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Trucks Talked, We Listened

The RI Food Truck & Drink Awards are a celebration of two of our most valuable communities, which keep us happy and fed and deserve recognition. Those same communities have been all but overwhelmed with labor, supply chain and COVID-related complications. We get it – summer is fleeting and often packed with activities, and our timing wasn’t a fit this year for those same communities.

So we’re extending summer fun into fall by rescheduling this event. It will still take place at R1 Indoor Karting in Lincoln, only now on September 13, with a parking lot full of food trucks and samples from numerous local brewers and distillers and celebration of RI’s many wheel born culinary delights. More time to vote and more time to try all the delicious food and thirst-quenching drinks featured at our event!

Motif’s Food Truck and Drink Awards will take place September 13, 6pm, RI Indoor Karting, 100 Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Voting will continue through August 29. Vote for the Food Truck Awards at motifri.com/foodawards2021 and for the Drink Awards at motifri.com/drinkawards2021




A Return to the Big Screen! And Some on the Small Screen

The Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Fest (RIIFF) is back in a big way this year with a COVID-safe hybrid schedule of programming. The event takes place August 9 – 15, with a stacked set of online options and in-person screenings taking place at local drive-ins and outdoor venues. The festival is boasting an impressive 350 films this year, from shorts to features to films for kids. This year, Motif is excited to get in on the game. The August 11 installation of our popular monthly film screening series that takes place at Dusk will feature some RIIFF films, including NAME AND NAME AND NAME XXX.

For more information, go to filmfestival.org or follow @RhodeIslandFilmFest. For info on Motif’s screening of RIIFF films, go to fb.com/motifri




The Cabinet

Salutations doddypolls and jobbernowls! As regular readers of this column are aware, I am writing this dispatch from my underwater lair in the year 2121 — an algae encrusted pyramidical structure 100 fathoms beneath the sea, which was once the Apex.

As such, 21st century terrestrial concerns such as “air quality,” “bridges on fire” or “plastic straw legislation,” have a kind of quaint ring to them. 

Still, your dogged correspondent, ever the empath, can imagine the wrenched heartstrings of long-time residents upon seeing the Crook Point Bascule Bridge go up in flames this week. The bridge, which has been stuck in the open position since it was abandoned in 1976, has long been an icon of charming uselessness, urban decay and esoteric nostalgia — three core Rhode Island values. The recent conflagration is more evidence for a fundamental truth I call Popinjay’s Law — just because something’s broken doesn’t mean you can’t ruin it. 

Which brings us to the last night of the legislative session. State lawmakers gave the green light to a highly contested medical waste-burning plant, which will release all manner of lovely compounds into the West Warwick air. My advice to residents is to stock up on oxygen — the reserves will keep you in good stead once you live beneath the sea. 

Until such time, I remain,

H.L. Popinjay 




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