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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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Food Truck Fridays Are Go: These trucks won’t stop rolling

Any Providence resident knows that summer is food truck season. While featured at nearly all outdoor events, none highlights them more than the traditional Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park. So, what’s a food truck fan to do when no-contact, 6-foot distanced delivery and take-out are the new normal? In the era of social […]

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Lunar Notes

June opens with a major event, a Lunar eclipse. This eclipse falls across the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. Both are intellectual signs with Gemini being more attuned to your “everyday” mind while Sagittarius occupies itself with those big philosophical questions. In the planetary picture at this eclipse, Mars plays an important role. Placed at a 90-degree angle between the […]

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How Is the Planet Faring?: ecoRI news roundup

The World Is Not Their Oyster Right NowWith restaurants shuttered because of the COVID-19 crisis, Rhode Island’s oyster farmers are facing market collapse. “We sell 98% of our oysters to restaurants in Rhode Island and New York, and when they closed, our sales dropped by 98%. That was certainly eye-opening,” said Jules Opton-Himmel, co-founder and […]

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Dinner Is Served! Pop-up dining room brings quirky quality to quarantine dining

For the van der Wals of Newport, Rhode Island, thinking “inside the box” led to a creative and nifty way to not only quash quarantine boredom, but also support local restaurants in the process. What began as a simple idea to beat the doldrums of lockdown grew into a great bonding experience for the foodie […]

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The Skye Is the Limit: Skye Gallery adjusts to life under lockdown

When I visited Skye Gallery on March 7, it was packed – people spilling out onto the sidewalk, voices bubbling and music throbbing inside the brightly lit reception for DIVINE 2020. On April 29, Jonny and I faced each other across a white table in the back room, masks in place while keeping a careful […]

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Music in the Sky: Rooftop at Providence G is holding a livestreamed benefit concert for restaurant workers

On Saturday, May 16, from 4 – 10pm, the Rooftop at Providence G will host six hours of livestreamed music to benefit the Rhode Island Hospitality Association’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Performing under strict social distancing guidelines with proper sanitization between performances, RI musicians and DJs will perform on the rooftop, entertaining viewers with a […]

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Dough on the Go: PVDonuts delivers sugary cheer all over Rhode Island with their “Doughlivery” Donuts

The COVID-19 epidemic has forced businesses to get creative with peddling their wares to folks under stay-at-home orders. Rhody donut icon PVDonuts has gotten especially crafty by rolling out a delivery program that brings their tasty treats to the streets of Newport, Cranston, Pawtucket and more. I chatted with Paul Kettelle, one of PVDonuts’ co-owners, […]

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