if you go...
the chace center
the opening-day celebration takes place september 27. the museum will be open, free to the public, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the festivities will include bands and performances as well as activities for kids.
future shows include a springtime exhibition dedicated to marcel breuer, a leading figure in twentieth-century design and architecture, as well as exhibits on ancient jerusalem and french impressionist Édouard manet. throughout the year, visitors can check out the rotating exhibits from current risd students. $10. 20 north main street, (401) 454-6500, www.risdmuseum.org
eat and drink
a good lunch spot near the museum is 3 steeple street. it offers soups (try the clam chowder), specialty sandwiches and salads, and microbrews, including old speckled hen. (401) 272-3620, www.3steeplestreet.com
munch on hearty tuscan dishes like potato-and- ricotta gnocchi and veal scaloppine at siena in newly hip federal hill, providence’s little italy. (401) 521-3311, www.sienaprovidence.com
a great spot to catch waterfire, a display of a series of bonfires on the city’s three rivers that runs through october, is café nuovo, which has a bustling outdoor terrace and fusion cuisine. (401) 421-2525, www.cafenuovo.com