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Pages worth turning
With the holiday gatherings and seasonal whirl in the rear-view mirror, you’ll have plenty of time to dive into some of the best books that hit the shelves in 2013.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 31, 2013


Some lasting impressions

Visions seared into our eyeballs in 2013
From dandy fashion and My Little Pony to anxious machines and a shrine for the dead, art around Providence both dazzled and intrigued in 2013.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 24, 2013


Curtain calls

Golda, Raskolnikov, and some 'Good People'
There were many noteworthy theatrical happenings this year, from the definitively executed classic tragedy of ' Othello ' at Mixed Magic Theatre to the cleverly quirky and whimsical ' This Might Not Be It ' at Epic Theatre Company.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 24, 2013


Offbeat treat

The Wilbury's 'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant'
Very odd, very brave, and curiously interesting. The Wilbury Group’s staging of  'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant' is all three because it’s. . . well, a children’s pageant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2013


Exploring otherness

"It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping" at AS220 Project Space
“The racism, particularly how it affects black and brown people, it’s devastating,” artist Nafis White says. “And it makes me angry. Even as a woman and a black woman in Providence, I am profiled. The whole situation is infuriating.”
By: GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2013


Musical merriment

Ocean State's 'Miracle On 34th Street'
You might be able to find a more amiable and Christmas-spirited entertainment than 'Miracle On 34th Street,' the charming 1947 film with Maureen O’Hara and a precocious eight-year-old Natalie Wood.
By:  |  December 18, 2013


Life after death

William Schaff and Meredith Younger's "Bearing Witness" at 186 Carpenter
“In our culture in general, we have all these twisted ideas of how you’re supposed to deal with death,” Meredith Younger said when I visited “Bearing Witness,” a poignant art installation and a shrine to the dead.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 11, 2013


A twisted 'Christmas'

The RI Shakespeare Company and Big Nazo's 'Carol'
At this time of year, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is such a cash cow for theaters that you can almost hear the mooing.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2013


Aching to be

Out Loud's raucous 'Cowboy Mouth'
Sam, Patti — how the hell did you ever survive your misspent youth?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2013


A kinder, gentler Scrooge

Trinity's ever-classic 'A Christmas Carol'
As Trinity Repertory Company devotees are reminded each year at this time, the more things stay the same, the more they change.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2013


Midnight winter wonderlands

Works by Leigh Tarentino, plus Duane Slick and Andrew Nixon
Leigh Tarentino’s paintings make you feel the hush and chill of a crisp December night. And the wonder, too.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 04, 2013


Presents, tense

Contemporary Theatre Company's charming 'Gift of the Magi'
The Gift of the Magi , the O. Henry short story published in 1906, is as simple as a haiku: Couple sells treasures/to buy each other presents./Ain’t love ironic?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2013


Four's company

Trinity Rep's 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'
Theatergoing bargain hunters are in for a twofer as Trinity Repertory Company presents Christopher Durang’s 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2013


A dazzling passage to India

Jeff and Gurli Lovinger's 'Looking East' at URI Providence
“The first thing I said to myself is, ‘This is an amazing picture. I have to get this,’ ” Jeff Lovinger recalls of his photo of a woman seated in a block-long market in Mysore, India.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2013


With God on her side

2nd Story's 'Saint Joan'
Customarily, when there’s a hero in a drama, there is usually a villain or two.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2013


Fighting for peace

2nd Story's stirring 'Golda's Balcony'
Stunning. As impressive as our top-shelf companies can be, rarely does the theatrical trifecta of play, performance, and direction pay off as bountifully as in the 2nd Story Theatre production of William Gibson’s 'Golda's Balcony.'
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2013


Ready for their close-ups

'Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests" ' at the RISD Museum
“Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests ” showcases 20 short films he made between 1964 and ’66 of his Factory studio “superstars” and celebrated artists, writers, and musicians.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 20, 2013


A timeless tale, well-told

Mixed Magic's dynamic 'Othello'
A steaming undercurrent of racism, a paragon of betrayal with a phalanx of betrayed characters, plus love not just lost but hurled away in raging jealousy. Shakespeare supplied   Othello  with enough drama to power several plays.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 20, 2013


Slices of life

The Gamm's marvelous 'Good People'
It’s a question that bums out some people and brightens up others as they think about it later in their middle age. Blind luck or clear-sighted decision-making — which factor accounts for whether we lead lives of quiet desperation or prideful applause?
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013


Troubled symbolism

Vincent Valdez's 'The Strangest Fruit' at Brown's Bell Gallery
A shrine — that’s how Vincent Valdez’s exhibit “The Strangest Fruit” is laid out .
By: GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2013


Nervous and broke down

Epic's insightful 'The Other Place'
Playwrights, those clever rascals, have no compunction about how they get us to empathize with their characters.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013

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