This week you can join Rhode Island College to celebrate Asian-Pacific American culture, be inspired by marathon runner Dick Beardsley, visit a group art exhibition or author talk, attend a dance performance, a discussion on the importance of sleep, the final Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer’s Market and of course, the first WaterFire lighting! As always, if you have any events to suggest, feel free to drop us a line.
Tuesday, May 13th
Rhode Island College is hosting a Community Leadership Awards ceremony and Asian-Pacific American Dance Festival to celebrate May being National Asian-Pacific Heritage month. Sponsored by Laotian Community Center of RI, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Rhode Island College.
Wednesday, May 14th
The first WaterFire event of the 20th Anniversary year — come out to see a WaterFire basin lighting sponsored by Nitto Avecia. Enjoy a smaller version of the classic WaterFire event, but don’t worry, there will be no shortage of music and breathtaking views at this art installation.
Thursday, May 15th
Marathoning is rich with stirring and uplifting stories, starting when Pheidippides ran from the plains of Marathon to Sparta to ask for help against the Persians. No story is more inspiring than that of Dick Beardsley, who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest marathoners in the world, only to be brought down by a series of freak farming and auto accidents, with doctors predicting that he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Come to this event to learn all about Dick’s recovery — be inspired!
Nonspace: Group Exhibition, 5:00pm
Nonspace is a group exhibition of six artists based in Boston, Philadelphia, and Cleveland, bringing together the work of Julia Cseko, Joseph Leroux, Clark Mclean Graham, Jessica Pinsky, Nathan Wellman and Matthew King. Through the cross-pollination of materials, nonspace questions the institutionalized visual systems that characterize genres and traditions.
In his book, James W. Graham charts the progress of America’s signature 20th century family dynasty in a narrative that is both stunningly critical and deeply gripping. This true tale of one small sailboat is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the great story of the Kennedy’s. Hear from Graham himself, then get your copy of “Victura” signed!
Friday, May 16th
It was only in the 1950s that we made discoveries that deepened our understanding of what sleep is and why it’s important. Our modern 24/7 world is not conducive to proper sleep, yet we long for a good night’s sleep no less than our ancestors did. Karczmar considers the history of sleep, its representation in literature, and our current understanding of why no one gets enough of it. Sleep: The Final Frontier…and why Tomas Edison ruined it.
hode Island’s only youth dance company, JUMP! Dance Company serves as one of the region’s most committed advocates for youth arts education. The company aims to empower and engage young people through exposure to dance performances and dance instruction.
Saturday, May 17th
Come out for the final Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer’s Market to get your fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs!
Live music, local food & drink, and the area’s premier silent auction…the first annual South County Soiree will be a night to remember! All proceeds from the South County Soiree benefit the Village Cooperative Nursery School, a 501c3 non-profit preschool celebrating its 40th anniversary. As a fixture in the community for the past four decades, VCNS is excited to showcase what makes South County RI so special.
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