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El Chapincito

Hospitality from south of the border
A recent experience at one of the city’s Latin-American restaurants left me with the distinct impression that if I don’t hurry up and learn Spanish, I’m going to be out of the loop.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2008


Animal house

Sara Gruen’s fictional menagerie
Each of Sara Gruen’s first three novels have had animal characters who were crucial to the book, but Water for Elephants has made the biggest splash.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2008


Love prevails

Festival Ballet’s emotional Swan Lake
Swan Lake is second only to The Nutcracker as a familiar entity for those with a nodding acquaintance of ballet.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2008


A place that succeeds by design
When the young woman welcomed us to Fluke — the new restaurant where Le Bistro used to be — she said, “The rest of us are upstairs — would you like to join us?”
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 16, 2008

The wonders of olive oil

The Italians, French, and Greeks are on to something
Many of us may think about increasing our intake of olive oil just by pouring a bit more on our salads.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008


Seeing the light

In House Freestyle connects on many levels
When Oscar suggests they bunk school and visit the museum across the street, because of the cafeteria’s two-pound burritos, they don’t realize what they have in store for them.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008


Light and dark

Fusionworks’ captivating mood swings
Fusionworks Dance Company has always presented a variety of contemporary pieces by a wide range of choreographers, with an emphasis on the work of artistic director Deb Meunier.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2008



Festival Ballet’s intimate showcase
Festival Ballet Providence’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” program is a stunning selection of short classical and contemporary ballet, performed with polish and passion.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008

Cheeky Monkey

Still swinging
When Cheeky Monkey folded up in Newport at the end of 2006, many of us wondered how such a creative venture could disappear.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008

American Dream

Mixed Magic’s latest Spirit Warrior  
The songs are woven through a myth-like tale, set in a post-apocalyptic America, when the population is centered within 60 square miles and a corporate gang of the Mighty Four has taken over.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008


Story time

Milbre Burch’s ‘Theatre of the Spoken Word’
She’d no sooner set down her suitcases than she crawled under a dragon costume for a midsummer celebration, and she thought, “This is the place for me.”
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2008

Thai Orchid

A smile-inducing flower of a place
The most recent to come our way is Thai Orchid, and its small dining room (14 seats) should in no way undersell the quality of its food.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2008



Making the leap with Garth Fagan
In the years since Fagan formed his modern dance company, many ballets have taken on a “modern” look, bare feet and all.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 12, 2008


Dressed up and still homey
I’m one of those Rhode Islanders who remembers DownCity when it was more like the “diner” that used to be part of its name.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 06, 2008


Learning to soar

Festival Ballet’s masterful Motion
Ballet has come a long way from its initial image of tights, tutus, and toe shoes.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 05, 2008

Shelter Harbor Inn

An intimate destination
Ask southern Rhode Islanders where they take out-of-town visitors who want old-fashioned New England dishes in an old-fashioned setting.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 23, 2008


Above the fray

Parsons Dance's musical moves
Modern dance choreographers from Martha Graham onward have sometimes been described as too abstract or inaccessible.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2008

Anthony’s Seafood

Friendly prices and high quality
The recommendations of several friends for a seafood eatery caught my attention with their descriptions of thin-battered fish and chips.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 16, 2008


Straight talk

FUNDA’s communal communication
“It’s better than a movie.”
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 16, 2008

Tortilla Flats

No fuss and plenty of fun
Some first impressions last for years, and I’m happy to report that we’ve finally overcome them to appreciate Tortilla Flats on its own terms.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 19, 2007


The best of times

Local notables share their favorite holiday traditions
Holidays and their attendant celebrations foster memories — of all kinds, to be sure — but it’s the good ones we strive to re-create.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 14, 2007

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