Arts & Culture

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Karen Feldman is the co-director of Young Voices, a Rhode Island organization that transforms urban youth into powerful advocates. She is joined by teenagers Grace Ajayi, Johanna German and Rick Rodriguez. They believe youth have the power to change Rhode Island.

Matanuch, R.I. – Well, hello, "Dolly!" It's good to have you back where you belong, on the musical stage.

At Theatre-by-the-Sea in Matunuck "Hello, Dolly!" that wonderfully glitzy, ever so old-timey, ever so American, musical is receiving the splendid, loving, carefully accurate production it deserves.

Block Island, RI – An extended interview with Jim Ortel and John Hirsch about their relationship with Block Island. Ortel is a year-round Block Island resident, cyclist, father, husband, and owner of Block Island Sport Shop. Hirsch is a professional cyclist, member of the Block Island Vela Club, and a public defender in NYC. He has been coming to Block Island since he was a child.

Providence, R.I. – Tomorrow morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Trinity Repertory Company will hold a memorial service for Richard Cumming, one of its own. Bill Gale takes a look back over the years.

If tomorrow's memorial is truly all about the man called Dee Dee, it will be filled with music and laughter. Sure, there will be serious moments for Cumming, who died last November at 81.

Providence, R.I. – Providence's Everett Dance Theatre is once again on boards. Bill gale has the review.

Providence, R.I. – If each of us stopped and really reflected on our lives at this very moment, we could identify critical, life-altering experiences along the way that have shaped who we are. For Diane Postoian, a rich collection of these experiences has everything to do with the stories she feels compelled to tell every day of her life.

Newport, Rhode Island – Rust is usually associated with decay, but artist Esther Solondz employs the process of oxidation to create images instead. Our arts correspondent Martina Windels recently visited the Newport Art Museum and spoke with Esther Solondz about her artwork and the exhibition "There and Not There," featuring about sixty of Solodnz's large rust portraits. View her work at

Providence, R.I. – Yes, indeed, "frisky" is just the word for this century old German tour de farce by a now mostly forgotten fellow named Carl Sternheim. His script ran on about . . .Oh, well, let's not worry about that.

For you see, Herr Sternheim's script has been adapted - and you strongly suspect __ largely re-engineered by that man of many an artistic talent, Steve Martin.

Providence, RI – How often have you stood impatiently in what turned out to be the interminably long line at the supermarket, or felt at a complete loss for what to do in those all-too-rare, often unexpected hiatuses in your overly scheduled life? As Henri Flikier observes, boredom is in the eye of the beholder and, often, is not what it seems.

Providence, RI – Who hasn't had a close encounter or two with a remarkably exasperating, perhaps eccentric, relative -- that legendary family fixture who has an astonishing ability to push the proverbial envelope and test our patience? And then, as so often happens, this is the relative who, over time, manages somehow to seep into and truly touch our soul. This is what happened to Janine Weisman.

Providence, RI – Brian Chippendale's name is closely linked to the Fort Thunder art scene, a group of artists and musicians that lived and worked in a Providence mill complex about a decade ago.

Providence, RI – Wake-up calls in life come from many sources, and usually not from hotel operators. For all of us, life is full of unpredictable and unexpected, often unbidden, events that teach us enduring lessons. That was certainly the case for Jack Galvin.

Galvin, a retired teacher and tennis pro, is a writer living in Middletown. He and Vinny Integlia, the subject of Galvin's essay, have been collaborating on a written account of Integlia's first ten years as a quadriplegic.

Providence, RI – Many of us have experienced poignant moments during our long-distance travels, those times when we're airborne or riding the rails for hours and stop to think about where we're headed, not just geographically, but, as well, in a more existential, perhaps even spiritual sense. Joanne Perella, has had many such moments in her life.

Providence, RI – All of us have had people walk into our lives unexpectedly and, in ways we never anticipated, change our lives forever - the way we view the world, our most basic priorities, our sense of what really matters. Indeed, that's what happened to Cori Hughes.

Providence, RI – One of the joys of living in Rhode Island is that we're surrounded by remarkably creative artists and their often provocative words, images, and sounds. As Lynnie Gobeille tells us, sometimes we can find the fruits of artists' labor in some very unlikely spots in the Ocean State.