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Live Jazz Every Friday Night - Providence, RI

Jan 22, 2016 - Mar 25, 2016 Aspire Restaurant at Hotel Providence, 311 Westminster Street Providence, RI
Come celebrate your passion for Jazz! Every Friday night A-Bar transforms into the hottest jazz venue around! Join Joe, and their ever-changing roster of special guests like Greg Abate, Tish Adams entertain with expert music. Excellent food and perfect cocktails in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. No cover and complimentary valet parking. Jazz moves to the courtyard on warmer evenings.
Time: 7 - 11 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 401-521-3333

Wednesday Night Jazz by Dick Lupino - Newport, RI

Jan 27, 2016 - Mar 30, 2016 Sardella's Italian Restaurant, 30 Memorial Blvd W Newport, RI
Live Jazz with Dick Lupino Music. Every Wednesday.
Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
Admission: No admission charge
Telephone: 401-849-6312

Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band – Changes in Latitudes - Newport, RI

Feb 13, 2016 - Feb 13, 2016 Hyatt Regency Newport, One Goat Island Newport, RI
This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and Trop Rock fun for all. You can expect to hear such classics as “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” and of course “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” as well as other crowd pleasing favorites. Purchase bracelets.
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 in advance with bracelet; $20 at the door; VIP seating, $50, $45 with bracelet. Winterfest Bracelets, $10

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams - Newport, RI

Feb 13, 2016 - Feb 13, 2016 Common Fence Music at Channing Church, 135 Pelham Street Newport, RI
The band's melodic avant-garde folk conjures Tom Petty, Dinosaur Jr., and a fuller Buffalo Tom. Equal parts Washington Irving and Woodstock, the band taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems
Time: 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Admission: $25 in advance; $28 at the door

Opera Providence Winter Concert Series - Bristol, RI

Feb 14, 2016 - Feb 14, 2016 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Join the elegance and opulence at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens for performance by Opera Providence presenting From romantic arias and duets from operas you all love, accompanied by wine tasting and desserts. For tickets and reservations, call 401-331-6060. Limited seating, so make your reservations early.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $40 per person, $70 per couple
Telephone: 401-331-6060

Atwater-Donnelly Trio - Cumberland, RI

Feb 20, 2016 - Feb 20, 2016 Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street Cumberland, RI
The band will feature traditional American and Celtic American folk songs, a cappella pieces, hymns, poetry, dance tunes, and original works.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $15/person
Telephone: 401-725-9272

Traditional Irish Music at Fastnet Pub - Newport, RI

Mar 6, 2016 - Mar 6, 2016 Fastnet Pub, 1 Broadway Newport, RI
Live traditional Irish music session hosted by A. O. Gutierrez, Tim May, and Jack Wright. this is a family-friendly event; arrive early to secure a table if you plan to eat. This is an event of Newport Irish History Month 2016
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: No cover.
Telephone: 401-845-9311

Opera Providence Winter Concert Series - Bristol, RI

Mar 13, 2016 - Mar 13, 2016 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Come hear Rhode Island's finest opera singers in an afternoon of arias and songs from the Great American Song Book. Join us for elegance and opulence at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, accompanied by wine tasting and desserts. For tickets and reservations, call Opera Providence office at 401-331-6060. Limited seating, so make your reservations early.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $40 per person, $70 per couple
Telephone: 401-331-6060

All Ages

Winter Wonderful Dog Stroll - Newport, RI

Feb 20, 2016 - Feb 20, 2016 Wag Nation, 92 William Street Newport, RI
Dress your pet in his winter outfit and take a stroll through Newport. Prizes awarded to Best Dressed Dog, Best Coordinated Canine/Human, Look a Like Dog/Person, and Best Dog Winter Trick. Parade starts at Wag Nation and ends at Queen Anne Square with the live Newport Winter Festival Snowman! Dogs and owners have the opportunity to take their pictures with the snowman, bring your camera!
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: Free.
Telephone: 401-619-3719

Festival Day at Easton’s Beach - Newport, RI

Feb 21, 2016 - Feb 21, 2016 Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd. Newport, RI
All ages are welcome to this day of festivities. Polar Bear Plunge is a noon. The daring are invited to join in a swim in the frosty Atlantic Ocean with the Newport Polar Club. At 12:30 p.m., enjoy an old-fashioned Block Hunt. Dig in the sand and turn your block in for fun. Beach polo is at 1 p.m.
Time: Noon-2 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Parade Day 2016 - Newport and Cranston, RI

Mar 12, 2016 - Mar 12, 2016 Various locations; see description Newport and Cranston, RI
Parade in Honor of St. Patrick. From City Hall on Broadway, via Washington Square, Thames Street, and Carroll Avenue to St.Augustin's Church. Ancient Order of Hibernians pipes and drums will be appearing in this parade. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center. Learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present. 648 Thames Street, Newport. Open noon to 4 p.m. 401-848-0661. Admission by donation. Information: www.newportirishhistory.org
Post-Parade Party at Hibernian Hall. Corned beef sandwiches and plenty of Irish Music. Wellington Avenue, Newport. Advance tickets only are $20. Cash bar. Noon.401-847-8671.
Post-Parade Family Party. . This is an alcohol-free family event with bag pipers, Irish step dancers, Tony "the dancing cop," pirates and more. There will be a How Green I Am contest with cash prizes. Location: TBD. 1-4 p.m. Information: http://www.newportirish.com/events.html.
Celebrating the Irish at the La Forge Restaurant. Great food including corned beef & Irish beverages; music & sing-a-longs with David O'Manuel. 1-5 p.m.; returning at 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. 401-847-0418. Information: www.laforgenewport.com
Rhythm in the Night Irish Dance. Park Theater, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI. Show time 7:30 p.m. 401-467-7275. Information: www.parktheatreri.com
Time: See description above

Children & Families

Ice Sculpting Demonstration - Newport, RI

Feb 13, 2016 - Feb 13, 2016 12 Long Wharf Mall Newport, RI
Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chain saws, blow dryers and power sanders as they create masterpieces. The ice sculptures for as long as outdoor temperatures allow.
Time: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 401-847-7666

Children’s Fair at the Newport Hyatt - Newport, RI

Feb 14, 2016 - Feb 15, 2016 Newport Hyatt, 1 Goat Island Newport, RI
Bring your kids for this fun-filled, 2-day fair with music, face painting, balloon creations, arts & crafts, reptiles and much more! Don’t miss the great music and continuous live entertainment. Refreshments available. Entertainment Schedule TBD. Advance tickets are not required. Purchase bracelets.
Time: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults & children $7 or $4 with bracelet. Winterfest Bracelets, $10
Telephone: 401-847-7666

Princess Party at OceanCliff Castle - Newport, RI

Feb 17, 2016 - Feb 17, 2016 OceanCliff Castle, 65 Ridge Road Newport, RI
Join the Frozen Sisters, Anna and Elsa, at the Winter Festival Princess Party at location truly royal for a princess! Enjoy treats fit for a princess. Wear your favorite princess attire for a royal afternoon filled with surprises! Purchase bracelets.
Time: 1-3:30 p.m.
Admission: $6 or free with bracelet. Winterfest bracelets, $10.
Telephone: 401-847-7666

Live Jazz for Kids - Portsmouth, RI

Feb 18, 2016 - Feb 18, 2016 GreenVale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road Portsmouth, RI
Musicians Tish Adams, Dick Lupino, and Yvonne Monnett entertain guests with songs kids know and love in a jazz setting incorporated with old-time standards. Complimentary refreshments will be served for the kids and wine tasting will be available for purchase for adults.
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 401-847-3777

“Mother Goose” at Rosecliff with the Island Moving Company - Newport, RI

Feb 26, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016 Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
Join Island Moving Company for classic Nursery Rhymes recounted by Mother Goose and playfully brought to life by Island Moving Co.’s own professional dancers. See magical performances of Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill. You may get a chance to dance with the famous Old Woman from France.
Time: Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $25; children under age 18, $15

Easter Egg Hunt in Westerly - Westerly, RI

Mar 19, 2016 - Mar 19, 2016 Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street Westerly, RI
Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1-8. There will be three separate egg hunts, for children age 1 to 3, 4 to 5, and 6 to 8. This annual spring time event will feature a visit with the Easter Bunny and Lucky the Duck. There will be plenty of candy for all in attendance. Rain date is March 20 at 1 p.m. Please bring your own basket.
Time: 1 p.m.


Winter Festival Comedy Show with Joe Yannetty and Buddy Fitzpatrick - Newport, RI

Feb 19, 2016 - Feb 19, 2016 Hyatt Regency, Goat Island Newport, RI
Comedian Joe Yannetty draws on his travels, his Italian heritage, family situations and Boston blue-collar upbringing to bring comedy to audiences around the world. Buddy Fitzpatrick combines the skill of a great monologist with a physical style that brings his observations to life. Must be 15 or older to attend. Purchase bracelets.
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $25 or $20 with bracelet; VIP, $60 or $55 with bracelet. Bracelets, $10
Telephone: 401-847-7666


Walking With 'Trane / Urban Bush Women - Providence, RI

Feb 27, 2016 - Feb 27, 2016 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
This “unstoppable force in American dance” salutes John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Featuring new music by Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer George Caldwell, one of modern jazz’s current pre-eminent players • LEARN MORE
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $38-$75

Rhythm in the Night Irish Dance Spectacular - Cranston, RI

Mar 12, 2016 - Mar 12, 2016 Park Theater, 848 Park Avenue Cranston, RI
An Irish dance performance telling a mystical story. For audiences of all ages.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25-$35
Telephone: 401-467-7275


Gallery Night Providence February 2016 - Providence, RI

Feb 18, 2016 - Feb 18, 2016 Information Center, 1 Regency Plaza Providence, RI
Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence open their doors to the public in the evening. People may consult the online guide and map and explore on their own. Alternately, guided tours via bus begin at 5:30 and leave every 20 minutes. The final art bus of the evening leaves at 6:50 p.m. Tours stop at approximately four galleries each and run about two hours. Limited free parking available at the Regency on Gallery Night. On-street parking is free after 6 p.m. Map.
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 401-490-2042


Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show 2016 - Providence, RI

Feb 18, 2016 - Feb 21, 2016 Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street Providence, RI
Gardening displays, vendors of gardening and home goods, classes and lectures. On February 19, the band Reminisce will entertain with music of the 1950s & ‘60s musical performance (5-8 p.m.) On Saturday, the Steely Dan tribute band, Hey 19, will perform (4-7 p.m.) during the Garden to Table culinary series, chefs, mixologists, and cookbook authors will teach you how to reap delicious rewards from your garden and serve them right to your table. Speakers and events
Time: Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $19; AAA members, $17; seniors and students, $16; children at 7 to 12, $7
Telephone: 401-272-0980


Bus Tour of Irish Newport - Newport, RI

Mar 5, 2016 - Mar 5, 2016 Leaves from Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Avenue Newport, RI
Tour visits sites of Irish interest in Newport, including Forty Steps, Ochre Court, Barney Street Cemetery and an introductory visit to Museum of Newport Irish History's Interpretive Center on Lower Thames Street. Admission free, but donations accepted. Space is limited, reservations required. Phone to reserve. Coffee and danish served provided at 9:30 a.m. Bus returns about noon. This is an event of Newport Irish History Month 2016.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Admission: Admission free, but donations are accepted
Telephone: 401-841-5493


Stump! Trivia - Providence, RI

Jan 27, 2016 - Mar 30, 2016 The Whiskey Republic, 515 South Water Street Providence, RI
Join us for Stump! Trivia every Wednesday night with great prizes each and every week! This event happens every Wednesday evening.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 401-588-5158

Outdoor Activities

Illuminated Garden - Newport, RI

Feb 18, 2016 - Feb 18, 2016 Ballard Park, Hazard Road Newport, RI
Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: Free

Parties, Dances, Balls

24th Annual Mardi Gras Ball - Cranston, RI

Feb 13, 2016 - Feb 13, 2016 Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place Cranston, RI
The 24th Annual Mardi Gras Ball dancing, music, food, and New Orleans frippery and fun. Music by CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas and Jesse Lége and Bayou Brew. Chili Brothers Food Co. will be back with its famous Louisiana-inspired cuisine.
Time: 6:30 p.m.-midnight
Admission: $30 advance; $40 at the door; tables for ten are $325

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Beatlemania - Newport, RI

Feb 12, 2016 - Feb 12, 2016 Hyatt Regency Newport, One Goat Island Newport, RI
These four seasoned musicians capture the spirit, look and sound of the Beatles in 29 renditions that take us back to “Yesterday”, and “Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” to “Here Comes the Sun” and “Hey Jude.” A smash on Broadway and thrilling sellout audiences from Los Angeles to Boston, these performers bring the best-loved popular music of all time to Newport. Bring your dancing shoes! . Purchase tickets at the Festival Office: 28 Pelham St., the Gateway Center: 23 America’s Cup Ave., or Music Box, 160 Thames St. A sellout performance every year!
Time: 9 p.m.
Admission: $20 or $15 with Newport Winteer Festival bracelet
Telephone: 401-847-7666

Urban Bush Women – Walking With 'Trane - Providence, RI

Feb 27, 2016 - Feb 27, 2016 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
This electrifying, all-female, “unstoppable force in American dance” salutes John Coltrane’s "A Love Supreme." Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer George Caldwell, one of modern jazz’s current pre-eminent players, has created new music around the legacy of one of jazz music’s greatest innovators. For three decades Urban Bush Women’s powerful moves have shaken theaters and inspired communities celebrating the culture of the African diaspora. T
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $38-$75

Dancing at the Forty Steps - Newport, RI

Feb 28, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016 Forty Steps is on the Cliff Walk, at the East end of Narragansett Avenue Newport, RI
This is the official opening event of the Newport Irish Heritage Month 2016. The dance commemorates the informal dances held here by the Irish people who made Newport their home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Live traditional music, demonstration of traditional Irish set dancing and singing by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Men's Singers. Held weather permitting.
Time: 3 p.m.

Science & Nature

Newport Seal Tours - Newport, RI

Dec 16, 2015 - Apr 24, 2016 Bowen's Ferry Landing, 18 Market Square Newport, RI
Join Save the Bay aboard an education vessels to motor through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360-degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. One-hour seal tours are entirely on the boat, and two-hour tours include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse.
Time: Times vary; consult event website
Admission: One-hour tour is $22 for adults and $17 for seniors and children age 3-12. Two-hour tour is $42 and $32.
Telephone: 401-203-7325

Winter Birding Cruise with RI Audubon - Newport, RI

Jan 17, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016 Departs from Market Square Newport, RI
J 17 Join the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and Save The Bay for a Winter Birding Cruise! Departing from Newport. The cruise will explore the coves, islands and points along the shores of Aquidneck, Conanicut and Prudence Islands looking for harlequin, goldeneyes, long-tailed ducks, scoters and more. Winter seals may be spotted, as well. Educators will provide expert guidance. Bundle up. Trip is two hours. Dates: January 17 and February 28. Book now, as space is limited.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Admission: Adults, $50; seniors and children age 3 to 12, $40

Shows & Exhibits

Newport Bridal Show - Newport, RI

Feb 20, 2016 - Feb 20, 2016 Rosecliff and OceanCliff Newport, RI
The show is held at two romantic venues: Rosecliff and OceanCliff. Meet with more than 90 of the top wedding professionals. Enjoy fashion shows, live entertainment, and tasty treats by top wedding caterers. Free parking and trolley transportation between venues. Purchase bracelets.
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Admission: $15 in advance or with bracelet on show day; $20 at the door
Telephone: 401-841-0200

StyleWeek Northeast 2016 - Providence, RI

Feb 23, 2016 - Feb 27, 2016 Providence G, 100 Dorrance Street Providence, RI
Biannual show exposing forthcoming fashions from current designers. Runway shows and parties. See event website for Schedule of events.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $48 to $133, depending on the event


“Hysteria” By Terry Johnson - Warren, RI

Jan 22, 2016 - Feb 14, 2016 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market Street Warren, RI
Egos run amok when Freud and Salvador Dali meet at the psychoanalyst’s home. Throw in a scantily clad, rain-soaked girl, and comedy morphs into brilliant farce: one that sparkles, shines and lights up the mind.
Time: Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Regular, $30; preview, $10; under age 21, $20
Telephone: 401-247-4200

“The Hunchback of Seville” - Providence, RI

Feb 4, 2016 - Mar 6, 2016 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI
At the turn of the 16th century, Christopher Columbus has just returned from the new world with gold in his pockets and blood on his hands. Maxima Terriblé Segunda, the adopted sister of dying Queen Isabella, is locked in a tower until it is decided that the future of the country is in her nerdy, reclusive hands. In a bitingly funny and madcap take on Spanish history and colonialism, Maxima weaves her way through mountains of prejudice, politics, religion and the horrors of history.
Time: Tuesdays-Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Admission: $35- $61
Telephone: 401-351-4242

"Pippin" - Providence, RI

Feb 16, 2016 - Feb 21, 2016 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” by NY1, it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience "Pippin,"one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. This new production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $44-$81

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” - Warren, RI

Feb 18, 2016 - Mar 6, 2016 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market Street Warren, RI
By Nora & Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman and Nora Ephron’s own bestseller "I Hate My Neck."
Time: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $30; youth under age 21, $20
Telephone: 401-247-4200

“A Skull In Connemara" - Pawtucket, RI

Feb 25, 2016 - Mar 25, 2016 Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street Pawtucket, RI
The last of Martin McDonagh's award-winning "Leenane Trilogy" - including The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West – is another macabre mini-masterpiece! For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter bones in sections of his local cemetery to make way for the new arrivals. But as the time approaches for him to dig up the bones of his own late wife, rumors about his possible involvement in her sudden death seven years ago resurface. “A Skull in Connemara” is a blasphemously funny whodunit complete with flying skulls and bloody hatchets.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 401-723-4266

"To Kill a Mockingbird" - Providence, RI

Mar 3, 2016 - Apr 3, 2016 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI
"To Kill a Mockingbird" grapples with issues of equality, race, differences and justice. The story is told by Scout, a six-year-old white girl growing up during the Depression in Alabama. Her father, Atticus, is appointed to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman in this famous American morality tale.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 401-351-4242