Five Can’t-Miss Events of the Week: March 23–29

Dine your way through Newport, catch a ballet, hear Native American tales and more.
Newport Restaurant Week 
Get ready to whet your palate! Newport began Restaurant Week in 2006 to help get the word out about its great restaurants to tourists and locals alike. Here’s the deal: You get a three course prix-fixe menu for either for lunch or dinner at participating restaurants that range in location from Tiverton to Jamestown. You can enjoy classic Rhode Island dishes like clam chowder and salmon from the Castle Hill Inn, the relaxed vibe with drinks at Pour Judgment or dine on pan roasted Baffoni Farm chicken and leg confit at the White Horse Tavern, one of the oldest taverns in the country. Whatever you decide, the options will be plentiful and the Newport sunset over the water will make the experience all the more magical.
The Details: March 27–April 7. Lunch $16, dinner $35. Various restaurants in Newport and Bristol counties, Photo from Wikimedia, Michael Kagdis.


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Thawn Harris at the Providence Children’s Museum 

Local storyteller Thawn Harris will bring his firsthand knowledge of the Narragansett people to the Providence Museum for two shows. Harris will weave and share traditional tales and teach the children and other visitors a Native American social dance. Rhode Islanders owe a great deal of our unique identity to the practices and culture of the Narragansett people and it’s with opportunities like this that children grow into thoughtful and well-informed adults. This is part of Providence Children’s weekend programs and is designed to help educate Rhode Island’s young students.

The Details: Mar. 26. 1 and 2 p.m. Free with $9 admission. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence, 401-273-5437,


Save the Bay FlickrCarmen 

As part of its Up Close on Hope Program, Festival Ballet Providence presents Carmen, the tale of a young soldier’s downfall after he is seduced and abandoned by a sultry and passionate Roma woman. The enduring opera was adapted to ballet in 2003 by Viktor Plotnikov. Under Plotnikov’s award-winning direction, Carmen was contemporized and energized. It is a musical experience modified into dance and has been called “unorthodox,” “funny” and “engaging.” This ballet adaptation has ensnared audiences since its introduction in 2003. After the show, take a stroll up Hope Street Village and check out the shops and restaurants that make the neighborhood so vibrant.

The Details: March 24–April 7. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 6:30 p.m. $50. Festival Ballet Providence, 825 Hope St., Providence, 401-353-1129, Photo credit: Thomas Nola-Rion.


42nd Street 

You may not know the show’s name but you have definitely heard music from it. PPAC brings the song and dance classic 42nd Street to Weybosset Street. The musical tells the story of Peggy Sawyer coming to New York City to audition for Broadway, a plot that has become so ingrained in the American psyche it’s hard to separate the story from reality. Familiar classics such as “We’re in the Money” and “I Only Have Eyes For You” might have you tapping your feet to the beat. This is a new production that follows the direction of the Tony winning revival of the show from 2001. A night of the quintessential American fairy tale capped off with drinks at any of the great establishments in downtown Providence would make for a great date night.

The Details: March 24– 26. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 1 and 6:30 p.m. $34–$76. 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-421-2787,


Potter League LoveBash for Animals 

What’s better than partying for a good cause? The Potter League for Animals hosts their first ever LoveBash at the Atlantic Resort in Newport to support their mission of promoting the humane treatment of animals. The LoveBash fundraiser will feature yummy goodies to munch on, plentiful libations (including a beer and wine tasting), a live silent auction and a raffle with fantastic prizes. Dance the rest of the night away with music  provided by DJ Bells. You’ll be wagging your tail with all the fun! Parking will be complimentary. The event calls for cocktail attire.

The Details: March 24. 6–9 p.m. $100 in advance, $125 at the door. Atlantic Resort Newport, 240 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 401-846-8276,


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