Hot Happenings This Weekend: MotifTV Oct 24 – 27

Melanie Lynx is Perfectly Flawed

By Tyler Curry

In March the dimSocialite headed to Firehouse 13 to get the low-down on American Idol contestant and local singer, Melanie Lynx.
With a new music video coming out, DS caught up with her to get the skinny on the making of “Perfectly Flawed.”

American Idol finalist and independent pop recording artist, Melanie Lynx, reminds us why it is okay to make poor decisions in her second official video, “Perfectly Flawed.” Just a few days away from the premiere, “Perfectly Flawed” aims to inspire an inner confidence to the perfectionists of the world. Lynx took time off from her Naked Heart tour to chat with me about the meaning behind her newest single, and what it means to be perfectly flawed.

TC: Tell us what makes “Perfectly Flawed” different from the other songs on your EP, Naked Heart, and why we should stay tuned for the official video premiere.

ML: “Perfectly Flawed” is upbeat, as opposed to some of the other songs on Naked Heart. It embodies the sounds of the summertime – the electric guitar, for example. The video is really fun, too. It’s more mature and plays on a lot of the retro summertime trends you see in pictures and videos.

This song is meant for people who may be insecure… about anything. There are a lot of people who doubt themselves for not doing something perfectly. This song is supposed to tell you that, yes; it is okay to make mistakes, poor decisions and bad choices sometimes. We learn from those experiences. Experience is what makes us human. It’s what makes each of us so beautiful. You wouldn’t be who you are without it.

TC: Describe your experience from being on set at your first official video, “First Time” to your most recent, “Perfectly Flawed.”

ML: This time was a lot easier. I could pick up on the subtleties of how things worked. I felt much more comfortable under the light the second time. I feel like you can tell, too. In fact, some of my friends gave me similar feedback. Apparently I looked more natural in front of the camera this time around!

TC: Tell us about an instance when you embraced being perfectly flawed.

ML: I will always second-guess everything I write; but at some point you have to accept what your writing down and just own it. Continuously rewriting to perfection doesn’t accomplish much. The message behind “Perfectly Flawed” is about actually embracing your imperfections. When I write, it comes from personal experience. So, what you get is what you get.

TC: What is the hardest part about being Melanie Lynx. What is the most rewarding?

ML: Melanie Lynx is independent pop – which I know is ironic. From booking gigs to production, I do everything myself. Not going through a label is confusing and risky, but exciting and extremely worth it. I can stay true to my own voice.

The hardest part is when people tell me my music is too pop. It’s tough when the indie scene says you’re too main stream, and you are still trying to break into pop music genre. It’s never in vain, because it’s really awesome when people come to the live shows are surprised at how much it rocked!

I’ve had people thank me for getting them through a hard time, and that’s amazing to hear. It’s a really special feeling I can’t describe. No matter how rocky the road gets, I can’t stop. I would not be able to do anything else, so I’m here… now and forever.

Lynx will debut the official music video for her newest single, “Perfectly Flawed,” this Tuesday, July 30th on Facebook. You can also listen to her EP Naked Heart at www.melanielynx.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram for an inside look at life on the Naked Heart tour.

Passport to Nature


By Erin Kayata

There are three things you need when exploring the Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge: bug spray, sunscreen, and a creative sense of direction. As part of the Rhode Island Audubon Society’s Passport to the Trails program, Motif hit the trail in order to find a hidden symbol. Whether it was the directions or a poor interpretation of them, it took several wrong turns, dead end loops, and a diversion from the directions to finally find the destination.

    The Rhode Island Audubon’s Society Passport to the Trails is a fun way for nature lovers to try something new. By downloading a passport from the RI Audubon Society’s website, visitors will receive maps and directions to a symbol hidden in the trail. If you can find the symbol in six out of ten Rhode Island Audubon Society Wildlife Refuges, you’ll receive a special prize.

With this nature comes an abundance of wildlife and plants. Unfortunately this also means mosquitoes. However, the payoff comes in the form of seeing butterflies and bees landing on wildflowers, or if you’re lucky, catching a white tailed deer bounding through a meadow.

 For more information on Passport to the Trails, go to : http://www.asri.org/newsflash/passport.html.

Roller Derby for Dummies

By Ali Walsh

What’s a better way to spend a Saturday night than to watch a group of women slam into each other on roller skates? To my surprise after my very first experience watching the Old Money Honeys v. the Sakonnet River Rats (the winners of the night), not much.

I walked into the arena with little knowledge of the sport. Without seeing the 2009 film, Whip It, which tells the story of a teenage girl who discovers and falls in love with the game, I probably would have not even known it existed. Thankfully at the matches, Providence Roller Derby hands out pamphlets  for the crowd that explains the most basic key points of the game, which is great for those (like me) who knew nothing about how it all worked.

The  game, or “bout” contains two 30-minute halves, each broken up into “jams.” In the jam, one jammer from each team and four blockers play both offense and defense to earn points for their team. The first jammer to break from the pack becomes the lead jammer. The jam ends after the lead jammer calls it off or until two minutes have passed. Whoever can get the most points at the end of the bout wins the game. Get it?

One may think roller derby is an underground event that not many people know or care about. However, if you actually go to a game, you’ll see the large following the sport has in Rhode Island (and, for that matter, the world– it is under consideration to become an event at the 2020 Olympic Games). Returning fans brought fold-out chairs and set them up right by the rink to get the full experience and not miss a beat. During the match, players ended up, a time or two, in these makeshift stands after a hard hit, but the fans definitely did not seem to mind.

I enjoyed the  first half of the match in an excited confusion. I just clapped when everyone else clapped, yelled when everyone else yelled and stood up when everyone else was sick of sitting down. Despite my bewilderment, I am proud to say that within one bout, I went from confused newcomer to screaming fan.

So next time you’re bored of the same Saturday night scene, check out the RI Riveters, the Killah Bees, the Old Money Honeys, the Mob Squad, or the Sakonnet River Rats play against each other or a neighboring New England team. Bring a chair or sit on the bleachers, enjoy some food at the concession stand and maybe even find yourself at one of their infamous after-parties.

For a complete season schedule visit http://providencerollerderby.com/schedule/.

Not Your Average Kites

By Lindsey Martin


Newport is known for their sailing history and as a breezy historical island and the site of “America’s World Cup”, but this past weekend all of the sailing took place in the sky.  Brenton Point Park was the place to be for the annual Newport Kite Festival.  The American Kite Fliers Association, or “AKA”, with the help of other local kite fliers has kept the  tradition alive since 1986.  This year’s free event was once again put on by Kitt Kites owner Ron Kitt with the help of various sponsors.

kite2Situated right on “The Point”  the festival offered more than just some kite viewing for the public.  People could be seen sitting along the waters edge enjoying both the beautiful weather and the array of high flying kites.  The event which was open to all ages provided a family fun environment, even for those furry four-legged  members.  There was a bounce house, a biomes marine biology center, and craft center for children.  With all this fun to be had, one could work up quite an appetite.  After treating yourself to the hot dog and hamburger food stand, you could head on over the the strawberry shortcake tent for some dessert or treat yourself to a Rhode Island favorite, Del’s lemonade.

This event catered to both professional and your average kite fliers.  Situated in the middle of the event was a blocked off area where various events, battles, and demos could be seen.  But all over the Point, people of all ages could be seen flying kites and having fun.  With a wide variety of kites, ranging from small average kites to giant mermaids and squids, this beloved event was once again a big hit.    Brush up on your kite flying for next years event!


Gasoline and Testosterone: Cruise Night 2013

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Transport yourself back to a simpler time: where people were friendlier, hemlines were higher, mom and pop hardware stores were as ubiquitous as Starbucks and McDonalds, soda was sold specially at the corner drug store, mother’s didn’t drive minivans (and didn’t need them), and even the ugly cars had more style than a GQ magazine. Sans seatbelts, naturally. But what fun would it be driving a car if there was no danger of having all of your teeth knocked out on the solid steel dashboard?

At the now annual Cruise Night, hosted by the Steelyard in Providence, motorheads, petro-junkies, and classic car aficionados joined together in celebration of automotive history.  Fords, Dodges, Chevrolets, Plymouths and Buicks may have ruled the show in terms of numbers, but few cars matched the uniqueness or rareness of a 1955 BMW Isetta, (restored to?) perfect condition save for the fact that it only had three wheels, or the metallic mint green 1964 Buick Skylark convertible that was seen driving away from the Sac-O-Suds laundro… Oh. Wait. That was a plot line from My Cousin Vinny.


Sure, there was occasional 1980’s shitbox Ford Mustang, or the occasional 1994 Chevy 1500 pickup truck. But there was also a 1939 Ford Model A, a 1950’s Studebaker Silver Hawk, and a hydrogen fuel cell car built entirely by local high school science students. (If high school students can build one, what’s preventing major car manufacturers? Lookin’ at you, Honda.) While the hydro-car only gets an estimated 50-60 miles on a tank of hydrogen, that is more than enough for driving to and from work in Rhode Island – hell, even Boston is only 50 miles or so. And for just pennies, a tank of hydrogen is infinitely cheaper than a gallon of gasoline.

From hicks living way down in Westerly (I could probably count their total number of teeth on 2 hands), to hipsters, to tattooed muscle-building, wife-beater wearing garage heads; all types of people were represented.  One woman, wearing little more than a skimpy halloween costume, high heels, stockings and tattoos sold raffle tickets. There was even a woman dressed for a Great Gatsby-esque ball – heavily powdered with makeup and complete with a knee-length, three-quarter-sleeved dress and a parasol (note: the weather on July 12th was anything but sunny).

With all of the testosterone and gasoline in the air, the only thing that would have made the night more manly were beer, and a visit from the Governator – and there were plenty of beer-drinkers.

Sure, the next Cruise Night might be a year away – but I, for one, will most definitely be returning to the Steel Yard. As for you, you have 365 days to prepare. So soup-up that 1991 Honda Civic, put an engine into your Radio Flyer, do whatever it takes – but do NOT miss the 2014 Steel Yard Cruise Night.


Live Bait: The Love of my Life

By Ali Walsh

If someone asked you to tell a story about the love of your life, what story would you tell them? The audience at Live Bait this past weekend came up with a lot of heartfelt, interesting, and hilarious stories to share.

Live Bait is an open forum that allows anyone that shows up to tell a story regarding the theme of the night. All they have to do is put their name in the fishbowl and stand up in front of everyone when their name is called. There are no notes, no performers and no acts, only real people telling true-life stories.

Phil Goldman, aka The Host, started Live Bait in 2008 as a “half-baked idea,” as he describes it. He thought of an event where a group of open-minded, positive people can come together to talk about pretty much whatever they wanted to share. When he told his friends that someone should start something like that, they responded, “So do it.” Five years later, Live Bait has gained a large following.

This past Saturday was a big night for the show. Not only was the organization celebrating their fifth anniversary, but Live Bait Phil Goldman and timekeeper Tricia “The Wolf” Goldman also celebrated their first wedding anniversary. Cake was provided to the audience upon entry.

Each storyteller gets six minutes to tell their tale. If they go over, they will be cut off by the bell. Rant and ramblers need not apply.

The theme of “the love of my life,” didn’t simply produce cute stories of how lovers met, quarreled and lived happily ever after. While these types of stories were told, they were in short supply. There were  stories of children’s love for their parents as well as their parents’ love in their second marriages. One storyteller shared his love for Rhode Island and another simply talked about loving life. The most touching story of the night was shared by a Live Bait regular, who talked about the birth of his newborn daughter. A story everyone thought was going to be sweet ended up being suspenseful and scary, but magical all the same. It brought the audience to tears and a standing ovation.

Live Bait happens once a month, with a new theme every time. The next one will be taking place on August 2, with the theme “Losing My Cool.”

No matter the theme, the stories are always incredible. From tales of heartbreak to love, betrayal to comedy, and scary to hilarious, many people have stories to tell. And this is the perfect place to share them.

Learn what’s next at Live Bait: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Live-Bait-True-Stories-from-Real-People/130065654016

Improv Jones

By Ali Walsh

Roars of laughter can be heard at 95 Empire Street every Saturday night thanks to Improv Jones. This comedy show brings performers together to create hilarious scenarios, all without practice. Yes, everything you see is made up on the spot. Using audience suggestions and stories from friends, the group plays games and acts out a variety of situations. Did I mention it is all made up on the spot?

The group started with a game called “The Golden Seed.” They would act out a scene and then ask the audience what the most important thing or “the golden seed” of that scene was.  Whatever the audience said would start off the next scene. This could be pretty much anything the audience decides, such as a word, phrase or theme used in the past act. The cast touched upon Rhode Island-known things in this portion of the show, such as clam chowder and Boston accents. Using things the audience can relate to made the show more fun.

The second half of the hour-long show, a dear friend to the cast told interesting and true stories about random occurrences that happened in her life. The group would then use these stories to reenact funny moments that she talked about. These scenes included a blind date at Panera, a stalker, homeless man that comes to Thanksgiving dinner and splitting lunch with a “starving” woman. The audience really enjoyed these dramatized reenactments, giving the cast positive energy to take the scenes above and beyond.

Improv Jones has gathered over three dozen members from all over Rhode Island and southern New England, over the past 20 years.

Each show is unlike the last. Every Saturday there are new formats, new games and new audience suggestions. And since everything is created right then and there, you’ll never see the same Improv Jones show twice.

Improv Jones takes place every Saturday night in the Black Box Theater. Tickets are $5 and sold at the door. The theater may be small, but the show is sure to give big laughs.

To find out more about the show and cast, visit www.improvjones.com or find them on Facebook.

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