Coach Ed Cooley has the men's PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS (friars.com, 401.865.GOPC) on the right track, as Vincent Council and Bryce Cotton look to light up the Dunk and finish strong before entering the Big East tournament. Home tilts include a big one versus UConn on January 31, Notre Dame will visit on February 16, and Seton Hall will close out the PC home schedule on March 5.

This frigid cold can't subdue the excitement and anticipation of baseball season, which is right around the corner (well, three months around the corner, but who's counting), and our PAWTUCKET RED SOX (tickets.pawsox.com, 401.724.7300) happen to have the best minor-league ballpark in the country. McCoy Stadium will come alive beginning April 11 when the PawSox kick off its home schedule with a four-night stand against the Rochester Red Wings. Single game tickets and group packages are available now, as well as field-level hospitality suites and all-you-can-eat BBQ tents for larger parties. Single game tix are just $12 for box seats, or kick back on the left field berm for $8 per game.

How about those PROVIDENCE BRUINS (providencebruins.com) taking down the Boston Bruins a few weeks back? The "Baby Bs" are poised to make another run at the crown this year; you can get single game or multi-pack tickets, and visit the site for the "$5 Off Fridays" deal as well as a nice "Draft + Dog" combo pack. The Dunk will host the AHL All-Star Game this week (Monday, January 28).

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SMOKIN’ The Amazing Johnathan hits the Comedy Connection on January 31.
ASSORTED FUN, CULTURE, AND LAFFS — AND BEER FESTS

The COMEDY CONNECTION (ricomedy connection.com, 401.438.8383) hosts some of the best local and national comedians (Norm MacDonald, Charlie Murphy, and Jim Breuer made recent appearances). The Amazing Johnathan storms the stage on January 31, Craig Shoemaker performs on February 15, and the one and only Sinbad returns on March 7.

Looking to get cultured on the cheap? There's always something interesting going on at the RISD MUSEUM (risdmuseum.org, 401.454.6500), with discounted $5 admission with valid college ID, and free admission every Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. The NEWPORT ART MUSEUM (newport artmuseum.org, 401.848.8200) just celebrated its 100th anniversary and offers a discounted student membership.

All that scholastic stuff sure does work up a thirst (if you are under the age of 21, stop reading HERE). Did you know the Biggest Little State in the Union is home to 10 breweries? Drink local! We're pretty pumped for the inaugural RHODE ISLAND BREW FEST (ribrewfest.com), going down at the Pawtucket Armory on February 2; tix are $45 in advance and they'll likely sell out soon (VIP passes are already gone). More than 30 breweries will be on hand pouring suds over two sessions, including local favorites like Sean Larkin's fantastic Revival line, Grey Sail (Westerly), Ravenous Brewing Company (Woonsocket), Pawtucket's Bucket Brewery and Foolproof Brewing Company, and Downcity mainstays Union Station and Trinity Brewhouse. The Super Bowl is the next day, so your liver is really going to hate you that weekend. And of course we cannot forget the 7TH ANNUAL GREAT INTERNATIONAL SPRING BEER FESTIVAL, happening on Saturday, April 20 at the Convention Center. The fest is totally bananas (particularly the night session), so don't even think about driving and call a cab. Tix for both sessions go on sale February 15.

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