Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Providence Children's Museum


The Providence Children's Museum is Rhode Island's only museum especially for children and their families. Providence Children's Museum is a hands-on place where kids and grown-ups play and learn together. Their exhibits include a place to play with water and currents, a really fun example of marionnetes created by the fabulous Dan Butterworth, a large lady chair to sit on, and a walk-through time machine where you can find out all about the people of Rhode Island and how they got here.

During August, Every Friday from 5-8 pm is FREE ADMISSION! (courtesy of the MetLife Foundation) Also, The First Sunday of the Month (this month it's Sunday August 4) is Free Admission for EVERYONE, courtesy of CVS Pharmacy.

If you haven't been, you should check it out! It's a very fun museum! (And they carry my book Rhode Island A to Z in the gift shop!)

See the website of the Providence Children's Museum
Call the Museum (401) 273-KIDS

The Museum is at the intersection of South and Hospital Streets in the Providence Jewelry District.

Monday, July 29, 2002

Spend Your Summer with Keith Munslow!

Keith Munslow is a great performer. He's a brilliant musician, a funny storyteller, a fabulous artist, and in general, a real good guy. He's performed with Big Nazo, Bill Harley, his own band The Smoking Jackets, the Neo-90's Dance Band, a slough of other people, and is the composer in residence at the Perishable Theatre's Show For Young Audiences. For the last few years he's been doing solo kid's shows that are inventive, funny, and interactive, and combine a lot of his talents. This summer he's performing all over the libraries of Rhode Island. He's one of the finer kid's performers/storytellers/ singers around. Make sure to catch him this summer!

Keith's Website

Keith's Summer Library Schedule

photo by Pam Murray

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Roger Williams Park Zoo - Itsy Bitsy Empire

June 15- September 30, 2002

Well, they didn't hire my flea circus to perform (not sure why-- it seems like it would fit in PERFECTLY with the theme material) But it's still a pretty good exhibit. This exhibit is billed as one of the most extensive collections of insect of any zoo in the country. (Not sure about that-- but the Smithsonian's Orkin Insect Zoo is pretty amazing! (Of course it's not in Providence either!)

There are four exhibits throughout the zoo, and each exhibit area focuses on one particular characteristic, each represented by a “popular periodical” of the ITSY BITSY EMPIRE:
• Better Webs & Gardens” (habitat)
• Arthropolitan” (legs, appendages and adaptations)
• Bug Appetit” (food)
• Grubweek” (news-worthy invertebrates with a “special story”)

It's definitely worth checking out!

Friday, July 26, 2002

Objects owned by Andy Warhol at the RISD Museum
July 18-October 13, 2002

Possession Obsession provides a rare opportunity to examine one of the least-studied aspects of artist and pop culture icon Andy Warhol: his obsessive collecting. Astonishing for their range, eclecticism and quality, the possessions exhibited here include important examples of Art Deco furniture and silver, 19th-century American furniture and folk art, Native American art and artifacts and dazzling jewelry. This exhibition reunites several hundred of the more than 10,000 objects famously auctioned by Sotheby’s after Warhol’s death in 1987.


Thursday, July 25, 2002

Brief History of the Providence Club Scene: Providence Arts and Culture by Matt Obert

This history of Providence's Club scene was written by Matt Obert, music junky, columnist, and occasional barfly. Matt has an unerring dedication to being at the right concert at the right time, and when I see him at a concert (or really, when I saw him, as I rarely go to concerts anymore) I know I'm at the good one for the night.

It's great to read about and remember the old places-- the Met Cafe (where I went to see a blues band on a Monday when I was in high school, and my mom was shocked because that night there had been a murder at the Met Cafe! Fortunately, I wasn't involved.) The Living Room, Lupo's (in its various locations), Club Babyhead, etc. Matt does a great job about writing about all of those places.

Check out the article!

Monday, July 01, 2002

Fourth of July Holiday Guide

From a visit to the Mayflower II to fireworks to the country's oldest Fourth of July Parade, Rhode Island's got a lot of Fourth of July Celebrations going on. has a complete list of what's going on.

I think I'll be at the Snug Harbor parade, but I'm not sure if that's the name of it. It's a little parade somewhere in Wakefield, and it's a lot of fun. My brother's friends live near there, and the floats and parade marching are inventive, homegrown, and lots of fun!

Oh yeah, and be careful. Apparently the Fourth of July may be a haven for terrorists!