Arts & Culture

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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Food
10:55 am
Wed March 19, 2014

St. Joseph's Day Means Zeppoles For Many In RI

Traditional Italian Zeppole
Credit Kyle Bruggeman / flickr

It's March 19th; St. Joseph's day, and for many Rhode Islanders that means just one thing: time for zeppoles. That's Italian pastry made from circles of dough similar to an eclair, filled with pastry cream, often dusted with powdered sugar and topped with a maraschino cherry.

Micheal Dellagrotta of La Salle bakery in Providence said the entire staff has been working since the early morning hours to make the thousands of pastries they expect to sell Wednesday.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Viola Davis Previews New Television Show

Viola Davis addresses the 2014 Women's Summit at Bryan University in Smithfield, RI.
Credit Bryant University

Rhode Island actress Viola Davis is talking about her latest project, a television pilot for ABC.

Davis plays ambitious defense attorney Annalise Keating, who also teaches law students at an ivy league university.

"She teaches them how to defend a criminal case in a practical manner by allowing them to help her solve a murder investigation," Davis said, adding there's more than one mystery to be solved after a murder takes place on campus.

The show, "How to Get Away with Murder," takes place in Philadelphia. 

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

RI Archaeologists May Partner With Australians To Locate Capt. Cook's Endeavor

An Australian museum official will meet with Rhode Island archaeologists to discuss a way to partner in the search for the wreck of Capt. James Cook's ship Endeavor.

 

British explorer Capt. James Cook traveled on the ship Endeavor to the east coast of Australia in 1770, thus Australians consider Cook their founder and the Endeavor their founding ship.

 

The Endeavor changed hands and was renamed the Lord Sandwich, which sailed to Rhode Island only to be sunk in 1778 during a British blockade of Narragansett Bay.

 

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Artscape
8:48 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots

A ballot secrecy sleeve redesigned by RISD students.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

In Rhode Island a group of design students barely old enough to vote are working on projects that could potentially affect the future of Presidential elections.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiles a class that is trying to tackle the problem of a better ballot.

On the third floor of a building in downtown Providence, a group of a dozen or so students from the Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD are giving their final presentations for a class called VoteLab: Designing for Democracy.

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Theater Review
4:24 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Trinity Rep's "Oliver!" Is A Solid Winner

Phineas Peters as Oliver and Noah Parets as Artful Dodger in Trinity Rep's Oliver! by Lionel Bart, based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Directed by Richard and Sharon Jenkins, set design by Eugene Lee, costume design by WIlliam Lane.
Credit Mark Turek

 

It certainly is. With a book, and music and lyrics, by the era’s one-time

wunderkind, Lionel Bart, “Oliver!” received 23 curtain calls opening night and

sailed on for six years in London’s West End. Then it became a Broadway hit and

there was a very successful film, too.

 

Later on, producer Cameron Macintosh took over and ran successful revivals.

Many theater fans loved “Oliver!” for its gutsy, and plucky, drive. It’s wistful

happy ending helped, too.

 

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Weekend Arts
9:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Weekend Arts: The Providence French Film Festival Returns

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Providence French Film Festival is back! Presented by Brown University, the 2014 festival is the 19th edition, with 20 films playing at the Cable Car Cinema now through March 2nd. 

Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman talks with the festival's co-director, Richard Manning. 

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Century-Old Painting Discovered on Ceiling of Newport Mansion

Salve Regina University

A huge, century-old painted canvas was discovered in Newport, hidden under two layers of paint on the ceiling of a Salve Regina University building. Visiting conservators were scraping off a layer of ceiling paint when they accidentally exposed the work of art underneath.

Salve Regina professor and chair of university’s cultural and historic preservation program Robert Russell described the moment of discovery:

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