Upcoming Events for March 9th to March 15th

This week brings performances of Oliver!, the RI Food Fights Cupcake Championship, a peformance of Bounless Plotnikov at Festival Ballet Providence, a presentation by Mary Lancaster on the Jumel Northup Collection, and, as always, the Pawtucket Winter Farmers Market. If you have any events to add, be sure to drop us a line!

 

Sunday, March 9th

RI Food Fights: The Great Cupcake Championship, 1pm

Come to this event and sample some of the best cupcakes in the state! Wash all of the delicious cupcakes down with delicious, local soda from Yacht Club Soda, as well as fresh milk and coffee! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this fun and tasty event.

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 2pm/7:30pm

Kick up your heels and high step along with Trinity Rep’s gritty take on Lionel Bart’s musical, Oliver!, based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. The show brims with familiar songs such as “Food, Glorious Food,” Consider Yourself,” and “I’d Do Anything.”

Tuesday, March 11th

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 7:30pm

Wednesday, March 12th

Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market, 4pm

Thursday, March 13th

Food, Fortune, and Freedom: The Jumel Northup Collection, 7pm

The Rhode Island Historical Society is hosting this event with special guest speaker, Mary Lancaster. While the recent Oscar winning film for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave, suggests that that Anne Northup faced hardship in the absence of her husband, her skills as a cook and her connections with Madame Eliza Jumel enabled her to make a living and support her  children.

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 7:30pm

Friday, March 14th

Salon Series: Jane’s Walk, 5pm

Providence organizer Nate Storring, Brown University Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and American Studies Samuel Zipp, along with others, will discuss Jane’s Walk, a nationwide celebration of the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s walk celebrates people getting to know their own neighborhoods through free walking tours lead by locals.

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 7:30pm

Boundless Plotnikov at Festival Ballet Providence, 8pm

Viktor Plotnikov’s choreography is both artistic and scientific, designed to break the boundaries of human emotion and anatomy. In a single evening, Boundless Plotnikov captures the range of Plotnikov’s creativity. In addition to an encore of last season’s hit premiere, ORCHIS, the program features the RI premiere of SURRENDER, as well as a brand new work.

Saturday, March 15th

Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market, 9am

Boundless Plotnikov at Festival Ballet Providence, 7:30pm

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 7:30pm

 

Photo Credit: J&C Photo Samples on Flickr

Rhody Ramble

Rhody Ramble: Family Adventures in Rhode Island!

rhody ramble

The Rhody Ramble is a passport to history to help kids and families explore Rhode Island’s unique historic places with programming created especially for them! From waterfront mansions to working farms, the Rhody Ramble offers many different ways for visitors to experience early life in Rhode Island. A full calendar of events includes outdoor festivals, music concerts, scavenger hunts and hands-on activities. Created as a guide both for local families and visitors, the Rhody Ramble helps kids to connect with Rhode Island’s history and discover its hidden treasures.

The Rhody Ramble includes 18 member organizations of the Historic Sites Coalition of Rhode Island (HSCRI), a network of historic places open to the public. Founded in 2007, the HSCRI brings together stewards of historic sites to share resources, exchange ideas and promote Rhode Island’s unique places. The HSCRI is a program of Preserve Rhode Island, a statewide preservation advocacy organization.

Rhody Ramble’s Featured Events

museum of work and cultureMuseum of Work and Culture
42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Every Day until 12/31/2014
Weekdays: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (closed Monday)
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sundays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Museum of Work & Culture, a Division of the Rhode Island Historical Society, tells the stories of the men, women, and children who came to the Blackstone River Valley to find work in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The exhibits focus on the farm-to-factory experience of French-Canadians who came to Woonsocket to tell the larger story of American immigration. A special exhibit, The Ghost Army, tells the story of American G.I.s who duped Hitler’s army with rubber tanks, sound effects and illusion during WWII.

Admission: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors/Students, Free for Children under 10. There is a $1 discount off adult admission for AAA members. Free Parking. Questions? Call 401-769-WORK (9675) or 401-331-8575.

Tour the Old Jailwashington county jail
2636 Kingstown Road , Kingstown RI 02881
Every Day until 12/31/2014
Open Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 1-4 pm

Visit the Old Washington County Jail in Kingston, RI and tour period jail cells re-constructed in 1858 to replace the site’s first jail of 1792. Learn about the crimes and punishments of some of the area’s notorious characters! The museum also offers exhibits on RI plantation history, Washington County during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and regional exhibits of early schools, toys, and textiles of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Recommended for children 8-12.

Suggested donation: $5 Adults, $3 Children. Questions? Call 401-783-1328.

 

museum of natural history and planetariumMuseum of Natural History and Planetarium
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI 02907
Every Day until 12/31/2014  10:00 AM -4:00 PM

The Museum of Natural History is Rhode Island’s only natural history museum and is home to the state’s only public planetarium. The natural history collections include fossils, mollusks, minerals, rocks, mounted flora and fauna. The cultural collections contains over 25,000 archaeological and ethnographic specimens primarily of African, Native American and Pacific origin. Last admission to the museum is at 3:30 pm.

Museum Admission: $2 (Free for children under 4 years old.) First Saturday of the Month is FREE for Providence Residents with proof of residency. Questions? Call 401-785-9457 Ext. 221

Planetarium & Museum Admission: $3 (No one under age 4 is permitted in the planetarium.) Shows on weekends at 2:00 pm.

breakers family tourThe Breakers Family Tour
44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport RI 02840
Every Day until 12/1/2014  10:00 AM -5:00 PM

The family tour allows youngsters and parents to imagine themselves personally witnessing the history made in this great Gilded Age chateau. As the house shares its secrets, you hear from family members and staff, as well as fanciful creatures like the friendly dolphin hiding under the grand staircase, the lions of the Music Room and the dragons in the Dining Room. Experience a summer day in the life of one of the Vanderbilt children. Learn about the masters of the kitchen – Monsieur Le Chef and his colleague, The Butler. Take an imaginary slide down the grand stairs on a silver serving tray. Learn all the “rules” the children had to live by at The Breakers. The tour is designed for children aged 6-11, but is fun for the whole family!

Admission: Adult: $19.50, Youth: $5.50 (ages 6-17), Free for children under 6. 

ladd observatoryTelescope Observing Night
210 Doyle Avenue, Providence RI 02906
Every Tuesday until 3/31/2014  7:00 PM -9:00 PM

View the moon, stars and planets through the antique telescope at Brown University’s historic observatory. Ladd Observatory opened in 1891 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit and learn about the past, present and future of astronomy. Open every Tuesday after twilight.

Admission: FREE! Questions? Call 401-863-2323.


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Upcoming Events for March 2nd to March 8th

It’s a new month and we have lots of events coming up! The Providence French Film Festival ends Sunday, and we have a Diorama contest, an off-Broadway show, a performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Urban Agriculture Kickoff! If you have anything to add, be sure to drop us a line.

 

Sunday, March 2nd

Providence French Film Festival: Blue Is the Warmest Color, 2:15pm

Providence French Film Festival: Ayiti Toma, 6:30pm

 

Tuesday, March 4th

Mottos, Messages, and Gem Lore in Victorian Jewelry, 7:00pm

Historic New England Associate Curator, Laura Johnson will reveal messages, both hidden and overt, in Victorian gems and gem lore. Before and after the lecture, you will be able to view antique jewelry pieces from Providence’s Reliable Gold.

Providence Community Library’s Dear Diorama Contest, 7:00pm

Dear Diorama is an art contest for book lovers, that takes place at Rochambeau Library after hours. Dioramas will be critiqued and judged by a panel of art critics and book lovers, and light refreshments will be served.
The diorama scenes will be on display to the public at Craftland following the contest.

Wednesday, March 5th

Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market, 4:00pm

The Ten Tenors: On Broadway at The Vets RI, 7:30pm

The producers of The TEN Tenors have put together a special, limited time show for Broadway fans. Audiences can expect to see a collection of Broadway’s greatest hits, sung by ten Australian tenors.

Friday, March 7th

Brown University Alumni Exhibitions: Part 1, 3:00pm

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art are hosting two Alumni exhibitions as a part of the celebration of Brown University’s 250th Anniversary. The work of Dawn Clements ’86, Paul Ramirez Jonas ’87, and Kerry Tribe ’97 will be on display. Opening day will feature talks by each artist, as well as a discussion moderated by Wendy Edwards, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts.

Chaise Three Receptions, 6:00pm

Chaise Three is an exhibition of interdisciplinary arts that are not normally seen together in the same context. In response to the changing landscape of art-related media production and distribution, a group of students banded together to create a multimedia publication called CHAISE, ten years ago.

Saturday, March 8th

Pawtucket Farmers Market, 9:00am

Urban Agriculture Kickoff, 1:00pm

Southside Community Land Trust will host the Urban Agriculture Kick of at the Roger Williams Botanical Garden. Come celebrate the start of the new growing season with workshops about Healthy Soil Testing, Seed Saving, Beginner Organic Growing, and Fruit Tree planting.

FirstWorks Presents: Mark Morris Dance Group, 8:00pm

The Mark Morris Dance Group will join up with FirstWorks to present an exhilarating evening of music and dance. Mark Morris is a master choreographer of endless invention, still brilliantly sculpting his legacy.

Photo Credit: Providence Skyline, via Flickr user 2009USCM

Upcoming Events for February 23rd to March 1st

There are many great events to attend this week; the Providence French Film Festival continues, and we have a Ludovico Ensemble concert, screenings and discussions of several movies, a Giambattista Bodoni exhibit, a performance by The Providence Singers, and as always, the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market. We hope you enjoy this selection of events, and if you have any special events to recommend, be sure to drop us a line.

 

Sunday, February 23rd

Providence French Film Festival: Asphalt Playground 12:00pm

Providence French Film Festival: The Last of the Unjust 2:15pm

Providence French Film Festival: Guilty 6:30pm

Providence French Film Festival: Bowling 9:00pm

 

Monday, February 24th

Providence French Film Festival: Populaire 6:30pm

Ludovico Ensemble Concert 8:00pm

Brown University’s Department of Music will present the Ludovico Ensemble Monday night at 8pm. The Ludovico Ensemble was founded in 2002 by Nicholas Tolle and promotes the music the European and American avant-garde movements. The ensemble will premiere two French works that feature the cimbalom: Mark Andre’s “AB I” and Yan Maresz’s “Sul Segno.” This program was made possible through the generous support of The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music.

Providence French Film Festival: Far from Vietnam 9:00pm

 

Tuesday, February 25th

The Loving Story: Screening and Discussion 6:30pm

“The Loving Story” is the last in a four-part series offered by the Center for Slavery and Justice at Brown. The film series is meant to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington. After a screening of the film, a discussion will be moderated by Africana Studies professor, Francois Hamlin.

 

Wednesday, February 26th

Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market 4:00pm

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round!

 

Thursday, February 27th

Opening Lecture: Giambattista Bodoni Exhibit 6:00pm

The Providence Public Library will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of Giambattista Bodoni, one of history’s most important typographers and printers with an exhibition and opening lecture by the eminent typographer, Matthew Carter. The exhibition will be on display through mid-April.

“A Place at the Table”: Screening and Discussion 6:00pm

The Garden Grille, Wildflour Bakery, and the Grance present a community screening and discussion of “A Place at the Table,” a film documenting the issue of hunger in the United States, and offering solutions toward ending the hunger struggle of 50 million Americans each year.

 

Saturday, March 1st

Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market 9:00am

Providence French Film Festival: Laurence Anyways 2:15pm

The Providence Singers Perform Haydn and Mozart 8:00pm

The Providence Singers present Christine Noel, directing three substantive pieces of the classical era by Joseph Haydn & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by a chamber orchestra and soloists. Joining the Providence Singers are soloists soprano Teresa Wakim, mezzo-soprano Emily Marvosh, tenor Greg Zavracky, & baritone Nicholas R. Laroche.

(Photo via: Seaside Stitches, Tina Craig, 2013 )

Upcoming events for the week of February 16th – 22nd

This week we have a play written by Olneyville fifth-graders, movie showings for the Providence French Film Festival, an awards party for the Providence Children’s Film Festival, and as always, the Pawtucket Wintertime Market. We hope you enjoy these events, and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

This week we have a play written by Olneyville fifth-graders, movie showings for the Providence French Film Festival, an awards party for the Providence Children’s Film Festival, and as always, the Pawtucket Wintertime Market. We hope you enjoy these events, and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Sunday, February 16th

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play”

See the last performance of “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play” at 3pm. Written by fifth-graders from the Olneyville neighborhood, this play is about how kindness can turn bullying situations around. The performance is located in the Media & Arts Center at the Met School at 325 Public Street in Providence. Tickets are Pay What You Can, but reservations are encouraged. Call the box office to RSVP: 401-331-7007. Programs are free for Olneyville kids. Donations are appreciated.

Wednesday, February 19th

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 20th

Providence French Film Festival: Young and Beautiful 6:30 PM

Providence French Film Festival: The Meteor 9:00 PM

Friday, February 21st

Providence French Film Festival: Queen of Montreuil 4:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Rebellion 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 22nd

Awards Party: Providence Children’s Film Festival

Head over to the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium and enjoy a screening of Once in a Lullaby at 3:30pm, followed by a party at 5:30pm announcing the award winners of this year’s festival. Tickets are $10 for children and students and $15 for adults.

Providence French Film Festival: Aya of Yop City 12:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Haute Cuisine 2:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Far from Anywhere 4:00 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Cycling with Moliere 6:30 PM

Providence French Film Festival: Calm at Sea 9:00 PM

(Photo via: Flickr: Taco Inc., Marianne Lee, 2010)

Providence French Film Festival

Brown University’s French Department Presents: Providence French Film Festival 2014

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This year’s Providence French Film Festival will consist of a variety of films screened at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. Comedies, dramas, documentaries and more will be shown to those who wish to appreciate the French language in this medium.

Tickets and passes can be purchased at the Cable Car Cinema in advance or on the day of the screening beginning at 9am.  Online ticketing is available at www.cablecarcinema.com for general admission tickets only (no passes/full price only). Pass holders must obtain a ticket for each screening at the Cable Car (limit 2 tickets per screening).

Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street
Providence, RI
401.272.3970

$9 general admission
$7 student admission
$55 for 8 general admissions
$20 for 4 student admissions

Film Date Time
Young and Beautiful FEB 20 6:00 pm
The Meteor FEB 20 9:00 pm
Queen of Montreuil FEB 21 4:00 pm
Rebellion FEB 21 9:00 pm
Aya of Yop City FEB 22 12:00 pm
Haute Cuisine FEB 22 2:00 pm
Far from Anywhere FEB 22 4:00 pm
Cycling with Moliere FEB 22 6:30 pm
Calm at Sea FEB 22 9:00 pm
Asphalt Playground FEB 23 12:00 pm
The Last of the Unjust FEB 23 2:15 pm
Guilty FEB 23 6:00 pm
Bowling FEB 23 9:00 pm
Populaire FEB 24 6:30 pm
Far from Vietnam FEB 24 9:00 pm
Laurence Anyways MAR 1 2:15 pm
Blue is the Warmest Color MAR 2 2:15 pm
Ayiti Toma MAR 2 6:30 pm

 

Upcoming events for the week of February 9th – 15th

This week you can look forward to the Providence Children’s Film Festival’s opening night, a unique show by the Martha Redbone Roots Project, a spoken word performance, an inspiring play written by fifth-graders, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market.

This week you can look forward to the Providence Children’s Film Festival’s opening night,  a unique show by the Martha Redbone Roots Project, a spoken word performance, an inspiring play written by fifth-graders, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market. We hope you enjoy these events, and if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Wednesday, February 12th

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 13th

Opening Night: Providence Children’s Film Festival

Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival! Help us kick off this year’s festival with food and festivities followed by a screening of The Zigzag Kid at the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium. The party begins at 6pm followed by screening of The Zigzag Kid at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for children and students and $15 for adults.

Martha Redbone Roots Project at Aurora

Hailed as “Americana’s next superstar”, Martha Redbone soulfully fuses her Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American heritage in a vibrant gumbo of funk and R&B. With her latest album, Garden of Love—Songs of William Blake, Redbone plunges her hands into both the fertile soil of timeless Appalachian roots music and the mystical and romantic poetry of the seminal, late-18th century British bard. The result, produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen, is brilliant and startlingly fresh. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Andrea Gibson Spoken Word

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. See her perform live at Providence’s Columbus Theatre at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show.

Friday, February 14th

The Manton Avenue Project Presents “Be My Ally: The Upstander Play”

Nine young playwrights from the Olneyville neighborhood, each in the 5th grade, have collaboratively written a full-length play around the theme of acts of kindness, and turning bystanders into upstanders in bullying situations. Presented by the Manton Avenue Project, performances will take place at 7pm on Friday, and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Media and Arts Center at the Met School at 325 Public St. in Providence. Tickets are Pay What You Can, but reservations are encouraged.  As always, our programs are free to Olneyville kids. Donations are appreciated.

(Photo via: Pete DeSimas Photography)

Upcoming events for the week of February 2nd – 8th

We’ve got a poetry reading, classical music, funk music, a great photographic story-telling exhibition about life in Olneyville, an experimental lighting installation in the Grace Cemetery on Broad Street, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market.

We’ve got a poetry reading, classical music, funk music, a great photographic story-telling exhibition about life in Olneyville, an experimental lighting installation in the Grace Cemetery on Broad Street, and of course the Pawtucket wintertime farmers market. We hope you enjoy them and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Sunday, February 2nd

Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading

Stop by the Metcalf Auditorium and the RISD Museum’s Chace Center at 1:0pm to hear the poems of Langston Hughes read aloud by members of the community and leaders of diverse backgrounds, including educators, corporate executives, writers, musicians and artists, accompanied by the Daniel Ian Smith Jazz Trio. A reception will be held after the reading.

Wednesday, February 5th

Community In Focus: Photographs & Stories Of Olneyville

An oral history and photo exhibit showcasing the diverse culture and history of the Olneyville community. Undertaken as part of Olneyville Housing Corporation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, the exhibit celebrates life in Olneyville by pairing 25 striking portraits of Olneyville residents with the residents’ own real-life stories of the neighborhood. The opening reception is at the gallery in the City Hall beginning at 4:00pm. The show runs through March 24th.

Wolfgang Holzmair at the Granoff Center for the Arts

Quite possibly the leading Lied baritone of his generation, Austrian Wolfgang Holzmair is an artist of rare communicative gifts. Performing Franz Schubert’s posthumous collection of songs Schwanengesang (“Swan Song”), Holzmair will be joined by his long-time recital partner Russell Ryan.

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

Local food in every season. The chickens are still laying eggs. The salad greens are so leafy and crisp. The onions and garlic are packing spice. The apples and squashes are getting sweeter by the day. Join us for the start of another 365 days of local food. Chefs and eaters, one and all, come enjoy all that grows in Rhode Island year-round! The farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays starting at 4:00pm and also on Saturdays beginning at 9:00am.

Thursday, February 6th

SouthLight Community Lighting Event

SouthLight is a lighting installation project by students at the Rhode Island School of Design in collaboration with Social Light Movement. Social Light Movement, a philanthropic organization, was founded to improve lighting for people – particularly those who are unlikely to have access to good quality illumination within their environment. Event opens at 6pm at Grace Church Cemetery on the corner of Broad Street & Elmwood Avenue in Trinity Square. Bring your friends and family for a night of lights, music, and complimentary refreshments! The lighting will continue on Friday, February 7th at 6:00pm.

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires

Most artists appreciate their audiences, just as many are grateful for them, but few artists love their fans as much and as sincerely as Charles Bradley. “I want them to know how much they have helped me grow,” notes Bradley when discussing Victim of Love, the follow up to his widely praised debut album No Time For Dreaming. The “Screaming Eagle Of Soul” is set to release the 11-track set April 2 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.

Saturday, February 8th

WaterFire: From Art Installation to Global Phenomenon

The Cora Lee Gibbs Honorary Lecture at the Newport Art Museum by WaterFire creator Barnaby Evans.

This lecture will provide guests with an overview of the history of WaterFire in Providence and an exciting look into the future of WaterFire projects around the world.

WaterFire, the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans has been praised as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance, and a demonstration of the power of art to unite a community. WaterFire has been discussed in hundreds of articles and included in symposia around the world. Evans has created installations of WaterFire in Singapore and Houston, and is currently exploring art installations for a number of other cities.

Upcoming events for the week of January 12th – 18th

Welcome to a new year. This will be the first of our new series of weekly recommendations of arts, culture and foodie events happening around town.

Welcome to a new year. This will be the first of our new series of weekly recommendations of arts, culture and foodie events happening around town. We hope you enjoy them and of course if you have any recommendations of your own make sure to drop us a line.

Sunday, January 12th

Chopin Club at the Mary K. Hail Music Mansion

If you are in the mood for a little classical entertainment then we know you will love this performance by pianists Ann Sears and Linda Papatopoli, contralto Susan Allen, violist Paulinka de Rochemont, and violinist Sebastian Ruth perform works of Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and J.S. Bach.  This free concert is open to the public.

Wednesday, January 15th

The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market at the Hope Artiste Village

Looking for savory delights and fresh produce? Look no further. The Wintertime Farmers Market has fresh veggies, cheese, eggs and whole lot more brought to you from a variety local farms. The market is open weekly on Wednesdays from 4 – 7pm and Saturdays from 9 – 11am.

Friday, January 17th

Opening reception for the Group Show at the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School

Including two and three dimensional works by seven local artists this show at The Wheeler School on Providence’s East Side is an excellent opportunity see some of the area’s local artist talent. Artists included in the gallery show are: Hannah Antalek, Harrison Bucy, Jenn Houle, Anne Rogers, Margaret Rogers and Jodi Stevens. The show runs through January 30th, 2014.

Emotional Release by Rubens Fogacci at Just Art Gallery in The Plant

Head on over to the West Side of Providence to see new paintings by Italian artist Rubens Fogacci, presented for the first time in the United States by Just Art Gallery in The Plant buildings on Valley Street from 5 – 8pm. Fogacci’s subjects range from human figures to surrealist portraits of historically famous people as well as mythological figures such as, the famous Neptune or Giuseppe Garibaldi. In most recent years, his figures favor everyday scenes as well as, still life environments while maintaing the infamous characteristics of his creations; that of the strongly marked lines, bright and lively colors.

Saturday, January 18th

Beethoven’s Second Performed by the RI Philharmonic Orchestra

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Larry Rachleff conducting, presents an evening of stunning nineteenth and twentieth century music. Performances will include, Beethoven’s Second Symphony; Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand featuring the Philharmonic debut of Jean-Phillip Collard; and the Orchestra will perform Hindemith’s Mathis Der Maler.

‘Mericans Tribute to Providence Record Release Show

Local rockers, The ‘Mericans, will be celebrating the release of their new album A Tribute to Providence in true rock-star style be performing all 20 songs live at the Parlour in Providence. The ‘Mericans are an Experimental Americana Roots Rock band from Rhode Island led by former Purple Ivy Shadows singer/guitarist Chris Daltry who has been called a “visionary founding father of the rootsy rockers” by the Providence Phoenix.

As always be sure to check out our event calendar for details about all of these events and more.

WaterFire’s Recommendations for December 12th-14th

WaterFire and the Providence Rescue Mission to bring you a very special Christmas WaterFire. Thanks to an anonymous donor as a gift to the City, the 41 braziers in Waterplace Park Basin to Steeple Street will burn brightly, turning downtown into a winter wonderland on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th.

WaterFire has worked with Providence Rescue Mission to bring you a very special Christmas WaterFire, now in its third year. Thanks to an anonymous donor as a gift to the City, the 41 braziers in Waterplace Park Basin to Steeple Street will burn brightly, turning downtown into a winter wonderland for both Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th.  With the holiday spirit of inspiring people and bringing people together, as well as to showcase the incredible work of Providence Rescue Mission, we have planned a memorable event including a festival of trees along the Basin at WaterPlace park, a Holiday Arts Festival Plaza held inside the tunnel at Waterplace/Union Plaza, special musical highlights throughout the night, and more. We hope you will join us on one or both nights!

 

Thursday, December 12

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland at Slater Park

Held in Slater Park, this annual festival of lights also includes fun events for the family.

Trinity Rep presents: Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike

Check out the New England premiere of the newest play from the outrageous comic mind of Christopher Durang. 

 

Highlights of the Holidays Tours

Located in Bristol, Blithewold mansion is a beautiful historic mansion that offers experienced tour guides to explore not only the history of the house and the family throughout the year. Decked out in holiday garb, the tour includes insight in how family stories interweave with the decorations and ornaments and ribbons and greenery.

Friday, December 13

31st Annual Foundry Artists Association Holiday Show and Sale

This annual showcase brings together over 65 local and region artists to offer unique, hand crafted wares that offers something for everyone on your holiday gift list.

 

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

Visit Providence Performing Arts Center for a special night of holiday-inspired classics featuring the Boston Pops.

 

WaterFire Christmas 

Begin your weekend with us at WaterFire! Festivities begin at the close of the workday at 5pm.  Throughout the night enjoy the festival of trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses to benefit Providence Rescue Mission, enjoy the handmade wares from local artists at the Arts Festival Plaza, and enjoy holiday music from many local caroling ensembles and choral groups. This annual event, now extended for two nights, will be a fun for the whole family event that we hope will become an annual tradition for everyone.

Saturday, December 14

Home For The Holidays

Visit the John Brown House Museum on historic Benefit Street in Providence, to explore what kind of Christmas merriment (or lack thereof) John Brown and his immediate family would have witnessed in Providence during their lifetime.

 

Federal Hill Christmas Stroll

Peruse Atwell’s Avenue on Federal Hill for an early evening featuring carolers, holiday treats, and family friendly events to celebrate the holiday’s.

 

WaterFire Christmas 

Lighting begins at 5pm though you can come down early to walk around Providence and to visit the Arts Festival Plaza in WaterPlace/Union Plaza Tunnel which will open at 3pm. Throughout the night enjoy the festival of trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses to benefit Providence Rescue Mission, enjoy the handmade wares from local artists at the Arts Festival Plaza, and enjoy holiday music from many local caroling ensembles and choral groups.   

 

Sunday, December 14

The Providence Flea

The Flea, featuring vintage vendors of all sorts, goes indoors to Hope High School.

 

Festival Fete’s Holiday Market Held at Rhode’s on the Pawtuxet, this holiday market includes more than 150 contemporary American art and craft artisans.

 

We hope that you enjoy your time in Providence,  the Creative Capitol, by touring the many museums,  local stores and culinary delights. Head over to our main page to get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.

WaterFire’s recommendations for November 7th through November 10th

Thank you to Alex and Ani & the RI Broadcasters Association for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (4:31PM) and remain lit until midnight.

This weekend we salute our Veteran’s at a very special WaterFire as well as host a national conference to discuss the ways in which the arts contribute to the transformation of a city–something WaterFire holds as a core mission. We hope that you enjoy your time in Providence,  the Creative Capitol, by touring the many museums, historic walking tours (or how about a ghost tour), local stores, and culinary delights. Head over to our main page to get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.

Thursday, November 7

The Art of Placemaking Conference

Presented by WaterFire Providence, placemakers, artists, urban planners, community developers and researchers are invited to attend this two-day conference to discuss the impacts of using art to build and transform community. Leading practitioners in the field are participating in what is sure to be an informative and thought-provoking exploration into creative placemaking.

Friday, November 8

Kronos Quartet World Premier

Featuring the work of composer Kareem Roustom, FirstWorks and Community MusicWorks join in a bold collaboration to commission a new work for one of the most innovative ensembles in the world today. This event will likely sell out so be sure to purchase your tickets today!

Festival Ballet Providence Presents: Up Close On Hope

Providence is lucky to have such a spectacular professional dance company and Up Close on Hope presents the perfect opportunity to experience the full range of the dance company in an intimate setting. Offering a program that will appeal to contemporary and classical dance patrons, Up Close on Hope presents something for everyone.

Weekly Salon at Providence Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center located on historic Benefit Street that was founded as “The Athenaeum” in 1836. It is an independent, member-su pported library open to the public  that welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation such as their weekly salons on Friday evenings. This weeks salon, which is free and open to the public, features Brown University Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies Laurel Bestock on “The Lure of the Exotic: Egyptomania in the wake of the Napoleonic expedition.” Ever a fascinating discussion at the Athenaeum Salons, check out this event.  

Saturday, November 9

WaterFire Full Lighting

In a very special Salute to Veteran’s and we have a lot planned to celebrate the service of so many men and women. With an early sunset we have events starting as early as 3pm. Stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more.  Inca Sonthe internationally acclaimed, award winning music and dance group, will be performing at Union Plaza, performing enchanting melodies on their Andean pan-flutes. Be mesmerized The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions at the World War Memorial in Memorial Park.  Share a dedication with the world in honor or remembrance of a loved one and light a Luminaria Candle Lantern.   This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsor:  Alex and Ani & RI Broadcasters Association

Hop on/Hop Off Shuttle helps you get around Providence easier!

No need to worry about finding a parking spot on a busy night! The folks over at Experience RI  have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 4:00pm to 12:00am every Saturday night.  Tickets will entitle you to unlimited hop on/hop off service all night long from 5pm – 1am at locations throughout the city. This is a great way to get around Providence and experience all that our charming city has to offer plus a portion of the proceeds benefit WaterFire.

Sunday, November 10

The Providence Singers season premier

Check out The Providence Singers, Rhode Island’s renowned choral organization, in their season kickoff presentation of Benjamin Britten’s most beloved choral works. This 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series and frequently makes guest appearances throughout the region. This will be a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

CRAFTOPIA Holiday Show

It’s that time of the year and for those who like to get an early(ish) start on the shopping madness here is an opportunity to direct your hard earned dollars to support local and regional artists with handmade goods and crafts.

Other Events Around Town:

WaterFire’s recommendations for October 10th through October 13th

Thank you to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (6:10PM) and will remain lit until midnight.

This weekends WaterFire is sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Our annual Flames of Hope event draws thousands of people and we welcome you to Providence. Whether it’s your first time visiting the Creative Capitol or you’re returning for this inspiring event, we hope that you will get out and explore all that Providence and our surrounding communities have to offer!

Thursday, October 10

RISD Museum’s Making it in America opening exhibition celebration

Be among the first to view Making It in America, an exciting exhibition of works from the RISD Museum’s collection of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. Free, all welcome.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular 

One of our favorite annual events at Roger Williams Park Zoo, check out  Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, a fundraiser which supports the zoo’s environmental education programs, conservation efforts, & zoo improvements. 5,000 pumpkins on display.

Friday, October 11

Benefit Street: Walk a Mile of History It’s the perfect time of year for an afternoon stroll down Benefit Street to admire the rich history of colonial Providence. The East Side of Providence, particularly Benefit Street, is renowned for its quintessential New England historic architecture.  Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for a Fall walk down Benefit Street and discover the past that makes this community so vibrant in the present. Created “for the benefit of all,” this colonial thoroughfare boasts one of the most extensive collections of 18th and 19th century urban architecture in the country.   Weekly Salon at Providence Athenaeum The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center located on historic Benefit Street that was founded as “The Athenaeum” in 1836. It is an independent, member-supported library open to the public  that welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation such as their weekly salons on Friday evenings. This weeks salon, which is free and open to the public, features RISD Assistant Professor of History of Art + Visual Culture Daniel Harkett on “Learning to Talk in Nineteenth-Century French Salons,” part 1 of “The Cosmology of Conversation,” a series on the history of the salon.  

Saturday, October 12

Click on the calendar for even more options. Be sure to check out our Dining out in Providence page for a list of suggested restaurants to visit throughout the day!

RISD Alumni Art Sale

Head over to historic Benefit Street to check out the RISD Alumni Art Sales where a length of the street will be lined with artists showcasing and selling their wares along with food trucks and various entertainers.

WaterFire Full Lighting

There’s so much to do at WaterFire! Stop by the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza on Washington Street where you can view and purchase locally made glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing and more.  Inca Sonthe internationally acclaimed, award winning music and dance group, will be performing at Union Plaza, performing enchanting melodies on their Andean pan-flutes. Be mesmerized The Gargoyles and the Oracles from Ten31 Productions at the World War Memorial in Memorial Park.  Share a dedication with the world in honor or remembrance of a loved one and light a Luminaria Candle Lantern.  

This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsor:  Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation: Flames of Hope

Hop on/Hop Off Shuttle helps you get around Providence easier! No need to worry about finding a parking spot on a busy night! The folks over at Experience RI  have introduced a “hop on, hop off” shuttle that travels throughout Providence from 5pm to 1am every Saturday night.  Tickets will entitle you to unlimited hop on/hop off service all night long from 5pm – 1am at locations throughout the city. This is a great way to get around Providence and experience all that our charming city has to offer plus a portion of the proceeds benefit WaterFire.

Sunday, October 13

Federal Hill’s Annual Columbus Day Festival Parade 

Starting on Saturday and extending through Monday, this annual event draws thousands of people to Atwells Avenue to enjoy delicious food and great entertainment. A parade is scheduled for Sunday at 11am!

Annual Scituate Art Festival Head out of Providence on Route 6 to the Northwest corner of the state to Scituate, a quintessential New England village.  Enjoy over 300 exhibitors, music, good food, and the picturesque surroundings of this lovely Rhode Island town.

Providence is packed with exciting things to do that will inspire you. Check out  the museums, historic walking tours (or how about a ghost tour), local stores, and culinary delights. This is also the best time of the year to enjoy the changing of the season and the explosion of colors as the leaves turn. Check out a list of state beaches, state parks, and bike paths for an exciting adventure. Below are a few of our recommendations for events and adventures that you can  explore this weekend. Other Events Around Town: