Recommendations for May 22nd Through May 25th

WaterFire Providence’s first full lighting of the 2014 season is finally here! The lighting ceremony for Saturday starts at sunset, 8:07 pm. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! The Creative Capitol is full of museums, galleries, live music, great food, and unique events.

WaterFire Providence’s first full lighting of the 2014 season is finally here! The lighting ceremony for Saturday starts at sunset, 8:07 pm. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! The Creative Capitol is full of museums, galleries, live music, great food, and unique events. Get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.

Thursday, May 22nd

Consuelo’s Revenge at The Parlour Consuelo’s Revenge, The Quahogs, Triple Threat, and Cousin Tommy will be performing at The Parlour in Providence at 8 pm. Consuelo’s Revenge is influenced by artists such as Tom Waits, Sam Cooks, Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, and Bruce Springstein and has a unique sound that is sure to capture the audience’s attention. This event is 21 + and there is a $7 cover charge at the door.

Friday, May 23rd

Journalist Alexander Stille: Salon at the Athenaeum At this Providence Athenaeum salon, journalist Alexander Stille will discuss his memoir The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace.  His nuanced portrait of his parents’ marriage highlights the 20th century moment when the mass migration of Jews from fascist-dominated Europe created the cross-pollination that reshaped much of American culture and society.

Saturday, May 24th

WaterFire Full Lighting Don’t miss the first full lighting of the WaterFire Providence 2014 season! The lighting ceremony begins at 8:07 pm – in the meantime, 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.  This special evening is sponsored by the Brown Alumni Association, Brown’s 250th Anniversary, and Bank of America.

Sunday, May 25th

Brown University Alumni Exhibition Part 2 In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary, the David Winton Bell Gallery presents the Brown University Alumni Exhibition Part 2, featuring work by alumni Sarah Morris ’89, Rob Reynolds ’90 and Taryn Simon ’97. May 25th is the last day to view this alumni exhibition.

Upcoming Events for the Week of May 4th to May 10th

This week you can enjoy a charity walk, enjoy a surprise restaurant crawl, attend a discussion with Arthur Meyer and a jazz festival, celebrate motherhood, and more!

This week you can enjoy a charity walk, enjoy a surprise restaurant crawl, attend a discussion with Arthur Meyer and a jazz festival, celebrate motherhood, and more! If you have any events to recommend, feel free to drop us a line!

Sunday, May 4th

Walk to Cure Arthritis 2014, 9:00am

The Walk to Cure Arthritis raises funds and awareness to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability. The walk features a 3-mile or 1-mile course. Information will be provided about arthritis, and fun activities will be hosted for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring along their dogs!

Performance Exhibit: The Most Massive Woman Wins, 7:30pm

Challenging, brutal, and hilarious, four woman of varying shapes and sizes sit in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic. The women explore their perceptions of body image and reveal their experiences of dealing with weight issues through monologues, short scenes, and schoolyard rhymes. From painful childhood memories to frustrations with the opposite sex, these experiences both haunt and empower these women as they imagine their way to a new vision of themselves as beautiful and whole.

 

Tuesday, May 6th

Dishcrawl: Spring on the Hill, 7:00pm

Join Dishcrawl to explore three award winning restaurants in the Federal Hill Neighbourhood — but the restaurants are  a secret! Ticket holders will be told where to meet 48-hours before the event, if you don’t buy a ticket, you won’t be able to find the event.

 

Wednesday, May 7th

Lippitt House Spring Social, 3:00pm

Join in the seasonal kick off of the Lippitt House Museum with a festive celebration. Take advantage of a special opportunity to explore the museum and grounds. Everyone is welcome!

3rd Annual Providence Rotary Jazz Festival, 7:00pm

If you enjoy jazz music, this is the place to be! Nationally known artists, Gray Sargent (Tony Bennett’s guitarist), Marshall Wood (Tony Bennett’s bassist), drummer Gary Johnson, Jim Porcella on vocals and, introducing Christine Fawson, on trumpet and vocals.

 

Friday, May 9th

Arthur Meyers: Salon at the Athenaeum, 5:00pm

Arthur Meyers, the director of the Middletown, Connecticut library will discuss his recent book publication, Democracy in the Making: The Open Forum Lecture Movement, as the fifth part of the “Cosmology of Conversation” series. Join in for a discussion of ideas, ideals, the history, and the legacy of the open forum lecture movement!

 

Saturday, May 10th

Pawtucket Wintertime Farmer’s Market, 9:00am

Don’t miss out on one of the last Winter & Spring time farmer’s markets in Pawtucket! Get your locally grown foods to enjoy for the week.

Listen to Your Mother, Providence 2014, 6:00pm

Join together in the RISD auditorium to celebrate motherhood — Listen to Your Mother will take you on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving a voice to mothers. The complexity, diversity, and humor of motherhood will be explored through original readings, performed live on stage.

Wilbury Theatre Group’s Beggars Banquet 2014, 7:00pm

The Wilbury Theatre Group Board of Directors invites you to the second annual ‘Beggars Banquet’ fundraiser. Tom Gleadow, local actor and cabaret director, and Kim Kalunian, a local news personality, will emcee the event. There will be food, drink, games, and live music!

Young Leaders Circle Spring Fundraiser, 8:00pm

When you were a kid, what was your favorite part of summer? The Young Leaders Circle thinks it should include going to camp, trips to the beach, or riding bikes with friends. Unfortunately, many Rhode Island children spend their days inside, playing video games or watching television. This childhood themed fundraiser will benefit United Way’s Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, to give children a better summer.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Season Finale, 8:00pm

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will be celebrating the culmination of their 69th season by hosting pianist Alon Goldstein. Goldstein will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concert No. 1. The Orchestra will perform Strauss’ Don Juan and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe Suites.

 

 

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Recommendations for June 12th Through June 15th

The full lighting ceremony for Saturday starts at sunset, 8:22 pm. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! The Creative Capitol is celebrating the anniversary of the Gaspee affair this weekend, so history is the theme. Go the annual parade, attend a culinary concert, watch the celebratory fireworks, and more!

The full lighting ceremony for Saturday starts at sunset, 8:22 pm. If you’re looking for other things to do during your stay in Providence, you’re in luck! The Creative Capitol is celebrating the anniversary of the Gaspee affair this weekend, so history is the theme.  Go the annual parade, attend a culinary concert, watch the celebratory fireworks, and more! Get around the city easier with maps, our dining out guide, hotel suggestions, parking recommendations, and more.

Thursday, June 12th

Armory Farmers Market Stop by the Armory Farmers Market for fresh, local food! This market offers the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families Program!

Music on the Hill Culinary Concert Musicians from Rhode Island will be performing at the SS Rose and Clement Church as a part of the Music on the Hill Festival Series. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advanced ticket sales end June 1st. Students with ID receive free admission.

Friday, June 13th

PPS’s 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announces the 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses, taking place this year on June 13, 14, and 15. The Festival, known for opening some of Providence’s most interesting homes, gardens and converted industrial mill spaces to visitors from across the region, highlights Providence’s post-industrial heritage through its dynamic housing stock. Continues on Saturday and Sunday.

Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment The Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment gives visitors a feel for colonial military life. Dozens of Militia will camp out for the weekend in authentic Revolutionary style.

Saturday, June 14th

Gaspee Days Ecumenical Service The Gaspee Days Ecumenical Service is a non-denominational service with music by the West Bay Chorus, and is hailed as “An outstanding tribute to the faith of America”.

49th Annual Gaspee Days Parade The 49th Annual Gaspee Days Parade will feature a colonial fife & drum corps, Civil War era units, modern day drum & bugle corps, & much more! The Mummers are the grand finale unit. The forecast for the day is sunny and clear, so join Gaspee Days in celebrating the 49th Annual Parade!

Alla and Edna Brown 5k Gaspee Days Road Race The 5K Gaspee Days Road Race is one of the great runs in New England, as participants compete in front of the crowds assembled for the Gaspee Days Parade which follows.

The Gaspee Project at WaterFire WaterFire Providence Presents the Gaspee Project. June 14th, 2014, 242 years after the burning of the HMS Gaspee, as we retell and relive the story of that historic night through a variety of artistic mediums, events, and experiences.

The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza WaterFire Providence and Bryce Studio are pleased to announce that the Arts Festival Plaza will return for the 2014 WaterFire Providence season. Located on Washington Street in the heart of the WaterFire installation, the Arts Festival Plaza is a showcase for local artists and crafts-people. From photography and sculpture, paintings and hand-crafted ceramics, to jewelry and specialty textiles, the WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza features a wide range of locally crafted artisan wares to exhibit for sale to WaterFire’s visitors.

WaterFire Full Lighting A WaterFire Providence full lighting will be held on Saturday, June 14th, at sunset around 8:22 pm. This event will be sponsored by the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business and the Rhode Island Hoteliers.

Sunday, May 25th

Gaspee Days Sunday in the Park Come to Gaspee Days Sunday in the Park in Pawtuxet Park and experience what life was like in colonial America, along with cooking demos. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy live music and the outdoors. Witness Royal Navy press crews in action!

Gaspee Days Raffle Support local community businesses who have helped sponsor the Gaspee Days events by purchasing your tickets for the Gaspee Day Raffle here. Tickets will be drawn at Gaspee Days Sunday in the Park event on Sunday, June 15th.

The Burning of the Gaspee This Sunday, June 15th at 4pm, come see the reenactment of The Burning of the Gaspee. Celebrate the ending the Gaspee Days Festivities with the symbolic burning of the ship that sparked the American Revolution.

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Upcoming Events for March 23rd to March 29th

Upcoming events for the week include performances of Oliver!, a lecture on the past and future of AS220, performances at Rhode Island College, a Athenaeum discussion on music, and as always, the Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market!

Upcoming events for the week include performances of Oliver!, a lecture on the past and future of AS220, performances at Rhode Island College, a Athenaeum discussion on music, and as always, the Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market! If you have any events to add, be sure to drop us a line.

 

Sunday, March 23rd

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 2pm

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.”

Monday, March 24th

Building AS220: Past. Present. Future., 5:30pm

AS220 seeks community participation as they continue to build to serve for the next thirty years and beyond! AS220 is seeking more art, greater equity, and expanded access. Come to this event to learn more about the history of the organization and find out how you can join in on their vision for the future. Join members of AS220 after the lecture for discussion and refreshments!

Wednesday, March 26th

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 2pm

Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market, 4pm

Thursday, March 27th

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 2pm

Elm City Dance Collective Presents: Almost Porcelain, 7:30pm

Rhode Island College’s Dance Company is hosting the Elm City Dance Collective as a guest to perform “Almost Porcelain,” a show about struggling with self-perception, choreographed by RIC alumna, Kellie Ann Lynch, ’03.

Rhode Island College Performing Arts Series Presents: Tao: Phoenix Rising, 7:30pm

In this new production for North America in the Spring of 2014, athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in a show that has critics waxing lyrical about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina.

Friday, March 28th

Trinity Repertory Company Presents: Oliver!, 2pm

Salon at the Athenaeum: New Music for a New Century: Providence Premieres, 5pm

Join 23-year old Founder & Artistic Director Julien Touafek, a Juilliard-educated composer and Digital Media Innovation Fellow at New York University, in a conversation about how we define ‘new music’ and how it connects to the future of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship across industries in RI.

Elm City Dance Collective Presents: Almost Porcelain, 7:30pm

Saturday, March 29th

Pawtucket Winter Farmer’s Market, 9am

Providence Skyline via Wikimedia Commons, photo by Will Hart.

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 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”