Art

Preview: Diana Al-Hadid at the Bell Gallery

The Syrian-born, Ohio-raised artist challenges our notions about classical sculpture by way of unusual materials and subjects that seem to decompose before our eyes.

There's something deeply unsettling about a bronze sculpture that looks as if it's melted in the sun. Our great works are built to withstand time — "David" has been kicking around for five centuries, and all of his crucial parts are intact — however artist Diana Al-Hadid's large-scale sculptures expose the flaw in this logic. Nothing lasts forever, not even if it's…

A Dose of Horror at the Lovecraft Film Festival

Movies inspired by Lovecraft’s work will be presented, as well as panels, vendors and readings focused on the author.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. If you can read (or even recognize) this as H.P. Lovecraft’s invented language R’lyehian, then you’re probably already well aware of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival going on later this month. In one of his letters, Lovecraft famously declared “I am Providence” and now a film festival dedicated to the writer is happening in his…

Attend the Gala of the Summer at Rough Point

Child and Family social service provider is hosting a party on the lawn of Doris Duke’s oceanside Rough Point mansion to celebrate 150 years of good deeds.

Child and Family is celebrating its 150th anniversary as the first social service provider in Newport County and only the second in the state of Rhode Island. On Saturday, Aug. 6, the nonprofit that preserves families is hosting An Enchanted Evening Celebrating 150 Years of Child and Family, a party worthy of a century-and-a-half of good deeds, on the lawn…

See Rhode Island's State Donkey at the Democratic National Convention

The fiberglass mules are part of the "Donkeys Around Town" scavenger hunt, and each one represents a DNC delegation for the fifty states, plus DC and six U.S. territories.

As scandal shakes the Democratic National Convention, a more lighthearted form of donkey hunting is also going on in Philadelphia this week. The DNC host committee has invited visitors to take part in its "Donkeys Around Town" scavenger hunt featuring artist-painted donkeys installed at locations throughout the city. Using a smartphone app and the hashtag #dncdonkey, participants can win prizes…

Embrace the Wonderful and the Weird at FringePVD

All you need are a few bucks and an open mind to enjoy five days of fringe performances.

If you browse Providence Fringe Festival's lineup without knowing much about the showcase, you might think the organizers nailed it on the fringe frontier. Phone Bone? Yes. Memory: A Clown Love Story? Scary, but I'm onboard. Willie Fikowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State? Love the shortie shorts and tube socks, Willie. Please, let me pay you to see…

Conserving Wildlife at RISD

A new exhibit featuring the work of thirty-two artists examines the role of the wildlife trade plays in wiping out species around the world.

Biologist and veterinarian Dr. Lucy Spelman has cared for endangered species around the world, from mountain gorillas in Rwanda to Asian elephants in Burma to giant pandas in China. The good news is that she knows people with the expertise to help protect them, whether that be a scientist who can artificially inseminate an Asian elephant or an expert in…

Vacation Euphoria at Eight – United Republic Affair

The new showroom in Warren boasts resort wear and sunnies by a local designer.

Eight – United Republic Affair focuses on providing apparel and accessories that can be worn “poolside, beach side, dock side.” In other words, it’s where function meets fashion, according to founder and RISD graduate Artiss Akarra. A Florida native with a sailing background, Akarra understands that swimwear and eyewear are equal parts fashion statement and utilitarian: “I make it a…

Sneak Peek: Michael Cevoli’s “Beakheads and Cutwater”

A Rhode Island-based photographer captures the local fishing industry with striking, gritty photos of work at sea.

Michael Cevoli grew up on the water. In his earliest memories from childhood, he’s fishing with his dad. He remembers, too, going overboard on a boating excursion during a family vacation. He was scooped up quick, but he learned something important that day: The ocean is as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cevoli’s latest exhibition of photography, “Beakheads and Cutwater,”…

Q-and-A: The Low Anthem

The band’s founding members discuss their latest album and the community that came with it.

In the five years it took to produce their latest record, eyeland, Jeff Prystowsky and Ben Knox Miller of the Low Anthem had a lot going on. They helped save the Columbus Theatre from a slow ruin. They hosted hundreds of acts on two stages in the historic theater, including big names like Iron and Wine and Brian Blade. They…

Students Create Rubik’s Cube Mosaic to Honor Malala Yousafzai

View the artwork on display at the Dunkin' Donuts Center before Malala's speaking engagement on July 28.

The story of Malala Yousafzai has captured the hearts of many. Students at Clark Lane Middle School of Waterford, Connecticut, traveled to Providence yesterday to create a masterpiece mosaic out of Rubik’s cubes to honor Yousafzai before her Northeast appearance at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, scheduled for July 28. Students from Clark Lane’s Rubik’s Cube Club, which was started three…