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Week 6: Food, Art, and Culture

Week of Monday, May 4

It may seem like the virtual world has removed the spice from life. But even in the absence of restaurant outings and art gallery visits, there has never been a better time to find new things to delight in. Friar T.I.E.S. content this week will help add some color back to your world.  

Listen Up: A Podcast with E.C. Osondu 
Live Now | Monday, May 4 

In this episode, we talk with E.C. Osondu, associate professor of English and recent recipient of the BOA Prize for Short Fiction for his collection, Alien Stories. Born and raised in Nigeria, Osondu discussed the influence of his heritage on his writing, what it’s like to nurture young writers in Providence College’s Creative Writing Program, and how his writing evolved after immigrating to the United States.  

Osondu’s most recent piece is a quarantine-themed fiction, Neighbors.  

Tequila Master Class with Zach Odachowski ’11 
5 p.m. ET | Tuesday, May 5 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this Friared-up Zoom class. Zach Odachowski ’11, a consultant for one of the top wine and beer distributors in the country and a former bar manager for two Michelin-starred restaurants, will lead a master class on tequila. Bring a margarita and a #TacoTuesday treat and join us for an entertaining presentation.  

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Please note: This video session will be recorded for archival and promotional purposes. Please disable your video/audio if you would like to participate but would prefer to be excluded from the recording.

Here and Beyond: Art of the PC Galleries 
Live on Facebook at 12 p.m. ET | Wednesday, May 6  

Providence College Galleries director and chief curator Jamilee Lacy shares an insider’s look at Providence College Galleries’ My HomeCourt initiative and how it connects with the College’s art collection, curriculum and mission. 

Dinner with the Friar Family 
7:30 p.m. ET | Thursday, May 7 

You are cordially invited to dinner with the Friar family! Cook your favorite meal and bring your preferred beverage to this informal dinner party. Our food and beverage experts will offer tips on food, wine, and beer—and what makes the best pairings:   

  • Chuck Borkoski ’71, former vice president of McLaughlin & Moran 
  • Mark Gasbarro ’97, associate director of annual giving with over 25 years of experience in the wine business

Please note: PC encourages members of its regional clubs to use this opportunity to connect with friends in lieu of traditional Spring meet-ups.  

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#FriarFriday: Show Off Your Quarantine Creations 
Anytime | Friday, May 8 

Has all of this free time unleashed your inner creative artist? Whether you’ve recreated a famous painting at home or if you found a new use for those empty toilet paper rolls, share your photos on social media with the hashtag #FriarFriday. Bonus points if your creations have a Providence College theme. Not sure what to make? Check out our Providence College coloring pages. Tag @pc_alumni on Twitter or @provcollege_alumni on Instagram, and we may feature your posts on our accounts.  

A Night at the Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Live on Facebook at 7 p.m. ET | Saturday, May 9

Check out a recording of the spring 2016 production of William Shakepeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Afterwards, several actors from the production and a faculty member from the Theatre, Dance, and Film Department will discuss their experience with the production.

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“Knock It Off” and read about this PC Partnership

Frog & Toad, co-owned by Asher Schofield ’96 and Erin Piorek Schofield ’96, partnered with Proclamation Ale Company, co-owned by Lori (Cosman) Whitman ’01, to turn their popular t-shirt into Rhode Island’s new drink of choice.  

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Plan your 2021 vacation to Iceland

While travel plans may be on hold for now, you can still think about the future. Watch this on-demand webinar with information about the Friar Explorations trip to Iceland, Feb. 12-18, 2021. 

Enjoy A Thousand Tiny Stories

Nuria Alonso-Garcia, a professor in the global studies department, has been collecting stories for this community-inspired art project, meant to provide solace and hope during this time.