Five Can’t-Miss Events: Feb. 22–28
Hear the Gershwin Songbook, walk through Ballard Park's illuminated garden, enjoy a movie, coffee and popcorn at the Nook and more things to do.
1. FirstWorks Presents American Rhapsody:The Gershwin Songbook
Enjoy a night at the opera, on Broadway and at the movie theater all in one show. Michael Andrew and guest vocalist Michelle Amato bring American legends George and Ira Gershwin’s music to the stage, including beloved songs like “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The Gershwin’s music will leave you tapping your feet and singing along.
The Details: Feb. 22. 7:30 p.m. $28–$88. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401-421-2787, thevetsri.com.
2. Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park
Bundle up for a fun outdoor family adventure in Newport. This self-guided tour through Ballard Park’s three-acre quarry meadow is in its thirteenth year and features thousands of lights and exhibits created by local students, artists and community groups. Keep an eye out for the particularly stunning labyrinth made from Chinese lanterns.
The Details: Feb. 22–24. 6–9 p.m. Free. Ballard Park, 21 Hazard Rd., Newport, 401-619-3377, ballardpark.org.
3. Portugal. The Man
The groovy rock band Portugal. The Man is currently on tour for its new album Woodstock and will be making a pit-stop on February 22 at the Strand Ballroom and Theatre. Woodstock, the band’s first album in four years, includes the global hit “Feel It Still,” which has been high on the charts and featured in advertisements for big companies like Apple and Vitaminwater. The band’s psychedelic pop vibe is attracting fans with all types of music tastes. Hurry and buy your tickets now — many concerts are already sold out.
The Details: Feb. 22. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. See website for ticket prices. The Strand Ballroom and Theatre, 79 Washington St., Providence, 401-331-5876, thestrandri.com.
4. Beautiful: The Carol King Musical
The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center for an eight show-run. Beautiful tells the true story of Carol Klein’s rise to the top of the music world and transformation into superstar, Carole King. Accompany Carole on her journey as she overcomes personal obstacles in order to achieve her dream of musical fame and listen to the songs she created along the way. You don’t want to miss this special opportunity of seeing this story come to life on stage.
The Details:Feb. 27–March 4. See website for times. $56–$115. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-421-2787, ppacri.com.
5. A League of Their Own at The Nook Coffee House
“There’s no crying in baseball!” If you know that line and love the movie it’s from, we’ve got some good news for you: Dottie Hinson and Jimmy Dugan are rolling into East Greenwich with the rest of the Rockford Peaches. Cozy up at the Nook Coffee House’s special showing of A League of Their Own, the somewhat true story about the establishment of the All American Girls’ Professional Baseball League. The event is BYOB, but the coffee bar will be open and popcorn and cookies will be provided.
The Details: Feb. 23. 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tickets $10. The Nook Coffee House, 307 Main St., East Greenwich, 401-402-0029, nookcoffeehouse.com.
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