Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
9:05 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Students From Across Rhode Island Bring Music To The Statehouse For The Holidays

Chorus students from West Glocester Elementary School.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Elementary, middle and high school students from across Rhode Island are storming the State House this month to perform music for the holiday season.

The holiday concerts are part of a series put on by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, with up to three or four schools singing in a row, in the Statehouse Rotunda.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught a few of those concerts and has this audio postcard.

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Arts & Culture
9:27 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival Adds Extra Day

The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams state park
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The Newport Jazz Festival will be a little longer next year.

The Newport Jazz Festival, which has been a two-day event for decades, is adding a third day for its 60th anniversary next year.  The bonus day will be Friday, August 1st    and will feature new and emerging artists. The extra day was made possible by a 40-thousand dollar grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. Neil Steinberg is CEO of the Foundation.

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Arts & Culture
10:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Rhode Islander Hopes To Immortalize Cartoon Dog In Providence

Logo for the Fox show "Family Guy" set in Rhode Island.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

As you may or may not know, the TV show “Family Guy” killed off the family dog Brian Griffin. Thousands of fans are petitioning online to bring Brian back.

But one Providence resident is hoping to do more.

"Let’s strike while the iron is hot, and get a really dope statue in the city of Providence," said David Rocha in his online plea to get a statue in Providence.  

That really dope statue he wants is of everyone’s favorite sarcastic martini swilling cartoon dog, Brian Griffin.

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Theater Reviews
2:12 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Trinity Rep’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Wild, Almost Wooly

Vanya (Brian McEleney), Masha (Phyllis Kay), Cassandra (Tangela Large) and Spike (Mark Larson) in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Ah, yes. Good old Chris Durang. What’s he gotten into now? Over the years he’s been known for such ideosyncratic shows as “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” and, of course, “The Idiots Kasamazov.”

But Durang’s nicely into his 60’s now. Perhaps he’s calmed down a bit?

Well, no. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” concerns Bucks County, PA., Snow White, licking postage stamps, movie stars, the theatuh, voodoo, pricks, getting old and the significance of the blue heron. Among many other things.

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Artscape
8:55 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Artscape: Fellini's Famous Thanksgiving Pizza

The pizza itself, pre-oven.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Today is thanksgiving, so for this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender, looked to the culinary arts.

You’re probably familiar with all the traditional dishes of thanksgiving, but once a year, one the day before the big turkey; hundreds of people wait in line for a very specific pizza.

John went over to Fellini’s pizzeria to find out more about their Thanksgiving pie.

Fellini’s Pizzeria on the east side of Providence has your typical pizza fair. 

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Theater Reviews
4:20 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Trinity Rep’s “A Christmas Carol” Filled With Song And Dance

Fred Sullivan, Jr. as Scrooge and the cast of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol," as adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Yup. Charles Dickens is back in town. Played with great good humor by the veteran Tom Gleadow, this year’s “A Christmas Carol” has Mr. Dickens on stage often and to considerable effect.

The rotund Gleadow is one of those luminous actors whom you find yourself watching anytime he’s on stage. And he’s there a lot, giving this year’s version more of the dialogue from the novel then perhaps ever. He also chides, and directs, poor old Ebenezer Scrooge a bit, too, which lends a nice comedic touch.

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Theater Reviews
6:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

2nd Story Theatre’s “Golda’s Balcony” Is a Splendid Piece of Theater

Sandra Laub as Golda Meir in William Gibson’s one-woman tour de force "Golda's Balcony."
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Yes, indeed. There are lots of reasons why this production is a splendid piece of theater. First and foremost is Sandra Laub, the actress playing the one-time prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir.

Most theater people, especially actors, will tell you that doing a one-woman or one-man show is the most difficult of assignments.  After all, it is just one soul out there, alone. It’s a matter of getting the audience to fall for you, and there’s nobody to help out. You, and you alone, must keep the play’s pulse moving, must make the character live.

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Theater Reviews
4:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Gamm’s “Good People” Nothing Less Than Sizzling

Bill Mootos and Jeanine Kane in Gamm Theatre's "Good People."
Credit Peter Goldberg

Well, I don’t want to go overboard here. But “Good People” is just nothing less than a sizzling comedy with a real life message. It’s delicious, deep, delightful, and just plain dandy.

Directed with fire and feeling by Rachel Walshe, the production will have you laughing out loud and holding your breath as the characters reveal themselves.

Led by a splendid Janine Kane, the acting is as good as you’re liable to see anywhere. The sets and the goofy, great costumes add a lot, too.

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Theater Reviews
4:35 am
Fri November 15, 2013

At Ocean State Theatre Lombardi Is Played With Dark Vigor

Jennifer Byrne, Robert Ierardi and Joel Kipper in the New England premiere of "Lombardi."
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

Ah yes, the late Vince Lombardi. I can see him now, back in the black and white TV era of the 1960s. He’s standing like a statue on the sidelines on the tundra that is a Green Bay football field. Legs apart, polo coat covering his broad shoulders, absurd fedora on his head. And most of all there’s his shouting, bellowing, at anyone nearby. The refs, his own players, his assistant coaches, were all fair game, targets of his single minded drive.

He was the Bill Belichick of his time, the best-known coach in all of football. Only louder, tougher, harder to deal with.

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Arts & Culture
3:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Woonsocket's Museum Of Work & Culture Founder Retires

Tuesday is the last day on the job for Raymond Bacon, co-manager of Woonsocket’s Museum of Work & Culture. Bacon’s retirement ends 16 years working at the museum.

Before his time at the museum, Bacon spent 30 years as a high school teacher. Before that he worked his way through college at The French Worsted Mill. That experience, Bacon said, helped connect him to the people whose lives are chronicled at the Museum of Work and Culture. He said he knew some of the people in the pictures on display.

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