What to do this weekend: February 8 – February 10

What to do tonight

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!


Shrimp, meet Tabasco.

Sans Meal Plan: Bringing the Big Easy to Brown

Shrimp, meet Tabasco.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that folks on practically every continent have been celebrating Carnival for the past two weeks in preparation for Lent. The culmination of these two weeks of vice and frivolity is known here in the States as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.

New Orleans is an amazing city full of life and culture, and no other place celebrates Mardi Gras like the Big Easy. Apart from the tales of nudity and reckless drinking in hopes of building one’s bead collection, New Orleans is famous for great food, great people, and a great atmosphere. Much to my dismay, I have yet to make it to New Orleans; despite this, I have tried my share of NOLA cuisine from Creole to Cajun, beignets to pralines, and beyond. Louisiana is one of those places that has about a million “original” recipes that could probably instigate some serious problems with the locals if done incorrectly. One of my favorite dishes is Creole jambalaya.  Continue Reading