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Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'

Delightful dozen
In a transposed schedule, Festival Ballet Providence opened their season with the intimate "up Close on Hope" series and postponed a production of Carmen till February.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 06, 2010

Review: Cook & Brown Public House

A special culinary experience on Hope Street
When a restaurant moves into a location that has seen several eatery incarnations, it must work doubly hard to establish its reputation, both around the state and in the neighborhood. Cook & Brown Public House seems to be accomplishing both with aplomb.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 29, 2010


Review: Cedar Lake shakes up the ballet world

A different energy
So many times over the last two decades, the Performing Arts Series at Rhode Island College has brought dance companies of international status to our shores — and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is no exception (September 30 at 7:30 pm in Roberts Hall).
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 22, 2010


Fall Dance Preview: Things are moving around town

Kick up your heels!
This fall’s dance events include reprises at local companies.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2010


Interview: Maya Angelou shares her wisdom

Dare to be courageous
Though poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou has made several visits to Rhode Island over the past two decades, her words of wisdom are always pointed reminders to those who have heard her speak before and wake-up calls to those who haven't.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2010

Review: Provencal Bakery & Cafe

A dream diner in Middletown
When Brenda and Mike Nardolillo bought Provencal Bakery six years ago, they were following their bliss, going back to the made-from-scratch baking and cooking that they’d loved to do in their teen years.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2010

Review: Village Heart Bakery Café

A truly Continental breakfast, and much more
It's a straightforward principle but the Village Hearth Bakery Café has perfected it: keep things simple and the quality will shine through.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 31, 2010


Taste of the town

A guide to Savor Providence
The third annual Savor Providence event, a benefit for Trinity Rep, will take place on Saturday, August 28 from 11 am to 3 pm, as foodies choose 10 restaurants to visit (a book of 10 "tastes" is $35).
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 26, 2010


When the Bard goes for a stroll

Theater Department
Summer means Shakespeare performed outside.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 11, 2010

Review: Pasta Beach

A winning combination of spaghetti and sand
The name of this popular Italian eatery conjures up several images. Do you drop by for take-out pasta or pizza and take it down the hill to First Beach?
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 04, 2010


A woman's writing conference comes to Brown

Words, Words, Words
Hannelore Hahn understands the liberating power of writing.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 28, 2010

Southern exposure

Savoring from Arkansas to Shreveport
Though I grew up in northern Indiana, my mother took us to visit her large Southern family during summer and holiday breaks.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 21, 2010


A gathering of the tribe

Island Moving Co.'s Great Friends Festival
As they've done for the past few years, Island Moving Co. is taking no chances on the weather — they'd previously done summer outdoor performances for almost 20 years.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 07, 2010

Review: El Parque

A Mexican oasis in Portsmouth’s Island Park
Recent talk of favorite eateries turned to places with "a good vibe." That certainly holds true for El Parque, a relative newcomer to Portsmouth’s Island Park neighborhood.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 22, 2010

Review: Wu's

Turning up the heat in Westerly
When I heard that Wu’s was the favorite restaurant of a vegetarian acquaintance, I thought we might give it a try.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2010


Dreams made real

Everett Dance's The Smiling Lady
The members of Everett Dance Theatre are nothing if not adventurous, tackling such topics as aeronautics, inner-city neighborhoods, and current events in earlier pieces.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 26, 2010

Review: Anna D Café

A creative spin on classic comfort food
A roadside diner on a busy thoroughfare like Route 138 on Aquidneck Island has a captive audience of New York-to-Cape Cod travelers and summer visitors to nearby vineyards.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2010

La Masseria

Exemplary Italian fare in East Greenwich
The first thing to say about La Masseria is that, despite its name meaning “farmhouse” and its décor focusing on earth tones with exposed brick and pitchfork tines hanging on one wall, it’s a beautiful space.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 05, 2010

Youth movement

Fusionworks’ Locally Grown
In the current Fusionworks production, Locally Grown , artistic director Deb Meunier and her company are welcoming two dance groups from local high schools.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 05, 2010


Dancing the night away

Festival Ballet’s heartfelt Cinderella
The cat is back; the clock is back; the fire is back.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 28, 2010

Café Nuovo

A celebratory eating adventure
Café Nuovo is one of those places you go to celebrate.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 21, 2010

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