Arts & Culture

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The Providence Athenaeum has appointed a new executive director. Matt Burriesci comes to the non-profit following work with the director of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. He’s also the author of two books, including one novel.

The Providence Athenaeum is an independent library and cultural center, founded in 1836.

Burresci and his family will move to Providence this month from the Washington D.C. area. He begins his tenure at the library and cultural center on September first.

Matthew Clowney

A Providence-based photographer has been documenting a family with a transgender grandparent. The photos are part of an exhibit destined for the Boston Children’s Museum in the fall.

Newport Jazz Festival To Salute Miles Davis

Jul 29, 2015
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This year's Newport Jazz Festival marks the 60th anniversary of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis' first performance at the festival.

Plans for the celebration include musician tributes to Davis and other events, according to festival organizers.

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The 56th Newport Folk Festival is in full swing this weekend. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports from Fort Adams State Park.

A marching band played as fans waited to enter the Newport Folk Festival. The event sold out well in advance, so thousands turned out before the gates even opened,  eager secure a prime spot on the lawn at Fort Adams State Park.

Rhode Island-based band “Haunt The House” opened the festival with a heart-felt performance before a rapt audience, including family members, and local fans.

Live Audio From The 2015 Newport Folk Festival

Jul 24, 2015

Can't make it to the Newport Folk Festival? Listen to the stream right here.

Broadcast schedule below...

FRIDAY

(all times eastern)

11 a.m.: Haunt The House

12:25 p.m.: Bahamas

2:30 p.m.:The Lone Bellow

3:15 p.m.: Calexico

4 p.m.: The Tallest Man On Earth

5:05 p.m.: Heartless Bastards

5:50 p.m.: Watkins Family Hour

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SATURDAY

50 years ago this Saturday, Bob Dylan made history by playing an electric guitar with a blues band at the Newport Folk Festival. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of that night, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender looks back at an iconic moment in music history.

RIPR

Fifty years ago this week, on July 25, 1965, a young folk singer named Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and transformed himself from a defender of the folk tradition into a leader of a new breed of popular musician, the rock and roll troubadour.

This year’s Newport Folk festival kicks off Friday, and it will include a tribute to this moment in rock and roll history.  Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman asked  Newport Folk Festival Founder George Wein to remember the iconic performance.

USDA

Clam lovers celebrate a Rhode Island favorite, the quahog, this weekend at the annual quahog festival in Warren.

The hard shell clams, which live mud flats from Canada to Florida, are considered a local delicacy on Narragansett Bay. Matunuck Oyster Bar’s head chef Jeffrey Cruff prepares more than 100 stuffed quahogs a day.

Mark Turek / Ocean State Theater

The Ocean State Theatre in Warwick is reviving one of the big musical hits of the 1950s, “Gypsy,” a story about family, show business and the life of the striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.  Bill Gale says that despite some problems “Gypsy” is still worth seeing, one more time.

That's right. For you see “Gypsy” is one of those musicals you could call a “But, still . . .” piece of work.

Introducing A New Generation To Kites At Newport Festival

Jul 11, 2015

Hundreds of kites will fly over Brenton Point this weekend for Newport’s annual Kite Festival. The festival has been going on for more than twenty years.    

(From festival organizers, this video showcases a kite race from the event in 2011.)

Festival organizer Ron Kitt says the event is a way to expose people to the sport of kiting.

Can Providence Restaurant Week Spur Summer Business?

Jul 11, 2015
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Reservations at local restaurants are filling up for upcoming Restaurant Weeks in Providence. Over 100 restaurants are participating in the two-week long event, which offers special menus at discounted prices.

Anna Thompson of New Rivers Restaurant says the event helps spur business during the slow summer months.

Summer in Rhode Island means time to grab a book and sink your toes into the sand, or head out to the nearest lawn chair. For a few summer reading tips, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison turned to Nicole Merola, chair of the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Nicole Merola's summer book picks:

 

"I've just started it, and I have to say that I'm really kind of engrossed in the way that he is weaving together music, musical composition, chemistry and bioterrorism."

Celebrity magazines are reporting that Pop Star Taylor Swift is in Rhode Island, where she plans to host a barbeque for the 4th of July.

Scottish musician Calvin Harris posted a photo of Swift on Instagram at what looks like her Watch Hill Mansion. Swift can be seen grilling vegetables on a flagstone deck with the ocean in the background.

US Weekly reports that Swift hosted a 4th of July party last year at her multi-million dollar home in Westerly. This year the magazine reports her preparations include a large slide, and several deliveries.

Steven Richard / Theatre by the Sea

When “My Fair Lady” debuted on Broadway in 1956 it was an immediate classic. The “perfect musical” one review said. But how does this oft-repeated winner look today, almost 60 years later? Bill Gale says the version now at Theater by the Sea lets you know why “My Fair Lady” is still singing.


Chuck Hinman / RIPR

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, we take a visit to the State Archives in downtown Providence. The agency has unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to odd and unexpected state artifacts. The historic objects range from counterfeit colonial money, to the death certificate of famed Providence author H.P. Lovecraft. Rhode Island Public Radio's morning host, Chuck Hinman went on a private tour of the exhibit with State Archivist Gwenn Stearn.

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