The first Law and Order Party newsletter went out on March 1, 2015. The recipients: 25 friends. The open rate: 100%. Only one person unsubscribed.
For the first six months, the list had no name, and every email began with What’s Happening This Week as I tried to figure out a name that was memorable and Rhode Islandy but wasn’t, like, the Quahog Gazette or something. So I named it after a pretty crappy political party from the 1840s, but thanks to the long-running TV show people at least remember the name. DUN DUN.
Flash forward four years and here we are! Over 2,500 weekly subscribers plus hundreds of events each year, including a Summer Guide, a Holiday Guide, and of course The Dorrys.
Now might be a good time to mention that I mostly don’t make any money doing this! That’s why I recently set up a Patreon, where readers can subscribe for as little as $1/month. I’ve only got a handful of benefactors, currently, so please consider supporting the project. I’m hoping that by the end of March I can get up to $100/month.
Also, since it’s a birthday and birthdays are for celebrating, I’m giving a bunch of tickets away! Through the month of march, look for giveaways to local concerts, plays, dance performances, and more.
Giveaway #4 is for a pair of tickets to see Aurea Ensemble‘s Secret Signs, a performance featuring the music of Shostakovich, Auerbach & Zaretsky and texts by Blok, Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, Nabokov & more. If you’ve never seen the ensemble before, this will be a great intro. The concert takes place Saturday, March 30 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. You have until 11:59pm on Sunday, March 17 to enter.
A couple of rules to know about: you can enter as many or as few ticket giveaways as you like, but you can only win once this month. Each contest is only open to Law and Order Party subscribers (aka the people who get the emails every Sunday). If you’re not subscribed yet, try it out! You can opt into the list when you enter either giveaway below, and if you don’t like it you can always unsubscribe.
Winners will have 24 hours to claim their tickets. If there’s no reply after 24 hours, a second name will be drawn.
Congratulations to Annie who won tickets to see Hiss Golden Messenger at The Knick, Melissa who won tickets to the season opener at Island Moving Company, and Kristen who won tickets to see Constellations at The Wilbury Group.
New giveaways will be added every couple of days, so keep checking back!
Finally, you might be wondering what Maude Lebowski is doing up there at the top of this page. On March 1, 2015, there was a totally random screening of The Big Lebowski at the Avon, and it was the first thing I ever covered. In my review I mentioned that I had seen the film exactly once in 1999, and all I really remembered was how great Julianne Moore was. My first feedback was later that day, from a reader informing me that Julianne Moore is the most overrated actress in Hollywood and should have been driven out of town years ago.
Your feedback is always welcome!