• Pat Halpin & the 351s

    Good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll.

    April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Music and Mischief (Virtual)

    Featuring the musical talents of Mari Black and Troy MacGillivary and their brand of North American East Coast folk. Do note it’s a virtual event, see for complete streaming details.

    April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Draw the Line

    One of the best Aerosmith cover bands of all time, as chosen by Steven Tyler himself.

    April 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Poets Write-In (Virtual)

    Rhody poets can meet and write alone but together for one hour. Online @

    April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Marie Claude

    Acoustic guitar music.

    April 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Providence Singers Workshop Series (Virtual)

    Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds gives an online talk about his work. Online only, see for complete details on how to watch.

    April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Crash Test Dummies

    The only ’90s pop rock band named after safety tests for American automobile companies.

    April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Leslie Kern (Virtual)

    Author of Feminist City gives a reading and book talk for the PCL Reads program. Online only @

    April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • New Nova / Groovin Confusion / Dudemanbro

    Funk, R&B, contemporary music and a little bit of rock and roll.

    April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Andy Gross Mindboggling Variety Show

    This multi-talented corporate entertainer combines stand-up comedy, magic tricks and ventriloquism.

    April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Andy Gross Mindboggeling Variety Show

    Multi-talented corporate entertainer, combining stand-up comedy, magic acts and ventriloquism.

    April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Mad Dogs and the Englishman

    Don’t let it fool you, it’s really just a tribute act to the late, great Joe Cocker.

    April 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 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

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“Earlier today [Saturday, December 12], Rhode Island Department of Health [RI DoH] Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, tested positive for COVID-19. This was identified through routine testing. She is asymptomatic and will continue working from home. In accordance with Department of Health guidance, Governor Gina Raimondo and several members of her senior leadership team will […]

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Readers have told Motif about a number of restaurants and other businesses allowing customers without masks during the COVID-19 pandemic because the operators mistakenly believe state government requires them to do so. We confirmed with the RI Department of Health (DoH) that such businesses are misreading the rules essentially backward: “A business owner is not […]

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Donald Trump – the President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief, the leader of the free world – is hospitalized with a life-threatening medical condition. COVID-19 has killed well over 200,000 Americans, with a case-fatality rate over 3% for those exhibiting symptoms. For patients of similar age, weight and sex as the President, a 74-year-old […]

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Trump has COVID-19 and it’s not “karma” at all

Donald Trump, in his capacity as president, has spent now 10 months ignoring expert public health advice, opposing basic safety measures such as wearing protective face coverings and opposing curtailing risky commercial operations such as dine-in restaurants and bars. On April 3, he criticized the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for recommending […]

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Tardy Tests: K-12 testing delay keeps teacher out of work

Natalie Andrus Fleming is a school psychologist based at the Asa Messer Elementary school in Providence. On Wednesday, September 16, the third day after schools partially reopened in Providence, one of two cities in RI that were not approved for full in-person reopening due to high COVID-19 rates, Fleming said she was directed to stop […]

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Math Behind Group Size Limits in the Pandemic

In RI, during the COVID-19 emergency Gov. Gina Raimondo has limited informal social gatherings to no more than 15 people and in-person school classrooms to stable groups of no more than 30 students. Where do these numbers come from? The governor has described them as “judgment calls,” but she is not just arbitrarily picking numbers. […]

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Get a Flu Shot to Prevent a “Twindemic”: Health experts say vaccinations are more important than ever

“Twindemic” is the trendy buzzword for the nightmare scenario in the medical community right now: seasonal influenza rampaging at the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic, two respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms – fever, headache, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue – stressing health care resources, especially hospital beds. “Getting vaccinated against the flu is […]

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