Monday, September 30, 2002



The deadline to register to vote in the November 5th election is October 5, 2002.

Don't miss it. Do your civic duty and vote vote vote! Otherwise, you don't get the right to complain about bad government (and is there really any other kind?)

Read the FAQ for the Rhode Island Board of Elections

Friday, September 27, 2002

The ApeIron Foundation-

The Apeiron Foundation is dedicated to creating a world that protects, preserves and ensures the prosperity of the Earth and the various forms of life that inhabit it.

The Apeiron Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization working to create ecologically healthy communities by bringing sustainable living practices from around the world to this region. They support environmentally friendly building technologies, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, prevention- and holistic-oriented healthcare, and green business practices. They believe sustainability should be an integral part of all decisions our society makes and support efforts to create a long-term vision for sustainability at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

They have opportunities to help out and find out more coming up at their resource center in Coventry, including an Open House on Saturday October 5, 2002 from 1 to 5 pm. A $5.00 donation is requested. Email them at or give them a call at 401-397-3430

You can also Visit Their Website.-

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Swamp Yankee Days

September 28-29 10 a.m.- dusk

A large family festival in Ashaway, RI, featuring live music, classic cars, crafts, food and Cow Chip Bingo. It's old-fashioned community entertainment, and loads of fun! The people of Ashaway are quite friendly.

Sponsored by Chariho Rotary. Crandall Field, Ashaway.

Call 401-539-0120 for more information.

Monday, September 23, 2002

Body of Work:

a survey of contemporary art in Providence

SEPTEMBER 21-29, 2002 Viewings from 12-6 pm.

Najarian Funeral Home

A former funeral home on Westminster Street will be transformed into a museum for a week. The three story house will be filled from basement to rafters with painting, sculpture, drawing, printwork, installation, film and video. This is being done under the auspices of Gallery Agniel

Artists will include: Ted Altman, Josh Backer, Moon Bain, Kevin Berglund, Stephen Brownell, Rosalind Bullard, Brian Chippendale, Sue Clausen, Jill Colinan, Victoria Crayhon, Bert Crenca, Johanna Dery, Jim Drain, Brian Dufresne, Richard Gann, Brian Gibson, Jungil Hong, Baptiste Ibar, Kim Kazan, Marcella Kroll, Debra Kruse, Holly Laws, Phoebe Lopes, Kitty Lovell, Xander Marro, Philip May, Beatrice McGeoch, C.W. Roelle, Olivia Sauerwein, Will Schaff, Monica Shinn, Kristin Sollenberger, Heather Sylvester, Joel Taplin, Neal Walsh, Kik Williams, Jonathan Wisehart, Pippi Zornoza, Jenny Nichols, Ruth Dealy, Lu Heintz, Raphael Lyon, Cristin Searles, James Reynolds, Mike Carr, Erin Rosenthal, Ara Peterson, Scott Lapham, Glenn Abanilla, Allison Kyner and many more.

Check it out, because it's ephemeral and won't be around for long!

Call 401-272-1522 for more information.

Friday, September 20, 2002


Lobster Roll

The Providence Journal recently ran a piece about where the best Lobster Rolls can be found. Here are some of the answers (listed in alphabetical order!) Which is the best? Well, it looks like some delicious research is in order!

Champlin's (Galilee)
Chopmist Charlie's (40 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown)
Coast Guard House (Narragansett)
The Country Inn, (382 Market St., Warren)
Crow's Nest (288 Arnolds Neck Drive, Warwick)
Dave's Bar and Grill (2339 Post Road, Warwick)
Duffy's Tavern, (235 Tower Hill Rd., North Kingstown.)
Evelyn's Villa Restaurant (272 Cowesett Ave., West Warwick)
Governor Francis Inn, (1251 Warwick Ave, Warwick)
Hanson's Landing (210 Salt Pond Rd. Wakefield)
Harbourside Lobstermania Restaurant (Water St, East Greenwich)
Horton's Seafood (809 Broadway, East Providence)
Kay's Restaurant (1013 Cass Ave.,Woonsocket.)
Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale restaurant (138 Granite Street , Westerly)
Twin Oaks (100 Sanra Street, Cranston)

Read the full Providence Journal article

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Adam's Philly Fringe Reviews

I performed at the Philly Fringe this year. I was there for a week, and performed 4 times, and saw 9 shows of the 237 presented. Here are my reviews of them.

Please note These are MY opinions. I'm sure that other people had their own opinions, that might have been different.

If you saw some of the same shows,I'd love to hear your opinion of them! (And if you were in one of these shows, and have a different opinion (or the same), I'd also love to hear from you!)

HOTEL OBLIGADO'S CONTAGION:--By alums of one of the schools I went to (Dell'arte School of Physical Theatre) Some beautiful physical bits (esp. some very fast stage combat choreography), and some really touching moments. I loved the glove on the head bursting from sheer nostril power, the bed of roses/gloves, and the scratching in the waiting room (Oh yes, and how can I forget "The Anal!") From talking to various cast members, I know that the piece is in flux and will change somewhat. I look forward to seeing the story develop more, (esp. the interactions between the recurring characters) and the verbal and vocal parts matching up to the intense physical-ness of the show.

HEADLONG DANCE COMPANY'S BRITTNEY'S INFERNO-- a dance piece about the making of Brittney. It was good, but not great. The set was BEAUTIFUL! and the dancing was good, but it just didn't cut it IMO. Too much of the same thing, and I guess I don't know enough about Brittney to "get it" I mean, I knew at the start of the play that Brittney was a vapid girl going after the popular. They didn't add anything to my knowledge of what she had to give up, or how the fame and fortune and glitter seduced her. ) The dance part was very well done, esp. the glitzy choreography of Brittney learning to dance. I just wish the writing had been different, and that the arc of the show had been stronger.

SOBOOGE'S HATCHED --a brilliant physical theatre company made up of Lecoq grads-- they tell a turn of the century love story set in a circus with a winged woman and a disbelieving reporter. Their physical work and music (live) is really sharp, but the best thing about their work is their storytelling! They've made up a great story and they tell it well (enough to easily forgive the many missed lighting cues). Update: I saw the end of this show the second day, and it is a beautiful piece. They'd fixed a lot of the technical stuff on the second day! I highly recommend seeing this group.

TEATR BIURO PODROZY'S CARMEN FUNEBRE-- A Polish theatre piece about the war performed entirely out of doors, involving stilt walking, burning sets, burning crosses, and some pretty seriously loud industrial music. It was visually stunning, and the opening scene (two men on stilts slowly approach the group, moving through the audience with large flashlights (it's nearly black) You can't see them, but they are hooded. When the lights come on, they have metal helmets and chest shields and are carrying whips. ) The show was quite well done, but for my mind, it was all on one note-- all solemn. There was no sense of humor or other notes to push against, and show us what we'd lost in the war. It was quite a moving and striking piece with many amazing visual images (war-cripples on stilts) but theatrically unsatisfying.

NEW PARADISE LABORATORIES 60 MINUTE MENTAL VACATION-- this is a group run by former Bloomsbergian Whit McLaughlin. It was a guided exercise/workshop. After a brief physical warmup, you were guided to a place in the room with a facilitator, and a partner. You were shown a book of photographs of statues, and were asked to choose one. The other two people then would mold you into that statue. You traded with your partner, and then the facilitator molded both of you into (at first a second statue (together) as Orpheus and Eurydice, and then a third modified statue. You then went from your first statue to the second statue to the third. (We had some extra time, so we did it again going from 1 to 2 to 3 and then back to 1. We were pressed for time, so we didn't get a chance to talk about it. It was fun, and maybe for the less theatre savvy it was enlightening. For me-- well, I've done loads of those exercises before. Still I had a good time.

SPLICE-- a group of four physical theatre actors (graduates of the LeCoq school from four international cities (London, Sydney, New York, and Toronto) put on a very clever and witty homage to film. Using very few props, a series of black and white screens, and their bodies and voices, the international group (Blue Inc.) were extremely inventive in creating the look, characters, and even the sound of classic movies. There were lots of very clever transition, and the actors displayed a lot of virtuosity in movement and voice. My only cavil was that they didn't play enough with the characters. They were content to pay homage and quote the films, but I would have loved to see them SPLICE some of the films (Marlon Brando in the middle of Gone With the Wind) Still, that's writing a different play really. They did a great job and it was Well worth seeing!

CRYOLUMIA-- a NYC group of Rave artists, dancers, and ice sculptors. The show (which was more of an event or spectacle than a show or a dance) featured fire, ice, smoke, hypnotic music, and video projections. It was definite eye candy, but for me, the pace of the show (and the point of it) was completely lost. It was 35 minutes long and it seemed like an hour. The ads promised erotic, and I just didn't find it erotic enough. The lead instigator (whose name is Cipher) was and is a great performer and fun to watch, but his partners just didn't have the same enthusiasm, skill level, or personal charisma that made them fun to watch. The concept of the show had a lot of promise (and there was one moment with the ice dripping into water, and dry ice being turned into gas that was kind of sublime) but there wasn't enough to keep my interest. I wish I'd seen this at the NYC Fringe when it was free, and I could have left after 10 minutes of eye candy.

THE GREAT QUENTINI-- a performance artist who works at Penn as a technical theatre advisor, he's created a series of pieces that deal with feelings of alienation, awkwardness, and the pervasiveness of technology. Quentini uses a variety of sculptural costumes (including a 120 lb tire tread costume, and katherni made out of large metal bowls) The pieces in the show are not 100% explained, and are occasionally mystifying, but overall there is enough humor and visual stimulation to follow the show quite well. It's closer to performance art than theatre, which was fine with me. A couple of memorable moments-- as his taped voice tells a story about how he was observed frolicking in the grass by his neighbors as he slowly rubs his face and head onto a tiny rectangle of sod grass on the stage was. Another great moment was a monologue/music piece that he performed using steel drums and talking barbie dolls was pretty funny and compelling. Definitely worthwhile.

MACHINES MACHINES MACHINES MACHINES MACHINES MACHINES MACHINES --Philadelphia locals (and artistic directors of the Pig Iron Theatre Company) Quinn Bauriedel and Geoff Sobelle join forces as Antique MŽcanique, a new company, to present this show. It's purportedly a show presented by "Antish Mecanish" a Slovakian duo. During the course of the show, Quinn and Geoff at first play an English producer and the American stage hand, and then the two performers, who speak in a kind of nonsense gibberish Slovakian, and have concocted a series of crazy machines to do simple tasks as part of the show. The machines include lots of strings, a large ice pick, a folding bed, a rolling treadmill thing (like for under a car), lots of newspaper, golf balls that roll along tracks, a match lighter, and a cereal pourer, to name a few. It's a clown show basically, and the performers are quite good and easy to watch. The show has a very loose structure and is seemingly improvised and very dependent on how some of the machines work (when something doesn't work, the other performer would come out as a machine ambulance and fix the machine.) There was lots of brilliant chaos, and some great in the moment moments. My favorite was when a model of the set was brought in, and a windup elephant and a live rabbit (both approximately the same size) are left to their own devices in the set. In the show I saw, the rabbit escaped, and it was a brilliant moment. It was a little too hot in the little storefront theatre, and I think the show could have been tighter, but overall, very enjoyable. I'd go see it again!

I spoke to Quinn before the show. Amazingly, he'd seen the production of Waiting For Godot that I was in at the George Coates Performance Works in San Francisco in 1993! Amazing! They were going to wear flea circus tattoos during their performance, but managed to forget!


Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Make Your Child a Star!

It's that time of year again! Trinity Repertory Company will be holding auditions for children for various roles in its upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held on Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd from 10am to 3:00pm at Trinity Rep, Washington Street.

Audition appointments will be taken only after parents and children have read the Trinity Rep information packet on the topics of rehearsals and performances and have filled out and returned an audition form in advance.
Rehearsals begin on October 16th (subject to change). Information packets are available through the Trinity Website or at Trinity's front desk, 201 Washington Street, Providence, Monday through Friday.

To view and download the information packet and audition form directly, you need to have the most recent version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer. You can download the software free of charge at the Adobe website by clicking below.
Information Packet 2002
Audition Form 2002
Excerpt for Boys
Excerpt for Girls
Once you've viewed the information, contact Becky Whelan at 401-521-1100.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002


September 20 - 22nd, 2002
at the Neighborhood Guild - 325 Columbia Street, PeaceDale, RI
Call 401-789-9301 - for information and directions

Come and enjoy a wonderful weekend of stories told by some of the finest local, regional and national storytellers. Just kick back and be transported to the world of story.
If you've never attended Jonnycake before, well . . . what are you waiting for? This is the year to do it!!
And if you've come before, you KNOW you want to come back.
You'll be so happy you did!
Fri., 9/20 - 7:30 pm
Ghost Stories - South Kingstown High School - $5-$7
Sat., 9/21 - 8:30 - 11:30 am.
Storytelling Workshops - $15-$25
Sat., 9/21 - Noon - 5 pm
Tellers on the Green - Neighborhood Guild - FREE
Great for kids, adults and families - lots of tellers - lots of stories
Sat., 9/21 - 7:30 pm
National Headliners - At South Kingstown High School - $8
Carol Birch & David Gonsalez are two fine storytellers indeed!
Sun., 9/22 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sacred Tales - Neighborhood Guild - $8
Come and hear wonderful sacred tales and enjoy breakfast, too

CALL 401-789-9301 for info/directions



Courtesy of Jef Poskanzer's and R.T. Brandon's Blank Plates Page you can now pretend to be a prisoner and make a license plate!

There are over 500 different plate possibilities (for most states and provinces)

You can use the graphics for non-commercial purposes or commercial purposes, but you need to ask permission if it's for commercial purposes.

Making license plates this way is a lot better than when it's over at the ACI, and you have to eat bologna sandwiches for lunch!

Monday, September 16, 2002

It's Yom Kippur The Day of Atonement

The name "Yom Kippur" literally means "Day of Atonement," and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to examine your soul, and to atone for any sins you may have committed in the last year.

There are two types of sins you may have committed- against other people, and against God. Services at Yom Kippur are asking forgiveness for the sins against God. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible. That must be done before Yom Kippur.

The Talmud (Jewish laws and lore) specifies a 25 hour fast, no work (as if it were the Sabbath), and some restrictions that are less well-known: washing and bathing, anointing one's body (with cosmetics, deodorants, etc.), wearing leather shoes (Orthodox Jews routinely wear canvas sneakers under their dress clothes on Yom Kippur), and engaging in sexual relations are all prohibited on Yom Kippur.

Naturally, any of these restrictions can be lifted where a threat to life or health is involved. In fact, children under the age of nine and women in childbirth (from the time labor begins until three days after birth) are not permitted to fast, even if they want to. Older children and women from the third to the seventh day after childbirth are permitted to fast, but are permitted to break the fast if they feel the need to do so. People with other illnesses should consult a physician and a rabbi for advice.

It's perhaps the most well-attended holiday at a synagogue, so sometimes its difficult to get a ticket (It's one of the holidays that everyone seems to go to Temple for, and as a result, oftentimes there are more people than seats.

Services at Hillel at Brown University are open to everyone, no ticket is required.

This year the Reform service will be led by Zoe Weiman Kelman, from Kol HaNeshama synagogue in Jerusalem. Conservative services will be led by Rabbi Rich Kirschen and Cantor Amichai Margolis.

Monday, September 16
9:30 am - Conservative Service - Sayles Hall
9:30 am - Reform Service - Andrews Dining Hall
4:15 pm - Conservative Service - Sayles Hall
4:15 pm - Reform Service - Andrews Dining Hall
7:45 pm - Break-Fast - Andrews Dining Hall

Have a good fast everyone!

Saturday, September 07, 2002

NOTICE: I'm on tour the next couple of weeks, so this weblog will not be updated on a regular basis until 9/17/2002. Check back then, or read below for some fun stuff, or check out the following websites:


See you next week!

Cheese Seminars at Whole Foods Market

The Whole Foods Market at 261 Waterman Street will be holding Cheese Seminars every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 pm during the Fall. Learn about all different kinds of cheeses! The seminars are free, but it's important to make a reservation, which you can do by calling 401-272-1690 and asking to speak to a Specialty Team Member.

Thursday, September 12
Italian Cheeses
From Reggiano and Pecorino Romano to Piave and Robiola de duo Latti
Thursday, September 26
New England and Domestic Cheeses
Some of the best US cheeses come from right here!
Thursday, October 3
Swiss Cheeses
Gruyere and Emmenthaler, as well as L'etivaz, SapSago, and some other holier than thou varieties!
Thursday, October 10
Creating a cheeseboard
Learn how to create a beautiful cheese board that will impress the most sophisticated of houseguests
Thursday, October 17
Wine and Cheese Pairing
What goes with what? You can also learn about which wines to serve at different courses throughout your meal.

See the Declaration of Independence!

When the Declaration of Independence was ratified in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, messengers sent by the Continental Congress swiftly distributed copies of the revolutionary document to all thirteen original colonies. The General Assembly received Rhode IslandÕs copy on July 18, 1776.

Legislators promptly approved the Declaration of Independence and directed then Secretary of State Henry Ward to have copies printed for each of the colonyÕs twenty-eight communities. Solomon Southwick, an editor of The Newport Mercury, was charged with carrying out this task. He did so using a press once owned by Benjamin Franklin, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Only eight of these original Rhode Island town copies of the Declaration of Independence are known to have survived. Rhode Islanders will be able to examine one of these original Declarations personally at the Providence Place Mall from September 1 through September 15, 2002. The document will be part of the Rhode Island Treasures Exhibit next year, and eventually will permanently reside at the Heritage Harbor Museum.



Friday, September 06, 2002

Harvey Blissberg Mysteries

[keeping with the baseball theme] While Providence may not have had a major league team since 1884, in R.D. Rosen's world, Providence is a major league team, home to the Providence Jewels, along with an architectural treasure of a ball park located somewhere around India Point park.

Rosen has written a series of mysteries featuring Harvey Blissberg, a former Providence Jewel player turned detective turned motivational speaker. Blissberg is a great detective character- by turns blustery, unsure of himself, and self-effacing. He's a very likable character, flaws and all. And of course, seeing places like Wayland Square, Haven Brothers, and the Industrial National Bank Building is very interesting for the Rhode Island savvy among us.

Rosen's geography is a little off (in the book I read, he has 95 and 195 confused at points-- 195 passes over Richmond Street, not 95!) but that's a tiny niggle. He gets lots of geographical things right too!

Here's a little excerpt about Haven Brothers: [from Dead Ball, beginning of Chapter 5]
Every afternoon at four, for as long as most people in Providence can remember, a lunch
wagon hitched to a truck cab has pulled into a couple of parking spaces on Fulton Street
next to the Second Empire-style City Hall and remained there until dawn. Set on an angle
atop the wagon, a small neon sign blinks "HAVEN BROS. DINER." The diner is like some
alien aluminum creature from another world, a fossil of the 1940's that seems to have
crawled out of urban America's unconscious, a film noir artifact spliced nightly into the city's
present. Throughout the night, in the shadow of the floodlit old Industrial National Bank Building
on Kennedy Plaza, a trickle of the city's powerful and powerless, Ivy League-educated and
semiliterate, sleepless and snack-deprived, climb the portable steps of the diner for a bowl of
red beans or a steamed hot dog.

The books are great fun if you like mysteries. The plots move along relatively quickly, and reading about Providence and the mythical Providence Jewels makes you wish we did have a ball club (forget about the headaches of traffic, parking, and corruption for a minute.) Read the books, you'll be glad you did!



Thursday, September 05, 2002

The Providence Grays

The 1884 World Championship Providence Grays

In 1884, Providence was a major league baseball city. The Providence Grays played at the long-gone Messer Field in Olneyville, and were one of just eight teams in the National League. [ Yes, that National League.]

The team was led by ace pitcher Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, who won a record 59 games that year and led the Grays to the pennant. In July of 1885, the team's second pitcher jumped ship and defected to a rival league it seemed as if the Grays' season was over, but "Old Hoss" pitched the rest of the games, and the Grays went on a twenty-game winning streak and blew past their hated rivals, the Boston Red Stockings. [Yes, those Boston Red Sox]

When the season was over, the Grays had won the league title by five games. They then played the New York Metropolitans, champions of the rival American Association, in a three-game championship series, and won all three games. It wasn't officially called the "World Series", but the Grays became undisputed world champions.

The Providence Grays disbanded after the 1885 season. A minor league by the same name played in Providence from 1891 to 1929; they once had a promising young pitcher named Babe Ruth. But Providence has not been a "major league" city for over a century, at least in the baseball world.

In the spring of 1998, several local fans banded together to form a tribute to the 1884 Grays, inspired by a league of similar historical base ball teams in New York. They learned the 1884 rules and style of play. Batters could call for their choice of high or low pitches. It took six balls to draw a walk. The pitcher threw from only fifty feet away. A few players wore only small gloves for protection. Most wore no gloves at all, and caught screaming line drives with their bare hands - or tried.

Visit their website to find out more about the original Gray's and where you can see some Old-timey baseball as it used to be played right here in Providence.

The 2001 Providence Grays

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

AS220, Providence's alternative Arts Space

Every summer, AS220 goes on a month long vacation, and there seems to be a hole in Providence's cultural scene. Downtown seems a little deader, and where to go for lunch is just not as clear.

Well, I'm glad to report that AS220 is back from vacation, bright-eyed, well rested, and ready to bring you the art, music, and sandwiches that you've grown to expect.

They've got an Open House on Thursday, so you can check out what's going on on Empire Street then. Here are some other happenings this week:

Wednesday, September 4, 2002
6:30pm Silkscreen Workshop
Learn the basics of screenprinting with water-based acrylic ink. Free

8pm The Performance Den
The folks organizing the Performance Den call it "the hot spot for any artist: poets, singers, dancers, actors, visual artists etc." $7/$10 for 2
Thursday, September 5, 2002
5pm Open House
Take a tour of AS220 and learn what makes us tick. Free

8pm Poetry Slam
Glorious performance poetry. A slamboyant display of slambitious verbiage. Love it or hate it, you won't be slambivalent. $5
Friday, September 6, 2002
10pm Drop Dead, Puppet Frenzy
Providence's premier hardcore act, and the hot puppet action of Xander Marro and Leif Goldberg. $6
Saturday, September 7, 2002
10pm Plymouth Rock
The loneliest band in Providence celebrates itself, and maybe a new CD too. $5
Sunday, September 8, 2002
9pm Naftule's Dream
Two sets of klezmerific adventure. $5


Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast & Museum

The Borden Home is a Greek Revival House which has been a Fall River city landmark since the infamous ax murders of Andrew and his second wife Abby Borden on August 4, 1892.

Erected in 1845 the home was originally a two family and was later made into a single family by Andrew J. Borden. Borden bought the house at 92 Second Street to be close to his bank and various downtown businesses.Ê The Bed & Breakfast-Museum is named after the Borden's youngest daughter, Lizzie.Ê Although she was tried and acquitted of the crimes she was ostracized by the community of Fall River. A popular nursery rhyme goes:

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,
Gave Her Mother 40 Whacks.
When She'd Seen What She Had Done,
She Gave Her Father 41.

Since the murders on August 4, 1892 the house has been a private residence.Ê Now for the first time the public is allowed not only to view the murder scene, but is given an opportunity to spend a night (if you dare) in the actual house where the murders took place.

The interior and exterior of the home has been restored to its original Victorian splendor, with careful attention to making it as close to the Borden home of August, 1892 as is possible.

Guests are treated to a breakfast similar to the one the Bordens ate on the morning of the murders, which includes bananas, jonny-cakes, sugar cookies and coffee in the addition to a delicious meal of breakfast staples.

The house is located at 92 Second Street in Fall River, MA, about 15-20 minutes from both Providence and Newport. To make reservations, or to find out about the museum tour schedule, Visit their website or give them a call 1-508-675-7333