The Arts This Week

Hey, let’s pretend the weather isn’t going to be sweltering and we’ll be motivated to get out of the house to do stuff! Here are a few artsy events happening towards the end of the week and through the weekend…

A Musical Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald: The First Lady of Jazz

Hosted by Stages of Freedom
Thursday and Friday 5-6:30pm
Prospect Terrace Park, 48 Congdon Street, Providence

Come one, come all! Jazz is a Rainbow presents “Ella Fitzgerald: The First Lady of Jazz.” Written and musically directed by Lynne Jackson and Michael Palter, directed by Robb Dimmick and performed by nine amazing Providence teens. Prospect Terrace Park, 48 Congdon Street, Providence. Free and Open to the public. Bring your friends and family and gather around a picnic to enjoy some of the best jazz music of our history.

Stages of Freedom is a non-profit organization that promotes black cultural events for the entire community. More Information


Paris Plus Friends

Week 2 opens on Friday from 5 – 9pm
233 Westminster Street
$5 Pay What U Can

Mon 12-4 / Tues 12-4 / Fri 5-9 / Sat 5-9

Paris Plus Friends is a month-long pop-up gallery showcasing young and emerging artists in Providence. If you’re lucky you might get to see Paris, so go say ‘hi’ to him! More info: Instagram


Rhode Island Foundation Presents RWP Pops at Roger Williams Park

Friday 7 – 9pm (Rain Date: Saturday, August 11)
Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, Rhode Island 02907
More Info: Facebook

Please note that the program is subject to change and substitution:

SMITH: The Star-Spangled Banner
BERLIOZ: Hungarian March
TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin Polonaise
ELGAR: Salut d’amour
BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No.6
BERNSTEIN: Selections from West Side Story
HOIBY: I Have a Dream (featuring Philip Lima, baritone)
COATES: Knightsbridge March
MÁRQUEZ: Danzón No.2
MORRICONE: Gabriel’s Oboe
WILLIAMS: Harry’s Wondrous World
SOUSA: Hands Across the Sea
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
SOUSA: Stars and Stripes Forever

(Also, PVD Food Truck Events is hosting their Food Truck Friday event at Carousel Village at 5pm so you can grab food to eat while you listen. Info here)


the Looff – The East Providence Arts Festival

Saturday 11am-6pm
Crescent Park
700 Bullocks Point Ave, Riverside, RI

The Looff is a summer arts festival set along the beautiful East Providence waterfront. The Looff showcases all types of art including fine paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, metal works, fiber, and much more.

More Info


Rhode Island International Film Festival

August 7 – 12, 2018
Various locations around Providence
$10 each screening
More Information here

This popular film festival regularly showcases more than 250 films — many of which are world or North American premieres — at various venues around the state.

I’m interested in seeing The Conductor (Director: Xavier Guignard, A French woman comes to London working as an assistant of one’s of the world most renowned conductors. However, she’s coming with a secret.) but here’s the whole schedule so you can decide which ones might be of interest to you.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 29, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 5 and 12, 5 p.m. (Ends Aug. 12!)
Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield
More Info here

The biblical story of Joseph, Jacob’s youngest, favored son, his betrayal by his brothers and his ultimate survival as dream-interpreter to Egypt’s pharaoh is given the full Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice treatment in this 1973 musical. A great family show, it features colorful sets, costumes and a memorable score.


RISD Museum

As always, there is FREE admission to the RISD Museum on Sundays. At least 6 floors of exhibits and if you’re like me and want to see everythingggggg give yourself a good 2 to 3 hours!! You can even take breaks at Café Pearl that is currently hosting one of BOLT coffee’s locations.

Some info:
Open 10am-5pm Tuesdays to Sundays
20 North Main St (also enter on 224 Benefit Street)
Free on-street parking on weekends! yay!


Gah, I’m probably missing more but this is a good start to planning your weekends. See you there!

Featured image of the Guggenheim Museum by unsplash-logoLeslie Holder

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