Arts & Culture

Erin X. Smithers

Back in the late 1990s Brown University professor Paula Vogel won a Pulitzer Prize for her play “How I Learned to Drive,” a startling work about guilt, need and levels of responsibility. Now Providence’s Wilbury Group has brought the play back. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says its more vibrant, and necessary, than ever.

Courtesy RI Philharmonic

The English-born, Boston-area musician Bramwell Tovey will now lead the local ensemble.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

Can you see music? Artist-musician Lennie Peterson can, or I should say, he just does. It’s not really a choice.

Steven Richard Photography.

Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck is closing its summer theater season with “Chicago,” the longest-running American musical ever to hit Broadway. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says there’s lots of good work in the production along with excellent (and sexy) costumes. But there’s also something missing.

Preservation Society of Newport County

A young Oscar Wilde came to Newport in 1882, on a U.S. tour promoting "Aestheticism," or art for art’s sake. For this month’s Artscape, we visit Rosecliff Mansion, where an exhibit commemorates that visit. It’s called “Bohemian Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement and Oscar Wilde’s Newport.” 

Providence Public Library

The Providence Public Library has announced that its building at 150 Empire St., opened in 1954, is being transformed. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman talked to PPL Executive Director Jack Martin about this ambitious, multi-million dollar project.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Would you like to see the longest painting in America? You can, starting Saturday July 14th at the Kilburn Mill in New Bedford. It's a massive artwork, 1,275 feet long, 170 years old and called "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World".

2nd Story Theatre

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale generally goes to see a play in its early days, but this time he’s reviewed the last performance of a show at 2nd Story Theater in Warren. The play was fine, he said, but the theater is no more.

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

In the 1920s, 30s and 40s, radio was the dominant electronic medium for home entertainment, with much of that entertainment being performed live and broadcast over the airwaves. A monthly performance at the Columbus Theatre draws inspirationg from this tradition.

Mark Turek / 2nd Story Theatre

The 2nd Story Theatre is closing down after decades in business. The Warren theater has scheduled its final performance for Sunday.

“All good things must come to an end,” wrote Artistic Director Ed Shea in a letter posted online. The unexpected announcement comes in the middle of the theater’s summer season.

Director of the 2nd Story board, Eileen Warburton would not disclose specifics of the theater’s decision to shut down. But she said in the months leading to the vote, the theater had taken on an expansion of its restaurant and experienced slow ticket sales.

Dancing For A World Record At PVD Fest

Jun 12, 2018

Thousands of people visited downtown Providence this weekend for the city’s annual arts and culture extravaganza: PVD Fest.  And this year, organizers sought to break an obscure world record: largest choreographed group Bachata dance.

The record to beat is 370 dancing couples, set in 2016 in Greece. 

In Providence, participants started gathered downtown Friday evening. Dance instructors from Mambo Pa Ti studio in Providence hyped the crowd up and encouraged passersby to join in.  

Steven Richard Photography

The summer theater season is underway at Matunuck where the Theatre by the Sea is presenting “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bill Gale says it’s a winner all the way.

If ever there was a Broadway show that deserves the title of “musical” its probably got to be 'Ain’t Misbehavin’' that classic piece of singing and singing and . . . well, singing.

Providence College

Providence College is 101 years old.  In doing research before the centennial, two of the school’s professors unearthed a surprising story: For several decades in the first half of the 20th century, Catholic PC was a welcoming haven for Jewish students. For this month’s Artscape, RIPR’s Chuck Hinman introduces us to those professors, their story and how they turned it into the documentary, “Sons of Providence”:

Erin X. Smithers

“The Pirates of Penzance,” that 19th Century view of a Great Britain long gone, is rarely seen these days. But the Wilbury Theater Group has revived it. 

'90s Alt-Rock Band Belly Is Back

May 30, 2018
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

It's been 23 years since Belly — the alt-rock band, not the rapper — released a new album. The group shot up the charts in '93 and was in heavy rotation on radio and MTV. Now Belly is on tour with new songs from the release, "Dove." The Rhode Island-born band recently rocked Boston, the city they're most often associated with, at the Boston Calling Music Festival.