Arts & Culture

AS220 gathered improvisers last weekend at the Providence Improv Festival, which began in 2004. The festival has grown to feature both local and internationally-based comedy groups.

Improv festival delivers laughs

September 17, 2018 0 comments

This past weekend, improvisers from Montreal, Providence and other cities came together at AS220 for three laugh-packed days of performances, workshops and celebratory festivities at the Providence Improv Festival.

o La Tengo, an experimental rock band founded in 1984 by married couple Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, has maintained a devoted cult following over the years. Fans packed into Columbus Theatre to see the band — completed by bassist James McNew — perform.

Indie rock band Yo La Tengo graces Columbus Theatre

September 13, 2018 0 comments

Tuesday night, fans filled Columbus Theater to see 90s indie rock band Yo La Tengo — the creation of New Jersey husband-and-wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley — perform simple, sleepily ambivalent love songs and encourage audience members to exercise their civic duties.

The 32 Custom House Street mural features Lynsea Montanari, an educator at the Tomaquag Museum, holding an image of Princess Red Wing.

Debuted mural highlights Narragansett tribe

September 12, 2018 0 comments

A new mural on the east-facing wall of 32 Custom House Street in downtown Providence began illuminating the cityscape this month, as Baltimore-based artist Gaia completed work on “Still Here,” a large-scale work commissioned by Providence non-profit The Avenue Concept.

Paul McCartney’s latest album “Egypt Station” shows more potential than his former solo albums. The release reflects McCartney’s stream of consciousness and covers various themes including love and politics.

Paul McCartney takes fans on emotional journey

September 10, 2018 0 comments

After half a decade of waiting, fans of former Beatles star Paul McCartney can finally revel in his new solo album “Egypt Station.”

The RISD Illustration Studies Building Gallery features work of three-time Caldecott Medal winner and RISD alum David Wiesner.

Wiesner exhibit evokes childhood nostalgia

September 10, 2018 0 comments

“Journeys in Visual Storytelling” has arrived at the Rhode Island School of Design Illustration Studies Building Gallery just in time to remind students of halcyon days of childhood.

David Bowen’s sculptures combine organic and mechanical materials to mimic natural occurences such as wind movement and plant growth. For example, “5twigs” compares twigs with identical plastic 3-D printed models.

Sculpture exhibit blurs lines of nature, technology

September 10, 2018 0 comments

The only thing eerier than Providence’s chilly weather is finding a sculpture that appears to mimic its stormy mood.

The archives were prepared over a two-year period by Janaya Kizzie. Federal grants helped to pay for the project.

AS220 archives made public

September 6, 2018 0 comments

This summer, the Providence Public Library opened the archives of AS220, a Providence-based community arts non-profit, to the public. This release concludes a two-year effort by the library and AS220 to house and preserve the organization’s archives.

Florence Green was played by Emily Mortimer, an actress and screenwriter known for her roles in “Shutter Island,” “The Newsroom” and “Cars 2.”

‘The Bookshop,’ while heartfelt, struggles with pace

September 5, 2018 0 comments

“The Bookshop,” a film adaption of Penelope Fitzgerald’s original novel, echoes the leisurely pace of the book itself. The film’s plodding nature allows for a fully developed storyline, but struggles to retain the viewer’s attention through the duration of the movie.

The exterior of the Providence Public Library, photographed here in 2015, will be renovated to feature larger windows and glass walls. The temporary library will be accessible through the Washington Street entrance.

Providence Public Library undertakes renovations

September 5, 2018 0 comments

Beginning next week, the Providence Public Library will launch a $25 million renovation intended to transform its 84,000 square foot Empire Street building into a modern, capacious facility capable of housing the library’s vast number of unique collections and education programs.

Cable Car closes after 42 years

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Cable Car closes after 42 years

July 28, 2018 0 comments

After 42 years of featuring films in a uniquely intimate setting, Cable Car Cinema and Cafe shut the doors of its 204 South Main St. location May 27, the owners announced in a Facebook post April 26. The closure comes at the tail end of negotiations with the Rhode Island School of Design.