Arts & Culture

Now playing in theaters, the film "The Birth of a Nation," reclaims the title of a 1915 movie by D.W. Griffith, which remains highly controversial for its seemingly sympathetic portrayal of the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan, and its use of black face. The new film, from Actor and Director Nate Parker, tells the story of the Nat Turner Rebellion, a slave uprising in Virginia in 1831 that left scores of white men, women, and children dead.

John Bender

The town of Warren, Rhode Island has been named one of America’s 5 Great Neighborhoods . The American Planning Association on Monday recognized Warren’s downtown for its “foresight, innovation, and cooperation” in building a better place to live. It’s part of APA’s Great Places in America program, to recognize streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality and planning. Warren’s town planner, Kate Michaud, says Warren was celebrated...

Now Here This: Sophie Is A Punk Rocker

Oct 4, 2016

Rhode Island Public Radio is airing a new series in partnership with Now Here This , a storytelling group at Brown University. On the last Friday of each month we’ll bring you a new story. In today’s story, former “kidcore” music star Sophie Kasakove reflects on tween fame, Patti Smith, and having a loud message, or not. The story was produced by Liza Yeager. Got a comment on this story? A question? A new idea? We want to hear from you! Send an email to nht@ripr.org. And be sure to tune in at...

On Rhode Island Public Radio's Artscape this month we look at podcasting, with a profile of Nate Dimeo, a podcaster based in Los Angeles, but with deep Rhode Island roots.

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“Wicked” that ultimate prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” is back at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says it’s a fine Broadway quality production its many fans are going to love.

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The Czechoslovakian-born English writer Tom Stoppard's 1993 play “Arcadia” was a huge hit in London and well-enough received in New York. Now the Gamm Theatre has taken on the work.

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Trinity Rep opens the theater season with a musical called "Beowolf. A Thousand Years of Baggage." Rhode Island Public Radio Theater Critic Bill Gale says "baggage" is not the word he would use, but whip-smart theater filled with great rock music and talented performers pretty much sums it up.

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The City of Providence has a new work of public art. Installations have popped up in public spaces across the city over the past year. The latest is a large mural called “BattleCat ,” painted by an Austrian artist who goes by the name NYCHOS . It’s a part of a series of paintings created by international artists visiting the city through a residency program.

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Few people know that Providence is home to a plaza designed by the architect I.M. Pei, the man behind the famous pyramids outside the Louvre Museum in Paris. In the 1960s, Providence hired Pei to redesign Cathedral Square during a push for urban renewal. But the effort failed to attract people or achieve the renown of some of Pei's later projects.

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Across Rhode Island, local theaters are gearing up for their fall season. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman traveled to the Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield to talk with Terry Shea, an actor and director who also covers theater for Motif Magazine. Shea has a line on what to expect from the great variety of local theater that Rhode Island has to offer, from the well-established to the up and coming. On Saturday August 27 th , Trinity Rep hosts the second annual statewide...

Now Here This: Life At The Museum

Aug 19, 2016

Rhode Island Public Radio is airing a new series in partnership with Now Here This , a storytelling group at Brown University. On the last Friday of each month we’ll bring you a new story.

Elisabeth Harrison

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra played a pops concert at Providence's Roger Williams Park on Thursday night, in a return of sorts for the orchestra. The philharmonic's last concert in the park dated to more than a decade ago, in 2004. The organizer of the concert, The Rhode Island Foundation, planned the public event as part of its centennial celebration. The nonprofit philanthropy has also embarked on a campaign to raise $10 million for the park, half of which will pay for immediate...

The Washington County Fair turns 50 on Wednesday, and the anniversary festivities begin with a birthday cake eating contest. As you might expect, the contest will feature 50 contestants. The fair officially got underway earlier in the day with an antique car show and a swine obstacle course, among other events. Founded in 1967, the fair began as a way to celebrate agriculture and reintroduce the county fair tradition to Rhode Island. The annual event in Richmond is now the largest...

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2016

With summer nearing a close, we turn to the experts for book recommendations not to be missed on those final trips to the beach. Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison gets a few tips from Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge, the owners of Riffraff, a new bookstore and bar opening this Fall in Providence. Books you have to pick up right now Emma Ramadan: Ladivine , Marie NDiaye "She consistently blows me away. This book in particular. It's really kind of creepy and psychologically weird but...

Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission

The building in Providence's Elmwood neighborhood dates to 1892.

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