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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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Skateboard wheels hit the pavement Wednesday across Rhode Island's capital city to celebrate national "Go Skateboarding Day." Dozens of skaters gathered in downtown Providence, where a local skateboard company set up ramps and rails for riders to use.

For at least one of those riders, Carlos Garcia, skateboarding is a sport like no other. Garcia has been skating in Providence since the late 1990s.

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The Smith Hill neighborhood in Providence has seen waves of immigrants over the years. The Irish were first, in the early 19th century. Now the neighborhood is almost half Hispanic and Asian, according to the 2010 census. At one time, it was the center of a sizeable Jewish community, and a single synagogue remains.

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"Accidental Death Of An Anarchist" is an Italian play written by Dario Fo, a left-leaning playwright, loved by many, disliked by others. The Contemporary Theater in Wakefield has taken it on. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says the production surely has its moments.

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Springtime is a changing time for the theater world.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says that’s clearly shown by the very different theater pieces "Equus" and "BEEHIVE The '60s Musical." 


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He's not a real doctor. His friends and family called him Ted. And he designed illustrations for Narragansett Beer. Since his death in 1991, Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — has become the best-selling author of children's books in the world.

Now, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, pays homage to its favorite native son with the first-of-its-kind Dr. Seuss Museum, which opened Saturday.

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Tourists, residents and downtown workers alike stopped to gaze open-mouthed at the sight of performers suspended from a multi-story building in downtown Providence on Wednesday.

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The landlord for the Warwick theater space previously used by the Ocean State Theatre Company, Stephen Soscia, says he will try and honor contracts other groups had with the space. 

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The Ocean State Theatre Company in Cranston closed abruptly this week, blaming  financial pressures. The theater’s board of directors said the company incurred large debts when it moved from South County and renovated a facility in Cranston.

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The community arts studio New Urban Arts in Providence is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The organization provides mentoring relationships between high school students and emerging artists. The anniversary comes at a time when public funding for the arts faces threats from a new administration in Washington, and a rally is scheduled for next Thursday, June 1st, at the State House, in support of public arts funding.

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