Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
9:22 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Finding Brown's Lost Museum

The recreated, re-imagined office of J.W.P. Jenks in Rhode Island Hall
John Bender RIPR

In the 1800s, Brown University boasted an impressive natural history museum, curated by one John Whipple Potter Jenks. But 100 years later, the museum had vanished.  Now a group of students from Brown and RISD have done their best to piece it back together.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went to find out more about the rebuilding of Brown’s lost museum.

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Arts & Culture
6:10 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Rhode Island International Film Festival Kicks Off In Providence

The 18th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway.  The festival kicked off Tuesday night with a series of short films at the Providence Performing Arts center.  It's recognized as a launching pad for up-and-coming directors.  Festival director George Marshall said the Rhode Island provides filmmakers with a less crowded place to showcase work.

"You can get a lot more publicity out of Rhode Island than out of New York or Los Angeles, where you tend to get lost.  What do you want to do?  You want to get picked up," said Marshall.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Newport Jazz Fest Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein says it was a happy day when the festival returned to Newport after a stint in New York City.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The Newport Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, this is the 60th anniversary of the festival that was first held at the Newport Casino and along Bellevue Avenue.   The festival survived rock and roll and rowdy crowds.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Artscape: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks Bring Hot '20s To Jazz Fest

Vince Giordano has made it his mission to preserve and promote jazz of the 1920s.
Credit vincegiordano.com

The 60th annual Newport Jazz Festival kicks off Friday. The three-day line up includes plenty of jazz greats you’ve heard of and many you probably haven’t. You may know the music of one of the festival’s Friday performers, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, from the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire. Giordano’s band creates the series’ authentic 1920s jazz soundtrack, and won a Grammy for it. He spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay about his music and upcoming performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Arts & Culture
8:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55 Years

The Newport Folk Festival kicks off today.  The 55-year old festival is more popular than ever.

Tickets for the festival sold out even before the full lineup was announced.  A resurgence in the festival’s popularity has been credited to an increasingly diverse collection of artists, and a major social media presence.  The festival is now so popular it’s been expanded to three days.

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Arts & Culture
12:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Deer Tick Held Up En Route To Newport Folk Festival

The band Deer Tick is heading back home for the Newport Folk Festival, but apparently they got held up en route.

According to the band’s Twitter feed, the musicians were kicked off a U.S. Airways flight for trying to board with a guitar.

To which festival organizers tweeted back, “They messed with the wrong folking band”

The band said they’ve since hitched a ride on the train. Originally based in Providence, Deer Tick has become a staple of the Newport Folk Fest. They’re scheduled to play the festival Saturday.

Theater Reviews
2:47 am
Thu July 24, 2014

2nd Story’s “Hay Fever” Is An Overdone Shouting Contest

Members of an eccentric family each invite a friend to the family summer home where the hosts proceed to foist each guest off on a different family member, with alarming and delightful results.
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Ah, yes, “Hay Fever” one of those plays that became known as “a comedy of manners.” But in truth Coward's 1925 hit really ought to be called a “comedy of ill manners.”

It's Coward's view of a famous family being famously, uproariously, ridiculously bad mannered to point of forcing the family's so-called “guests” to split, to sneak out of the house, to take any measures to get away from the family's self-regard, their “I really don't give a hoot for anything or anyone but myself” attitude.

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Theater Reviews
5:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Great Friends Dance Festival Returns To Newport

Island Moving Company's 2013 Great Friends Dance Festival
Credit Thomas Palmer

You know it's no easy thing to run a small but professional dance company.  Fund-raising is constant and communication with other companies sometimes almost non-existent. That's why Island Moving's idea to trade locations with other companies is such a good thing. It allows a small but efficient troupe to not only travel the nation but brings dancers, choreographers and administrators together in what can sometimes be a kind of singular business.

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Theater Reviews
4:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Ocean State's "Guys and Dolls" Is Hit And Miss

The cast performs “The Crapshooters Dance” in the musical comedy, Guys and Dolls
Credit Mark Turek

Well, yes it does. At the Ocean State in Warwick “Guys and Dolls” – admittedly one of my all-time favorite musicals – comes across as a bifurcated project. On the one hand there is still that marvelous score by Frank Loesser, songs that can break your heart and make you laugh out loud. Under music director Justin P. Cowan they are handled well by a cast of good singers who know how to offer a song without seeming to force it.

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Artscape
6:06 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Artscape: Summer Reading For Young Adults

Isabella and Sophia Dauphine picking summer reads at the Cumberland Public Library.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s the summer reading season, and for this month’s Artscape we explore books for young adults starting with what some kids at the Cumberland Public Library plan to read this summer.

Summer Reading Students

Phillip DiDomenico, 10 years old, recommends Frindle by Andrew Clements, which he read during the school year.

Sophia Dauphine, 7 years old, plans to read Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Isabella Dauphine, 9 years old, wants to read Little House on the Prairie, the Laura Ingalls Wilder classic

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