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Review: J.P. Spoonem’s

Repeat visits encouraged (and rewarded)
When a friend whose professional office is nearby said, "It's a great little neighborhood joint, with a touch of nouvelle in the menu," and another friend was found sitting at its U-shaped counter, extolling the virtues of their omelets, we knew we'd stumbled upon a diner-style eatery that we should check out . . . more than once.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 08, 2011

Momix’s Moses Pendleton on Botanica

Movement and illusion
You may have seen Momix dancers on a Hanes or Target commercial during the Golden Globes last spring.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 25, 2011

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Local favorites and international attractions

All the right moves
Despite the hard times that most arts organizations are facing in today's economic circumstances, the dance performance calendar for this fall seems full indeed.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2011

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Island Moving Co.’s Open for Dancing

An immersive experience
Since its founding 28 years ago, Island Moving Co. has often included site-specific dances in its presentations: some were adapted to be inside Newport's elegant mansions.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2011

Review: Café Zelda

A truly memorable experience
Café Zelda is one of those places that feels elegant but homey; luxurious but not pretentious.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 09, 2011

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Island Moving Co. and friends

A great group effort
Island Moving Co. in Newport is nothing if not supportive of other dance companies and choreographers, having worked with many from far (Colin Connor) and near (Colleen Cavanaugh) over their 28-year history.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 26, 2011



Review: Mermaid Café

Enchanting dining on the Pawcatuck River
The first special thing about the Mermaid Café is its location: on the Pawcatuck River, overlooking an island green with trees, a few boats in a small marina and, across the river, a busy street in Connecticut.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 19, 2011

Review: Avenue N American Kitchen

Creative cuisine in Rumford
Chef/co-owners Nick and Tracy Rabar have several things going for them at their Avenue N American Kitchen restaurant.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 28, 2011

Review: Trini's Tacos

Simple pleasures, Tex-Mex style
Tucked into an L-shaped strip mall on Post Road, where one of the few remaining Newport Creamerys is the anchor and various eateries have come and gone, is Trini's Tacos.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 14, 2011

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Review: Alvin Ailey's Revelations headed to PPAC

Heart, spirit, and soul
Over the years, choreographers and dance companies have been feted in many ways, but there has never been another dance piece that inspired not only a US postage stamp and a US Senate resolution and a special Barbie doll!
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 04, 2011

Review: The Fifth Element

A splendid brunch in Newport
The energetic strains of the Fran Curley Jazz Ensemble welcomed us to the new incarnation of the Fifth Element (formerly on Lower Thames) for a recent Sunday brunch.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 19, 2011



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Stone Soup at 30

Keeping it real
The earliest people on the planet probably built bonds of community when they pounded on goatskins. That same sense of creative wonder existed among a young group of musicians and music lovers back in 1980, when Joyce Katzberg, Bill Harley, and Debbie Block, Katzberg (Kate) and Snyder (Stephen), and Rick Brooks decided to form a "coffeehouse," by passing the hat in various living rooms.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 04, 2011

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Gift Guide 2010: 'Tis the season for indoor bounty

Winter wonderlands
When a small winter market was set up at AS220 three years ago, no one could foresee how that would generate the large and bountiful Wintertime Market in the Hope Artiste Village the following year.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2010

Review: Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen

A truly fine dining experience
"Now I know why they call it 'fine dining,' " Bill said, as we drove away from a recent dinner at Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen. "Fine indeed! Wunderbar!"
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 24, 2010

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The uplifting Sweet Honey in the Rock

Sweet inspirations
FirstWorks has a rousing finale to wrap up the 2010 Festival: a performance by the internationally-renowned a cappella group Sweet Honey In the Rock..
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 11, 2010

Review: Shelter Harbor Inn

An old favorite continues to delight
It was one of those gloriously warm Columbus Day weekends, and we could have sat on one of Shelter Harbor Inn's outdoor decks, but we chose the next best thing: the "Sun Porch," surrounded on three sides by windows, an open-beamed, white-walled, blue-accented room that feels a bit like a seaside summer cottage.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 27, 2010



Review: Tucker's Bistro

Singular dining by the sea
Tucker's Bistro has always held a kind of enchantment for us, as for many other customers. The tree outside the restaurant wrapped in tiny white lights is only the beginning.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 13, 2010

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Festival Ballet's 'Up Close On Hope'

Delightful dozen
In a transposed schedule, Festival Ballet Providence opened their season with the intimate "up Close on Hope" series and postponed a production of Carmen till February.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 06, 2010

Review: Cook & Brown Public House

A special culinary experience on Hope Street
When a restaurant moves into a location that has seen several eatery incarnations, it must work doubly hard to establish its reputation, both around the state and in the neighborhood. Cook & Brown Public House seems to be accomplishing both with aplomb.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 29, 2010

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Review: Cedar Lake shakes up the ballet world

A different energy
So many times over the last two decades, the Performing Arts Series at Rhode Island College has brought dance companies of international status to our shores — and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is no exception (September 30 at 7:30 pm in Roberts Hall).
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 22, 2010

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Fall Dance Preview: Things are moving around town

Kick up your heels!
This fall’s dance events include reprises at local companies.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2010


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