Inventing Impressionism

Claude Monet, "A Walk in the Meadows at Argenteuil" (La Promenade dans les prairies à Argenteuil), 1873. Gift of HougHton P. Metcalf jr. Courtesy of the RISD MUSEUM.

When: 10/21–6/11
Why: Sure, you’ve visited Pissarro, Monet and Cezanne in the sun-dappled Impressionist galleries at the RISD Museum. But, new this month, the museum opens an exhibition of rarely seen Impressionist works on paper — including Edgar Degas’s “Six Friends at Dieppe” and, a recent gift to the museum, Monet’s stunning “A Walk in the Meadows at Argenteuil.” Get acquainted with the new-to-you, then revisit your old favorites with a fresh set of eyes.
Where: RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St., Providence.
More info: Call 454-6500 or visit

John Cleese and the Holy Grail

courtesy wEndi Walker

When: 1/14
Get ready to laugh, cry, pee in your pants or perhaps all of the above when John Cleese comes to town. After a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, witness first-hand the humor of the comic legend that is John Cleese. Be prepared to learn some hard-hitting things, like how much an unladen swallow weighs and what sword combat is really like ("it's just a flesh wound").
Where: Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 
More info: Call 421-2787 or visit

Winter Wonder Days


courtesy roger williams park zoo

When:  Through 2/28
Why: The zoo isn't just a summer destination — after all, they have penguins and snow leopards, two of the coolest and wintriest animals around! Take your tikes to see these cold weather lovers in their prime during Winter Wonder Days and get in for half the regular admission price.
Where: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence.
More info: Call 785-3510 or visit

Rhode Island Brew Fest


rhode island brew fest, jon clancy

When: 1/28
Why: Rhode Island has a thriving local brewing scene, and what better way to celebrate it than at the Brew Fest? In its fifth iteration, this year’s Brew Fest promises to be bigger and better than ever. I mean, when you have more than fifty-five breweries in one spot with more than 145 different beers to sample, how can it not be good? Food will also be on hand, to make sure no one drinks on an empty stomach, and a portion of every ticket sold goes to the Rhode Island Brewers Guild.
Where: Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket.
More info: Call 856-9197 or visit


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