One of the newer fall traditions in Providence is the annual Halloween Iron Pour at the always-entertaining Steel Yard in Olneyville (27 Sims Avenue). In conjunction with the Iron Guild, the event will be held on Saturday, October 26 and will also feature live entertainment, music and food. Check out their website for more details and specifics about this most photo-worthy event. And it rains, it pours... but not until the 26th.
Enjoy over 100 varieties of craft beer at the second annual Sun Brewfest at Mohegan Sun this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For three days, attendees can enjoy tasting microbrews, imports and domestic beer from local and national vendors. Some of the beers on tap will include Goose Island, Newcastle, Redd’s Apple Ale, Long Trail, and Otter Creek.
Along with plenty of brews, food tastings will be available for only $1 per ticket. Mohegan Sun’s very own restaurants will be providing good eats including cooking the first BrewBrunch on Sunday, October 6 at the Sunburst Buffet. Goose Island Brewery is sponsoring the fun-filled brunch with ‘beer-mosas’ and creative Bloody Mary recipes that are sure to please. To celebrate the fall season, Mohegan Sun’s pastry chefs will be preparing Shock Top ice creams made with Honey Apple and Pumpkin Wheat beer varieties. It is never too early for ice cream!
There will be live entertainment beginning at 7pm each night along with interactive games such as ping-pong, air hockey and foosball. Tickets are $25 for each tasting and $75 for the BrewBrunch and can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Box Office or through Ticketmaster. A portion of brunch tickets sold will go towards a to-be-determined charity. All attendees must be 21 and older.
Tasting Session 1: Friday, October 4th from 7:00pm - 11:00pm in the Uncas Ballroom. Tasting Session 2: Saturday, October 5th from 7:00pm - 11:00pm in the Uncas Ballroom. BrewBrunch: Sunday, October 6th from 11:00am - 2:00pm in the Sunbusrt Buffet.
Living a fit life isn’t just about exercise and the gym. Educating yourself about the foods you eat is a huge part of the equation. Lucky for us, Chefs Collaborative Autumn Harvest BBQ with Rhode Island’s best Farm-to-Fork chefs is taking place again on October 6 at Schartner Farms. Top local chefs will showcase the bounty of the season from the farms, fields and coastal waters of Rhode Island in what promises to be a night of fresh foods and culinary mastery you won’t forget. Proceeds help to fund the important work that Chefs Collaborative is doing, both in Rhode Island and across the country, in their mission to make sustainability second nature in the professional kitchen.
There’s a new race in town. The Inaugural Ocean Road 10K will take place on October 6 and will travel along coastal miles on Ocean Road in Narragansett. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit the Narragansett Historical Society, a fitting and worthy non-profit organization helping to celebrate Narragansett’s 125th anniversary this year.
On the other side of town, Flames of Hope Celebration Village takes place from October 11–13, and will boast health screenings, healing arts activities, cooking demos, informative lectures, live music, torch procession and lighting and four family-friendly fun runs to choose from – put on by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation to raise awareness and support.
It's official! We have our line-up of fierce competitors for the Providence Cocktail Week Cocktail Competition Presented by Pernod Ricard and Bottles Fine Wine. On Wednesday, September 25, 12 contestants will square off at Fete for cocktail supremacy. And the best part is, for a mere $10, you get to sample all their drinks – and vote on your favorite. There will also be Pernod Ricard drink specials, live music from the Funky Autocrats, food from the Julians food truck, and your MCs for the evening, our own John Taraborelli and the Rhode Show's Michaela Johnson. Don't miss out. Click here to buy tickets.
Bartender, Bar, Cocktail:
-Meagan Maloney, Bluewater Bar & Grill, "Into the Misty"
-Jennifer Leisenring, Tazza, "Sunrise Sangria"
-Vito Lantz, The Dorrance, "The Down City Sour"
-Justin Erickson, Vanity, "The Bell Toll"
-Silas Axtell, Farmstead, "Nervous Fugitive"
-Lara Pietropaolo, Local 121, "Black Friday"
-Joseph Haggard, The Grange, "Cervantes"
-Jason Lawrence, Providence Fermentery, "Pink Betty"
-Jason Kindness, Malt on Broadway, "September Shrub"
-Juan Isaza, Bravo Brasserie, "Christmas In a Glass"
-Mateo Mancia, representing his own damn self, "The Graveyard Shift"
-Perri Peet, Fete, "Limbic Kalopsia"
Around here, we’re used to writing the stories you read, not being in them. Imagine our surprise to find out that local author Charles Pinning - a ProJo alum who once wrote for Providence Monthly back in the day - included our magazine in his new book, Irreplaceable. In the crime thriller, an art heist has taken place at the RISD Museum (during production on a movie about the famous art heist from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, no less), and it’s up to a writer and his long-lost lady love to solve it. There’s one particularly thrilling scene when the lead has dinner with Iphigenia Melikis, the sassy, tough editor of this very magazine, at Red Stripe. Any resemblance to what we’ve really got going on here? You’ll just have to read it to find out. Order it on Amazon.
At the age of ten I asked my parents if I could take music lessons. I imagined playing something badass like bass guitar, swinging wild the phallic instrument and doing that Gene Simmons-tongue thing. After some persuading, my parents came over to the musical dark side, felt its dangerous chill and knew their son had to experience the full effects of hardcore music.
So they signed me up for accordion lessons, at Arruda Music.
It’s important to remember my age, as the naiveté of youth made the following scenario possible: my parents convinced me that the accordion was a stepping-stone for playing the bass guitar. Like it was some kind of training wheels instrument that introduced me to music before I was allowed to rock.
Four years later, still playing the accordion, I realized that the bass guitar remained out of my grasp. Worse still, when I confronted my parents about the stepping-stone concept, they denied all allegations. So I quit playing the accordion.
Now, as a 25-year-old who digs Gogol Bordello, I felt the urge to again pick up the musical mantle and pursue my bellow-pumping ambidexterity. After snagging a used 120-bass accordion from Warwick’s Blue Merle Consignment, I scheduled a lesson with Arruda Music, still located on Newport Avenue. As if frozen in time, the place looked exactly the same as it had a decade before. The only thing that changed was my instructor – then a bubbly college girl; now a suave gentleman named Ralph.
First Ralph ran me through the basics, like reading music and counting time. Then he moved into the total-body coordination that makes the accordion such a monster of an instrument. Basically, playing an accordion requires one hand to play piano keys, the other hand to press bass buttons and for both arms to breathe the accordion’s bellows. All the while, the musician must simultaneously read two lines of music, one for bass and one for treble. It’s an overload of information that left me flailing like …
Providence’s economy is ailing and continues to lag in its recovery efforts. The job market is tough. The taxes are high. It routinely ranks near the bottom on various lists of cities that are good places to do business. These harsh truths are among our favorite topics of discussion – on talk radio, during election season, around the barbershop, at the dinner table, it seems like someone is always decrying the economic climate in our fair city. While none of these facts are in dispute, and improving these grim circumstances remains imperative for the health of the city, we must also examine the full scope of our socio-economic reality before throwing up our hands in utter despair. There’s a lot more to a vibrant metropolis than taxes and employment numbers, and a lot more to the business climate than the concerns of – to borrow a phrase from one partner in a small, creative local business – “silver-haired CFOs.”
A couple of months back, venerable news site The Daily Beast published its list of “America’s Thriving Cities,” ranking the 100 largest cities based on factors like population growth, unemployment and earnings, and market strength. Not surprisingly, Providence was nowhere near the top. Among the cities that were: Gilbert, AZ (#8); Plano, TX (#7); and number 1, Irvine, CA. If you’re ready to pack your bags and leave Providence behind in favor of any of those boomtowns, I’ll drive you to the airport.
The problem with gauging a city’s health by purely economic readings is that they’re so cut and dry –there isn’t a whole lot of room for the intangibles that can make a place truly great. New Orleans, surprisingly, is in the midst of a tech-driven economic surge that has led some to call it “the Silicon Valley of the South.” If I were to ask you to list the top ten appealing things about the Big Easy, you probably wouldn’t land on that one. It’s the food, the music, the celebrations, the history and countless other …
Halloween brings about nostalgia from the first of the holiday's candy displays to the long-awaited question of what character children will choose for their night-time masquerade. With visions of sugar and costumes blowing in with the autumnal wind, what better way to prepare for the holiday of fright than a Pumpkin Carving Party? Boys and ghouls of all ages will be able to stop by Keeseh Woodshop from 6-8pm on October 23 to create their scary, silly, detailed and creative designs (all of which are superlatives for prizes). All participants are asked to bring is a pumpkin, some scooping tools and their imagination to help illuminate Keeseh with Jack-O-Lanterns. Carving supplies will be provided by the shop at this free event, and while you compete, be sure to enjoy pumpkin seeds toasted up from everyone's pumpkin entries while you work. Check out their web site for more details.
Politics is Rhode Island’s favorite sport. Even though it’s still more than a year away, people are already gearing up for the 2014 election. The governor’s race looks like it’s shaping up to be a particularly bruising one. However, Mayors Angel Taveras and Allan Fung, two presumptive candidates for governor, have boldly chosen civility over callousness – at least for one night. The two competitors and friends have decided to face politics in a new way: together. The Mayors of Cranston and Providence invite all who can attend to An Evening with the Mayors: Civility in Politics, on Tuesday, October 22 at the Quonset O Club. The event features a buffet dinner. It’s sponsored by Rhode Island Commandery, Military Order of Foreign Wars, marking this night of innovative debate and consensus as an homage to reason and unity in Little Rhody's history.
Tickets are $40 per person in advance and available by calling 401-738-3844 or mailing check to RIMOFW at 26 Mohawk St, Coventry, 02816. See www.rimofw.org for further information.