February 19, 2015 RSS feed / Around Town

Chinese Year of the Goat

The oldest and most important festival in China is the Spring Festival, known in the West as Chinese New Year. The date is determined by the lunar/solar calendar, so the date of the holiday varies from late January to mid-February. More...

Fellowship Night

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition showcasing works by Rhode Island artists will have a special event with fellowship writers and musicians presenting on Thursday, Feb. 26. More...

Recycled Sculpture

Samantha (Su) Anselmo’s multi-media exhibit will launch her public art mission to install hidden recycle-produced sculpture throughout Aquidneck Island at DeBlois Gallery until Sunday, Feb. 22.   More...

Fort Concerts Take Step Forward

After receiving a conceptual endorsement from a divided Newport City Council, the Fort Adams concert proposal will head to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) in the next step of the approval process.  More...

For What It’s Worth

A lady had a question about her cocktail shaker; she hadn’t used it in years and wanted to know its value. Made by Shreve, Crump and Low, it was sterling silver with a few dents. Still in demand, this example would be worth around $400. More...

Council Gets State Lesson in Ethics

At the behest of Middletown Council President Robert J. More...

‘Ida’ is Austere Masterpiece

DINNER & A MOVIE

The Polish film “Ida” is one of the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. It is also nominated for its cinematography. I believe it is a strong contender in both categories. I am not alone in this opinion.  More...

New Arrivals

Cejas Zayas and Eduardo Bello of Newport are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Lucia Valentina Bello on Feb. 11, 2015.  Meghan and Johnathon Buss of Middletown are proud to announce the birth of their son George Richard Buss on Feb. More...

Live Music & Entertainment

Friday, February 20   More...

NAM Members’ Exhibit

Guest juror Alyson Baker, director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., selected 86 artworks from 326 submissions to the Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum for the show on display until May 17. More...

Open Studio Sundays

The Portsmouth Arts Guild (PAG) is hosting Open Studio Sundays through March at the PAG Center for the Arts, 2679 East Main Road. Stop by anytime from 2 - 5 p.m. each Sunday for a casual drop-in – style session. More...

Fakes and Forgeries

Steve Travis’ interpretation of a Shaker table and footrest won Best in Show at Spring Bull Gallery’s annual “Fakes and Forgeries” show. More...

Outdoor Music to Continue at Viking

At their regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 11, city councilors were in the mood to let the music play in Newport, but only under specified conditions.  More...

Photo

Following a tour of the new Claiborne Pell Elementary School the Kiwanis Club of Newport presented Superintendent of Schools Colleen Burns Jermain, School Committee member Jo Eva Gaines, and Pell Sch More...

Councilors Bicker Over C­ourt Nominee

Had it been a hearing before a Municipal Court judge, he might have thrown everyone out of court.  Emotions ran high at the Middletown Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. More...

Newport Schools Mull Calendar Changes

Snow Days Prompt Review of February Break

Should school start earlier in August or end later in June?  The Newport School Department has joined an ongoing statewide discussion to possibly eliminate February school vacations in the 2015-16 school year so that neither option is neccessary More...

What Does ‘Best Picture’ Mean?

It’s that time again. The Red Carpet will be rolled out. Stars will glide down it—the women in fabulous gowns and jewels, the men in tuxedos. More...

Meet Lois Vaughan

SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL MUSICIANS

Like many others who wind up playing music full time, Lois Vaughan never set out to be a musician. The western New York native played oboe and clarinet in high school and then went off to study science at Tufts University. More...