Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Redesigned Queen Anne Square Opens in Newport

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and artist Maya Lin at the dedication of the redesigned Queen Anne Square in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A newly redesigned Queen Anne Square opened to the public in downtown Newport today, with much fanfare. But the project  nearly divided the city.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Street Musicians Won't Stay Silent in Downtown Newport

Each summer Newport becomes a mecca of live music, yet there are no musicians performing on the streets.  The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport is trying to change that.

Newport Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, the Folk Fest, and the Jazz Fest, in this city live music is everywhere, except on the streets.

Newport currently bans street performing, or busking, without an event permit.

This makes it hard for musicians without a stage to play on to get their music to the public.

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Arts & Culture
9:18 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Artscape: The Avenue Concept: Bringing Art to the Streets

In Providence, the organization, the Avenue Concept wants to clean up the city’s streets, and spray paint them.

The group believes that graffiti can be art, and wants to get the city’s street-artists to fill, what they see as the void, of public art in Rhode Island’s creative capital.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender visited the Avenue Concept at their space on Providence’s South Side.

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Theater Reviews
1:51 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Wilbury's "Three Penny Opera" is a Good Try

Going forward with a famous musical is generally a matter of copying. After all, if you are putting on “Annie” or “Nunsense” you aren’t going to change things—just try to do a crowd-pleasing show as well as you can.

But that’s not the case with Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “Three Penny Opera.”

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Trinity Rep
1:52 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Hollywood's Richard Jenkins Returning to Trinity Rep.

Hollywood actor Richard Jenkins and his wife will return to Trinity Rep next year to co-direct the musical Oliver.

Richard Jenkins is best known for his role in HBO’s Six Feet Under and the 2008 film “The Visitor.” But before he hit it big in Hollywood Jenkins and his wife Sharon were part of Trinity Rep – she was a choreographer and he was an actor and later the artistic director.

The couple will return next season to co-direct the musical “Oliver.” Trinity Rep’s artistic director Curt Columbus said audiences can expect to see a smart production.

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Theater Reviews
1:04 am
Fri May 10, 2013

2nd Story's "Rose Tattoo" is a Play of Sicilian Passion & Wildness

Andrew Iacovelli as Jack and Valerie Westgate as Rosa in "The Rose Tattoo" at 2nd Story Theatre.
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Back in the late 1940s and early ‘50s the talk along the New York Rialto was about whether Tennessee Williams could broaden his approach. Sure, the critics and others said, he’s written great plays such as the ever-so-human “Glass Menagerie” and the stinging “A Streetcar Named Desire.” But can he go in other directions, take us to new places?

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Theater Reviews
1:53 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Gamm's "Beauty Queen" is not for the Faint of Heart

Jeanine Kane (Maureen), Wendy Overly (Mag) in The Gamm Theatre's "The Beauty Queen of Leenane."
Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

Watching the Gamm’s splendid, perfectly sharp, gloriously acted production of “Beauty Queen” was, for me at least, a trip down two very different roads. On one hand, I kept thinking of the legions of travel advertisements we’ve all seen. Ahh, the green of Ireland, the rolling hills, the charming little towns, the friendly pubs. Where have you gone Rick Steves?

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Rhode Island Philharmonic Tackles Mahler's Second Symphony

Credit RI Philharmonic

This Saturday the Rhode Island Philharmonic tackles Mahler’s massive second symphony.  Around 200 musicians will assemble at Veterans Memorial Auditorium Saturday, May 8th, to perform this gigantic work.

This is Gustav Mahler’s second symphony.  The Resurrection.  It’s a powerful piece of work, that requires a huge number of performers.  And it has impact.  It was recently performed by the New York Philharmonic for the tenth anniversary of September 11th.   As Rhode Island Philharmonic conductor Larry Rachleff says, it’s a symphony about life.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

WaterFire Recieves National Arts Grant

Credit Heather Katsoulis / FLICKR

WaterFire Providence, the organization which runs the public art installation, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant will fund a wide variety of new art projects along the WaterFire route, said managing director Peter Mello.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

The Season That Made Baseball the National Pastime

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Local baseball fans are accustomed to watching Sunday afternoon games and getting a beer at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket or Fenway Park in Boston. But it wasn’t always this way. A new book by the Providence Journal’s deputy editorial page editor, Edward Achorn, describes how Sunday games and beer sales were once controversial. His book, “The Summer of Beer and Whiskey,” describes 1883 as the groundbreaking season that remade baseball as the national pastime.

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