Why: In the mood for some basketball, minus the March Madness drama? Head to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center to see your favorite basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, face the newly revamped Washington Generals team — and the players won’t be dunking doughnuts! See a dazzling display of basketball wizardry (jumps, tricks, you name it) with a dash of comedy for an event that will be a slam dunk for the whole family.
Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Sq., Providence.
More info: Call 331-0700 or visit dunkindonutscenter.com.
By George Brant
Providence, 1942: Oberon Play House’s director and leading men are off at war. Determined to press on, the director’s wife sets out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry V, assembling an increasingly unexpected team united in desire, if not actual theater experience. Together they deliver a delightful celebration of collaboration and persistence when the show must go on! A surprisingly modern and moving comedy about the singular way art and community reveal our boldest selves even in the darkest times.
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
In a city besieged with crime and pay-to-play politics, a corrupt deputy and a devout nun enter into a perverse bargain. Will modest Isabella surrender her chastity to save her brother from the sex crime he’s accused of? Or will she preserve her maidenhead and condemn her brother to death? In Shakespeare’s blackest comedy, Measure for Measure is a scathing indictment of political and religious hypocrisy as well as a darkly poetic quest to discover the true nature of justice.
J Studio, February 22-24 and March 1-3, 2018, 7:30 p.m., February 25 and March 4, 2 p.m.
$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff & Students
By William Shakespeare
EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 8PM. Come see RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players, as they hit the stage at the Firehouse Theater with their hilarious improv comedy show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, and the quickest wit you’ll ever see. Inspired by audience suggestions, no two shows are ever the same! If you are coming for a special occasion and would like us to make a person(s) of honor part of the show be sure to contact us and let us know what date and time you are coming, what you are celebrating, and who we should acknowledge in the show. We encourage ALL guests to make sure you get tickets in advance, shows often sell out.
Purchase Tickets Here: http://www.firehousetheater.org/calendar/
$18/person. Always BYOB! Laugh More.
L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble and the New York Mandolin Ensemble will join forces for a spectacular program featuring New England’s and New York’s premiere mandolin ensembles. The New York Mandolin Ensemble, featuring Barry Mitterhoff, Steve Antonelli, and Wayne Fugate, is an eclectic group of experienced New York-based musicians who seek to expand the traditional boundaries of mandolin music through their original compositions and carefully chosen arrangements of works in the classical, jazz, “downtown” and traditional/ethnic genres. Barry Mitterhoff is a mandolinist who cannot be pigeonholed into one style. He performs a dazzling array of styles that include bluegrass, classical, swing and jazz, and a variety of ethnic styles such as Brazilian, Klezmer and more. He has recorded and played with Tom Chapin, Hazel Dickens, Tony Trischka and is now an acclaimed sideman to Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna. L’Esperance features musicians of different backgrounds and ages from the Cape Cod area, Rhode Island and Connecticut who come together to enjoy the pleasure of making music with each other. Since 1994, l’Esperance has been sharing that joy with audiences around New England. Their music ranges from classical to contemporary, from Celtic to Klezmer, from rock standards to Baroque. Director of l’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble Joshua Bell was named the Concertmaster of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra in 1979. He has played with the North American Mandolin Ensemble, The American Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, the Classical Mandolin Society of America and The Tacoma Mandoleers of Washington, D.C.
Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) will feature artwork by IFA featured artists Linda Megathlin and Mercedes Nuñez and guest artist Stephen Remick as part of a group exhibit February 8 through March 18 at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market Street, Warren. The public is invited to a free reception for the artists on Friday, February 9 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Megathlin, a photographer and mixed media artist, will present a series of still life photographs that she has titled, “Animate Objects.” Her images are created from objects that she has gathered, collected or rescued. While still life artworks are by definition “inanimate,” Megathlin has arranged them in such a way as to depict imagined relationships and the dynamic push and pull that exists between beings and bodies that seemingly share the same space. An IMAGO founding member, she lives and works in Warren and has exhibited throughout Rhode Island and in national juried exhibitions.
Nuñez’s series of paintings called, “The GATHERING STORM,” is a homage of love, reverence and fear of the power of the invisible form — the universal unity that exist among all phenomena. Cuban-born, she lives in Massachusetts, but dreams of living elsewhere and has an extensive body of work that includes painting, mixed media/collage and photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collection of Bridgewater State University and in private collections throughout the U.S.
Remick’s artwork includes a series of landscape paintings that began in his backyard but soon after extended to the world beyond. His subjects include stone walls, abandoned cellar holes and cemeteries, woodpiles, surveyor’s ribbon, paths and the abstract beauty of sunlight and shadow on snow. By highlighting these motifs, Remick guides the viewer to think deeply, to realize our connection to one another, our environment, our past, and our future. Remick has had numerous exhibits in both local galleries and museums and has work in private collections throughout the U.S. and internationally. Recently, he has re-connected with plein-air painting and sets aside time to paint on-site near where he lives in Southcoast Massachusetts as well as in neighboring coastal Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Other IMAGO artists who will participate in the exhibit include Eileen Siobhan Collins, Rose Esson-Dawson, Mary Dondero, Betty Harrington, Carl Keitner, Pascale Lord, Eileen Mayhew, Yolanda Mazzoni, Rina Naik, Anne Marie Rossi, Lenny Rumpler, Howard Rotblat-Walker and Howard Windham.
The Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts. Visit www.imagofoundation4art.org to learn more about IFA and its mission.
Art League Rhode Island presents Through The Lens: An International Open Juried Photography Exhibition featuring diverse photographic creations from around the country and elsewhere.
Exhibition: Friday, December 1 – Saturday, March 3
Reception and Awards: Thursday, December 14 5:30 – 8 p.m.
The VETS Gallery, One Avenue Of The Arts, Providence, RI 02903.
Hours vary; generally open during VETS Auditorium events.
The Providence Flea is back for a limited run of Winter and Spring Markets on the second & fourth Sundays of the month through April 22, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm indoors at Hope High School, 324 Hope Street in Providence (Feb 11, 25, Mar 11, 25, Apr 8, 22). The market will be held in the cafeteria at the building’s rear entrance.
Featuring new and returning vintage vendors, artisans, makers, food purveyors, coffee & food trucks, community nonprofits and live music! Hope High is easily accessible by public transportation, and the school offers plenty of free, off-street parking. Admission is free.
Providence Flea is a Best of RI (Rhode Island Monthly) and Best of New England (Yankee Magazine).
Vendor application, directions and e-news at providenceflea.com.
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The Naval War College Museum presents a new exhibit, “To Win or Lose All: Williams S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War.” The exhibit occupies the museum’s gallery on the second floor.
To Win or Lose All explores the Navy’s role in securing victory for the Allies during the First World War. Under Admiral Sims’s leadership, American warships escorted convoys to France, laid mines in the North Sea, and hunted German submarines. On land, naval aviators flew scouting and bombing missions while Marines fought in the trenches east of Paris. While the sweeping naval campaigns of 1942-1945 may attract more scholarly attention, the foundation for their success was established twenty-five years earlier when the Navy operated for the first time as part of a coalition. Indeed, many officers who rose to prominence in the Second World War – Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and Harold R. Stark, to name a few – gained valuable experience with combined operations during the first global conflict of the twentieth century. Curator Rob Doane hopes, “that this exhibit will encourage visitors to understand Admiral Sims and the sailors who served under him as real people who worked under difficult circumstances to meet the enormous challenges of wartime service.”