On the Brown Low: Good Eats and Art

Photo from the “Picturing Providence” exhibition by Jesse Burke

Ever wonder what there is to do once you step off Brown’s campus? Curious about what Providence has to offer? On the Brown Low will be your faithful guide! Be sure to check in every week with us, Lily Hartmann and Brianna Lambert, to find out about the best spots around Providence and Rhode Island!

Hey guys! We’re back again and so is the snow. The work and the snow continue to pile up, but thankfully we all had the long weekend to catch up – or at least try to. We also took some time to see some new art and try some good eats, because after all isn’t art and food what Providence is known for?

Providence is the self-proclaimed creative capital. You can find art within the walls of RISD, in theaters like Trinity Rep or AS220, and in the kitchens of Johnson and Wales University. But this weekend, we saw some art in an unlikely location, City Hall. Yep, in the same building you can submit your taxes and visit Mayor Elorza you can view the work of local artists in the second floor gallery. The Gallery at Providence City Hall offers a space to artists and organizations that might not have a permanent gallery. The goal of the gallery is to exhibit an eclectic array of work that highlights the artistic and cultural diversity found in the Providence community. And visiting the gallery for free is a major plus too!

Today, the gallery was filled with images from the “Picturing Providence” which features photography taken by Jesse Burke for the Providence Preservation Society’s 2014 Most Endangered Properties project and work inspired by the City’s built environment from Carolina Arentsen and Jose Ramirez. It was really cool to see through these images parts of Providence that are largely hidden from Brown students. The photographers also had an incredible ability to bring beauty to abandoned buildings and places in the city. Plus it was really cool to be able to visit city hall!

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We then headed over to Ken’s Ramen for some lunch, which is just a 2 minute walk from Kennedy Plaza and City Hall. We wanted to try the ramen we had heard such great reviews about, and Brianna and I definitely think it lived up to its expectations. Despite having a shortened menu at lunch time and being a cash only restaurant (make sure you check out the website beforehand if you plan on going), the veggie bun, pork bun, and three types of ramen our friends and I tried were delicious. Brianna and I definitely had a little difficulty using chopsticks again (maybe we should change the name/topic of this blog) but it was well worth it for the food at Ken’s.

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After this venture, we totally recommend seeking out free art and delicious food/ramen on those snowy and dreary winter days!

Until next time,


Curious about something in Providence that we haven’t covered? Shoot either Brianna or me an email (lily_hartmann@brown.edu or brianna_lambert@brown.edu) and let us know what we should explore in our next post.


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