Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Oct. 13–19

Festivals for beer aficionados, film buffs, bibliophiles and more.
Beervana Fest

There’s no better time than the present to enjoy some of the world’s best beer. Fortunately for Rhode Islanders, the eighth-annual Beervana Fest is coming soon. In response to the large turnout last year, Beervana added a second floor to the event and increased the number of breweries featured from forty-five to sixty tables — that’s 250 plus brews to try. Your ticket includes one tasting glass, two-ounce pours of beers, a seminar with two guest speakers and a bottle of water. The speakers this year are Phil Markowski of Connecticut’s Two Roads Brewing Company and Rhode Island’s own Sean Larkin from Revival Brewing Company. Food is available for purchase from Julians Restaurant.

The Details: Oct. 14. 6:30–10 p.m. Tickets are $55; attendees must be twenty-one or older. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Pl., Cranston, eventbrite.com.

 

Haunted Masquerade Ball

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been planning this year’s Halloween costume since November 1 of last year. If that’s the case, October 14 is your lucky night. Haunted Providence is back again with a masquerade ball and this year’s theme is Good versus Evil. Pick a side, any side, but be sure to dress your best — there will be a prize for best “evil” costume, best “good” costume and best “which side am I on” outfit at midnight with Altar Boy Photography snapping pictures of the best. The event is packed with entertainment: DJ Joey Electric is spinning all night by the dance floor, and shows from Morte McAdaver and burlesque troupe Shakesperotica fill out the lineup. Your ticket includes refreshments from RISD Catering; a cash bar is available as well. In addition to the drinks in the bar area, Haunted Providence has psychics available for tarot card readings, astrology and more. Amidst the dancing, readings and entertainment, Haunted Providence hosts a silent auction at the event. All the proceeds from the silent action benefit the Providence Animal Rescue League. Kick off the Halloween season with Providence and spend the night good, evil or somewhere in between.

The Details: Oct. 14. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. General admission $40. Aurora Providence, 276 Westminster St., Providence, brownpapertickets.com.

      

 

Festival of Children's Books and Authors

Join thirteen authors and illustrators of nationally known children’s books for a day of presentations, readings, crafts and book signings. Each presenter gives a thirty-minute talk about their work, life and education followed by a meet-and-greet where authors and illustrators will sign books. Children may bring up to three books for signing and they must be from this year’s authors and illustrators. Between presentations, children have the opportunity to participate in bookmaking crafts or families can get lunch available outside on the Lincoln School campus. Food vendors include: the Gilded Tomato, Rocket Fine Street Food, La Creperie, Like No Udder and Erms Cupcakes. The festival has a selection of featured books for purchase and includes the authors’ new releases. This bookish event is open to the public, so stop down with your family or volunteer by signing up the website.

The Details: Oct. 15. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. Lincoln School, 301 Butler Ave., Providence, lincolnschool.org.

 

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival

Movie buffs: This one’s for you. For seven days, theaters and venues all over the state turn into screening centers for suspenseful, scary and out-of-this-world weird indie films. With a jam-packed schedule, you will be sure to find the under-the-radar film of your dreams (or nightmares), plus panel discussions and other interactive events. The movies — both short and feature-length — are focused around sci-fi, fantasy and horror, and most are geared toward an adult audience. (The exception is the Kidseye screening, which features not-so-scary short films that are rated G or PG.) Some events are free to attend, but most are $10 at the door. Guests are encouraged to arrive thirty minutes early to purchase tickets or to find a seat. Some locations include: Aurora Providence, RISD’s Metcalf Auditorium, Providence College, Roger Williams University, University of Rhode Island and more. For a list of films, click here.

The Details: Oct. 17­–23. Times vary by screening and location. Admission is either free or $10, depending on the event. For locations and events, visit film-festival.org/vortex.

 

Every 28 Hours/One-Minute Play Festival

Last year, in light of the assertion that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by police officers or security personnel, Trinity Repertory Company hosted powerful one-minute plays inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The event was an offshoot of the One-Minute Play Festival, a nationwide community engagement theater festival. This year, on October 17, actors of all ages and races revisit the works written on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri. This two-hour event features ninety-plus short plays and a post-show conversation with Trinity Rep resident actor Joe Wilson Jr. The following night, on October 18, Trinity Rep hosts a second event that serves as a response to the first. This time, the community takes the stage. Local amateur playwrights, under the guidance of theater professionals, present their own charged one-minute plays. Become a part of the movement during this two-night event by reserving your free seat, which are going fast.

The Details: Oct. 17–18. 7:30–9:30 p.m. Free admission. Dowling Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence, 401-351-4242, trinityrep.com.