Film buffs across six states stare wide-eyed at large cinema screens, losing themselves in first-run Hollywood movies and the smell of fresh, buttery kernels within Your Neighborhood Theatre's 17 locations. Though all theaters prioritize comfortable seating, old-fashioned friendly service, and high-stakes preshow trivia slideshows, each location encompasses its own distinct charm, be it through arthouse décor, 3-D screens, or Rhode Island's vintage 1950's drive-in setting.
Donavon is a surfer-turned-musician whose self-titled debut was released on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records and made the ARIA top 40 charts in 2004. In Mulcahy’s 1,400-person sound-o-sphere, his surf rock ballads, such as “It Don’t Matter” and “Move By Yourself,” will have the full force of live emotion and quality sound to superbly strum heartstrings and tickle earbones. Donavon’s Bermudan musical companion, Mishka, also has roots in the sea soil, having spent much of his childhood sailing and windsurfing before turning to reggae’s guitars and off-beat rhythms. In 2009, Mishka was named Best New Artist in the singer/songwriter category by iTunes.
At Cue Nine, hunger-havers and pool-hall junkies come together to pocket stripes and solids while feasting upon foodstuffs from eclectic lunch, dinner, and late-night menus. Perfect stick-trickery while playing host to the french fry’s better-dressed cousins, the pommes frites, which arrive in capes of grated parmesan and the posh scent of truffle oil ($9). A profusion of leafy alternatives includes the pear-and-walnut salad, a mixed-green landscape dotted with candied nuts and peaceful streams of citrus vinaigrette ($9). A ground-beef patty heaped with caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms forms the eponymous Cue Nine burger ($11), and pork enthusiasts revel in a slab of St. Louis–style ribs, known simply as “The Rack” to frighten away meat-thieving medieval heretics ($20).
With more than 30 toe-tapping tutorials offered each week, Rhythms & Soul Dance Studio instructs eager pupils in the myriad languages of bodily grace and rhythm. Students can mix and match styles such as the hustle, hip-hop, belly dance, and Zumba for fitness leaners. During a social dance class, steppers perfect their waltzing technique and learn to replace upright broomsticks with human partners, who are much better for dusting chandeliers. A salsa lesson floods limbs with the hypnotic meters of Latin music, creating a squad of club-ready hip-shakers. Each one-hour session is led by a member of Rhythms and Soul’s phalanx of professional coryphées, who give students individual attention while maintaining a pressure-free, noncompetitive atmosphere. Check the Forest Hill calendar for the full list of classes and prepare to resist the lure of the beat no more.
Opened in 1939 by entertainer and vaudevillian Al B. White, Retro Lounge & Grill now forges fusion cuisine with an internationally inspired menu. Meld genres with appetizers such as vegetable tempura ($8) and piñata-friendly baby lamb lollipops ($9). The shrimp yuccanut entree ($15) swims in a coconut-cream sauce before pairing up with a side of mashed yucca. Retro Specialty chicken wings ($6–$20) strut with an array of seasonings, including jerk, oriental, and traditional buffalo. Diners can satiate sweet teeth on a slice of bread pudding drizzled in maple syrup and served with vanilla-bean ice cream ($7).
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