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9:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Sacred Harp Singing In Rhode Island

Sacred Harp singers at the Meeting House on the east side of Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Earlier this month dozens of musicians from across New England and beyond gathered in Providence for the eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’ If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a clue: it doesn’t involve any harps.  It's the subject of this month's Rhode Island Artscape.

That’s the sound of about one hundred people, gathered at the Quaker Meeting House on the East Side of Providence.  They’re taking part in the state’s largest gathering of Sacred Harp singers.  The eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’

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Artscape
8:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots

A ballot secrecy sleeve redesigned by RISD students.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

In Rhode Island a group of design students barely old enough to vote are working on projects that could potentially affect the future of Presidential elections.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiles a class that is trying to tackle the problem of a better ballot.

On the third floor of a building in downtown Providence, a group of a dozen or so students from the Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD are giving their final presentations for a class called VoteLab: Designing for Democracy.

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Artscape
9:59 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: In Conversation With RI Author Rosemary Mahoney

Sabriya Tenberken, Rosemary Mahoney, and Scott MacKay
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

In this month’s Artscape, RI Public Radio’s Scott MacKay speaks with Rhode Island author Rosemary Mahoney.  Mahoney spent time in India and Tibet volunteering at a school for the blind.  Her new book about that experience is entitled `For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.’

She spoke with Scott MacKay in our Providence studios.

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Artscape
8:44 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Artscape: Opera Star Calls Rhode Island Home

Opera star John Reylea lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

John Reylea is an internationally renowned opera star.

The bass singer has performed and recorded with many orchestras and companies including Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Boston Symphony.

Reylea hails from Canada, but now calls Rhode Island his home.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with the opera star, to talk about his career and what brought him to the ocean state.

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Artscape
8:55 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Artscape: Fellini's Famous Thanksgiving Pizza

The pizza itself, pre-oven.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Today is thanksgiving, so for this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender, looked to the culinary arts.

You’re probably familiar with all the traditional dishes of thanksgiving, but once a year, one the day before the big turkey; hundreds of people wait in line for a very specific pizza.

John went over to Fellini’s pizzeria to find out more about their Thanksgiving pie.

Fellini’s Pizzeria on the east side of Providence has your typical pizza fair. 

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Artscape
4:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Artscape: Providence Loves HP Lovecraft

Brown librarian Holly Snyder holds one of HP Lovecraft's hand-drawn pamphlets.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

As a 10-year-old child, Howard Phillips Lovecraft would tuck himself into his grandfather’s library and read. Lovecraft’s father had gone mad and his mother eventually would too, making his wealthy grandfather – and all of those books –the center of Lovecraft’s world. Then his world fell apart. Lovecraft’s grandfather died and the estate was badly managed, wiping away his comfortable life in Providence. To earn much needed income Lovecraft, at 13-years-old, carefully crafted astronomy pamphlets and sold them, essentially starting his career as a published writer.

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Arts & Culture
8:59 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Artscape: Bringing Traditional Puerto Rican Music to Rhode Island

Lydia Perez and her daughter Yidell Rivera in their studio.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiled Warwick musician Lydia Perez. 

Originally from Puerto Rico, Perez has been performing throughout Rhode Island since the mid-nineties.

With her group, Yoruba 2 she has toured throughout the region, teaching and performing the traditional music and dance of Puerto Rico.

“Well my name is Lydia Perez, I’m a traditional artist in the state of Rhode Island.”

“My name is Yidell Rivera.  I am Lydia’s oldest daughter, and I’ve worked with her since, well, my childhood.”

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Artscape: Trinity Rep, a Rhode Island Theater at 50

Curt Columbus has been the artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company since 2006.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This year, the Providence based Theater Company, Trinity Rep will celebrate its 50th year in Rhode Island, a remarkable feat for any non-profit arts organization.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender found out more about their upcoming season, and how the theater company made it to fifty.

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Arts & Culture
8:04 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Artscape: In Conversation with the Rhode Island International Film Festival Director

The Rhode Island International Film Festival will celebrate its 17th year when it starts up for a week this August.

For this month’s Artscape Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with George Marshall, the executive director of the festival.

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Arts & Culture
10:48 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Artscape: Restoring Newport's Historic Opera House

The restored brick facade of the Opera House facing Washington Square in downtown Newport
John Bender / RIPR

The city of Newport is known for many things, among them, its thriving tourist industry, and its dedication to historic preservation.

The renovation of the historic Opera House Theater is a meeting of both these worlds.

While the project started strong in the early 2000’s, the economic downturn saw funding for the project drying up.

Now thanks to a recent grant, the Opera House is gearing up to finally see the project completed.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, looking at this lengthy renovation as it gets its second wind.

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