Arts & Culture

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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For this month’s Artscape, we preview the first show of the season, at the Theater Department of Brown University.

It’s a musical. Not just any musical, but one conceived, with music and lyrics, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man behind the theater phenomenon of Hamilton. It’s called In The Heights, and is a success in its own right, winner of four Tony Awards in 2008.


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Sal Monteiro and Sheila Capece met at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence. He spent time in prison for second degree murder. She advocates for victims of crime.

Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Ochee Spring Quarry in Johnston preserves a record of soapstone bowl-making dating back at least 3,000 years.

Paul B. Goode / Firstworks and Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is often called America’s finest dance organization. The troupe performed in Providence over the weekend, premiering a brand new dance that will open this week in New York City. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says the performance was well worth watching.


Chuck Hinman

Johnston is home to one of the oldest houses in Rhode Island: the Clemence-Irons House, built in 1691. It's right on George Waterman Road, but if you don't slow down, you'll miss it. 

The Wilbury Group

Providence's Wilbury Group is doing Harold Pinter's 1978 play “Betrayal” a drama of many turns, many changes. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale has the review.

One Square Mile Johnston: 100,000 Meatballs

Jan 31, 2017
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This week our series "One Square Mile" is shining a light on the town of Johnston. You can’t talk about Johnston without talking about Italians, and some would say you can’t talk about Italians without talking about Italian food. We talk to one expert: a 92-year-old woman who, by her granddaughter's estimate, has made 100,000 meatballs in her lifetime.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman speaks to author Dawn Tripp of Westport, MA. In Tripp’s latest novel, Georgia, she imagines the inner life of Georgia O’Keefe, an American painter known for still lives and landscapes that evoke sensual femininity. Tripp’s book is out in paperback this month. 

Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

Way back in 1934, Lillian Hellman's “The Children's Hour” was a shocker. Produced in New York,  it was banned in Boston, Chicago and London. Now the Gamm Theatre has revived the drama, and Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale says it's worth it. 

Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

On Martin Luther King Day Trinity Rep opened “The Mountaintop,”  a play that salutes Dr. King. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale says the show works, to an extent, at least.

Newport Art Museum Receives $5M Anonymous Gift

Jan 3, 2017
Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum has received an anonymous donation of nearly $5 million dollars, more than tripling its endowment. The museum plans to use the money for new visitor programs and more.

Elisabeth Harrison

Al’s Place in Woonsocket serves up Tourtière, a French-Canadian style of meat pie, in a tiny one-room diner, with a few red stools lining the counter. Roland Gagne sits at one of those stools, remembering Christmas dinners from his childhood.

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