Providence Geek Dinner @ AS220
Oct 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Original photo by Ben Harris on FlickrSome Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook


For the October Geek Dinner, we’ve got one word for you for : nanotech, baby!


Actually — and better yet — it’s Nanosteel, a largely under-the-radar Providence-based startup that’s leading the charge to create a new generation of steel, based on nano-structures. The 30-person team has raised $50+ million to date — most recently from GM Ventures — to fuel their mission.

Read more and RSVP on Facebook


As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.
  • Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 30 min presentation/q&a around 6:30pm. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking…
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great)
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.
Fab Your Own Signs with the Vinyl Cutter @ AS220 Labs
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 15 6-9pm 

Register Here

Workshop Description
Learn how to use this tool to cut vinyl graphics! This class will cover the basics of using the vinyl cutter, techniques for making signs, and the software tools for preparing work for the cutter. The Labs has a Roland CX-24 Vinyl Cutter that can work with material up to 24″ wide. This is a very simple and easy to use machine in the Labs. You can make all sorts of signs, decals, stencils for your house, business, car, gallery, etc.
If you would like to cut a project out on the vinyl cutter, please bring a vector design file with you to class (see below for prerequisites).
 While it’s not mandatory, we strongly encourage students to have experience with vector design. Not familiar with using computers at all? We also offer a basic computer training workshop
The Labs will supply materials for this workshop.
Open Level Modern Dance @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with  Katie McNamara // Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to alas traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Intro to the 35mm Camera @ AS220 Media Arts
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Date: Wednesday, October 15, 7-9pm Instructor: Sam Thompson

Take the mystery out of aperture sizes, f-stop numbers, shutter speeds, ISO numbers, focal length, synchronization speeds, and any other aspects of the 35mm camera that you have ever wondered about!

Note: This workshop goes over using your film camera only. To learn the darkroom process, there is a workshop the following week. You can register for that here.

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Gymshorts (tour homecoming show), Whore Paint, Hard Nips, and Downtown Boys @ AS220
Oct 15 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 16 @ 1:00 am
Open Level Belly Dance @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Belly Dance with Barbara Derecktor Donahue// Thursdays@ 6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

This belly dance class includes a floor warm up, rhythm walks, head-to-toe isolations, traveling steps, choreography snippets, and veil use in Egyptian & Turkish styles. All are welcome.

Known as “The Dancing Spirit,” Barbara Derecktor Donahue lives in Tiverton, RI where she owns and runs The Dancing Spirit Studio. Barbara began dancing as a young child. She brings over 30 years of ballet and modern dance and 14 years of Mid Eastern Oriental Belly Dance training and instruction. She teaches adults, teens and creative movement for children. Her teaching and performing style is fusion of American, Turkish and Egyptian influences. Barbara performs around New England, presents community and studio shows and brought the International Shimmy Mob to RI. Find her on the web at

Free Speech Thursdays Presents: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Featuring Hanif Abdurraqib

(read more below about him!) 
AND first youth slam of the year!

Open mic list goes up at 7:30.
Doors 8pm.
$4 ($2 for 19 and under)

Hanif Abdurraqib is from Columbus, Ohio. He is a pushcart nominated poet, and the author of Sons Of Noah, a chapbook forthcoming from Tired Hearts Press in 2014. His poems have been featured in Radius, Vinyl, Freezeray, Muzzle, Borderline, and other journals that are far too kind. He thinks poems can save the world, but also just really wants to talk to you about music and sports.


Doors open at 7:30 pm

show begins at 8 pm

$4 regular admission, $2 for youth (age 19 and under)

Workshops and slams for poets under 19!

FREE Youth Writing Workshops:
– Every FIRST Thursday of the month at NEW URBAN ARTS (705 Westminster St.) from 5-7pm. Starting in October 2012.
– Every THIRD Thursday of the month at AS220 (115 Empire St.) from 6-7:30.

YOUTH SLAM every third Thursday at AS220, after the open mic and feature of our regular ProvSlam night. On youth slam nights, youth get in for half off! That’s just $2 for a whole night of poetry.

Zomes, Corso, Matt Underwood, Locators @ Empire Black Box
Oct 16 @ 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm
RI Bike Annual Membership Meeting @ AS220
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RI BIKE) invites you to join guests from the New England region as well as local bike advocates to discuss a wide range of bike-related topics.

Admission is FREE.

Doors at 5:30pm (come early to grab food and drinks & mingle!), event over by 7:30pm.

Event Link:
RI Bike FB Page:




Pipes Musical Improv Comedy with Special Guest Andrew Frazier from ABC’s “The Quest” @ 95 Empire Blackbox
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm


Providence Short-Form Musical Improv Comedy Group “Pipes” will be performing with special guest Andrew Frazer from ABCs “The Quest”. Pipes will perform one hour of all improvised musical structures that incorporate their special guest from ABCs 2014 summer hit. Andrew was a finalist on this new reality competition that combines the ideas of Lord of The Rings and Survivor all into one incredible elimination-style fantasy world. Pipes will be interviewing Andrew and incorporating ideas from the reality show and his personal life into their improvised songs. Sure to be a performance for the record books!

Not About The Buildings Annual Spelling Bee @ AS220
Oct 17 @ 8:30 pm – Oct 18 @ 1:00 am



The words start easy: wisdom, relish, and antler kicked off the 2013 Spelling Bee at AS220, but as the words got more challenging the thirty spellers began to falter. Particlecorral, and geriatric stumped nervous spellers in round 1, but by the end the last spellers standing struggled with brazilettereseda and anseriform. Mark Sawtelle of Providence finally won the competition, after runner-up Benjamin Legg stumbled on punaise

The competition, which ended after midnight, is an annual benefit for Providence-based literary events organization Not About The Buildings. The 2014 edition of the Bee will return to AS220 on Friday, October 17th. The competition begins at 9pm, although spellers are advised to arrive by 8:30 to guarantee a shot at the crown. It’s $7 to spell but free to watch, so spellers are encouraged to bring their own cheering sections. Audience members have the opportunity to win their own prizes over the course of the evening.

Founded by local writer Matthew Lawrence, Not About The Buildings promotes literary culture in local libraries, bookstores, and arts venues. In the past year Not About The Buildings has co-produced memoir-writing workshops at the Providence Athenaeum, marathon readings of very short novels at a west side gallery, and an all-ages diorama book report contest at Rochambeau Library. 

Joining Lawrence on stage will be Kath Connolly, who will read definitions, and AS220’s own JP Reader, whose judgment will determine whether spellers will advance to the next round.

Introducción a Las Cámaras DSLR @ AS220 Media Arts
Oct 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, October 18, 11am-3pm
Non-Member: $45 | Member: $38
Register Online:

Cámaras DSLR es una introducción a las cámaras réflex digitales. Esta clase es de interes para aquellos que quieran aprender cómo entender y manejar las bases técnicas de la fotografía a través de las cámaras digitales. En este curso aprenderán a controlar la exposición a través de la apertura del diafragma, la velocidad del obturador, y el ISO. Los estudiantes aprenderán nuevas técnicas para expandir su creatividad en la fotografía.

Instructor: Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a Spanish photographer and teacher from Barcelona, Spain, currently living in Providence.

Traditional Irish Music Session @ AS220 Bar & FOO(D)
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hosted by Jimmy and Hannah Devine with Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Teddi Scobi and Friends!

Every Saturday (except for the first Saturday of the month) from 4-7pm at the bar at AS220!

No cover charge!

A full menu of food and beverage will be available, so come in for a pint or make this your regular spot for dinner while enjoying some of the best traditional Irish music around!

LGB Presents: A Taste of Hip Hop @ AS220
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 19 @ 1:00 am


LGB presents A Taste of Hip Hop

LGB presents A Taste of Hip Hop


Matt The Knife’s “Otherworldly” @ 95 Empire Black Box
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


You’ve seen him all over television messing with minds… putting his life in danger… and elevating deception to an art.  But now you can see the intense mentalist & magician ‘Matt The Knife’ live and in-person!

Just in time for the Halloween season the award winning, 12X Guinness World Record breaking magician and mentalist is back in Providence for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

The ticket price will get you a seat – but you’ll only need the edge with this new one-man show (that’s not really one-man since it also involves YOU!). But be warned, since this sure as hell wasn’t what your Momma had in mind when she said that magic was great for all-ages. In fact, this jaw-dropping production that’s wickedly humorous, occasionally dark, and unapologetically irreverent is intended for an adult audience… and it has the content to back that up!

Throughout the show MTK will engage in heart stopping feats, use his advanced (and highly unorthodox) set of psychological techniques to both discern & influence thoughts, and present advanced sleight of hand all in his trademark witty and outlandish manner.

It combines a slew of completely new material along with some of the classic routines that have helped to make Matt who he is today.

So don’t wait to buy your tickets! It’s been nearly two years since Matt’s last sold-out run in Providence and who knows how long it will be until he’s back! So be ready to celebrate the Halloween season in the style that was intended and, moreover, be ready to have your mind blown!

Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!

A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business ( he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Beginner Ballet @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.


Build a Blog: Sharing Your Art and Skills Online @ AS220 Media Arts
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm


Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 11am-12:30pm
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What’s the difference between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? How do I start a blog? What’s the right platform for sharing my talents and skills online? What’s the trick to posting daily?

This four­-part workshop was created by Reza Clifton as part of her Writing for Work, Writing for Self, Writing for Survival series. In this “online bootcamp,” Reza will take participants through a journey filled with tips, best practices and evidence supporting how blogging and social media can help anyone and everyone showcase their art and skills online. Instructor: Reza Clifton

Intermediate Ballet @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience. Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

Dance Works in Process @ 95 Empire Black Box
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Dance Works in Process provides emerging and established choreographers alike an opportunity to show work at various stages of development in an informal setting. Participating artists will have the opportunity to ask the audience specific questions and will receive written feedback from audience members following the showing.

Participating artists: Danielle Davidson, Grant Jacoby, Ali Kenner Brodsky, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp/inFluxDance, Brenna Banister, Mary Teuscher, Angie Hartley

This event is FREE to the public.