Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
5:27 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Trinity Rep’s “Veronica Meadows” Can Bewitch & Make You Think

Jennifer Laine Williams and Angela Brazil in Veronica Meadows by Stephen Thorne showing at Trinity Rep.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

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.

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Arts & Culture
9:11 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Remembering Local Musician David Lamb Of Brown Bird

David Lamb with his wife MorganEve Swain, both of the band Brown Bird. Lamb passed away earlier this month.
Credit 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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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Gov. Chafee Picks Rhode Island Artist For Official Portrait

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected Rhode Island artist Julie Gearan to paint his official portrait
Credit file / RIPR

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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Weekend Arts Segment
11:26 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Sound Artist Ed Osborn: Thinking About Sound and Space

Sound artist Ed Orsbon will preview a performance in Pawtucket on April 26th.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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.

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Theater Reviews
6:35 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Gamm’s Macbeth Is A Big Bang Production

Jeanine Kane as Lady Macbeth in The Gamm Theatre's production of MacBeth.
Credit 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.

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Arts & Culture
5:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Festival Ballet Delivers Fine Work, Powerful Dancing

Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto dance in Festival Ballet's Up Close on Hope.
Credit 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.

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

RI Arts Council Refutes Claims In Report Calling For Its Elimination

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.

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Arts & Culture
9:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Documentary Tells Story Of Haven Brothers Food Truck

Director of the Haven Brothers documentary, Jeff Toste.
Credit 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.

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Artscape
4:40 am
Thu March 27, 2014

RI Music Hall Of Fame Welcomes Class Of 2014

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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Weekend Arts
5:06 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Founders Of Mixed Magic Theatre Recognized For Their Work

Richard Pitts-Wiley (right) with his son Jonathan at their Mixed Magic Theater in Pawtucket.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

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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