Our Recommendations for the Weekend of 11/4 to 11/6

Events going on in and around Providence this weekend.

WaterFire – Saturday, November 5th, 2016
A WaterFire “Salute to Veterans” lighting sponsored by Walmart, Bank of America, National Grid and Dominion Power and Energy.
Sunset is at 5:34 PM, and fires stay lit until 11 PM

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.

Family Fun

Spatial Thinkers – Saturday, November 5th, 2016 and Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Providence Children’s Museum, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Kids explore shapes and spaces in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s open-ended art and science exploration space. Experiment with tangram puzzles and blocks and morph two-dimensional designs into 3-D cubes.


SALON: Writing Nature – Friday, November 4th, 2016
The Providence Athenaeum, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

SALON: Akiko Busch discusses the way that essay form promotes a kind of collaborative thinking, accommodating both sciences and humanities.

Mining the works of groundbreaking naturalists for their ruminations on the relationship of science, literature, and human emotion, she looks for evidence of how the practice of citizen science, as it is practiced by naturalists today, generates a new manner of observation and documentation.

A Personal Journey– Friday, November 4th, 2016 to Saturday, November 5th, 2016
BankRI Pittman Street Gallery, 9:00 AM

Living in Barcelona, Spain, Fraenkel was inspired by the designs and mosaics of Antoni Gaudi. He had always been drawn to Persian and Ottoman miniatures and Islamic art and architecture.  Since his time in Turkey in the 1970s, the eastern visual arts traditions called to him and he responded. Fraenkel’s pen-and-ink drawings reflect his deep interest in design.  Flat planes of color are organized in shapes that suggest ellipses and triangles.  Connected by lyrical lines, they dance in precision across the paper. Other works are more painterly, richly colored with a clear influence of mosaics.  These pieces are small and jewel-like, evoking nature without ever referencing it directly.

Fall Open House– Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Herreshoff Marine Museum, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION! There will be events from 10am-3pm.
Bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the East Bay Food Pantry.
Visiting Food Trucks Include: Two Sisters LLC,  Friskie Fries, & Acacia Cafe


Ben Minus Zoe Minus Ben – Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 to Friday November 4th, 2016
The Arctic Playhouse, 8 PM

Daydream Theatre Company and The Arctic Playhouse are proud to present their fall show, “Ben Minus Zoe Minus Ben” a play written and directed by Lenny Schwartz. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance on the website.

Ben Minus Zoe Minus Ben is a science fiction story of sorts that involves a man named Ben, who has been having visions of a girl his entire life. However, she doesn’t seem to exist. He assumes he is crazy…until clues start to surface that she may indeed exist. As he starts to unravel, Ben follows the clues towards the girl he dreams about…his one true love.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I– Friday, November 4th, 2016 to Sunday November 6th, 2016
Providence Performing Arts Center, times vary

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Festival Ballet Providence– Friday, November 4th, 2016 to Saturday, November 12, 2016
Black Box Theatre, 8:00 PM

Festival Ballet Providence’s (FBP) acclaimed Black Box Theatre series Up Close on Hope will feature one of the most popular works by iconic choreographer George Balanchine, in addition to two vastly different works by resident choreographer Viktor Plotnikov. The program will also include a pair of works by former Boston Ballet principal dancer Yury Yanowsky and a new collaboration between company dancer Ty Parmenter and storyteller Valerie Tutson. This popular Black Box series gives audiences a perspective on dance unlike any other, providing an experience that is both intimate and breathtaking.


Nights at Frosty Drew Observatory – Friday, November 4th, 2016
Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory, 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM

The Observatory, Sky Theatre, and telescopes to the skies are open and offer free stargazing and astronomy to anybody interested in observing with us. There will be views of the beautiful night sky over Ninigret Park showcasing dazzling planets, bright stars, speckled star clusters, mesmerizing nebulae, and vast galaxies.

Artist Open Studio – Saturday, November 5th, 2016
41 Paine Road. Foster, RI, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Artist Open Studios welcomes you for a personal glimpse into the studios and lives of local artists in the Rhode Island towns of Foster, Glocester, and Scituate.

AOS, Artist Open Studios, is a unique experience where artist’s open their studios to the public. Each artist studio is a unique space that embraces the mind and heart of the artist. It is within this space that one learns much about the artist ~ how they create, where they draw their inspiration, and even why they create. Studios range from old renovated barns, to new rustic barns, to uniquely-designed studios within their homes. Learn first-hand about the techniques of wheel-thrown ceramics, glassblowing, sculpture, watercolor painting, jewelry design, oil painting and photography. See original artwork being created, observe demonstrations, ask questions directly to the artists, and even try your hand with the art materials. Artwork will also be available for purchase.

The 2016 BIG Walk – Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Carousel at Roger Williams Park, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State 5k walk/ fun-run. Free family activities including: Face painting, Coffee, Snacks, Pizza, Goodie Bags for kids, Crafts & More! The event is dog friendly! Registration begins at 9 a.m. For more information email: [email protected]


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