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The North Providence Breeze 12-12-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | DECEMBER 12-18, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 3 If you were an adolescent growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, you may have spent a great majority of your time in an arcade. Back in the day at the Lincoln Mall, the Dream Machine was the place to be on a Friday night if you lived in the Lincoln or Cumberland area. Over in Attleboro, Mass., where I grew up, it was Mr. G's in Plainville, Mass. Back then it wasn't about winning tickets that you would turn in to get some sort of toy or prize; it was all about bragging rights of having the highest score. I remember many a Friday or Saturday being dropped off with a roll of quarters in my pocket and I could waste away a whole afternoon attempt- ing to reach the next level on my favorite arcade games. This was before Atari game systems or Nintendo and decades before our kids would become obsessed with "Fortnite" on their PS4. My parents would relish the fact that there might be a Centipede or Ms. Pac-Man in the restaurant we were at so that they could enjoy a meal togeth- er while I disappeared into my world of aliens and bright graphics. Well, proving that life is cyclical, and that just about everything comes back around, so too are arcade games. Free Play Bar & Arcade, at 182 Pine St., in downtown Providence, is the remedy for those nostalgia urges. Opened by partners Jay Leone and Anthony Santurri in August 2017, Free Play is going to help you remember what it was like being 11 or 12 in 1980. Leone, an electrical engineer and lifelong game hobbyist, began col- lecting and repairing the units going back 10 years. After paying the minimal $5 cover charge during the week and $10 on Friday and Saturday nights, you walk in and realize you have been trans- ported back in time. It is dimly lit, with the exception of a few strobe and black lights but the ever-present glow from the back-lit nameplates of the video games is all you need. The first four games you will see are Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Galaga and Burger Time. Newcomers often walk in and spend at least 10 minutes just walking around familiarizing themselves with the abundance of classic games on the premises. There are some games here you likely have not seen since child- hood. There is also a full-service bar in this arcade. Personally, I try not to drink too much because that could jeopardize my high scoring. There is a game for everyone, be it sit-down racers such as Spy Hunter or Outrun, defend-your-base clas- sics such as Missile Command or Space Invaders, or shooters such as Terminator 2. My personal favorite, Tempest, is also here and I often attempt taking down "DKL," whoever he may be, currently holding spots one through three on the high scores. As you walk around, you'll spot Q-Bert, Tron, Dragons Lair and even Pole Position and Tapper. There are also about 20 pinball machines waiting to challenge you, and a few skeet ball units and air hockey tables. Perhaps one of the greatest incen- tives to come here is that you don't need a pocket full of quarters or a reloadable plastic game card, because every single game is free after you pay the admission fee. Lest you think that my genera- tion is the only one these antiquated machines appeal to, think again, because once a month, Free Play opens up its normally 21-plus doors to all ages, and typically has an impres- sive turnout. You'll see a lot of people in their 40s and 50s teaching their sons and daughters the ropes on these seemingly simple but still challeng- ing games. Leone and his team rotate where the games are periodically to keep it fresh. He also handles main- taining and restoring the games him- self as needed. Free Play is open six nights each week, 5 p.m.-1a.m. Visit for more information. Throwback arcade fun at Free Play By TOM BURKE Valley Breeze Movie Writer For Breeze writer TOM BURKE, left, there's not a much more fun thing to do on the weekend than hang out for a few hours at the Free Play Bar & Arcade in Providence. There is an arcade game for everyone and once a month Free Play opens its normal- ly 21-plus doors to all ages. Mixed Magic hosts holiday exploration Dec. 15 PAWTUCKET – Mixed Magic Theatre is hosting an exploration of the arts, art- ists, foods, gift shops, brew- ers, and distillers located at 560 Mineral Spring Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Where else in Rhode Island can you find a theater company, an art gallery, three dance companies, bakers, juice makers, pho- tographers, cap and T-shirt makers, jewelry, and a com- edy club? At the arts and business center on Mineral Spring," states a release. Located in the old Lorraine Mills complex, next to Colonial Mills and near Lorraine Fabrics, this event is free and open to the public with plenty of free parking. The day ends with caroling and a tree lighting at 2:30 p.m. at Mixed Magic. PAC's Mill Gallery will be open during the event, and visitors can also watch a drawing session where art- ists will create portraits of a model. PAC will also feature several members selling wares in the hallways around the gallery. Mixed Magic, which previously sustained water damage, is looking for the public's help as it seeks to reopen in January. The Woodman Family Community Performing Arts Center, 250 Lloyd Ave. in Providence, will host a fundraiser for the theater company on Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at 7 p.m. The evening will include a special concert performance of "The Songs from Celebrations: An African Odyssey," a musical by Mixed Magic's Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. Reserve $10 tickets at www.brownpa- . 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