The Weekly Round-up: June 5–11
Five can't-miss events of the week.
Providence is a beautiful city — so beautiful that some people never leave. In fact, six artists and alumni from Brown University found a muse in our Creative Capital. On Friday night, celebrate their work at an opening reception featuring food, wine, a performance by theater and film director Peter Glantz, and lots of great art. One of the successful showcasing artists, Kevin Hooyman, creates a surreal sense of landscape, creatures and people with his whimsical drawings. David Udris, another alumni artist, isolates images of ice crystallizing on glass and enhances the pattern. Before you leave, be sure to check out Xander Marro’s quilts, which combine several images to create a temporary movie theater experience. See why Hoyyman, Udris, Marro and three other Brown University alumni artists prize Providence enough to stay for good.
The Details: Opening Reception June 6. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Free. Exhibition continues through July 7. David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence, 401-863-2932, brown.edu.
Kick off summer with the longest running chowder championship in the country. Competitors and crowds from across the nation will join to taste and share what Rhode Islanders know best: wicked good chowdah. Between food and bar options, live island vibe music, kids’ activities and culinary demos, the cook-off has something for everyone. The legendary event lets tasters vote on endless samples from dozens of restaurants, including Trio, 22 Bowen’s and Melville Grille. With their ticket, cook-off goers can continue to indulge in Rhody’s finest local seafood at the onsite Newport Oyster Festival.
The Details: June 7. Noon–6 p.m. Advance price: $20. Day-of price: $25, kids younger than twelve free. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, 401-846-1600, newportwaterfrontevents.com.
Hear a cappella tunes from all over the globe and in other languages — without ever leaving the state. The Accidental Sisters, a group that explores the many roles of women in the world through song, is performing its fifth annual concert, “We Are,” in their hometown of Jamestown. The song gets sweeter: Each year, the group donates all proceeds from the show to a charity or project that supports women, children and the idea of local and international peace. The donations from this year’s concert will go to the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, which targets the reduction of gang or group related violence in the state. If you're a fan of good causes and great tunes, this is the weekend event for you.
The Details: June 7. 7:30 p.m. Suggested $10 donation. Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Rd., Jamestown, jamestownartcenter.org.
Pop your collar, find your big-brimmed hat and experience one of Newport’s oldest traditions. What’s not to love about watching an international face-off with family and friends? The Swedish Polo Team will make its debut in the inaugural USA vs. Sweden Silver Perpetual Cup. Aside from prizes for the best tailgate, the match will conclude with a Veuve Clicquot Champagne toast and trophy presentation, as well as the naming of the best-playing pony and a cocktail hour where guests can get autographs and mingle with the competitors.
The Details: June 7. 5 p.m. Lawn seats $12, box seats $20. Youth younger than fifteen free. Polo Grounds, Glen Farm, 715 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 401-846-0200, nptpolo.com.
Eat your way around the tastiest neighborhood in the city at the fifteenth annual Federal Hill Stroll, a can’t-miss event for Italian food lovers of all shapes and sizes. Sample menu items from more than twenty venues and receive discounts at restaurants, shops and galleries. Trattoria Roma, Blue Grotto, Caserta Pizzeria, Opa, Scialo Bros. Bakery, Pane e Vino, Palmieri’s: the list of participating restaurants goes on. What’s more, there will be live musical entertainment plus a contest for the best venue (King of the Hill) and the most creative venue. Don’t forget to cast your vote; one lucky participant will win a dinner for two on the Hill — a sweet perk after an already delicious night.
The Details: June 10. 4:30–7:30 p.m. $30, includes two drink tickets. Atwells Avenue, Providence, goprovidence.com.