Events:

  • Rick Wakeman

    Prog rock extravaganza returns to his roots with virtuosic piano performances.

    October 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Ocean State Ramblers

    Four-piece bluegrass band and recent RI Music Award winners.

    October 20 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Blacktop Mojo/ 3 Parts Dead/ Psycle

    Full of crunchy guitar chugging and minor-key melodies

    October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Piff The Magic Dragon

    John van der Put is a magician and comedian who performs under the stage name Piff the Magic Dragon.

    October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • John Fuzek

    Singer-songwriter-guitarist.

    October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Bill Frisell and Tony Scherr Duo

    Improv guitarists

    October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Harry Styles

    Multi-platinum British singer.

    October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Eric Gales

    Blues-rock guitarist.

    October 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
  • The Minks/ Beauquet

    Psychedelic-bloos band, heavy on the rock and roll

    October 21 @ 9:00 pm - October 22 @ 12:00 am
  • Vampire Castle — Dark University Costume Party

    An in-costume vampire-themed party with signature cocktails, vampire burlesque show, witchy vendors and more. Hosted by Grimoire Academy.

    October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • CloZee

    A worldly and rhythmic figure floating in the electronic music atmosphere.

    October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • J.I. – The Young and Restless Tour

    Rising rapper known for melodic flow, infectious charisma, and powerfully honest lyrics. 

    October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra

    Big band for both concert and swing dance.

    October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Maria Bamford

    Self-deprecating comedy about anxiety and depression, sure to make you feel better about your life, in comparison

    October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    Add this Westerly play to your spooky schedule: Veteran Director John Cillino’s artistic vision emphasizes the complex, frightening and tender moments of this sinister tale.

    October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • Roger Ceresi’s All Starz

    Tribute to the musical legends of the ‘50s & ‘60s.

    October 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • The Linda Ronstadt Experience with American Idol Star Tristan McIntosh:

    Supported by a superb backing band.

    October 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Suzanne Vega – An Evening of New York Songs and Stories

    One of the foremost songwriters to emerge in the folk-music revival of the early ‘80s.

    October 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

COVID-19 pandemic

Coverage of the novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the resulting pandemic.

FDA Recommends Third Pfizer Vaccine Booster Shot: Only for age 65 and high risk of severe COVID-19

September 17, 2021 — In an all-day meeting that became somewhat disorganized at the end, the Vaccines and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended, by unanimous 18-0 vote, authorization for third booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, officially now called Comirnaty, but restricted to those […]

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Sticking With Vax Policy?: McKee’s Mandate Tests His Cojones

News Analysis Will RI Governor Dan McKee stand his ground on the August 18 mandate that all RI health care workers must receive their final dose of COVID-19 vaccine by October 1 or face consequences, possibly including termination of employment? There has been considerable resistance, including a letter drafted by Rep. Arthur Corvese signed by […]

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine fully approved by US FDA: RI hopes will boost take-up rate

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved full licensure for the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that was given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on December 11, 2020, for recipients age 16 and older. It will now be known under the trade name “Comirnaty” (pronounced koe-mir’-na-tee). The identical vaccine will continue to be available under […]

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Eviction moratorium extended to Oct 3: Covers 90% US population

UPDATE: This extension of the eviction moratorium was ended by the US Supreme Court on Aug 26. See our follow-up: motifri.com/eviction-october-2 With an estimated six million Americans behind on their rent due to the pandemic, the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium on July 30 set off alarms about the possibility of a major economic […]

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J&J vaccine use to resume next week, CDC committee recommends

Use of the Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine should resume next week after a “pause” begun on April 13. At the end of a six-hour meeting today, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted, 10-4-1, to recommend resumption of the […]

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Don’t panic! J&J vaccine pause and rare blood clots: One-in-a-million risk

In “pausing” use of the Janssen vaccine, one of only three COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use in the US, RI is following national guidance from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the RI Department of Health (DoH) said in an early morning statement on Tuesday, […]

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Khmer During COVID-19: A conversation with Andy Chao of the Cambodian Society of Rhode Island

One week before COVID-19 caused Rhode Island to enter a state of emergency, the Cambodian Society of Rhode Island announced its plans for the Khmer New Year. Along the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, Buddhist monks from the state’s temples would bless attendees during a morning ceremony as local Cambodian families gathered to remember and honor […]

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What’s Cooking?: Vaccination goals in RI are a recipe for failure

At the weekly COVID-19 press conference on Thursday, April 8, Gov. Daniel McKee and RI Department of Health (DoH) Director Nicole Alexander-Scott made clear that economic reopening plans were conditioned upon a goal of vaccinating 70% of everyone in the state to approach herd immunity. While a laudable aspirational goal, it is in my opinion […]

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Their Bad: Thousands notified in error of end of RI Unemployment Insurance eligibility

Motif previously reported (“Unemployment insurance runs out for hundreds in RI”, by Michael Bilow, Mar 1, 2021) that 213 beneficiaries had exhausted their available Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), but further information emerged on Wednesday, March 3, from the RI Department of Labor and Training (DLT), which administers the program, that many more were notified in […]

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Unemployment insurance runs out for hundreds in RI

UPDATE: Important information in follow-up “Their Bad: Thousands notified in error of end of RI Unemployment Insurance eligibility”, by Michael Bilow, Mar 3, 2021. As the latest pandemic relief bill crawls through Congress with a provision that would extend the program, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits have ended for many individual recipients. According to spokeswoman […]

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