Arts & Culture en Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55 Years <p>The Newport Folk Festival kicks off today.&nbsp; The 55-year old festival is more popular than ever.</p><p>Tickets for the festival sold out even before the full lineup was announced.&nbsp; A resurgence in the festival’s popularity has been credited to an increasingly diverse collection of artists, and a major social media presence.&nbsp; The festival is now so popular it’s been expanded to three days.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:56:53 +0000 John Bender 37277 at Deer Tick Held Up En Route To Newport Folk Festival <p>The band Deer Tick is heading back home for the Newport Folk Festival, but apparently they got held up en route<strong>.</strong></p><p>According to the band’s Twitter feed, the musicians were kicked off a U.S. Airways flight for trying to board with a guitar.</p><p>To which festival organizers tweeted back, “They messed with the wrong folking band”</p><p>The band said they’ve since hitched a ride on the train. Originally based in Providence, Deer Tick has become a staple of the Newport Folk Fest. They’re scheduled to play the festival Saturday.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:03:35 +0000 John Bender 37230 at 2nd Story’s “Hay Fever” Is An Overdone Shouting Contest <p></p><p>Ah, yes, “Hay Fever” one of those plays that became known as “a comedy of manners.” But in truth Coward's 1925 hit really ought to be called a “comedy of ill manners.”</p><p>It's Coward's view of a famous family being famously, uproariously, ridiculously bad mannered to point of forcing the family's so-called “guests” to split, to sneak out of the house, to take any measures to get away from the family's self-regard, their “I really don't give a hoot for anything or anyone but myself” attitude.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:47:00 +0000 Bill Gale 37169 at 2nd Story’s “Hay Fever” Is An Overdone Shouting Contest Great Friends Dance Festival Returns To Newport <p>You know it's no easy thing to run a small but professional dance company.&nbsp; Fund-raising is constant and communication with other companies sometimes almost non-existent. That's why Island Moving's idea to trade locations with other companies is such a good thing. It allows a small but efficient troupe to not only travel the nation but brings dancers, choreographers and administrators together in what can sometimes be a kind of singular business.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Bill Gale 37062 at Great Friends Dance Festival Returns To Newport Ocean State's "Guys and Dolls" Is Hit And Miss <p></p><p>Well, yes it does. At the Ocean State in Warwick “Guys and Dolls” – admittedly one of my all-time favorite musicals – comes across as a bifurcated project. On the one hand there is still that marvelous score by Frank Loesser, songs that can break your heart and make you laugh out loud. Under music director Justin P. Cowan they are handled well by a cast of good singers who know how to offer a song without seeming to force it.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:10:00 +0000 Bill Gale 36717 at Ocean State's "Guys and Dolls" Is Hit And Miss Artscape: Summer Reading For Young Adults <p>It’s the summer reading season, and for this month’s Artscape we explore books for young adults starting with what some kids at the Cumberland Public Library plan to read this summer.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Summer Reading Students</strong></p><p>Phillip DiDomenico, 10 years old, recommends <em>Frindle</em> by Andrew Clements, which he read during the school year.</p><p>Sophia Dauphine, 7 years old, plans to read <em>Diary of A Wimpy Kid</em> by Jeff Kinney</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:06:58 +0000 Catherine Welch & Elisabeth Harrison 35803 at Artscape: Summer Reading For Young Adults RISCA Puts Out Call For Art For New URI Building <p>The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts has put out a call for new art.&nbsp; The work will be installed at the University of Rhode Island’s brand new center for chemical and life sciences.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:27:45 +0000 John Bender 35511 at 2nd Story’s “Freud’s Last Session” Is Quick And Sharp <p></p><p>It’s September, 1939 and the carnage of World War II is just beginning. Germany has invaded Poland. The British and their allies are preparing to fight. The world is on edge.</p><p>And, frankly, so are Dr. Freud and Professor Lewis, two of the great intellectuals of their time who are meeting in Freud’s office in England. But it’s not the Nazi war machine or the reluctant answer of its provocations by the British that’s under debate.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:05:00 +0000 Bill Gale 35009 at 2nd Story’s “Freud’s Last Session” Is Quick And Sharp It’s Good To See The Rat Pack Again at Theatre By The Sea <p></p><p></p><p>Ahh, yes. How do I put this? If you are of a certain age, one that allows you to recognize the impact of names such as Dean and Joey and Sammy and, most of all, Frankie, well then you are probably going to enjoy “The Rat Pack Show” at Matunuck.</p><p></p><p>Produced by Sandy Hackett, son of the major 1950sCHK comedian, Buddy Hackett, it’s pretty much a charming throwback to those days when people dressed up to go to the theater, where they liked their jokes hot and quick, and no-body had ever heard of the internet or tweeting or flip-flops.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:56:00 +0000 Bill Gale 34940 at It’s Good To See The Rat Pack Again at Theatre By The Sea Alec Baldwin To Speak At Fundraiser For Central Falls Library <p>Actor Alec Baldwin will be in Rhode Island this weekend to help raise money for the Central Falls library. The event, called “Baldwin for Books” features the actor along with Central Falls students and teachers reading passages from literature. There will also be a raffle to read Shakespeare with Baldwin. The library’s executive director Joel Pettit&nbsp; says he doesn’t know why the actor is helping the library, but has an idea.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:40:29 +0000 Catherine Welch 34704 at