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2:38 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Theatre by the Sea’s “La Cage” is a Winner

Peter Reardon (Georges) in Theatre By The Sea's production of La Cage Aux Folles.
Credit Steven Richard Photography / Theatre by the Sea

Okay, full disclosure. I have a major soft spot for “La Cage.” Ever since I was one of the many who stood and cheered at the end of the 1983 pre-Broadway tryout at Boston’s Colonial Theatre I’ve wanted “La Cage” to succeed wherever it plays.

And it’s not just the crisp score by Jerry Herman or the pungent humor of Harvey Fierstein’s lyrics. It is truly the message of becoming a decent human being and knowing who you are, and why, that’s allowed me to love “La Cage” over the years.

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Arts & Culture
8:20 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Made In Rhode Island: Jewelry Making, An Industry On The Move

Patrick McMillan of Providence makes custom jewelry in his basement workshop.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

There's a commonly held misconception in Rhode Island that the jewelry industry is washed up, kaput, a victim of the ravaged manufacturing sector. But according to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, we have the highest concentration of jobs in the jewelry industry in the United States. This morning as we continue our 'Made in Rhode Island' series, Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic delves into the jewelry industry through the eyes of three of its players:

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rhode Island Film Fest Highlights Legacy of Sen. Pell

The late Senator Pell fought for the creation of the Pell Grants in the 1970's, which are now used by about 9 million students annually.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway.  One movie highlights the loan program named for the late Senator Claiborne Pell.

A documentary about Pell Grants will receive its world premiere in Providence as part of the week-long film festival.

The movie follows the battle Senator Claiborne Pell fought in Congress to pass the grant program in the seventies.

It was written and directed by Steven Feinberg, who’s also the executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.

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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival Time-lapse video

Newport Jazz Festival attendees enjoy a dance in front of the RI Public Radio tent.
Credit Adam Kissick / NPR

We were happy to be a part of the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend. Our tent was right next to the stage, so Chief Engineer, Aaron Read set up a camera looking out over the crowd and captured this time-lapse video. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say "Hi!"

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Theater Reviews
9:05 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Theatre-by-the-Sea's "Annie" is a Mixed Bag

It's a hard knock life for Annie and her fellow orphans, who take the state at Theatre by the Sea until August 10th.
Credit Steven Richard Photography / Theatre-by-the-Sea

Ah, yes. “The sun’ll come out tomorrow/Bet your bottom dollar.” Most of us remember that lyric. And you know, when “Annie,” after trying out at the Goodspeed Opera House, opened on Broadway in 1977 it definitely earned a lot more than a buck. With its bouncy music and improbable but oh-so-charming, very American narrative the show was up for 18 Tony Awards, and won 14, including “Best Musical.”

The show then traveled from Boston to Bangkok as Annie and her dog Sandy, and her multi-millionaire benefactor Daddy Warbucks, made the sun shine once again around the world.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Sea Life and Waves Roll Along I-95 Underpass in Providence

The murals along Eddy Street features whales, dolphins and other sea creatures.
Credit James Baird

A mural commissioned to mark Rhode Island Hospital’s 150th anniversary was unveiled Tuesday morning in Providence.

Dolphins, whales, harbor seals and an octopus mingle among the blue and violet waves that roll down the walls of the Eddy Street underpass. Artist Kenn Speiser says the waves are meant to have a calming effect on drivers as they buzz by.

Speiser and his team painted during the day for about three weeks, getting plenty of feedback along the way.

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Arts & Culture
9:37 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Island Moving Company's Dance Extravaganza Worth the Trip to Newport

The Dance Festival is taking place this weekend at the Island Moving Company.
Credit Thomas Palmer / Island Moving Company

They call it The Great Friends Dance Festival and Island Moving, under the direction of veteran Rhode Island dancer/choreographer, Miki Ohlsen, has collected and collaborated with a half dozen or so companies and choreographers.

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Arts & Culture
8:04 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Artscape: In Conversation with the Rhode Island International Film Festival Director

The Rhode Island International Film Festival will celebrate its 17th year when it starts up for a week this August.

For this month’s Artscape Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with George Marshall, the executive director of the festival.

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Arts & Culture
3:23 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Point Judith Lighthouse Featured in Forever Stamp Series

The Point Judith Lighthouse is part of a stamp set going on sale Saturday.
Credit USPS

A series of Forever stamps featuring New England lighthouses goes on sale this weekend. The series include Rhode Island’s Point Judith lighthouse.

Five New England lighthouses are part of the Forever stamp series. They are the Portland Head lighthouse in Maine, Portsmouth Harbor lighthouse in New Hampshire, the Boston Harbor lighthouse, Connecticut’s New London Harbor lighthouse and the Point Judith lighthouse.

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Theater Reviews
1:07 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Theatre-by-the Sea’s Production is the Cats Meow

The cast of CATS at Theatre By The Sea through July 13.
Credit Steven Richard Photography / Theatre-by-the-Sea

It’s a funny thing about “Cats.”

Some people, many actually, are enthralled by this musical taken almost completely from a poem by that Anglo-American literary icon, T.S. Eliot. “Cats” lovers adore the music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and are happy to forget about the almost plotless story line that finds a beat-up old cat restored to vibrant life.

Others, myself included, enjoy much of the music but really find “Cats” to be a clawless work, more a stagnant showing off piece than anything else.

So , make your choice and pay your money. Or not.

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