Posted in Arts, Children, Providence on February 26, 2010 |
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The Providence Athenaeum children's section has a cozy reading area filled with children's books.
Let’s see if I’ve got this straight. The Providence Public Library consists of the Central Library at 150 Empire Street in downtown Providence. But since July 2009 due to fiscal problems, the other nine city branches (Rochambeau, Fox Point, etc.) have been overseen by a nonprofit organization called the Providence Community Library. As unusual as this sounds, the two remain linked, so that one can take a book out of the Rochambeau branch with a Providence Public library card.
There’s also the Providence Athenaeum, an independent membership library housed in an 1838 Greek Revival building in College Hill, which shouldn’t be overlooked. Although there’s an annual membership fee, you gain access to events, borrowing privileges from their collection and RISD’s, and the knowledge that you’re supporting a historic piece of the community. If membership fee seems too steep, no matter — the library is open to the public and encourages visitors.
With all this variety comes one challenge — keeping track of events. So if you happen to be looking for a children’s story time, for example, be sure to check the Cradles to Crayons series held at both the main and other branches, as well as the the Athenaeum’s story hours.
251 Benefit Street
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence Community Library
See a list of branches.
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Posted in Films on February 24, 2010 |
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Dozens of filmmakers, actors, and other industry professionals gathered at the Rhode Island State House to protest the elimination of the film tax credit from the state budget. Actor James Woods who grew up in RI was one of many who spoke in favor of the tax credit; he hopes to film An American Girl here in Rhode Island.
Actor James Woods and others wait their turn to speak.
Michael Corrente, James Woods and Steven Feinberg spoke out in favor of the tax credit.
Without enough seats in the room, people overflowed into the hallway and watched on monitors.
House Finance Committee Chairman Steven M. Costantino listens to industry representatives.
For more information, visit the Facebook group Save the RI Film Tax Credit.
RI film tax credit gains star support – The Providence Journal
Lawmakers consider future of film tax credit – NBC 10 News
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"The New Tenants" is one of the short live action films nominated for an Academy Award.
There are quite a few things to love about the Cable Car Cinema — all-you-can-eat popcorn, several large cushy chairs for two, and a theatre small enough to share a more intimate movie experience. But perhaps the best reason is for its lack of Hollywood fare in favor of the sometimes weird and wonderful world of independent film.
This weekend, I stopped in for a packed screening of the Academy Award nominated short live action films presented by Shorts International. These shorts created without the muscle of Hollywood portray stories not often found on the big screen and offer an oft unseen side of the Academy Awards. And this year, one of the films The New Tenants, was co-produced by Cumberland, RI native Erika Hampson.
You can get free popcorn refills at the quaint candy counter at Cable Car Cinema.
Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street
(list of screenings worldwide)
2009 Live Action Shorts Nominees for the Academy Awards
The Door Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
Instead of Abracadabra Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
Kavi Gregg Helvey
Miracle Fish Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
The New Tenants Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson
Complete list of Oscar nominees at www.oscars.org
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