• Jeff Burns / Country DNA / Rhode to Bali / Matt Fraza Band

    Blues, country and island-style music.

    April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • The Elvis & Orbison Show

    A celebration of two different rock gods, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison.

    April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Get the Led Out

    A ’70s inspired, hazy-lazy Zeppelin tribute.

    April 17 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • B – The Underwater Bubble Show

    Cirque du Soleil, but with bubbles, lasers, juggling, and flying foam.

    April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Fashion Revolution Providence

    A week dedicated to sustainable fashion and eco-friendly practices within the fashion industry. Events around town include random acts of modeling and a discounted fashion stop trail map, with a capstone event on April 25. See @fashionrevolutionpvd for complete details.

    April 19 @ 8:00 am - April 25 @ 5:00 pm
  • Poetry Showcase

    It’s National Poetry Month, and What Cheer Writers Club presents this showcase of local poet’s work. 5pm. Online only @

    April 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Caitlin Howle

Up and Coming in Cumberland: Vegan and CBD specialties abound at Blackstone Herbs and Coffee Bar

Calling my coffee, tea and CBD lovers out there, there’s a coffee shop you have to check out: Blackstone Herbs and Coffee Bar in Cumberland. This new shop is located on Broad Street and focuses on locally sourced vegan eats, coffee, and small-batch CBD that can be put into their variety of drinks, as well […]

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Get Out!: Free, fun and socially distanced things to do

The weather is changing, and we’re sick of being quarantined, of being inside, and we want something to do. Right? Well, here are a few socially distanced and unique activities to add to your spring bucket list. Are you even a Rhode Islander if you haven’t paid a visit to Mercy Brown’s grave? A famous […]

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From the Land: An interview with local herbalist Susan Clements

Motif writer Caitlin Howle recently sat down with Susan Clements, who owns Earth and Ocean in Narragansett Bay. Susan is an herbalist who coaches her clients how to work with herbs, and the world around them, for everything from better health to food and skincare.  Caitlin Howle (Motif): What is an herbalist, and what do […]

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Open Doors and Open Arms: Open Door Health offers inclusive healthcare to LGBTQ+ Rhode Islanders

In March 2020, while the world seemed to be collapsing in on itself with the start of lockdown, you may have missed the opening of what’s proving to be an asset to Rhode Island: Open Door Health.  Located at 7-9 Central Street in Providence, Open Door Health is an initiative of the Rhode Island Public […]

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The Wanderer: Rediscovering home through urban wandering

A few weeks ago I went to a virtual screening of PechaKucha (look it up, you won’t regret it) and stumbled across a wonderful initiative in Rhode Island, an Instagram account called the_hidden_worlds_of_pvd, which chronicles the adventures of Justin Foster, who has dubbed himself an “urban wanderer.”  Foster defines it simply: “Urban wandering is the […]

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Leading the Way: Nibbles eschews his big red nose for the first time in nearly three decades

When most of the country thinks about holiday traditions, they think about Christmas trees, snow, time with loved ones, Santa Claus, that kind of thing. Here in Rhode Island, we think of a giant blue bug who sits atop a building just off I-95, bringing holiday cheer and joy to all of those around him.  […]

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