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Theater Reviews
10:33 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Ocean State Theatre's "Last Five Years" Doesn't Quite Land

Credit Ocean State Theater Company

  The Ocean State Theatre in Warwick has come up with a relatively unknown musical concerning a guy, a gal and a novel way of telling their story. Bill Gale says the production is a good try, at least.

"The Last Five Years” continues at the Ocean State Theatre through March 15th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio. 

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Arts & Culture
10:12 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Rhode Island Artscape: Composer Philip Glass Visits The Ocean State

Philip Glass plays with violinist Tim Fain during rehearsal at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

World renowned composer and performer Philip Glass is in Rhode Island.  He performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence Wednesday as part of a program put on by local arts non-profit First Works. He continues his visit Thursday, to work with students at the Jacqueline Walsh School for the performing arts in Pawtucket.  For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender examines the draw of Philip Glass’ music, and why it endures.

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Providence
2:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Initial Details Of New Providence International Arts Festival Revealed

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence will play host to concerts, art installations and other public events during the Providence International Arts Festival this June.
Credit RIPR FILE

New details are emerging about a major arts festival scheduled in Providence this summer. The event is part of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s plan to develop the city into an artistic tourist destination. 

  

                

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Arts & Culture
12:15 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Crossing the Line: Humor and Diversity

Teja Arboleda and Deb Farrar-Parkman

RIPR's Chuck Hinman talks with Teja Arboleda and Deb Farrar-Parkman, producers of the innovative comedy show You've Crossed the Line: Comedy, Diversity and Freedom of Speech. At Salve Regina University in Newport, Wednesday night, Feb. 25th, 7pm. Free and open to the public.

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Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

60's Psychedelic Rock Frontman Finds Second Life Teaching The Art Of Instrument Making

Rick Turner, former guitarist with 60's rock outfit Autosalvage, now teaches ukulele making at his Alma mater the Moses Brown School in Providence.
Credit James Baumgartener / RIPR

Fans of more esoteric pop music, and perhaps of a certain age, may be familiar with the 60's psychedelic rock band Autosalvage.  Former guitarist Rick Turner is a small piece of rock history, and an alumnus of Moses Brown School in Providence.  In addition he's a master guitar maker.

Turner has returned to his alma mater, to teach a course in ukulele making.  Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host, Chuck Hinman sat down with Turner to talk about his music, life after the band, and returning to teach at his old school.

 

 

 

 

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Theater Reviews
11:04 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Festival Ballet's "Up Close On Hope," Tries Something Different

Jennifer Ricci and Alexander Akoulov in Scheherazade.
Credit Courtesy Festival Ballet

Festival Ballet's Up Close On Hope series usually presents a plethora of short pieces ranging from classical ballet to comedic devices. This time around things are different. Bill Gale says the change works.

“Up Close on Hope” will be shown at Festival Ballet in Providence through February 14th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Theater Reviews
5:54 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Ocean State Theatre’s “The Meeting” Packs A Punch

Damron Russel Armstrong (L) and Marcus Denard Johnson (r) star as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the New England professional premiere of Jeff Stetson’s play, The Meeting.
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

February being Black History Month the Ocean State Theater in Warwick has brought back a 1987 play, “The Meeting.” African-American playwright and screenwriter Jeff Stetson brings together two major leaders who had very different ideas about improving the life and times of their fellow black Americans.

Dr. King, of course, developed a non-violent strategy. A minister with a Boston University PhD, he aimed to confront racism and violence strongly but without turbulence.

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Arts & Culture
5:03 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Brown's International Writer's Project Focuses On Cuban Writers

Cuban writer and artist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The International Writers Project at Brown University presents a 2-day festival of Cuban writing and music on Feb. 4th and 5th. Called "Cuba In Splinters:  New Fiction from Generation Zero," it honors the Cuban writer and blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo. Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman spoke to Orlando Luis about the festival and contemporary Cuban literature. 

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Theater Reviews
2:06 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Trinity Rep’s “Middletown” Looks At The Trouble Of Us Common Folk

Mauro Hantman as John Dodge and Angela Brazil as Mrs. Swanson in Will Eno’s Middletown at Trinity Rep.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Near the end of a rather long first act, “Middletown” suddenly shifts from its small town peek at local cops, librarians, neer-do-wells. With superb surprise, Trinity's downstairs Dowling Theater suddenly becomes the universe.

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Arts & Culture
8:58 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rhode Island Artscape: Mama Kim's BBQ, Taking Food From Truck To Table

Don Fecher, owner of Mama Kim's food truck, and now restaurant.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Mama Kim’s is a well-known food truck in the Providence area specializing in Korean Barbeque.  It’s just opened its very first brick-and-mortar sit-down restaurant in Cranston.

    

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender stopped by the new Cranston space to talk with owner Don Fecher about the business, the transition from the truck, and, of course, the food.

    

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