Arts & Culture

Guild Historical

In the summer of 1934, George Gershwin was staying in a cottage on Folly Island, South Carolina, working on his folk opera "Porgy and Bess." 

Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Trinity Rep continues its season with Shakespeare’s “Othello,” that great and always challenging story of action and reaction. 

John Bender / RIPR

The film “Black Panther” is breaking records at the box office, thanks in part to fans excited to see a black superhero take center stage. And there’s a local effort underway to bring hundreds of Newport schoolchildren to see the movie.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

As part of our series One Square Mile: New Bedford, we look at the “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World”, painted by New Bedford artists Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington. 


Mark Turek/Trinity Rep

At Trinity Rep, the new play “Into the Breeches” by George Brant is filled with humor, or at least many a fast-breaking try for laugh after laugh.

Lovecraft Leaves A Troubling Legacy For Providence

Feb 1, 2018
WSHU

A century ago, the Providence author H.P. Lovecraft set the bar for what we find scary, from giant aliens to grotesque cave monsters. But Lovecraft’s literary legacy is complicated by his grotesque views of immigrants, black people and Jews. And it's the subject of a new podcast from reporter Davis Dunavin.

Peter Goldberg/Gamm Theatre

Two of Rhode Island’s leading theaters, Trinity Rep and the Gamm, have combined talents. The result of this joining of forces is a winner, all the way.

Courtesy of Burbage Theatre Co.

 


 

How about a feisty fantasia of a play that lasts just 90 minutes, is filled with fierce fun, and moves rapidly as it offers ideas that would be called shocking by some, and right-on by others?

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Monuments to the Confederacy have become sites of renewed controversy in recent months. But not all acts of confrontation and reconciliation occur in public.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

In part 2 of our series, "Striking a New Chord: A 15-Week Journey To Learning An Instrument," RIPR’s Morning Host Chuck Hinman continues to follow a group of adults learning to play string instruments for the first time.

A Conversation With The Providence Athenaeum's Matt Burriesci

Dec 12, 2017
Photo Credit: The Providence Athenaeum

Matt Burriesci is the Executive Director of The Providence Athenaeum. He talked with Laxmi Parthasarathy for a special RIPR interview. They talked about the Athenaeum's 180-year history, its beautiful Greek Revival building, its collection, and how it is working to engage audiences with its programming today.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

November marks the one-year anniversary for Rhode Island's poet laureate, Tina Cane. 

Cane is a teacher as well as a published poet, and for this month’s Artscape, she joined RIPR’s Chuck Hinman to talk about poetry, and her mission to inject more of it into ordinary life. She’s already placed poetry on the public bus system statewide.    

The Gamm Theatre

In the play “Incognito,” four actors play 21 different roles, without so much as a set change or a new costume. In fact, they never even leave the stage.

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Protestant churches are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year. The 16th Century movement sparked by Martin Luther split the Roman Catholic Church, ushered in Protestant denominations, and helped to forge the modern world in Europe.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay spoke with Brown University Historian Tara Nummedal about the Reformation that split Christianity centuries ago and created Protestant denominations.  

Is The Violin The Devil's Favorite Instrument?

Oct 31, 2017
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For centuries classical music composers have been inspired by witches, ghosts, death and the devil. They’ve returned again and again to one instrument in particular to help conjure these spooky themes: the violin.

So what’s the link between Satan and one of the most popular instruments in the world? Music historian Robert Riggs actually devotes an entire chapter to the subject in his book “The Violin.”

Riggs finds the connection actually dates back to medieval times with the separation of sacred and secular music.

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