rooms up at Hope Artiste Village, there’s a woodworking shop-come-co-op that offers classes for anyone interested in learning carpentry, from completely unhandy types to people looking to refine high-level skills. It’s called Keeseh Studio and summer class…

Free Cooking Classes

My colleague Lisa’s recent post about her non-existent gardening skills got me thinking about my own domestic shortcomings. And, since I just moved into my first “real” (post-college) apartment a couple months ago, my to-learn list looms long. But I’ve got to start somewhere. Why not in the kitchen? (The fact that my fire alarm goes off every time I…

Rhodies Rule!

These New England favorites enliven any landscape and ask little in return.

Come April, after embarrassing months of wearing leaves that look like fat cigars, as writer Eleanor Perenyi once described them, rhododendrons unthaw and launch their show. The knock-out flowers—pink, purple, red, white and yellow—sail aloft for weeks. Sure, there’s a smidgen of labor involved, as in planting, but after that, using our quick-read, make-yourself-an-authority primer, it’s almost a free ride….