Arts & Culture

RISD breathes new life into an old form

September 28, 2009 0 comments

As she picked up the magnifying glass with her right hand, Emily Peters took a couple of steps forward. She stood in front of the engraving of Henri de la Tour d’Auvergen and said, smiling, “I think this one knocks your socks off.”

BTV mini-series to debut this weekend

September 25, 2009 0 comments

“The Circle,” a new mini-series created for Brown Television, is set to premiere Saturday at the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe. The show’s first three episodes, which were directed by Daniel Byers ’08, feature Brown students and alums, as well as Rhode Island School of Design students and professional actors.

Dramatic possibilities of ‘Repeat after me’

September 25, 2009 0 comments

A detached voice repeats phrases in English and Hungarian. Actors have fits of emotion and take off their clothes; it’s not quite clear why. This is the fictional universe of Maria Irene Fornes’ “The Danube” as directed by Jessica Goldschmidt ’10, presented this weekend at Production Workshop.

At Steel Yard, cooking up sculptures at 6,000 degrees

September 20, 2009 0 comments

A screaming came across the sky. It was the circular saw’s squeal, settling into a ragged, mechanical snarl as it sliced through a steel rod, sending off a jet of orange sparks.

Confronting social isolation through art

September 20, 2009 0 comments

In the photograph, Lindsey Ponte stares into the camera lens wide-eyed, her brown orbs radiating surprise. She covers her mouth with a paint-smudged hand. In the next frame, the photo’s duplicate still draws the viewer in, but it is now criss-crossed with color — purple, green, blue, black and white cover the image haphazardly.

At Trinity Rep, a chilling ‘Cabaret’

September 18, 2009 0 comments

In Trinity Repertory Company’s current production of “Cabaret,” the gilded proscenium leans menacingly forward, jarring and topsy-turvy.

Four years later, Katrina revisited in art and fund raising

September 14, 2009 0 comments

This month, the “Katrina, Katrina Project” commemorates the four years since Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. The month-long series of events, exhibitions and musical performances will culminate with a fundraiser complete with musical performance and a champagne reception.

Hassenfeld humanizes the hysterical

September 13, 2009 0 comments

At the heart of the David Winton Bell Gallery exhibit “Kirsten Hassenfeld: Recent Sculpture” is a massive installation called “Dans la Lune.”

Providence arts, on a budget

September 11, 2009 0 comments

But Providence’s quirky, proudly do-it-yourself arts world is truly unmissable. And it’s possible to see it all without spending a fortune.

First-years treated to ‘eclectic’ midnight organ program

September 8, 2009 0 comments

The tradition of midnight recitals on Brown’s 3,355-pipe Hutchings-Votey organ is a relic from a time when the pipe organ was a popular concert instrument. While organs are nowadays more often viewed as staid and liturgical, University Organist and Instrument Curator Mark Steinbach proved Sunday night that the tradition continues to flourish as he kicked off the year’s midnight recital season.