Picks of the week Feb. 8 to 18

Picks of the week Feb. 8 to 18



Thursday, Feb. 8 Pati Hill, The Stonington Years

6 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

Stonington Historical Society, the James Merrill House and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum will host Richard Torchia, the curator of an exhibition of “Pati Hill: Photocopier” currently on view at Lyman Allyn. He will talk about Hill’s life as a writer and artist in Stonington and the relevance of her work to contemporary audiences. The talk is free. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Ray Harrington

6 to 9 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Comedian Ray Harrington will perform a benefit for the Rhode Island Advocacy for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support for families with special needs children. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. followed by Harrington’s performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Kadan Bart Rockett

7 p.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.

The Garde Arts Center will host a performance by America’s Got Talent magician & illusionist, 12-year old Kadan Bart Rockett and his 10-year old sister, Brooklyn. For tickets or more information, visit gardearts.com.

Feb. 8 - March 18Skating

Various times; Washington Trust Skating Rink, 61 Main St., Westerly.

The Washington Trust Skating Rink is open for free skate. For times and more information, call 401-637-7902 or visit oceancommunityymca.org.

Feb. 8 – 18“Uncle Vanya”

Various times; The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket.

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre will present “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov, translated and directed by Curt Columbus. For tickets or more information, visit gammtheatre.org.

Feb. 8 – 10“Venus in Fur”

Various times; TEN31 Revel Factory , 249 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket.

Burbage Theatre Company will present the comedy “Venus in Fur,” by David Ives, directed by Kate Kataja. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit burbagetheatre.org or call 401-484-0355.

Feb. 8 – 25“The Musical of Musicals, the Musical!”

Various times; Chestnut Street Playhouse, 24 Chestnut St., Norwich.

Chestnut Street Playhouse will present “The Musical of Musicals, The Musical!” a musical comedy about musicals. Tickets are $27, $25 for seniors and $15 for children and students. For tickets or more information, call 860-886-2378 or visit chestnutstreetplayhouse.com.

“Into the Breeches!”

Various times; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Repertory Company will present the comedy “Into the Breeches!” written by George Brant and directed by Tyler Dobrowsky. For tickets or more information, visit trinityrep.com or call 401-351-4242.

Feb. 8 – 11“Hamlet”

Various times; Smith Center for the Arts, Providence College, Eaton Street, Providence.

The Providence College Department of Theatre, Dance and Film will present William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet.” directed by John Garrity. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets, visit providence.edu/theatre or call 401-865-2218.

“The Skin of Our Teeth”

Various times; The Wilbury Theatre Group, 40 Sonoma Court, Olneyville.The Wilbury Theatre Group will present Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth,” directed by Josh Short with music direction by Matt Requintina. For tickets, call 401-400-7100 or visit thewilburygroup.org.

Friday, Feb. 9Glenn Kendzia

7 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

Glenn Kendzia, songwriter of the New England alternative band Wild Sun, will perform a selection of his songs in an acoustic setting. Tickets are $15. Free for children age 18 and under. For more information or for tickets, visit lagruacenter.org.

Valentines’ Day Concert

7 p.m.; Cross' Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Cross’ Mills Library will host a Friday Night Valentines’ Day concert featuring Doc Wood and Joe Parillo. The concert is free.

Trivia Tournament

7 p.m.; St. Mary’s Church Hall, 95 Main St., Stonington.

A “Mardi Gras” themed Trivia Tournament will be held to benefit Saint Michael School. The trivia will be hosted by TriviAcademy. There will also be a basket raffle and wine pull. The event is a BYOB and pot luck snacks. The event is for adults only. Cost is $20 per person or $150 for a table of 8. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Cleazoe Malek at cmalek04@comcast.net or Carol Yackley at cyackley@120@comcast.net.

African Children’s Choir

7 p.m.; Calvary Chapel, 236 Montauk Ave., New London.

The African Children's Choir will perform children's songs, traditional spirituals and Gospel favorites. A free-will offering will be taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. Other local performances include one at Christian Hill Community Church, 56 Tiogue Ave., in West Warwick on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and the Community Church of Providence, 372 Wayland Ave., in Providence on Sunday, Feb. 18. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.For more information, visit africanchildrenschoir.com.

Feb. 9 - 11“The Mountaintop”

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, 625 North Road, Groton.

Emerson Theater Collaborative will present a dinner theater production of Katori Hall’s play, “The Mountaintop,” which reimagines Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s last night before his assassination. The cast stars Mystic native Charles Everett as King. On Friday and Saturday, the production includes cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the performance at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, cocktails are at 3 p.m., dinner at 4 p.m. and the performance begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $60. For tickets, visit emersontheatercollaborative.com or call 860-705-9711.

Saturday, Feb. 10Chowder Cookoff

Noon to 3 p.m.; Venice Restaurant, 165 Shore Road, Westerly.

The Rotary Club of Westerly will hold their 14th annual Chowder Cookoff featuring local restaurants and schools competing for best chowder awards. Tickets are $10 and $ 5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Avie’s Ski & Sports, 100 Main St., The Wine Store, 86 Franklin St., from any Westerly Rotarian and at the door the day of the event. Net proceeds will support the continuing work of the Westerly Rotary Club within the local community.

Christian McBurney

10 a.m.; Cross’ Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Rhode Island history author Christian McBurney will discuss his new book “World War II Rhode Island.” His talk will focus on the Naval Auxiliary Airfield at Charlestown with a book signing to follow. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or or visit crossmills.org.

Axelrod-Martin Duo

5 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

La Grua Music Matters Concert series will host Axelrod-Martin Duo featuring Eric Martin and Karen Axelrod who will perform traditional dance music and song. Tickets are $10 and free for children age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Artist Exhibition

12:30 p.m.; Tomaquag Museum, 390 A Summit Road, Exeter.

The Tomaquag Museum will host an artist exhibition with Dawn Spears. She will discuss her current project as the producer of the Abbe Museum Indian Market. For more information visit tomaquagmuseum.org.

Pete Silva Project

8 p.m.; The Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts will host The Pete Silva Project featuring Pete Silva, Adrienne West, John Baldaia, Paul Furtado, Bruce Zarembka and Bill Lehourites. Joshua Will David will open the show. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For tickets visit courthousearts.org.

Sunday, Feb. 11Rhode Island Towns and Villages: a Postcard View

2 p.m.; Babcock Smith House Museum, 124 Granite St., Westerly.

Joseph Coduri will give a presentation in the museum’s Carriage House based on his book, “Rhode Island Towns and Villages: a postcard view.” The talk will include images from his post card collection about the heritage of the small towns and villages of the state. Cost is $5 and free for members.

Album Release Party and Concert

6 to 8 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an album release party with Will Evans. Tickets are $25 and include a CD of the live recording. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Fundraiser & Coat Drive

Noon to 4 p.m.; C.C. O’Brien’s Sports Café, 8 Mechanic St., Pawcatuck.

A community fundraiser and coat drive will be held for Church of St. Michael the Archangel’s reconstruction project. Donations of $10 or more will be graciously accepted at the door for the reconstruction project and a portion of the proceeds from meals purchased will be donated to the project. In addition, there will be a basket raffle and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center will collect new or gently used coats for families in the community. To make a donation send a check to St. Michael the Archangel Church, Attention: Capital Campaign Challenge, 60 Liberty St, Pawcatuck, CT 06379. For more information call 860-599-5580.

Annual Valentine Tea

2 to 4 p.m.; United Congregational Church of Westerly, 9 Castle Hill Road, Pawcatuck.

The United Congregational Church of Westerly will hold their annual Valentine Tea with scones, tea sandwiches, home baked cookies and spiced tea. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under age 8. For reservations, call 860-599-1226.

Parlor Concert Series

4 and 6:30 p.m.; Steven Main House, 1 Wyassup Road, North Stonington.

North Stonington Historical Society’s Parlor Concert Series will host a concert, Blessed Sweet Oblivion: An Evening with Love Art Songs with Aymeric Dupré la Tour, piano and Ava Wing, soprano. Tickets are $20. For reservations call 860-245-5322 or for more information, visit nostonhistoricalsociety.homestead.com.

“Music from Around the World”

2 p.m.; Leamy Concert Hall, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The Lewis J. Buckley Guest Artist Series will host Rodney Winther to lead the U. S. Coast Guard Band in “Music from Around the World.” The program will feature music from British, Chinese, Czech, and American-born composers. The event is free. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID. For more information, visit uscg.mil/Community-Relations/band or call 860-701-6826.

Songs of the Second World War

2 p.m.; the Branford House Mansion, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton.

The New London County Historical Society and University of Connecticut at Avery Point will host a Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle who will perform music from the 1940’s including Tin Pan Alley, vaudeville, swing, country, jazz and Big Band. For more information, visit nlchs.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 14Environmental Issue Seminar

6 p.m.; Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich.

Three Rivers Community College will host John Lane of the United States Geological Survey who will discuss “Water Resources in the Developing World.” The seminar will be held in room C101 and is free. For more information, contact Diba Khan-Bureau at 860-215-9443 or dkhan-bureau@ threerivers.edu.

Thursday, Feb. 15Rachel Hulin

6 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will present an author talk and book signing with Providence author Rachel Hulin for her book “Hey Harry, Hey Matilda.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Tape Face

7 p.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.

The Garde Arts Center will host a performance by America’s Got Talent comedian, Tape Face. For tickets or more information, visit gardearts.com.

Feb. 15 – March 18“Othello”

Various times; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Repertory Company will present Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Othello,” directed by Whitney White, with Jude Sandy as Othello and Rebecca Gibel as Desdemona. For tickets or more information, visit trinityrep.com or call 401-351-4242.

Friday, Feb. 16Tom Ryan

7 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will present an author talk and book signing with Tom Ryan, the author of “Following Atticus” and “Will's Red Coat.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Forensic Science Seminar Series

3:30 p.m.; Richard E. Beaupre Center, University of Rhode Island, 140 Flagg Road, Kingston.

The University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series will host a talk by Stephen Dambruch, U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, who will discuss “Prosecutor's Role in the Criminal Justice System.” The lecture is free. For more information, visit uri.edu.

Feb. 16, 17Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra

Various times; Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will host guest conductor Michael Christie and pianist William Wolfram for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Stravinsky’s The Firebird: Suite and Schreker’s Intermezzo. Performances will be held on Friday, Feb.16, at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit riphil.org or call 401-248-7000.

Feb 16, 23“Candide”

7 p.m.; The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., South Kingstown.

The Contemporary Theater Company will present a semi-staged, concert version of the operetta “Candide.” with music by Leonard Bernstein. For tickets or more information, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Sunday, Feb. 18Pass the Guitar

2 p.m.; Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly.

The WARM Center will hold a Pass the Guitar concert featuring 20 musicians and one guitar. There is a suggested donation of $10. There will be raffles and refreshments.

Joshua A. McClure

2 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will present an author talk and book signing with Joshua A. McClure, the retired pastor of Pleasant Street Baptist Church, for his new book “Are You Jesus?” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Talent on Tap Paint Day

1 p.m.; Bradford Citizens Club, 124 Woody Hill Road, Bradford.

Stand Up For Animals will host a Talent on Tap paint day fundraiser with Artyz Thingz by Gwendolyn. Participants will receive instructions to paint a set of glasses. Cost is $35 for adults and $25 for children. There will be a cash bar and snacks. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Stand Up For Animals. For more information, visit the Stand Up For Animals’ Facebook page.

Art Reception

1 to 3 pm; Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown

Kettle Pond Visitor Center will hold a reception for an exhibit of nature inspired watercolor and gouache paintings by Suze Sward. The exhibit will run through Feb. 28. The reception is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit fws.gov/refuge/ninigret.

Chandler Smith

2 p.m.; Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank St., New London.

Historian Chandler Saint will present his latest research on Venture Smith and discuss his plans to launch the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019, an effort to memorialize the 400th anniversary of the first African slave landing. Tickets are $16, $12 for New London Maritime Society members or $8 for children. For tickets or more information, visit nlmaritimesociety.org or call 860-447-2501. 

Artist reception

2 to 4 p.m.; The Providence Art Club Maxwell Mays Gallery, 11 Thomas St., Providence.

The Providence Art Club Maxwell Mays Gallery will host an artist reception for the new exhibit, “Landscape & Memory,” featuring work by New England artists Sandra DeSano Pezzullo, Anne Wert and Susan Dansereau. The exhibit will run through March 9. The gallery will be open daily from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit providenceartclub.org/maxwell-mays-gallery.


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