Best of 2017

Lingua Ignota

Best of 2017 – Music

My alarm clock goes off to terrestrial radio every morning, and this year I woke up to a whole lot of Brian and Amanda on Cat Country (98.1FM). It’s one of the few morning shows that actually plays a fair amount of music, and country playlists actually cycle much more quickly than most other formats. […]

Gabe Habash, Stephen Florida (Best Books of 2017)

Best of 2017 – Books

There was some good news for local book lovers this year. Literary bookshop Riffraff opened in Olneyville, and used book stalwart Paper Nautilus successfully relocated after getting kicked out of their Wayland Square home. A bunch authors passed through Providence – Brown University is useful to locals in this regard, and the monthly Point Street […]

Kelvin Harrison in It Comes At Night (Trey Edward Shults, 2017)

Best of 2017 – Movies

Movie theaters always offer a necessary refuge from the day-to-day insanity of the outside world, but this year they really stepped up to the plate. Locally everything continued more or less as usual – the biggest movie news was that the Barrington Public Library reopened its second floor to continue its weekly classic film series, […]

Salt Marsh Opera's production of Gianni Schicchi

Best of 2017 – Classical/Dance

This year I focused most of my going out energy on events that I could review for the following week’s newsletters: art exhibits, movies, and plays. That means that I didn’t get out to nearly as much classical performance or dance as I did last year. On top of that, 17 of the 39 performance […]

Henry Horenstein Dolly Parton Newport Art Museum

Best of 2017: Art

It was the worst of times, it was the okayest of times… This year we said hello to a couple of new galleries – Skye Gallery, the food-focused World’s Fair Gallery, the rebooted Providence Photo Arts Center – while bidding farewell to the Latinx-focused Galería del Pueblo, the pop-up Periphery Space, and the gallery/community space […]

Red-Speedo-Gunnar-Manchester-Epic-Theatre-Company

Best of 2017: Theatre

2017 was a rough year for drama critics, and I don’t just mean locally. It’s uniquely challenging sitting in front of a computer all day, trying (or not trying) to tune out the world’s relentless onslaught of bleakness, then dressing up for a night on the town at a play that will be either political (fine) […]