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4:35 am
Tue January 20, 2015

2nd Story’s “Collected Stories” Is One Not To Miss

Lynne Collinson and Gabby Sherba are featured in "Collected Stories."
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies once said that he loves “. . .smart, complicated women. . .” 

Well, in just two hours (with an intermission) he lets us look in on two females who meet that criteria, and more. “Collected Stories” takes place entirely in the Greenwich Village apartment of one Ruth Steiner, an award-winning author/professor. She's sharp as a whip, tight as a drum and both prissy and provocative. Lives alone and likes it. Or at least thinks she does.

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Arts & Culture
12:21 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Full Lineup Announced For 2015 Newport Jazz Fest

The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The full musical lineup is out for the 2015 Jazz Festival.  And as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, it’s the festival’s 61st anniversary.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Fighting To Save The Historic Cranston Street Armory In Providence

A postcard featuring the armory, from state archives.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza held his inaugural celebration this past Monday night at the Cranston Street Armory, an enormous castle of yellow brick whose turrets rise majestically and a bit improbably over the West End neighborhood where it sits. 

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Arts & Culture
9:26 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Newport Folk Festival Tickets Go On Sale Thursday

Crowd at Newport Folk Festival
Credit Weekly Dig / Wikimedia Commons

Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival go on sale at 10 o’clock Thursday morning.  The music lineup has yet to be announced.

That’s been the norm for the past several years, but it hasn’t stopped the festival from selling thousands of tickets.   Last year, for the first time in its history, the complete three-day festival completely sold out.  Three-day, two-day, and single passes will all go on sale.  Ten percent of the three-day passes will be available at a special ‘early-bird rate.’

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Official Portrait of Chafee Shows Somber Governor Looking Into The Distance

The official portrait of former Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
Credit Cade Tompkins Projects

Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he likes his official portrait. An image of the painting was released online, but the artist has yet to officially present it to the state.

The painting shows a somber Chafee in a jacket and tie looking off to the side against a dark background. Chafee said he and artist Julie Gearan met about four times, she took picture of him, and they looked at other portraits from across the country.

“Well the main thing I said to the artist is just something different from the many that are up there,” said Chafee.

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Theater Reviews
5:27 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Gamm’s “Morality Play” A Raucous, Roiling Time of Murder and Madness

Jed Hancock Brainerd as Straw, Andrew Iacovelli as Brendan, Elliot Peters as Springer, Steve Kidd as Stephen. Under table: Jesse Hinson as Nicholas Barber in "Morality Play."
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

Written by artistic director Tony Estrella, from the award-winning novel by British expatriate Barry Unsworth, “Morality Play” sweeps through a raucous, roiling time of murder and madness, of corruption, of just plain hard times.  It's a tidal wave of provocation and problems. Change is good? Sometimes. And sometimes it's not.

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Arts & Culture
7:25 am
Sun January 4, 2015

After 30+ Years, Sean Daly Puts Away His Reporter’s Notebook

WPRI reporter Sean Daly put away his reporter's notebook after chasing down the news in Rhode Island for more than 30 years.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

WPRI reporter Sean Daly has been on television airwaves in Rhode Island for more than 30 years. Now, he is officially retired. Daly visited our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch about how the state and the state of local news have changed over the past three decades.

He's written what’s often called “the first draft of history” for some of the biggest stories in the state: the Claus Van Bulow attempted murder trials, Buddy Cianci and Plunder Dome, the credit union crisis, and Central Falls filing for bankruptcy.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

LA Eatery Has Rhode Island Roots

Seafood takes center stage at Providence in Los Angeles.
Credit Providence LA

Foodies in Los Angeles are flocking to a restaurant named after Rhode Island’s capital city.

The restaurant Providence has received two stars from the Michelin Guide. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Head Chef Michael Cimarusti

Before he opened a top-rated restaurant in Los Angeles, Chef Michael Cimarusti grew up spending vacations with his grandparents in Rhode Island.

He remembers summers on Scarborough Beach, where the clam cakes were to die for.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: The Rhode Island Philharmonic Delves Into Handel's Messiah

Final bars of the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's manuscript.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

One can usually hear the familiar strains of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah this time of year.  The Rhode Island Philharmonic performed the piece last week, as they do each year around Christmas. 

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with conductor Andy Clark, who led the philharmonic to talk about the famous piece, and how it’s come to be such a beloved holiday tradition.

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Arts & Culture
5:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

"Eve of Destruction" Chronicles Unrest Of The 1960’s

Fifty years ago Thursday President Lyndon Johnson lit the National Christmas Tree and said quote, ``These are the most hopeful times in all the years since Christ was born in Bethlehem.’’ Those words would come back to haunt him. It’s documented in a book by former Brown University professor James Patterson, Eve of Destruction.

Despite the assassination of President Kennedy a year earlier, Americans were prosperous and optimistic. But in Just a few months, that would all start to erode.

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