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4:08 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Ocean State’s “My Fair Lady” A True Winner

Richard Costa and Jessica Wagner star as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle “My Fair Lady.”
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

It has been a while since a full scale version of “My Fair Lady” – one of the truly superb American musicals – has been done around here. So, thank goodness this Ocean State production is a true winner, super in some ways and just fine in others.

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Artscape
4:27 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: The Rhythms of Latino Heritage Month

Musician Jesus Andujar taught himself how to play the drums at an early age.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

It’s Latino Heritage Month in Rhode Island.  Through October 15th there will be performances, discussions and readings highlighting Latino culture. For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch caught up with a Dominican percussionist who started feeling the rhythm years before ever touching a drum.

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Theater Reviews
3:57 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Trinity’s “Ivanov:” A Well-Meaning, Over-The-Top Production

The cast of Ivanov, showing at Trinity Rep.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Well, that's true. Written in 10 days when Chekhov, a newly minted physician, was 27, Ivanov has all the elements of the author's later greatness. It looks at an extended family of Russians as they struggle with their lives, their fortunes, their very honor.

The center point is one Nikolai Ivanov, a ne’er-do-well landholder, who felt he could conquer the world and then found himself accused of marrying for money. As middle-age approached he began to learn that he was a failure, and a well-meaning lout, too.

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Theater Reviews
4:06 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Gamm’s “Grounded:” An Incisive, Powerful Play

Liz Hayes as "The Pilot" in Grounded, playing at The Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket.
Credit Peter Goldberg

Written by a relatively unknown but fast-rising playwright, George Brant, this play flies high in many ways. It begins with our heroine, called “The Pilot,” rhapsodizing about being, well, a pilot. A fighter pilot, that is. A different breed.

Gowned, if that's the word, in a droopy pilot's one piece flight suit rippled with zippers and great big pockets, she appears on stage to the roar of a jet engine and tells you of the wonders of high, blue altitude. She calls her F-16 fighter, “Tiger” and says “he” “can feel the sky in me.”

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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.

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