Fall Guide

Arts Calendar

From art shows, live music and theatre to improv and comedy, fall has it all


September 1-31
Celebrate the works of local African-American artists at the African-American Visual Art Show at the Rhode Island Department of Administration all month long. Presented by the DOA-Human Resources Outreach & Diversity Office, this show is one of the Atrium Gallery’s must-see fall exhibits. 1 Capitol Hill, Providence. 401-222-6996, www.arts.ri.gov/projects/atrium.php

September 4-25
Every Friday evening it’s Friday Night Live at Everett Company Stage School. Veteran performers act alongside young up-and-comers to improvise on song, dance and skits that are appropriate for all ages. Prepare to laugh, cry, snort and wet your pants. All ages welcome. $5. 7pm. 9 Duncan Avenue, Providence. 401-831-9479, www.everettri.org

September 18, 19, 25 and 26
Laugh more with the Bit Players Live Improv Comedy every Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Theater this month. No two shows are ever the same, so go as often as you like. The best part? All shows are BYOB. Ticket prices vary. Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 8pm & 10pm. 4 Equality Park Place, Newport. 401-849-3473, www.firehousetheater.org 

September 5-26
Since 1992, Improv Jones has been gathering together the area’s best improvisational comedy performers for a weekly Comedy Show at the 95 Empire Black Box. Each Saturday you’ll enjoy a fantastically funny world that’s different every week. $5. 10pm. 95 Empire Street, Providence. 401-831-9327, www.improvjones.com

September 10–October 11
Trinity Repertory brings Julius Caesar to the stage for four weeks of jealousy, retribution, power and control. See the defeat of the driven and confident Caesar, played by company member Ann Scurria, all month long. Times and ticket prices vary. 201 Washington Street, Providence. 401-351-4242, www.trinityrep.com

September 15-20
Watch the story of Carole King’s history and rise to music stardom in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Complemented by an array of songs written in collaboration with Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, its no wonder this musical took home two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy. Prices and times vary. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 421-2787, www.ppacri.org

September 17-October 18
The Gamm opens its 31st season with A Streetcar Named Desire, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about Southern belle Blanche DuBois. This 1947 classic brings love, betrayal and trepidation to the stage for four consecutive weeks of live entertainment. $30 preview; $41-$49. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 401-723-4266, www.gammtheatre.org

September 18, 19 & 20
The South County Museum hosts the 30th Annual Folk Art Quilt Show, developed and coordinated by Mary Loftes and Evie Cherms, owners of the Folk Art Quilts on Main Street in Wakefield. Help determine this year’s winning submission with a “Viewers Choice” ballot and even enter to win a handmade creation designed by members of Folk Art Quilts. $10 admission, free for museum members. 10am-3pm. 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett. 401-783-5400, www.southcountymuseum.org

September 20
Simon’s 677 puts its state-of-the-art sound system to use while Michigan-based IAMDYNAMITE showcases its new album Wasa Tusa. Released on August 7, this collection of freewheeling pop highlights the group’s hook-laden songs and lyrical skills on Simon’s 677’s newer and larger stage. $12-15, doors open at 6pm. 677 Valley Street, Providence. 401-270-6144, www.simons677.com

September 24 & October 22
Head to the third season of Bristol-Warren’s Art Night for a night of exploration with Rhode Island’s finest artists, craftspeople and performers. Hop aboard a trolley tour of all the featured shops for a good time and great company. 5:30-8:30pm. Cutler Street, Warren. www.artnightbristolwarren.org

September 26
We can’t say “so long” to summer without a tip of the hat to the Mayor of Margaritaville himself. Changes in Latitudes, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band is coming to the Greenwich Odeum laden with beach balls and leis to help you give summer a proper send-off. $12-$17. 8-10pm. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. 401-885-4000, www.theodeum.org

September 27
Redefine date night with dinner and a movie at the picturesque Ocean House. Treat yourself to a thoughtfully prepared buffet style meal followed by a showing of The Grand Budapest Hotel, made complete with fresh popcorn and, of course, candy. $20-38. 6-9pm. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill. 401-584-7000, www.oceanhouseevents.com

September 27
Pig out on comedy with the one-monthly P.I.G. Providence Improv Guild at Cranston’s Artists’ Exchange. Get your fill of laughs as this group of improv performers fly by the seat of their pants. The fun happens on the last Sunday of every month. $5. 7pm. 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. 401-490-9475, www.artists-exchange.org

October 1-7
Providence sets the stage for some of the most exciting contemporary Latin music performers at Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival. Latin Grammy Awards winner Descemer Bueno, Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban funk group PALO! and local talent will perform during this five-day event. Explore the roots of Latin music with expert talks and conversations that are completely free to the public. 180 Pine Street, Providence and 154 Angell Street, Providence. www.brown.edu/clacs

October 1-25
They may be creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, but they’re more entertaining than ever before. The Addams Family performs at the Ocean State Theatre for a new take on a devilish classic that’ll surely get you Halloween ready. 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. 401-921-6800, www.oceanstatetheatre.org

October 3
The Village at Waterman Lake celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an Antiques Festival featuring Skinner Antique Appraisals of Boston. Bring your most treasured home items for experts to appraise, then enjoy an outdoor concert by Brass Attack, Southern New England’s finest nine-piece dance band, in addition to food trucks, and children’s festivities. Time TBA. 2 appraisal items per person. $10 per appraised item. 715 Putnam Pike, Greenville. 401-949-1333, www.villageretirement.com

October 3
The third annual Wakefield Art Festival showcases 150 contemporary American artists along Wakefield’s historic Main Street. Shop jewelry, ceramics, paintings, home accessories and more while local group Big Nazos entertains. 10am-5pm. Main Street, Wakefield. 401-207-9729, www.festivalfete.com

October 4
On the first Sunday of each month, from now ‘til forever, head downtown to AS220 for its Empire Revue, a night of sketch comedy, improv, live music, burlesque, magic, special guests and general devilment. The show is hosted by Keith Munslow and the entertaining Superchief Trio. $10. 8-10pm. 115 Empire Street, Providence. 401-831-9327, www.as220.org

October 4
Join United Theatre, Westerly Library and Wilcox Park for a movie night under the stars with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 just one month before the final movie hits theaters worldwide. Movie candy, popcorn and drinks will be available for sale. Free. 7:30pm. 44 Broad Street, Westerly. www.unitedtheatre.org

October 8
The second Thursday of every month brings Newport Gallery Night, where you can wander through dozens of Newport’s finest art galleries and museums on a beautiful October evening. Download a walking map and guide on the event’s website. 5-8pm. Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 860-490-0941, www.newportgallerynight.com

October 9
Catch Paula Poundstone’s Newport debut at the Newport Comedy Series. Poundstone is an American Comedy Award winner for Best Female Stand-up Comic and has appeared in on numerous HBO programs, The Tonight Show and is often heard on NPR. Hyatt Regency Newport, 1 Goat Island, Newport. 401-851-1234, www.newportcomedy.com

October 9
Artist and Chiacgo-natuve Tony Fitzpatrick debuts his lifelong passion for drawing at Brown University during his exhibition, The Secret Birds and Other Works. Bright colors combine into imaginative species typically surrounded by a “dense network of marginalia” that showcase Fitspatrick’s artistic perspective. 7:30pm. 64 College Street, Providence. 401-863-2932, www.brown.edu/campus-life/arts/bell-gallery

October 9-November 15
The Granite Theatre brings Jeffrey Lane’s hilarious book Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to life with original music by David Yazbek Nominated for an impressive 11 Tony Awards, this comedy features the battle of two suave men over the wealth of heiress Christine Colgate. 1 Granite Street, Westerly. 401-596-2341, www.granitetheatre.com

October 10
Over 90 innovative RISD alumni and 30 current students showcase their creativity and mastery of skill at RISD Craft 2015; a juried sales exhibition of handmade fine art and design work. Engage with designers and shop original, one-of-a-kind gifts in a variety of mediums at this free outdoor sale that takes place rain or shine. 10am.5pm. Benefit Street, between Waterman and Hopkins Street, Providence. www.risdcraft.com

October 15-18, 22-25
Tony Award nominee and 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, In The Next Room, comes to life at the University of Rhode Island this October. Directed by Associate Professor Bryna Wortman, URI students embrace the contemporary humor of playwright Sarah Ruhl’s story of female “hysteria” in the Victorian era. Times vary. $12-20. Robert E. Will Theatre. 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. 401-874-5921, web.uri.edu/ theatre/current-season/

October 16-18
An organization for quilters of all abilities, the Ninigret Quilters Guild showcases their artistic talent at the 2015 Quilt Show. Watch in-depth demonstrations, learn new techniques, talk with artists and participate in a silent auction that benefits a local charity at this weekend-long event. 10am-4pm. 8 Dixon Street, Westerly. 401-596-8554, www.westerlyarmory.org

October 17-18
Take a stroll through the studios of arts and artisans from rural Hopkinton and adjacent communities during the 10th Annual HOPArts Studio Trail. Visitors will wander from studio to studio among the autumn foliage in this beautiful and memorable cultural experience. 7 Corey Trail, Wyoming. 401-539-3009, www.hoparts.org

October 25
Ethan Bornick, 14-year-old composer, pianist and entertainer, brings his musical talents to the Nazarain Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College. With over 200 concerts in the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Australia, Ethan has moved crowds with his humanitarian spirit that has raised over $30 million for children’s charities and other causes throughout the world. Ticket prices vary. 3-5pm. 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence. www.ripbs.org/ethan-bortnick/

November 27-December 4
What better way to kick off the holiday season than by experiencing the Island Moving Company’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff Mansions? Dancers, guest artists and children from studios throughout Rhode Island perform this winter classic in Rosecliff’s grand ballroom for its 14th consecutive season. Matinee and evening performances. Tickets available online. 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 401-847-4470, www.islandmovingco.org

Island Moving Company’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff Mansions, Nazarain Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College, 0th Annual HOPArts Studio Trail, 2015 Quilt Show, In The Next Room, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Secret Birds and Other Works, Paula Poundstone, Newport Gallery Night, united theatre, AS220, Empire Revue, Wakefield Art Festival, Antiques Festival, The Addams Family, Ocean State Theatre, Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival, P.I.G. Providence Improv Guild, Simon’s 677, 30th Annual Folk Art Quilt Show, A Streetcar Named Desire, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Julius Caesar, Trinity Rep, Gamm Theatre, Hey Rhody, Improv Jones, Bit Players Live Improv Comedy, Friday Night Live, African-American Visual Art Show


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