People love Providence. Here’s proof

So sometime back when it was dark all the time – February 10, to be exact – there was this weird event at which I actually drank beer inside Providence’s City Hall (and not out of a paper bag).

It was I Heart Providence, an event arranged by Connect Providence, which is a great little organization that aims to help people get to know each other, and the city, at monthly gatherings. There was live music, free chocolate, and a makeshift bar by Trinity Brewhouse. The setting was surprisingly congenial (it’s so much easier to appreciate the architecture when you’re not there to argue about your taxes).

And now, tonight, comes a promisingly congenial-sounding part two: the red-carpet premiere of The People’s Confessions.

You see, back in February when it was hard to feel positive about anything, lots of people nevertheless managed to. And they did it on film — in video “confession booths” set up to find out what people like about our capital city, and in interviews with roving Dan White. Hours of footage have been condensed into a 15-minute film showing tonight at Cable Car Cinema and Café (which I noticed this morning is looking spiffy after an interior and exterior makeover).

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., is totally free, and will involve an actual red carpet. Just step into the theater to view the film, which will show on a continuous loop. The big old bonus is an after party down the street at L’Elizabeth’s Cafe that involves an open bar from 6 to 11 p.m. for $15. That’s right, five hours of open bar for $15. I’m not sure how that makes sense, but the event organizers confirmed it this morning. (And they’re both really interesting guys: Owen Johnson, an entrepreneur, and Mike Ritz, an anti-torture activist and former Army interrogator. There are worse people to tip a pint with.)

The movie will be released on Facebook and Youtube later this week, so if you miss tonight’s event, you can still find video validation of why you’re a city dweller. But you’ll miss the New Harvest coffee, the papparazi and the vintage tuxes – and what L’Elizabeth’s will look like come closing time.