Events:

  • Naticks

    Acoustic music.

    September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • McGinty Lecture: Robert Dallek

    The author of more than 20 books, he is a leading academic historian of US presidents.

    October 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Dan Soder

    A comedian who’s best known as ‘Mafee’ on the hit Showtime series “Billions.”

    October 1 @ 7:30 pm - October 3 @ 10:30 pm
  • Food Trucks at Flames of Hope

    A food truck event to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

    October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Cousins Maine Lobster at the Guild

    Lobster rolls, quesadillas and tacos paired — at a distance — with local brews.

    October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Lang’s Bowlarama Celebrates 60 Years Bowling Bash

    Themed party, live music from Steve Smith & The Nakeds on the Lanes.

    October 3 @ 10:00 pm - October 4 @ 12:00 am
  • Caribbean American Heritage Festival

    Recognizing the historic and cultural contributions from the Caribbean with music, food and cultural events. Postponed from June.

    October 4 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • The House Combo

     Spice up your Mondays with live Americana played by an ever-changing roster of musicians. 

    October 5 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:00 pm on Monday, repeating until December 31, 2020

  • October Road

    Country rock, perfectly timed.

    October 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Parsonsfield

    A band of high-energy musical misfits too rock for folk, too folk for punk, too punk for bluegrass.

    October 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 4th Annual Santa’s Workshop Shopping Event

    Fall/Christmas crafts and items.

    October 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • The House Combo

     Spice up your Mondays with live Americana played by an ever-changing roster of musicians. 

    October 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 9:00 pm on Monday, repeating until December 31, 2020

  • Polaris

    The band that did the theme song for The Adventures of Pete and Pete on Nickelodeon.

    October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Crash Test Dummies

    Speaking of peak ‘90s rock.

    October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • June of 44/ War Bubble

    Often referred to as the punk rock pirates of the math rock world.

    October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Arts & Eats at Sons of Liberty

    Pretty much exactly what it says on the box.

    October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Old Time Lounge

    Monthly interactive jam session around old time music.

    October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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    An event every month that begins at 4:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 15, 2020

  • Outcry

    Last live patio show of the season, with acoustic covers of classic rock.

    October 18 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Nate Bargatze

    Comedian and actor.

    October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Books

Chazan! Unfiltered: Art and medicine collide in this locally produced biographical graphic novel

Dr. Joseph Chazan, like the character Billy Pilgrim in the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, is unstuck in time. The phenomenon is localized in a new graphic novel Chazan! Unfiltered, which takes a here-there-and-back-again approach to his personal and professional life story. Rhode Island’s own Dr. Chazan is a nephrologist (in layman’s terms, a kidney doctor), and while […]

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Page Turners: Essential reading for steps toward being anti-racist

It’s a popular social media trend, lists of book recommendations dealing with anti-racism. You’re probably familiar with their contents, The Color of Law, White Fragility, Audre Lorde, Ta Neesi-Coates, with some fiction by Zora Neale Huston or Toni Morrison for good measure. I’m male and pale, so I can’t speak to whether a list of […]

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Pandemic Non-fiction: What you don’t know can kill you

There is no shortage of books about diseases through human history, but a few have become definitive classics. I’ve curated an admittedly highly opinionated selection of the best. Some books that arguably would have qualified have been left off simply because they are too old, and medicine changes so rapidly that it could be misleading […]

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18 Tiny Deaths: The untold story of Frances Glessner Lee and the invention of modern forensics

I discovered the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, while wandering through Atlas Obscura one evening. Vintage dioramas on a 1:12 scale? Of mysterious death scenes? By the first female police captain? I was on my way to Baltimore.   Witnessing these tiny, unique worlds in all of their macabre glory, I met the curator and guardian […]

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Reading Together While Apart: Continuing to connect PVD’s literary community

After coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns caused What Cheer Writers Club (whatcheerclub.org) to close its co-working space and podcasting studio in downtown PVD and to cancel in-person events beginning on Monday, March 16, program manager Jodie Noel Vinson contacted members to encourage the community of writers to support each other and continue to share their work through […]

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Watch It!: 20 films, shows, and novels to keep you paranoid while quarantined

Either by choice or not, we all will be spending a lot of time indoors. Even after lying in bed contemplating our mortality, raiding the fridge and fighting over toilet paper, our schedules will still be open enough for us to take a look at our infinitely expanding watchlist. Art imitates life and a lot […]

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From In-Line to Online with Twenty Stories: PVD bookseller drives into an escalating pandemic

After converting a 30-year-old Chevy G20 van into the Twenty Stories bookmobile in 2017, Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins drove around Los Angeles sweltering through summer highs, some days struggling to sell as many as three books. While relocating in 2018 to Rhode Island, where Harkins grew up, their van broke down in the desert […]

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Closed Libraries, Open Resources: Films, e-books, and audiobooks within reach for free during social distancing

During October 1918, the Providence Public Library closed for three weeks on account of the influenza pandemic, known as the Spanish flu. That year, the outbreak claimed the lives of 941 Providence residents, and another 1,365 people across Rhode Island. In The Providence Journal, the city’s health superintendent suggested: “Keep at arm’s length from everybody,” […]

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