LIFESTYLES

That's Entertainment: Looking back at May in years past

Posted 5/20/20

20 Years Ago Twenty years ago, Angelo's owner Bob Antignano asked us to try a new item on his menu - eggplant con ricciolo (eggplant with curls). The thinly sliced, deep-fried eggplant proved to be one of our favorite appetizers . and we never liked the

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LIFESTYLES

That's Entertainment: Looking back at May in years past

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20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago, Angelo’s owner Bob Antignano asked us to try a new item on his menu – eggplant con ricciolo (eggplant with curls). The thinly sliced, deep-fried eggplant proved to be one of our favorite appetizers … and we never liked the vegetable.

I also wrote about Governor Francis’ corn chowder and carrots and turnips, two items I still order when I go to one of my favorite Warwick restaurants. Remember Archies in Pawtucket?

Omar Epps starred in “Love and Basketball.” I wrote, “Joyce liked this soppy love story better than I.” She also liked “Where the Heart Is,” another love story with Natalie Portman, better than I. “Gladiator,” starring Russell Crowe as Maximus, was a bit too graphic for our tastes.

Ticket prices were raised to $6 for “Caligula,” the X-rated film starring Peter O’Toole and Malcolm McDowell, filled with “disgusting violence” and “explicit sex.”

The Tony Award winning “Ragtime” was at PPAC.

“Otherwise Engaged,” directed by Marilyn Meardon, was at Barker Playhouse.

My Fair Lady” extended its long, successful run at Trinity. When William Damkoehler suffered a mild heart attack, Bob Colonna stepped quickly into his role, doing a great job on very short notice.

40 Years Ago

The Winsor Azalea Gardens in Cranston were open to the public, causing traffic jams on Park Avenue.

Bob Dylan was going through his “born again” phase, preaching to his young audience at the Ocean State and sending many turned-off audience members out the door.

Providence Inner City Arts presented “Jazz City,” a six-week series that opened with John Worsley’s “History of Jazz.” Some of Rhode Island’s greatest jazz musicians, including Herb Pomeroy, Artie Cabral, Dick Johnson, Art Pelozi, Mike Renzi, Bob Petteruti and George Masso, participated.

“Friday the Thirteenth” and “The Last House on the Left” were two teenage exploitation movies that started the violent horror film trend.

“Best Boy,” the Oscar-winning documentary about a 52-year-old developmentally disabled man, was one of the most moving films I had ever seen. It was at Midland Mall Cinema.

“The Empire Strikes Back” drew large crowds to Showcase Seekonk. The ticket price was $4.

Rush was at the Civic Center. Slim Whitman was at the Ocean State.

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