Arts & Culture

The annual event begins Friday in the City by the Sea. The three-day festival is one of the marquee events of Newport’s lucrative tourist season.

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Luthiers are woodworkers specially trained to build and repair stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and basses. Just off the town green in Peace Dale, across the street from the public library, you’ll find Beekman Violin.

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Barbara Orson, one of the founders of Trinity Repertory Company, passed away this week at the age of 88.  As an early member of the company, Orson performed in dozens of productions at Trinity Rep and elsewhere. 

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Behind every great pianist, is a page-turner. And at the Newport Music Festival – which turns 50 next year – that page-turner is Elmer Booze.

It takes months to organize high-profile summer concerts like the Newport Folk Festival, but these days, you can start your own impromptu Folk Fest with little more than an idea and a five-day Kickstarter campaign.

At least, that’s how organizers launched the Fox Point Folk Festival last weekend. They took over a block of Wickenden Street with music, hammocks, and even a giant Jenga block tower. 

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The art scene in Newport is known for maritime seascapes and portraits of the city’s Gilded Age wealth. But recently, an influx of challenging contemporary art has popped up in the City by the Sea.

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At the turn of the century, Providence was at the epicenter of technological innovation. Rhode Island’s capital city was home to state of the art manufacturing facilities, and at the center of those companies was Brown and Sharpe.

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Tuesday morning, Bristol held its annual Fourth of July parade, which kicked off at 10:30 at the intersection of Hope and Chestnut streets.


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Boston today is hosting its 44th annual outdoor Boston Pops show and fireworks display, New England's biggest Fourth of July celebration. 

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This Independence Day marks an historic moment at Bristol’s 232nd Fourth of July celebration: for the first time ever two sisters will lead the parade as co-chief marshals.

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Think of the world’s most famous concert venues: Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, Royal Albert Hall. Well, you may be able to add another name to that list: Rogers High School Auditorium in Newport.

This summer, the Rogers stage will hold some of the biggest names in modern classical music.

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Locals and tourists alike will find no shortage of things to do this Fourth of July weekend in Rhode Island. Fireworks, parties, and parades are planned across the state beginning Saturday, July 1st.

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“The Music Man” has been an American staple for 60 years. Now it’s at Theatre by the Sea in Matunick. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says it’s well worth seeing, once again.

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Earlier this month in New York a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” depicted a Caesar complete with fluffy, golden hair and a very long, red, necktie. This obvious nod to President Donald Trump caused anguish and action. Ticket buyers clashed with each other, and major financial promoters withdrew their support.

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