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No matter when you plan your visit, you will find something fun to do. From historic tours to WaterFire, performing arts to food festivals, and everything in between, there are events for every season.

 

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Wednesday May 27, 2015

Industry & Sentiment: The Gifts of Abraham Megerdichian

  • May 27, 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

Dick Lupino Trio

  • May 27, 2015
  • Location: Sardella's Restaurant
  • Address: 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Dick Lupino with different musicians each week perform Jazz/American Songbook. Reservations required. Dinner specials offered.

Stump! Trivia

  • May 27, 2015
  • Location: The Whiskey Republic
  • Address: 515 South Water Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: The Whiskey Republic
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Join us for Stump! Trivia every Wednesday night with great prizes each and every week!

"Stories in Stones" Documentary Screening

  • May 27, 2015
  • Location: Portsmouth Free Public Library
  • Address: 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871

The documentary film, “Stories in Stones”, explores Narragansett Tribal stonemasons who have built many stonewalls that wind through the woods of southern New England. Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with director Marc Levitt. This lecture is offered in collaboration with the Portsmouth Free Public Library. Space is limited; call 401-683-9457 for reservations.

Paint Events at Roger Williams Park Zoo

  • May 27, 2015
  • Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
  • Venue: Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday

You've heard the hype, now be a part of it at our Paint events at the Zoo! These instructor led workshops are designed to guide artists of all skill levels through creating artwork to be proudly displayed at home. The Zoo offers teen-friendly Paint Afternoons (ages 13+), and Paint and Wine Nights for adults (16+; wine for ages 21+ only). For $35, we'll provide everything you need: canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and age-appropriate refreshments. Themes include peacocks, giraffes, red pandas, z... read more

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.

Raqs Media Collective A Myriad Marginalia

  • May 27, 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 27, 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 American Watercolor Society's 148th Annual Traveling Show at Rhode Island Watercolor Society

  • May 27, 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

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

  • May 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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

Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom (FINAL SEASON)

  • May 27, 2015
  • Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
  • Venue: Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo for its second and final year! Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom provides an immersive experience inside the Zoo’s beautifully landscaped greenhouse filled with hundreds of free-flying native North American butterflies. A delight for butterfly and gardening enthusiasts alike, this enchanting experience invites visitors to discover a deeper appreciation for some of our earth’s most imperi... read more

Wednesday Walk-around: A guided tour of Blithewold

Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a Q & A--complete with iced tea--served ... read more

Providence River & Harbor Tours

  • May 27, 2015
  • Location: Providence River Boat Company
  • Address: 575 South Water Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence River Boat Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Enjoy the Renaissance City from a whole new perspective! Climb aboard and enjoy a unique water tour of the Providence River and Industrial Harbor. Admire the diverse architecture and rich history of our capital city as Captain Tom highlights historical landmarks and nautical points of interest.

Thursday May 28, 2015

Auction for the Arts Gala: A Stadium Theatre Fundraiser

  • May 28, 2015
  • Location: Stadium Theatre
  • Address: 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Enjoy delicious samplings from many local restaurants while you bid on silent auction items! In past years restaurants have included The Burrito Company, C'est Bon, Chan's, Ciro's Tavern on Cherry, Domino's Pizza, Kay's Restaurant, The Lodge, Pamfilio's Italian Deli, River Falls, Savini's Restaurant and Wright's Dairy Farm!

Most Endangered Properties 20th Anniversary Photo Exhibit

  • May 28, 2015
  • Location: Peerless Building Atrium
  • Address: 150 Union St, Providence,

Join PPS as we celebrate twenty years of the Most Endangered Properties program with the opening of the Most Endangered Properties 20th Anniversary Photo Exhibit on Thursday, May 28th in the atrium of the Peerless Building at 150 Union St. in downtown Providence. The project features images by the city's most talented photographers that beautifully document the history of the Endangered Properties list and presents a Retrospective of Providence's twenty most significant preservation stories f... read more

The Stadium Theatre to host its 13th annual Auction for the Arts!

  • May 28, 2015
  • Location: Stadium Theatre
  • Address: 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI

This year the Stadium Auction begins online! Starting on April 21st, the Stadium Theatre will open its online auction with hundreds of items! Many of these items will be sold online to the highest bidder before the Auction Gala on May 28th. A link to the online auction bidding site can be found at www.stadiumtheatre.com Following the online auction, the Stadium's 13th annual Live & Silent Auctions will be held on May 28th. The silent auction will begin at 6PM followed by a Live Auction in ... read more

Industry & Sentiment: The Gifts of Abraham Megerdichian

  • May 28, 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 28, 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.

Salsa Fever Thursdays

  • May 28, 2015
  • Location: Tantric Lounge
  • Address: 1070 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday

To Mambo Pa Ti (MPT), Latin dance is a way of life. That's why we're incredibly passionate about not only giving students the tools they need to succeed and have fun on the dance floor, but in creating a supportive community of fierce Salseros. Salsa Fever Thursdays, MPT's weekly social dance, is a safe nurturing place to celebrate our hard work, practice your moves and gain inspiration from new and old friends. The chill vibe features great music, from New England's best djs, weekly classes an... read more

State Ballet of Rhode Island's Wine, Food and Beer Tasting Soiree

  • May 28, 2015
  • Location: State Ballet of Rhode Island studio and grounds
  • Address: 52 Sherman Ave., Lincoln, RI 02865

A Wine, Beer and Food Tasting Soiree -- fundraiser and 55th anniversary celebration for the State Ballet of Rhode Island -- will be held rain or shine May 28 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on the grounds and in the studio, 52 Sherman Ave., Lincoln. The evening features Deutsch Family Wines, delicacies from local restaurants, cooking demonstration, silent auction, music by Kelley Lennon and the band Malloi and a performance by SBRI dancers. Tickets, $35 per person, are available by calling 401-334-2560 or o... read more

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