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New Year, New Hair

Love your locks in 2015 with a new style at Alex Anthony Curl and Blowout Bar.

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Under the Stars

Photographer David Zapatka captures beautiful images of Rhode Island's lighthouses by night.

Blustery blows, seagull skirmishes and conditions cold enough to make Jack Frost shiver: David Zapatka has faced it all on his quest to capture the state’s sixteen active lighthouses under the light of the stars. Something that started as a spark of curiosity in the fall of 2013 developed into an inspiring experiment of land and water-based photography by early…

Brown University's A Cappella Groups

Brown University has the most a cappella groups per capita in the United States.

From dress codes to song choices, each of the fifteen Brown University a cappella groups has its own distinct style. You might be lucky enough to come across an impromptu Arch Sing concert (held under the university’s famous arches), but first, familiarize yourself with these five IGCAC (Intergalactic Community of A Cappella) members. The Jabberwocks Members: All-male. Founded: 1949. Wardrobe…

Santa Bikes

Sol Chariots helps deliver overflow UPS packages by pedal-power.

Santa may have his sleigh but Sol Chariots delivers gifts by bike. After Thanksgiving, online shopping skyrockets and someone has to deliver the influx of all those holiday packages. Rather than put more costly delivery trucks on the road and pay for gas and repairs, the United Parcel Service reverts to a better solution. Last season, UPS hired Providence pedicab…

Outside the Box

Nix generic gift cards this holiday season in favor of more thoughtful fare. These crafty classes will help you step up your gift-giving game. By Caylin Harris

Homemade wine or beer Professor Chef’s Wine (From Vines to Wines) or Beer (From Seeds to Suds) Making Classes What to expect: Walk away with a more intimate knowledge of the libations you love. The classes cover basics on the necessary equipment to brew and make wine at home, as well as topics like fermentation and sterilization. Plus, you’ll leave…

Vintage Vibe

Whiting and Davis revives its fashion jewelry line.

A historic fashion company in Attleboro, Massachusetts, is experiencing modern-day resurgence. Whiting and Davis’s mesh handbags from the 1920s and ’30s were once worn by fashionable flappers and famous actresses, purses that are now coveted by collectors across the country. New York City restaurant critic and vintage bag lover Gael Greene is selling several classic Whiting and Davis models in…

Pro Bono Ballet

Providence Ballet performs Twas the Night Before Christmas for local schoolchildren.

If Eva Marie Pacheco had her way, every child would see the ballet. This is the fifth year the artistic director of Providence Ballet Theatre is choreographing Twas the Night Before Christmas, while offering Providence public schools a chance to attend for free, and $5 tickets for other Rhode Island schools. “It’s amazing how many children who come to performances…

Rhode Island Veterans Visit National Memorial

Local veterans visit the National World War II Memorial.

Oliver “Olly” Moreau of New Bedford watched a kamikaze bearing down on him as he stood on the bridge of the USS DuPage in World War II, figuring he was a dead man. But the plane’s wing clipped a support wire and spun to slam into the ship just behind him, killing thirty-six men and wounding hundreds of others. Moreau,…

Lisa Mackey’s Luxe Looks

Lisa Mackey's artful accessories are handmade at Hope Artiste Village.

Antique cutting and sewing machines stand inside accessory designer Lisa Mackey's studio surrounded by her inspiration boards of fashion spreads cut out from Vogue. Steel dies for cutting belts and handbags lean in a corner, eighteen-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry with baroque pearls and diamonds are displayed like a gallery and vibrant python skins and leather hides are spread…

Safe Haven Pet Refuge

A no-kill shelter owned and operated by the North Kingstown-Exeter Animal Protection League.

Renate Sager-Daniels and her husband, Charles Daniels, are cat whisperers. The couple cares for more than 125 frisky felines that have arrived at their no-kill Pet Refuge for a variety of reasons, from relocation to illness and everything in between. The shelter is owned and operated by the North Kingstown-Exeter Animal Protection League, a private, nonprofit organization supported only by…