Arts & Culture

Ah, yes, welcome back, “Cloud Nine.” Churchill’s play was a hit in certain quarters back there when the world as we knew it seemed to be tumbling onto a landscape that was unclear and wonderful and scary.

The play won an Obie, Off Broadway’s version of the Tony Awards. It was done around the country by risk-taking regional theaters including a crackerjack production in the 1983-84 season at what we then called the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence.

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Scrabble fans have voted and there is a new word to play for points. Starting Sunday “geocache” will count as a word and be included in the official Merriam Webster Scrabble Dictionary. Geocache, spelled G-E-O-C-A-C-H-E, is a verb meaning to find items in a treasure hunt using a GPS. Hasbro spokesperson Shawn Rowan said 'geocache' beat out 15 other nominated words.

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You know, every now and then a listener or reader calls, or e-mails, or tweets, or something, to disagree with one of my reviews. Now I know you, dear listener, find that hard to believe. But it happens. And the most used complaint asks whether “Mr. Gale and I saw the same play?”

Well, the answer is “no.”  After all, we are different folks with different sexes, backgrounds, beliefs, experiences. It’s inevitable that we’ll have different takes watching a play.

American Songwriter

The local music scene lost an important musician this month.  David Lamb, one half of the Rhode Island folk duo Brown Bird passed away late last week, after a year-long battle with leukemia. Lamb was only 35.

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Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected the artist who will paint his official portrait. The Rhode Island artist beat out 123 others in the national search.

Julie Gearan said there was something about the fact that she’s not a traditional portrait painter combined with Chafee not being a traditional politician that drew her to apply for the job of painting his official portrait.

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Artist Ed Osborn works in audio and video to create installations, sculptures and performance pieces. Osborn is an assistant professor in the Visual Art Department at Brown University.

On his website, his work is described as “testing the patience of audiences.”  His next performance is a preview of a new sound installation that takes place on Saturday April 26th at Machines With Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket at 4:30 pm.

Peter Goldberg

Well, that’s right. Filled with shouting, drumming and blood, blood, blood, this Macbeth is a fearsome production. Director Fred Sullivan Jr. has missed no chance to put a point right under your nose, and into your ears.  Drums pound, soldiers shout and women weep.

Thomas Nola-Rion

Ah, yes, definitely. You could call this “Up Close” wide-ranging. Then again you could say, ahh, it’s a mixed bag. But, fortunately, this show has enough fine work – some powerful dancing, and one emotionally charged piece – to make it worth recommending.

What artistic director Misha Djuric has done this time is turn basically to his own company for inspiration and dances. The result shows work from young dancers that are sometimes amusing, sometimes not so much. Then again Festival’s stronger veterans also put forth some fine work.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking umbrage with a new report claiming taxpayers are paying for tasteless and offensive art.

The report from the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity claims taxpayer money was used to fund an erotic holiday party, underwear art, and an international film festival that shows movies some would consider “depraved.” But RISCA refutes those claims saying it didn’t fund any party or underwear art, but gave a grant a few years ago to an artist mentioned in a blog about those events.

Courtesy: Jeff Toste

“Haven Brothers: The Legacy of the American Diner” tells the story of the food truck that has been parked outside Providence City Hall for as long as most people remember.

Jeff Toste makes his directorial debut with the documentary that explores the food truck’s beginnings and how it was almost lost.  The documentary makes its Providence debut at the Columbus Theatre in Providence on June 6th.

Rhode Island Public Radio weekend host Chuck Hinman sat down with Toste to talk about the iconic food truck and capturing its history.

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2014. There are nine inductees, who range from folk and jazz musicians to R&B to club owners. The museum located in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village will hold a series of events next month to induct the musicians.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch caught up with the museum’s Rick Bellaire for a few stories about these musicians from Rhode Island who made a name for themselves around the world.

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Richardo Pitts-Wiley and his wife Bernadette are being recognized with an award of special distinction by the Pawtucket Foundation for their work at Mixed Magic Theatre. The couple founded the theater as a way to create a diverse acting community.

He joined Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman in the studio to talk about theater, diversity and the arts.

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St. Joseph's Day Means Zeppoles For Many In RI

Mar 19, 2014
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It's March 19th; St. Joseph's day, and for many Rhode Islanders that means just one thing: time for zeppoles. That's Italian pastry made from circles of dough similar to an eclair, filled with pastry cream, often dusted with powdered sugar and topped with a maraschino cherry.

Micheal Dellagrotta of La Salle bakery in Providence said the entire staff has been working since the early morning hours to make the thousands of pastries they expect to sell Wednesday.

Bryant University

Rhode Island actress Viola Davis is talking about her latest project, a television pilot for ABC.

Davis plays ambitious defense attorney Annalise Keating, who also teaches law students at an ivy league university.

"She teaches them how to defend a criminal case in a practical manner by allowing them to help her solve a murder investigation," Davis said, adding there's more than one mystery to be solved after a murder takes place on campus.

The show, "How to Get Away with Murder," takes place in Philadelphia. 

An Australian museum official will meet with Rhode Island archaeologists to discuss a way to partner in the search for the wreck of Capt. James Cook's ship Endeavor.

 

British explorer Capt. James Cook traveled on the ship Endeavor to the east coast of Australia in 1770, thus Australians consider Cook their founder and the Endeavor their founding ship.

 

The Endeavor changed hands and was renamed the Lord Sandwich, which sailed to Rhode Island only to be sunk in 1778 during a British blockade of Narragansett Bay.

 

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