N4N was enjoying a midday repast at an Indian joint on Wickenden Street last week when he overheard someone at a big table trying to describe the difference between "a geek" and "a nerd." Bigger minds are needed to clarify this distinction, but you can do a little field work by checking out the latest Providence Geek Dinner, slated to happen tonight at AS220, 115 Empire St.
-- Former Governor Lincoln Almond, who will celebrate his 71st birthday on Saturday, will be feted tonight with what is billed at the first reunion of his staff, at the Renaissance Providence Hotel.
-- Barman extraordinaire Mike Sears, the owner of Lili Marlene's on Atwells Avenue in Providence, has a very swanky new restaurant on Westminster Street in the Armory District.
A reminder, as previously reported here, that Obama for Rhode Island is slated to hold its first event on June 13. Charlie Bakst, meanwhile, has the scoop on visits to our little town on Wednesday by GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, as well as the husband of Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, Kudos + Congrats to .
Tyler and Allison's excellent Taqueria Pacifica at AS220 has posted a few tables on the sidewalk outside its Empire Street location in Providence, making for excellent people-watching on these beautiful spring days. Take in the view while chowing on one of the TP's superb Joesadilla, a kind of chicken quesadilla, with the optional guacamole and hot sauce for full effect.
Will the Clinton machine roll over the other Democratic presidential candidates? Will Obama's charisma overcome his institutional disadvantages? Boston Phoenix political reporter David S. Bernstein has a look at how well the two big-name Dems are faring in making friends and influencing people in New Hampshire.
Some gubernatorial chiefs of staff leave to go to Hinckley, Allen & Snyder. Others prefer to make a quixotic congressional run while setting up shop in a Cuban restaurant bedecked with Che posters and other appropriate accoutrements. Ed Morabito's Cuban Revolution has moved to a bigger, more pleasant space in downtown Providence, and Bill Rodriguez will have a review in tomorrow's Phoenix.