Friday, Jan 10 through Sunday, Jan. 12


The holiday season comes to a celebratory close this January in the George Kent Performance Hall as the Chorus of Westerly presents the 40th annual production of “A Celebration of Twelfth Night.” A Rhode Island tradition since 1975, “A Celebration of Twelfth Night” is based on a new script written each year for the production and features over 300 performers. The performers include the entire Chorus of Westerly as well as a cast of over 100 actors, acrobats, dancers, musicians, jesters and other mirth makers. Westerly’s Twelfth Night celebration has evolved into one of the most beloved and anticipated events of New England’s busy holiday performance season. This year’s performance of “A Celebration of Twelfth Night” begins with a preview on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Regular performances are on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. “A Celebration of Twelfth Night” take place in the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 401-596-8663 or online at

Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11


Comedian and actor Erik Griffin will perform at Comix at Foxwoods for 4 shows on Jan. 9-11. Griffin first gained national exposure performing in the Payaso Comedy Slam, which could be seen on Showtime and Comedy Central, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, NBC’s Last Comic Driving, Showtime’s Comics Without Borders and the nationally-syndicated Comics Unleashed. Fans of the hit Comedy Central series “Workaholics” will recognize him as the show’s iconic character “Montez.” His “Comedy Central Presents” half-hour stand-up special premiered in 2013. Ticket prices range from $20 to $50 with a two drink minimum per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Friday, Jan. 10


Artist’s Cooperative Gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the current exhibition which will be on display through Feb. 2. The exhibit is titled “In the Beginning” and features six local artists who will explain their own creative processes with demonstrations during the opening reception and throughout the month. Featured artists are Sadie DeVore, Ian Newbury, Nina Briggs, John Fast, Oliver LaBras and Kristi Foss. The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is located at 7 Canal Street in downtown Westerly, RI. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Call 401-596-2221 or visit or their FaceBook page for information.

Friday, Jan. 10


The 2nd Annual Southeastern Connecticut 40 Under Forty Award celebration will be held on Friday, January 10, at 6 p.m. at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino. This event honors citizens of southeastern Connecticut under the age of forty who consistently demonstrate excellence in their profession, as well as leadership, commitment, and service to the region. General admission is $75. Price includes the award program with food stations, a cash bar, networking, and dancing to live band. Visit for more information.

Friday, Jan. 10


Salt Marsh Opera offers the opportunity on Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. to observe an accomplished opera singer and master teacher work with talented young singers. Coffee and dessert will follow the class. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and are available online at or by calling 888-788-4188. The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry road, Old Lymne.

Friday, Jan. 10


Watch Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum as he goes undercover at the Mohegan Sun on the CBS show “Undercover Boss” on Friday, January 10 at 8 p.m. Bozsum, a Mohegan Tribal Councilor, will also visit the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. Towards the end of his term as Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council, Bozsum went undercover at the gaming, hotel and entertainment destinations. In the Friday episode, Bozsum learns the high-stakes role of slot attending and nearly runs out of gas as he retrieves cars from the valet. “Undercover Boss” is a reality series that follows high-level corporate executives as they slip anonymously into the rank-and-file of their own companies.

Friday, Jan. 10


La Grua Center Arts and Culture Series will present local author and artist Jude Larzelere on Friday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. for the opening reception of her show of abstract art quilts and various watercolor and ink on paper studies. Jude has been named the Fellow for Craft 2014 by the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. This exhibit will contain several of the quilts that the jury critiqued for the award. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of January at the La Grua Center which is located at 32 Water St., Stonington. The event is open to the public and free of charge although donations will be gratefully accepted. Visit for more information on the center or for more information on the artist.

Through Feb. 2


“Four C’s in Winter” is the title of the current exhibition on display through Feb. 2 at Noah’s Restaurant Gallery, 113 Water St., Stonington Borough. The exhibition presents paintings by Carmel Bourneuf, Carol Connor, Carole Erdman, Carrie Reynolds in a variety of mediums and locations including seashore, landscapes and marshes.

Saturday, Jan. 11


Sarah Smith and the Jazz Factor will appear at Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. as the library continues their Community Concert series. The Jazz Factor is a collaboration of seasoned professionals dedicated to the history of jazz. Elements of traditional jazz, swing, New Orleans, nouveaux, and upbeat and surprising arrangements of familiar standards all blend to create a surprising variety of music styles. In the band are Bil Groth, piano, Matt McCauley, bass; and Fred Brightman, percussion in addition to Sarah Smith, vocals. Tickets $20 for adults, and $10 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door or by using paypal at

Saturday, Jan. 11


The Debra Mann Trio will bring a night of jazz to the stage of the Courthouse Center on Saturday, Jan 11 at 8 p.m. Debra and her trio have performed and recorded together for over two decades. Their performance will include American jazz, Brazilian bossa-novas, original compositions and some Joni Mitchell. The Courthouse is located at 3481 Kingstown Road (Rte. 138) in West Kingston. Tickets ($25) are available online at

Saturday, January 11


Billed as “zany and exuberant,” the Toe Jam Puppet Band offers children’s entertainment that families can enjoy together on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Ocean State Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. The musical performances feature a combination of original songs and interactive storytelling. Tom Poitras is the plaid-suited songwriter and singer of the group. He plays banjo, acoustic guitar and washboard tie. Vinny Lovegrove acts as emcee and resident silly man with a big bag of puppet shows, storytelling, amateur acrobatics, improvisation, and well-timed shtick. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to sing and dance along. Tickets are $10.00 each and are available online at or by calling 401-921-6800.

Saturday, Jan. 11


Mystic Seaport chantey staff and many of the finest chantey singers in the northeast sing maritime ballads and songs of the sea during the annual “Chantey Blast and Pub Sing” on Saturday Jan. 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at Frohsinn Hall, 54 Greenmanville Ave. across from the Museum’s main entrance. This fundraising event is co-sponsored by the Pinewoods Folk Music Club of New York. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support the 35th annual Sea Music Festival which will be hosted at Mystic Seaport June 12-15, 2014. For questions email

Saturday, Jan. 11


The Mystic Aquarium’s first ever Seal Splash, a winter dip in the ocean to raise money and awareness for the Aquarium’s animal rescue efforts will be held on Saturday at noon. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for participants 18 and under, with prizes for those who raise over $100. The event will be meeting at the Pleasant View Inn on Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, RI at noon. Participants should bring a change of clothes. For more information and to register, visit

Saturday, Jan. 11


Louise Erdrich’s first novel,”Love Medicine,” will be the subject of discussion at The Big Read Book Circle in the research library of the Pequot Museum on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. The novel is described as “... an eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” Lorén Spears, director of the Tomaquag Museum, will share an indigenous perspective on how Erdrich weaves historic and familial trauma with hope and renewal. The program is free. Call 860-396-6897 for information. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, Jan. 11


The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center in New London. Music Director Toshi Shimada will conduct the program which features Hyewon Kim performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 (the Little Russian.) Pre-concert conversation at 7p.m. with Gary Chapman and post-concert reception are free for members of the audience. Tickets are priced from $32-$62. Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase tickets at For further information, visit

Sunday, Jan. 12


The URI Alumni Wind Ensemble will offer a free concert on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. The ensemble is directed by URI’s Assistant Director of Bands Brian Cardany of Richmond, RI. They will perform in the URI Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 105 Upper College Rd., Kingston. The concert will include Huldigungsmarsch by Richard Wagner, Psalm for Band by Vincent Persichetti, I’m Seventeen Come Sunday by Percy Grainger, Handel in the Strand also by Percy Grainger, and Valdres by Johannes Hanssen. The URI Concert Hall is handicap-accessible, and parking is available behind the Fine Arts Center, off Bills Road. For more information, call the music department at 874-2431, or visit

Sunday, January 12


The Providence Childrens Museum will present a program called “Celebration of Trees” to learn about the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, which translates as “the birthday of the trees.” Children will listen to stories and create tree-inspired art. The program will be held on Sunday Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District and is open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and selected Fridays until 8 p.m. Activities are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person. Call 401-273-KIDS or visit

Wednesday, Jan. 15


Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Road, North Stonington, will brighten winter nights with a winery sampling of different varietals paired with gourmet small bites on select Wednesdays. Zinfandel. will be the featured wine for Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Visitors will may chat with the winemaker and the evening’s guest chef. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at

Thursday, Jan. 16


The Mystic Art Center, 9 Water St., mixes cocktails and creativity at their monthly Artini Hour on January 16, at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to learn the meditative drawing practice of Zentangle while chilling out with the evening’s featured cocktail, the appropriately named “Zentini.” Take on a creative project with one of their instructors, while learning to play with a variety of media in the studios and galleries. Instruction, supplies, and beverage are included. Cost for the one hour class is $15 per person. Visit for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 16


Rachael Miller, founder and executive director of the Rozalia Project, presents an eye-opening presentation entitled “What’s Down There?” The talk will be held at the River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant & Tavern on Greenmanville Road, Mystic, on January 16 at 1:30 and again at 7:30 p.m. Miller will discuss what’s lurking in the urban and coastal waters of Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and the Gulf of Maine and the problem of marine debris. She will describe her trash-hunting adventures that include getting attacked by a lobster, freeing an octopus, and making some unusual finds while picking up more than 500,000 pieces of ocean trash together with 10,500 participants all over the United States. The not-for-profit Rozalia Project is dedicated to finding and removing marine debris through action, technology, outreach, and research. Tickets are $20 with a reduced rate for museum members. Tickets may be purchase at or by calling 860-572-5331.

Thursday, Jan. 16


How does an artist begin to create? What’s the first step? On Thursday, Sadie Davidson DaVore will demonstrate printmaking with the collographic plate at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly at 7 Canal St. from 11 to 2 p.m. Ms. DeVore is the founder and curator of the Stonington Printmakers Society. The demonstrations will be held in conjunction with the current exhibit, “In The Beginning,” running through Feb. 2. Ms. Devore will hold an additional demonstration on Friday, Jan. 17 from 11 to 2 p.m. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. visit for more information about the gallery or call 401-596-2221 for a schedule of other artist demonstrations.

Thursday, Jan. 16


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center’s Sandwich Generation series will present “Laughter IS the Best Medicine” on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. The performance will feature a free light lunch and a demonstration by New London’s Laughworks School of Improv. The demonstration is described as “hour of laughter, playing and catering to our youthful disposition.” After the demonstration, Kristin Hartnett, the facilitator of Laughworks, will explain the basics of improvisation and the value that these skills can add to everyday living. For reservations call Peggy or Barb at 860-599-3285, ext. 15. Visit for more information about their other programs.

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