Craftland opens + lots more weekend stuff

Craftland, the annual celebration of locally made holiday gifts, opens with a party this evening:

Craftland celebrates all kinds of sparkly handmade objects and the sparkly people who make them. A seasonal retail boutique located in Providence, RI, the store is open each year in December and sells handmade goods by artists and crafters from around the country. Not only do sales support local and national artists, but 5% of our proceeds benefit local non-profit The Steel Yard.


Open through December 22nd, Craftland will feature the work of over 150 artists. This year's space is at 235 Westminster Street in the former location of Lupo's rock club, across from Tazza. (Wait till you see Craftland's tribute to the infamous Lupo's dead rock star portraits!)


Please join us for our opening night party THIS FRIDAY November 30th, from 5-9pm featuring great food, drink, goodie bags to the first 300 customers - and of course boatloads of fresh quality crafts!! Also: CRAFT:zine will be showing off some cool LED projects and The Steel Yard will host live demonstrations and a celebrity Santa!

Other weekend events of note:


-- There's a fundraiser and trunk sale this Sunday, December 2, from 4-7 PM, at the Plant, 60 Valley St., Unit 7, to try to help talented local designer Karen Beebe get to Japan.


-- Tonight, from 7-9 PM in the Metcalf Dining Hall, 30 Waterman St., RISD folks are presenting Project Apron, a design-a-thon and fashion show to fight hunger in Rhode Island.


-- In conjuction with World AIDS Day, ace AIDS researcher Annie De Groot sends word of a 1 pm symposium tomorrow at Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Auditorium, Brown University, near the Science Library. There will also be benefit at 6:30 tomorrow evening, at the Federal Reserve, to benefit GAIA, the Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS. Local artists Bunny Harvey and Mary Sipp Green will be featured.


-- Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, the Washington correspondent for the Atlantic, and the author of Prisoners: A Muslim & A Jew Across the Middle East Divide, will speak Sunday, at 7:30 PM, at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Avenue, Providence. The talk i($18) s sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island.

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