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As a 10-year-old child, Howard Phillips Lovecraft would tuck himself into his grandfather’s library and read. Lovecraft’s father had gone mad and his mother eventually would too, making his wealthy grandfather – and all of those books –the center of Lovecraft’s world. Then his world fell apart. Lovecraft’s grandfather died and the estate was badly managed, wiping away his comfortable life in Providence. To earn much needed income Lovecraft, at 13-years-old, carefully crafted astronomy pamphlets and sold them, essentially starting his career as a published writer.

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiled Warwick musician Lydia Perez. 

Originally from Puerto Rico, Perez has been performing throughout Rhode Island since the mid-nineties.

With her group, Yoruba 2 she has toured throughout the region, teaching and performing the traditional music and dance of Puerto Rico.

“Well my name is Lydia Perez, I’m a traditional artist in the state of Rhode Island.”

“My name is Yidell Rivera.  I am Lydia’s oldest daughter, and I’ve worked with her since, well, my childhood.”

Artscape: Trinity Rep, a Rhode Island Theater at 50

Aug 29, 2013
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This year, the Providence based Theater Company, Trinity Rep will celebrate its 50th year in Rhode Island, a remarkable feat for any non-profit arts organization.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender found out more about their upcoming season, and how the theater company made it to fifty.

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.

Artscape: Restoring Newport's Historic Opera House

Jun 27, 2013
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The city of Newport is known for many things, among them, its thriving tourist industry, and its dedication to historic preservation.

The renovation of the historic Opera House Theater is a meeting of both these worlds.

While the project started strong in the early 2000’s, the economic downturn saw funding for the project drying up.

Now thanks to a recent grant, the Opera House is gearing up to finally see the project completed.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, looking at this lengthy renovation as it gets its second wind.

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.

Catherine Welch

In this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay sits down with author and Rhode Islander Ann Hood to talk about her latest novel, The Obituary Writer.  

Harpist Aine Minogue
Catherine Welch

For this month’s Artscape, we go to a Winter Solstice music celebration featuring the Irish harpist and singer Aine Minogue.  The concert is put on by the Common Fence Music Association, a non-profit group based in Portsmouth, RI and as they say on their website, “focused on presenting music and music education in a people-oriented and sustainable community setting.”
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