Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 9/16-9/18

Family Fun

Food Truck Friday – Friday, September 16th, 2016
Carousel Village at Roger Williams Park, 5 PM to 8 PM

People of all ages will delight in “Food Truck Friday” held at Carousel Park in Roger Williams Park! Local food trucks will be open for dinner while customers enjoy live music and other activities. Pony rides will be offered, in addition to Hasbro’s Boundless Playground and the park carousel being open for use. There will also be a beer garden for the adults to enjoy while they take in the beautiful scenery. There is no cost for entry, but pony/carousel rides and food/beverage will be an additional cost.

Body Worlds Vital – Friday, September 16th, 2016
Rhode Island Convention Center, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Body Worlds Vital celebrates the potential of the human body and the body in motion. Featuring authentic human bodies, the exhibition shows the body in health, distress, and disease. These detailed anatomical studies, compositions, and representations allow visitors a penetrating gaze at what lies beneath the skin. Fun for the whole family!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – Friday, September 16th, 2016
Providence Children’s Museum, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Bring your children to the Providence Children’s Museum this Friday to celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a statewide celebration of Latino art and culture. Enjoy interactive performances by Grupo Arcoiris of Rhode Island, featuring traditional music and dance from the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.

43rd Annual Harvest Fair – Saturday, September 17 to 18th, 2016
Coggeshall Farm Museum, 10 AM to 5 PM

Try your hand at more than a dozen 18th-century games, discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted items from our talented vendors, visit our heirloom sheep and cattle on a hayride through the pasture, and put your artistic skills to work at our craft tables.

Great family-friendly food will be provided by a variety of vendors, along with Coggeshall’s own jonnycakes!

Award-winning duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, perform traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance.  Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous harmonies and play an astonishing array of instruments including guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, limberjacks, and other surprises including a thrilling interpretation of freestyle Appalachian clog dancing.

A Portrait of the Child as a Young Artist – Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Providence Public Library– 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

The CityArts mission is based on the ideal that all children should have access to arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development, regardless of socio-economic background. This event helps support our free creative arts classes in art and design, digital media, music, dance and theatre for over 900 urban, at-risk elementary and middle school youth. These quality arts learning opportunities help youth gain the skills and experiences they need to become successful in school and in life.

Museums

“Grace and Gravity” Deborah Baronas – Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 25th, 2016
ArtProv Gallery– 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Deborah studied textile design and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. She often combines translucent overlays of textiles and glass with her drawings and paintings in order to animate the figures and abstract elements of water and air, inviting the viewer into the physical space. At the exhibit, Deborah will be displaying paintings, drawings and interactive fabric installations from two of her new collections featuring swimmers and dancers, which represent a departure from her previous studies of work and culture.

“Passenger with Horizon” Scott Lawrence – Saturday, September 17th to Saturday, October 15th, 2016
Grin Contemporary Gallery– 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

In Passenger with Horizon, Lawrence employs a diverse range of quotidian objects seemingly plucked from his daily routine—the train ride home, the corner of the office, the floor of a shopping mall. However, this is where the familiarity ends. Through careful attention and experimentation, Lawrence recasts these often mundane subjects as new forms – sometimes sadly awkward, sometimes positively elegant – and confuses their placement on the cultural spectrum of high to low. Objects are presented as low-stake disruptions and reverberate with an aimless, transient energy. But they also read as allegorical case studies, phantoms of metaphysical inquiry testing Positivism’s triple mantra of Description, Control and Prediction.

Concerts

Rhode Island Philharmonic– Friday, September 16th, 2016
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Larry Rachleff, conductor Garrick Ohlsson, piano SMETANA The Bartered Bride: Overture LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor) Tickets are available now, and range from $15 to $50.

Simon and Garfunkel Tribute-Maggie’s Guitar – Friday, September 16th, 2016
Courthouse Center for the Arts, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Maggie’s Guitar is a band from southeastern Connecticut that blends layered guitars with complex vocal harmony to play both original songs and covers of classics ranging from folk to rock. Recreating the rich harmonies and intricate melodies that became the soundtrack for a
generation, Maggie’s Guitar presents its tribute to the music of Simon and Garfunkel. A rare second set will feature originals from the band’s recently released CD “Crossing”. With special guests Last Call.

Tickets are available and are priced at $15.

Theatre

Plaza Suite– Friday, September 16th, 2016 to Sunday, October 9th, 2016
Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!”

Tickets are available now, and range from $20 to $59.95.

Beowulf– Friday, September 16th, 2016 to Sunday, October 9th, 2016
The Chace Theater

Based on one of the most famous pieces of literature of all time, Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is a raucous rock ‘n’ roll re-telling of the blood-soaked Old English poem. With music by Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), the swaggering hero Beowulf defends the great hall of Heorot against the monster Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a fire-breathing dragon…as a panel of academics overanalyzes his every move. With music The New York Times called “catchy and pop-infused with echoes of Tom Waits,” Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is the epic legend seen in a visceral, brutal, and tender new light.

Tickets are available now.

Miscellaneous

New England Prayer Fest– Friday & Saturday, September 16th- 17th, 2016
Providence Performing Arts Center, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 7:00PM

New England PrayerFest 2016 is a 2-day event where thousands of people and community leaders join together to prayer for our region and nation.  This is a multi-generational, multi-cultural, and multi-ethnic gathering as families pray and worship together. Mainline denominational and as well as non-denominational churches will be represented.

Our special guests this year include the Vertical Church Band from Chicago and Pastor / Rapper Trip Lee from Atlanta. This is a bilingual event, as both Spanish and English times of prayer will be offered throughout the day.

Day events are free to the public. There is a cost for the evening Worship Concerts.

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