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Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Breaking Branches Pictures in collaboration with Nicky’s Counting  Productions is proud to announce the completion of 41 – the feature- length documentary was co-directed by Rhode Island-born filmmakers  Christian de Rezendes and Christian O’Neill, Nick’s oldest brother and took just over two years to complete.  The film was funded in  part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in  July, 2006.
The film’s synopsis:  In the winter of 2003, a catastrophic fire  erupted in a Rhode Island concert club, ultimately claiming 100  lives.  For this state of just over a million residents, the  devastation was profound, leaving unanswered questions and deep scars  in its wake. But out of the ashes of the tragedy arose an equally  profound story of hope. One year after the fire, a community theatre  in the small city of Woonsocket gathered together to perform a play  written by the fire’s youngest victim close to the end of his life  – a play that many felt could only be described as prophetic.  In  turn heartwarming and heartbreaking, 41 tells the remarkable story of  Nicky O’Neill, the young actor, writer and musician who left the  world at age 18 but who left behind a message of deep spiritual  importance that has already inspired thousands.  41 weaves together  the story of a beautiful life cut short with the saga of a community  in mourning and a family finding its way out of the darkness.
41 features interviews with Nick’s family and friends throughout  Rhode Island, including Nick’s father and radio talkshow host Dave  Kane, author of 41 Signs of Hope – a written collection of the true  stories that inspired the film, Wren Goodrum of All Childrens  Theatre, writers Ann Hood and Jon Land and mediums Cindy Gilman of  North Kingstown, Maureen Hancock of Bridgewater, MA and Robert Brown  of England (author of “We Are Eternal”).
41 had it’s U.S. Premiere at the Bare Bones International Film  Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma on April 26th, 2007.  The film was  honored with the Best Movie Trailer Award.  “I selected 41 for  screening at BBIFF, because I felt that it dealt with memories,  family and passion for a young man that should not be forgotten,”  wrote Festival Director Shironbutterfly Ray.  “It is my hope that  more people will get the opportunity to see this incredible  documentary.”
41 has also been selected for Canadian Premiere screening at the 2007  Blue Mountain Film Festival. “41 is a film that will move audiences  from the first fame – a heartfelt tribute – an emotional  remembrance,” said Robert Asselstine, Executive Producer, BMFF.   “We look forward to screening this remarkable film.”
This past Memorial Day, 41 was once again selected by two  Massachusetts-based film festivals – The Massbay Film Festival,  running from October 19-28 in Worcester, and Boston-North Shore Film  Festival, taking place in November in Rockport.
41 will be shown each day during the Blue Mountain Film Festival’s  run from June 1-3.  For more information, visit  http://www.bluemountainfilmfestival.com.
The Rhode Island Premiere of 41 will take place at the Stadium  Theatre in Woonsocket this fall.  A date will be announced as soon as  it is set.
Learn more about the film at http://www.41themovie.com or become a friend at  http://www.myspace.com/41movie.  Check out our Trailer!!
Thank you to RISCA and all of 41’s supporters.  We will continue to  keep you posted on our progress.
Christian de Rezendes
Co-Director & Editor, 41

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Don’t Miss the Last FNL of the Season!

Thursday, May 31st, 2007


Hilarious Improv Comedy featuring live music from Bertrand Laurence!

All Ages Show! Families always welcome!!!

June 1 at 7pm! $5 at the door!

At The Carriage House (7 Duncan Ave. Providence, RI)

For more info call (401) 831-9479

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Chairs For Charity in Wakefield Village

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen, Get Your Chairs Ready! On Sunday, June 24, the Third Annual Chairs for Charity will be held at a Block Party 4-8PM on Main Street in Historic Wakefield Village.  The recipient of this year’s fundraiser is the South Kingstown Land Trust.  On June 10 at 2:00 PM, the Land Trust will hold a reception displaying all of the chairs at their barn on Matunuck Beach Road. The reception is free and open to the public.

Chairs for Charity features #1 Decorating a chair and entering to win prizes, #2 Voting for your favorite Chair, #3 Playing a game of Musical Chairs, and #4 Auctioning the decorated chairs. Anyone may participate in any or all of the four parts of the event. There are lots of great prizes. Just attend the event and buy a raffle ticket and you may win prizes.


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City of Pawtucket Announces 9th Annual Photo Contest

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Pawtucket:  A City in Focus
Theme:  “Paws  (or Pause) in Pawtucket”

Grab your cameras and compose that picture!  The City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence will again sponsor the City’s 9th Annual Photo Contest.  Twelve winning photos will again be judged and chosen  by several local  professional photographers which will make up the City of Pawtucket’s 2008 City Calendar.  This celebrated annual photo contest has become one of Pawtucket’s most anticipated events in the Pawtucket Arts Festival. 


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Vedanta Society of Providence Violin Concert

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Vedanta Society of Providence

Invites you to a violin concert

 Sunday June 10, 2007 – 6 pm

227 Angell Street Providence, RI 02906 USA

Phone: (401) 421-3960 / www.Vedantaprov.org 
Milind Raikar studied with India’s distinguished
Violinist “Padmashree” Pt. D.K. Datar. He now
accompanies and studies with “Padmavibhushan”
Smt. Kishori Amonkar, a leading vocalist in the
Jaipur-Atrauli music tradition. His unique style of
 handling the bow and presentation of vocal style
sets him apart from his contemporaries.

Aditya Kalyanpur will join on tabla. He is a disciple

of Ustad Allah Rakha.    www.akproductions.org

Donations: $10 – all are welcome

Cosponsors: India Museum and Heritage
Society and Raagmaala
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South County Old Time Session at the American Legion Hall

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

 Jam Alert!The next South County Old Time Session at the American Legion Hall is Monday June 11 (7:30 to 9:30). Our guest artist this time will be Hilary Dirlam, a legendary banjo and guitar player from North Carolina. She’s in RI for a short while this spring- we’re very lucky to have her join our session. Come on by!


Jam sessions are free and open to all. For more info and/or driving directions, please email hbuffum@cox.net.


This session will mark the end of a positively brilliant Guest Artist Series, sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. My thanks to everone who participated, for your enthusiasm and talent. Nice to see the younger generation out in force this year!


Many thanks to RISCA, for their continued support.


See you! Harry


PS- Contra dance in Kingston this weekend! Saturday June 2, 8:00-11:00 at the Kingston Congregational Church. Caller: Linda Leslie. Music: White Squall with special guest Amy Larkin. This is an important fund-raiser for a good cause- suggested donation $10. See:


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48 Hour Project Planning

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Now for the good news: the 48 hour film project is approaching. Starting next week, you’ll be able to sign up! So remember to save the weekend of July 27-29th, if you’re interested in taking part!

If you’re interested in helping out, there will be a planning meeting at the Trinity Brew Pub (186 Fountain St. in Providence) on Saturday, June 2nd at 2 PM. The plan is really to discuss strategies for getting the word out, sign up for volunteer positions, then split up into teams to hang some posters. Total time should be about 1.5 hours!

If you’d like to volunteer but can’t make it Saturday, please email Providence@48hourfilm.com – the roles we’ll need are:

  1. general assistance at the kick-off event in the evening of Monday, June 25th
  2. paperwork help at the start of the project, July 27th
  3. help at the conclusion, July 29th, 7PM
  4. ticket takers for the screenings, August 2nd or 3rd (Wednesday or Thursday)

You can help with 1 and 4, even if you’re participating as part of a team!


If you’d like to know more about the 48 Hour Film Project, check it out at www.48hourfilm.com – or send us an email!

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FirstWorksKids FESTIVAL, June 16 & 17!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Five reasons why FirstWorksKids is the place to be on June 16th…

Picture this: downtown Providence ablaze with African drummers in colorful prints, vendors serving up spoonfuls of lemon yellow ice, rockstars in cranberry-colored suits, saxophones glinting in the sun, antique marionettes, pink flamingos, Native American storytellers, bizarre larger-than-life masks, and … like a good summer festival, ice cream.FirstWorksKids is June 16th, and we want you to be part of the picture!Eighteen days and counting.

Grab that red pen and circle the 16th! Five reasons why FirstWorksKids is the place to be on June 16th…1. In 23 days, yet another successful school

year will be complete (phew). It’s Father’s

day. It’s summer. You have so much to

celebrate – let’s celebrate together!

2. Two words: Dan Zanes. If you haven’t yet

heard of him, you’ll want to. He rocks


3. Free ticket ’round the world. How else can

you experience Brazil, Cambodia, China, the

Dominican Republic, Greece, India, Mexico,

and Puerto Rico…without ever leaving


4. Finale Fiesta at Waterplace Park with a

special guest appearance by Guarayson, flown

in from Puerto Rico for your entertainment!

5. Every time you blink….there’s something

new! (That’s a lot to see and experience – think

about how many times you’ll blink before

you’ve finished this email.)

Get psyched to experience the art of what’s FUN! See you on the 16th!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 Web:http://www.firstworksprov.org FirstWorks | 270 Westminster Street | Providence | RI | 02903       

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New Work, Maureen Murray & Myron Rubenstein at Hera Gallery

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

portal June 2nd- July 7th
  Opening Reception, Saturday, June 2nd 6 – 8pm
           Hera Gallery is pleased to present recent works of art by 
its two newest members, Maureen Murray and Myron Rubenstein, opening 
June 2nd, with an evening reception from 6 – 8pm.
              These two new members bring a wealth of artistic and 
professional experience to Hera Gallery.  In addition to sharing 
unique visions as contemporary artists, they each reside in southern 
Rhode Island and are involved with a variety of local and regional 
galleries and arts organizations. Though the artwork of Murray and 
Rubenstein is developed in entirely different mediums, (mainly oil 
paint and digital prints respectively) it shares a common feeling of representing a 
highly abstracted reality. In both artists’ works, layered images 
slowly reveal mysterious and ethereal worlds, inviting the viewer to 
wander through the intriguing play of shadows and light on fleeting 
forms and figures.
              Despite living over a decade in New York City, Murray 
finds inspiration for her large and expressive canvases in the woods 
and open fields of her native rural Rhode Island.  Enclosed between 
delicate layers of paint the words of New England’s classic poets 
and authors such as Emily Dickinson and Nathaniel Hawthorne are found 
as if emerging from the forest or fields they were once written in. (more…)

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June 16th –> Save the date!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Five reasons why FirstWorksKids is the place to be on June 16th…
Picture this: downtown Providence ablaze with African drummers in colorful prints,  vendors serving up spoonfuls of lemon yellow ice, rock stars in cranberry-colored suits,  saxophones glinting in the sun, antique marionettes, pink flamingos,  Native American storytellers, bizarre larger-than-life masks, and…like a good summer festival, ice cream.  Lots of it. 
FirstWorksKids is June 16th, and we want you to be part of the picture!
Eighteen days and counting. Grab that red pen and circle the 16th!
Five reasons why FirstWorksKids is the place to be on June 16th…
1. In 23 days, yet another successful school year will be complete (phew). It’s Father’s day. It’s summer. You have so much to celebrate – let’s celebrate together!
2. Two words: Dan Zanes. If you haven’t yet heard of him, you’ll want to. He rocks (literally). 
3. Free ticket ’round the world. How else can you experience Brazil, Cambodia, China, the Dominican Republic, Greece, India, Mexico, and Puerto Rico…without ever leaving Providence?
4. Finale Fiesta at Waterplace Park with a special guest appearance by Guarayson, flown in from Puerto Rico for your entertainment!
5. Every time you blink….there’s something new! (That’s a lot to see and experience – think about how many times you’ll blink before you’ve finished this email.)
But wait…there’s more! – http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=avfakacab.0.k4hxoacab.5wvcfxbab.263&ts=S0254&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.firstworksprov.org%2Fmain.php%3Fid%3Dkids
Get psyched to experience the art of what’s FUN!See you on the 16th!
Web:  http://www.firstworksprov.org
FirstWorks | 270 Westminster Street | Providence | RI | 02903

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Internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Gigi Mitchell-Velasco sings for Opera Providence

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

GMV  Internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Gigi Mitchell-Velasco sings for Opera Providence’s Summer Love Blooms event on Wednesday evening June 6th.
Cast available for interviews. Call 401-331-6060.
When mezzo-soprano Gigi Mitchell-Velasco portrayed Brangaene in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with Florentine Opera, a role she also sang with Charleston Symphony and Opera Orchestra of New York, it was written: “Gigi Mitchell-Velasco is world-class in every aspect. Slim, even willowy, she creates a devoted companion who seeks to do right, but sets loose forces beyond her comprehension. Mitchell-Velasco’s mezzo is beautiful, compact and supple, offering an unbroken legato unmatched since her mentor, the great Christa Ludwig, commanded the role. To hear her pour forth measure after measure of inexhaustible tone carries one back to the era when Wagnerian titans regularly trod the world stages. In addition, her ‘Watch’ was voiced with palpable apprehension, its exquisite sound floating over the lovers in the troubled nighttime.” She performed the tragic Carmen of Bizet at the Prague State Opera opposite her husband, tenor Noel Espíritu Velasco. Other roles include Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier, Minnesota), Maddalena (Rigoletto, Braunschweig Staatstheater), Dorabella (Così fan tutte, Toledo), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Fricka (Rheingold), Witch and Mother (Hansel and Gretel, Florentine), Elizabeth Proctor (Crucible), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly, Toledo), Federica (Luisa Miller, OperaBoston), Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus) and Parséïs (Esclarmonde). Much in demand on the concert stage, she sang in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on short notice at Carnegie Hall with Helmut Rilling and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s last January. New York Sun’s Jay Nordlinger wrote: “She owns a beautiful, arresting, and moving voice.” Verdi’s Requiem, various works of Mahler, Korngold, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Berlioz, Ravel, and de Falla comprise her extensive concert repertoire. Of her Mahler Kindertotenlieder, New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini wrote that she sang with a “dark-hued sound and elegance,” and the Wall Street Journal called her “the most finished artist, sensitive to every nuance of the text.” Recent performances around New England include the Providence Singers’ March Choral Festival, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn at URI, WGBH and the Music Mansion, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Hingham Symphony, a chamber music concert with Aurea Music, and a duo recital with Noel at The Barn in Matunuck in August.  www.bravadiva.com

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Magic Lantern Presents “The Time Show”

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

(curated by Mike Stoltz)
Wednesday the 30th of May at 9:30pm
at the Cable Car Cinema (204 South Main Street, Providence, RI)

Time…it never stops yet always seems to be running out. Days get longer but appear to slip away quickly. With the subject of precious TIME in mind, now is an opportunity to get lost in an evening of time-based films and videos that allow us to stretch out our perceptions of when and why so many forces are at work around us. From sped-time travel, Victorian exploits, backwards living, dizzying repetition, time lapse, and even a head on a platter this will be a program that’s sure to have us all running in circles around the clock!

FEATURING: Condensed Movie #1 by Kent Lambert (11:00, Video, 2002), Everywhere At Once by Alan Berliner (10:00, 16mm, 1985), New Super 8 Movie by Arley-Rose Torsone (5:00, Super 8, 2007), Go Go Go by Marie Menken (11:30,  16mm, 1964), Time Piece (9:00, 16mm, 1965), Analogies by Peter Rose (1977, 16mm, 14:00), A Servant of His Majesty’s Royal Navy Reads Excerpts From My Secret Life by Matt Carroll (10:00, Video, 2007)
TRT: 70:00


Condensed Movie #1 by Kent Lambert (2002) Video 11:00
“Video hacker Kent Lambert takes apart and reconstructs a terrible time travel movie. Who knows which version has more meaning, but this one sure has the better dialogue.”
-Rooftop Films


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Pawtucket Kicks Off 2007 Riverfront Concert Series

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Eight Concerts Feature a Wide Variety of Music Venues

Pawtucket—The Pawtucket Riverfront Commission announces the kick off of its 2007 Riverfront Concert Series.  Every Sunday, beginning July 8th until August 26th, a diverse style of music, from Rhythm & Blues, Swing, Polka, Country and Oldies, can be heard from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater located next to Pawtucket City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue.  Admission is free.
At the first concert scheduled for Sunday, July 8th, Plainfolk comes to downtown Pawtucket singing folk songs that tell the stories of New England and well beyond.  Twenty-seven years later they are still together writing and recording folk music in a traditional style.  During that time they went from the local pubs and clubs to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and on into cyberspace.  That’s a long way.  But the instruments are still good; the harmonies still sweet and the voices still honest.  Band members include Charlie Ball, Dennis Costello, John Costello, Dave Poland, Tom Porzuc, and Barry Sullivan. As ever, it is music for its own sake and it’s still great fun. 
            “I am pleased to see the artistic activities flourishing throughout the City of Pawtucket,” stated Mayor James E. Doyle.  “Where else but Pawtucket can music lovers from our community and all over the state come to listen to a wide variety of musical venues this Summer for free,” added Mayor Doyle.

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The Providence Singers announces 2007-08 season

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Chorus to collaborate with RI Philharmonic and Newport Baroque in concerts throughout RI
On May 17, the Board of Trustees of The Providence Singers approved the 2007-08 season, as proposed by artistic director Andrew Clark. The chorus’ 36th season features great cantatas by celebrated German composers, a special
Messiah collaboration with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and a springtime salute to American composer George Gershwin. The Providence Singers will perform in venues throughout Rhode Island, presenting concerts in Providence, Bristol, Newport, Woonsocket and Westerly.
October 26-28, 2007: CHORFEST!
The Providence Singers opens the season with German choral treasures from the baroque, classical, romantic, and current eras. Featured composers include several “all-stars” of German music – J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, and Heinrich Schütz – plus a contemporary cantata by award-winning Wolfgang Rihm. The Providence Singers presents these concerts in collaboration with Newport Baroque Orchestra, at venues in Providence, Bristol and Newport.
December 8, 2007: Handel’s Messiah
The Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic join forces to present Handel’s majestic holiday favorite. Andrew Clark conducts this special collaborative performance, at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
March 27-30, 2008:  Fascinatin’ Rhythm – A Gershwin Salute
The Providence Singers celebrates the great American composer’s lyrical legacy – from Porgy and Bess highlights to Broadway show tunes and Tin Pan Alley classics. Multiple performances take the chorus on a Rhode Island “mini-tour,” including its first-ever appearance at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, and a return to George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly, where the Providence Singers last performed in 2001.
Season tickets may be purchased by calling the Providence Singers office at 401-751-5700, or visiting http://www.ProvidenceSingers.org.
About the Providence Singers
The Providence Singers celebrates the choral art through concerts of masterworks and contemporary works, new music commissions, education programs, and creative collaborations.
Established in 1971, the Providence Singers is a leading choral performance and education organization serving southern New England. Led by artistic director Andrew Clark, the 100-voice auditioned chorus presents an annual concert series of masterworks and contemporary works, and has been called “beautifully blended, with crisp entrances and buttery phrasing” (Providence Journal). The Providence Singers makes frequent guest appearances throughout the region, including annual concerts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic; the chorus has also performed recently with the Kronos Quartet at the FirstWorks Providence Festival, and with Dave Brubeck at Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival.
The Providence Singers advances the choral tradition through the commission and performance of new works, with the support of its Wachner Fund for New Music, established to commemorate former artistic director Julian Wachner’s decade of service. In March, the organization hosted one of seven American Masterpieces Choral Festivals sponsored this year by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Providence Singers also offers intensive choral education programs for 4th-12th grade students, in partnership with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and The Music School.

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Rhode Island International Film Festival

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

In the Spotlight this week is the 11th Annual RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (RIIFF), taking place in towns and cities across the state of Rhode Island. Attended by filmmakers  and film professionals from around the world, RIIFF is an Oscar-qualifying event for short films.
Consistently ranked as one of the top 12 festivals in the United States, RIIFF was also recently named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the “Top 20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” The Festival offers its filmmakers reduced rates on area hotels, inns and B&B’s for their stay, and the six days feature filmmaker tributes, industry seminars, and educational programs for students, in addition to the top-notch screenings and parties.
RIIFF grants over $30,000 in cash and prizes to winning filmmakers, including software like Avid and Final Draft, scholarships, consulting, and production services. Past recipients and attendees include Julie Andrews, Zach Braff, Patricia Neal, Steve Buscemi, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Jason Isaacs, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Blake Edwards.
In the words of Chris Gore’s The Ultimate Film Festival  Survival Guide, RIIFF is “One of the Best International Film Festivals and top 10 Short Film Festivals in the United States.  The RIIFF provides the kind of intimate festival experience that will change your life. Don’t miss it.”
Rhode Island International Film Festival
Providence, Rhode Island – USA
August 7 to 12, 2007
June 1 – Late Deadline
Upgraded projects save $5 off this deadline
The Festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers and the film-going public.
Now in its 11th year, the Rhode Island International Film Festival celebrates the independent spirit in film and has become a haven for independent filmmakers from throughout the world. In 2006, the Festival presented 29 World Premieres and 19 U.S. Premieres to sold-out houses. Films came from 62 countries and 35 states. Attending the Festival were more than 225 filmmakers, producers, cast and crew. Opening night is hosted at the former Loews State, a historical movie house built in the 1920s. Now fully restored to include a 60-foot screen, the theatre seats 3,300. RIIFF has also spurred the restoration of another 1920’s venue, the Columbus Theatre. Along with new seating, technical support and guidance, this local film house recently had a state of the art surround-sound system installed.
Submit your film to RIIFF today and partake in one of the most significant festivals in the United States.

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MIDNIGHT MASS By Nancy Hoffman JUNE 14-24

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Thurs 14th – Sat 16th @ 8pm Sun 17th @ 3pm Thurs 21st – Sat 23rd @ 8pm Sun 24th @ 3pm.   Tickets are $12 general,   $8 students/seniors/military. For more information call:  401.744.3096 or, midnightmasstheplay@gmail.com 

 Perishable Theatre 95 Empire Street, Downtown Providence    

MIDNIGHT MASS It’s midnight—do you know where your chalice is?  

   Providence, RI— Perishable Theatre transforms into a pub in County Kerry, Ireland for the World Premiere of MIDNIGHT MASS by local author Nancy Hoffman. Winner of the 2007 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Playwriting/Screenwriting Merit Award, MIDNIGHT MASS is a comedy that celebrates the power of faith, dreams, dueling religions, and plenty of pints. MIDNIGHT MASS by Nancy Hoffman, directed by Peter Deffet Thurs 14th – Sat 16th @ 8pm Sun 17th @ 3pm Thurs 21st – Sat 23rd @ 8pm Sun 24th @ 3pm.   Tickets are $12 general, $8 students/seniors/military. For more information call: 401.744.3096 or, write: midnightmasstheplay@gmail.com 

    It’s just your typical day in County Kerry, Ireland—up in the morn, down with the sun, and Bridget Sweeny’s pub, host to a handful of regulars pop ’round for a pint, and a game of darts, as usual. Except today, the parish church chalice has gone out for a drink too – gone missing, that is. This event sparks an evening of hide-and-go-seek, setting off a series of occurences that will change the lives of a close-knit collection of friends, family and enemies, forever. Seems to be a pretty simple concept. But Midnight Mass holds a variety of well-placed events that dip into the realm of ancient magic sure to surprise the audience. Tales of ancient ritual, transcendent dreams, and visions of a 50-foot man transform Midnight Mass into more than an Irish-themed play. Ironically, what brought playwright Nancy Hoffman to write this play was not just her experiences in Ireland, but the event that has sent shock waves through laymen and artists  



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Job Postings from the RI Filim Collaborative

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

PAID MAKEUP WORKMidnight Chimes seeks an experienced professional makeup artist for our
short “Undead Indemnity”.  Shoot date is June 4th. The piece is a
five-minute situational comedy involving a vampire and a zombie.  The piece
will be distributed by SONY Entertainment through our exclusive content
deal.  Makeup artist must be able to create lifelike  (or un-lifelike)
versions of these characters.

Pay is $200 with a $50 stipend for supplies.  May involve attending a
Please send contact information, questions and links to your work to Kevin
Anderton at mcp_inquiry@yahoo.com

Serious inquiries only.Kevin Anderton
Midnight Chimes Productions

CoCo Key Water Resort, New Enlgand’s first indoor waterpark is looking for enthusiastic actors to play the CoCo mascot.

You must be at least 16 yrs. old, 5’4″ tall. The CoCo mascot is an important player at all park events. Pays $9/hr. plus lots of cool perks.

The resort is located at the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel in Danvers, MA. Visit www.cocokeywaterresort.com to see the park and the mascot in action.  

If interested, please email ebeutel@sheratonferncroft.com. There are multiple positions to fill, so please tell a friend!

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Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Newsletter – week ending 05/26/07

Friday, May 25th, 2007


Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the highest level of the arts for the community and its artists. We do this by creating awareness, education and involvement through its members

Photography by Leonard Rumpler at Hope Gallery – May 31 through June 24
….., 435 Hope Street, Bristol RI will feature the pastels and oils of Sarah Fielding-Gunn, M’Lou Sorrin, & Lorraine Trenholm in a exhibit called “Sisters in Art”. These artists have been companions in painting for many years with their affiliation originating in Cape Cod as members of the group “Touro 21″. Also exhibiting are Avery Boruch, Lenny Rumpler, Christine Mathieu, Chris Alvanas, Kathleen Armor, Lyle Rudloff, Mark Wholey, Tim Reilly, Sue Gray Fitzpatrick, Patrick Malin, Mark Nadeau, Pat & Bob Benoit, Jay Egge and Anita Trezvant.  Opening Reception: June 1, 6-9 PM. Hours: Thur / 12-6 PM, Fri & Sat/12-9 PM, Sun/12-4 PM or by appointment. (401)396-9117, www.hopegallery.net

Late Spring Exhibit  – Gallery LRI – through July 13
…..sculpture by Charlene Carpenzano, photography by Herman Brewster, paintings by Brian O’Malley – Gallery LRI – a changing exhibit of local artists in the Leadership Rhode Island offices; 4 Richmond Square, Providence, RI 02906.  Artists Reception:  Thursday, June 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Gallery hours:  9-5pm weekdays or by appointment. #401-273-1574.  www.leadershipri.org. 


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FirstWorksKids –A FREE International Festival for Kids and their Families

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Southern New England’s ONLY international children’s festival!
Experience the Art of What’s Fun on Father’s Day Weekend
FirstWorks announces the June 16 FirstWorksKids Festival line-up featuring over 30 artists in performances and workshops, a rollicking parade and two free shows by 2007 Grammy-winner Dan Zanes and Friends. The fourth annual FirstWorksKids Festival promises a cross-cultural jamboree loaded with dance, music and fun drawn from the four corners of the globe and the rich diversity of the Providence community.
The all-free FirstWorksKids Festival takes place from Market Square (Main & College Streets) to Benefit Street to Waterplace Park in downtown Providence, R.I. June 16th performances start at 1 p.m. and conclude with the Family Fiesta Finale beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Waterplace Park. A “Sneak-Peek” dance demonstration by Lydia Perez and the Bombitas on June 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. kicks off the festival at the Providence Children’s Museum. * Official Festival Guides are available at all locations.
         In his first Rhode Island appearance, Dan Zanes and Friends headline FirstWorksKids 2007 with their Catch That Train! tour. Hailed as “the best new thing to happen to family music since Woody Guthrie” by the Houston Chronicle, Nickelodeon star Dan Zanes came to fame as the lead singer of the 1980s rock band the Del Fuegos. The infectious, hip and handmade style of Dan Zanes and Friends blends traditional American roots, folk and West Indian songs, as well as smart, inventive originals. International headliners are the feel-good Afro-Caribbean rhythms of Guarayson, arriving straight from Puerto Rico for FirstWorksKids Family Fiesta at Waterplace Park. The festival brings five stages of free entertainment — including musicians, puppeteers, storytellers and dancers ­— to Providence’s vibrant downtown, allowing everyone in the family to “experience the art of what’s fun.”
For 2007 FirstWorksKids activities expand to include performances by the antique puppets from the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater at the RISD Museum and, on Benefit Street, the circus clown vaudeville antics of The Grand Falloons, Native American storytelling, Puerto Rican mask-making and a rock wall for climbing.
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            Zanes will perform two high-energy shows at the RISD Auditorium at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office, which opens at 12 noon for both shows. Limit four tickets per person.  (Note: last year’s shows sold-out).
Festival highlights include      
·        The dynamic and exhilarating rhythms of West African drumming and dance by Akwaaba African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Akwaaba means “welcome” in the Akan language of Ghana.
·        The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre’s “Czech Tales with Strings,” bringing Eastern European folktales to life with beautiful antique wooden puppets.
·        Dan Zanes and Friends on a mission to make kids’ music cool. New York Magazine says Zanes offers “the happiest concert vibe since Woodstock. With a lot less drugs and mud.”
·        New York’s Grand Falloons, “Cirque Menagerie,” complete with madcap acrobatics and vaudeville/circus hi-jinks by a troupe of clowns hailing from from the Big Apple Circus.
·        Native American teaching tales by Leonard FourHawks, a member of the Mohawk and Northern Cheyenne nations.
·        The Imagination Market, including the Dough Art workshop and performances by the Chinese Folk Art Workshop, Providence Roller Derby Girls, Big Nazo Puppets and the FirstWorksKids Rising Stars Showcase — talented young performers representing the spectrum of ethnic traditions from Providence and surrounding areas. Brazilian capoeira demonstrations by Grupos Ondas, Celtic and Cajun music by Et Cetera, Ritmos Academy dancers, Greek Pride, and Wesly Jennings’ Eastern Woodland Native American flute are among the many groups that will be featured.
·        The rollicking 5 p.m. Pick-Up Parade to Waterplace Park, led by Dan Zanes and Friends with The What Cheer? Marching Brigade: a wacky take on a traditional marching band, Chinese lion dances, and kids galore.
·        The Family Fiesta Finale runs from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Waterplace Park, with spirited  music from Lydia Perez and the Bombitas, a children’s dance group, and special guest from Puerto Rico, Guarayson, which combines and fuses diverse Afro-Caribbean rhythms for a sound that will get the audience moving.
            “FirstWorksKids celebrates the richness of this city’s diverse cultural landscape,” says Lynne McCormack, director of the Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism. “The festival showcases local and global performing artists, truly bringing the world to our doorstep.” FirstWorks, which also presents FirstWorksProv, is acclaimed for its innovative programming and
out-of-the-ordinary approach.
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This year’s FirstWorksProv Festival will feature programming from Sept. 28 to Nov. 3, with highlights including Pilobolus Dance Theatre, East Village Opera Company, Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. FirstWorksProv is a festival whose artistic integrity, according to the National Endowment for the Arts, is “off the charts.”
For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.firstworksprov.org or call 401-421-4278.
Founded in 2004, FirstWorks is a non-profit organization creating cultural destination festivals and dedicated to artistic excellence, affordable programming, and community outreach through the FirstWorksKids and FirstWorksProv festivals. For more info about FirstWorks, its festivals, and related information, visit http://www.firstworksprov.org or call 401-421-4278.
FirstWorksKids is produced by FirstWorks and the City of Providence, Dept. of Art, Culture & Tourism, and made possible in part by Alice I. Sullivan Foundation of Collette Vacations, Amica Mutual Insurance Co., Citizens Bank Foundation, John & Happy White Foundation, the June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Ocean State Charities Trust, Plan USA, Providence Parks Dept., Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp., Sodexho, and Verizon. Season supporters include Bank of America, National Endowment for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Textron Charitable Trust. Media sponsors: Coast 93.3, NBC 10 WJAR, Poder 1110, Providence en Español, and the Providence Phoenix.*The Museum is open free of charge for MetLife Family Friday-Free at Five!, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation.

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Don’t miss the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition!!

Friday, May 25th, 2007

RISDRhode Island Convention Center
May 18-June 2
opening reception: May 17, 6-8pm

exhibition hours: 10am-5pm, daily
June 2 hours: 12-8pm
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Conceptually challenging and technically masterful work by 120 students receiving graduate degrees in 14 art and design disciplines is on view in RISD’s Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition. This year’s expanded exhibition, in the Rhode Island Convention Center, allows students to show their entire thesis projects. A special online gallery has also been created this year, to allow “virtual visitors” to view over 500 examples of work from the exhibition. Clicking on a department name below will bring you to a gallery of work from that specific discipline. Clicking on “gallery” under an individual student’s name will allow you to view work by that student.

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