Five Can’t-Miss Events: Feb. 8–14

Down desserts and drafts at Whalers, attend a sparkling winter benefit, see 5,000 years of Chinese history in dance and more fun things to do.

1. Desserts and Drafts

From Whalers Facebook page.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re in a committed relationship or just looking for an excuse to indulge in yummy things, we’re of the opinion that it’s never too early to begin celebrating. Kick the week of love off right by grabbing your sweetheart (romantic, platonic, familial — doesn’t matter!) and dropping by Whalers Brewing Company on Sunday for a brunch of six delicious brew samples paired with six handcrafted treats by Bake Me Away.
The Details: Feb 11. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $20. Whalers Brewing Company, 1174 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 401-552-0002,

 2. Winter Sparkle

Let’s face it, folks: We’re in the dead of winter and the groundhog predicted at least six more weeks of chilliness. Why not embrace it and add a little sparkle to the mix? For the sixth year, the Junior League of Rhode Island is holding its Winter Sparkle at the Roger Williams Park Casino, where they will showcase the culinary talents of a number of top local chefs and restaurants. You don’t need to start worrying about attaining that summer body just yet, so be sure to take advantage of this tasting extravaganza.
The Details: Feb. 9. 8–11 p.m. $75 for general admission, $96 for added VIP champagne reception. Roger Williams Park Casino, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-941-5640,

3. Shen Yun

You don’t have to travel halfway across the world to experience authentic Chinese culture. This weekend, Shen Yun Performing Arts will share China’s fascinating 5,000 year history with Providence through the  athleticism and expressiveness of classical Chinese choreography. Attendees can also expect to take in breathtaking animated backdrops while a trailblazing East meets West orchestra captures the spirit of ancient China throughout the night.
The Details: Feb. 10–11. Sat. 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. See website for prices. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-421-2787,

 4. Festival Ballet’s Director’s Choice

Photo by Zaire Kacz Photography

You know the old adage (okay, more like the circa early-2000s adage), “Dance like nobody’s watching”? Well, Festival Ballet Providence has been watching, and its artistic director Mihailo Djuric aims to celebrate the art of choreography by showcasing three masterful performances. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon’s contemporary performance titled The American, George Balanchine’s neoclassical Rubies, or the world premiere of Viktor Plotnikov’s innovative rendition of The Soldier’s Tale.
The Details: Feb. 9–11. Fri.–Sat. 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. See website for prices. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401-421-2787,

5. RIC Performing Arts Series: Muir String Quartet

Are you feeling a little down and out after Sunday’s game? Then drown out the blues and soothe your soul by listening to the dulcet tones of classical masterpieces like Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 in E minor. Grammy-nominated flute soloist Carol Wincec joins the Muir String Quartet to perform a selection of both Beethoven’s and Mozart’s greatest works this weekend as part of Rhode Island College’s popular Performing Arts Series.
The Details: Feb. 12. 7:30 p.m. $35. Rhode Island College (Sapinsley Hall), 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence, 401-456-8000,

Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.


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