In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island” we’re looking at how the state will take care of this expanding older population and how Rhode Island benefits from its older residents. For example, they are the memory keepers, the informal historians of the state’s rich past.
"Groundbreaking” is the word used in the press release announcing Festival Ballet Providence’s program this weekend at the Vets in Providence. And you know what? That’s probably not just publicity hype.
When “Rent" stormed Broadway back in 1996, it was already a landmark. Its creator, Jonathan Larson, had died of a aortic aneurysm at age of 35. His death was on the day his rock musical updating the opera “La Boheme” was to begin previews Off Broadway.
Following in the footsteps of the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, Providence’s Cable Car Cinema recently launched a web-based fundraising campaign for a digital projection system. The single-screen art house theater must raise some $50,000 soon to purchase this new technology, or risk falling out of the movie business.
The film industry will soon transition from the expensive, traditional 35mm film reels to the new, crisp digital prints, making the Cable Car’s 250 pound projector from the 1950s more obsolete than a record player.