Arts & Culture

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. PVD Fest is Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's effort to establish a South by Southwest vibe in New England. Festival organizers say about 100,000 people attended last year's inaugural event, and they're looking to do at least as well this year. RIPR's Chuck Hinman discussed...

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. Spears said the Tomaquag Museum works hard to preserve the indigenous culture of the Narragansett Indians,...

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. Lee and...

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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. May 18th was the day in 1803 that residents...

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 17 th Century book thought to have save some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays leaves Providence after the weekend. Collected in 1623, the First Folio is widely considered to be one of the reasons Shakespeare has endured as one of the most important figures in Western writing. The book contains 35 of Shakespeare’s plays, 18 of them had...


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.

Chuck Hinman

This year's award goes to Raymond Two Hawks Watson, a Providence resident and the chief executive officer of the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative.

Last month, the Providence City Council passed a resolution declaring support for the Rhode Island Middle Passage Project. This is the local chapter of a nationwide effort now underway to install historic markers memorializing the lives of Africans who were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. Rhode Island has four sites identified as places for such markers. On Thursday afternoon, April 7, the statewide committee coordinating this effort meets to plan the next steps. Professor Emily...