Arts & Culture

Trinity Rep

Trinity Repertory Company opens its 52nd season with William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The production is designed to have the feel of our modern political world, (hence the suits pictured above).

The show also offers a surprising twist in casting. The title role of Julius Caesar will be played by a woman, Trinity Rep veteran Anne Scurria. (Julius Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, will be played by a man -- with a name change to Calpurnius.)

The Rhythm and Roots Music Festival in Charlestown has become a Labor Day tradition here in Rhode Island, especially as a showcase for Cajun music and dance. Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman explores the origin and lasting legacy of Rhode Island's Cajun connection, with Alan Bradbury of the Magnolia Cajun Band.

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Trinity Repertory Company, which has also been named the State Theater of Rhode Island, has selected Tom Parrish as its new executive director.

Parrish comes from a similar position at the Geva Theater Center in New York, according to the official announcement of his hiring. 

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Art and medicine have long been intertwined - from the earliest depictions of human anatomy to modern art therapy. A new art exhibit (“Interstice: Memory, Mind, and Alzheimer's Disease," open through September 9 in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University) takes that relationship in a new direction. A neuroscientist and artist teamed up with fellow artists to explore what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s Disease. 

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Providence celebrates its famed native author H.P. Lovecraft this week, with dozens of events at the convention known as Necromomicon.  

Rhode Island's Poet Laureate Rick Benjamin plans to leave the state for a post in California. Benjamin will resign as of mid-January and take a teaching position at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Governor Gina Raimondo's office said the State Arts Council will begin to organize a search for a new state poet. 

Benjamin was appointed state poet in 2013 by then-Governor Lincoln Chafee. The five-year appointment made Benjamin the 5th state poet in Rhode Island history.

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State Department officials are meeting with artists at the Rhode Island School of Design this week for a series of workshops on design and public policy.

RISD head of continuing education Greg Victory said good designers consider a variety of perspectives. He thinks that approach that might improve things like public policy and legislation.

“Often times the times the process doesn’t really include for lack of a better term the user, until late in the game, and at some points, that’s too late.”

The 19th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival kicks off Tuesday. Judges sifted through more than 5,700 entries to winnow down this year’s festival  to 250 films.  The films will be screened at a dozen venues across the state.

Executive Director George Marshall said after nearly two decades the festival is gaining international recognition.

“Things are starting to coalesce with folks internationally discovering who we are as an organization and as point of exhibition for quality films that reflect filmmakers’ visions from across the world,” said Marshall.

National Cheese Society Convenes In RI

Jul 31, 2015
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More than 1,000 cheese lovers have descended on Providence for the American Cheese Society’s annual conference. 

This is the first time in more than a decade that the national conference has come to New England.

Winners of the 2015 Cheese Competition will be on display at a cheese festival scheduled for Saturday.  Norah Weiser from the American Cheese Society said the event will feature more than 1,700 different types of cheese. 

Rebels And Redcoats Set To Storm Sturbridge Village

Jul 31, 2015
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The Revolutionary War returns to New England soil this weekend in Massachusetts. The annual reenactment known as Redcoats and Rebels is thought to be the largest war reenactment in the country.

Event Coordinator Jim O’Brien says it features more than 1,000 soldiers in full period costume.

“You forget about today,” said O’Brien. “You really forget who you are. For that moment, you are back in the 18th century. It really is just a unique experience that has immediate gratification.”

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The Providence Athenaeum has appointed a new executive director. Matt Burriesci comes to the non-profit following work with the director of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. He’s also the author of two books, including one novel.

The Providence Athenaeum is an independent library and cultural center, founded in 1836.

Burresci and his family will move to Providence this month from the Washington D.C. area. He begins his tenure at the library and cultural center on September first.

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A Providence-based photographer has been documenting a family with a transgender grandparent. The photos are part of an exhibit destined for the Boston Children’s Museum in the fall.

Newport Jazz Festival To Salute Miles Davis

Jul 29, 2015
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This year's Newport Jazz Festival marks the 60th anniversary of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis' first performance at the festival.

Plans for the celebration include musician tributes to Davis and other events, according to festival organizers.

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The 56th Newport Folk Festival is in full swing this weekend. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports from Fort Adams State Park.

A marching band played as fans waited to enter the Newport Folk Festival. The event sold out well in advance, so thousands turned out before the gates even opened,  eager secure a prime spot on the lawn at Fort Adams State Park.

Rhode Island-based band “Haunt The House” opened the festival with a heart-felt performance before a rapt audience, including family members, and local fans.

Live Audio From The 2015 Newport Folk Festival

Jul 24, 2015

Can't make it to the Newport Folk Festival? Listen to the stream right here.

Broadcast schedule below...

FRIDAY

(all times eastern)

11 a.m.: Haunt The House

12:25 p.m.: Bahamas

2:30 p.m.:The Lone Bellow

3:15 p.m.: Calexico

4 p.m.: The Tallest Man On Earth

5:05 p.m.: Heartless Bastards

5:50 p.m.: Watkins Family Hour

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SATURDAY

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