The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events
"Mile High, Red Hot"
A new multi-sensory exhibition opens at one of the city’s most provocative independent galleries. Yellow Peril hosts a mixed media dual exhibit by artists Garcia Sinclair and Nafis White, “Mile High, Red Hot,” which explores themes of desire, consumption, the ephemeral, the individual and collective memory through sculptural work, drawings, video and audio. The exhibition also features an interactive Confiserie, or jars filled with candies from all over the world — i.e. you can actually eat your way around the art. A portion of the proceeds will support the Children’s Defense Fund, which advocates for improved policies and programs for children.
The Details: Oct. 9–Nov. 16. Opening reception: Oct. 11, 6–9 p.m. Free. 60 Valley St., Providence, yellowperilgallery.com.
Spend Columbus Day weekend dieting on bratwurst and pretending to be German. Aside from the twenty-seven beers on tap, the festival offers various activities that will keep you and your kids busy; yes, you can bring your children to Oktoberfest (Sunday is better for families). There will be two German bands playing traditional Bavarian music and plenty of dancing. Join storytellers for the 1810 origins of the internationally celebrated event told on Saturday at 1 p.m. Since this is one of the last entertainment events for the waterfront venue before the season ends and new ownership swoops in, tickets might be running slim for the annual bash.
The Details: Oct. 11–12. Sat. noon–8 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m. $17–$85. 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, 401-846-1600, newportwaterfrontevents.com.
See why so many Rhode Islanders swear by this annual arts extravaganza, now in its forty-eighth year. Glassworkers, jewelers and mixed media artists are only some of the featured vendors at the Scituate Art Festival. While your kids are busy with arts and crafts, check out the many antiques or clothing vendors. Stick around in quaint Scituate for lunch at the food court, offering regional and ethnic food, and take a break from the vendor stroll to listen to Kings Crow or the Reggie Centracchio Quintet on Saturday or country Western music with the Rhode Island Rednecks on Sunday. You might even go home with a prize from the art, craft and antiques raffle. Insider’s tip: Head there early to get prime parking, or be prepared to walk (don’t worry; it’s scenic!).
The Details: Oct. 11–13. Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Village Green, Route 116, North Scituate, scituateartfestival.org. Glass and metal skeleton key by Kim Vredenburg.
Every thirty years, a poltergeist stirs up trouble at the historically spooky Newport Art Museum. But, during filming for a paranormal TV show, a guest of the house is murdered. Was it the spirit or a deranged member of the film crew? It’s up to you to search for clues, question suspects and solve the heinous crime. This interactive murder-mystery, which plays upon the wildly popular paranormal TV genre, includes a ninety-minute walkthrough of the mansion while guests hear tales of terror that occurred inside. Admire the architecture of the building as you figure out who committed the crime.
The Details: Oct. 11, 18, 25. 7 p.m. Adults $30, youth $15, seniors $25. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 401-848-8200, newportmurdermystery.com.
Hacks, crafts and robots: It’s show and tell time for our region’s creative makers. All sorts of family-friendly science and tech-related experiences — including a giant Simon Swipe, a homebrew exhibition, an origami mural, a super cool air tube from the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art and various building/hacking tutorials — will take over downtown Providence. Learn a few DIY projects, including 3D printing or robot-building, direct from the experts and browse an arts and crafts market like you’ve never seen before. The Maker Faire is an international effort to exhibit personal skill and aims to be a resource for community members as they walk, explore and expand their personal capacities. The event is hosted by AS220 and Revolution x Design and supported by Hasbro.
The Details: Oct. 11. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Youth $3, adults $7, families $16.68. Empire Street and Adrian Hall Way, Providence, makerfaireri.com