The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events
Bask in silence, shadows and big, funny faces at FirstWorks’ opening show of 2015. Mummenschanz, the experimental Swiss mime troupe that’s performed around the world for more than four decades, transcends age and cultural barriers by eliminating language, music and sound altogether. Instead, the crowd unites in delight over skits involving colorful, expressive masks, from wiry neon outlines to massive, realistic hands to animalistic shapes. The performance is simple yet fun for young and old, and audience members of all ages will be glued to the stage — not their smartphones.
The Details: Jan. 22. 7 p.m. $28–$68. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401-421-4278, first-works.org.
It’s never too early to think: Ah, summer. This annual event features all sorts of floating vessels and the gadgets to go along with them. After drooling over the latest powerboats, sailboats, kayaks and inflatables, hone your on-the-water interests with sports fishing and sailing seminars. Learn sea-to-table cooking techniques over oysters and a bloody mary from Midtown Oyster Bar, browse the ArtSEA Gallery for ocean-inspired prints, and hear from a family of four that sailed from Bristol to France in the summer of 2014. The Boat Show also offers a special seminar for uninitiated sailors led by Molly Winans, editor of SpinSheet magazine and author of the new sailor guide, Start Sailing Now.
The Details: Jan. 23–25. Fri. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults $12, children younger than twelve free. Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, 401-396-9619, providenceboatshow.com.
Feast on delectable food and wine from area purveyors and help fight homelessness in the East Bay. The event, which supports the local nonprofit East Bay Coalition for the Homeless, features more than thirty restaurants, caterers, markets, food producers and beverage companies. Get a taste of Rhode Island’s first food incubator, Hope and Main, with treats from the CupCake Contessas, Fox Point Pickling Company, Laughing Gull Chocolates and others. Wash down the gourmet goodies with wine from Grapes and Grains, then sample dishes from Simone’s, the Wharf Tavern, Table Restaurant, Blount Seafood and dozens more. Don’t forget to indulge your sweet tooth with treats from Medici Gelato and Sweet Lorraine’s Candy Shoppe; tell your waistline it’s for a good cause.
The Details: Jan. 24. 6–8 p.m. $20; tickets may be purchased at the door. Cutler Mill Event Center, 16 Cutler St., Warren, eventbrite.com.
Ceramics mania hits Providence early at the Bell Gallery’s biennial exhibition. This international juried show, organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), coincides with “Lively Experiments,” the NCECA’S forty-ninth annual conference, which will take place this March in Providence for the first time in nearly fifty years. Brown’s David Winton Bell Gallery waded through 1,147 entries for this exhibition, whittling the list down to forty-eight artists from across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Romania, South Korea and Sweden. Don’t expect to see solely stoneware from the wheel; the show also features installations with video and computer programs — the future of ceramic arts as we know it.
The Details: Jan. 24–March 29. Opening reception Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m. Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery, 64 College St., Providence, 401-863-2932, brown.edu.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X: What would’ve they said to one another, if they had the chance? In honor of Black History Month, Ocean State Theatre’s latest show imagines a conversation between the two activists in 1965, at the peak of their individual movements and just before Malcolm X’s assassination. The setting is a Harlem hotel, and the mood is tense. The two men wrestle — figuratively and literally — over their divergent opinions on how to achieve racial equality. King preaches nonviolent protest while Malcolm X maintains a philosophy of black self-defense and violence when necessary. But this fictionalized tale also draws out the major similarities between the two black leaders — an important lesson that, in this case, only hindsight could provide.
The Details: Jan. 28–Feb. 15. Call or visit the website for show times. $30–$49. Ocean State Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, 401-921-6800, oceanstatetheatre.org.