Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 2/23 to 2/26

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Terrarium Night at The Empowerment Factory

Looking for a fun family event for school vacation week? Gather your family for a special night out creating your very own personalized terrarium!No worries if you don’t have a green thumb – Blooming Artisan’s party instructor will lead you through, step-by-step.All tools and materials will be provided for you.


Intermission Exhibition – RISD Museum

A temporary pause in a performance, a break from business as usual.

During the renovation of the Museum’s European Galleries, select works from the 1100s through the 1800s are on view in this open-storage presentation, offering opportunities for chance encounters and unintentional juxtapositions.


Our Country’s Good

Featuring members of the Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting class of 2017.

In the first Australian penal colony, a group of convicts mounts a play for their guards. The play rehearsals incite the convicts’ struggle to reclaim their dignity in light of a homeland that has abandoned them. Our Country’s Good is a captivating exploration of the purpose of art and the resilience of the human spirit.

Ill Seen Ill Said

Wilbury Theatre Group

By Samuel Beckett, adapted by Erik Ehn-Ill See Ill Said is a late work from Samuel Beckett that paints a haunting picture of an old woman alone in a cabin, who watches the evening and the morning star and ventures out chiefly to visit a grave. In prose of great poetic beauty, which the author translated from his original French text Mal vu mal dit in 1982, Beckett returns to the imagery of the Old and New Testaments to speculate on the great questions of human existence.

America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age

Presented by Providence Public Library and 217 Films

You will not want to miss “America Rising -The Arts of the Gilded Age”…an exciting and enlightening look at America through the eyes of its most creative citizens.


Mardi Gras Celebration

The Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball returns for its 25th year at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.Featured bands include Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars, and Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band. There will be a cash bar and Cajun & Creole cuisine by  Chili Brothers Food Company.

The Future of Public Libraries

The Providence Athenæum in partnership with Providence Public Libraries

For nearly 5,000 years libraries, both public and private, have been founded, built, destroyed, and rebuilt. Rich Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the Washington, DC Public Library System, joins Jack Martin, Executive Director of the Providence Public Library, in conversation about the changing nature of the library in the 21st century and how it will help shape our futures. “Libraries are not their buildings,” but “engines of human capital.”


Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 2/16 to 2/19

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Be An Engineer

This weekend in celebration of National Engineers Week, kids investigate the world of engineering at fun-filled activity stations with members of the Society of Women Engineers. Experiment with electrical conductivity, investigate the power of pulley systems, and more!

Bring Your Own Improv

Family Friendly Comedy Show

This interactive improv show welcomes voluntary audience participation!  You can participate in one of three ways: Applaud at a scene you like, yell out fantastic suggestions, or if you feel you’re ready, jump up and get involved with us on stage!!! 

Artists’ Exchange Family Performance Series

Families are invited to join for the Family Performance Series, perfect for all ages, from the young to the young at heart. This weekend is Tandem Tellers. As “Mrs. Frost” and “Lady Winter” Anne Marie and Cindy spin tales of snow, frost and hot chocolate.


The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler

Public Domains, a group exhibition of works by Sammy Chong, Elizabeth Ferrill, Robert Morgan and Brian Shure.

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Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Thinking about what treats to buy your sweetheart this Valentines Day?

Ignite Providence has put together a round-up of sweet stops around Providence for you!

PVDonuts – Providence

Providence’s first gourmet donut shop creates fun donuts daily, all house made and covered in delicious toppings! This valentines day stop in for one of thir coffee drinks and pick up some donuts. PVDonuts also offers vegan and gluten free options, along with delivery service.

Our recommendation for a sweet gift? The strawberry or raspberry glazed donuts!


Ellie’s Bakery – Providence

This bakery doubles as a café, serving breakfawst and lunch aside their sweet treats. They have partnered with Flowers by Semia to make a one stop Valentines Day shop! Stop by to pick up Valentines Day essentials. Ellie’s also offeres year-round baking classes to teach others their baking secrets!

Our recommendation for a sweet gift? The Mon Amour cake, a mini treat with raspberry and lots of chocolate!

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Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 2/10 to 2/12

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Wild Art

Each class will include a visit to the focus animal, where students will observe the animals’ unique adaptations and form before returning to the classroom to create their works of art.

Heart Smart

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with heart healthy activities. Kids test their heart rates, learn about the anatomy of a heart, and more.


Mimi Cabell & Lindsay Foster Two Person Exhibit

One Makes an Instrument of Themselves, and is Estranged Also is a interdisciplinary exhibition focused on the word manage, and other words that contain its root — man — to manipulate, to mandate, to manufacture.

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Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 11/17 to 11/20

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

FireBall– Thursday, November 17th, 2016
WaterFire Arts Center, 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM

The FireBall, a stellar celebration at the future home of WaterFire Providence! A glorious brilliant evening of Fun, Celebration, Entertainment, Dancing and Dinner! Featuring exciting culinary choices from Russell Morin Catering and Events and signature cocktails from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails. Please join us as we honor the many contributions of the Sharpe family to Providence and all Rhode Island. Continue reading “Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 11/17 to 11/20”

Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 11/11 to 11/13

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

A Christmas Carol – Friday, November 11th, 2016 to Saturday, December 31st, 2016
Trinity Repertory Company, times vary

Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition returns this year! Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy, sour businessman, is infamous for his lack of Christmas cheer. When three ghosts pay him a visit, Scrooge is given the chance to examine his life. He is inspired to change his ways and is wholly transformed by the spirit of Christmas. A heartwarming tale perfect for the whole family. Join us for this classic story that will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit. Continue reading “Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 11/11 to 11/13”

Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 11/4 to 11/6

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

WaterFire – Saturday, November 5th, 2016
A WaterFire “Salute to Veterans” lighting sponsored by Walmart, Bank of America, National Grid and Dominion Power and Energy.
Sunset is at 5:34 PM, and fires stay lit until 11 PM

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight. Continue reading “Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 11/4 to 11/6”

10 Must-Do’s in Newport for Providence Students

Must See’s and Do’s of Scenic Newport.

Cliff Walk – Memorial Boulevard
Sunrise to Sunset

The Cliff Walk along the eastern shore of Newport, RI is world famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport’s gilded age. Wildflowers, birds, geology … all add to this delightful walk. What makes Cliff Walk unique is that it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. In 1975 the walk was designated as a National Recreation Trail … the 65th in the nation and first in New England. The walk runs 3.5 miles and about two-thirds of the walk is in easy walking condition. Continue reading “10 Must-Do’s in Newport for Providence Students”

Shop Local for the 2016 Holiday Season

For this 2016 holiday season think about shopping local and supporting your local artists and businesses all around Rhode Island. Providence is home to an array of shops, boutiques to fit every need. Small, local businesses are Rhode Island’s largest employer, so this holiday season support the local shops and businesses. By buying local, you will reduce your carbon footprint and help to build the community here in Rhode Island. Here’s some recommendations on where to shop locally this holiday season!

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Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 10/28 to 10/30

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Halloween Monster Mash – Friday, October 28th, 2016
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What Are You Reading?

Be Sure to Check Out These 6 Local, New and Used Book Stores.

Barrington Books Retold – Cranston, RI
176 Hillside Road, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

What once started out as a Little Professor franchise in the coastal town of Barrington, Rhode Island back in 1986, has now evolved into an award-winning, regional shopping destination and beloved community hub.
Shortly after the current owners purchased their neighborhood bookstore in July of 2008, they quickly realized the stand-alone bookstore model wasn’t sustainable. While still offering an impressive library of titles, light gift items, stationery and toys were introduced to the product mix, items that complimented the book category yet filled a need for today’s busy families. Continue reading “What Are You Reading?”

Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 10/21-10/23

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

Family Fun

Great Pumpkin Hunt – Friday, October 21st, 2016
Blithewold Mansions, Gardens & Arboretum, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Participate in the search for hidden pumpkins on the estate. Each person can take one home to carve. After the hunt, join us for music, food (food trucks will be on site), some hot cider, and a discussion about constellations in the night sky during a special star program around the bonfire.
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