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8 Non Saint Patrick's Day Things to Do This Weekend

Forget all that green stuff, there are other things to do.


Thursday, March 16

Get to what’s being dubbed the “weirdest gala in Providence,” the Cabinet of Curiosities. This fundraising event will have delicious food, wacky music by a gothic folk band and plenty of other activities to delight the kid in you. All proceeds from the event will go toward building a life-size statue of famed PVD writer H.P. Lovecraft. 251 Benefit Street, Providence.

Friday, March 17

A quiet night in on a party weekend is hard to come by, but totally possible. Join others for a night of thought and reflection with Progress(ive) at the Providence Athenaeum. Sculptor Will Reeves shares his research on the Industrial Revolution and today’s Digital Revolution, discovering the parallels from the 19th century and our modern era. For an evening of intellectually stimulating conversation, this might be the right one for you. 251 Benefit Street, Providence. 421-6970.

What do you get when you combine great drink specials, a rockin’ tribute to an ‘80s icon and a whole lot of dancing? You get the Prince Experience at Twin River Casino, an all-out tribute to the late star performed by Gabriel Sanchez. Listen to hits like “Purple Rain” and “Little Red Corvette” while sipping delicious drinks and dancing the night away. Start the weekend off right and celebrate the life of this mega superstar the best way you possibly can. 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. 877-827-4837.

Saturday, March 18:

Save the frogs! Join the Roger Williams Park Zoo in FrogWatch Training to do your part in saving the amphibious creatures. Learn the importance of frogs and their environments as well as how to monitor populations and reporting your findings to FrogWatch USA. Families can become true scientists and help to keep the frog populations on the East Coast alive with this kind of training. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. 785-3510.

Nothing says culture and elegance quite like the dancing from Providence Ballet Theatre. Witness the beauty that is physical poetry with an evening of dynamic original works at the Greenwich Odeum. In a city of painters, songwriters and costume-makers, we can not forget the art that lies in the light, poised motions of dance. Following the professional performances will be the Providence Ballet Theatre Jr. Company to demonstrate their skills of contemporary ballet and modern dance. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. 885-4000.

Sunday, March 19:

Learn the magic of the brain the Brown Brain Fair at Brown University. Discover the little details of the thing in your head with “mini brains” on display. Learn about brain waves, neurons and even neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and autism and how they affect the brain. Younger viewers can also enjoy snacks and and crafts as a bonus. This event is organized by the Brown Brain Bee, a group of undergraduates who bring neuroscience to local high schools. 79 Waterman Street, Providence.

With only days until Spring, hurry and get those last minute calorie-dense Winter meals while you still can. Take the opportunity to check out The Chef’s Table Dinner Series at Blithewold. This evening’s dinner is prepared by Rick Allaire, chef and owner of Metacom Kitchen in Warren. Dinners prepared by the chefs are a reflection of personal tastes and style, sure to leave the palette fully satisfied. 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. 253-2707.

The Piano Bar aka Point Street Dueling Pianos will be hosting a family friendly brunch with a piano show. With fun for the whole family and delicious food provided by The Catering Gourmet this is sure to be a delicious time. Oh yeah, and did we mention $5 bottomless mimosas? 3 Davol Square, Providence. 270-7828.