Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 to Sept. 3

Picks of the Week: Aug. 23 to Sept. 3



Thursday, Aug. 23 Back to School Fashion Night

6 to 8 p.m.; Jonnycake Center of Westerly, 23 Industrial Drive, Westerly.

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly will host a Back to School Fashion Night with outfits from the thrift store portion of the center. Admission is free, with a request for donations of a Chunky soup can to support the center’s food pantry services. There will also be a raffle. For more information, visit jonnycake.org or call 401-377-8069.

Drive-In Movies

9 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Jurassic Park.” Cost is $15 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

Book Signing and Gallery opening

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; The Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts will host author and artist Phillip Martorella for a signing of his new book “A Controversial Approach To Music Theory and Musical Scansio,” and gallery opening for an exhibit of his paintings. The event is free. For more information, visit courthousearts.org.

Aug. 23 – 26 “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

Various times; Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St., Westerly.

Granite Theatre will present the comedy, “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” by Neil Simon. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit granitetheatre.com or call 401-596-2341.

Aug. 23 – Sept. 9 “Chicago”

Various times; Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield.Theatre By The Sea will present Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Chicago,” directed by Bob Richard. For tickets, visit theatrebythesea.com or call 866-811-4111.

Friday, Aug. 24 Moonlight Serenade Gala

6 p.m.; Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill.

Salt Marsh Opera will hold a Moonlight Serenade Gala fundraiser featuring cocktails on the lawn, dinner on the seaside terrace, auction items and a concert under the stars. Tickets are $195 and proceeds will benefit the Kids Love Opera! program. For tickets or more information, visit saltmarshopera.org/gala.

Drive-In Movies

9 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Jurassic World.” Cost is $15 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

Steve DeConti & Dan Moretti

7 p.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library. 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown

Cross Mills Library will host Steve DeConti & Dan Moretti, who will perform surf jazz, as part of its free Friday Night Concert series. For more information, call or 401-3646211 or visit crossmills.org.

Saturday, Aug. 25 Comedians in Exile

8 p.m.; Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

Comedians in Exile will perform a benefit show for The United Theatre. Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, visit unitedtheatre.org.

Reflections: Hurricane of ‘38

5 p.m.; Lanphear Livery, 1 Bay Street, Watch Hill.

The Watch Hill Memorial Library & Improvement Society will host a free talk on the Hurricane of ‘38 by Glenn Field, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service. His multi-media presentation will not only look at the past but also explain the unique characteristics of New England hurricanes and why safety and preparedness rules are different here in some ways.

Alice Kaltman

3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Cafe will host a book signing with Alice Kaltman for her new book “Wavehouse.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Drive-In Movies

9 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Footloose.” Cost is $15 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

Wilcox Park Native Garden Tour

10 a.m.; Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners will host a free Native Gardens Tour of Wilcox Park. The tour will begin with information about the park, native plants, and Rhody natives, followed by a walk around the park, with stops at gardens and various native trees and shrubs. The tour will meet at the esplanade by the side entrance of the library.

Music Matters Series

5 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

La Grua Center’s Music Matters Series will host a concert featuring Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde on violoncello and Artem Belogurov on a 1886 Chickering concert grand. The concert will be held in memory of Stonington poet J. D. “Sandy” McClatchy (1945-2018.) Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Arts on the Quad

5:30 p.m.; Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic.

The Mystic Seaport Arts on the Quad will host a presentation by Nicholas Bell, who will give a talk about the Vinland Map, and Fred Calabretta who will speak about the music in the era during which the map was unveiled to the public. The talks will be followed by a performance by Penny Lane, a Beatles tribute band. There is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit mysticseaport.org.

Steve Daggett

8 p.m.; The Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts will host local country rock artist Steve Daggett for an end of summer party. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org.

Old Time Music Picnic

12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; South County Museum, 115 Strathmore St., Narragansett.

South County Museum will host an Old Time Music Picnic featuring the South County Jammers, Mud Daubers, Farm Dog, The K.C. Moaners Jug Band and Pitcher’s Garage Band. The event is free with donations gratefully accepted. For more information, visit southcountymuseum.org.

Jonathan Edwards

7:30 p.m.; Narragansett Community Center, 53 Mumford Road, Narragansett.

Congregation Beth David’s Summer Series will present singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards. Tickets are $40. For tickets visit cbdri.org or call 401-789-3437.

Sunday, Aug. 26 Connie Bombaci

3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café presents an open house book signing with local author Connie Bombaci, author of “Hogan’s Hope.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

James and Susan Patterson

2 to 5 p.m.; Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville.

Mohegan Sun and Bank Square Books will host an event featuring James Patterson and his wife Susan Patterson. The couple will be hold a Q& A followed by a book signing of their children’s book, “Cuddly Critters for Little Geniuses.” Mr. Patterson will sign copies of his latest books, “Texas Ranger” and “The President is Missing,” co-authored by Bill Clinton. For tickets or more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Choral Evensong

Enjoy the end of summer with the simple yet beautiful yearly tradition of Evensong in the Watch Hill Chapel at 5 p.m. when children from the Chorus of Westerly, recently returned from their summer camp program at Ogontz, have been invited back to the Watch Hill Chapel for a second year in a row to help offer the service, along with the chapel’s professional vocal quartet and music director Andrew Howell. Free and open to all.

Providence Folk Festival

Noon to 6 p.m.; Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main St., Providence.The Providence Folk Festival will feature acts on two stages, including John Hall of the band Orleans and local performers Glenn Kendzia and Dan Blakeslee. The festival is free with donations of food for the Rhode Island Food Bank gratefully accepted. For more information, visit johnfuzek.com/Providence_Folk_Festival.

Monday, Aug. 27 Harvey Robbins’ Royalty of Doo-Wopp.

7:30 p.m.; Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield.

Theatre By The Sea will host Harvey Robbins’ Royalty of Doo-Wopp, including performances by doo-wopp artists Tony Funches, Billy Davis and Louise Murray. For tickets or more information, visit theatrebythesea.com or call 866-811-4111 or 401-782-8587.

Author Event

7 p.m.; Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library St., Mystic.

Authors Jade Huguenin and Martin Smith will discuss and sign their book “Postcard History Series: Mystic” and the history of Mystic. Books will be available for purchase. The program is free. For more information, visit mysticnoanklibrary.org or call 860-536-7721

Tuesday, Aug. 28 Christa Carmen

7 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book release party for Westerly author Christa Carmen’s new horror and dark fiction short story collection, “Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked.” This event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 29 Lucy Burdette and Maddie Day

7 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an evening of food and mystery with New England authors Lucy Burdette, author of “Death on the Menu” and Maddie Day, author of “Death over Easy.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Wildlife Wednesdays

7 p.m.; Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown

The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island will host Chris Powell who will give a presentation, “A Photographic Journey into the Amazon Rainforest,” as part of the center’s Wildlife Wednesdays. The talk is free. For more information, email friends.ri@verizon.net.

Thursday, Aug. 30 C.J. Chivers

7 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an author talk and book signing with Pulitzer Prize winner and Rhode Island author C.J. Chivers, the author of “The Fighters.” For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Drive-In Movies

9 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “16 Candles.” Cost is $15 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

Ocean State Follies

7:30 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host the Ocean State Follies and their current comedy show, Campaign 2018. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org.

Friday, Aug. 31 Movies in the Park

8 p.m.; Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The United Theatre in partnership with The Westerly Library & Wilcox Park will screen “Dirty Dancing” as part of the Movies in the Park series. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information.

Drive-In Movies

9 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Happy Gilmore.” Cost is $15 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

John Ashbery talk

6 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

The James Merrill House will host a conversation with Karin Roffman and Willard Spiegelman about the American poet John Ashbery. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit jamesmerrillhouse.org.

Chris Jason and Joelle Righetti

1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

The Courthouse will host a show featuring tribute performers Chris Jason as Frank Sinatra and Joelle Righetti as Cher. Tickets are$30. For tickets, visit courthousearts.org.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 Rhythm & Roots Festival

Various times; Ninigret Park, Charlestown.

The Rhythm & Roots festival will feature Zydeco, delta blues, swing, swamp pop, polka, honky tonk, klezmer, boogie woogie and Cajun bands including the Taj Mahal Trio, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Say Darling, Asleep At the Wheel and Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys. Gates open at noon on Friday and Sunday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. For tickets or more information, visit rhythmandroots.com.

Saturday, Sept. 1 Beth Caruso

3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Cafe will host an open house book signing with Beth Caruso for her book “One of Windsor. This event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Sept. 1 – 3 Meet the Artists & Artisans

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.

Olde Mistick Village will host “Meet the Artists and Artisans” featuring fine artists, sculptors, photographers and hand crafters who will be creating art and have items for sale. The event will be held rain or shine, with free admission and parking. Visit meettheartistsandartisans.com or call 203-874-5672 for more information.

Sunday, September 2 U.S. Coast Guard Band

1 p.m.; Fort Trumbull State Park, 90 Walbach St., New London.

The Coast Guard Band with director Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson will present a free concert of marches, familiar concert pieces, beautiful arias, and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” The event is free and the audience is encouraged to provide its own seating for this venue. For more information, visit uscg.mil/Community/Band/ or call 860-701-6826.


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