Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Jan. 5–11
Happy new year! Start 2017 off right with these fun events.
The Details: Jan. 6. 7 p.m. Free; no tickets required. Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Sq., Woonsocket, 401-762-4545, stadiumtheatre.com.
James Watkins "Reminisce" at the Newport Art Museum
Enjoy the last days of this exhibition of the works of the talented glass sculptor, James Watkins, held at the Newport Art Museum. Watkins' work draws inspiration from his youth in Louisiana and emulates the flora and fauna that permeated his childhood. His detailed glassworks with one-of-a-kind markings and striations, seem to glow with an inner light as if they captured the spirit of the natural forms that inspired them.
The Details: Jan. 5–8. Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. noon–4 p.m. Adults $10, seniors $8, students and military $6, members free, children younger than five free. 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, newportartumuseum.org.
Support the historic and grand Blithewold mansion by attending their debonair party, Twelfth Night at Blithewold. The folks here know how to throw a party, harkening back to the Van Wickle family’s tradition of gracious hosting and showing off their gorgeous gardens and horticultural creations. In addition to ogling the surroundings around you, this formal and intimate evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres all followed by a five course tasting menu with paired wines. Live it up like the Van Wickles and feel good about it too.
The Details: Jan. 7. $375 per person (sixty-person limit to event). Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Rd., (Rt. 114), Bristol, 401-253-2707, blithewold.org.
Poetry slams are vibrant, mind-blowing events that challenge societal norms, and the ones held at AS220 are no different. The Providence Poetry Slam group performs at AS220, and is one of the oldest and most-recognized slam groups in the country; their team has won multiple awards. The slam at AS220 includes open mics (so you can jump on in), features performances by visiting artists and has competitive slams. Anyone can sign up for the open mics and all-ages slams. Youth slams are open to poets who are nineteen-years-old or younger. Be a part of a vibrant arts scene, see local rising and new poets, and be inspired by the poems they slam.
The Details: Jan. 5. 8 p.m. Free. AS220 Concert Hall, 115 Empire St., Providence, 401-831-9327, as220.org. Photo taken from @AS220 Twitter.
Part of the 8 Bells Lecture Series, this fascinating talk takes place at one of the hidden gems of Newport, the Seamen’s Church Institute. Associate professor Jon Scott Logel opens the discussion by focusing on several men who helped pave the way for New York to become the skyscraper-dotted metropolis it is today. These men studied engineering at West Point, fought for the Union during the Civil War, and found fame and status in helping to engineer Victorian New York, the predecessor to today's world metropolis. Step back in time and learn about this fascinating untold story.
The Details: Jan. 5. Noon–1 p.m. Free. Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., Newport, 401-841-7276, usnwc.edu.