Arts & Culture

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

There’s something new at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, opening Wednesday June 22. Visitors to the RISD Museum have been unable to use its Benefit St. entrance since mid-April, but that entrance now has been re-opened, as RISD unveils what it’s been working on these past few months: its first café, called Café Pearl, after one of the museum’s most dedicated and long-serving docents, Pearl Nathan. RIPR's Chuck Hinman talked to the 102-year-old Nathan at her home in East Providence, about her long association with the RISD Museum.

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Downtown Providence will be busy this weekend with a major music festival, RISD commencement and the Southern New England Heart Walk. Most of the streets in central downtown will be closed to cars and bus routes will change to accommodate all the activity.

Street closures begin with a few smaller roads on Friday, and by Saturday, most of central downtown will turn pedestrian. That includes several major arteries in and around Kennedy Plaza, the state's largest public transit hub.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority plans to re-locate all bus stops.

This weekend the city of Providence puts on its second International Arts Festival, PVD Fest. The festival turns downtown Providence into one giant block party, featuring dozens of bands, dance, art installations and more.

The Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI, was honored on Wednesday morning in a ceremony at The White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The museum's Executive Director, Loren Spears, said the institution was among 10 finalists for a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor a museum or library can receive for its service. The medal comes with a $5,000 grant.

Now Here This: The Karaoke Singer

May 27, 2016

Rhode Island Public Radio is starting 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.

Today, we meet a woman from North Providence who raised seven kids, overcame alcoholism, and became a regular on the Providence karaoke scene. Sophie McKibben from Now Here produced the story.  

Chuck Hinman

The Jamestown Arts Center exhibit "Setting the Stage” presents a behind-the-scenes look at two celebrated designers: Set Designer Eugene Lee and Interior Designer Kyla Coburn.

Lee and Coburn were recently inducted into the RI Design Hall of Fame; Coburn was named Emerging Designer for her work at some of Rhode Island’s hippest restaurants and bars, and Lee received Lifetime Achievement recognition for his award-winning sets on Broadway, and his work for television and Trinity Rep.

John Bender / RIPR

This year’s Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievements in the Arts were presented to Trinity Rep's former artistic director Oskar Eustis and his wife Laurie at Salve Regina University in Newport Monday.

Chuck Hinman

In honor of Haiti’s historic revolution more than 200 years ago, Haitians will rally at the Rhode Island Statehouse Wednesday. The event is also aimed at strengthening a community estimated to number about 2,000 people.

Nonprofit New Bridges for Haitian Success, founded by Providence resident Bernard Georges, works with the Haitian community. Georges said he chose May 18th for the event because it coincides with an important date in Haitian history.

Chuck Hinman

Providence residents Ger V. Xiong and his daughter Mailee Kue tell RIPR's Chuck Hinman the story of their family's migration from the mountains of Laos to Rhode Island.

Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

  Trinity Rep has chosen the great 1943 musical “Oklahoma!” to close its season. 

Ben Chace is a Providence native, a musician and now an international filmmaker, after writing and directing one of the first movies shot in Cuba since the Cuban Revolution. The film is called Sin Alas (Without Wings), and it just enjoyed its theatrical premiere in New York.

Chace brings his film to Providence for showings at the Cable Car Cinema this weekend. RIPR's Chuck Hinman reached Chace in Brooklyn,to talk about the film, and about working in Cuba.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Time is almost up to see William Shakespeare’s First Folio on display at Brown University this month. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, the 17th Century book thought to have save some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays leaves Providence after the weekend.


This month’s Artscape features a look at a new exhibit called Support and Defend: Art Relevant to the Veteran Experience

Gamm Theatre

Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre is closing its season with one of William Shakespeare's most difficult to do plays.

Mark Turek/Trinity Rep.

“Arnie Louis and Bob” checks out three old timers, brothers ranging from their late-60s to mid-70s. All three could be called wanderers, guys who spend considerable amounts of time looking for things they can't have.

Arnie cuts grass and plows snow. Makes a living at it too, more or less. Louis is depressed, beaten down, and barely in touch with reality. Bob runs an ice-making  Zamboni machine -- when he's not longing for even a glimpse of Taylor Swift, that is.