Events:

  • Mike Finoia

    A writer for TruTV’s “Impractical Jokers,” host of the podcast “Amigo’s with Mike Finoia” and a regular on Sirius XM’s “The Bonfire” on Comedy Central Radio.

    September 18 @ 7:30 pm - September 19 @ 9:30 pm
  • Wild Nights Late Summer Saturday

    With the band Wild Nights (see what they did there?).

    September 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Diablogato & Shore City

    Punk.

    September 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fall Out of Summer Festival

    Artists’ Exchange closes down Rolfe Square to celebrate the close out of summer.

    September 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Dear Providence, Hope & Healing through the Arts

    Speakers, poets and music at the idyllic Temple of Music, addressing the issues of the day (and these days have many issues).

    September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Beatle Jazz Brunch

    Led by bass player Nate Beauvais and features various musicians from the RI area.

    September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Old Time Lounge

    Monthly interactive jam session around old time music.

    September 20 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 4:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 15, 2020

  • Sunday Afternoon Heavy Rescue

    Classic rock and dance music.

    September 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Assembly of Food Trucks

    Rolling out the food options.

    September 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • New Idol

    Hard rock.

    September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • We Are Many

    A documentary film about the February 2003 global day of protest against the Iraq War.

    September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • The House Combo

     Spice up your Mondays with live Americana played by an ever-changing roster of musicians. 

    September 21 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:00 pm on Monday, repeating until December 31, 2020

  • Brianna White

    Singer-songwriter.

    September 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Jared Freid

    Honed at clubs and colleges all over including the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s, Gotham and Stand Up New York and he headlines regularly at Mohegan Sun.

    September 24 @ 7:30 pm - September 26 @ 9:30 pm
  • Blitzkid

    Crucial in the development and spread of the style of music that came to be known as horrorpunk.

    September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Craft Bash

    The monthly arts and crafts day returns!

    September 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Electro Politics/ Resin Ed

    Outdoor electronic dance jams.

    September 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Dirty Deeds/ Bad Marriage

    Did the first lead to the second? AC/DC tribute and rock.

    September 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • The House Combo

     Spice up your Mondays with live Americana played by an ever-changing roster of musicians. 

    September 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:00 pm on Monday, repeating until December 31, 2020

  • Naticks

    Acoustic music.

    September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Books

Chazan! Unfiltered: Art and medicine collide in this locally produced biographical graphic novel

Dr. Joseph Chazan, like the character Billy Pilgrim in the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, is unstuck in time. The phenomenon is localized in a new graphic novel Chazan! Unfiltered, which takes a here-there-and-back-again approach to his personal and professional life story. Rhode Island’s own Dr. Chazan is a nephrologist (in layman’s terms, a kidney doctor), and while […]

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Page Turners: Essential reading for steps toward being anti-racist

It’s a popular social media trend, lists of book recommendations dealing with anti-racism. You’re probably familiar with their contents, The Color of Law, White Fragility, Audre Lorde, Ta Neesi-Coates, with some fiction by Zora Neale Huston or Toni Morrison for good measure. I’m male and pale, so I can’t speak to whether a list of […]

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Pandemic Non-fiction: What you don’t know can kill you

There is no shortage of books about diseases through human history, but a few have become definitive classics. I’ve curated an admittedly highly opinionated selection of the best. Some books that arguably would have qualified have been left off simply because they are too old, and medicine changes so rapidly that it could be misleading […]

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18 Tiny Deaths: The untold story of Frances Glessner Lee and the invention of modern forensics

I discovered the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, while wandering through Atlas Obscura one evening. Vintage dioramas on a 1:12 scale? Of mysterious death scenes? By the first female police captain? I was on my way to Baltimore.   Witnessing these tiny, unique worlds in all of their macabre glory, I met the curator and guardian […]

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Reading Together While Apart: Continuing to connect PVD’s literary community

After coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns caused What Cheer Writers Club (whatcheerclub.org) to close its co-working space and podcasting studio in downtown PVD and to cancel in-person events beginning on Monday, March 16, program manager Jodie Noel Vinson contacted members to encourage the community of writers to support each other and continue to share their work through […]

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Watch It!: 20 films, shows, and novels to keep you paranoid while quarantined

Either by choice or not, we all will be spending a lot of time indoors. Even after lying in bed contemplating our mortality, raiding the fridge and fighting over toilet paper, our schedules will still be open enough for us to take a look at our infinitely expanding watchlist. Art imitates life and a lot […]

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From In-Line to Online with Twenty Stories: PVD bookseller drives into an escalating pandemic

After converting a 30-year-old Chevy G20 van into the Twenty Stories bookmobile in 2017, Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins drove around Los Angeles sweltering through summer highs, some days struggling to sell as many as three books. While relocating in 2018 to Rhode Island, where Harkins grew up, their van broke down in the desert […]

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Closed Libraries, Open Resources: Films, e-books, and audiobooks within reach for free during social distancing

During October 1918, the Providence Public Library closed for three weeks on account of the influenza pandemic, known as the Spanish flu. That year, the outbreak claimed the lives of 941 Providence residents, and another 1,365 people across Rhode Island. In The Providence Journal, the city’s health superintendent suggested: “Keep at arm’s length from everybody,” […]

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