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Singing the Dream - Open Sing! - Providence, RI

Jan 29, 2017 - Jan 29, 2017 Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell Street Providence, RI
 singing the dream Come and sing at a special afternoon gathering Singing the Dream - Open Sing! honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. No rehearsals, no concert -- just singers from all around Rhode Island getting together for an afternoon of song, community and fellowship.

We will sing “Dreams,” with words by Langston Hughes and music by Rollo Dilworth, and "We are The World” by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and other songs loved by Dr. King. Music will be provided for all. Refreshments and a light supper will be served. Register at: singingthedream@eventbrite.com
Time: 2 p.m.

Newport Winter Festival Events in 2017 - Newport and Portsmouth, RI

Feb 17, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017 Various locations Newport and Portsmouth, RI
The two-week Newport Winter Festival offers many events for all ages:
February 18
Chili Cook-Off at Hyatt Regency Newport, 1 Goat Island. Admission charged. 11 a.m. -3:30 pm
Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band – Changes in Latitudes at Hyatt Regency Newport, One Goat Island. Fee charged. 401-847-7666. 8:30 pm
February 19
Children’s Fair at Hyatt Ballroom. Activities, music and continuous live entertainment including reptile shows. Repeats February 20. 11:30 a.m.-4 pm:
Tropical Drink Contest, The Gas Lamp Grille. 9 pm
February 21
Teddy Bear Tea at Newport Harbor Hotel, 49 America's Cup Avenue. Bring your favorite teddy bear and listen to the musical storyteller Christopher Carbone. 11 a.m.
Samuel Adams Beer Dinner at The Mooring. Reservations required. 401-846-2260. 6 pm
February 22
Princess Party at OceanCliff Castle, 65 Ridge Road. Join the “Frozen” sisters at royal location. Fee charged. 401-847-7666. 1-3 pm
February 23
Live Jazz for Kids at Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Musicians will entertain kids in a jazz setting. Free. 401-847-3777. 1-4 pm
Illuminated Garden, Ballard Park, Hazard Road. Free. 6-9 pm
Comedy Show with Nick Griffin and Christine Hurley at Hyatt Regency, Goat Island. Fee charged. 8:30 pm
February 25
Beach Polo at Easton’s Beach. Enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship. Repeats February 26. 1 pm
Country Band: Walkin' the Line at Hyatt Regency, 1 Goat Island. Walkin' The Line is a high energy, top 40 country band. Fee charged. 8 pm
February 26
Festival Day at Easton’s Beach, Easton’s Beach. Children’s Block Hunt, Polar Bear Plunge, Beach polo and more. Noon-2 pm
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Consult event website

Boat Shows

Providence Boat Show - Providence, RI

Feb 3, 2017 - Feb 5, 2017 Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street Providence, RI
Find the latest in boats and gear; learn about boating from a full slate of seminars and lessons; meet mariners; shop for good deals in boats and equipment.
Time: Friday, Noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15-$25; family (2 adults and four children), $30; Women n the Water Seminar, Saturday, $45

Car Shows

Northeast International Auto Show 2017 - Providence, RI

Jan 27, 2017 - Jan 29, 2017 Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street Providence, RI
New cars, trucks and SUVs will fill the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Time: Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Age 13 and older, $12; seniors, $9; students under 21, $8; children age 7 -12, $6; January 19, children, free
Telephone: 401-458-6000

Children & Families

The Hoopoe Show at Providence Children's Museum - Providence, RI

Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 21, 2017 Providence Children's Museum, 100 South Street Providence, RI
Hoopoe the hilarious mime (Chris Yerlig) gets the audience into the act and dazzles them with silent comedy, eye-popping magic tricks and balloon wizardry in a funny, imaginative show. Recommended for ages 4 and older, 
Time: 11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.
Admission: Free with Museum admission of $9 per person.
Telephone: 401-273-5437

Comedy

Lewis Black - The Rant, White & Blue Tour - Providence, RI

Feb 3, 2017 - Feb 3, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
Lewis Black executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Black’s live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don’t have to. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making points about the absurdity of our world.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $75-$29.50

Barrel Of Laughs Comedy Series - Middletown, RI

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI
Join us for an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Anthony DeVito.  Make it dinner and a show with reservations at BRIX Restaurant or our Vineyard Cafe. Reservations required.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $25 in advance; $28 at the door
Telephone: 401-848-5161

Barrel Of Laughs Comedy Series - Middletown, RI

Feb 25, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI
This will be an evening of wine and laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Anthony DeVito.  
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $25 advance; $28 at the door
Telephone: 401-848-5161

Dance

Paul Taylor Dance Company - Providence, RI

Feb 3, 2017 - Feb 3, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Choreographer Paul Taylor returns for the premiere of his newest work—The Open Door—before its run at Lincoln Center in New York. This thrilling concert includes the company’s first Rhode Island performance of Esplanade—Taylor’s exuberant masterwork set to J.S Bach’s Double Violin Concerto and Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, performed by members of the Brown University Orchestra with special guest soloists. Premium ticket includes post-show party with the Paul Taylor dancers at The VETS Loft.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $28-$150

Paul Taylor Dance Company - Providence, RI

Feb 3, 2017 - Feb 3, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Dancemaker Paul Taylor, hailed as “the greatest living American choreographer,” returns with his namesake company to Providence for an ambitious FirstWorks Artistic Icons event that includes a live orchestra and a unique opportunity for Rhode Island dance lovers to be the first to experience a new Paul Taylor work.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $28-$150
Telephone: 401-421-2787

Rennie Harris Puremovement - Providence, RI

Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
 The sensational, world-renowned choreographer Rennie Harris—believed by many to be the best living hip-hop dancer/artist on earth—takes the FirstWorks stage with his namesake company in a program featuring the most exciting, compelling and acclaimed pieces from their repertoire. 
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $18-$58
Telephone: 401-421-2787

Dance -- Participation

Community Barn Dance #2 - Newport, RI

Feb 5, 2017 - Feb 5, 2017 Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street Newport, RI
In partnership with Common Fence Music and Emmanuel Church, the second community barn dance of the season kicks off at 3 p.m.! This is an event of the Newport String Project.
Time: 3-5 p.m.

Hobbies

Knitting Weekend: Fiber Art Marketplace - Pawtucket, RI

Jan 21, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017 Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket, RI
Free and open to the public, our popular Fiber Art Vendor Marketplace hosts some of the finest yarn producers, spinners, dyers, and micro-farmers in New England. On-site demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting will help adorn our historic space with live practice. The Slater Mill gift shop will also be open.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 401-725-8638

Music

A German Requiem - Providence, RI

Jan 20, 2017 - Jan 20, 2017 St. Martin's Church, 50 Orchard Avenue Providence, RI 02906
Sine Nomine choral ensemble 
presents
 A German Requiem.
 Johannes Brahms transcribed an alternative edition of his beloved Ein Deutsches Requiem with accompaniment of four hands on one piano. This more intimate and transparent version  will be performed by Sine Nomine choral ensembl.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20, student/senior discounts at the door with ID

Schubert’s Unfinished - Rhode Island Philharmonic - Providence, RI

Jan 21, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Larry Rachleff, conductor, with  Alban Gerhardt, cellist, performing R. Strauss’s “Dance of the Seven Veils” from Salome;  Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.2;  Schubert’s Symphony No.8 (Unfinished);  Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier: Suite.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $15-$100

Fellswater - Cumberland, RI

Jan 21, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017 Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street Cumberland, RI
Fellswater is a dynamic Celtic music ensemble based out of Boston playing a wide range of music from traditional to modern compositions, drawing from the music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $15

Vocalosity - Providence, RI

Jan 25, 2017 - Jan 25, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Vocalosity is the all-new live concert event that takes a cappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production features an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements that set a new standard for 12-part harmony.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $29.50-$55

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - East Greenwich, RI

Jan 27, 2017 - Jan 27, 2017 Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s, emerging from the same New Jersey Shore music scene as his now legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen. Johnny and the Jukes have flourished, with 30 albums, thousands of live performances, a legion of dedicated fans, dozens of classic songs.
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Admission: $47-$75

Billy Gilman Live in Concert - Providence, RI

Jan 28, 2017 - Jan 28, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single “One Voice.” He has garnered awards and nods from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard Magazine, and the American Music Association.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $20-$75

Chinese New Year Party with members of Silk Road Ensemble - Cumberland, RI

Jan 28, 2017 - Jan 28, 2017 Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
This very special show will be a Celebration of the Chinese New Year as Blackstone River Theatre welcomes four members of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble - Yang Wei on pipa, Sandeep Das on tabla, Shane Shanahan on drums & percussion, Shaw Pong Liu on violin en Erhu - along with special guests Ed Sweeney on 6 & 12 string guitar, 5-string banjo, and fretless banjo, and Lorraine Lee Hammond on Appalachian dulcimer. 401-727-9252 or at www.riverfolk.org
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $16/person in advance and $20/day of show
Telephone: 401-727-9252

Miranda Lambert: Highway Vagabond Tour - Providence, RI

Feb 2, 2017 - Feb 2, 2017 Dunkin' Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Square Providence, RI
On the heels of the announcement about her highly anticipated double album The Weight Of These Wings, Miranda Lambert is planning a trek to perform these new songs for her fans on the upcoming Highway Vagabond Tour. Special guests Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers will join Lambert.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $36-$172

Tribute to Bob Dylan & The Band, featuring The The Band Band - West Kingston, RI

Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 3, 2017 Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road West Kingston, RI
For this special show, they will also honor the historic relationship between The Band and Bob Dylan by performing some Dylan classics as well as selections from The Basement Tapes collection, the incredible collaboration between Dylan & The Band.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 401-782-1018

Boyd Metcalf Duo - Jamestown, RI

Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 10, 2017 St. Matthew's Church, 87 Naragansett Avenue Jamestown, RI
Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd return to Rhode Island with a charming program “Boyd Meets Girl”for cello and guitar. Their program features music by Radamés Gnattali, Ástor Piazzolla, J.S. Bach, Ross Edwards, Manuel de Falla, Gabriel Fauré and Jaime Zenamon. The Friends of the Newport Music Festival will prepare a pre-concert reception at 6 p.m. followed by the concert.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $35

DD Bastos & the Sons of Providence - West Kingston, RI

Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 11, 2017 Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road West Kingston, RI
The Sons of Providence first played together in legendary RI band The Spotfinders with late great guitarist Thom Enright.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $15
Telephone: 401-782-1018

Beethoven's Eroica by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra - Providence, RI

Feb 17, 2017 - Feb 18, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
Larry Rachleff, conductor; Robert Levin, piano; Ya-Fei Chuang, piano. Performing Messiaen's Les offrandes oubliées, Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos; and Beethoven's Symphony No.3 (Eroica)
Time: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m.
Admission: $15 - $100

Liz Longley - Chepachet, RI

Mar 24, 2017 - Mar 24, 2017 Purple Cat Vineyard and Winery, 11 Money Hill Road Chepachet, RI
The Pennsylvania native attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and gained her first national traction in television, which recognized her ability to frame a scene early. Longley’s “This is Not the End” was featured in the 2012 season finale of Lifetime’s Army Wives, while “Rescue My Heart”made its way onto ABC’s Switched at Birth.
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Admission: $15-$20
Telephone: 401-566-9463

Paranormal

Mills & Mysteries Paranormal Investigations - Pawtucket, RI

Feb 3, 2017 - Feb 3, 2017 Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket, RI
Join Slater Mill senior interpreter and nationally-known paranormal expert Carl L. Johnson for our popular, 90-minute Paranormal Investigation Tour of the Slater Mill historic site. This program explores the 1793 Slater Mill, the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House, and the Waterwheel Pit of the 1810 Wilkinson Machine Shop,
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20
Telephone: 401-829-3672

Parties, Dances, Balls

Frostbite Bash! - Bristol, RI

Feb 11, 2017 - Feb 11, 2017 Herreshoff Marine Museum, One Burnside Street Bristol, RI
Join the party and enjoy full open bars and food tastings from a variety of top local restaurants and vendors. Dance the night away to live music in the historic Hall of Boats, bid on items in our silent auction, and snap photos with your friends in our photo booth. For guests age 21 and older, 
Time: 6:30 -11 p.m./
Admission: General, $85; guests under age 30, $65
Telephone: 401-253-5000

Frostbite Bash at Herreshoff Museum - Bristol, RI

Feb 11, 2017 - Feb 11, 2017 Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside Street Bristol, RI
Join the party and enjoy full open bars and food tastings from a variety of top local restaurants and vendors. Dance the night away to live music in the historic Hall of Boats, bid in a silent auction. The Frostbite Bash is the museum's biggest celebration in the winter to celebrate the young and the young at heart.
Time: 6:30-11 p.m.
Admission: $85; under age 30, $65

WINEterfest Speakeasy Soiree - Middletown, RI

Feb 17, 2017 - Feb 17, 2017 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI
Sip, savor and swing into WINEterfest Weekend with our Speakeasy Soiree. Dance the night away with music from members of the New Providence Big Band, a welcome glass of wine and handcrafted light fare. Speakeasy attire and flare encouraged.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $40-$43
Telephone: 401-848-5161

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Festival Ballet Providence presents "Romeo & Juliet" - Providence, RI

Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
A brand-new production of Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy plays out on stage with choreography by Ilya Kozadayev set to Prokofiev’s majestic, commanding score. With its familiar yet stunning twists and turns, the ballet brings to life the ill-fated romance of literature’s famous star-crossed lovers.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $23-$85

Science & Nature

Winter Wonder Days and Half-Price Admission to Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, RI

Jan 1, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
A winter visit to the Zoo offers a unique experience and a great way to beat cabin fever. Cold-hardy animals like snow leopards, red pandas, bison and others may be more active. Visitors can enjoy food and beverages at the Wilderness. Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $7.50; seniors age 62 and older, $6.50; children ages 2-12, $4.95
Telephone: 401-785-3510

Free Family Fun Day -- We Love Birds! - Bristol, RI

Feb 4, 2017 - Feb 4, 2017 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street Bristol, RI
Share your love for our feathered friends this winter! Make a bird-seed valentine, create your own bird feeder from natural and recycled materials, and get up-close with an amazing owl. No need to register. Activities include Spot the Bird, Bird Seed Valentine, Bird Nature Story, Owl Presentation, Build-A-Feeder or a Bird House.
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shows & Exhibits

Newport Bridal Show - Newport, RI

Feb 18, 2017 - Feb 18, 2017 548 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI
The shown takes place at two venues, Rosecliff and OceanCliff, with free parking and trolley transportation between them. In attendance are 90 wedding professionals bringing fashion shows, live entertainment, and treats by wedding caterers. 
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $15 at the door, $20 in advance
Telephone: 401-841-0200

Theater

"The Children's Hour" - Woonsocket, RI

Jan 12, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange Street Woonsocket, RI
Setting: 1930s New England, a girls' boarding school. Mary, a disgruntled and notoriously deceitful student, thinks she’s being treated unfairly. Stopping at nothing to get even, she starts a rumor that the headmistresses, Karen and Martha, are having an affair. The ensuing scandal throws the women’s careers into chaos and pushes relationships to the brink.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website

“The Mountaintop” - Providence, RI

Jan 12, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI
On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to Memphis after delivering his famous “mountaintop” speech. There he is visited by a spirited young maid who challenges him to come to terms with his life and legacy. This re-imagining of the last night of one of America’s greatest heroes brings Dr. King to immediate, spontaneously felt life.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: $25-$71
Telephone: 401-351-4242

"Seascape" - Warren, RI

Jan 13, 2017 - Feb 5, 2017 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market Street Warren, RI
Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic-drama brings eloquence, wit and warmth to a quirky examination of the meaning of life. On a deserted beach, a middle-aged couple encounter two humanesque sea creatures contemplating the evolutionary leap to dry land. Ironically, it’s the couple, for whom existence has grown flat and routine, who hold the answers to the inquisitive amphibians’ naive yet probing questions.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Regular, $35; preview reserved online, $20; preview by phone or in-person, $25; youth under age 25, $25

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" - Providence, RI

Feb 7, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Blvd. Providence, RI
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $36-$78

Festival Ballet Providence presents "Romeo & Juliet" - Providence, RI

Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy plays out on stage with new choreography by Ilya Kozadayev set to Prokofiev’s majestic, commanding score. With its familiar yet stunning twists and turns, the ballet brings to life the ill-fated romance of literature’s famous star-crossed lovers. 
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p,m,; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $23-$85
Telephone: 401-421-2787