If you’re feeling particularly adventurous (and aren’t planning to spend this weekend bundled up with your laptop, like I am), serious props to you! Here are a few ideas to coax you out of your dorm room and out into the Winter Wonderland that Providence is becoming.
1. American Idiot, Green Day Musical
Where: The Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset Street)
When: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.
Why: Your inner 13-year-old will be overjoyed, a feeling your outer 13-year-old never had the luxury of experiencing.
Tonight is opening night of American Idiot, a musical based on the award-winning Green Day album with the same name. If the thought of Green Day brings back memories of your first middle-school crush, colorful iPod nanos, and long school bus rides, this could be just the nostalgia experience you need. And surprise! the plot is centered on suburbian teen angst. Everyone either went through that and needs to laugh about it, or never did and wishes they had. So what are you waiting for? Pull on those snowboots, call up your favorite cab driver, and head on down to the Providence Performing Arts Center tonight!
2. Mardi Gras Ball
Where: Fete Lounge, 103 Dike Street
When: Saturday Night, 8 p.m.
Why: To forget about the snow for a while and pretend you’re in New Orleans!
What’s that holiday that’s right around the corner? No, not Valentine’s day… it’s Mardi Gras! Oh, right! That wonderful day of masks, beads, indecent exposure and jazz, and you can find it all this Saturday night at Fete Lounge’s Chanteuse Mardi Gras Ball. A live band, complete with brass section, promises to keep your groove-thang shaking all night long, and according to the event page, “drunken revelry will be justly rewarded!” Haven’t you always wanted to earn those beads?
3. Providence Bruins hockey game
Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center
When: Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Why: To show off your Providence pride!
If you’re sick of watching college sports or want an unforgettable first date with that hot athlete who finally said “yes,” make the trek down to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for a rough and tough hockey game. This Sunday, the Providence Bruins take on the Manchester Monarchs in what is sure to be an adrenaline-rush of a hockey game. Hundreds of screaming fans, men on ice skates, and only a hop, skip, and a jump from campus, there’s no reason not to go!