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New Work by Paul Phillips at FirstWorksProv Festival

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Under the banner of FirstWorksProv, Aurea Ensemble and composer Paul Phillips will be presenting a Burgess mini-festival on Oct 5, 6, 13 & 14 (see AUREA ENSEMBLE at http://www.firstworksprov.org/main.php?id=prov&pg=schedule and http://

www.arttixri.com/performance_info.cfm?PID=729 for details). On the 13th & 14th, Aurea and Phillips will present 9 compositions by Burgess, including several world & US premieres; the first US performance of “Hommage to A.B.”, a BBC radio play by the novelist William Boyd; music by Britten, Stravinsky; and the premiere of Phillips’ new composition “A/B: A 90th-birthday commemoration of Anthony Burgess in words and music.” (Funded in Part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts). On Oct 5 & 6, Phillips will give a talk on Burgess’s music (“The Postmodernist Always Swings Nice”) and two films will be screened, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and THE BURGESS VARIATIONS, a BBC tv documentary that has never been shown before in this country. http://brown.edu/Departments/Music/sites/orchestra/conductor.html

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New Urban Arts presents Shrines, Rituals & Commemorative Art

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Shrines, Rituals  & Commemorative Art:An art exhibition of work by Providence Public High School Students

Date: Friday October 5Time: 5pm – 7pm Location: 743 Westminster St. in ProvidenceTelephone: 401-751-4556                                 www.newurbanarts.org

New Urban Arts kicks off their gallery season on October 5th with an engaging exhibit featuring work by 10 New Urban Arts students and alumni created this summer during our second annual Art Inquiry program. The art work explores questions such as “how do we remember?” and “who am I no longer?” as students form new understandings of shrine-making as a creative practice that spans cultures and centuries inspired by a human impulse to make meaning and memory.

“Art shrines resonate with young people,” says New Urban Arts Program Director, Sarah Meyer, “they provide a space for reflecting and interpreting what and who we value, believe, desire, and celebrate.”

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Fusionworks Tickets Now on Sale

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Fusionworks Fall Concert

Different Directions


November 16 at 8:00, regular concert – $20.

SATURDAY: November 17 at 8:00, Unwrapped concert with descriptions of dances – $20


Completely Unwrapped at 6:30

watch the dancers warm up, come up on the stage, enjoy a pre-show reception and

the best seats in the house – $50

WHERE: Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College

TICKETS: 401.456.8144

Mon – Fri 10:00 am – 4:00 PM


PO Box 402

Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865




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Anne Tait at URI Providence Campus

Friday, September 28th, 2007











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News from

Friday, September 28th, 2007

- WaterFire Time Change (and Three Apples)- How to Inspire Education (turn off NCLB)- Special Offers

- More Calendar listings!

Hi All,

In a moment, I’m going to get political. I can’t help it. (Once you run for Congress, you start writing speeches at the drop of a hat…) There are many things right with this country, and testing kids in schools is not one of them. But before we get there…

- WaterFire Time Change (and Three Apples)


As you may know, I’ll be performing at WaterFire in Providence with the Wippets on Saturday, September 29. The show times have shifted to 8, 9 and 10pm.

The Wippets are an awesome band (think O Brother Where Art Thou — but live) and we’ll be doing three completely different sets.

Set One — Family Stories

Set Two — Big Fat Lies

Set Three — Spooky

If you can’t stay out that late, I’ll be at the Three Apples Festival in Bedford, MA at noon on Saturday the 29th, doing family stories for the younger set


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Calling all Artists and Crafters!

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Calling all Artists and Crafters!

Relay for Life’s “Team Hope” is hosting a  Craft and Vendor Fair

Where: The Grant Building, 250 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI
When:  Saturday, October 13th, 10-5

Fee:      $20.00 donation
  (Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society)
Please consider donating an item to the raffle!

E-mail the following to Craftyladies57@aol.com
  Name and/or business name, contact person, address, phone, and a brief description of what you’ll be selling.

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Seeking gallery monitors for the Pixilerations

Friday, September 28th, 2007

reply to: marmstro02@risd.edu =========================pixilerations [v.4]



We are looking for gallery monitors for the Pixilerations exhibit at The Space at Alice | 70 Eddy Street! Monitors will be responsible for turning works on and off (activation instructions will be provided), and monitoring the exhibit while it’s open. Two monitors per shift are needed.


The shifts are as follows:

September 28: 6 – 8pm (Opening Night)

September 29: 2 – 6pm

October 4: 2 – 6pm

October 5: 2 – 6pm

October 6: 2 – 6pm

October 11: 2 – 6pm

October 12: 2 – 6pm

October 13: 2 – 6pm


For every shift you do, you’ll get a pair of tickets to either East Village Opera Company on Oct. 6th at 8pm or Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s “Famous Puppet Death Scenes” on Oct.13th at 8pm. Send an email with your name, contact information and the shift(s) you’re interested in to marmstro02@risd.edu.For more information, check out www.pixilerations.org and www.firstworksprov.org

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Michele Provost at Hunt Cavanagh Gallery

Friday, September 28th, 2007


Hunt Cavanagh Gallery 

East Campus (Eaton Street Gate)

                        Artist:                                    Michele Provost
                        Date:                          September 4  – October 4, 2007
                        Title:                          Lightness and Gravity
                                                            Paintings & Drawings 2006-2007
                        Attached Image:      Observation in Shoreditch, Oil on Linen
                                                            52” x 58”, 2006
                         Artist Reception:     Sunday, September 9, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
                        Gallery Night:          Thursday, September 20, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

                        Gallery Hours:         Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
                                                            (when school is in session)
                        Information Line:   401-865-2400
                        Website:                    www.providence.edu/art

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Friday, September 28th, 2007

Designer/Artisan/Craftsperson Exposition                                Contact:  Oneita Porter

October 20 – December 1, 2007                                                               oneita@thecaid.org
The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) invites artists, artisans, furniture makers and designers and craftspeople to submit portfolios for consideration for a model apartment at the Whitdell Artists Apartment Building, upstairs from CAID’s newest gallery, The Ladybug Gallery.  Portfolios are due on or before October 11, 2007.  Please see below for further details.
This will be a group exposition, highlighting artisans working in glass, ceramics, furniture, metals, and more, based both locally and internationally.  Curator Oneita Porter will select paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramic and glass work and more for a 3 bedroom model unit in Detroit’s first ever affordable housing development for artists.
The Whitdell Building is an affordable housing project that teams viable living spaces for artists, with a gallery and educational studios for children and adults. A result of the collaborative efforts of Southwest Solutions (the non-profit building developer) and CAID, the 1920’s era 32 unit apartment building has been completely refurbished and will include 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units along with a new state of the art gallery and educational studios operated by CAID.

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North Kingstown Arts Council Events for week of October 1, 2007

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The Black and White Photo Experience: Exposure to Darkroom, taught by well-known Rhode Island photographer Cindy Horovitz Wilson, will begin on Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the North Kingstown High School photographic lab. The NK Resident Fee for the six -session class is $150; non-resident, $175.  Further information is available at http://www.NKArtsCouncil.org or 294-3331 X241. Call Fran at 294-3115 for late registration information. The focus of the class is to introduce students to traditional black and white photography from exposure, through film developing and darkroom printing. The students will learn creative controls available through exposure and processing.



The North Kingstown Arts Council is sponsoring a five-week course The Entrepreneurial Artist: Learning to Market Art on Tuesday evenings, October 30 – November 27 from 7 – 8:30 pm. at the North Kingstown community Center. This is a five week, intensive, business skills seminar for artists of any medium. Cost is $45 for NK residents and $60 for non-residents. The instructor, Rachel McIntosh, is an artist and marketing professional. For more information or to enroll by October 23, call the North Kingstown Arts Council at 401-294-3331 x 241 or download an application at www.NKArtsCouncil.org.


The Take an Arts Break classes continue.  One-day classes beginning soon include: Water Soluble Pencils And You (Saturday, October 13). Classes running from 2 to 5 sessions include: Learn to Play the Pennywhistle (beginning Thursday, October 4) Collage and Assemblage with Found Materials (beginning Tuesday, October 9) Further information at www.NKArtsCouncil.org, info@NKArtsCouncil.org or call Fran Quinlan at 294-3115.  Deadline for registration is one week before each class begins. Small classes, so register early!


POETRY NIGHT:  Poetry Night begins Thursday, October 4th  at the Davisville Library from 7 to 8:30 pm, and continues the first Tuesday of each month through June.  All ages welcome.  Bring a poem to share or just come to listen; this is a great intergenerational gathering of practicing poets!  NEW THIS YEAR -  Part of each session will be devoted to a Poetry Workshop where writers receive constructive criticism on the poems they are working on.  Sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council.



The Spirits of Wickford Halloween celebration, sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council, will take place on Sunday October 28th. The Jack-O-Lantern Walk with Storytellers will take place from 6 – 7:30; The Community Dance at St. Paul’s Parish House will begin at 7. Further information available at www.NKArtsCouncil.org.

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Wickford Art Association Workshops

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The Wickford Art Association is now accepting enrollment for Howard Rubenstein’s, “How to Take Great Photographs” class.  The course will help students to think differently about what they see, allowing them to capture more interesting imagery. Photographers of any level of development are welcome. A fee of $75.00 for members or $90.00 for non-members is required.   The class will meet for two hours per week for five weeks.  The class will begin once six students have registered and paid.  For additional questions about the course, please call Howard Rubenstein at, 401-294-3581.


The Wickford Art Association is also offering a Beginning Photoshop Class with Bill Brennan.  The beginner course assumes little or no experience with Photoshop and covers basic preferences, tools, menus, settings, navigation and image processing.  The cost of the class is $100.00 for members or $110.00 for non-members.  The class will most likely be on a Monday or Saturday night, depending upon the class preference and will run for 5 weeks.  Please contact the gallery at 401-294-6840, or visit www.wickfordart.org for more information. 


The Wickford Art Association offers an alternating figure and portrait modeling class on Mondays from 9-1 pm.  The drop in fee is $10.00.  An informal still-life group meets on Thursdays from 10-2 pm for $2.00 a session. Artist must bring their own materials. 



Wickford Art Association
36 Beach Street

Wickford, RI 02852



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The Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble, October 4th at the Columbus Theater!

Thursday, September 27th, 2007


The Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble


On Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 8pm, the international award winning Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble will be presented in a unique and cultural concert at The Columbus Theater located at 270 Broadway Providence RI.

The Musicians are composed of the finest conservatory musicians from Armenia and the United States. The Greater Providence area will have the rare opportunity of hearing performances on traditional Armenian instruments that have been used for centuries in their music.

Over the past few years, The Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble has received numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious National Gold Metal Award of Armenia. Their 2006 CD Passage to Armenia has received the honor of being selected in the centerfold of the Musicians Atlas, and 1st Place Winners of the Independent Music Awards in the Traditional World Music categories:

2006 Best Traditional World Music Album

2006 Best Traditional World Music Single Song

2006 Traditional World Music Best Live Performance

The following are the musicians names and the instruments they play: Fresnan John Chookasian, director and premier clarinetist, the roster of performances features Barbara Chookasian, principal vocalist; Vergine Alimian, Kanun (72 stringed lap harp) Valod Grigorian, Kemenche (4 stringed folk violin), Garen Sarkissian, Shvi (high pitched, piccolo-like flute), John Tarpinian, Oud (11 stringed fretless lute), Albert Vardanian, Duduk & Zurna (Armenian folk flutes), and Jirair Vaganian, D’hol & Dumbeg (hand drums)John Chookasian, founder and leader of the musical ensemble has offered to donate $5.00 per ticket to local Armenian churches for each ticket they sell. He is offering this as an opportunity for church fundraising and a way to give to the Armenian community. In addition all students in the Greater Providence area will receive $5.00 off the ticket price in order to encourage the youth and musical students to enjoy this musical event. Tickets are $20.00 & all students are $15.00.

If you love World Music and/or interested in music compositions and instruments of other cultures, dont miss this experience!! The general public is cordially invited to hear this rare musical event.For further information about The Chookasian Armenian Ensemble visit their official website www.chookasian.com.

Tickets are available:

St. Vartanantz Armenian Church

402 Broadway

Providence RI


St. Sahag & Mesrob Armenian Church

70 Jefferson St.

Providence RI


Tickets are also available:

Arttix 100 Dorrance St,

Providence RI

410-621-6123 or


Price: $20.00 and ALL STUDENTS $15.00.

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VIPS needs a helping hand

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Wanted creative person to teach middle school students
Jewelry Making using beads.

When:  NOW
               Mondays and Wednesdays starting October 1

Time:  2:40 PM to 4:00 PM

            Where:  Bridgham Middle School, Providence

                         Pay:  $15.00/hr

Call Irene Bates at VIPS 274-3240  

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Providence Concert: Hindustani Ragas on the Saxophone, Oct. 7th.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007


Vedanta Society of Providence

227 Angell St. Providence, RI 02906

Ph 401-421-3960




Hindustani Ragas on


 the Saxophone



Phil Scarff Amritpal Singh

On Sunday, October 7, 6:00-7:30 PM



Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff has traveled to India for extensive study with masters of Indian classical music and “has integrated North Indian aspects into his playing to an impressive degree” (Option magazine). Phil leads the acclaimed jazz and world-music ensemble, Natraj, which has made concert, festival, and club appearances throughout the world since 1987. Phil has studied in Pune, India, with vocalist Pandit Shreeram G. Devasthali, leading sundri player Suryakant Khaladkar, and shehnai master Shyamrao Lonkar,

Phil develops a raga beautifully on the saxophone… The effect was that of a bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) or shehnai (Indian double-reed instrument).Saptahik Sakal, Pune, India

, Pune, IndiaAmritpal Singh is a charming vocalist and Tabla player. Initiated in the devotional music of Sikh tradition from childhood at the famous Golden Temple at Amritsar, India, he now regularly performs at the Milford Gurudwara and has often sang and played at the Vedanta Society on invitation.

No Admission Fee Donations Welcome

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Premiers from RI Film Collaborative

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Green Grass Premiers Friday, Sept. 28th

Producers Karen Webb and Dawn Morrissey extend an invitation to RIFC members to the World Premiere of the film, Green Grass.  The event will be held on Friday, September 28th, 8:00 PM, at the Sorensen Center for the Arts at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.  RIFC members who are interested in attending should RSVP to info@greengrassfilm.com to be put on the invitation list to this private event.  Green Grass IS an RIFC film.  You must RSVP to attend. For more on the project, visit www.greengrassfilm.com

Thanks!  See you on Friday.

Green Grass is an RIFC Production


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Lisa Young in Pixilerations

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Lisa Young’s (2005 RISCA Photography Fellowship) video “Calendar” will be included as part of the Pixilerations [v.4] Media Festival organized by Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.Festival Dates: Friday, September 28 through October 13, 2007

Opening: September 28th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

How to see it: “Calendar” is part of a video program on continuous screening at the Sol Koffler Gallery located in the Rhode Island School of Design’s Center of Integrative Technology.

Location: Mason Building at 169 Weybosset Street, Providence RI.

Gallery hours: daily noon-8pm.

For more information about Pixilerations installations, screenings and performances go to http://www.pixilerations.org  

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Eamon Brown and Dan Talbot at Stairwell Gallery

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007




















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season premiere of FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007


Everett and the Carriage House present the season premiere of
October 5 @ 7pm

And every following Friday night from Oct 5, 2007 – June 6, 2008
7pm / $5 at the door
The Carriage House Stage – 7 Duncan Avenue, Providence

More information: (401) 831-9479 / info@everettdancetheatre.org

Friday Night Live is Everett Dance Theatre’s uproarious improv comedy troupe, on parade and in-the-flesh Friday evenings at 7 at the Carriage House Stage, scheduled every week between October 5, 2007 and June 6, 2008.  Get beside yourself with FNL’s interactive scenes and on-the-spot musicals, featuring improvised song, dance, and skits!  Performances are intended for audiences of all ages, personality types, and food groups.

Friday Night Live unites a diverse cast of veteran Everett artists, young up-and-coming performers, and live guitarist/composer Bertrand Laurence, in the production of fun, funny, creative, and meaningful performances.  In the process, FNL demonstrates on-your-feet communication skills in a highly sophisticated (and ridiculous) manner.  

This versatile cast is equally adept with the serious as well as the silly, as shown in last year’s performances at the University of Rhode Island’s STRANGE FRUIT:  An Exhibit on Lynching and Hate Crimes, and the Carriage House’s own We’re Talkin’ ‘Bout Love, a youth forum on love and relationships.  Through original performances, videos, and discussion forums, Everett approaches a multitude of topics with skill and nuance, and in the process, the vital voices and perspectives are brought into the public sphere that so desperately needs to be heard.

While Everett has toured to critical acclaim throughout the country over the past two decades, it has also continued to grow deep roots in Providence, especially at its home theater and school, The Carriage House.  A new team of young artists has emerged at the Carriage House, and is beginning to change the face of Everett as the company enters its third decade.  The FNL cast includes the brother-and-sister team of Aaron and Rachael Jungels (both 20-year Everett veterans), Sokeo Ros (10-year Everett member, and director of the hip hop dance troupe, Case Closed), guitarist-in-residence / vocal coach Bertrand Laurence, and young performers Ari Brisbon, Clayon McFarlane, Bianca Morris, Andrea Sterling, and Edgar Viloria.

More information and performance video clips available at: http://www.everettdancetheatre.org/fridaynightlive.html



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Upcoming Programs at The Providence Athenaeum

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007


Friday, 9/28, 5-7pm: SALON – Artistic Directors Tony Estrella of the Gamm Theatre and Don King of Providence Black Repertory Company on the use of theater to spark civic engagement and social change. Can theater challenge an audience into action? Should it? Wrestle the questions with two of the most exciting directors in town! Attendees receive special discounts to productions at both theaters – details at the Salon! Black Rep and Gamm seasons: www.blackrep.org/ and www.gammtheatre.org/matriatch/calendar.asp. For Athenaeum members and their guests. (Sponsor: Claudia Curl Cuts Color, 744 Hope St. in Providence, 401-421-4432)

Saturday, 9/29, 3-7pm: Athenaeum Open House! Join us from 3 to 5pm for family fun and refreshments, including a visit from those beloved bookworms, the Big Nazo puppets, back by popular demand! From 5 to 7 we’ll toast to the new season, accompanied by the sophisticated sounds of Bertrand Laurence’s French-accented guitar. At 5:30 we’ll dedicate the Helen Walker Raleigh and James C. Raleigh Courtyard, honoring two generous benefactors of the Athenaeum. Free and open to the public! Bring friends and neighbors! (Big Nazo sponsored in part by Kas DeCarvalho Business Law, www.kaslawllc.com/)


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Magic City Repairs

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007


Magic City Repairs
part of the PlayTime exhibition
September 20 – November 9
hosted by
Clark University’s Schiltkamp Gallery
Traina Center for the Arts
92 Downing Street
Worcester MA 01610

Public Participation Workdays:
Thursday September 27th, 2-7 pm
                                   artist talk at 4:30 pm
                                   gallery opening 5-7 pm

Magic City Repairs is your chance to reimagine the city as you always wanted it to be, and to work (as in play!) with others to construct the landscape of your dreams.  We invite friends and strangers, children and adults, and all citizens of this town and beyond to help build a magical place.  From screenprinted architectural details like bricks, shingles, and windows to recycled cardboard from the kitchens of Worcester, we will cut up, tear apart, and glue together all these different parts in incredible ways to make buildings and bridges, parks and landmarks.  Construction, conversation, and mutual inspiration will fuel several hundred miniature barn raisings, and when it is over we will end up with a city that none of us could have individually imagined before.

Our public participation workdays are free & open to everyone, no artistic skills needed.  We will provide scissors, glue, and mountains of paper, plus a cardboard landscape to house your creations.  So bring your friends, family, kids, grandparents, classmates, neighbors– anyone and everyone!  Kids from ages 1 – 100 are welcome to participate, as are adults who may have never done anything like this before.

Magic City Repairs is organized by Jean Cozzens and Andrew Oesch, and is part of PlayTime, an arts exhibition hosted by Clark University’s Schiltkamp Gallery at the Traina Center for the Arts.

Previous Press:
Dreaming a better world: Cozzens and Oesch’s Magic City Repairs
By Greg Cook
June 5, 2007

Project Website:

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