Five Can’t-Miss Events: April 20–26
Get on the SENE, meet Grover's friend, hear groundbreaking musician Kishi Bashi live and more.
1. SENE Film Festival
The Southeastern New England Film, Music and Arts Festival (SENE) is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the country. It is a five-day celebration of independent cinema, visual art and local music at various venues across the state. Starting on Tuesday, the Arctic Playhouse showcases the documentary short The High School That Rocked, the story of a high school that hosted classic bands like the Animals and the Yard Birds. On Wednesday, the Warwick Center for the Arts will present a selection of documentaries and experimental short films including Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, a documentary narrated by John Lithgow about an American painter who became an abstract artist and brought jazz influences into his work. There is a lot going on at other venues so make sure to check the website to see everything they have planned.
The Details:April 25–29. Various venues, senefest.com.
2. Sesame Street at PPAC
Come and play, everything’s a-ok! Sesame Street’s lovable characters are making their way to Providence to teach us about what it is to be a real friend. Sesame Street Live’s Make a New Friend features Elmo, Grover and all of their best pals as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India. The gang will explore exactly what friends do for each other and learn the joy of meeting new people. Enjoy the singing, dancing, the joy of learning, and, of course, COOOOOOKIESSSS. So be sure to bring your inner child and/or your actual child and experience some great Muppet fun!
The Details: April 21–April 23. Fri. 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m., Sun. 1 and 4:30 p.m. $21–$73. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-421-2787, ppacri.org.
3. Aurea Ensemble
Get ready for music that will make you think. In collaboration with FirstWorks, Providence-based musical collective the Aurea Ensemble is bringing their invigorating style of vocals and instrumental experimentation together with Yang Wei and Lois Shapiro. Wei is a pipa virtuoso and a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, of Yo-Yo Ma fame, and Shapiro is a part of the Triple Helix Piano Trio. As a part of their show, Crossings, the two artists will present a musical exploration of the many connections and relationships between eastern and western cultures. This event will include world and New England premieres of music combining a pipa with a string quartet, created by composers Zhou Long, Zhu-Jian’er and Liu Tinahua. The pipa is a four-string instrument sometimes called the Chinese lute. It is a classic familiar sound in Chinese music.
The Details: Apr. 23. 2 p.m. $25 advance, $30 day-of. St. Martin’s Church, 50 Orchard Ave., Providence, 401-421-4278, first-works.org.
4. Kishi Bashi
The Columbus Cooperative presents singer-songwriter and all around musician Kishi Bashi. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Kishi Bashi studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music. He has toured and been recorded internationally as a violinist with artists such as Regina Spektor. His music is an eclectic mix of warbling vocals, scintillating violin and garbled washes of backdrop sounds, all blended together for a truly unique sound experience. Kishi Bashi’s latest album, Sonderlust, has funky, up-beat electronic music that is at times reminiscent of early video games, going so far as to mimic the style of that in the video for the song “Say Yeah.” They will be joined by experimental banjoist Tall Tall Trees.
The Details: April 22. 9 p.m. $18 advance, $20 day-of. Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, Providence, 401-421-9660, columbustheatre.com.
5. Faithful Cheaters
Some trips can be risky, and some can be risque as you will find in Trinity Rep’s rendition of Faithful Cheaters, a play written by Deborah Salem Smith. The play centers on a busy couple, a weekend away and chemical substances with fantastical properties. When Theo relies on a nose spray for monogamy to save his marriage to Poppy, things dissolve into a hilarious, farcical romp (as tends to happen when people attempt to fix relationships through drug use!). Deborah Salem Smith has written four plays and her work has been called “deeply nuanced” by The New York Times. The play stars Rebecca Gibel, Mauro Hantman, Karen MacDonald, Anne Scurria, Stephen Thorne and Charlie Thurston.
The Details: April 20–May 21. See website for showtimes and prices. Trinity Rep Dowling Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence, 401-351-4242, trinityrep.com.