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When Hera Gallery chose “Dough” as the topic of its latest exhibition, its staff may not have expected to receive submissions from as far away as the Pacific Northwest.

But artists nationwide were drawn to the unique theme, so that’s exactly what happened.

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When the creative lens gets widened, sometimes new projects present themselves. A particular batch of new music might not fit with the sound of a musician’s established band, so they’ll go off on their own and record them on the side. That’s the story with South Kingstown native Rory Quinn and his debut solo album Quinnessential that he self-released on September 10. People from the local scene most likely know him from being the bassist for the Providence instrumental funk rock act Slurp. This new release is somewhat a departure from that sound while still maintaining a love for funk and all that it entails.

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Looking to the sky and thinking about the stars may never be the same after watching “Silent Sky” and the tale of female astronomers whose work was claimed by male colleagues in an era when men could get away with it.

This play depicting a true story, and now in production at the University of Rhode Island Theatre Department, offers insight about the many discoveries women astronomers made only to have the credit stolen, even at posh Harvard University.

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My backyard has an assortment of large and small holes scattered throughout the landscape, all excavated by animals of some sort, and I enjoy watching their occupants scamper from one hole to the next. Most are home to chipmunks, which can be seen during most of the year filling their cheeks with sunflower seeds spilled from the birdfeeders and dashing off to hide them under ground.