The CVS Caremark Charity Classic welcomes 20 professional puttmasters from the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour to compete in club-to-ball combat to benefit locally operating nonprofits including Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, Rhode Island Family Shelter, and The Autism Project. Co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade will lead the charge toward a $1.5 million purse. The Wine Pavilion grants exclusive access to prime views and fairway festivities in a VIP tent located between the 15th and 16th holes. The tent's ideal vantage point imparts spectators with the sights of scenic Narragansett Bay, as well as panoramic views of the final four holes where fans can ogle swings, slices, and burrowing Carl Spacklers. Those who seek repose from raining golf balls inside the pavilion can also swirl a sample of wines from Robert Mondavi and nibble on hordes of hors d'oeuvres from Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
It’s the making of a hit movie. Young Jeff Allen of Providence—untrained in the world of movement, but driven by desire—starts attending social dances. It's there he learns dances such as the jitterbug, cha-cha, and lindy, and develops a taste for competition. Soon, he's winning every dance contest he enters, whether the genre is disco, ballroom, or argentine tango.
Channeling his penchant for victory into a teaching career, the self-taught hoofer transformed into an acclaimed teacher and coach, racking up more than 30 National Dance Council of America Top Teacher Awards, and holding membership credentials with the North American Dance Teachers Association. At his studio, he keeps a packed schedule, teaching west coast swing dancing, mambo, and even Dancing Dirty–style moves. For those who can't make their ways to Cranston, Jeff has produced a slew of instructional books and DVDs, including The Complete Idiots' Guide to Ballroom Dancing and The Complete Guide to Slow Dancing.
A three-day celebration of country, bluegrass, roots, and folk tunes, The Javelina Festival showcases up-and-coming musical talent from across New England. More than 18 bands have climbed aboard this year's docket to rescue fans from summer's monotonous soundtrack of chirping crickets and shrill, cackling robins. Among Saturday's melodeers, Boston Globe –praised country-rock outfit Girls Guns and Glory will adorn the fest with rustic melodies and rocking guitar solos, and Girl Howdy will tickle eardrums with the strings of its guitars, fiddles, and upright basses. Visitors can rollick to the tunes and enjoy Francis Farm's acres of history-drenched beauty while standing or seated astride a docile blanket or lawn chair. Visit the fest's Facebook page for travel tips, concert announcements, and other up-to-the-minute information.
Named to TripAdvisor’s 2009 list of top American ghost tours, Providence Ghost Tour is the result of more than 300 hours of research that addresses tourists of the present with creepy slaps from the past. For about an hour-and-a-half, guests follow the light of the guide’s lantern through East Side streets, stopping outside various buildings to hear stories about “abnormal” deaths, suicides, murders, accidents, and re-murders. Tour-goers can document the haunted sites with photographs, which may show mysterious orbs or shadows that resemble Pat Boone. During the tour, no monsters, ghouls, or anything else jumps out to challenge you to a spell-off; the scary stories are enough to administer healthy amounts of fright. The tour covers steep and uneven ground, so comfortable shoes are recommended.
For six days, a celebration of culture takes over Providence. The annual SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival gives a voice to independent creators of cinema, music, and visual art—as well as audience members themselves. Attendees vote for their favorite shorts, documentaries, and feature films in dozens of categories. They can even meet the artists behind the works during director Q&A sessions where they can learn how the film was made and why Smell-O-Vision has never really taken off. The Limelight party allows guests to relax and mingle with other creative types while admiring an art exhibit and enjoying hors d'oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, and light desserts.
With a variety of foreign and independent talkies, Cable Car Cinema & Cafe entertains all who venture into its newly refurbished interior. Film fanatics can experience Tony Stone's Out Of Our Minds, a 28-minute exploration of mythology, music, and imagery as conceived by musician Melissa Auf der Maur (formerly of Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins). Beijing Taxi is a documentary that explores perceptions of the metamorphic Chinese capital from the points of view of three taxi drivers, and Total Badass portrays Austin's underground scene, counter-culturally interpreted by local deviant Chad Holt.