Five Can't Miss Events of the Week: June 16–22
PrideFest, '90s dance party, a Father's Day beer/golf miracle and more.
Ever dream of making it to Paris Fashion Week? The RISD Museum offers the next best thing this Friday, June 17, with its “All of Everything” Dance Party. Experience the glitz and glamour of ’90s fashion in celebration of the “All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion” exhibit, which features sixty-five full ensembles from Oldham’s career. (Read more about the exhibit here.) After the tour and red carpet photo shoot, celebrity DJ Lady Bunny will spin ’90s hits for those on the dance floor, as others enjoy themed cocktails and vegetarian hors d’oeuvres. The best-dressed guests of the evening will be the subject of Providence-based fashion illustrator Jarnbo Kettunen’s portraits, in the style of his drawings of New York and Paris fashion week shows. As if you’d want to miss this bash.
The Details: June 17. 7–11 p.m. $50. RISD Museum, 20 North Main St., Providence, risdmuseum.org.
Here in Rhode Island, we choose love. Honor its many forms at the fortieth anniversary PrideFest, a celebration starring the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. During the day, a family-friendly affair takes place at the South Water Street greenway, featuring live musical performances by Nina Sky, Sarah Potenza of “The Voice,” country star Glenn Stewart, Joslyn Fox of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and more. Big kids can partake in a beer garden and little ones will enjoy the Kids Zone tent with fun activities and crafts. At night, head downtown to Washington and Empire streets to catch the Illuminated Night Parade. (In light of the tragedy in Orlando, the city of Providence has planned an increased security presence for all events.)
The Details: June 18. Noon–8 p.m. Free; donations accepted. South Water, Empire and Washington sts., Providence, prideri.com.
Dad likes beer. Dad likes golf. And Dad likes snazzy Hawaiian T-shirts. Put all three together, add some fun in the sun and it’s a Father’s Day miracle. This weekend, in celebration of the U.S. Open, Newport Storm hosts a 20,000-square-foot mini golf course adjacent to the Aquidneck Island brewery. Mini golfers can purchase a round for $5 per person on the day, or — that Father’s Day miracle we talked about — the whole clan can chip in on a $40 foursome package, which includes four rounds of mini golf, two growlers of beer and a guaranteed tee time. Teams are also encouraged to dress in their swankiest golf gear — Tommy Bahama for the win! — for the chance to earn best team outfit. Catch a live stream of the U.S. Open in the Visitor’s Center on your way to a beer or rum tasting, and don’t forget to pack a picnic and chairs.
The Details: June 18–19. Noon–5 p.m. $5 per round; $40 foursome package. Newport Storm Brewery, 293 J.T. Connell Hwy., Newport, 401-849-5232, newportstorm.com. Photo by Erik N. via Flickr.
Calling all chowdah fans! The Rhode Island delicacy is put to the test at the thirty-fifth Great Chowder Cook-Off. Twenty-one competitors, from Rhode Island to Ireland, compete to win the original and longest-running chowder competition — and the bragging rights that follow. Your ticket includes all-you-can-eat chowder samples, live entertainment, kids’ activities and sponsor sampling. Chowder not your cup of…soup? Additional food and drink will be available from participating vendors, including Del’s Lemonade, Manutuck Oyster Bar and Pizza Gourmet. Live music and entertainment and activities for “the littlenecks” will keep everyone entertained and happy as, well, a clam.
The Details: June 18. Noon–6 p.m. Advance tickets $20, day-of $25, children twelve and younger free. Fort Adams State Park, 84 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, newportwaterfrontevents.com.
Is the grass always greener on the other side? Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal explore the possible answers to this question with their Broadway musical If/Then, which simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths. The New York Post calls it a “fascinating, ambitious and original new musical” that paints a real-life portrait of living in New York today. Don’t let yourself question what your life would be like if you didn’t make it to this show; grab your tickets today.
The Details: Through June 19. Call or visit the website for show times. $46–$83. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-421-2787, ppacri.org.