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/)
Monday, 10/1, 6-8:30pm: Taking Literature from Page to Stage: a Literacy Workshop for Educators, offered by Living Literature at the Athenaeum. Participants collaborate through read-aloud performance of a written piece, improving their analytical thinking, interpersonal communication, decision making, and group interaction. Open to the public, reservation required at 437-2297; mail nonrefundable $5 reservation check to: Living Literature, 120 Riverside Dr., Riverside, RI 02915. (Made possible by a legislative grant from the State of RI and Providence Plantations.)
Wednesday, 10/3, 5:30-7pm: New Members’ Reception! Hear the history, tour the building and collections, meet other members and staff. For new Athenaeum members and their guests.
Friday, 10/5, 5-7pm: SALON – The Aurea Ensemble on their new work, Hommage to A.B.: Words and Music of Anthony Burgess, premiering 10/14 at the FirstWorksProv Festival. Hommage celebrates the connections between Burgess’s gifts as a composer and novelist. Join the musicians and actors of Aurea for a look behind the creation of this interdisciplinary new work! More on FirstWorks: http://www.firstworksprov.org/. For Athenaeum members and their guests. (Sponsor: Studio Hop, 810 Hope Street in Providence, 401-621-2262)
Wednesday, 10/10, 7pm: The Rhode Island Short Story Club launches its new anthology! Join us to honor RISSC’s 113 year legacy of literary creativity! CCRI professor Rosemary Prisco will present on the club’s important history as a place for women to make their voices heard when few such venues existed; current members will read works from various points in the club’s history; the Wheeler School Chorale will sing celebratory music. Anthologies will be available for sale. Free and opoen to the public! (Sponsor: Antiques & Interiors, http://www.antiquesandinteriors.biz/)
gh Children’s Library. Thursday, 10/11, 3:30pm: Spooky House Building Workshop. This activity requires a more demanding skill level, therefore it is most suitable for children ages 5 and up. RSVP a must.
Friday, 10/12, 5-7pm: SALON – Providence String Quartet violinist Jesse Holstein on PSQ’s spring series at the Athenaeum! PSQ will play Dvorak’s “American” string quartet and quintet on January 31, 2008 and Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night on March 15, 2008. Jesse Holstein discusses with characteristic verve Dvorak’s years as director of New York City’s influential National Conservatory of Music, whose values and curriculum still reverberate throughout American conservatories (including Community MusicWorks in Providence), and the young Schoenberg’s 1899 romantic masterpiece based on Richard Dehmel’s poem. Salon attendees get first chance at tickets to the spring events – last year’s sold out! More on PSQ: http://www.comunitymusicworks.org/. For Athenaeum members and their guests. (Sponsor: Figments, www.figmentsdesign.com)
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