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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…

The How and the Why Unleashes Theories about Female Evolution

The female reproductive system is a complicated mystery that we still can’t figure out. In fact, none of us really understands why it works the way it does.

The news today of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy stirred many outbursts of “Finally!” or “It’s about time!” Prince William and Kate have been married since April 2011, and many wondered what took so long for the couple to have a baby on board. Some couples are waiting longer to have children, and some simply take longer than others to conceive, even…

Saying Goodbye to the Bounty

The memorial began at the Fall River Marine Museum, with a gathering to remember the life of the ship and those who were lost.

On a cold December morning, with snowflakes drifting down from the gray sky, the fact that we live on the edge of a wide, wild sea is far from the thoughts of most Rhode Islanders. We're used to thinking of the ocean as beach blankets, boogie boards and breakers, a summertime thing. But for those who've gone adventuring far from…

Lost in Yonkers Stars Evil Grandma

Most grandmas in traditional media are represented as warm, nurturing souls, but what if your grandmother was as cold as steel?

Most grandmas in traditional media are represented as warm, nurturing souls, but what if your grandmother was as cold as steel? In Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers,  two young boys, Jay and Arty, are sent to live with their grandmother in 1942 after their mother dies and their father, Eddie, must take a traveling job to sell scrap metal in…

Tradition or Love?

Sometimes an audience needs lots of flash and pomp to feel engaged in a musical. But PPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof, onstage through Sunday night, requires none of it. A simple set serves as a backdrop for standout vocal performances by the stars and supporting cast alike. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof tells the…

Red: A Portrait of the Conflicted Artist

In real life, the black swallowed the red: Darkness flooded over abstract impressionist Mark Rothko, and he committed suicide in 1970 at the age of sixty-six. But John Logan’s two-man play Red, onstage now at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, doesn’t dwell on the tragedy to come, at least not openly. Instead, it vividly paints Rothko in all shades, staging in…

Attention R.I. Shoppers!

R.I.'s first Nordstrom Rack store opened today at the Warwick Mall, and Andrea Valentini is moving.

Now is a good time to shop for yourself or someone else! There’s a lot going on in the fashion world this week, including today’s opening of the Nordstrom Rack store at the Warwick Mall, today's StyleWeek designer sample sale and an ongoing Andrea Valentini moving sale. Nordstrom Rack Opening: Rhode Island’s first off-price division of Nordstrom opened today at…

Sweet, Syrupy Holiday Fun

Elf is onstage at Providence Performing Arts Center until Nov. 10.

When we see a holiday show, we’re after more than glittery scenes, one-liners about the in-laws and cheerful song and dance. We want the performance to give us something we’ve been missing all year long — that feeling, that holiday feeling no sunny summer day could evoke. And, weeks before the official Christmas countdown begins, Elf: The Musical delivers. It…

A Fiendish Good Time

Check out this annual Halloween parade this afternoon in College Hill.

Grab your favorite little devil and come out this afternoon to the fifth annual Fiends of Brown Street Park Children’s Halloween Party and Parade. The event in Providence’s College Hill will feature Halloween-themed games and crafts, then a parade to the music of What Cheer Brigade. Snacks and pizza will also be provided.   The party kicks off at 4…