Arts & Culture

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Would you like to see the longest painting in America? You can, starting Saturday July 14th at the Kilburn Mill in New Bedford. It's a massive artwork, 1,275 feet long, 170 years old and called "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World".

2nd Story Theatre

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale generally goes to see a play in its early days, but this time he’s reviewed the last performance of a show at 2nd Story Theater in Warren. The play was fine, he said, but the theater is no more.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

In the 1920s, 30s and 40s, radio was the dominant electronic medium for home entertainment, with much of that entertainment being performed live and broadcast over the airwaves. A monthly performance at the Columbus Theatre draws inspirationg from this tradition.

Mark Turek / 2nd Story Theatre

The 2nd Story Theatre is closing down after decades in business. The Warren theater has scheduled its final performance for Sunday.

“All good things must come to an end,” wrote Artistic Director Ed Shea in a letter posted online. The unexpected announcement comes in the middle of the theater’s summer season.

Director of the 2nd Story board, Eileen Warburton would not disclose specifics of the theater’s decision to shut down. But she said in the months leading to the vote, the theater had taken on an expansion of its restaurant and experienced slow ticket sales.

Dancing For A World Record At PVD Fest

Jun 12, 2018

Thousands of people visited downtown Providence this weekend for the city’s annual arts and culture extravaganza: PVD Fest.  And this year, organizers sought to break an obscure world record: largest choreographed group Bachata dance.

The record to beat is 370 dancing couples, set in 2016 in Greece. 

In Providence, participants started gathered downtown Friday evening. Dance instructors from Mambo Pa Ti studio in Providence hyped the crowd up and encouraged passersby to join in.  

Steven Richard Photography

The summer theater season is underway at Matunuck where the Theatre by the Sea is presenting “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says it’s a winner all the way.

If ever there was a Broadway show that deserves the title of “musical” its probably got to be 'Ain’t Misbehavin’' that classic piece of singing and singing and . . . well, singing.

Providence College

Providence College is 101 years old.  In doing research before the centennial, two of the school’s professors unearthed a surprising story: For several decades in the first half of the 20th century, Catholic PC was a welcoming haven for Jewish students. For this month’s Artscape, RIPR’s Chuck Hinman introduces us to those professors, their story and how they turned it into the documentary, “Sons of Providence”:

Erin X. Smithers

“The Pirates of Penzance,” that 19th Century view of a Great Britain long gone, is rarely seen these days. But the Wilbury Theater Group has revived it. 

'90s Alt-Rock Band Belly Is Back

May 30, 2018
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

It's been 23 years since Belly — the alt-rock band, not the rapper — released a new album. The group shot up the charts in '93 and was in heavy rotation on radio and MTV. Now Belly is on tour with new songs from the release, "Dove." The Rhode Island-born band recently rocked Boston, the city they're most often associated with, at the Boston Calling Music Festival.

Talia Blake / RIPR

The house where Rosa Parks stayed with family after she left the south won’t remian in Providence, as some might have hoped. After a one-month display, the Rosa Parks House Project will be packing up June 3rd. 

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition of “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance, 1850 to 1970.”

Gorham, an iconic Rhode Island company, projected uniquely American design  on the world stage. This exhibition casts a new light on the golden era of the Providence-based firm that was first established in 1831.

Mark Turek

Trinity Rep is closing it’s season with the huge musical, “Ragtime,” a story of rising and falling, and rising again. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says that despite some overdone plot lines it is a powerful story done with professional grace and power.

Poetry On The Air

Apr 27, 2018

Poetry On The Air is part of the first-ever Providence Poetry Festival, a city-wide collaboration between Rhode Island Public Radio, the Providence Public Library, Books on the Square, the Providence Athenaeum, Moses Brown School, and others.  A full listing of events is available here.

Roderick Coover

Brown University honored fiction writer Robert Coover this month with a three-day festival, "International Fiction Now: Celebrating the Unspeakable Practices of Robert Coover and the International Writers Project."

Peter Goldberg / Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre

For their final production in Pawtucket, The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre has chosen Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says it couldn’t be a better selection, a huge play done with verve and love.


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