At Home: Early Riser

Color Pops In Point Judith Waterside Garden

Room to Grow There are neighbors close by, but who notices? Garden designer Julia Garriga, who heads an eponymous North Kingstown-based firm, has planned the small paradise so skillfully — and profusely — that the attention focuses on Point Judith Pond and the glorious plants. “Color in spring brings hope and starts the season with joy,” Garriga says. Splashy iris…

Tales from the Bar

Your Favorite Bartenders Reveal True Tales and Tips

Joanie Frederick, Jack’s Bar I’m a teacher by day, bartender by night. I’ve been bartending for thirty-two years; fifteen of those years have been at Jack’s Bar. Life behind the bar is a lot like a kindergarten classroom. The people are just taller. I have a wardrobe of hats I wear every single day and I’ve perfected the three-minute conversation….

Faces of Hope

Three locals talk about falling on tough times and overcoming homelessness.

In 2014, there were 4,067 homeless individuals living in Rhode Island according to the annual report from the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. Homelessness has declined two years in a row in the state, and this is due to an increased fulfillment of supportive housing. The two main reasons for the prevalence of homelessness are lack of income and…

Trivia Troves

8 Places You Can Crush the Trivia Competition

Whether you’re training for “Jeopardy” or just keeping your brain spry, there’s no better way to test your know- ledge than with a game of live trivia. Lucky for you, our little state has a wide selection of team trivia nights. The Fastnet Pub 1 Broadway, Newport, 845-9311, Join them for: Pub Trivia, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Study up…

Bar Specials

6 Bars With Creative Entertainment

When you want to do more than just sip drinks, these options deliver alternative entertainment. The Spot Underground 101 Richmond St., Providence, 383-7133, The Spot’s open mic nights celebrate art and artists. On Madcap Mondays, performers share the stage with 2-D visual art, and you may just watch the artist working on a new painting while listening to a…

Waste Watchers

The Compost Plant Digs Food Scraps

Nearly one-third of our garbage is compostable material. For some, food waste is a pineapple rind, moldy bread or a rotisserie chicken carcass, but for Leo Pollock and Nat Harris, it’s pure energy. Within six to eight months, waste transforms into nutrient-rich soil which in turn grows produce at urban farms and personal gardens. Over the past year and a…

Rooftop Bars

Savor the View: 5 Rooftop Bars

Coast Guard House 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 789-0700, Hurricane Sandy forced this Rhody favorite into renovations, including some pretty sweet new digs like a dining room with panoramic windows and a roof deck overlooking the crashing waves of Narragansett Bay (roof deck opens in May). The Coast Guard House is open year-round and offers buck-a-shuck oysters Mon.−Fri. from 3−6…

Live Music Dive Bars

You don’t have to dress up to get down at these local dive bars. But you’d better wear your dancing shoes.

The Parlour Address: 1119 North Main St., Providence, 383-5858, The Scene: The state’s greatest musicians listen and play at this intimate hole in the wall by the Providence/Pawtucket line. The Bands: Browse the schedule and see a mash-up of musical styles, from Monday night reggae to energetic local acts like the Horse Eyed Men, Consuelo’s Revenge and others. Insider’s…

Snapshot: Brown Aerial Society

Students from Brown and RISD create living sculpture with their bodies.

Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Far from the rigors of academic life, students from Brown and RISD create living sculpture with their bodies. Late Tuesday and Saturday nights, former dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders and other limber souls convene…