We adventured into downtown Providence late this afternoon for PVDfest, the city’s second annual international arts festival (last year’s shindig was the Providence International Arts Festival – deemed too big a mouthful). Day was grayish but without any seeming threat of rain, so down we went. Saw the dinosaurs, a herd of just three – after the Jurassic herd in the adverts it seemed pale but they were a hoot, the work of Close-Act Theatre, which hails from the Netherlands. Finally, we found a great corner table at Blake’s with one of those to-die-for windows on the world. Could have hung out all night, protected by plate glass from thunderous music across Mathewson – drums, to which people were dancing. People were dancing all over the place – the mayor had ordered us all to dance. By the time we wandered from Blake’s back to the car, however, the scene was dying down. It was all free to attend, and will wrap up tomorrow.
The photos below are in the order they were taken, except the scene-setters of the dinosaurs up top. The one just below shows a dinosaur backgrounded by the Industrial Trust (“Superman”) Building, which might strike some as wry. Next shot is the articulate rear of what had been the Masonic Temple occupied by the order when it began construction of the Masonic Temple that was unfinished for 75 years before it became the Renaissance in 2007. And the last five photos show the Gaebe Quadrangle of Johnson & Wales. including the East German Embassy (my derisive moniker for Broadcast House, now the JWU library and administration building) facing the quad from the east. Johnson & Wales’s culinary program is one of the reasons Providence’s cuisine scene is so delicious.
Two points for spotting Billy and Victoria.