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PVDfest to Return, June 2-5, 2016

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From the Mayor’s Office:


Signature Event in “America’s Coolest City” Returns for Second Year

Rebranded and expanded, PVDFest will bring four days of art, music, and to the streets of Providence, June 2-5, 2016

Providence, RI – City of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and Founding Creative Partner FirstWorks announced PVDFest, Rhode Island’s signature art festival will return June 2-5 to transform streets in the heart of Providence into a celebration of art, music, food, performance and more. Artists and performers from around the block and around the globe will converge in Providence for a free outdoor extravaganza expected to draw thousands of guests. Just days before last year’s inaugural Providence International Arts Festival, GQ magazine declared Providence “America’s Coolest City,” and the rebranded and expanded PVDFest will continue to build that momentum.

The four days of citywide programming will once again culminate on Saturday, June 4, beginning with a free celebration that will turn spaces downtown into a world-class performance stage, cutting edge art gallery, and culturally diverse block party. The Festival will animate the downtown as a living canvas from the Festival core anchored by Providence City Hall, FirstWorks Plaza Stage, Alex and Ani City Center and Burnside Park, all along the Washington Street corridor to the Empire Street gateway.

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Silent Protest in support of RI Hospital SW Pavilion – March 22, 2016

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Photo by Warren Jagger for PPS

From the Providence Preservation Society:


Dear Preservation Backers:

We’re organizing a silent protest against the proposed demolition of Rhode Island Hospital’s Southwest Pavilion building. Please join us in wearing black clothing (to symbolize the void left if the Pavilion is lost) to the:

Zoning Board of Review Meeting
Tuesday, March 22
5:30 p.m.
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street

The more protesters, the greater the impact. Sign up here or by writing mwisniewski@ppsri.org; and spread the word to save our city’s history!

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Providence Geeks – February 10, 2016

Wednesday, February 10th 5:30-8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street
Free Admission
RSVP at Facebook

geeks-roundFor our first Geek Dinner of 2016, we’ve got a doozy.

Since its founding in 2012, North Kingstown-based Focal Upright has been shaking up the office furniture industry with its super innovative, funky, and — most importantly — ergonomic designs. In fact, just last week, Focal was recognized with a GOOD DESIGN Award — the most prestigious award of its kind.

On Wednesday Co-Founders Martin Keen — yes, the inventor and founder of KEEN footwear — and Mary Hall Keen will tell the Focal Upright story, demo their brilliant line, and — best of all — unveil for the first time ever an exciting new product!

In addition, there will be a variety of Focal Upright products for you to test drive!

See you there!

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Providence Preservation Society Annual Meeting – January 20, 2016

The 2016 PPS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | 5:30 pm
Providence Public Library, 225 Washington Street
FREE and Open to the Public; Registration required

Join the Providence Preservation Society on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, as we welcome guest speaker Adele Chatfield-Taylor, former President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome, to our 2016 Annual Meeting at the Providence Public Library Auditorium. Also during the meeting, the 2016 Most Endangered Properties will be announced, and the Society’s 2016 Board of Trustees will be presented to members for a vote. After the meeting, a small reception will be held in the Library.

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Weekend Holiday Events Downtown

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A few events coming up this weekend to celebrate the Holidays:

#CelebrateDowncity

Grant’s Block and Aurora
Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 10am-6pm

Providence Flea will be hosting a special Holiday Mini-Flea at Aurora from 10am to 4pm. Santa will be at Grant’s Block for free photos, along with a collection of your favorite food trucks. Holiday music will be spun on vinyl and a special holiday Movies on the Block will commence at sundown.

Visit InDowncity for more details.

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NEXT STOP: Making Transit Work for Rhode Island – December 1, 2015

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Coalition for Transportation Choices to host forum on making transit work for more Rhode Islanders.

From Grow Smart RI:


Transit forum will examine lessons learned in Denver, Minneapolis and Hartford as local officials explore how to make transit work for more Rhode Islanders

Nearly 80% of Rhode Island’s population lives within a 10-minute walk of a transit stop. Still, only about 2.7% of the state’s population uses transit regularly. It’s something of a “chicken or egg” conundrum since service must first be robust, convenient and frequent enough to attract would-be riders.

In collaboration with the Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC), Grow Smart RI is helping to present NEXT STOP: Making Transit Work for Rhode Island, a forum for business, civic and political leaders – together with transit riders – on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Featured speakers will include those involved in advancing popular transit services in Minneapolis, Denver and Hartford. A local leaders panel will then examine the challenges and opportunities for making transit work for more Rhode Islanders, saving time and money for commuters, while contributing to the revitalization of urban and town centers and reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Concepts and priorities discussed will help to inform a detailed 10-year proposal for transforming our state’s transit system a catalyst for sustainable economic growth.

For more information and to register for this free event, visit Grow Smart RI.
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PPS Symposium – Beyond Buildings: Preserving the Livable Neighborhood – November 5-7, 2015

Image from PPS’ 2014 Symposium – Photo by Cat Laine

From Providence Preservation Society:


Beyond Buildings: Preserving the Livable Neighborhood

Providence’s neighborhoods help us trace how the city was built, and why. Through them, we reveal the people and cultures that contributed to the city’s evolution. Each neighborhood tells a unique story of Providence and its people. Over time, as the city matured and populations shifted, local landmarks also took on new roles, uses, and meanings and residential, commercial, civic, and recreational spaces evolved.

Beyond Buildings: Preserving the Livable Neighborhood, will examine neighborhood identity, community assets, and the importance of “human capital” to the city’s success. Building on our 2014 focus on downtown Providence and what makes a great city, we are now moving into our residential districts to discuss programs and policy blueprints for upward mobility, sustainability, and community development, honoring the individual character of Providence’s neighborhoods.

Speakers include:

  • Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics
  • Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist and Social-Enterprise Pioneer
  • Ned Kaufman, author of Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation.
November 5 – 7, 2015
The King’s Cathedral
1860 Westminster Street, Olneyville

For more information and to register visit ProvidenceSymposium.com

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WaterFire Providence – Full Lighting – August 1, 2015

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WaterFire will have a full lighting on Saturday, August 1st – Sunset: 8:05 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
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CANCELED Capital Center Commission Meeting – July 23, 2015

This meeting has been canceled.
Capital Center Commission Meeting
Tursday, July 23, 2015 • 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

ccc-roundAgenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of April 8, 2015
    2.2 Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of January 20, March 17, and April 21, 2015
  3. Election of CCC Vice Chair
  4. Election of DRC Vice Chair
  5. Parcel 14: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
    Request for approval to install 2-sided marquee sign and electronic message board.
  6. Parcel 9: GTECH Building
    Request for approval to replace existing GTECH signage with new IGT signage.
  7. Francis Street & Memorial Boulevard Intersection Safety Improvements
    Request for approval of proposed safety improvements.
  8. FY2016 Budget
  9. Designation of Service Provider
    9.1 Legal Services
  10. Adjournment
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WaterFire Providence – Full Lighting – July 18, 2015

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WaterFire will have a full lighting on Saturday, July 18th – Sunset: 8:18 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
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WaterFire Providence – Basin Lighting – July 14, 2015

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WaterFire will have a basin lighting on Tuesday, July 14th – Sunset: 8:20 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the twelve braziers leading up to the Providence Place Mall.
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2015 Burnside Music Series + Beer Garden starts Thursday, July 9, 2015

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The Kennedy Plaza Beer Garden is back! Starting this Thursday, July 9th and every Thursday through September 10th in Burnside Park. More information from Greater Kennedy Plaza:


2015 Burnside Music Series + Beer Garden

The time is nigh, friends, and not a moment too soon! Join us every Thursday this summer for beautiful times in Burnside Park, replete with delightful bevs by Trinity Brewhouse, delicious food by Rhode Island’s greatest food trucks, casual jams by celebrity DJs, and of course, the finest tunes Rhode Island has to offer, courtesy of a kaleidoscopic array of astounding musicians.

Each and every Thursday, July 9 – September 10, the Trinity Beer Garden will open for business at 4:30 pm. Mill about and sip sangria to the melodious sounds of DJ LaRochelle from 4:30 – 6pm, and enjoy live music from 6 – 7pm.

We are getting our groove on just thinking about our first act SALSA Y GAITAS, who graced us with their sultry music during the Providence International Arts Fest! Salsa with Sangria, what better way to kick off the Summer Season?!

Rendezvous in front of the fountain! Treat yourself, Providence! You’re worth it!

See the Facebook event page for the full summer line-up of music.
Full disclosure: I am on the Board of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and my employer, Cornish Associates, is sponsoring this week’s Beer Garden.
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Downtown Farmers Market in Kennedy Plaza starts today – July 7, 2015

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The Downtown Farmers Market in Kennedy Plaza is back starting today and every Tuesday through the end of October. More information from Greater Kennedy Plaza:


Welcome back, Downtown Farmers Market!

Downtown Farmers Market + Kidoinfo Play in the Park
Tuesdays 3 – 6PM
July 7th – October 27th

Welcome back to the Downtown Farmers Market with Farm Fresh Rhode Island! Stroll the outskirts of Burnside Park for all of your fresh veggie and locally produced comestible needs! Bring your appetite as well, because this dinnertime market has food trucks to feed you!

Concurrently, Kidoinfo Play in the Park will offer family friendly activities and playspace. The Imagination Center will be open, with the Open Air Reading Room and Imagination Playspace! Bring friends and family to make an afternoon of it!

Featured Play in the Park partner for July & August is playScience
with Miss Katie bringing you fun, interactive music and science activities each week! This week, in honor of Independence Day we bring you Marching Music!

2015 Downtown Farmers Market Vendor Lineup!

  • Pezza Farm
  • Mello Farm
  • Barden Family Orchard
  • Blackbird Farm
  • Ellie’s Bakery
  • Cafe Havav
  • Farm Fresh & Co.

This weeks featured Food Truck: Rocket Fine Street Food!

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2015 Providence 4th of July Celebration

Information about this weekend’s 4th of July celebrations from the City:


Mayor Elorza Invites Providence Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra performance and fireworks display highlight BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and the Providence Tourism Council will host the BankRI Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4 at India Point Park.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra will provide entertainment during the celebration, which will be followed by a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. The free concert begins at 7:30pm and the fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15pm. A rain date of July 5, 2015 has been set.

“The BankRI Independence Day Celebration is a highlight of the summer season in our Creative Capital,” said Mayor Elorza. “I look forward to joining visitors and residents at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July with a free concert from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and our signature fireworks display.”

Additional sponsors of the celebration include the Department of Parks and Recreation, Lite Rock 105, the Providence Federation of Musicians, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, National Grid, and Narragansett Beer.

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Providence Geeks – June 17, 2015

Providence Geeks
Wednesday, June 17th, 5:30 – 8pm
180 George Street, Providence, RI 02906

Note: Because we’re at Brown this month, things will be a little different. There won’t be any dinner to be bought, but there will be free soft drinks and snacks, plus a cash bar.

RSVP at Facebook

geeks-roundWe’ve got a particularly awesome Providence Geeks this month.

Brown University’s Center for Computing and Visualization and its CS Department have generously invited us to come experience their brand new, one-of-a-kind virtual reality environment. They call it YURT — Yurt Ultimate Reality Theater — and it’s amazing. (For those of you that having been following Brown’s VR efforts, please note that YURT is an entirely separate project from the University’s older CAVE environment.)

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YURT isn’t just a set you strap onto your head. No, it’s room-sized, 100 million-pixel stereo display that completely surrounds you. With head and body-tracking, this immersive environment fully engages your visual senses for exploration and discovery in areas as diverse as planetary geology, mathematics, visual art, digital literature, and biology.

YURT Principal Investigator David Laidlaw and Project Manager Tom Sgouros will give an overview of YURT, and lead demos of this incredible system.

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WaterFire Providence – Full Lighting – June 13, 2015

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WaterFire will have a full lighting on Saturday, June 13th – Sunset: 8:21 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
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Pride Flag Raising & Reception – June 5, 2015

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From Rhode Island Pride’s Facebook page:


Join Mayor Jorge Elorza and the City of Providence for the annual raising of the rainbow flag to officially kickoff the 2015 Rhode Island Pride season! The flag raising will take place at 5:30pm on the steps of the Providence City Hall.

Following the flag raising, there will be a FREE cheese fondue reception and cash bar at The Melting Pot at Providence Place from 6:15-7pm.

Be sure to stay for dinner! 25% of your total bill at the Melting Pot (food and drinks) will be donated to RI Pride!

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