Events:

  • 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 riverfolk.org 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 @ eventbrite.com/e/bipoc-creatives-happy-hour-tickets-145128927529

    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 providence-singers-square.site 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 @ eventbrite.com/e/pcl-reads-leslie-kern-a-virtual-author-talk-tickets-142573185235

    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 @ eventbrite.com/e/poetry-showcase-tickets-143102492407

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

Books

Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: When the storm is on top of us

When Elizabeth Rush arrived in Yangon, Myanmar, in 2008, she dwelled on the former capital’s colonial buildings. For nearly a century, the British Empire claimed and governed the city as Rangoon and its greater territory as British Burma. The independent union, federating more than 100 distinct ethnic groups and languages into seven states, fell with […]

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Reading Across Rhode Island: A conversation with Kate Lentz of the Rhode Island Center for the Book

Around the world, shared-reading programs bring communities together to experience a single work of literature. Canada’s public broadcaster sponsors a nationwide Canada Reads campaign. In Dublin, Ireland, One City, One Book welcomes readers into a narrative tied to the city. As Ocean State residents begin a new year by collectively opening Rising: Dispatches from a […]

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A Conversation with Riffraff Cofounders Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge

On December 7, Riffraff bookstore and bar (60 Valley St. #107A, PVD) celebrated its second anniversary (see story motifri.com/riffraffturns2. Sean Carlson interviewed cofounders Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge for Motif. Sean Carlson (Motif): What duos or tag-teams have you admired? Any parallels you see in yourselves? Emma Ramadan: I greatly admire husband-wife translator teams, such […]

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Milling Two Years of Riffraff

Note: Read a Q&A with Rifffraff cofounders Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge at motifri.com/ramadanroberge In 1773, well before Olneyville became a Providence neighborhood, Christopher Olney established a place for paper production along the Woonasquatucket River. The Brown George Paper Mill passed to his sons, only to sell at public auction due to financial distress. In […]

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Book Review: James Vickers’ In-Between People

The journey can be an incredible adventure, regardless of destination or means. Sometimes there’s an undocumented reason that subconsciously leads someone to embark on an odyssey with no actual plan. These themes are explored by James Vickers in his debut novel, with each chapter label given either “Signs,” Wanderlust” or “Monsters” before the chapter’s title. […]

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