14 Ways to Support Small Business in RI Right Now

Wondering how you can put health first while still frequenting favorite spots? First thing’s first: keep calm and stay informed. We’re all in this together – even if we’re all trying to keep our social distance! To help keep the Rhode Island economy thriving (and all of us from going stir crazy), we’ve assembled a list of ideas to keep supporting small business without leaving your comfort zone. The Ocean State is filled with makers of soap and body products for your hygiene needs. Places like

Your Weekend Must-Do's - March 5

Feast your eyes and ears on the finer things...over a beer or two! The inaugural Motion State Dance Festival brings the latest in contemporary dance to WaterFire Arts Center from March 5-7. Experience immersive art at the opening of "A Mythic Pause" tonight at the Jamestown Arts Center. On Sunday, peruse Field of Artisan wares at Whalers or sip brews to Mozart with Opera on Tap at Long Live Beerworks. Hungry after all that art? Sample some mussels from participating RI restaurants and vote for them in March Mussel Madness!

Your Weekend Must-Do's - February 27

It's Leap Year Weekend: Indulge in snacks and spectacles! The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program brings the darkly funny and brutally honest The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program brings the darkly funny and brutally honest "Marie Antoinette" to the stage beginning tonight. On Friday, head over to Foxwoods to jam out to chart-topping rockers The Revivalists or spend the night kicking off the Providence French Film Festival with a party and sneak preview at Brown. PVDonuts After Hours teams up with Burgundian Coffee & Waffles for a decadent collaboration to sate your Saturday evening snacking!

Your Weekend Must-Do's - February 20

Your Weekend at a Glance: Theater, Concerts, and More! Visit Rosecliff tonight for a presentation on pioneering African-American artist “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic." Catch A Bronx Tale running February 21-23 at PPAC for high-energy, '60s dance numbers. On Saturday, FirstWorks presents Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo at The VETS. Sunday brings Black History Month-honoring performances from Stages of Freedom, presenting "Let Justice Roll!" at The First Baptist Church, and Aurea Ensemble performs "I Hear America Singing" at Brown.

Rhody Gem: February 2020

The retail store at Wakefield’s All That Matters Yoga and Holistic Health Center offers yoga and meditation essentials that complement their health offerings, which include weekly classes, workshops, and services like acupuncture and massage. Name-brand clothing and accessories, as well as all the gear you’ll need – from mats and blocks to meditation cushions – can be found in their shop. The casual enthusiast can also enjoy all-natural personal care products, jewelry, books, and more.

Small Business Weekend Must-Do’s

Black Friday is just around the corner, but you won’t want to miss what Saturday has in store: Holiday strolls, festivities, and tree lightings backdrop small business shopping in your favorite pockets of Rhode Island. Come out for unique finds to surprise even the toughest people to shop for on your list and support local! From Thanksgiving through January 1, enjoy free holiday parking on select streets in Providence for a painless shopping experience.

Interview with Micah Dean Hicks, Past Fiction Prize Winner

Our managing editor, Abbie Lahmers, interviewed Micah Dean Hicks, last year’s winner of the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize. His winning story, “The Deer,” can be read in Issue 33. Abbie Lahmers: It seems like you write a lot of magical realism/fabulism, or stories that take place in similar but slightly different universes than our own. How do you navigate world-building and coming up with, for instance, the idea of a deer boy?