Events:

  • I Am Greta

    The documentary follows a certain teenage climate activist from Sweden.

    September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Zane Lamprey’s Laughs

    Travel show host who’s found a way to make a living visiting breweries. Find out for yourself how many drinks it takes before he’s really funny.

    September 29 @ 12:00 am
  • Dar Williams

    Capturing the vibrant, eclectic mid-90s Boston scene.

    September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Tauk

    Four-piece progressive rock-fusion band.

    September 30 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Country DnA:

    A crowd-pleasing mix of classic country, Americana, folk and rockabilly from the masters of the forms.

    October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Corey Rodrigues

    Combination of comedy from own life and the lives of those around.

    October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Jeff Pitchell And Texas Flood

    High energy rhythm & blues, rock, soul and funk from Connecticut.

    October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Bee Gees Tribute – Stayin’ Alive

    Quintessential tribute band.

    October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Karla Bonoff

    Singer-songwriter.

    October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • 3 Doors Down

    Rock band.

    October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

    Comedians take to the stage to create original scenes in their two-man show.

    October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Almost Queen: A Tribute to QUEEN

    Showcasing signature four part harmonies and intricate musical interludes. Killer.

    October 1 @ 9:00 pm - October 2 @ 12:00 am
  • Will Evans

     Songwriter, drummer and front man for his roots-rock band.

    October 1 @ 9:00 pm - October 2 @ 12:00 am
  • Julie Rhodes & The Electric Co., The Quahogs and Coral Moons

    An amazing night of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and soul.

    October 1 @ 9:00 pm - October 2 @ 12:00 am
  • WaterFire

    “Then. Now. Next: 50 Years of Women at Providence College”

    October 2 @ 12:00 am
  • Steel Yard Art Markets

    First Saturday of each month. Because welding can be scary too. 

    October 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Roanoke

    Indie rock songbirds from Common Fence Music

    October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Narrow River Band

    Acoustic rock band

    October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Corey Rodrigues

    Combination of comedy from own life and the lives of those around.

    October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Lenny & Friends

    Comedian and actor — who presumably has friends.

    October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Breaking News

Rapidly breaking news, usually short takes.

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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Toward Enshrining Roe v. Wade: Texas Law Backfires

Last week hell froze over as RI Congressional Rep Jim Langevin came forward in an editorial supporting a woman’s right to choose (Providence Journal, September 9, 2021). In case you missed it, the Texas legislature has enacted legislation essentially putting bounties on women who opt to terminate a pregnancy after the first six weeks. As […]

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Thank You, George Wein: What his legacy means to the life of a local jazz musician

My first few years at the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals were spent standing behind a cart, selling ice cold drinks to festival attendees. I’d chase the shade with my umbrella, while listening to legends and newcomers play, and daydream about what it must look like from up there on the historic stage. As I’d […]

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Evictions may resume: Moratorium ended by US Supreme Court

In an unsigned “per curiam” opinion — supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/21a23_ap6c.pdf — the US Supreme Court tonight ruled that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lacks legal authority for an extension of a nationwide eviction moratorium past July, immediately placing an estimated 3.5 million Americans at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Three justices, […]

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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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Police punching, spitting on juveniles: Body cam video released by PVD

Providence Police at 5pm today released 41 separate body cam video recordings from a July 9 incident where three juveniles were arrested following a vehicular pursuit. Some of the video appears to show police officers punching and spitting on the juveniles, as well as threatening to arrest bystanders for talking disrespectfully. The video was posted […]

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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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RI Unemployment Insurance website fixed: Was blocking weekly reporting

Required weekly recertification for unemployment insurance was failing on the RI Department of Labor and Training (DLT) website, according to hundreds of reports on Twitter. DLT advised Motif at 9:41am the problem had been fixed, and users could now certify. Motif broke this story today just before 5am — twitter.com/MotifMagRI/status/1421757112884121601 — asking for reports as […]

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