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Mesmerizing moves

Island Moving Co.'s annual 'Friends' fest
Island Moving Co., Newport’s contemporary ballet company, has always been adventurous.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2014

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Lives on the edge

Hester Kaplan's 'Unravished'
No one would dispute the fact that Hester Kaplan’s writing is effective and well-crafted, as she digs into the underbelly of American society in her latest book of short stories, ' Unravished .'
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2014

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Emotion in motion

Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'
When Festival Ballet Providence started their in-studio series, “Up Close On Hope,” more than 10 years ago, the vision was to give up-and-coming choreographers and dancers a stage less overwhelming and more intimate on which to find their footing.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2014

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A sound approach

Mark Morris discusses his dance group
When the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group takes the stage at the Vets this Saturday at 8 pm, the audience will get a lot more than just the expressive movement of dance.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2014

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The evangelist of tap

Savion Glover's engaging new "STePz"
“Tap dance has been around since air,” Glover says, “and I want to bring more awareness and seriousness to the art form."
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 29, 2014

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Lasting impressions

Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'
In the current “Up Close On Hope” series at Festival Ballet Providence, there are two stunning and emotion-drenched pieces that are an excellent example of what dance can do.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 06, 2013



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An incredible journey

FirstWorks presents Cirque Éloize's dazzling 'Cirkopolis'
With renewed appreciation of circus performers in the ’70s (Big Apple Circus) and the elevation of circus skills to artistic performance (Cirque du Soleil), many incarnations of circuses and cirques have followed.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2013

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Of love and loss

Jhumpa Lahiri's captivating new novel, The Lowland, is a compelling saga set in Rhode Island and Calcutta
Reading The Lowland is like listening to a lush and intense piece of classical music.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 02, 2013

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Fall Arts Preview: Making a connection

Aerplaye's debut; plus, a wide range of evocative moves
Some say it’s the convergence of an Ivy League and a design school; some say it’s the cross-fertilization of students, faculty, and community members. Whatever the source, Rhode Island has long held the distinction of being the state with the highest number of artists per capita.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 16, 2013

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Such good friends

Island Moving Co.'s annual dance festival
For a small non-profit dance company, collaboration with other dance organizations can take many forms, such as sharing dancers, choreographers, or venues. Newport’s Island Moving Co. has gone one step farther by inviting whole companies to their annual Great Friends Dance Festival.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 24, 2013

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The simple pleasures

The ageless charm of Big Apple Circus
This year’s incarnation of the Big Apple Circus is titled “Legendarium.” It focuses on the history of the circus, threading facts and fancies through ringmaster John Kennedy Kane’s narration and projecting them onto the colorful background banners.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 25, 2013



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Review: The Bike Stop Cafe

Great pizza and so much more
"Follow your bliss” certainly took hold with the Bike Stop Cafe’s co-owner/culinary head Brendan Roan. He’d cooked all over the state for the last couple decades and loved feeding folks, but his not-so-secret second passion was bicycling.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 18, 2013

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Review: Meritage

Excellence in East Greenwich
Super-generous margaritas, wood-grilled pizzas, and so much more.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2013

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A tangled web

Paula Hunter's 'Away From Home'
In an ongoing series of monologues that began with Paula Hunter's Home Alone more than five years ago, this comic commentator on life as she (and we) know it is currently presenting Away From Home.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 30, 2013

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Spring in their steps

Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'
Festival Ballet Providence's Up Close On Hope can be counted on to present new works and to spotlight new company members.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2013

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Review: Leo’s Ristorante

An Italian tradition in Bristol
Over the decades, Leo's Pizza became a Bristol staple, after Panteleone Mancieri (aka "Leo") opened it in 1948.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 20, 2013



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URI Theatre’s Metamorphoses

Changing of the gods
Mary Zimmerman's wonderfully inventive 2002 play, Metamorphoses , based on 10 of Ovid's tales of the Greek myths, is being given a spirited and hip production at the URI Theatre (through March 3).
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2013

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Hester Kaplan’s The Tell is captivating

Local color
In her first novel in 10 years, The Tell (Harper Perennial), Providence writer and educator Hester Kaplan tackles the familiar territory of marriage and relationships.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 23, 2013

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World-class troupes and local treasures

Cool moves
Rhode Island has been graced with many fine home-grown dance companies over the years.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 26, 2012

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Review: Jigger’s Hill & Harbour Diner

Delightful fare in a classic setting
It's been a long time since we've been to Jigger's, and in the meantime, it sat empty for almost a year, with new owners Steve and Karie Head cleaning and renovating this jewel of an official Worcester Dining Car.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 12, 2012
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