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For over 25 years the Avon has been offering first-run art house foreign and independent films on Providence's College Hill. The theater has a plush, retro interior and its where artsy Brown or RISD students come to watch directors like Truffaut, Malle and Herzog among more contemporary ones like Ira Sachs and Nadav Sherman. It's located on bustling Thayer Street, and even if you don't catch a show, the neighborhood still merits a visit because it provides a great excuse to shop, eat or just stroll the Wriston Quadrangle on the Brown University campus.
This commanding three-floor mansion sits along the aptly named Power Street in historic College Hill. The house was built in 1786 for the premier Providence merchant of his day and early trustee of the nearby university, John Brown. Now, under the purview of the Rhode Island Historical Society, this mansion preserves original furnishings and decorations from the 18th Century, which includes a nine-shell desk and bookcase as a couple of great examples. As with many historical attractions in Providence, this one offers a glimpse into the life of Colonial America after the Revolutionary War.
WaterFire is a magnificent array of more than 80 mini bonfires or braziers that illuminate the three rivers of Providence. It began in 1994 when artist Barnaby Evans used the confluence of the rivers to create this ephemeral water exhibition. However, it was not that fleeting because the city of Providence along with generous volunteers and donors continues to present the exhibition every weekend. The route runs from Waterplace Park to South Main Street and it winds nearly two-thirds of a mile through parks and public spaces in downtown Providence. Here, people can stroll along the riverbanks while listening to the sounds of classical music hum over loudspeakers. The fires are lit approximately 20 minutes after sunset each Saturday and usually burn for two to three hours.
The Main Green on the campus of Brown University in Providence is a popular hangout place for students when the weather is fine. The Green is one of the many greens on the sprawling campus. Main Greens is used for university events like convocations, parades and festivals. It is also available for use, to host social events. But be warned, if the weather is fine you are sure to have abundant ambient noise provided by the students around the place.
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is located within the premises of Brown University and has more than one million items on display. The museum serves as a teaching museum and is used for extensive research and also conducts various seminars and other educational programs. The museum consists of displays mainly from North America and has various archaeological and ethnological collectibles from almost all the continents in the World. The museum also showcases various photographs and artifacts.