Photo credit: Roger Williams Park Zoo.

6/30 Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts

Why: Take a ride on the wild side! Attend an adults-only bash at the zoo featuring mouth-watering specialties from area restaurants, caterers and bars. Plus, enjoy live music, dancing and more. Proceeds support Roger Williams Park Zoo’s education and wildlife conservation programs. Party animals must be twenty-one and older to attend.
Where: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence.
More info: 785-3510, rwpzoo.org.

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As You Like It @ The Gamm Theater
As You Like It @ The Gamm Theater
May 17 all-day
As You Like It @ The Gamm Theater
One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, inhabited by some of his best-loved characters and verse! This celebrated romance follows resourceful young Rosalind as she flees the corruption of court in search of a more compassionate way to live. Played as a merry game of romance and mistaken identity with her true love, Orlando, As You Like It is not to...
Till it’s Over, Over There: Rhode Island Industry and the First World War @ Newport Historical Society
Till it’s Over, Over There: Rhode Island Industry and the First World War @ Newport Historical Society
May 17 all-day
Till it’s Over, Over There: Rhode Island Industry and the First World War @ Newport Historical Society  | Newport | Rhode Island | United States
Is war good for business? It was 100 years ago. Join Morgan Grefe, Executive Director for the Rhode Island Historical Society, at the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House, 82 Touro St., in Newport on Thurs., May 17 at 5:30 p.m. for a lecture on Rhode Island’s booming industry during World War I. Coming off the turn of the century, Rhode...
Upcoming IMAGO exhibit to feature artworks by Eileen Siobhan Collins and two guest artists @ Imago Gallery
Upcoming IMAGO exhibit to feature artworks by Eileen Siobhan Collins and two guest artists @ Imago Gallery
May 17 all-day
Upcoming IMAGO exhibit to feature artworks by Eileen Siobhan Collins and two guest artists @ Imago Gallery
Imago Foundation for the Arts will feature artwork by IFA artist Eileen Siobhan Collins and guest artists Nora Lewis and Tim Ian Mitchell as part of a group exhibit May 3 through June 10 at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market Street in Warren. The public is invited to a free reception on Friday, May 4 from 6–8 p.m. Collins is a...
Volvo Ocean Races – Spectator Boat @ Volvo Ocean Races - Spectator Boat
Volvo Ocean Races – Spectator Boat @ Volvo Ocean Races - Spectator Boat
May 17 all-day
Volvo Ocean Races - Spectator Boat @ Volvo Ocean Races - Spectator Boat
Experience the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover from the water on-board the Rhode Island Fast Ferry. Both the Ava Pearl and the Millennium will provide the best viewing opportunity to watch the exciting racing during the Stopover, getting you closer to the action than anywhere else. We will provide race viewing on May 17, 18, 19 and 20. Pro-Am...
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8:30 am Mental Images: Two Artists Explore the Brain’s Form and Function @ The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Mental Images: Two Artists Explore the Brain’s Form and Function @ The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
May 17 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Mental Images: Two Artists Explore the Brain's Form and Function @ The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University | Providence | Rhode Island | United States
Art League Rhode Island in collaboration with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, will sponsor an interpretive exhibition, “Mental Images: Two Artists Explore the Brain’s Form and Function.” The exhibit will feature varied works by artists Victoria Guerina and Betsy Ritz in which the human brain, the complex and mysterious organ that directs our thoughts, behavior and all...
10:00 am Reconstructors at Providence Children’s Museum @ Providence Childern's Museum
Reconstructors at Providence Children’s Museum @ Providence Childern's Museum
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Reconstructors at Providence Children's Museum @ Providence Childern's Museum
Sculpt, build, arrange and sort a variety of recycled materials. Learn different ways to recycle, reduce and reuse items you use every day.
10:00 am To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum | Newport | Rhode Island | United States
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,...
10:30 am Mornings at the Museum @ Museum of Newport History
Mornings at the Museum @ Museum of Newport History
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Mornings at the Museum @ Museum of Newport History
Enjoy books, songs, activities, rhymes and more while building early literacy skills and fostering a lifelong love for learning. This story time will offer parents, caregivers and children reading techniques and new ideas about how interact with a museum. Explore the museum before or after, make new friends, and enjoy twenty percent discount in the shop! All are welcome, intended...
12:30 pm PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
May 17 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
PPL's 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library | Providence | Rhode Island | United States
Providence Public Library’s fourth annual Exhibition and Program series called HairBrained is focused on hair. Specifically, the exhibition explores the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency and politics while the program series, which is inspired by images and texts in the exhibition, will offer cultural programs and educational activities for all ages that explore how and...
1:30 pm Highlights of the Collection Tours @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Highlights of the Collection Tours @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
May 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Highlights of the Collection Tours @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Highlights of the Collection Tours Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Join us for the opportunity to dig deeper into the rich history of Blithewold on this exclusive guided tour of Blithewold’s Archives. Our curatorial specialists will lead one-hour tours of the collections and exhibits with a special focus on unique topics pertaining to Blithewold’s vast collections. $20 per person, limited to members...
5:00 pm Cuba: Beyond the Romance — David DeMelim, Director’s Exhibit: Opening Reception @ RI Center for Photographic Arts
Cuba: Beyond the Romance — David DeMelim, Director’s Exhibit: Opening Reception @ RI Center for Photographic Arts
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cuba: Beyond the Romance — David DeMelim, Director's Exhibit: Opening Reception @ RI Center for Photographic Arts
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts presents Cuba: Beyond the Romance. Opening Reception: May 17, 5-9 p.m. Exhibit: May 17-June 15. Free and open to the public. All proceeds from sales of work in this exhibit go to supporting the organization. Cuba: Beyond the Romance features a selection of work from DeMelim’s travels in Cuba and presents impressions of...
5:00 pm Gallery Night Reception @ ArtProv Gallery
Gallery Night Reception @ ArtProv Gallery
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gallery Night Reception @ ArtProv Gallery
ArtProv Gallery will host a reception for Gallery Night Providence on May 17 from 5-9 p.m. The gallery currently has three exhibits on display: Planet SJ!, which features vibrant paintings and playful, whimsical animation and the hand drawings behind them by magic maker Sarah Jane Lapp. Voice in the Woods, which features Mary Jane Andreozzi’s nature-inspired wax crayon drawings and paintings...
5:00 pm Rome: 1970’s — Stephen Brigidi: Opening Reception @ Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts
Rome: 1970’s — Stephen Brigidi: Opening Reception @ Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rome: 1970's — Stephen Brigidi: Opening Reception @ Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts presents Rome: 1970’s by Stephen Brigidi. Opening Reception: May 17, 5-9 p.m. Exhibit: May 17 – June 15. Free and open to the public. Rome 1970’s is a solo exhibition by Stephen Brigidi and will preview a selection of Silver Gelatin prints from his upcoming book of the same title. A Rhode Island...
5:00 pm Warwick Food Truck Night @ Warwick Library - Norwood Branch
Warwick Food Truck Night @ Warwick Library - Norwood Branch
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Warwick Food Truck Night @ Warwick Library - Norwood Branch
Food Truck Night in Warwick returns to the Norwood neighborhood. Join us on the first and third Thursday of the month at rotating locations around Warwick. Attendance is Free! Come experience an array of some of the greatest savory and sweet food trucks. Eat from your favorite local food truck or try something new. Maybe even eat at multiple trucks. Food trucks...
5:30 pm Global Eats @ Fete Music Hall
Global Eats @ Fete Music Hall
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Global Eats @ Fete Music Hall | Providence | Rhode Island | United States
Join Dorcas International Institute of RI, May 17, 2018, for an international culinary celebration to support our work and honor the vibrancy of Rhode Island’s diverse community. Operating in Rhode Island for almost 100 years Dorcas International is the largest agency working to empower immigrants and refugees in the region. For this unique event, we will feature renowned local chefs...
5:30 pm People’s Power and Light’s Sixteenth Annual Meeting @ Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
People’s Power and Light’s Sixteenth Annual Meeting @ Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Power and Light's Sixteenth Annual Meeting @ Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
On Thursday, May 17, we’re gathering energy sector professionals and friends for a networking event with policy makers and clean power leaders over delicious food and cocktails. This year is another big year for People’s Power and Light as we celebrate our sixteenth year of working to harness the power of energy consumers to speed the transition to a low-carbon...
6:00 pm Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket: Opening Doors @ Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket: Opening Doors @ Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
May 17 @ 6:00 pm
Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket: Opening Doors @ Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
Please join us for our Opening Doors event to support the life-changing and life-saving programs offered to the youth in our community each and every day. At the sixth Annual Opening Doors event, we will be honoring Kathy and Dan Sullivan with the 2018 Lyman B. Goff Founder’s Award. Please join us as we welcome friends and families for Clubhouse...
6:00 pm Chamber Music Masterclass with Cellist Merry Peckham at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School @ RI Philharmonic Music School Carter Center
Chamber Music Masterclass with Cellist Merry Peckham at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School @ RI Philharmonic Music School Carter Center
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Chamber Music Masterclass with Cellist Merry Peckham at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School @ RI Philharmonic Music School Carter Center | East Providence | Rhode Island | United States
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School will present a chamber music masterclass with critically acclaimed cellist Merry Peckham, an award-winning performer and dedicated coach and educator. The class is free and open to the public, and it will be on May 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Music School’s Carter Center on 667 Waterman Ave., in East Providence.
7:30 pm “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” @ The Barker Playhouse
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” @ The Barker Playhouse
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes is a whodunit musical based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. ‘Drood’ is a play-within-a-play in which the ending is decided by the audience voting for who murdered Edwin Drood. The musical focuses on the dashing, yet villainous choirmaster John Jasper who is in love with his pupil, Rosa...
7:30 pm Ragtime @ Trinity Rep
Ragtime @ Trinity Rep
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
Ragtime @ Trinity Rep | Providence | Rhode Island | United States
Book by Terrence McNally Music by Stephen Flaherty Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E.L. Doctorow Directed by Curt Columbus Tony Award-winning musical Based on the celebrated novel, the Tony Award-winning Ragtime reflects America at the turn of the 20th century – where optimism and possibility are as prevalent as burgeoning racial and social volatility. The...