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July 31, 2014
Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture
Artscape: Harpist brings in Winter Solstice By CHUCK HINMAN
For this month's Artscape, we go to a Winter Solstice music celebration featuring the Irish harpist and singer Aine Minogue. The concert is put on by the Common Fence Music Association.
Nutcracker display brightens URI library By SUMMER ALLEN
The URI library is featuring a display of nutcrackers and other carved figures from the Ore Mountain region of Germany.
"Santaland Diaries" delight for adults at Ocean State Theatre Co. By BILL GALE
We speak here of "Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris, that Jack of all writing trades from The New Yorker magazine to our own NPR. In this piece, first aired in 1992, Sedaris tells of his fateful days as an elf named Crumpet at Macy's in New York.
RISD President defends MoMA acquisition of video games By LYDIA ROGERS
The President of the Rhode Island School of Design John Maeda approves of a recent acquisition made by the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. The MoMA now has 14 video games the museum is calling outstanding examples of design.
"The Winter Wonderettes" is a hymn of praise for Christmas By BILL GALE
At their splendid new theatrical facility on Jefferson Boulevard the Ocean State Theatre, which has produced the shows at Theatre-by-the-Sea over the last five summers, has gone all out for Christmas.
Yuletide Waterfire scheduled for Friday By FLO JONIC
Waterfire is hosting its second annual yuletide burn this coming Friday night. An anonymous donor is hosting the festivities. Waterfire spokeswoman Bronwyn Dannenfelser says there will also be several decorated Christmas trees which will be donated to the needy.
Trinity Rep's "The How and the Why" a fascinating drama By BILL GALE
"The How and the Why," is a crisp, serious play that's also very funny and beautifully acted. Playwright Sarah Treem hooks into something called "evolutionary biology." In this case, that turns out to concern why women menstruate and why they go through menopause.
URI's "Company" is lusty and smart By BILL GALE
Yes, mostly. With its very urban, very New Yawk drive, "Company" never quite enjoyed the love and honor given to the top rank of American musicals. "South Pacific" or even "West Side Story" it wasn't. But you can still find many a Broadway lover who will say, passionately, that this look at the life and times of a 35-year-old on his way to a major league mid-life crisis is "my absolute favorite musical."
Newport Jazz Festival founder remembers Dave Brubeck By SUMMER ALLEN
Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died today in Connecticut. Brubeck played at the Newport Jazz Festival about 50 times.
Artists remember Super Storm Sandy By FLO JONIC
Rhode Island and Connecticut artists are coming together to display works that demonstrate the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. A show called "Sandy and its Aftermath" debuts Wednesday at the Westerly Public Library.
Pickens needs $55,000 for digital films By SUMMER E. ALLEN
The Jane Pickens Theater in Newport needs $55,000 so it can play digital movies. Most distributors will switch to digital-only films in the next year and the theater needs upgrades to play them.
Artscape: Was 1965 the Eve of Destruction? By SCOTT MACKAY
Author James Patterson taught history at Brown University and is a winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize. His new book zeros in on one year; it's called "The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America."
Celebrating Thanksgiving weekend with Narragansett stories By LYDIA ROGERS
The Providence Children's Museum continued an annual tradition this past holiday weekend. Traditional Narragansett Indian story teller Thawn Harris stopped by.
Now it is time, to find new one to rhyme By SUMMER ALLEN
It's time for Rhode Island to find its next State Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate is the state's chief advocate for poetry. The position is a five year appointment and current State Poet has reached the end of her term.
Trinity Rep's A Christmas Carol is a wonderful gift By BILL GALE
The Trinity Repertory Company first performed the Adrian Hall-Richard Cumming version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" way back in 1977. And they are still at it. That's a very good thing.
Artscape: PPS exhibit highlights endangered buildings By LYDIA ROGERS
The Providence Preservation Society has chosen ten buildings to highlight in its annual Most Endangered Properties Photography Exhibit. The exhibit continues at 24 Meeting Street through November 29.
2nd Story's "An Inspector Calls" illuminates a century of little progress By BILL GALE
It's a funny thing about "An Inspector Calls," the 1945 English play by J.B. Priestley, now getting a rousingly fine production at 2nd Story. It's a work not "in" progress but a play about whether we have made much progress in these last hundred years.
RI book store goes virtual By FLO JONIC
Rhode Island's oldest antique book store is going out of business this week. But the owner will continue to sell online. Tyson's Old and Rare Books opened its doors in 1924 in downtown Providence. Now located in East Providence, it is closing Thursday for good.
The Gamm's "Red" a vivid snapshot of Mark Rothko By BILL GALE
Bold and bald, Fred Sullivan Jr. crashes manically on to the stage at the Gamm. Rip-ing, roaring, sweating, loud, cutting - pick any descriptive term you like - he's a bull and a bully. After all, Sullivan, the Trinity Rep mainstay making his acting debut at the Gamm, is playing Mark Rothko, the troubled and trouble-making painter who became rich and famous in the 1950s and 60s.
Providence tops magazine's list of good eats By KIM KALUNIAN
Providence was named the best city in the country for food, drink and restaurants by Travel + Leisure magazine. Providence out ranked majors hubs like Boston, New York and Washington D.C. to win top honors in the food, drink and restaurant category in the magazine's annual "America's Favorite Cities" contest.