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2:42 am
Wed September 18, 2013

2nd Story Theatre’s “Lobby Hero” is a Tough, Snappy Play

Valerie Westgate as Dawn and Jeff Church as Jeff in 2nd Story Theatre's “Lobby Hero.”
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

2nd Story Theatre debuts its new 70-seat performing space this week with a play called “Lobby Hero” by New York writer Kenneth Lonergan.

Yeah, well, you see “hero” is not exactly the right word. On the other hand, maybe it is. Or it is sometimes. You get what I mean?

No, huh? Well, the strength of this very funny, charming, tough and potty-mouthed snappy play is that nothing is exactly as it seems. But it might be. Irony prevails in “Lobby Hero.”

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

New Mix: Beck, Best Coast, Joanna Gruesome, More

Clockwise from upper left: Beck, Cate Le Bon, Arp's Alexis Georgopoulos, Best Coast
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 7:05 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.

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Theater Reviews
5:41 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Trinity Rep’s “The Grapes of Wrath” is Mesmerizing Theater

John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath adapted by Frank Galati, directed by Brian McEleney, set design by Michael McGarty, lighting design by John Ambrosone, costume design by William Lane.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Let’s just say it right up front. Directed with bold assertion by Brian McEleney, on a kooky set that somehow works by designer Michael McGarty, “The Grapes of Wrath” is mesmerizing theater. With its quicksilver pace, its heartfelt performing and all-American drive, this production ranks among the best in Trinity’s history of taking on big deals and making them individual, and accessible.

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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Rhode Island Airports: Galleries for Local Artists

The gallery space at TF Green Airport.
Credit Courtesy RISCA

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking submissions from local artists for gallery space at TF Green and the Block Island airport.

An airport might not be the first venue that comes to mind when one thinks of an art gallery. But both the Block Island Airport and TF Green have set aside space to highlight the work of Rhode Island artists. Now the state’s arts council is looking for work to fill those spaces next year.

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Artscape: Trinity Rep, a Rhode Island Theater at 50

Curt Columbus has been the artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company since 2006.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This year, the Providence based Theater Company, Trinity Rep will celebrate its 50th year in Rhode Island, a remarkable feat for any non-profit arts organization.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender found out more about their upcoming season, and how the theater company made it to fifty.

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Arts & Culture
3:26 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Hundreds Converge on Providence to Celebrate Author HP Lovecraft

Author and Providence native HP Lovecraft will be celebrated in a four-day gathering starting Thursday.
Credit Rhode Island Historical Society

Some 1,000 fans of author HP Lovecraft are converging on Providence for a gathering starting Thursday and running through the weekend.

The event, called NecronomiCon,  is designed to celebrate the life and works of the author who crossed science fiction with horror stories.

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Theater Reviews
2:38 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Theatre by the Sea’s “La Cage” is a Winner

Peter Reardon (Georges) in Theatre By The Sea's production of La Cage Aux Folles.
Credit Steven Richard Photography / Theatre by the Sea

Okay, full disclosure. I have a major soft spot for “La Cage.” Ever since I was one of the many who stood and cheered at the end of the 1983 pre-Broadway tryout at Boston’s Colonial Theatre I’ve wanted “La Cage” to succeed wherever it plays.

And it’s not just the crisp score by Jerry Herman or the pungent humor of Harvey Fierstein’s lyrics. It is truly the message of becoming a decent human being and knowing who you are, and why, that’s allowed me to love “La Cage” over the years.

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Arts & Culture
8:20 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Made In Rhode Island: Jewelry Making, An Industry On The Move

Patrick McMillan of Providence makes custom jewelry in his basement workshop.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

There's a commonly held misconception in Rhode Island that the jewelry industry is washed up, kaput, a victim of the ravaged manufacturing sector. But according to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, we have the highest concentration of jobs in the jewelry industry in the United States. This morning as we continue our 'Made in Rhode Island' series, Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic delves into the jewelry industry through the eyes of three of its players:

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rhode Island Film Fest Highlights Legacy of Sen. Pell

The late Senator Pell fought for the creation of the Pell Grants in the 1970's, which are now used by about 9 million students annually.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway.  One movie highlights the loan program named for the late Senator Claiborne Pell.

A documentary about Pell Grants will receive its world premiere in Providence as part of the week-long film festival.

The movie follows the battle Senator Claiborne Pell fought in Congress to pass the grant program in the seventies.

It was written and directed by Steven Feinberg, who’s also the executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.

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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival Time-lapse video

Newport Jazz Festival attendees enjoy a dance in front of the RI Public Radio tent.
Credit Adam Kissick / NPR

We were happy to be a part of the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend. Our tent was right next to the stage, so Chief Engineer, Aaron Read set up a camera looking out over the crowd and captured this time-lapse video. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say "Hi!"

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