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South County Jam Sessions Continue

Friday, June 29th, 2007

SCJThanks, everyone, for helping make this years’ Guest Artist series at the South County Old Time Music Session really fun, and interesting, and musical… it was great to see so many old and new jamming pals! Monthly jam sessions will continue at the Legion Hall into the forseeable future, on 2nd Monday nights 7:30 to 9:30. The next session is July 9. Come on by.Looking for more jamming opportunities? Check Matt’s web page:

http://mmcconeghy.com/RIMUSIC/ Scroll down a bit to find “Jam Sessions” listings. South County jammers should find familiar faces and tunes on 3rd Wednesdays in Barington, among other places.Also- Check for interesting musical doings in scenic Greenville RI, at “Music in the Mill”, a funky little venue in an old textile mill where Jim, Colette, Deck, Dave Haller and others (a.k.a. the K.C. Moaners) recently put on a great jug-band show… http://www.musicatthemill.com/See you! Harry 

 

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V-Day Providece Event in October

Friday, June 29th, 2007

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Hera Gallery Presents Work Selected by Judith Tolnick

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Liu  A national juried exhibition with work selected by Judith Tolnick, director URI Gallery
July 14th- August 18th
 
            Hera Gallery is pleased to present “Essential Elements”, a national juried exhibition with works selected by Judith Tolnick, director URI Gallery. The exhibition will be on view from July 14th-August 18th with an opening reception Saturday, July 14th from 6-8pm.             What are essential elements in artmaking? This deceptively simple question is one that elicited a wide range of responses to Hera Gallery’s current show, “Essential Elements”. Though many chose to interpret essential to mean a fundamental sense of form, shape and color, this vibrant exhibition pushes aside  traditional concepts to make way for personal interpretation. Juror Judith Tolnick selected work that explores the artists’ perception of “essential elements” within their own conceptual framework. In her juror’s statement she writes, “[t]he exhibition theme moves away from any connotations of “essentialist” aesthetics and engages instead the vital, fundamental, core structures that occupy different artists variously and to distinctive ends.”             As Tolnick tucks away any pre-determined ideas of the term “essential”, the result is a colorful cacophony of paintings, sculptures, prints and photos. These 40 works submitted by artists from New York to Nebraska, often emphasize abstract interpretations of  natural elements such as pods, trees, figures, and landscapes, investigating human relationships to nature, place and object.             Painting is a popular medium of expression in “Essential Elements”, appearing in various forms from non-representational color patterning to quasi-representational, imagined environments, to re-creations of actual landscapes. Recent RISD graduate, and Rhode Island resident, Beata Stepien-Liu, presents brightly colored linear abstractions that vibrate with tangible force. Inspired by the work of abstract painters such as Mark Rothko and Brice Marden, she describes her work as an, “…[exploration of] all possible interconnected relations between essential elements such as line, light, and color.”             Fellow painter, Julie Vinette of Massachusetts, presents hazily representational works brimming with vibrant color and strong, painterly movement. She writes, “ [m]y work is impacted by the luminosity and colors that suffuse each season, the transparency and reflections of light and liquid, and the striations that appear when speeding by…”.            Also inspired by her relationship to nature is fellow Massachusetts painter Kerry St. Laurent, whose work leads the viewer on fantastic wanderings through real and imagined landscapes. About her process she writes, “ I begin my paintings with fluid watercolor washes on smooth Clayboard panels or Yupo paper that act as a metaphor for my encounters with nature: spontaneous, organic, and unique. These washes are integrated with layers of paint, ink, and pencil that represent my ingrained influences as I reference maps, guidebooks, scientific texts, photographs, and my memory.”             A number of Essential Element’s artists find inspiration in the complexities of human nature, utilizing the figure in imagery, as well as referencing the presence of an individual. One such artist is Michael Reedy, Assistant professor in Drawing at Eastern Michigan University. Reedy presents a large, intimately detailed, and emotionally packed portrait of a naked man sitting cross-legged, while cartoon figures, and rendered guns push forward from the shadowy background. Reedy writes, “ [u]ltimately, I wish the work to question our perceptions, our hopes and fears, and reflect what it is to be human.”             Exploring similar issues is recent RISD graduate and sculpture artist, Ayumi Ishii. In this exhibition, she presents an amorphous shaped resin sculpture, familiar yet indefinable. Using subtle physical references, Ishii begins a conversation about objects evoking human experience. About her work she writes, “ By skewing our perception of the human body, I look for experiences that build and collapse the boundary between reality and imagination.”            Hera Gallery’s “Essential Elements”, presents a lively and thought-provoking exhibition that inquires into what is or may be essential for today’s contemporary artist.  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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RISD Seeks Part Time ArtWorks Manager/Career Counselor

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

The Alumni & Career Services Office at Rhode Island School of Design has a part-time position available for the ArtWorks Manager/Career Counselor.Overview:Responsible for day-to-day hands-on management of ArtWorks, RISD*s on-line job and internship board, including data entry, business communication and technical support. In addition, counsel and educate students and alumni by addressing issues of careers for artists and designers through individual appointments, seminars, workshops, conferences, and departmental outreach. As part of the ACSO team, create, develop, manage and implement career programming including conferences, seminars and studio presentations. Continually evaluate, improve, and develop career resources to assist artists and designers in achieving success in their professional careers and lives. Act as liaison to students and faculty within selected academic departments. Participate on committees within the division and college to share career programming perspectives and knowledge of student and alumni professional aspirations, challenges and accomplishments.Qualifications:

Requires minimum of B.A. or B.F.A, degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Course work or experience in Psychology, Career and/or Personal Counseling, and Developmental Education recommended. Advanced course work or Master’s degree in related discipline, especially art and design areas, helpful. Prior work or experience in counseling and other developmental education is preferred. Other requirements include: knowledge and sensitivity to career aspirations of artists and designers, ability to work with wide a range of people in a variety of settings, public speaking and instructional background, strong written communication skills and knowledge of computer hardware and software (Microsoft Office Suite required and InDesign, DreamWeaver, and/or Benefactor helpful), and use of electronic modalities as an instructional/communication tool. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects, prioritize work and deadlines and tasks in order to achieve desired goals is essential

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume via email to Susan Andersen, Senior Career

Counselor, Alumni & Career Services, RISD at, sanderse@risd.edu

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West Broadway Neighborhood Association’s summer performance series, July 11th through August 1st!

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

For the third year the West Broadway Neighborhood

Association will present “West Side Wednesdays”, a free outdoor performance

series that is part of “Celebrate Providence”–the City of Providence’s

Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative. Locally acclaimed bilingual ECAS

Theater, featuring Marlene Luna’s Feeling -Luna- Tic-A, will be the

opening performance on Wednesday, July 11th, from 6:30-7:30 at the Dexter

Training Grounds. (between Dexter and Parade

Streets, Providence).

Feeling Luna-Tic-A asks : What is real and what is imagined? Does art

imitate life, or vice versa? Marlene Luna, a young playwright and actor

originally from the Dominican Republic, set out to write a play that would

capture the humor, drama and anxiety that comes with being young and

bicultural in America today. In the process of doing so Marlene takes us on

a poignant and entertaining path through self-discovery. Bring your family,

your neighbors a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the show.

Also in this year’s series: Children’s singer and storyteller Bill Harley,

Wednesday, July 18th, Shadow puppetry and spoken word with New Urban Arts,

Wednesday, July 25th, and the Mary Day Band, Wednesday, August 1st. All

performances begin at 6:30pm at the Dexter Training Grounds.

This series is produced through a collaboration between the West Broadway

Neighborhood Association, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture

& Tourism, Providence Parks Department and Mayor David N. Cicilline. For

more info contact 831-9344 or visit www.wbna.org

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FirstWorksProv Festival, September 28 – November 3!

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

FIRSTWORKSPROV FESTIVAL

September 28 – November 3

Creative Catalyst for Providence Connects Art to Audiences

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 27, 2007 – FirstWorks announces the 4th annual FirstWorksProv Festival, produced in collaboration with the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, running from Sept. 28 – Nov. 3 in downtown Providence. FirstWorksProv is being developed through a unique public/private partnership to become a national arts attraction for Providence, drawing audiences from Rhode Island and beyond. The multi-genre festival champions “firsts” with innovative new work and artistic icons providing unforgettable performing arts experiences. FirstWorksProv Astonishment passes go on sale July 2. Highlights of this fall’s FirstWorksProv include:

Dance listing:

 

* Pilobolus. These dazzling masters of invention have captivated audiences for more than three decades with movement that is at once daringly physical, artistic and full of humor. Includes NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE works. The company’s signature entangling of bodies and inescapable energy was recently featured at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St.), Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Individual tickets at 401-421-2787, www.ppacri.org  

* BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY, Another Evening: I Bow Down. One of the world’s great dance companies erupts from the stage like an unstoppable force of nature with Jones himself performing in a landscape of natural disasters and personal reminiscences. With live music by Daniel Bernard Roumain and the young Bronx-based hardcore band Regain The Heart Condemned. PROVIDENCE PREMIERE. Veterans Memorial Auditorium Arts and Cultural Center (One Avenue of the Arts), Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Individual tickets at www.tickets.com, 800-919-6272, or the Box Office, 401-272-4862 (on sale July 10).Theater listing:

 

* OLD TROUT PUPPET WORKSHOP, Famous Puppet Death Scenes. Using the transformative medium of puppetry, the Old Trouts promise nothing less than a cure for your fear of death. A wickedly funny and oddly beautiful collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history with a dizzying variety of puppetry techniques and joyful tragedy. NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE. RISD Auditorium (17 Canal Street), Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Oct. 14, 3 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com Music listing:

* EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY. Bringing opera into the 21st century with its inventive arrangements of the “greatest hits,” a powerhouse five-piece band, string quartet, and two outstanding vocalists electrify the classics for a new generation. PROVIDENCE PREMIERE. Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St.), Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets at 401-421-2787, www.ppacri.org  

* HAALE, Sufi-inspired music. NYC-based Haale and her band create a trance-inducing tapestry of sound through which she weaves Persian/Sufi poetry in a propulsive soundscape of electric guitars, percussion, and mystical lyrics. “A star on the rise!” (Washington Post). NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE. (location TBA) Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com  

 

* AUREA ENSEMBLE, Earful of Enderby: An Homage to Anthony Burgess. Piano, violin, viola, cello, harmonica, and narrator meld in a signature Aurea premiere by composer Paul Phillips using Burgess’ own words. Includes Burgess’ setting of The Wasteland and works by composers who were a source of inspiration. WORLD PREMIERE. Beneficent Church Sanctuary (300 Weybosset St.), Oct. 13, 3 p.m. and Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com Multi-media listing:

 

* Pixilerations [v. 4]. Imagination-bending electronic art works, interactive performances, and video screenings. Presented with Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Sol Koffler Gallery, CIT,(169 Weyboset St.) exhibition open everyday Sept. 28-Oct. 13, noon-8 p.m.; URI/ASFCCE, The Shepard Building, (80 Washington St.), performances Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, 10 p.m. Pay what you can performances.

 

* LOSTWAX Multimedia Dance Theater, Melt. Enter a dynamic world of immersive sound, living hieroglyphs and dripping ice. Artist Jamie Jewett creates an interactive world dynamically inhabited by dancers wearing tiny wireless video cameras and infrared sensors that control spectacular mixing of live video with original footage of glaciers, ice caves and the cycle of water. Pell Chafee Performance Center, (87 Empire Street), Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com  

Festival listing:

 

FirstWorksProv, a month-long festival of premiere performances, world-class artists, multimedia spectacles, cutting-edge music and mind-bending electronic arts at multiple downtown venues, September 28-November 3, 2007. Full schedule at www.firstworksprov.org. Festival passes available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com  

All-festival Astonishment Passes and build-your-own passes will be sold this year at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com. For a full schedule or more info about FirstWorksProv or its parent organization, FirstWorks, visit www.firstworksprov.org. 

FirstWorksProv credits (as of 6/26): Produced by the City of Providence, Dept. of Art, Culture & Tourism, and made possible in part by Brown University Creative Arts Council, Johnson & Wales University, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island State Council on the Art and the State of Rhode Island. Season Supporters: Bank of America, The June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design, Textron, and Verizon. Media sponsors: B101, NBC 10 WJAR, Poder 1110, Providence En Español, and Providence Phoenix.

 

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Debra Mann at Greenvale Vineyards, Portsmouth, RI, Saturday, June 30th!

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Greenvale Vineyards presentsDebra Mann – keys and vocals

with Dave Zinno - bass,

& Dan Moretti – sax & flute

June 30th, 2007, Saturday 1-4 PM

For more info check out the website: www.greenvale.com

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Thursday, June 28th, 2007

 

FIRSTWORKSPROV FESTIVAL

September 28 – November 3

Creative Catalyst for Providence Connects Art to Audiences

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 27, 2007 – FirstWorks announces the 4th annual FirstWorksProv Festival, produced in collaboration with the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, running from Sept. 28 – Nov. 3 in downtown Providence. FirstWorksProv is being developed through a unique public/private partnership to become a national arts attraction for Providence, drawing audiences from Rhode Island and beyond. The multi-genre festival champions “firsts” with innovative new work and artistic icons providing unforgettable performing arts experiences. FirstWorksProv Astonishment passes go on sale July 2. Highlights of this fall’s FirstWorksProv include:

Dance listing:

 

* Pilobolus. These dazzling masters of invention have captivated audiences for more than three decades with movement that is at once daringly physical, artistic and full of humor. Includes NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE works. The company’s signature entangling of bodies and inescapable energy was recently featured at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St.), Sept. 29, 8 p.m. Individual tickets at 401-421-2787, www.ppacri.org  

* BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY, Another Evening: I Bow Down. One of the world’s great dance companies erupts from the stage like an unstoppable force of nature with Jones himself performing in a landscape of natural disasters and personal reminiscences. With live music by Daniel Bernard Roumain and the young Bronx-based hardcore band Regain The Heart Condemned. PROVIDENCE PREMIERE. Veterans Memorial Auditorium Arts and Cultural Center (One Avenue of the Arts), Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Individual tickets at www.tickets.com, 800-919-6272, or the Box Office, 401-272-4862 (on sale July 10).Theater listing:

 

* OLD TROUT PUPPET WORKSHOP, Famous Puppet Death Scenes. Using the transformative medium of puppetry, the Old Trouts promise nothing less than a cure for your fear of death. A wickedly funny and oddly beautiful collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history with a dizzying variety of puppetry techniques and joyful tragedy. NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE. RISD Auditorium (17 Canal Street), Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Oct. 14, 3 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com Music listing:

* EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY. Bringing opera into the 21st century with its inventive arrangements of the “greatest hits,” a powerhouse five-piece band, string quartet, and two outstanding vocalists electrify the classics for a new generation. PROVIDENCE PREMIERE. Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St.), Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets at 401-421-2787, www.ppacri.org  

* HAALE, Sufi-inspired music. NYC-based Haale and her band create a trance-inducing tapestry of sound through which she weaves Persian/Sufi poetry in a propulsive soundscape of electric guitars, percussion, and mystical lyrics. “A star on the rise!” (Washington Post). NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE. (location TBA) Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com  

 

* AUREA ENSEMBLE, Earful of Enderby: An Homage to Anthony Burgess. Piano, violin, viola, cello, harmonica, and narrator meld in a signature Aurea premiere by composer Paul Phillips using Burgess’ own words. Includes Burgess’ setting of The Wasteland and works by composers who were a source of inspiration. WORLD PREMIERE. Beneficent Church Sanctuary (300 Weybosset St.), Oct. 13, 3 p.m. and Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com Multi-media listing:

 

* Pixilerations [v. 4]. Imagination-bending electronic art works, interactive performances, and video screenings. Presented with Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. Sol Koffler Gallery, CIT,(169 Weyboset St.) exhibition open everyday Sept. 28-Oct. 13, noon-8 p.m.; URI/ASFCCE, The Shepard Building, (80 Washington St.), performances Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, 10 p.m. Pay what you can performances.

 

* LOSTWAX Multimedia Dance Theater, Melt. Enter a dynamic world of immersive sound, living hieroglyphs and dripping ice. Artist Jamie Jewett creates an interactive world dynamically inhabited by dancers wearing tiny wireless video cameras and infrared sensors that control spectacular mixing of live video with original footage of glaciers, ice caves and the cycle of water. Pell Chafee Performance Center, (87 Empire Street), Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com  

Festival listing:

 

FirstWorksProv, a month-long festival of premiere performances, world-class artists, multimedia spectacles, cutting-edge music and mind-bending electronic arts at multiple downtown venues, September 28-November 3, 2007. Full schedule at www.firstworksprov.org. Festival passes available at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com  

All-festival Astonishment Passes and build-your-own passes will be sold this year at 401-621-6123, www.arttixri.com. For a full schedule or more info about FirstWorksProv or its parent organization, FirstWorks, visit www.firstworksprov.org. 

FirstWorksProv credits (as of 6/26): Produced by the City of Providence, Dept. of Art, Culture & Tourism, and made possible in part by Brown University Creative Arts Council, Johnson & Wales University, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island State Council on the Art and the State of Rhode Island. Season Supporters: Bank of America, The June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design, Textron, and Verizon. Media sponsors: B101, NBC 10 WJAR, Poder 1110, Providence En Español, and Providence Phoenix.

 

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Millay Colony Summer Poetry/Writing Workshops

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

The Millay Colony
for the Arts
Summer Poetry and
Writing Workshops


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Immerse Yourself in the Arts at a Country Retreat

The Millay Colony for the Arts, located on the grounds of Steepletop, the historic home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, is launching a new artist retreat program featuring two five-day artist workshops:“Voice and Range: An Intensive Poetry Workshop”

July 27th through July 31st.
This program will help participants expand the range of their poems while strengthening the individual voice behind them. Students will read an eclectic range of poetry and generate a draft of a poem each day. The program instructor is Mark Wunderlich, the author of “Voluntary Servitude,” and a literature and writing instructor at Bennington College in Vermont, as well as a member of the faculty of the graduate writing program at Columbia University.

“Mixed Media Works on Paper”
August 30th to September 3rd
A drawing workshop taught by Laura Davis Battle. Participants will explore a range of materials and methods, working from memory, dreams, and text. Laura Davis Battle’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. She is currently Professor of Studio Arts at Bard College.

Each of the classes will include eleven hours of workshop time, all meals, private bedrooms, and spacious private studios, as well as a special evening reception and a tour of the historic Steepletop grounds.

The cost of each workshop is $750 for tuition, private room, private studio, and all meals or $450 for tuition and meals only. To find out more information about the workshops or for information on applying, please phone 518-392-4144 or email us at apply@millaycolony.org.

The Millay Colony is located at 454 East Hill Road in Austerlitz, New York.

The Millay Colony for the Arts

The Millay Colony for the Arts is a not-for-profit arts organization offering comprehensive one month residencies to visual artists, writers and composers at Steepletop, the hilltop property in Austerlitz, NY where the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) lived and wrote for 25 years. The colony was founded in 1973 by the poet’s sister, Norma Millay Ellis, as a way of honoring Millay’s life and work, and providing other artists with a nurturing and inspiring environment. For more information, visit www.millaycolony.org. 454 East Hill Road
Austerlitz NY 12017
518-392-4144

director@millaycolony.org
www.millaycolony.org

This email was sent to randy@arts.ri.gov, by director@millaycolony.org

The Millay Colony for the Arts | 454 East Hill Road | Austerlitz | NY | 12017

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Creative Catalyst for Providence Connects Art to Audiences

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

FIRSTWORKSPROV FESTIVAL
September 28 – November 3
PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 27, 2007 – FirstWorks announces the 4th annual FirstWorksProv Festival, produced in collaboration with the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, running from Sept. 28 – Nov. 3 in downtown Providence.  FirstWorksProv is being developed through a unique public/private partnership to become a national arts attraction for Providence, drawing audiences from Rhode Island and beyond.  The multi-genre festival champions “firsts” with innovative new work and artistic icons providing unforgettable performing arts experiences.  FirstWorksProv Astonishment passes go on sale July 2.  Highlights of this fall’s FirstWorksProv include:
Dance listing:
*             Pilobolus.  These dazzling masters of invention have captivated audiences for more than three decades with movement that is at once daringly physical, artistic and full of humor.  Includes NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE works.  The company’s signature entangling of bodies and inescapable energy was recently featured at the 79th Annual Academy Awards.  Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St.), Sept. 29, 8 p.m.  Individual tickets at 401-421-2787, http://www.ppacri.org
*             BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY, Another Evening: I Bow Down.  One of the world’s great dance companies erupts from the stage like an unstoppable force of nature with Jones himself performing in a landscape of natural disasters and personal reminiscences.  With live music by Daniel Bernard Roumain and the young Bronx-based hardcore band Regain The Heart Condemned.  PROVIDENCE PREMIERE.  Veterans Memorial Auditorium Arts and Cultural Center (One Avenue of the Arts), Nov. 3, 8 p.m.  Individual tickets at http://www.tickets.com, 800-919-6272, or the Box Office, 401-272-4862 (on sale July 10).
Theater listing:
*         OLD TROUT PUPPET WORKSHOP, Famous Puppet Death Scenes.  Using the transformative medium of puppetry, the Old Trouts promise nothing less than a cure for your fear of death.  A wickedly funny and oddly beautiful collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history with a dizzying variety of puppetry techniques and joyful tragedy.  NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE.  RISD Auditorium (17 Canal Street), Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Oct. 14, 3 p.m.  Tickets available at 401-621-6123, http://www.arttixri.com
Music listing:
*             EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY.  Bringing opera into the 21st century with its inventive arrangements of the “greatest hits,” a powerhouse five-piece band, string quartet, and two outstanding vocalists electrify the classics for a new generation.  PROVIDENCE PREMIERE. Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset St.), Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets at 401-421-2787, http://www.ppacri.org
*             HAALE, Sufi-inspired music.  NYC-based Haale and her band create a trance-inducing tapestry of sound through which she weaves Persian/Sufi poetry in a propulsive soundscape of electric guitars, percussion, and mystical lyrics. “A star on the rise!” (Washington Post). NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE. (location TBA) Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Tickets available at 401-621-6123, http://www.arttixri.com
*             AUREA ENSEMBLE, Earful of Enderby: An Homage to Anthony Burgess.  Piano, violin, viola, cello, harmonica, and narrator meld in a signature Aurea premiere by composer Paul Phillips using Burgess’ own words.  Includes Burgess’ setting of The Wasteland and works by composers who were a source of inspiration.  WORLD PREMIERE.  Beneficent Church Sanctuary (300 Weybosset St.), Oct. 13, 3 p.m. and Oct. 14, 7 p.m.  Tickets available at 401-621-6123, http://www.arttixri.com
Multi-media listing:
*             Pixilerations [v. 4].  Imagination-bending electronic art works, interactive performances, and video screenings.  Presented with Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design.  Sol Koffler Gallery, CIT,(169 Weyboset St.) exhibition open everyday Sept. 28-Oct. 13, noon-8 p.m.; URI/ASFCCE, The Shepard Building, (80 Washington St.), performances Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, 10 p.m.  Pay what you can performances.
*             LOSTWAX Multimedia Dance Theater, Melt.  Enter a dynamic world of immersive sound, living hieroglyphs and dripping ice.  Artist Jamie Jewett creates an interactive world dynamically inhabited by dancers wearing tiny wireless video cameras and infrared sensors that control spectacular mixing of live video with original footage of glaciers, ice caves and the cycle of water.  Pell Chafee Performance Center, (87 Empire Street), Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 8 p.m.  Tickets available at 401-621-6123, http://www.arttixri.com
Festival listing:
FirstWorksProv, a month-long festival of premiere performances, world-class artists, multimedia spectacles, cutting-edge music and mind-bending electronic arts at multiple downtown venues, September 28-November 3, 2007.  Full schedule at http://www.firstworksprov.org.  Festival passes available at 401-621-6123, http://www.arttixri.com
All-festival Astonishment Passes and build-your-own passes will be sold this year at 401-621-6123, http://www.arttixri.com.  For a full schedule or more info about FirstWorksProv or its parent organization, FirstWorks, visit http://www.firstworksprov.org.
FirstWorksProv credits (as of 6/26): Produced by the City of Providence, Dept. of Art, Culture & Tourism, and made possible in part by Brown University Creative Arts Council, Johnson & Wales University, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island State Council on the Art and the State of Rhode Island.  Season Supporters: Bank of America, The June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design, Textron, and Verizon.  Media sponsors: B101, NBC 10 WJAR, Poder 1110, Providence En Español, and Providence Phoenix.

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Aquidneck Island Arts Festival

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

August 25th & 26th    Art – Food – Entertainment!  Aquidneck Island Arts Festival in Touro Park on Bellevue Avenue in Newport.  Stroll through an exciting marketplace of art featuring over 50 East Coast artists. This juried show includes photography, fine art, jewelry, pottery and glasswork.  Enjoy food, entertainment and activities for children. Admission is free. 

 

Proceeds benefit Middletown-based, nonprofit agency, Looking Upwards, in its mission of supporting people with disabilities to live fulfilling lives. Saturday, August 25th:10am to 6pm, Sunday, August 26th:11am to 5pm. For more information visit http://www.lookingupwards.org  or phone Gloria at 401-847-0960 ext. 25.

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Opening at 5 Traverse Gallery

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Traverse

5 Traverse Gallery will be showing Ida Schmulowitz  and John Riedel at the 5 Traverse Gallery from June 29th to July 27th.  Opening reception is June 29th form 5 to 8 PM.

http://www.5traverse.com/

 

 

 

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Upcoming Celebrations at the Providence Athenaeum

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Tuesday, July 10: Bon Anniversaire, Marcel Proust! Join us to celebrate the 136th birthday of the inimitable French writer Marcel Proust! 

3 to 4pm: Reminisce over tea and madeleines.

5 to 7pm: Enjoy readings aloud, in French and English, from La Recherche du Temps Perdue/In Search of Lost Time  

(bring your favorite passage, find one you love from our selections, or just listen…), and take the legendary “Proust Questionnaire.” 

with hors d’ouevres delicieux by French chef Daniel Rouvrais

Free and open to the public! 

Produced with the Alliance Francaise de Providence. 

Generously sponsored by Antiques & Interiors (www.antiquesandinteriors.biz).

                    

Wednesday, July 11, 5 to 7pm: Happy Birthday, Providence Athenaeum at 251 Benefit Street! Join us to celebrate the 169th anniversary of the opening of our beautiful library! 

Enjoy refreshments and preview our new program series debuting this fall, Meanwhile, At That Same Moment…, a kaleidoscopic survey of the world of Providence in 1838, one facet at a time – points of entry into historical inquiry to include the telescope, the pocket handkerchief, the dueling code, and other unwittingly implicative phenomena.

Free and open to the public!

Generously sponsored by Antiques & Interiors (www.antiquesandinteriors.biz).

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RI International Film Festival Newsletter

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

News of Note
Late June 2007
In This Issue…
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Take Out an Ad in This Year’s Program Book
RIIFF’S 2007 Screenplay Competition Call for Entries: Deadline is Fast Approaching
Become a 2007 Member NOW!
SUPPORT AND SPUR THE PRESERVATION OF THE COLUMBUS THEATRE!
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Join our mailing list!
http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?p=oi&m=1101436636782
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Preparations for this year’s film festival are almost finalized. A record number of film entries has been received–by our count close to 2,500. At this writing, we have accepted nearly 200 and are still making final reviews. The work we’ve received  this year has been amazing and this year’s Festival will certainly be one of discovery. Already, we have heard from filmmakers who plan to be at the festival and they are traveling from Australia, Japan, India, Spain and Canada. Plans for this year’s event will be released shortly and updates are made daily on the festival website. Additionally, for those in Rhode Island, Festival 6-packs will be on sale at Borders Bookstores in Cranston, Providence and Attleboro.
Take Out an Ad in This Year’s Program Book
Annual Program Guide to Release 20,000 copies regionwide
Thanks to a partnership with Motif magazine, RIIFF will see its annual Program Guide distributed across the region with over 20,000 units being printed. The release date is August 1st.
Please consider supporting the Festival by taking out an advertisement for your business. Not only will you be helping RIIFF raise needed monies to produce this year’s event; but you will support our Community Outreach Programs which benefits non-profits across the region.
Please call our office at 401-861-4445 if you want to find our more about participating in this year’s Program Guide and to obtain a rate sheet.
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RIIFF’S 2007 Screenplay Competition Call for Entries: Deadline is Fast Approaching
Seeking new and exciting work
The Rhode Island International Film Festival for independent film and video, is calling for Screenplay Entries for its 11th annual festival, to take place on August 7-12, 2007 in historic Providence, Rhode Island.  The Festival is accepting screenplays in all genres. Screenplays must have been written after 2004. The Rhode Island International Film Festival is one of only four broadly focused, independent festivals in New England accepting works of any type (dramatic, documentary, experimental), on any subject matter, and in any genre.  Screenplays will be judged by a jury of distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, peers and film fans. The Grand Prize winner may have segments of the work produced during Take 1-2-3: Filmmaking with the Pros, RIIFF’s annual Master Class on Production which features the participation of a noted director or as a central focus during ScriptBiz the screenplay pitch forum. The Grand Prize winner will also receive prizes valued at over $15,000. This includes travel, accomodations, Final Draft software and screenplay promotions.  Screenplays will be judged on creativity, innovation, vision, originality and the use of language. The key element is that of communication and how it complements and is transformed by the language of film.
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Become a 2007 Member NOW!
Join CinemaRI Today for a host of great benefits.  If you attended this year’s festival, you saw the benefits of Membership – so don’t wait, become a RIIFF 2007 CinemaRI Member now!  Members receive free and discounted tickets, priority entrance, advance ticket privileges, advance first class mailings, and free screenings and events during the year!
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SUPPORT AND SPUR THE PRESERVATION OF THE COLUMBUS THEATRE!
Make a donation to the Friends of the Columbus Theatre Arts Center and Preserve a Local Treasure.  The Rhode Island International Film Festival has made a significant commitment to spur the restoration of the Columbus Theatre Arts Center. During its 2007 Season, RIIFF will be adding a 50 cent Restoration Fee to all tickets and passes sold. The fee is not restricted to screenings that take place merely at the Columbus, but all locations where the festival will screen. Additionally, donations will be encouraged at a series of outdoor screenings slated for the festival.  RIIFF has established a restricted account called the “Friends of the Columbus Theatre.” As a registered 501C3, all contributions to this fund that supports the Theatre are tax deductible as allowed by law. A committee of dedicated community leaders in business, the arts and politics have joined RIIFF in helping to support this endeavor.
Part of the mission of the Flickers Arts Collaborative, the producer of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, is to donate services, technical expertise and fundraising opportunities to other needy worthwhile organizations. Every year, Board members select non-profits they want to support and either raise funds or provide services. Flickers additionally acts as an umbrella for artists and arts groups as they establish their identity and hone their craft. Beginning in November of 2002, we began an ambitious program dedicated to helping spur a restoration and arts/ community usage of the historic and beautiful Columbus Theatre. Programming began with our signature event, the Rhode Island International Film Festival of that year. This jewel-box of the theatre is the last of its kind in Rhode Island’s capital city of Providence. Our goal is the make the building available to the community, arts organizations, and educational programs and to return it to its former prominence as a leader in the Rhode Island arts entertainment scene..
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CHARITABLE GIVING TO RIIFF 2007
As we prepare for RIIFF 2007 (August 7-12th), we’re appealing to you to lend support to this important film and cultural organization. Your donation will ensure that all of our programs continue and will contribute to the future success and growth of RIIFF!
Make a fully tax-deductible non-Membership charitable contribution today! Any amount will help, from $25 to $1000.  RIIFF will send you a letter acknowledging your contribution for tax purposes.  Gifts to the Rhode Island International Film Festival give adults and children from all walks of life access to exceptional cinema, learning programs, and inspiring stories.  To make a donation via mail, please make checks payable to RIIFF ’07, write “donation” in the Memo section, and send to:
The Rhode Island International Film Festival
PO Box 162
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 (USA)
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We are grateful for your continued support of the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the year-round programming it produces. Be sure to join us for some wonderful events as we head into the seven weeks before RIIFF launches its 11th year!Cheers!
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The Rhode Island International Film Festival
Email:georget@film-festival.org
Phone:401-861-4445
Fax:401-490-6735
Web:  http://www.RIFilmFest.org

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The Portsmouth Arts Guild Announces July Art Show

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

                The Portsmouth Arts Guild is pleased to announce its July Art Show.  The show, entitled Six Plein Air Painters – Trish Hurley & Friends, features Trish Hurley, Ernie Savastano, Deb Lichtenstein, Jane Carey, Betty Ann Morris, and Kathy Morton, who make up Studio “T”.  The Portsmouth Arts Guild, Center for the Arts, 2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI, is open Thursday through Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  The Show will run from June 29, through July 29, 2007, with an opening reception on Friday, June 29, from 6::00 – 8:00 PM, to which everyone is cordially invited.
                Trish Hurley has been an art instructor for a number of years, most often at The Newport Art Museum, and has taught each of the members of Studio “T”; receiving a MFA from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.  Ernie Savastano, the lone man in the group, when not painting, is an instructor at New England Tech.  Deb Lichtenstein has been featured in a number of shows in the area, and is one of the founding members of the group.  Jane Carey, a book designer, who often supports local non-profit organizations, has managed to do more painting this year than ever before.  Betty Ann Morris is the proud owner of Betty Ann Morris Gallery, 60 Church Street, Newport, and is often seen painting the local scenes of Aquidneck Island.  Kathy Morton, a painter, printmaker and photographer, is a member of Deblois Gallery in Newport.
            For further information, or directions, please call B. Lambert, (401)624-3969.

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Perishable Theater News

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

******Class feature of the week!!!!10 minute plays!!!! starting July 17!*****

******Memberships offered for 2007-2008 season*****

******Ongoing- Goodsearch.com Makes Perishable Money*****

******Supported Artists Improv Jones launch Providence Improv Fest IV (that’s 4)******

 

*Last night a group of dedicated volunteer actors gathered at the theatre to give voice and breath to the plays written in David Eliet’s Advanced Playwriting class, Spring Session. The moment that new American plays are born is an exciting one, and as a Research & Development theatre, Perishable prides itself on incubating both the work and the artists who make it. You can share the magic this summer by signing on for David Eliet’s summer session class- The Playwright’s Challenge. Over four weeks, David will assign a specific theme, setting, situation, or cast of characters and your challenge is to write a ten-minute play based on those parameters. This is a great way to break into playwriting OR get “in shape” to enter the multitude of short-play festivals.

For more detailed information go to http://www.perishable.org/class.htm and click on Quarterly classes. While at our website, check out the rest of our summer brochure of happening classes! Then call or e-mail Amy Budd, Theatre Arts School Director at 401-331-2695 x 102 or classes@perishable.org to register. Registration fees are waived for returning students and for members of Perishable Theatre.*Wanna be a member? Wanna be a member? Perishable Theatre is now offering memberships for the 2007-2008 season. Membership is a great way to stay in the know about all the happenings at Perishable and all our Resident Artists. Members give Perishable a tax-deductible gift in an amount of at least $75 and reap the benefits all year long! $10 tickets to our world-premiere productions and exciting presentations, discounts on our rush hour, quarterly and professional development classes, and “back-stage” access to 10 performances-in-progress through the Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre (RAPT) program. We will welcome you to your first show of the season free as well as make sure that we trumpet you to the masses. All in all, a great way to make sure that you don’t miss a single thing in our next season! Details at http://www.perishable.org/donate.htm (more…)

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Theatre-by-the-Sea a Done Deal

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Bill Hanney reportedly will close on Matunuck’s Theatre-by-the-Sea June 26. Details at http://www.motifmagazine.net/?q=theater&nid=551

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HERA GALLERY MATERIALS AWARD

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Hera Gallery is pleased to announce that Anna Elmstrom, a graduating senior at South Kingstown High School, and Emma Walsh, a graduating senior at Exeter West Greenwich, were each awarded a Hera Gallery Art Materials Award of $200. This award honors two local art students who will be attending art school in the fall. Anna will be attending the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, while Emma will be attending the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
 
This award was made possible by the efforts of Committee Chairwoman, Deedra Durocher and the generous contributions of the sponsors of the 2007 Children’s and Young Adults’ Exhibition: The Washington Trust Company, Seacoast Eye Associates, Narragansett Family Chiropractic, H&R Block, Picture This, Photo Plus, Harry Cesario, Critter Hut, Dove and Distaff, Food for Thought,  Shaw’s Supermarkets, and Stop and Shop. 
 
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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48 Hour Film Festival

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

The 48 hour film festival will take place July 27-29, with screenings August 1 & 2 at the Columbus Theatre. You can sign up now at www.48hourfilm.com/Providence  Ahtspot will be holding the 2nd annual kick-off party for the festival on Monday, June 25 at Tazza Café in Providence. Beginning at 7pm, performers will each have up to two minutes to perform a monologue, comedy routine, or other type of performance to impress the audience of filmmakers, casting agents, theatre directors and other entertainers. Anyone going over their time will be sprayed with silly string.

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Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Newsletter – week ending 06/23/07

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007


www.pawtucketartscollaborative.org

MISSION STATEMENT
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
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
::: Rumi :::
Exhibit by Nela Barbosa  – June 22-30th
….at Cape Verdean American Community Development Center, (CACD), 120 High Street, Pawtucket; – 12:00pm-6:00pm weekdays and until 8:00pm on weekends.  Opening gala:  June 22 – 6-8pm, followed by Cape Verdean night celebration party, tickets for the party are $10.00 and are available in advance by contacting CACD at #(401) 475-9834.  The formal gala is free to the public.  Nela Barbosa, as she signs her paintings, is eager to share her work with others the world over, especially the Cape Verdeans’ in the diasporas which often find themselves somewhat removed when it comes to cultural expression through art work. Artwork will be available for purchase. Manuela Brazao Barbosa, otherwise known as Nela,  has exhibited in some of the most prominent cultural art institutions of Cape Verde.  She has also been commissioned by the Cape Verdean government a number of times.  Another of her paintings was given to the President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, offered as a national treasure when the president of Cape Verde visited Cuba. Her paintings are highly sought after by many high profile visitors to the Islands. Her works can also be found decorating the international airports of Cape Verde as well as many banks and hotels among other institutions in the Islands.
Amy Wynne Derry & Johnathan Derry: “Side By Side” – through June 23
…..Paintings and sculptures by this artist couple at a new Providence gallery  – “5 Traverse”. Gallery located at 5 Traverse Street across from Utrecht.  Visit:  www.wynnederry.com or www.johnathanderry.com.
Picture-Perfect for PAC member, Lenny Rumpler..!
…..The Portsmouth Arts Guild recently announced the winners of the photography show, which is currently on view at the Center for the Arts, 2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth, R.I. 02871. Jill McLaughlin was awarded first place for her entry entitled Three Graces, Eric Hovermale received the second place for Night Dancer, third place was given to Lenny Rumpler for his photograph In Between. There were three honorable mentions awarded to Donna StAmant, Roses in Silver, Ellen Williams, Fishing Shack, and John Foraste, Pine Needles and Rock. The Center for the Arts is open Thursday-Sunday, 1:00-5:00 PM, and everyone is cordially invited to view the show which runs from now until June 24, 2007. For further information, or directions please call (401) 624-3969

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