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Sunday May 24, 2015

Brown University Commencement

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: Brown University
  • Address: Box 1920, Providence, RI 02912
  • Venue: Brown University

Industry & Sentiment: The Gifts of Abraham Megerdichian

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: Museum of Work & Culture
  • Address: 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
  • Venue: Museum of Work & Culture

The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to present "Industry & Sentiment: The Gifts of Abraham Megerdichian." This family collection of intricate metal miniatures, quietly handcrafted over 30 years by machinist Abraham Megerdichian, will be on display in the Museum of Work & Culture Gallery beginning Saturday, May 9. The son of Armenian immigrants, Megerdichian worked most of his life as a machinist, using his lunch breaks to craft household items out of copper, aluminum... read more

4000 Miles

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: 2nd Story Theatre
  • Address: 28 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

After suffering a tragic loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace and shelter in the West Village apartment of his fiercely independent 91 year-old grandmother. Over the course of a one month cohabitation, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately comfort each other with curiosity and compassion.

Kiki Lesbian Night

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: Lola's Tequila Bar & Cantina
  • Address: 525 South Water Street, Providence, RI 02905
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

LET'S HAVE A KIKI! Providence's newest Lesbian Dance Night. 2 floors, 2 outdoor patios DJs and dance floor.

The Perfect Weeknd Group Dance Class on Sundays at Aurora

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: Aurora Providence
  • Address: 276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

The Perfect Weeknd Group Class Sunday Group Class Series Sunday Afternoon Class Kizomba LOVE GC Beginner/Beginner Intermediate Sunday May17th at 4:30pm Sunday May 24th at 4:30pm Sunday May 31st at 4:30pm Sunday June 7th at 4:30pm $10 General Class fee $5 College Discount w/ college ID Superb Coaching/Instruction by Martin Rivera​ (Of Salsa Con soul & Bachata & Kizomba Fusion) 401-368-5309 Taught in a large open group dance space with great acoustic sound at Aurora Providence​ in downtown... read more

Brown University Commencement Boat Rides

Surprise your graduate with a gift that they'll always remember! Climb aboard for a fun 45-minute "farewell to Providence" boat ride along the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park and the Providence Harbor, as Captain Tom highlights architectural, historical & nautical points of interest. A unique, family-friendly way to celebrate with your friends and family!

Johnson & Wales Commencement Boat Rides

Surprise your graduate with a gift that they'll always remember! Climb aboard for a fun 45-minute "Farewell to Providence" boat ride along the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park and the Providence Harbor, as Captain Tom highlights architectural, historical & nautical points of interest. A unique, family-friendly way to celebrate with your friends and family! (Excludes WaterFire evenings)

Miss Rhode Island Italia Pageant

THE SEARCH IS ON... Little Miss Italia Age 7-11 - Miss Pre-Teen Italia Age 12-14 - Miss Teen Italia Age 15-17 - Miss Italia-Age 18 and 26 - Ms Italia 27 and up - Mrs Italia – Married (no age requirement) REQUIREMENTS: Must be of Italian American origin by birth or ancestry and a US citizen. Should be outgoing, friendly and have respectable reputation. Italian speaking not required. Entrants compete in on-stage interview and formal wear.$100 (non-refundable registration fee) WINNERS REC... read more

Jump In at Providence Children's Museum

Get out and play in the Museum’s Children's Garden. Kids hop, skip and jump as they experiment with long ropes, short ropes, flat ropes, round ropes.

Memorial Day Weekend Boat Rides

Kick off summer in Rhode Island with a fun, relaxing boat ride along the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park and the Providence Harbor, as Captain Tom highlights architectural, historical & nautical points of interest. A unique, family-friendly way to have some fun in the sun as we reflect on those whose served our country so bravely. All Veterans & active duty military are 1/2 price on Monday, May 25.

Magnet Play at Providence Children's Museum

Experiment and sculpt with magnets to explore the playful power of magnetism. Artfully arrange magnetic stones, test objects to see what's magnetic, and steer objects through mazes with a magnet wand.

URI Feinstein Providence Campus & RI Alliance for Art Education present...

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: URI Feinstein Providence Campus 1st and 2nd floor Lobby Gallery
  • Address: 80 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The 9th Annual Richard W. and Ronald S. Buteau Memorial PS2015 and the Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island Exhibit May 4-29 Gallery Night Reception & Presentation and student performances May 21st at 5-9pm The mixed media exhibit features more than 300 artworks by K-12 students from public and charter schools throughout the state, and the honored selection of Narragansett Public Schools for the Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island - 9 works added to the permanent collection of more ... read more

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: 2nd Story Theatre
  • Address: 28 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A blowsy landlady and her sexually repressed brother rent Mr. Sloane a room and proceed to "entertain" him by seducing the seemingly hapless young man. But when their old Pa recognizes Sloane for what he is, a spineless murderer, Joe Orton’s black comedy ratchets up into a territorial battle reminiscent of the works of Harold Pinter.

Raqs Media Collective A Myriad Marginalia

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

New Delhi–based Raqs Media Collective takes up residence at the RISD Museum March 17-April 19 as the Rhode Island School of Design’s Kirloskar Visiting Scholars in Painting. As part of an experimental painting course, the group explores manuscript marginalia and develops a body of artistic, literary, philosophical, and narrative resources with RISD students—culminating in an experimental manuscript. See the source material, work in progress, and final manuscript, along with sel... read more

“May Flowers” Exhibition at the Gilbert Stuart Museum

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: Gilbert Stuart Museum Gallery
  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The Gilbert Stuart Museum Gallery presents “May Flowers,” a juried exhibition of art that features works from local artists interpreting the theme of springtime growth. This show was juried by Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, founder and President emerita of the Art League of Rhode Island. The gallery, located at 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, is open Thursday through Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, May 2 through June 1. Entrance to the gallery requires museum admission. For further informatio... read more

The Life and Death of King John

  • May 24, 2015
  • Address: 282 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Roger Williams National Memorial
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater will present The Life and Death of King John by William Shakespeare in a series of free performances outdoors at Roger Williams National Memorial, located at 282 North Main St. in downtown Providence, beginning Thursday, May 21, 2015. This play dramatizes the reign of John, King of England (1199-1216). It’s the story of a weak King, a domineering mother, a young nephew and his mother, and the struggle for power. It’s about unresolved conflicts a... read more

The American Watercolor Society's 148th Annual Traveling Show at Rhode Island Watercolor Society

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: J C Potter Casino Building (in Slater Memorial Park)
  • Address: Armistice Boulevard, Providence, RI 02861
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Join us at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society as we host the American Watercolor Society's 148th Annual Traveling Show. Which will begin on May 9th and run through the 14th of June. On May 9th there will be a catered reception and gala starting at 4:00pm along with a Demo by Carole Berren a member or AWS and RIWS. Tickets for this event will cost $25 per person. After the reception, the gallery will be open and free to the public to view on: Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sunday... read more

Visit Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum
  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Discover art, history, and nature at the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum! The Museum, set in the woods on a beautiful millpond and stream, has the working Stuart snuff mill, an operating gristmill, fish ladder, and colonial herb garden. Visitors enjoy our nature trails with scenic overlooks of the pristine Carr Pond and stunning flora and fauna. Artists find inspiration on our beautiful grounds. Art exhibits and period works are on display in our Welcome Center and Gallery. Guided tours of ... read more

From Pop to Punk: Highlights of 20th Century Music in Providence

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: Providence Public Library
  • Address: 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Public Library
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

To celebrate the musical legacy of 20th Century popular music in Providence, we are exhibiting items from the Providence Public Library's Rhode Island Collection along with items on loan from various organizations and personal collections. Items on display will include photographs, scrapbooks, concert programs and posters, stage costumes, instruments, albums and more. Part of the Library's DON'T STOP THE MUSIC exhibition & program series this spring, this exhibit is made possible through... read more

Slater Mill Tours

  • May 24, 2015
  • Address: 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860
  • Venue: Slater Mill Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Visit the birthplace of the American industrial revolution! Take a guided tour through our country's first successful cotton spinning mill. See spinning frames and power looms, the machine shop, an industrial waterwheel, and much more. Standard museum tour admission includes a tour of all three historic structures on campus. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Golden Glamour: The Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry Collection

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

An intimate peek into the wardrobe of an extraordinary woman, Golden Glamour features dazzling gilded garments given to the RISD Museum from the estate of American philanthropist and Rhode Island native Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry (1873-1958). This luminous installation includes early 1920s-1930s fashions from the premier design houses of Europe—Elsa Schiaparelli, Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo of the Fortuny label, the House of Worth, Callot Soeurs, Paul Poiret, and Edward H. Molyneux&md... read more

Early Exposures: 19th-century Photography from the Collection

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

More than 20 images from the RISD Museum’s collection of rare and seldom seen 19th-century photographs investigate a range of themes—from majestic natural wonders to documents of the urban poor—all captured before the invention of hand-held cameras. Photography emerged almost simultaneously in France and England in the late 1830s, and its first century saw intensive experimentation with image capture, printing techniques, and camera design. A boom in photographic portraiture pr... read more

Landscape and Leisure: 19th-century American Drawings from the Collection

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

From precise survey drawing to the broad strokes of European Impressionism, American artists of the 19th century worked in a variety of styles—as seen in the more than 30 watercolors and drawings featured in Landscape and Leisure. Selected from the RISD Museum’s strong collection of works on paper are those by American artists James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Childe Hassam, and Eastman Johnson, among others, who captured landscape, leisure pursuits, and country life. A group of watercol... read more

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

  • May 24, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association highlights the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London, from 1971 until his death in 1990. During his time leading the school, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool, but as a form of architecture in its own right. Drawing Ambience feat... read more

Camel Rides at Roger Williams Park Zoo

  • May 24, 2015
  • Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
  • Venue: Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Camel Rides are back at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Experience these majestic animals like never before in a safe environment with experts on hand to lead you around a track while riding a trained camel. The camel rides are located adjacent to the Big Backyard. This seasonal offering is available from April 20 - September 7, and requires a nominal fee in addition to Zoo admission.

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