2014-02-28 / Calendar

CALENDAR


Swanhurst Chorus presents its 20th annual Tribute to Broadway with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” the next three weekends at Fenner Hall. The madcap comedy, with music by Stephen Sondheim and book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, will be staged dinner-theater style, sitting the audience on the streets of Rome in the midst of all the action. Evening performances are March 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 and matinees are March 9 and 16. Doors will open for evening shows at 6:30 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m. for the matinees. Tickets for the evening dinner shows are $35 and the Sunday luncheon matinees are $29. Children 12 and under are $28 on Fridays and $23 on Sundays. (No children’s rate for Saturday shows.) Fenner Hall is at 15 Fenner Ave. Call 401-682-1630 for more information. Advance ticketing is strongly suggested and available at swanhurst.org. Swanhurst Chorus presents its 20th annual Tribute to Broadway with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” the next three weekends at Fenner Hall. The madcap comedy, with music by Stephen Sondheim and book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, will be staged dinner-theater style, sitting the audience on the streets of Rome in the midst of all the action. Evening performances are March 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 and matinees are March 9 and 16. Doors will open for evening shows at 6:30 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m. for the matinees. Tickets for the evening dinner shows are $35 and the Sunday luncheon matinees are $29. Children 12 and under are $28 on Fridays and $23 on Sundays. (No children’s rate for Saturday shows.) Fenner Hall is at 15 Fenner Ave. Call 401-682-1630 for more information. Advance ticketing is strongly suggested and available at swanhurst.org. Thursday


Newport Music Festival Soirée The Friends of the Newport Music Festival will host their annual winter soirée on Friday, March 7 at Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave. American pianist and winner of the 2010 U.S. Chopin Competition Claire Huangci will perform a program by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky/ Pletnev, Chopin, and Wagner/Liszt. A reception runs 5:30–7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and will be available at the door. For more information, contact newportmusic@gmail.com. Newport Music Festival Soirée The Friends of the Newport Music Festival will host their annual winter soirée on Friday, March 7 at Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave. American pianist and winner of the 2010 U.S. Chopin Competition Claire Huangci will perform a program by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky/ Pletnev, Chopin, and Wagner/Liszt. A reception runs 5:30–7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and will be available at the door. For more information, contact newportmusic@gmail.com. February 27

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “No Substitute for Experience: Chinese Anti-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden,” by Prof. Andrew Erickson and Austin Strange, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-7276.

Business After Hours Join the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly after-hours gathering at BMW of Newport, 1215 West Main Rd., Middletown, 5-7 p.m., members $5, non-members $25, 401- 847-1608.

‘If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare’ Informal group meets weekly to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401- 847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

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

Irish History Lecture In recognition of Black History Month, Dr. John F. Quinn will discuss the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who was also outspoken on behalf of the Irish, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., Irish History Museum members $3, nonmembers $15, reserve at tpm1@earthlink.net or 401-841-5493.

‘American Addict’ Salve Regina screens “American Addict,” hosts discussion about nation’s drug problem, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Ave., 7 p.m., free, 401- 341-2927.

Black History Month Movie “The Loving Story,” about a biracial marriage, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., free, 401- 847-8720.

Dance Concert SRU’s Extensions Dance Company performs, Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 8 p.m., $10, $8 seniors, $5 students, 401-341-2250.

Friday

February 28

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

Fort Adams Tours Guided tours of the nation’s largest coastal fortification, daily 12 and 2 p.m., weather dependent, 401- 619-1511, fortadams.org.

NBS Lunch Tours Guided tour, with lunch at the Paradise Farmhouse, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 12 p.m., $12, reserve at 401-846-2577.

Open Mic Night John Hillman and Graham Gibbs host open mic night at Custom House Coffee, 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 5-9 p.m., 401-842- 0008.

Planetarium Show “Journey to the Stars,” Krupowicz Planetarium, Gaudet Middle School, 113 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 6:30 p.m., $3, ages 4+ only, limited seating, doors open at 6 p.m.

Scottish Dance Monthly open dance hosted by the Jamestown Scottish Dance Group, Conanicut Grange, 6 West St., Jamestown, 7 p.m., $5, $10 family, no experience necessary, wear soft-soled shoes, 401-423- 1574.

Dance Concert 8 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 27 for details.

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

Saturday

March 1

Beach Bounce Easton’s Beach Rotunda features four bounce houses for kids up to age 10, 175 Memorial Blvd., 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., $7, 401-845-5810, cityofnewport.com/beach.

Winter Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, St. Mary’s Church Hall, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., local produce and products, aquidneckgrowersmarket.org.

Saturday Book Group Discuss “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” by George Packer, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 10 a.m., 401-683-9457.

Seal Watch Tours Motor through Newport Harbor on the M/V Alletta Morris, see the seals on rocks off Rose Island, guides on board, 142 Long Wharf, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., savebay.org/seals.

March Mystery Month Author Peter Abrahams will discuss his latest book, written as Spencer Quinn, in the popular children’s Chet and Bernie Mysteries, “The Sound and the Furry,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., free, 401-847-8720 x115.

Dance Concert 2 and 8 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 27 for details.

Redwood Writers Club for Kids Kids in grades K-3 hear stories and write their own, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

DeBlois Opening Reception Opening reception for “Move It!” DeBlois Gallery, 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 5-7 p.m., 401- 847-9977 or debloisgallery.com.

Spring Bull Opening Reception Opening reception for “Mentors and Students,” Spring Bull Gallery, 55 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m., 401- 849-9166 or springbullgallery.com.

NewportFILM Friendraiser Third annual benefit for newport- FILM, Christie’s Restaurant, 14 Perry Mill Wharf, 7-11 p.m., drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, Warhol era attire suggested, $75, tickets at newpor tfilm.com.

‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Interactive murder mystery at Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Peter Yarrow in Concert Common Fence Music presents Peter Yarrow in concert at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., doors open at 7:30, concert at 8 p.m., not part of the tailgate picnic series, tickets $30 in advance, $33 at door, commonfencemusic.org.

Improv Comedy 8 and 10 p.m. See Friday, Feb. 28 for details.

Free Concert at Grand Tribute to Bon Jovi by Bon Jersey, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849- 5100, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

March 2

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.

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast St. Patrick’s Day committee fundraising brunch at Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall, 2 Wellington Ave., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $10, special family rates, newportirish.com/events. html.

Beach Bounce 9 a.m.-1 p.m. See Saturday, March 1 for details.

Mysteries of the Exploration Center Learn about the creatures at the Save The Bay Exploration Center, 175 Memorial Blvd., 9 a.m., $10, pre-registration is required online at savebay.org/mysteries, 401-324- 6020.

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.

Seal Watch Tours 12 and 1 p.m. See Saturday, March 1 for details.

Dancing at Forty Steps Irish Heritage Month kicks off at the Cliff Walk’s Forty Steps, Narragansett Ave., 2 p.m., newportirish.com/events.html.

Piano Concert in Jamestown The Jamestown Community Piano Association presents Vassily Primakov in concert, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Ave., 2 p.m., free, reception to follow, 401-423-0515.

Barn Dance The Newport String Project and Common Fence Music present a free old-time barn dance, Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., 2 p.m., all welcome.

‘Gravity’ Free screening at Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 2 p.m.

Red Carpet Night Gather at the Jane Pickens Theater for Oscar fun, doors open at 6 p.m., glamour or casual attire, appetizer and dessert tasting, cash bar, $15, janepickens.com.

Monday

March 3

Make It, Take It Crafts Make your own superhero mask at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., ages 5+, no registration required, drop in, 401- 846-1573.

Archaeology Lecture Archaeologist and anthropologist Alan Leveillee will discuss techniques archaeologists use to determine the age of artifacts, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., audience members are invited to bring an item for

identification and approximate dating, register at 401-846-1573.

Monday Night Mysteries Jamestown Public Library group examines “Cover Her Face,” by P.D. James, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., dropins and new members welcome, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

First Monday Poetry Poetry writing workshop, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., all welcome, 401-847-8720 x208.

Tuesday

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

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “Great Power Naval Rivalries between the Two World Wars,” by John Maurer, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-7276.

YA Gaming Teens welcome for Wii, board games, cards, snacks, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 4 p.m., 401-847-8720 x206.

The Friends International Film Series “Where Do We Go Now?” (France and Lebanon), screens at Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., refreshments at 6:30 p.m., film at 7 p.m., free, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

India Lecture Dr. Thomas Howard will present “India as an Emerging Economic and Political Power,” Newport Public Library, 6:30 p.m., free, sponsored by The Learning Center at Channing Memorial Church.

Wednesday

March 5

Afternoon Fun at Redwood Environmentally-themed afterschool stories and crafts activities for kids in grades K-4, programming in partnership with the Friends of Ballard Park, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4 p.m., all are welcome, snacks, 401-847-0292.

Green Drinks Monthly gathering of eco-friendly community, Oliver Hazard Perry, 29 Touro Street, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Book Chat for Knitters Bring knitting, crocheting or other fiber craft project to work and talk about your favorite books, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., 401-847-8720 x117.

Affordable Health Care Act Panel discussion on the controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, Salve Regina University, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Ave., 7 p.m., reserve at pellcenter@salve.edu or 401-341-2927.

Thursday

March 6

Business Before Hours Chamber of Commerce’s before work gathering, Jo’s American Bistro, 24 Memorial Blvd. West, 8-9 a.m., register at 401-847-1608 or newportchamber.com.

‘The Legacy of Katherine Warren’ Public policy fellow Alyssa Lozupone will discuss Katherine Warren, a leading force in the founding of The Preservation Society of Newport County, The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave., 11 a.m., free, register at newportmansions.org or call 401-847-1000 x154.

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “An American Knight,” by Victor “Tory” Failmezger, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-7276.

‘If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare’ Informal group meets weekly to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401- 847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

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

Revere Teapot Lecture Gerald W.R. Ward will discuss the Newport Historical Society’s rare rococo-style teapot crafted by Paul Revere, Colony House, 5:30 p.m., NHS members $1, non-members $5, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Life of the Mind Salon Redwood’s spring salon series kicks off with Dr. Eric J. Shaw discussing his experiences as captain of America’s tall ship USCGC Eagle, 50 Bellevue Ave., reception at 5:30 p.m., talk at 6 p.m., members free, non-members $10, reserve at 401- 847-9282 x112.

Manhattan Short Screening of Manhattan Short’s feature project, “Everyone’s Going to Die,” watch film and vote, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 7 p.m., $10, 401-560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org.

Friday

March 7

NBS Lunch Tours Guided tour, with lunch at the Paradise Farmhouse, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 12 p.m., $12, reserve at 401-846-2577.

Redwood Opening Reception Redwood Library reception to unveil “Portraits of Interiors: Interior Illustrations in Newport Collections,” 50 Bellevue Ave., 4-6 p.m., free, 401-847-0292.

Musical Tribute to 375th Original instrumental, vocal and dance performances salute Newport’s history, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., $25, limited seating, tickets at 401-556-4490 or

lceglie@yahoo.com.

Friends of Newport Music Festival Concert Claire Huangci playing works by Beethoven, Chopin and others, Ochre Court, reception at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., $25, available at door, 401-846-1133.

Saturday

March 8

Beach Cleanup Meet to clean up Sachuest Beach with Clean Ocean Access, 12-2 p.m., bring your own cup and Empire Coffee & Tea will provide coffee and cocoa, wear boots and gloves, cleanoceanaccess.org.

Building Shelters and Forts Family adventure event building shelters and forts in the yew forest, ages 4+ accompanied by adult, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 1:30 p.m., members $6, non-members $8, register at 401-846-2577.

Family Fun Days Redwood Children’s Library hosts hour of multigenerational playtime with toys, puzzles, coloring pages, books, fun for kids, parents and grandparents, 2 p.m., free, all welcome, 401-847-0292.

March Mystery Month Katherine Hall Page, author of the Faith Fairchild mystery series, will discuss her work, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., free, 401-847-8720 x115.

Seal Watch Tours 3 and 4 p.m. See Saturday, March 1 for details.

‘Screen and Discuss’ Series Redwood Library shows “Herb and Dorothy,” by Megumi Sasaki, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., members free, non-members $10, students $3, reserve at 401-847-0292 x112.

Mother Goose at Rosecliff Ballet for kids of all ages at Rosecliff mansion, 548 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., adults $25, children 18 and under $15, tickets at newportmansions.org.

‘A Funny Thing Happened’ Swanhurst Chorus’s annual tribute to Broadway with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” dinner theater, Fenner Hall, 15 Fenner Hall Ave., 6:30 p.m., 401- 682-1630, tickets at swanhurst.org.

‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Interactive murder mystery at Newport Art Museum, 7 p.m., 401- 848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Common Fence Music Renegade retro band The Sweetback Sisters returns to Common Fence Music, doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8 p.m., bring picnic basket or buy galley chowders, soups and chili, $22 advance, $25 door, commonfencemusic.org.

Sunday

March 9

‘A Funny Thing Happened’ 1:30 p.m. See March 8 for details.

Search for Captain Cook’s Ships Presentation on the progress made in finding two of Captain Cook’s lost ships, presented by the Middletown Historical Society, Paradise School, 2 p.m., 401-849-1870.

‘Philomena’ Free screening at Jamestown Philomenian Library, 2 p.m.

Mother Goose at Rosecliff 3 p.m. See March 8 for details.

Choristers Concert Newport Navy Choristers presents “Music for a Sunday Afternoon,” St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 4 p.m., $7 adults, $5 seniors and children 12 and under, $18 families, tickets at door.

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