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.

WaterFire’s recommendations for September 19-22nd

Thank you to (Up)Beat Cancer: Joe Andruzzi Foundation presented by East Commerce Solutions, Inc., RI Rally4Recovery, The U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University & National Grid for sponsoring this event! The fires will be lit shortly after sunset (6:46PM) and will remain lit until midnight.

Fall view from Prospect Park

This weekend marks the Fall Eqinox. As the leaves change and the days grow shorter and cooler, the beauty of New England is in full force. Be sure to enjoy the varied palette of colors along historic Benefit Street and take a walk over to Prospect Park for a birds-eye view of the entire downtown skyline. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a walking tour of Providence where you will discover the complex history of the city as well as enjoy the insights and historical perspective offered by your tour guide. As we light the braziers at each WaterFire, enjoy the crackle of the flames and the crisp feel of the night air as you join us to usher in the season of magic and wonder.

Thursday, September 19

Burnside Park Music Series

Due to popular demand, and the generous support of Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy sponsors, the Burnside Park Music Series has been extended September 19! This week we welcome Gurpo Sazon to the Burnside Park music stage, a dynamic Latin band that has been featured at WaterFire on two occasion. This is the final evening of the summer music series so get out and check it out. The beer garden is open at 4:30, music begins at 5:30. Free & family-friendly!

Gallery Night Providence

What better way to check out all of the various artists throughout Providence than to check out ‘Gallery Night Providence’! This is a free, fun-filled introduction to Providence’s exciting art scene that is held on the third Thursday of the month, from March through November.

Friday, September 20

PARK(ing) Day

This annual, worldwide event, encourages artists, designers and citizens to transform metered parking spots, or parking lots, into temporary public parks and works of art. With over 30 participating businesses and organizations participating throughout Providence, this will be a great excuse to get out and walk around town. Perhaps you will discover a new park, an outdoor library, cafe seating, a musical ensemble, an art show, a mini-farmers’ market, you name it. Let’s go PARK(ing)!

Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference

Taste Trekkers is the nation’s first food tourism conference and is taking place downtown Providence. This event is specifically designed for people who plan their vacations around food.  This is a great opportunity to experience insight from locally and regionally renown chefs and farmers, wine makers and beer brewers, food bloggers and travel writers, all with one goal: to show you how to explore the world through food. Conference begins on Friday and extends through the weekend.

Saturday, September 21

WaterFire Full Lighting

With events starting at 1:30pm, we have a lot in store for you this evening at WaterFire.  Check out  Rally 4 Recovery‘s annual festival at Roger Williams Memorial Park where you can hear great bands and enjoy other family friendly events.  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. Be sure to stop the College Street Bridge to check out the tent featuring FoodForward, an event brought to you by RallyRI and WaterFire to showcase some of Rhode Island’s food innovators where you can learn more and sample some great products.

This WaterFire lighting is made possible by our Sponsors: (Up)Beat Cancer: Joe Andruzzi Foundation presented by East Commerce Solutions, Inc. & RI Rally4Recovery & The U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University & National Grid 

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

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 6pm – 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.

Sunday, September 22

Final Summer Pops in the Park

The Philharmonic Pops Orchestra are performing at Slater Park in Pawtucket at 5:30pm, just a quick jaunt North of Providence. This is their final outside concert and should not be missed. Free and family friendly, Slater Park is a beautiful location for listening to an evening concert.

Other Events Around Town:

WaterFire Providence Presents Ignite Providence

Ignite Providence is an initiative of WaterFire Providence to curate and to feature an array of art, entertainment, and culinary exhibitions and events centered around the WaterFire season to provide an easy way for our guests and visitors to participate in and be inspired by Providence’s burgeoning cultural scene.

Ignite Providence is an initiative of WaterFire Providence to curate and to feature an array of art, entertainment, and culinary exhibitions and events centered around the WaterFire season to provide an easy way for our guests and visitors to participate in and be inspired by Providence’s burgeoning cultural scene. Continue reading “WaterFire Providence Presents Ignite Providence”