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World-class troupes and local treasures

Cool moves
Rhode Island has been graced with many fine home-grown dance companies over the years.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 26, 2012


Review: Jigger’s Hill & Harbour Diner

Delightful fare in a classic setting
It's been a long time since we've been to Jigger's, and in the meantime, it sat empty for almost a year, with new owners Steve and Karie Head cleaning and renovating this jewel of an official Worcester Dining Car.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 12, 2012


Festival Ballet’s ‘Up Close, On Hope’

New moves
Festival Ballet Providence's intimate in-studio performances, Up Close on Hope, have always offered full and varied programs of short works by local and guest choreographers, many of them new to Rhode Island audiences (and/or their work is new).
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 24, 2012

Review: Pizzeria Mezzo

Sublime pies, and ‘BBQ’ too
Since it opened in May, Pizzeria Mezzo (half pizza/half "BBQ") has become the go-to spot in Wakefield for a casual supper for summer visitors, South County locals, URI students, and everyone in between.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2012


Dracula's new digs

Plus, Fusionworks turns 25, and a world of exotic moves
Take a quick glance at the fall calendar for performance events and you'll see there's a whole lotta dancin' goin' on!
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2012


Review: Jacky’s Waterplace

Bursting with culinary character
The first time I visited Jacky's Waterplace, it was just before the grand opening, and who should be there to give us the grand tour but Jacky Ko himself.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2012


Review: Hourglass Brasserie

Pamper your palate
Providence Restaurant Weeks (which continue through July 21; view the list at is a sweet deal for several reasons.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 11, 2012


Review: Small Axe Café

Enchanting dining in Charlestown
Anyone who has lived in southern Rhode Island since the '70s, as we have, has almost surely discovered the then-hippie/now retro-hippie enclave of the Fantastic Umbrella Factory.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2012


Fusionworks presents the Next Generation

Youth movement
Hopping on the theme of local resources, Fusionworks Dance Company has spotlighted homegrown dancers and Rhode Island-based choreographers in recent spring concerts.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 24, 2012


Everett whips up a stunning Brain Storm

Sensory overload
Just when you think that the members of Everett's company couldn't possibly come up with anything more jaw-dropping than previous productions, they reach into a vast realm of thoughts, perceptions, delusions, and clarifications on yet another oft-debated topic.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2012


Review: Beach Rose Café

Simple delights in Wickford
When a foodie friend (whose bedtime reading is cookbooks) recommended Beach Rose Café, I immediately took notice.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 14, 2012


Bill T. Jones keeps it moving in Story/Time

70 minutes, 70 tales
Over the course of his almost 40-year career, choreographer Bill T. Jones has often told stories in his dance pieces.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 07, 2012


URI’s marvelous take on Tartuffe

Hilarity and hypocrisy
"The more things change, the more they stay the same" — that phrase may not have found widespread popularity until the 19th century, but French playwright and satirist Molière understood it well.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 29, 2012


TRIST’s delightful twist on Twelfth Night

Googling the Bard
From the earliest days of the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater (TRIST) in the 1970s, its founder and director Bob Colonna has been one of the state's keenest and cleverest interpreters of the Bard.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 29, 2012


Review: Neo Pizza

Award-winning pies (and much more)
In today's stressful economy, it's a boost to find an eatery with 10 dinners under $10, and another two at $10.50 and $10.75.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 22, 2012


Getting up close at Festival Ballet

Intimate moments
Festival Ballet Providence's second Up Close on Hope series this season began last weekend and continues February 24-25 and March 2-3.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 22, 2012


Review: Mill's Tavern

An elegant prix fixe experience
When a restaurant has survived eight-plus years on the Providence scene, you know it must be doing something (or several things) right.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2012


Review: Vine Yard East

Come for the wine, stay for the food
The spelling of this six-month-old restaurant's name indicates one of its primary draws: an emphasis on wine.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 17, 2012

Lyn Ford will tell her stories at Funda Fest 14

The power of sharing
I have always considered the art of storytelling one of the purest forms of theater: it runs the gamut of emotions, presents a wealth of diverse characters, and can almost literally hold you spellbound.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 11, 2012


Review: Bella

The taste of Sicily in Glendale
All jokes about Foster/Glocester weather reports aside, the village of Glendale is also very much off-the-beaten-track of the Greater Providence metro area.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 27, 2011

Review: English Muffin

Breakfast worth waiting for
If the five plastic-resin benches lining the sidewalk to English Muffin's entrance don't trigger an image, then the banquettes lining the lobby just might.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 13, 2011

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