Five Can't Miss Events of the Week: Jan. 21–27
RIC art, Dali meets Freud, Taste of the East Bay and more.
The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler features four printmaking artists from Rhode Island College in the group exhibit, “Scratching the Surface: Rhode Island College Printmaking.” Artists Yizhak Elyashiv, Stephen Fisher, John Rapczak and Crandon Whitsitt-Lynch will showcase a variety of work in this limited event. Elyashiv creates monoprint maps that can get as large as six by ten feet. He keeps a balance of the small details and the bigger, more complex aspects of the whole. Fisher’s work focuses on both still life and landscapes; his personal mantra is “look harder, see more.” Rapczak pushes against traditional techniques and processes to create work that alludes to memory, life, death, past and present in a strange but beautiful way. Whitsitt-Lynch takes a more stream-of-consciousness approach while also maintaining formal concepts for his complex, layered patterns. Why not spend the afternoon viewing some carefully crafted local artwork? A special opening reception for the artists will be held on January 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Details: Jan. 21–Feb. 10. Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 2–4 p.m. Gallery is closed on Mondays. Admission is free and open to the public. 228 Angell St., Providence, 401-421-9230, chazangallery.org.
What do you get when Sigmund Freud, Salvador Dali and a disgruntled girl named Jessica go into Freud’s home for tea? You’ll find out this Friday at Second Story Theatre in Warren. Comedy meets strangeness on stage in the production of Hysteria, directed by Ed Shea and originally created by Terry Johnson. Ed Shea will become Freud, while actor Luis Astudillo and actress Lara Hakeem star as Dali and Jessica. Michael McAdam will take on the role of Abraham Yahuda. Shea’s production of the fictionalized meeting between Dali and Freud will make you think, make you laugh and so much more. It’ll also have you wondering why Freud has women’s undergarments in his garden.
The Details: Jan. 22–Feb. 14. Thurs.–Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Regular admission is $30 per person and “Under 21” tickets are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online, at Second Story Theatre or by phone. 28 Market St., Warren, 401-247-4200, 2ndstorytheatre.com.
Help fight homelessness in the East Bay with — does it get any simpler? — tasty food and wine from local businesses. The event, which supports the local nonprofit East Bay Coalition for the Homeless, features dozens of restaurants, caterers, markets, food producers and beverage companies. Get a taste of Rhode Island’s first food incubator, Hope and Main, with bites from its purveyors. We’re especially looking forward to fresh pasta and sauce from La Piccola Toscana, a Hope and Main newbie that crafts homemade Italian food from scratch. Wash down the gourmet goodies with reds and whites from Grapes and Grains, the event sponsor.
The Details: Jan. 23. 5–8 p.m. Premier entry (includes early entry and a commemorative wine glass) $40; general admission $25. Hope and Main, 691 Main St., Warren, eventbrite.com.
Before she hit our TVs on “The Voice,” Sarah Potenza grew up in our little Ocean State. Her childhood was spent in Smithfield, and soon after she attended Rhode Island College before moving to Chicago, then Nashville. Potenza’s popularity since the show has only increased; she made it on Rhode Island Monthly’s “Rhode Islanders of the Year” list of 2015. Leaning towards rock and straying away from country, Potenza has a new style and feel to her performance that shouldn’t be missed. If you loved her on “The Voice,” her live Met show will blow you away. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend, and special guest Jon Tierney will open the show.
The Details: Jan. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel box office, the Met box office (for day-of purchase only) or by phone. 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-729-1005, themetri.com.
Roundabout Theatre Company rings in its fiftieth anniversary season with a national tour of Cabaret, straight from Broadway. Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall (the film versions of Into the Woods and Chicago) direct the Tony Award-winning musical, stopping first at PPAC to kick off the nationwide tour. Cabaret is the story of young Sally Bowles and her relationship with writer Clifford Bradshaw in 1930s Berlin. Andrea Goss stars as Sally opposite Lee Aaron Rosen’s Clifford. Mendes and Marshall’s production is highly regarded, so if you’ve never seen the show or want to see it again tickets are still available. Tuesday marks the first night of the six-day stay at PPAC before the production moves to Pennsylvania.
The Details: Jan. 26–27 at 7 p.m., Jan. 28–29 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Ticket price ranges between $44–$81 per person, and children younger than six are not permitted to attend. The musical is recommended for guests older than sixteen. Tickets can be purchased online, at PPAC or by phone. 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-421-2782, ppacri.org.