Arts & Culture

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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Weekend Arts
6:00 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Weekend Arts: A Preview Of The Providence Children's Film Festival

Providence Children's Film Festival executive director Anisa Raoof
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Providence Children's Film Festival is now in it's fifth year, and has recently expanded to eight days of programming.

Anisa Raoof, the executive director of the festival sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman to speak about the festival, and what makes a good kid's film.

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Arts & Culture
2:22 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

RI Black Heritage Society Holds Lecture on RI's African-American Culinary History

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is presenting a lecture this Saturday on the state’s African-American culinary traditions. It will be given by actor Robb Dimmick, who is best known for portraying Abraham Lincoln in reenactments across the country. President of the Rickman Group, Ray Rickman, says he hopes the lecture will bring awareness to African-American influence on Rhode Island cuisine.

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Theater Reviews
4:17 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Trinity Rep’s “Intimate Apparel” Is Worth Seeing And Thinking About

Mia Ellis as Esther in Intimate Apparel, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage.
Credit Mark Turek

That is for sure. Playwright Lynn Nottage, a Brown graduate, has called “Intimate Apparel” a “meditation on loneliness.” Surely that is a more exact, more piercing description of this lovely, incisive and heartbreaking work at Trinity Rep.

“Intimate Apparel” is one of those plays that will have you confused sometimes, a little bored perhaps, and then will suddenly strike, make you fall for the people involved and for the ideas being put forth. It’s a play most worth seeing, and thinking about.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 am
Mon February 10, 2014

RI Foundation Announces MacColl Johnson Fellowship Recipients

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the winners of MacColl Johnson Fellowship. The $25-thousand fellowships are for the fine and performing arts.

The Foundation gives out three MacColl Johnson fellowships each year to Rhode Island-based artists, composers, and writers.

This year the fellowships were given to visual artists Leslie Hirst, Anthony Giannini, and Daniel Sousa. Sousa, a filmmaker, has been nominated for an Academy Award this year for his short animated film “Feral.” He says he’ll use the fellowship to expand his filmmaking operations.

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