Events Calendar 2016

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Art Events

WaterFire 2016 - Providence, RI

Jul 9, 2016 - Nov 5, 2016 Waterplace Park Providence, RI
All full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Partial lightings usually include all of the braziers from Providence Place Mall to Steeple Street. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight. Food vendors will be located on Washington, College and Steeple Streets.

September 24 -- Full Lighting – Sunset 6:38 p.m. Chinese Culture Night with interactive displays on Steeple Street all evening
October 1 – Full Lighting – Sunset: 6:26 p.m.
November 5 – Full Lighting – Sunset: 5:34 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: Free


Comedy At The Courthouse With Joe Devito & Ellen Rinaldi - West Kingston, RI

Sep 30, 2016 - Sep 30, 2016 Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road West Kingston, RI
Starring Joe DeVito of NBC’s "Last Comic Standing," "Chelsea Lately" and "Comedy Central," and guest Ellen Rinaldi. Joe DeVito has the power to start fires using his mind, and he also does stand-up comedy. Whether taking on relationships, his Italian-American family, or current events, his dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $17
Telephone: 401-782-1018

An Evening with Jay Leno - Kingston, RI

Oct 1, 2016 - Oct 1, 2016 Ryand Center, 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza at the University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting the Emmy winning show for "Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series."  Leno himself has received the People’s Choice Award and other honors.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Tickets start at $40
Telephone: 401-788-3021

Dinner Theater

"Plaza Suite" - Newport, RI

Sep 1, 2016 - Oct 9, 2016 The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant, 102 Connell Highway Newport, RI
Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza in New York. This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. Dinner theater and lunch theater performances every day.
Time: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Admission: Dinner, theater and cabaret, $49.95; theater only, $20; cabaret only, $15; play & cabaret only, $30
Telephone: 401-848-7529

"Last of the Red Hot Lovers" - Newport, RI

Oct 13, 2016 - Nov 20, 2016 Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant, 102 JT Connell Hwy. Newport, RI
Middle-aged and married, overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it's too late and arranges three seductions: the first, proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses; next is a 20-ish actress who's too kooky by half; and last is a gloomy housewife who happens to be married to Barney's best friend.
Time: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Admission: Dinner, theater and cabaret, $49.95; theater only, $20; cabaret only, $15; play & cabaret only, $30
Telephone: 401-848-7529


Vortex -- Rhode Island Horror Film Festival - Providence, Newport, and others, RI

Oct 17, 2016 - Oct 22, 2016 Various locations Providence, Newport, and others, RI
The festival will showcase a wide array of Sci-Fi and Fantasy cinema; the annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour; after-school KidsEye Programs; a Date-Night of Horror with a costume competition; and two forums that look behind-the-scenes at creating genre films in the Ocean State. Most films are intended for mature audiences. Unless otherwise noted, children under 14 will not be admitted without an adult. Parental discretion is advised. The special kidseye screenings during the festival feature age appropriate materials and will be rated either G or PG.. See website for schedule.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website


Rhode Island Archaeology Month 2016 - Various towns, RI

Oct 1, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 Various locations Various towns, RI
Jon archaeologists at work and in the lecture format at locations around Rhode Island. Some of the events include: Block Island Archaeology Day; Remote Sensing at Fort Ninigret, Charlestown; The Archaeology of Children at the Rhode Island State Home and School; Archaeology of College Hill ; Joukowsky Institute Archaeology Open House; East Providence Cemetery Archaeological Investigation; Native American and Early Settlement in Warwick. See website for schedule.
Time: Consult event website

Newport Historical Society Tour of the Month: Photographing Stones and Souls in the Common Burying Ground - Newport, RI

Oct 15, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016 Tours meet at The Brick Market, 127 Thames Street Newport, RI
Newport’s Common Burying Ground provides a wealth of images waiting to be photographed. The material, craftsmanship and aging of the stones resting in this unique setting provide unlimited opportunities. Appropriate for photographers of all skill levels; the ground is uneven, proper footwear is recommended. Walking tours last approximately 75 minutes and depart weather permitting. Reservations recommended for all tours.
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: $15 per person
Telephone: 401-841-8770


Mozart’s Requiem With Providence Singers and te Rhode Island Philharmonic - Providence, RI

Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 14, 2016 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

Bramwell Tovey, guest conductor, with Providence Singers, perform Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini and Mozart Requiem. Amica Rush Hour is Friday October 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $15-$58

Outdoor Activities

History and Herb Hike at Arnold House - Lincoln, RI

Oct 8, 2016 - Oct 8, 2016 Arnold House, 487 Great Road Lincoln, RI
Walk through the beautiful, rolling trails of Lincoln and learn about its history-filled landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Herbalist Maureen Lapre identifies various herbs and explains their benefits in both colonial times and today. Tours begin at Arnold House and travel through Gateway Park to Chase Farm Park and back again. Includes admission to Arnold House.
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Admission: $10 -$15
Telephone: 401-728-9696

Nature Walk with Dr. Bob - Saunderstown, RI

Oct 8, 2016 - Oct 8, 2016 Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road Saunderstown, RI
What is that bird you hear? What wild animals live beyond those trees? What marine life swims just offshore? Are those mushrooms poisonous? Dr. Bob has the answers. He shares his wide-ranging experience of the natural world during hour-long walks through the fields, woodlands, and coastline of Historic New England’s Casey Farm. Meet at the Casey Farm tour table during the Coastal Growers’ Market.
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Admission: $6; children ages five to twelve, $3
Telephone: 401-295-1030

Parties, Dances, Balls

Mysterium, the Eternal Masquerade - Providence, RI

Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 28, 2016 Providence Public Library, 225 Washington Street Providence, RI
Over the course of the evening, guests will be invited to engage in interactive and mysterious, live performances that combine to create a suspenseful literary expedition through the Library’s historic Renaissance and 1950s structures. Through the puppetry of TEN31 Productions, the story is presented with a mesmerizing combination of living art installations, theatrical and dance performances. The event will culminate with desserts and dancing.
Time: Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.; performance is 8 to 10:30 p.m. and dancing followed until midnight.
Admission: $100, includes food all night, open bar and performance.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Music and Dance of Africa and the Diaspora - Providence, RI

Oct 1, 2016 - Oct 1, 2016 Burnside Park, , Rhode Island Providence, RI
Performances by Afriamanding & Sidy Maiga, a PVDFest headliner from 2016, as well as dancers, storytellers, Natural Element, sabar drum group with Babacar Diery from Senegal, break dance crew Rawkin Rythmix and more.
Time: 2-5 p.m.

Cirque Mechanics - Providence, RI

Oct 29, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Hailed as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil” by Spectacle magazine, Cirque Mechanics returns to wow FirstWorks audiences with Pedal Punk, a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, and one-of-a-kind machines. This “engrossingly entertaining” spectacle combines inspired storytelling with acrobats and funambulists dangling and twirling from a massive, pedal-powered apparatus called the Gantry Bike. $18-78
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $18-$78

Science & Nature

Take the Mystery Out of Mushrooming with RI Audubon - Smithfield, RI

Sep 19, 2016 - Oct 19, 2016 Powder Mill Ledges Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI
Join Audubon for a wild mushroom extravaganza and learn how to identify the various mushrooms that grow in our area, including the edible ones. Begin with an introductory lecture with wild mushrooms on display that were collected from other areas. Next, venture out with an Audubon guide for a hike to fine mushrooms growing in the wild. Then sample some tasty dishes that are prepared using a variety of cultivated “wild” mushrooms. Please note that collecting mushrooms on Audubon property is prohibited.\
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $35
Telephone: 401-949-5454

Museum of Natural History Fossil Frenzy Weekend and Planetarium Show - Providence, RI

Oct 8, 2016 - Oct 9, 2016 Roger Williams Park Museum of Natural History, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Cosmic Collisions Planetarium Show. Take a thrilling trip through space and time, well beyond the calm face of the night sky, to explore cosmic collisions, hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. Show produced by the American Museum of Natural History. Children under age 4 are not permitted in the planetarium. 
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.
Admission: $3 (includes museum admission)


Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage - Providence, RI

Sep 8, 2016 - Oct 9, 2016 Trinity Repertory, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI
In this musical rendition of the classic piece of literature, the plot follows the hero, Beowulf as he attempts to save the hall of Heorot from three giant beasts, Grendel, his mother and a fire-breathing dragon. Meanwhile, the academics in the hall are analyzing his every move.
Time: Matinees, 2 p.m.; Evenings, 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 401-351-4242

“Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard - Pawtucket, RI

Sep 15, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016 Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street Pawtucket, RI
In a stately home in the British countryside, poets, tutors, historians and lovers roam the halls some 200 years apart, trying to solve their particular mystery. Along the way, there are mistaken identities, hermits, duels—and sex, the irrational force that brings everyone together and splits them apart with hilarious and tragic results. Performance schedule and tickets.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Consult event website

“Wicked" - Providence, RI

Sep 21, 2016 - Oct 8, 2016 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
“Wicked," the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website

“10,000 Things” - Providence, RI

Oct 20, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 The Wilbury Theatre Group, 393 Broad Street Providence, RI
An exploration of the limits of mercy and extent of distraction in a busy age. How do we care for the things that need tending? How do we wake up our eyes? A multi-part experiment in process-driven theater, Erik Ehn is an American playwright and director known for proposing the Regional Alternative Theatre movement. Dates: October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m , and October 30 at 2 p.m. Email: info@thewilburygroup.org
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-400-7100

“Prelude to a Kiss” - Warren, RI

Nov 18, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market Street Warren, RI
In this modern day fairy tale, an uninvited guest turns a perfect wedding into a white-knuckled rollercoaster ride of doubt and regret. For when this elderly “wedding crasher” kisses the bride, their souls exchange, leaving the brave but bewildered groom to reverse the curse armed only with the power of love. Performance schedule.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Regular,$35; preview, $20; guests under age 25, $25