The Weekly Round-up: Aug. 7–13
Five can't-miss events of the week.
Embrace summer in the city with an outdoor movie beneath the stars. This week’s film is Moonrise Kingdom, a whimsical Wes Anderson tale of adventure and love filmed in different locations all over Rhode Island, including Jamestown, Camp Yawgoog, Ballard Park and others. Grab a drink from Trinity Brewhouse or a snack at Gourmet Heaven, then curl up on a blanket, watch the sun set and bask in the glow of what one critic deemed "Wes Anderson's love letter to Rhode Island." Rain date is August 8.
The Details: Aug. 7. 7:30 p.m. Free. Grant’s Block, 260 Westminster St., Providence, 401-421-3300, facebook.com.
Culture vultures: Watch as bustling Empire Street transforms into a high-energy block party for AS220’s annual music and arts festival. This twelve-hour extravaganza features dozens of art installations, creative activities for the kids — including a rad costume factory workshop hosted by the Providence Comics Consortium — plus a Free Culture award ceremony on the main stage, lots of music, food and more. Headliner Psychic TV, an electronic band that got its start in the late ’70s, will share the stage with more than twenty other bands, including Providence’s very own Big Scythe and Container.
The Details: Aug. 9. 1 p.m.–1 a.m. $10. Children ten and younger free. 95–115 Empire St., Providence, 401-831-9327, foofest.as220.org.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Providence Police Department and, in advance of a full WaterFire basin lighting, the city will celebrate with an al fresco swing-themed gala at the corner of Westminster and Weybosset streets. Take a free swing lesson from Providence Swings, then put your new skills to the test on the dance floor as Roger Ceresi and the All Starz and Tony Cerbo set the mood onstage. At 9:20 p.m., watch as 150 police officers carry flaming torches to the WaterFire basin. Take in the extraordinary view, then head back to the outdoor gala for cake, music and lots more to swing about.
The Details: Aug. 9. Swing lessons 7– 8 p.m., music 8–9 p.m. and 10–11 p.m. Free. Westminster and Weybosset sts., Providence, 401-273-1155, waterfire.org.
Do you have a green thumb (or wish that you did)? Check out the third annual Green Market Festival at the Farmer’s Daughter, where you can hone your gardening know-how with some help from the pros. Listen to a lecture by a certified horticulturist, dispose of your e-waste responsibly with Indie Cycle, dance to live music and feast on some great food. Strolling entertainment by Big Nazo will keep the kids amused, and nature-themed tales by storyteller Len Cabral will help cultivate their imaginations into something strong and beautiful.
The Details: Aug. 10. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $10, youth $5, younger than twelve free. The Farmer’s Daughter, 715–716 Mooresfield Rd., South Kingstown, 401-874-5220, rinla.org.
Sports heroes and Grammy winners, duking it out at McCoy? You don’t want to miss this mash-up of talent. The Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars will take on the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars in a softball game for the history books. The celebs include R-and-B artist Jeffrey Osborne, actor Cedric the Entertainer, the Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, the Patriots’ Steve Grogan and Pete Brock, Red Sox pitchers Bill Lee and Dennis Ray Boyd, hit-maker Smokey Robinson, film director Bobby Farrelly, figure skater and First Lady hopeful Michelle Kwan and many more. With a $50 donation, attend an exclusive pre-game meet-and-greet barbecue with the all-stars. Stick around after the match for a legendary McCoy fireworks display. Ticket sales will benefit the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Trust.
The Details: Aug. 10. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., first pitch at 6:05 p.m. Reserved box seats $12, general admission $8, children and seniors $5, pre-game barbecue $50. McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket, 401-724-7300, milb.com.