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Wickenden St. Artist Collective Opening!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
Wickenden St. Artist Collective
243 wickenden st. (corner of brook and wickenden)
opening march 1st reception from 6pm-11
march 2nd, 3rd, and 4th open sale from 9am-10pm
live music on friday @ 8:00 from artist “Llove” (dance,electro)
featuring artist from assorted backgrounds
 with an array of mediums and styles.
there will be 13-14 artist in this event.
the event is free of charge.
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New book by Rhode Island writer

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Whitcomb book

A good friend of the Rhode Island arts community has co-written a new book on the controversy over building a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod.

Bob Whitcomb, editorial page editor for the Providence Journal, has co-written CAPE WIND: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound with Cape Cod writer Wendy Williams. It is described as an “acidly funny account of the battle over an offshore wind farm… a fascinating window on the business and politics of energy and a scathing portrait of the ruling class.”

Get it at Amazon.com or wherever you buy good books (hopefully, an independent book store).

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Work from the Urban Environment at Hera

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Hera Gallery Presents

 Concrete: Work from the Urban Environment

March 10- April 14th
Opening reception Saturday, July 15 6-8pm
Glenn Abanilla
Jean Cozzens
Jonas Criscoe
Lauren Denitzio
Lucas Foglia
Jennifer Kodis
Timothy Ohliger
Anna Shapiro
Russ Smith
Bryan Quinn
Hera Gallery presents “Concrete: Work from the Urban Environment”, an exhibition of  works by 10 Rhode Island artists, on view from March 10- April 14th. Opening reception will be held Saturday, March 10th from 6-8pm. Curated by gallery director Chelsea Heffner; the exhibition showcases work in all media including photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, performance and video.

            Many of the ten artists exhibiting in “Concrete”, live and work amid the flux of an urban environment, the majority living in Providence. As old buildings are torn down and new structures go up almost overnight, many artists have been forced find alternative work/live spaces, forcing many to examine the relationship between their living environment and studio practice. Though not every artist exhibiting in “Concrete” has faced these issues of flux and displacement, each creates work that displays the unique and subtle effects of the urban experience. 


            Some, like acclaimed printmaker Jean Cozzens, have found a dedicated interest in how humans interact within their living environments. In her recent print series entitled, “Six Patterns for Everyday Spaces”, Cozzens creates guidelines for better urban dwelling, illuminating these concepts through carefully detailed, and beautifully crafted silkscreen prints. Cozzens writes, “I am interested in buildings because I am interested in people – the structures we inherit tell us about our past, and shape our daily lives.”

            Sharing in Cozzens’ interest in the local architecture of Providence is painter Glen Abanilla. For over a decade, Abanilla has been painting houses and buildings across the city, often choosing the most derelict and abandoned properties as subjects of his paintings. Working in and intimate scale using oil paint and pastels, Abanilla develops the character of each structure with great attention to its quirks and personality. He writes, “…old houses, like old factories always make me dream. I see a house and immediately begin to ask questions and then imagine the answers…. eventually the history I create has so much detail I forget that there is a real history.”

            Deeply involved with the Providence art community is performance artist and director of Firehouse 13, Anna Shapiro. Having recently moved to Providence, Shapiro found inspiration for “Sisyphus’ Boxes”, a collaborative performance and installation exploring issues of Diaspora and homelessness. Dragging a collection of modified cardboard boxes behind her as she traverses the hills and busy streets of Providence, Shapiro creates a spectacle symbolic of a meditative journey. About the record of this performance, Shapiro writes, “Integral to this body of work is the documentation of it. The elusive and intangible elements of performance art become concrete in these documents.”        

            Exploring very different issues are photographers Lucas Foglia and Jennifer Kodis. Both artists are recent recipients of a fellowship, and merit award (respectively) by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, for excellence in photography.             Documenting the diverse peoples who share garden plots in the South Side Community Land Trust, Foglia captures uplifting images of many immigrants seeking to maintain cultural traditions of working land and growing their own food. This bright and richly colored series highlights the potential of blending rural ideals into urban cityscapes, encouraging people to rethink the possibilities of unused city spaces. Foglia’s images bring to light the importance of communal space in a society of increasingly privatized institutions and spaces.

             The photo series by Jennifer Kodis, “Inhabitants” presents humans in questionably natural environments, interacting in ambiguous degrees of comfort. These stark black and white photos examine ideas of real and artificial environments, and the complications they present to human interface. Kodis creates a palpable sense of unease through the composition of the images, hinting at a tense relationship between humans and the environments they have created.

            With additional work on display by painters Jonas Criscoe, Timothy Ohliger, Lauren Denitzio, photographer and landscape architect student Bryan Quinn, and sculptor Russ Smith, Concrete: Work from the Urban Environment creates a dynamic dialog on living, working, thriving and surviving in the urban environment.

These programs are presented with partial support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Parking is available.

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Venus, Priests, and Superwomen Pre-Screening

Monday, February 26th, 2007

PriestsVenus, Priests, and Superwomen

Rhode Island College
8:00 p. m Mon. Feb. 26th at the ballroom of the Student Union sponsored by RIC
Women’s Studies Organization
Brown University
Mar. 16th at 6:00 p. m. at 102 Wilson (on the Green)
sponsored by Sarah Doyle’s Women’s Center

Venus, Priests, and Superwomen captures the tumultuous climate that exploded on Providence College’s campus when President, Father Brian J. Shanley, proclaimed that the Vagina Monologues, did not reflect the college’s Catholic mission. Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, performed by college students as a way to raise awareness about sexual violence, has become a potent feminist icon for many women around the world, but for others, the play has fueled controversy. In December 2006, Father Shanley’s decision to ban the production sparked a large protest at Providence College.  
The film follows over a two year period Providence College’s undergraduate’s who chose to produce the play off-campus and their struggle to be heard by their school’s administration. The women sponsored by V-Day and deemed Vagina Warriors, discuss their personal experiences as a result of their involvement with the play and their subsequent bonding and new-found power as a result of their confrontation with their college’s president. The film traces their fight to keep The Vagina Monologues on their campus. (more…)

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Pendragon at Peeptoad Coffee House

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Peeptoad CoffeehousePresents:Pendragon

DATE: FRIDAY, March 2, 2007

TIME: 8:00 PM

VENUE ADDRESS: North Foster Baptist Church

81 East Killingly Road, Foster, RI

INFO: (401) 647-3105 or Peeptoadconcerts@juno.com VENUE WEBSITE: www.fosteringArts.org ARTIST WEBSITE:

www.riverfolk.org/pendragon.html TICKET PRICES: $15/person; $7/children under 12Tickets are available on-line at www.fosteringArts.org Friday, March 2, 2007, 8:00PM 

New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. Looking forward to their 23rd anniversary in 2006, Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge.


$15 ($7 for children under 12)


e-mail: Peeptoadconcerts@juno.com website: http://www.fosteringArts.org

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Pawtucket Arts Collaborative juried members’ exhibit

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Two Events ~ One Evening
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
 Members Juried Exhibit – Reception: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Insights: A Lecture Series – Ida Schmulowitz Artist and Lecturer, 7:00 pm

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative will host two special events, a juried members’ exhibit featuring twenty nine artists and a lecture by artist Ida Schmulowitz. 

The public is invited to an artists’ reception on Wednesday, March 14 from 5:30 – 7:00pm showcasing the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative members’ broad range of artistic concepts and styles.  At 7:00 pm, the Insights Lecture Series features Ida Schmulowitz in the theatre.

Exhibit runs from March 3 to April 29, 2007 at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery, Both the gallery and the theatre are located at 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI in the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center.

Featured Artists are John Abromowski, Alan August, Jane Brito, Ronald Brule, Elena Calderon –Patino, Linda Grace, Fred de Gregorio,Vincent Oliver de Marco III, Ted Easler, Ruth Emers, Nancy Gaucher Thomas, Allen Russell Halle, Richard Harrington, Bruce Kaplan, David Kendrick, Shawn Kenney, Paola Mangiacapra, Rosemarie Manson, Tim McCarthy, Clare Nesdall, Regina Partridge, Amy Jean Romero, Mimo Gordon Riley, Wilma Rosen, Leonard Rumpler, Donna St. Amant, Hiroko Shikashio,
Gretchen Dow Simpson, and Ken Speiser.


Guest lecturer Ida Schmulowitz has exhibited throughout the region.  Solo shows include Bannister
Gallery, the Newport Art Museum, Warwick Art Museum, Atrium Gallery, and Hunt Cavanagh Gallery.  She was awarded a residency at Weir Farm in 2004, a McDowell Colony Fellowship in 1992, and first prize in the RI Open Competition at the Warwick Art Museum in 2002.  Her professional experience includes lecturing at the RISD Museum’s Artist Speak Series and the New/Now lecture series, serving on the board of directors of Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University, and lecturing on landscape at the Providence Art Club.  Her education was at the Rhode Island School of Design 1968 – 1974

Founded in October, 2000, the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and developing the highest level of the arts for the community and its artists.  PAC does this by creating awareness, education, and involvement through its members.

The Gallery is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. 401-724-2200. Parking is free. For further information visit: www.pawtucketartscollaborative.org.

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Arts and Culture Events at Brown University

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Friday 2 March and Saturday 3 March
Sax and the City:  International New Music Festival         
The Department of Music and Brown New Music present “Sax and the City”, an international festival of new music, featuring the French chamber ensemble Trio Saxiana. On Friday at 8 p.m., Trio Saxiana will perform a concert featuring four newly commissioned pieces by visiting composers Neely Bruce, Mark Phillips, Gerald Shapiro, and Thierry Pecou.  A second concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. will present another set of pieces by the visiting composers, using a mixed ensemble of student and professional musicians. All events take place in the newly renovated Grant Recital Hall, located behind the Orwig Music Building at the corner of Hope and Young Orchard. See link for additional events during the Trio Saxiana residency.

Saturday 3 March
American Dance Legacy Institute Winter Concert
The American Dance Legacy Institute’s Winter Concert features classic works by Billy Siegenfeld, Pearl Primus and Danny Grossman and new works by Maggie Ewing, Victoria Fortuna, Jonathan Riedel, Sita Frederick, and Tina Louise Vasquez. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Ashamu Dance Theatre, 77 Waterman St. Tickets range from $5-$15 and can be reserved by calling 401-863-7596 or emailing info@adli.us. The American Dance Legacy Institute, led by Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, is dedicated to enabling all individuals to participate, as primary collaborators, in the creation and perpetuation of America’s dance heritage.

Monday 5 March
Caribbean Heritage Week Convocation with Novelist Jamaica Kincaid
Renowned novelist Jamaica Kincaid will read excerpts from the journal of Christopher Columbus and talk about his initial experiences and observations of the New World during Caribbean Heritage Week Convocation. Kincaid is currently a visiting lecturer on African and African American studies and on English and American literature and language at Harvard University. The convocation begins at 6 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. A pre-convocation reception and book signing will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Third World Center, 68 Brown St. See link for additional Caribbean Heritage Week events.


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New England Foundation for the Arts funding deadlines.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The next deadline for NEST funding applications is March 1, 2007 for projects that begin in June 2007 or

later. Funds for MTC/New England have been

depleted for the remainder of this fiscal year, so the

next deadline for MTC/New England funding

applications is June 1, 2007, for projects that begin in

September 2007 or later. NEST is made possible in

part by a grant from the National Endowment for the

Arts, as well as support from the six New England

state arts agencies. Information about all NEST artists

can be found at MatchBook.org, NEFA’s online cultural

marketplace that sparks connections between artists,

presenters and communities. MatchBook.org is an

easy-to-search directory of the region’s performance

venues, artists and presenting organizations:

www.matchbook.org The New England Foundation for the Arts creativelysupports the movement of people, ideas, and

resources in the arts within New England and beyond,

makes vital connections between artists and

audiences, and builds the strength, knowledge, and

leadership of the region’s creative sector. For more

information about all NEFA programs, please visit our

website www.nefa.org

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Kenn Speiser’s Safety Envelope Project in the News

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Providence printmaker and sculptor Kenn Speiser is looking inside envelopes for unusual printed patterns, and hopes you will, too.Safety envelopes, sometimes called security envelopes, are envelopes tinted — printed — inside in a variety of patterns to foil prying eyes. “Most of these patterns are found inside utility bills, bank statements and check window envelopes,” Kenn says.

To read the rest of this article go to:


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Ruff Cutz Indi Film Conference

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The 1st Annual Ruff Cutz Indie Film Conference will be presented in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday and Sunday February 24 & 25, 2007. Ruff Cutz, is not a standard film festival.  The conference is programmed with screenings, exhibits, presentations, discussions, and a variety of networking and unique feedback opportunities, as well as a gala, red-carpet event.  The conference will be held at facilities graciously provided by sponsor the Boston-Brookline, Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.

Showing a rough cut of a film in the Ruff Cutz type of showcase does not break any film festival rules. Conference founder Jamie Benti, who is also President and CEO of Image Icon Entertainment, decided to create Ruff Cutz to allow filmmakers this opportunity.  The rough cut versions of films presented at this conference can be premiered as finished films at other festivals.

One of the featured key speakers this year is Patrick Smith, the award-winning artist and animation filmmaker of Blend Films.


The Sunday schedule includes selected screenings, award presentations and the red carpet gala event. All films will be no longer than 15 minutes in length.At the Red Carpet Gala on Sunday, February 25, the red carpet will be rolled out for the evening session. Food and hour d’oeuvres will be offered. A fully stocked cash bar will also be available.

Filmmaker exhibits, and marquees stations will be spread out throughout the main ball room for viewing, much like an art museum. Officially selected Ruff Cutz films will begin at approximately 12pm in a separate media room and continue throughout the night followed by an award ceremony.

For more information, a complete schedule of events and ticket information please visits The 1st Annual Ruff Cutz Indie Conference website at: www.rcifc.com or email info@rcifc.com.

Main sponsors for the event are Holiday Inn, Imagine Magazine, Writer’s Boot Camp, Avid, Roxio and ProductionHub.com. For a complete list of affiliate sponsors, please go to http://www.rcifc.com/sponsor.html.  Ruff Cutz would like to thank all of their sponsors and appreciate their participation.

Beanywood mixer in Boston on February 27th

On the 27th we have the second free Beanywood live actor and filmmaker networking event. See www.beanywood.com for details and invite.

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Audition Announcement

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The Black Box Theatre is holding auditions for their Spring, One-Act-Play Festival on March 1st and 2nd at 6:00pm and March 3rd from 11am-3pm at The Artists’ Exchange at 50 Rolfe Square in Cranston. Please contact Director, Rich Morra at (401) 785-4278 or Rich_Morra@yahoo.com to sign up for your audition time slot. The play opens Thursday, April 26th at 7:00pm.  Additional performances scheduled are Friday, April 27th at 7:00pm, Saturday, April 28th at 2pm & 7pm, and again the following week, Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm, Friday, May 4th at 7pm and Saturday, May 5th at 2pm & 7pm. Actors must be available for tech rehearsals April 23rd, 24th, 25th.
The Artists’ Exchange
 50 Rolfe Square
 Cranston, RI 02910
 (401) 785-4278

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Gamm Theatre News

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Just 6 more chances to experience one-of-a-kind theater up close at The Gamm Theatre. ENHANCED INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES must close Sunday, Feb. 25! 

Find out why critics are calling Enhanced Interrogation Techniques … 

“Mind-boggling, mind-bending theatre…not to be missed.” (Warwick Beacon)  “One of the most moving and thought-provoking evenings of theater that I’ve ever witnessed.”  (East Bay Newspapers) 

“One of the best theatrical presentations in these parts for a long time.” (Cranston Herald)  ENHANCED INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES: 4 miniature masterpieces, 3 award-winning playwrights, 2 mind-blowing hours, 1 experience you won’t want to miss! 

Including: A HAND WITCH OF THE SECOND STAGE  by award-winning playwright Peter Barnes, directed by Peter Sampieri; 

ONE FOR THE ROAD & PRESS CONFERENCE by 2005 Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr.; and CATASTROPHE by theater of the absurd pioneer Samuel Beckett, directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr.  BEST AVAILABILITY: Thurs., Feb. 22 at 8 pm, Fri., Feb. 23 at 8 pm and Sun., Feb. 25 at 2 pm & 7 pm.  Buy tickets: 401-723-4266 or arttixri.com 


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Presenting Program Director

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The New York State Council on the Arts is recruiting for the position of Presenting Program Director   The program administers grants to nonprofit organizations that engage, present, pay, and promote professional performing artists. The salary range is between $63,000 and $79,000, plus $1,000 location pay.  A full benefits package is available and includes life, health, dental, vision, and retirement plans.
The candidate should have a knowledge of the functioning of performing arts presenters and of the presenting field, as well as a comprehensive background in nonprofit management.  Candidates must have a four-year college degree or equivalent and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the presenting field.
The position requires strong administrative skills.  Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills, written and verbal, and scrupulous attention to detail.  Understanding and appreciation of diverse presenters and knowledge of performing artists and their different genres is important.  The ability to work well with people is essential.  Candidates should be available and willing to travel around the state to meet with applicants and attend arts activities.  A valid driver’s license is useful.  Candidates must be computer proficient.
The Presenting Program Director organizes and supervises the review process of approximately 180 grant applications within the context of Council policies and procedures.  The Director advises the Council on issues and  policy as they relate to the presenting field. The Director is the Council’s representative to the presenting constituency.  The Director supervises a program associate and reports to a Deputy Director.
The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act stipulates that no individual may be employed without proof of authority to work in this country.
NYSCA is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital or veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.
Information on this employment opportunity is posted on the NYSCA website; http://www.nysca.org.
Inquiries should be made in writing – DO NOT TELEPHONE OR EMAIL – with a resume and two samples of analytic writing, to:
                              Al Berr,  Deputy Director
                              175 Varick Street
                              New York, N.Y. 10014

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RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Writers Night (Tonight!) and Film Screenings

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Exhibition  The 2007 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Artists Reception was a great event!  Here are several more opportunities to experience the work of the 2007 RISCA Fellowship Artists:The 2007 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Writers Night
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 – 8:00pm at Firehouse 13 in Providence
Readings by:
Edward H Hardy (Fiction Merit Award)
Nancy Hoffman (Play/Screenwriting Merit Award)
Nicole Reinert (Poetry Fellowship)
Ann Harleman (Fiction Fellowship)
David Eliet (Play/Screenwriting Fellowship
Friday, February 23rd 4-6:00 pm Saturday, February 24th  2-4 pm & 4-6 pm

  Screenings of Works  By Film & Video and New Genres Fellowship Recipients: 
         Film & Video Fellowship Winner Raphael Lyon’s film “I”: This documentary film follows the first year of a small media collective in Buenos Aires as it struggles amidst assassinations, a collapsing economy, and a whirlwind of political upheaval.
Film & Video Merit Award Winner Johanna Dery’s short animation “Echoes Of Bats and Men”: The night shift begins with a musical history lesson sung by a chubby skunk. Learn about Rhode Island’s industrial evolution through the midnight flight of a little bat and her many friends.

  New Genres Fellowship Winner Xander Marro’s short film “The Further Adventures of Lady Long Arms in the Land of Love”: Peacocks, beer, a long-armed lady, a man in a suit, a hibernating bear, a fortune-telling owl and the winding path to true, true, love.
  All events are free and open to the public
The last day to view the Fellowship Gallery Exhibit is Tuesday, February 27 from 1:30 – 6:00 pm
For more information call RISCA at 222-3881, or go to www.firehouse13.org

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Perishable Theatre News

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007


* February 28 – March 4: CONSTITUTIONAL
* New Rush Hour classes
* Keep using Goodsearch.com
* February 22 – 25: SIKYATKI by Theatre Expansion

CONSTITUTIONAL is back and better than ever! If you enjoyed the workshop production, you won’t want to miss this new full scale interactive show about our founding document running from February 28th thru March 4th. Admission is FREE, so don’t worry about not having the cash. Just call (401) 331-2695 ext. 101 to make a reservation and visit http://www.perishable.org for more information.

          The Rush Hour Dance & Fitness Series has three, that’s right, THREE new classes! First, we have “Monday Night Modern” with Nikki Carrara and Peter Deffet: a modern dance class geared towards intermediate and advanced dancers wanting to work the body and brain. Next, we have “Body Basics” with Peter Deffet: a stretching, strengthening, and conditioning class featuring basic Pilates. Finally, there is “Adult Modern Dance” with Nikki Carrara: an advanced beginner/intermediate level Modern Technique class that is quite accessible. You can get more information by sending an email to classes@perishable.org or calling (401) 331-2695 ext. 102. Dance the stress out of your body.

          You folks have been doing a great job using Goodsearch.com to search the web while making donations. I figure I’ll just keep reminding you about it so you use it even more! Head over to Goodsearch, list Perishable as your charity of choice, and search the web. Only you can help us reach the goal of 100 searches a day.

A rental is happening in our lab. This weekend, Theatre Expansion presents the world premiere of Joshua Faigen’s SIKYATKI. Based on a Hopi Native American story, the production is directed and choreographed by Tim Rubel and runs from February 22nd thru 25th here at Perishable. For more information and reservations, call the Theatre Expansion at (401) 440-5440 or visit http://www.theatreexpansion.org. Try out SIKYATKI.

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“Self Taught” Exhibition at Salve Regina

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Seven African American Artists featured in “Self Taught” Exhibition at University Gallery 

Once ignored and marginalized by the art world with labels such as “folk art” and “outsider art,” African American Vernacular art is unarguably one of the most vital creative forces in American art today. The work of seven such artists will be on display at Salve Regina’s University Gallery with the Feb. 21 opening of “Self Taught: Seven African American Vernacular Artists.” 

The exhibition, co-curated by George Jacobs and Dan Powell, will feature paintings, sculpture and multi-media work by seven renowned artists: Bessie Harvey, Purvis Young, Thornton Dial Sr., David Butler, Jim Sudduth, Mose Tolliver and Mary T. Smith. The exhibition runs from Feb. 21 through March 30. The public is invited to the opening reception at the University Gallery, which is located in Mercy Hall on

Lawrence Ave.

, on Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

Another highlight of the exhibition will be a gallery talk, Thursday, March 15, at 11 a.m. on the artists and exhibition given by art historian Paul Arnett.  Arnett is the co-editor, with his father William Arnett, of the definitive study of African American Vernacular art, the two volume set, “Souls Grown Deep: African American Vernacular Art of the South.”  This event is also free and open to the public.


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Upcoming Events at the Providence Athenaeum

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Practice your scales with Unisong, whittle your wits at the Pub Quiz, let in the lyrical at a poetry reading – join us for a program or salon soon!  



Friday, February 23, 5-7pm: SALON – Founder Jodi Glass in a musical conversation on UNISONG. A non-performance community singing session, UNISONG is led by a different guest musical director each month to explore music from diverse sources and bring together people from different cultures, generations, genders, and musical experience in order to learn from each other and have a good tome. Participants needn’t read music, prepare, or have previous experience singing with a group. Join us to converse, and to sing or just listen! For more on UNISONG: http://www.unisong.net/ For Athenaeum members and their guests. (Sponsored by Antiques & Interiors, antiquesandinteriors.biz)

Friday, February 23, 7:30pm: The Legendary Pub Quiz! Test your wit and wisdom. Call 421-6970 to reserve a spot. $5 for Athenaeum members, $10 for non-members.

Friday, March 2, 5-7: SALON – Nigerian poet Julius Sokenu on his work with words (rescheduled from 10/06). For Athenaeum members and their guests. (Sponsored by Kas DeCarvalho, Business Law, 401-274-7700, http://kaslawllc.com/

Sunday, March 4, 3pm: Annual Meeting: The Annual Membership Meeting of the Providence Athenaeum will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 3pm in the Reading Room. This is official notice of this meeting. Public welcome!

Friday, March 9, 5-7pm: SALON – Lovecraft’s Legacy! Pulp Uncovered: How Pulp Fiction Magazines Changed America, a cultural festival, will be presented March 15-18 by the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization. Join festival creators for readings and a conversation about H.P. Lovecraft’s towering influence on all things pulp. A selection from the Athenaeum’s collection of Lovecraftiana will be on display. More on the festival: http://www.pulpuncovered.com/. For Athenaeum members and their guests. (Sponsored by Kas DeCarvalho, Business Law, 401-274-7700, http://kaslawllc.com/)

And: Thursday, March 22, 7:30pm: Providence Premieres: PSQ at the Athenaeum, part 2: the Providence String Quartet plays Bartok’s Third. This wonderful evening includes not only a concert, but conversation with the musicians. To maintain the intimate, salon-style atmosphere for this special series, audience is limited to 60 seats, and we only have 20 tickets remaining. PSQ’s last two events here have sold out days in advance, and tickets must be purchased in advance - so call now for tickets! $30 for Athenaeum members, $35 for non-members. Please call 01-421-6970. For more on PSQ: http://www.communitymusicworks.org/about.htm

For a full list of programs and events: http://www.providenceathenaeum.org/programs/calendar.php

The Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI   02903


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Film Discussion

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Discussion Group Update From Chris Magdalenski

 Greetings Film Buffs!The RIFC’s Film Discussion Group has selected its next film to be round-tabled on Monday February 26th at 9:00pm at Trinity Brewhouse in Providence.

The film chosen is Shane Carruth’s 2004 indie sci-fi mindbender “Primer”, and this week’s moderator will be Chris Magdalenski.  See below for a brief plot summary and a link to the film’s IMDB page.

At night and on weekends, four men in a suburban garage have built a cottage industry of error-checking devices. But, they know that there is something more. There is some idea, some mechanism, some accidental side effect that is standing between them and a pure leap of innovation. And so, through trial and error they are building the device that is missing most. However, two of these men find the device and immediately realize that it is too valuable to market. The limit of their trust in each other is strained when they are faced with the question, If you always want what you can’t have,
what do you want when you can have anything?

P.S. Just a heads-up  – In two weeks, (Monday, March 5th) we are planning to discuss “The Departed” Martin Scorsese’s latest crime saga masterpiece.  The moderator will be Sam Marshall.

Justin Sulham’s on the lot short film titled ALWAYS KISS ME GOODNIGHT is up and running on his myspace page and youtube!!

go to www.myspace.com/justin_sulham to see all three versions of this film, with scores by the RIFC’S own mauro colangelo, krishan oberoi and mike galvin!!

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AGM Diversity Fellowship Program – deadline April 12

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

AGM Diversity Fellowship Program


As part of our ongoing efforts to promote and advance philanthropy, Associated Grant Makers is pleased to announce The AGM Diversity Fellowship Program. Founded in 1969, AGM is a regional association of grant makers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Although our member organizations represent many distinct values and funding priorities, they share a common purpose: to shape a better future for the residents of our region.

This fellowship program aims to inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders among people of color by offering training and support to a select group of passionate, emerging professionals. We strive to increase the number and proportion of people of color as staff – and executives – in the field of philanthropy.

For more information and to request a brochure email diversity@agmconnect.org
Download the Diversity Fellowship Brochure (pdf) or Text Version

Please read Key Facts and Frequently Asked Questions section for additional information.

Interested candidates should complete and return the application by April 12th, 2007. Finalists must be available for a full day of interviews on Tuesday, May 22, 2007.

Please Note: The AGM Diversity Fellowship Program is a full time program from September 2007 through June 2007.  Fellows will receive a stipend that totals $30,000 for the 9 month period. In addition, they will be eligible for limited benefits including the ability to enroll in AGM’s healthcare insurance plan, leave time, and holidays.

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ctrl+alt+repeat – concert at Firehouse 13

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

ctrl+alt+repeat [winter 2007] is an evening of experimental electronics and new musicsunday, february 25 at 8pm [$5-10 donation]

featuring performances by:

area c guitar + electronics [ http://www.areacmusic.com ]mem1 cello + electronics [ http://www.mem1.com ]forrest larson electronicsrob bethel cello

+ community musicworks players [ http://www.communitymusicworks.org ]performing john cage’s string quartet in four partsfor more information:

[ http://www.ctrl-alt-repeat.com ]firehouse 13:[ http://www.firehouse13.org ]41 central streetprovidence, ri 02907



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