A new piece of classical music gets its American premiere Friday at the Rhode Island Philharmonic pops concert in Roger Williams Park. Composer Paul Desenne wrote the piece as a new take on a traditional Viennese polka.
Luthiers are woodworkers specially trained to build and repair stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and basses. Just off the town green in Peace Dale, across the street from the public library, you’ll find Beekman Violin.
At the turn of the century, Providence was at the epicenter of technological innovation. Rhode Island’s capital city was home to state of the art manufacturing facilities, and at the center of those companies was Brown and Sharpe.
The Smith Hill neighborhood in Providence has seen waves of immigrants over the years. The Irish were first, in the early 19th century. Now the neighborhood is almost half Hispanic and Asian, according to the 2010 census. At one time, it was the center of a sizeable Jewish community, and a single synagogue remains.
Once again, Rhode Island lawmakers are considering bills to legalize recreational marijuana. One of those bills wound up with a number that will have special meaning for anyone familiar with pot-smoking subculture.