2013-11-07 / Calendar

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Newport Nutcracker Returns Stunning Rosecliff mansion will once again be the setting for holiday magic when the Island Moving Company brings the Newport Nutcracker to life Nov. 29- Dec. 6. This tour de force retelling of the holiday favorite, which moves from room to room, brings the classic tale to life with new choreography by Miki Ohlsen and Spencer G. Hering. Audience members become part of the scene amid white tutus and snowflakes in the grand ballroom, get caught up in the mighty battle between mice and soldiers, and are feted like honored guests at the family Christmas party. The 12th annual Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff boasts a cast of Island Moving Co. dancers, guest artists and children from studios throughout Rhode Island. Fourteen performances will be offered at 548 Bellevue Ave. Tickets range from $50 to $90 and are available at islandmovingco.org. Newport Nutcracker Returns Stunning Rosecliff mansion will once again be the setting for holiday magic when the Island Moving Company brings the Newport Nutcracker to life Nov. 29- Dec. 6. This tour de force retelling of the holiday favorite, which moves from room to room, brings the classic tale to life with new choreography by Miki Ohlsen and Spencer G. Hering. Audience members become part of the scene amid white tutus and snowflakes in the grand ballroom, get caught up in the mighty battle between mice and soldiers, and are feted like honored guests at the family Christmas party. The 12th annual Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff boasts a cast of Island Moving Co. dancers, guest artists and children from studios throughout Rhode Island. Fourteen performances will be offered at 548 Bellevue Ave. Tickets range from $50 to $90 and are available at islandmovingco.org. Thursday


America’s Playground Newport’s long history of sporting traditions will be discussed during “America’s Playground: Sports in Newport During the Gilded Age,” a program to be presented at the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Casino Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. The lecture will explore how Newport influenced the way America once played – and continues to play today. Tennis, sailing, polo, and golf all became popular throughout the country in large part because they were in vogue in Gilded Age Newport. The first U.S. Nationals tennis tournament was played in 1881 at the Newport Casino. Newport proudly hosted the America’s Cup sailing races for 50 years. In 1876, polo was played in America for the first time in Portsmouth, and in 1895 the first U.S. Open golf tournament was played at the Newport Country Club. The lecture is free but reservations are required. Register at programs@tennisfame.com or call 401-849-3990. America’s Playground Newport’s long history of sporting traditions will be discussed during “America’s Playground: Sports in Newport During the Gilded Age,” a program to be presented at the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Casino Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. The lecture will explore how Newport influenced the way America once played – and continues to play today. Tennis, sailing, polo, and golf all became popular throughout the country in large part because they were in vogue in Gilded Age Newport. The first U.S. Nationals tennis tournament was played in 1881 at the Newport Casino. Newport proudly hosted the America’s Cup sailing races for 50 years. In 1876, polo was played in America for the first time in Portsmouth, and in 1895 the first U.S. Open golf tournament was played at the Newport Country Club. The lecture is free but reservations are required. Register at programs@tennisfame.com or call 401-849-3990. November 7


All Aboard for the North Pole! The Polar Express comes to life aboard the Newport Dinner Train, inspired by the award-winning classic by Chris Van Allsburg. Share the magic of Christmas as the Conductor reads the tale of a young boy’s unforgettable journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and caroling. Each child who truly believes will receive a special gift from Santa himself. Nov. 16 - Dec. 21, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Don’t get left at the station - early reservations encouraged. Newport Dinner Train, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 401-841-8700, newportdinnertrain.com. All Aboard for the North Pole! The Polar Express comes to life aboard the Newport Dinner Train, inspired by the award-winning classic by Chris Van Allsburg. Share the magic of Christmas as the Conductor reads the tale of a young boy’s unforgettable journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and caroling. Each child who truly believes will receive a special gift from Santa himself. Nov. 16 - Dec. 21, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Don’t get left at the station - early reservations encouraged. Newport Dinner Train, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 401-841-8700, newportdinnertrain.com. Newport Restaurant Week Where are you going to take your special someone? Enjoy three courses at lunch for $16 or dinner for $30 at Newport’s finest restaurants. Discovernewportrestaurantweek.org.

Business Before Hours Chamber of Commerce’s before work gathering, French Confection, 72 East Main Rd., Middletown, 8-9 a.m., register at 401-847-1608 or newportchamber.com.

Nature Storytime Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts nature themed story-time with craft, animal or discovery walk, dress for the weather, preschoolers ages 3+, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m., members $3, non-members $6, 401-846-2577.

Green Drinks Monthly gathering of eco-friendly enthusiasts, guest speaker Sam Palmer of ReFleece, Patagonia, 450 Thames St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Life of the Mind Salon Professor John Parillo, of Roger Williams University, on “The Life and Times of William Ellery,” one of R.I.’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., members free, non-members $10, reserve at 401- 847-0292 x112, redwoodlibrary.org.

Cappy’s for a Cause Rose Island Lighthouse fundraiser at Cappy’s, Memorial Blvd., 6-9 p.m.

Common Fence Music Steps Out CFM’s 20th anniversary celebration dinner-dance featuring the Jason Spooner Band, silent auction and raffle, Atlantic Beach Club, 6-10 p.m., commonfencemusic.org.

Friday

November 8

Newport Restaurant Week The final days of Newport Restaurant Week until April! Enjoy three courses at lunch for $16 or dinner for $30 at Newport’s finest restaurants. Discovernewportrestaurantweek.org.

Computer Workshop Intro to the computer and mouse, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401-847-8720 x208.

Rough Point Tour Guided tour of Doris Duke’s Newport home, includes the exhibit,

“A Career of Giving: The Surprising Legacy of Doris Duke,” 680 Bellevue Ave., tours run 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., newportrestoration.org.

NMAI The National Museum of American Illustration offers “The American Muse,” 492 Bellevue Ave., open for self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m., americanillustration.org.

An Evening with Raptors Spend the evening around the fire and meet the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s raptors, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 7 p.m., adults only, members $20, non-members $25, reservations required, 401-846- 2577.

IYRS Lecture Series Taylor Allen, president of Rockport Marine, will discuss major yacht restoration projects at that facility, IYRS, 449 Thames St., 7:30 p.m., members free, non-members $10, 401-848-5777 x204.

Improv Comedy Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849- 3473, firehousetheater.org.

Saturday

November 9

Newport Restaurant Week Take your sweetie out for dinner – and save big! Enjoy three courses at lunch for $16 or dinner for $30 at Newport’s finest restaurants. Discovernewportrestaurantweek.org.

Cornucopia Arts Show Pennfield School hosts 22nd annual Cornucopia Professional Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth, 401-849-4646.

Winter Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market begins at winter location, St. Mary’s Church Hall, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., local produce and products, aquidneckgrowersmarket.org.

Unique Boutique Artisans Craft Fair Local professional crafters, Easton’s Beach Rotunda, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Historic Site Tours Tours of the Colony House, Great Friends Meeting House, and Wanton Lyman-Hazard House depart from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., call to reserve, 401- 841-8770.

Writers’ Marketing Workshop on social networking and self-marketing for writers, with Michael Squatrito, author of the “Overlords” trilogy, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m.

North End Train Ride Two-hour round trip ride aboard the Old Colony train on a north end island run along Narragansett Bay, board trackside on Burma Road (Defense Highway) at Greene Lane, Middletown, 1 p.m., bring cameras, adults $13, seniors $10, children $6, tickets at 401-849- 0546, ocnrr.com or trackside beginning one hour prior to departure.

Animal Meet and Greet Afternoon animal fun with friends from the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 1 p.m., public welcome, members free, non-members $2, 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Greenvale Harvest Festival Celebrate the fall grape harvest, Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Rd., Portsmouth, 1-4 p.m., games, walking tours, tractor rides, jazz, greenvale.com.

Author Lecture Milena Banks discusses her new novel, “Riding the Tiger,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 1 p.m.

Middletown Authors Circle Local authors 18+ meet at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1-3 p.m.

“Words into Poetry” Workshop with members of Ocean State Poets, readings, discussion, open mic, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3 p.m.

Documentary at Redwood Screening of “Facing Arthur,” a chronicle of the relationship and eventual friendship between a young German man and an elderly Holocaust survivor, followed by Q&A with director Michael Rey, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3:30 p.m., members free, nonmembers $10, 401-847-0292 x112, redwoodlibrary.org.

Voices in Harmony Combined choral concert with Salve Regina and Bryant universities, Ochre Court, Ochre Point Ave., 8 p.m., 401-341-2295.

Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Friday, Nov. 8 for details.

Free Concert at Grand Human Clay plays tribute to Creed, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849- 5100, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

November 10

Newport Restaurant Week Last chance for culinary treats at a discount! Enjoy three courses at lunch for $16 or dinner for $30 at Newport’s finest restaurants. Discovernewportrestaurantweek.org.

Pell Bridge Run Walkers/runners race across the Claiborne Pell Bridge, raising money for local nonprofits, 6:30 a.m. start, pellbridgerun.com.

Bird Walk Jay Manning leads guided bird walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401- 846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Unique Boutique Artisans Craft Fair Local professional crafters, Easton’s Beach Rotunda, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour Hear stories of revolution and the struggle for religious liberty, departs from the Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 10:30 a.m., 401-841- 8770.

Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated 10-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 401-849-0546, ocnrr.com.

Open Mic Sunday Open mic at Portsmouth Publick House, 600 Clock Tower Square, 2-5 p.m., featured performers 3-3:45 p.m.

Jamestown Movie Matinees Free screening of “Now You See Me,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 2:30 p.m., 401- 423-7280.

Monday

November 11

Veterans Day See page 9 for local observances.

‘A Writer’s Dozen’ Newport Historical Society exhibit featuring 12 historically significant desks, including one used by Declaration signer William Ellery, Seventh Day Baptist, 82 Touro St., Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $5, newporthistorical.org.

Tuesday

November 12

Pre-K Storytime for preschoolers at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Book Chat Tuesday Book Group will discuss “Umbrella,” by Will Self, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 1 p.m., 401-847-8720.

After School Art Kids 4+ mix numbers and art to create unique animal designs, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., registration required, 401-846-1573.

Portsmouth Coal Mines Historian Jim Garman presents at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., reserve at 401-683-9457.

Geezers at Empire Join acoustic folk musicians at Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.

Wednesday

November 13

Tech Help Portsmouth Free Public Library offers technical assistance with various devices, 2658 East Main Rd., 2-4 p.m., register at 401-683-9457.

“Shakin’ Up Shakespeare” Artist, actor and musician Rick Adam performs scenes from Shakespeare using music, puppetry and juggling, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 6:30 p.m., ages 12+, 401-847-8720.

Grieving Workshop “Grieving During the Holidays,” workshop offered by Gentiva Hospice of R.I., provides practical ideas for planning ahead to help weather the holidays for those dealing with grief, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., 401-847-8720.

Afghan Girls’ Education Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder of the School of Leadership Afghanistan, will speak on the education of girls in Afghanistan, SRU, O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, Ochre Point Ave., 7 p.m., reserve at pellcenter@salve.edu or 401-341-2927.

Thursday

November 14

America’s Playground International Tennis Hall of Fame hosts presentation on Newport’s rich sporting history, 194 Bellevue Ave., 9 a.m., free, register at programs@

tennisfame.com.

Opening Reception SRU hosts James Baker’s “From the Hermetic Museum,” Salve Regina University, Antone Academic Center, Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, 5-8 p.m., salve.edu.

Shakespeare in Middletown Fans read and enjoy works of the Bard, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 5 p.m.

“If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” Interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Newport Gallery Night Newport’s art galleries offer evening hours, Redwood Library open, 5-8 p.m., newportgalleries.org.

Life of the Mind Salon Dr. Timothy Demy, of the Naval War College, on “A Dreadful Thing: C.S. Lewis and the Experience of War,” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., members free, non-members $10, reserve at 401-847-0292 x112, redwoodlibrary.org.

“Trashed” in Portsmouth NewportFILM offers free screening of documentary “Trashed,” examining the damage to the food chain caused by poor waste management, starring Jeremy Irons, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, snacks at 6 p.m., screening at 7 p.m., newportfilm.com.

SVF Lecture “Arthur Curtiss James and the Swiss Village,” by Brian Stinson, Swiss Village Farm, 152 Harrison Ave., 7 p.m., free but limited seating, register at 401-848-7229 x10 or lynne@svffoundation.org.

Friday

November 15

Computer Workshop Beginning Excel, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401-847- 8720 x208.

NMAI The National Museum of American Illustration offers “The American Muse,” 492 Bellevue Ave., open for self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m., americanillustration.org.

Holiday Lantern Tour Learn about 18th-century holiday traditions during a lantern-lit stroll through Newport, Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, 4:30 p.m., $12, 401-841-8770, newporthistory.org.

Free Concert at Grand Merchants of Cool plays tribute to Bad Company and Foreigner, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849- 5100, newportgrand.com.

Saturday

November 16

Winter Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, St. Mary’s Church Hall, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., local produce and products, aquidneckgrowersmarket.org. R.I. Genealogy Workshop Trace your roots with a series of workshops on ancestor searches, Portsmouth Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 12:30-2:30 p.m., free but attendance limited, register at 401- 683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.

Redwood Book Club Discuss John M. Barry’s book, “Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty,” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m., 401-847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

“Free China” at NPL Screening of “Free China,” by Michael

Perlman, award-winning director of “Tibet: Beyond Fear,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 1 p.m., 401-847-8720.

Polar Express Begins Capture the magic of the timeless Christmas classic aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., advance ticketing a must, 401-841-8700, newportdinnertrain.com.

Holiday Lantern Tour 4:30 p.m. See Nov. 15 for details.

Murder at the Museum Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Co. for “A Merry Murder Mystery,” a holiday whodunit at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., newportartmuseum.org.

SRU Dance Concert SRU Dance, Salve Regina’s largest student-run dance organization,

will present “Can’t Hold Us,” with tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern, Irish step and line dancing, Rodgers Recreation Center, Ochre Point Ave., 7 p.m.

“Much Ado About Nothing” Brown/Trinity Rep production at Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 7 p.m., $10, jamestownartcenter.org.

Common Fence Music Concert The Stray Birds, roots musicians and singer/songwriters from Lancaster County, Penn., 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, doors open at 7 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m., bring picnic basket or buy galley chowders, soups and chili, tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at door, commonfencemusic.org.

Sunday

November 17

Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated 10-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 401-849-0546, ocnrr.com.

SRU Dance Concert 1 p.m. See Nov. 16 for details.

Musical Sundays Ken Bonfield presents “History of the American Fingerstyle Guitar,” combining an informal narrative with traditional guitar music, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 401-847-8720 x103.

Open Mic Sunday Open mic at Portsmouth Publick House, 600 Clock Tower Square, 2-5 p.m., featured performers 3-3:45 p.m.

Jamestown Movie Matinees Free screening of “Man of Steel,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 2:30 p.m., 401-423- 7280.

“Twelfth Night” Brown/Trinity Rep production at Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 3 p.m., $10, jamestownartcenter.org.

Polar Express 4 and 6:30 p.m. See Nov. 16 for details.

Full Moon Hike Interpretive night hike on the Norman Bird Sanctuary trails, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 4:30 p.m., members $5, non-members $8, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanct uary.org.

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