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The Other Side of Anne Boleyn at the Gamm

The production makes Henry VIII's beheaded second wife a martyr for religious reformation.

I became intrigued by Anne Boleyn after visiting the Tower of London while studying abroad as a college student. Seduction? Adultery? Execution! My ears perked up. Who knew history could be so scandalous. Then I learned about Henry VIII’s six wives and the difficulty the first few queens had producing a male heir to the throne. The king seemed cursed,…

Light in the Dark of Winter in Newport

Friends of Ballard Park is seeking applications for the eighth annual Illuminated Garden.

Long after the holiday lights have been packed away, Newport’s only nature preserve comes alive with another type of illumination. The three-acre meadow known as Ballard Park will soon chase the chill doldrums of February with its eighth annual Illuminated Garden event. Visitors to the park’s pathways in the past have enjoyed a model of Newport made out of cardboard…

Trinity’s Crime and Punishment is a Must-See

Forget Avdotya and Pulcheria and Luzhin. Even character foil and “intelligent one,” Razumikhin — he’s a goner. Trinity's Curt Columbus and Marilyn Campbell cleaved out major characters and plot points to present a stunning skeleton of Crime and Punishment, onstage at Trinity Rep now through February 24. Dostoyevsky’s 150-year-old magnum opus is as relevant in America today as ever: Young…

2013 Newport Jazz Festival Is Set

Tickets are now on sale on the festival’s website.

While the chill in the air may be coming back to winter, already we can look forward to the warmth of August in Newport. The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival is set to take place August 2-4. The legendary festival looks to match the great line-ups of the previous fifty-eight years – where luminaries of this great American art form share…

PPAC's Million Dollar Quartet is Solid Gold

Approximately ten minutes of PPAC’s Million Dollar Quartet feels like a Broadway musical. The rest of the ninety-minute show — set in a studio space and performed live by a remarkably skilled cast of musician/actors — resembles the real thing. (Read: they're actually playing their instruments, folks.) It's exactly how history recorded it: rock ’n’ roll heroes Elvis Presley, Johnny…

PVD Live: Tunes and Charity at the Columbus

Providence's music pulse is beating louder by the day.

A nun, a former Israeli army soldier, a rock star and some politicians walk into a theater…. Don’t cringe. The bad punch-line isn’t coming. The aforementioned, plus hundreds of loyalists from Providence’s music scene, turned out for Saturday night’s benefit for the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence at the newly reopened Columbus Theatre. The 199 seats in…

Adopt a Furry Friend for the Holidays

The Potter League is offering 50 percent off adoption fees for all cats ages seven months and older through December.

It’s the perfect season to welcome a new furry friend into the family. The Potter League for Animal in Middletown is trying to help all of their animals get adopted for the holidays, but they are especially looking for homes for cats of all ages, sizes and colors. Some of the friendly felines come from New Jersey, where Hurricane Sandy…

The Nutcracker Brings Local Art to the Big Stage

Magic, mischief, romance, battle and exquisite dance: The Nutcracker has it all, and for everyone in your family. You all know the story, but what makes Festival Ballet Providence’s version better than the rest? It’s ours, that’s why. It’s remarkable in itself that a small, local dance company can put on such a grand show — not just expertly choreographed,…

Memphis: A Rollicking History Lesson

The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of integration of music in the 1950s.

Flip through the radio long enough these days and you’re almost certain to catch Rihanna singing “Diamonds in the Sky.” But sixty years ago, the presence of a talented black vocalist on the airwaves was anything but a given. Memphis, the Tony Award-winning production playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center, takes us back to the segregated airwaves of the…