Alums who do cool things: Ethan Feirstein ’06

Despite our determination to “get off the hill” more often, for many a Brown student, venturing beyond our collegiate bubble and into the depths of downtown Providence is all too rare of an occurrence. Unless there’s a monster truck rally at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center or a Girl Talk concert at Lupo’s, we’re usually more than happy raiding the shelves of Spiritus and entertaining ourselves on campus.

But that didn’t stop Ethan Feirstein ’06 from taking matters into his own hands. After graduating from Brown with a degree in sociology, Ethan moved to New York briefly before returning to the Providence to open up a business of his own. Realizing the need for a downtown bar that appealed to locals and Brunonians alike, Ethan opened Salon in the winter of 2010. Since then, the bar has quickly risen to the top of the ranks, becoming one of the most popular destinations in Providence for anyone looking for a pickleback shot and a killer dance floor.

We sat down with Ethan to pick his brain about life after Brown, and to find out what it’s like being a bar owner in the PVD.

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Better World conference this Saturday

Looking for another excuse to blow off your mounting work? Interested in design and the environment? Have we got the thing for you.

On Saturday, the crew from A Better World By Design will be back at it again, this time setting up shop in Smitty-B for a free one-day “mini-conference” open to the general public. Focusing on design-based solutions to local PVD social and environmental issues, the event will feature design workshops, a locally sourced catered lunch and a rapid prototype contest that’ll net the winner a cool $1,000. Who doesn’t like that? Dolla’ dolla’ bills, y’all!

The event is running from 9:45 am to 4 pm this Saturday, April 28, and space will be limited, so definitely register here if you’re interested. As an added bonus, those who make it to the morning portion get to experience something called the “Providence Granola Project.” Not exactly sure what that means, but let’s hope it’s nothing like the project they’re featuring in the afternoon

Furby struggles to recover from carnival

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Let’s get Fratty in the Ratty

Just when you thought Spring Weekend couldn’t get any more exciting — BAM! — we’re about to throw another winning element into the mix. First announced last week via Facebook, the Greek Council will be sponsoring a night of getting Fratty in the Ratty this Saturday, to help fill that awkward time between when the concerts end and you haven’t quite rallied to rage (yet again).

For the first time ever (we think), the Ratty will be opened from 9–11 the Saturday night of Spring Weekend to provide the ecstatic drunk masses with free food, non-alcoholic drinks (read: mixers), and a little post-concert pump-up music courtesy of DJ A-BE. No need to worry about being off meal plan — the event will be open to all students and guests, including those RISD hamsters.

The only thing that could make this better would be shotgunning a beer with Gail. Does anyone have a keeeeeey?

Weather you like it or not: The weather gods are on our side

Big news, y’all! Guess what just changed from “probable showers” to nothing more than “cloudy”?

I’ll give you a clue: it rhymes with fraturday.

Spring Weekend Artist Profile: The Glitch Mob

Originally formed in 2006, The Glitch Mob got its start as a five-member electro group based in the city of Los Angeles. As part of L.A.’s burgeoning bass-driven ‘beat’ scene, the group quickly gained notoriety for its incredible live performances and use of multi-touch sound devices to remix popular songs on stage. Though they spent much of their early days touring up and down the West Coast, the group now performs at electronic music festivals around the world and will be touring all across the country later this year. Their first album, Drink the Sea, debuted on the iTunes electronic music chart at #5, and their single “Drive It Like You Stole It” was listed as number two on XLR8R magazine’s list of top downloads of 2010.

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