Arts & Culture

Dave Cantelli Photography / Courtesy of Epic Theatre Company

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." 


Courtesy Springfield Museums


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.

Elisabeth Harrison

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.

Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

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. 

MARK TUREK / OCEAN STATE THEATRE

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.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

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.

Mark Turek / Courtesy Trinity Rep

Trinity Rep reaches back 500 years or so to a Spanish play to close the theater season. Critic Bill Gale says it has plenty to say about then and now.

Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

At the Gamm Theatre these nights they are taking a look at events from the 16th century, the days of powerful Kings and Queens, which, it turns out, are not all that different from our times. 

St. Mary's Church in Newport

St. Mary’s Church in Newport is getting its prized 60 year old pipe organ back, Wednesday, after months of restoration in Canada.

Good Friday March For Charity Marks 39th Year

Apr 13, 2017
Good Friday Walk for Hunger RI

It’s Christian Holy Week. For the past 39 years, Christians have held a Good Friday March to raise money to combat hunger and help Providence groups that help the poor.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

For this month’s Artscape, we visit an exhibit of politically-inspired work done by three local artists on display now at OneWay Gallery in Narragansett. 

Courtesy of Rhode Island Foundation

Three Rhode Island visual artists have been awarded $25,000 each from the Rhode Island Foundation.

The Downtown Boys

Punk fans don’t need an introduction to the Downtown Boys. But Rhode Islanders may not know they’ve got one of the hottest punk bands in their backyard.

State Lawmakers Honor Viola Davis

Mar 2, 2017
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Rhode Island lawmakers took a moment to honor Central Falls native Viola Davis, Wednesday. The House passed a resolution to congratulate Davis- the first black woman to win an Emmy, Tony, and Oscar for acting.

Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Feb 27, 2017
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After three nominations, Viola Davis won her first Oscar Sunday night. The Central Falls native won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fences,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.

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