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Art scene ~ Shepard Fairey mural, Providence

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Shepard Fairey, he of the Andre the Giant "Obey" stickers and Obama "Hope" posters, has a mural going up in Downcity on the Pell Chafee Performing Arts Center. Fairey is a RISD graduate with strong ties to Rhode Island, and this is his largest mural to date. It's being painted by Rhode Island muralist Johann Bjurman.



Shots of the mural in progressive states of completion have been posted on local blogs, so we decided to go see it for ourselves.

Providence Daily Dose on 7/23


Greater City Providence on 7/20
The mural was commissioned by AS220 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Fairey and Brandon Edens will both receive the AS220's "Free Culture Award" as well.

We love the mural and are excited to see the finished product. Once it's complete, we'll photo and blog it again.

UPDATE: Fairey was interviewed by offManhattan.

Event Announcement ~ Newport Folk Festival, July 30 - August 1

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Newport Folk Festival
July 30-August 1
Fort Adams
Newport, Rhode Island


Steve Martin is playing Friday night with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Oh, how I wish I could be there!

Event Announcement ~ Foo Fest 2010, August 14, Providence

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Foo Fest
AS220
115 Empire St. (block party)
Providence, Rhode Island

Event Announcement ~ Wooly Fair, July 31, Providence

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Woolly Fair
July 31, 2010
Providence, Rhode Island

News ~ Providence in Top 50 Cities for Working Mothers

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Providence has placed #22 on Forbes Woman's list of the top 50 Cities for Working Mothers. The list used criteria such as Cost of Living, Pediatricians, Unemployment, $ per pupil, Women's Income and Violent Crime to formulate their results.

Other major cities rankings:
New York: #8
Los Angeles: #28
Boston: #3
Chicago: #21

Minneapolis-St. Paul ranked #1.

Looking at how Providence compares to those other cities in the criteria:

Income for women is higher than Minneapolis-St. Paul and ChicagoLiving Cost ranked higher than Boston and Los AngelesPediatricians ranked lower than all five citiesUnemployment ranked lower than the other cities (47) and one of the lowest altogether. No surprise thereViolent Crimes ranked higher than New York,  Chicago, Boston and Los AngelesSpending per pupil ranked than Chicago, Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul
A quick analysis would tell us that we need to improve unemployment, pediatricians, income and cost of living in order to move up in the ran…

Events ~ Can't Stop the Serenity, Lincoln

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Can't Stop the Serenity
CinemaWorld
Lincoln, Rhode Island

On Saturday night I attended Can't Stop the Serenity, a fundraising showing of Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog and Serenity. Proceeds benefit "Equality Now."

From the site: "Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses."

The event was hosted by the Rhode Island Science Fiction Club (RISFC), and held at CinemaWorld in Lincoln. The RISFC also accepted food donations for the Rhode Island Food Bank.


members of the Rhode Island Science Fiction Club


It was fun to see the 501st New England Garrison again, along with Captain Hammer, "Corporate Tool."


Dr. Horrible's Sing-a…

Events ~ Grill to Give, Eastside Marketplace, Providence

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Eastside Marketplace
165 Pitman St.
Providence, Rhode Island


Bear and I stopped in at Eastside Marketplace's Grill to Give event last night. Before we went over to the outdoor grill, we decided to check out the market itself.


Bear was impressed with the diversity of the magazine rack. We both loved the layout of the store, with so many specialty areas. The produce looked fresh and of better quality than we see in our local chain store. The prices were comparable to Stop & Shop's regular prices, however very little produce was on sale, which makes S&S more affordable on a regular basis.



We were very impressed by the friendliness of the staff, the cleanliness of the store, and the selection. There also seemed to be plenty of staff available if we needed help. Bear insists that we start doing our weekly grocery shopping here, despite the distance.

The market is local family-owned, and the owner lives in the Providence East Side neighborhood. Eastside is very active in the…

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr group

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"Old Stone Bank dome" by boliyou


"Coggeshall Wallpaper" by SteelToad


"Watch Hill Lighthouse, Rhode Island" by nelights


"watch hill, rhode island." by kylenolin


"Percussion" by katie47n


"Warwick, not Providence! by siriusthinking

Speaking of Carr House...

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Carr House
Benefit St.
Providence, Rhode Island



Coincidental to yesterday's post, and Carolina Arentsen's postcard of Carr House, we drove past the building itself today. It's completely covered in scaffolding and protective mesh. Even the finial on the spire was missing.



As much as it saddens me to see that beautiful building obscured, I hope and expect the renovations will keep it accessible for another 100 years. I can't wait to see the finished project!

Events ~ Blood Drive at Providence Children's Museum featuring Star Wars characters from 501st New England Garrison

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It was a perfect storm. The Rhode Island Blood Center's Bloodmobile was at the Providence Children's Museum. To promote the event, Star Wars characters played by members of the 501st New England Garrison attended. Blood donation, happy children and Star Wars characters. I was in geek heaven.


The outside signs didn't quite capture the enormous amount of coolness museum attendees were about to experience.

The arrival of the Star Wars characters elicited gasps of excitement from the crowd - children and parents. Little ones flocked from every direction to get a closer look at Darth Vader as well as the stormtrooper, Imperial officer and bounty hunters.


Along with interacting with the children and exhibits, the 501st also helped to emphasize the importance of both blood donation and fundraising for the museum.



boarding the Bloodmobile
But they also had some fun.


Thanks to all three groups for putting together a fun and effective blood drive!

Event Announcement ~ Providence Sound Session

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Rhody Artists ~ Carolina Arentsen

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Carolina Arentsen

We met Carolina at I Heart Providence, back in February. She had a display table of her postcards of local architecture.



Carr House
Carr House is one of my favorite buildings in Providence. I'm really hoping to get inside one day and look around. RISD has some offices there, and there's a cafe on the first floor, but I've not seen it open.

Fleur de Lys studio
Another great Providence building, within sight of Carr House. These are part of a series of postcards for sale at RISDworks and the Brown bookstore.

Pieta (a nice rendering of my favorite work by Michelangelo)
Carolina also does cut paper, commercial and fine design, and book covers.

I'm going to add this book to my TBR pile. Between the cover and the description, I'm convinced. It's a Spanish translation of a collection of short stories by Dominican author Jean Rhys.

From the I {heart} Rhody Flickr Group

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Memorial Day 2008 by timomcd


The Arcade by boliyou


Town Common by steeltoad



"watch hill, rhode island" by kylenolin


"top hat" by alamodestuff


"dock through the trees" by katie47n


"Waiting for fireworks" by siriusthinking


"Bebbi in Providence, Rhode Island- USA" by ~Twon~