Picks of the week: Nov. 16-26, 2017

Picks of the week: Nov. 16-26, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 16

Benefit Pasta Dinner

5 to 7 p.m.; Calabrese Club, 26 Pleasant St., Westerly.

The Westerly Lions Club and Westerly Rotary Club will host a pasta dinner to benefit the Westerly Jonnycake Emergency Fuel Fund. Cost is $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 for children.

Ivy Pochoda

6 to 7:30 p.m.; Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St, Mystic.

Bank Square Books will host an author discussion and book signing with Ivy Pochoda, a former Merrill Fellow and the author of the new book “Wonder Valley.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Hyg Harbor Concert Series

8 p.m.; Hygienic Art, 79 Bank St., New London

Sarah Golley + Phat A$tronauts will perform at Hygienic Art’s underground gallery as part of the Hyg Harbor Concert Series. Admission is free with drinks and band merchandise available for purchase. Visit hygienic.org for more information.

 Nov. 16 - 19

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

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

 The Granite Theatre of Westerly will present the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Performances will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets call 401-596-2341 or visit granitetheatre.com.

Nov. 16 - Dec. 31

Westerly Nature Seal Cruises

Various times; Viking Marina, 19 Margin St., Westerly.

Save the Bay will run 90-minute Seal Watch and Nature Cruise down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay. Cruises leave from Viking Marina. For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-7325 or visit savebay.org/seals.

 Nov. 16 - 26

“Death of a Salesman”

Various times; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Repertory Company will present Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” directed by Brian McEleney. For tickets or more information, call 401-351-4242, or visit TrinityRep.com.

Nov. 16 - 22

“Skeleton Crew”

Various times; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Repertory Company will present Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene. For tickets or more information, call 401-351-4242, or visit TrinityRep.com.

Nov. 16 - Dec. 31

“A Christmas Carol”

Various times; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Repertory Company 40th annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne will feature Joe Wilson, Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge. For tickets call 401-351-4242 or visit  TrinityRep.com.

Nov. 16 - 18

“Bravo! An Improvised Musical”

Various times; Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, South Kingstown

Contemporary Theater Company will present “Bravo! An Improvised Musical.” Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 and $15 for students. For tickets, call 401-218-0282 or visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Nov. 16 - Dec. 10.


Various times; Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket.

The play “Incognito” by Nick Payne and directed by Tyler Dobrowsky features four actors playing a total of 21 characters in the play’s three interwoven stories. For more information or for tickets, visit gammtheatre.org.

November 16, 17

Benefit Concert

7 p.m.; Christ the King Church, 180 Old North Road, Kingston.

The Music Ministry of Christ the King Church will present a benefit concert with appearances by Jaime Cortez, Tom Kendzia and Curtis Stephan. Admission is free with donations requested to benefit the Assumption Parish in Providence. For tickets or more information, call 401-783-7459.

Friday, Nov. 17

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club

8 to 10:30 p.m.; Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., Westerly.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club will hold a dance with caller, Jim Schell and cuer, Harriett Clarke. The theme will be a Tribute to Veterans. There is a $7 donation for dancers, free for observers.

Sam Ducharme

6:30 p.m.; Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington.

Sam Ducharme give a presentation about his six-month 2,189 mile journey hiking the Appalachian Trail. The talk will include photographs of animal encounters, stunning views, and unexpected obstacles. Visit wheelerlibrary.org for more information.

Noank-Mystic Community Band Concert

7 p.m.; Groton City Municipal Building, 295 Meridian St., Groton.

The Noank-Mystic Community Band will hold a free band concert featuring the music of the British Isles.


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

Introduction, a Chicago tribute band will perform. They will be joined by Danny Seraphine, a founding member of the original Chicago Transit Authority. Tickets are $35. For tickets, visit courthousearts.org.

Lucy Kaplansky

7:30 p.m.; All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay St., New London.

Friday Night Folk will present a concert with singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for students and military with ID. Tickets are available at fridaynightfolk.org or by calling 860-443-0316.

Forensic Science Seminar Series

3:30 p.m.; Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 140 Flagg Road, Kingston.

The University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series will host a talk by Steven Medeiros of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who will discuss “A day in the life of an FBI Agent.”  The lecture is free. For more information, visit uri.edu.

Nov. 17 - 19

“Little Women”

Various times; Stonington High School, 176 South Broad St., Pawcatuck.

The Stonington High School drama program will present the musical, “Little Women,” based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott and directed by Erin Souza Stanley with musical direction by Chris Stanley. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Stonington High School or at the door. For more information call 860-599-5781.


Various times; Tansill Theater, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The Connecticut College Theater Department will present “bobrauschenbergamerica” by Charles L. Mee, a play that American artist Robert Rauschenberg might have conceived if he had been a playwright instead of a painter. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, $6 for students, seniors and military. For tickets or more information, visit conncoll.edu.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Maxim Loskutoff

5 p.m.; Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington.

November Merrill Fellow Maxim Loskutoff will read from his work. The event is free. Visit stoningtonfreelibrary.org for more information.

American Girl Tea Party

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Mystic VFW Post 3263, 60 Stonington Road, Stonington.

Mystic Girl Scout Troops 63210 and 63815 will host an American Girl Tea Party with seatings available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tea sandwiches and pastries will be served and attendees are welcome to bring their favorite doll to the tea. The scouts will portray some of the American Girl characters and have activities for the children from various historical time periods. Tickets are $8 each and can be reserved by calling 860-536-3861.

Gem Gabriel

6 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church, 110 High St. Ashaway.

Trinity Lutheran Church will host a contemporary Christian concert featuring guitarist Gem Gabriel. The concert is free with an optional free will offering to be taken to support ministry efforts in New London. For more information, call 401-377-4340 or email trinityem@yahoo.com.

Captain Wes Pulver

5 p.m.; Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, 32 Water St., Stonington.

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Captain Wes Pulver, executive director of the National Coast Guard Association. He will share stories of the history of the U. S. Coast Guard from a regional perspective including the War of 1812, the Rum Wars during Prohibition and World War II. Cost is $5 for members of yacht club and $10 for guests. Reservations are requested by calling Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112, ext. 0 or emailing office@shyc.us

Linford Fisher

2 p.m.; Tomaquag Museum, 390 Summit Road, Exeter.

Linford Fisher, associate professor of history at Brown University will discuss the cultural and religious history of colonial America and the Atlantic world. He is the author of “The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Indian Cultures in Early America” and “Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island's Founding Father.” A book signing will follow the talk with books available for purchase. Visit tomaquagmuseum.org for more information.

American Rhapsody

8 p.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will present a concert, American Rhapsody, featuring pianist Lindsay Garritson. Pieces performed will include Coolidge Pioneer Dances, Copland Our Town and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. For tickets or more information, visit gardearts.org or call 860-443-2876.

Col. William Babcock

2 p.m.; Peace Dale Library, 1057 Kingstown Road, South Kingstown.

Col. William Babcock, retired, will give a talk, ‘Citizen Soldier: My Time in Vietnam and Other War Zones,’ about his extensive military experience in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and with the Rhode Island National Guard. For more information, visit skpl.org.

English Country Dance

7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown.

An English country dance will be held featuring instruction by Tom Amesse, live music by Dawn Chung and Cindy Ladd. A pot luck dinner will precede the dance, starting at 6 pm. Admission to dance is $10.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Theresa Schimmel

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will hold a book signing with Theresa Schimmel for “The Carousel Adventure,” children's chapter book featuring the Watch Hill Carousel. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Gregory Maguire

2 p.m.; Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington.

Bank Square Books and the Wheeler Library will host a talk and book signing with Gregory Maguire, the bestselling author of “Wicked,” “After Alice,” and “Lost,” for his new book Hiddensee. The event requires a book purchase to attend. Bank Square Books will donate a portion of each book sale to Wheeler Library. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Crooked House

2 p.m.; Mystic Luxury Cinemas, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.

The James Merrill House Committee will present an advance screening of a new film based on Agatha Christie’s novel “Crooked House.” A reception will follow at the Jealous Monk. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will benefit the James Merrill Museum & Writer-in-Residence Program. For tickets, visit jamesmerrillhouse.org.

U.S. Coast Guard Band

2 p.m.; Leamy Concert Hall, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The U.S. Coast Guard Band will presents “American Traveler,” with director, Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson featuring works by Maslanka, Korngold, Hindemith and Rimsky Korsakov.

The event is free. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID. For more information, visit uscg.mil/band, or call 860-701-6826.

Thursday, Nov. 23

Thanksgiving Community Dinner

Noon to 2 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly.

A free Thanksgiving Dinner will be served to community members featuring turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, turnip, yams, green bean casserole, creamed onions, and pumpkin pie will be served. Take out and home delivery will be available for those in the local area who are unable to come to the church. For more information, call Liz Dobson at 401-596-7164 or the church office at 401-596-0197.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

1 to 2 p.m.; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 15 Pearl St., Mystic.

A free Thanksgiving Dinner will be served to community members. Food and monetary donations are gratefully accepted and can be arranged by calling 860-572-9549.

Friday, Nov. 24

Santa’s Arrival

6 p.m.; High Street, Westerly.

Santa Claus, The Winter Lady, and other holiday characters will arrive via fire truck to ring in the holiday season. Visit oceanchamber.org or call 401-596-7761 for more information.

Nov. 24, 25

Field Days

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic.

Mystic Seaport will host Field Days featuring family-friendly activities including traditional games on the village green, including hoops, stilts, and graces and crafts. Visit mysticseaport.org for more information.

Nov. 24 to Dec. 23

Lantern Light Tours

5 p.m.; Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic.

Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 1876 in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the museum. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at mysticseaport.org/lanternlighttours, or by calling 860-572-5331.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 1

Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff

Various times; Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport.

The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff will feature a cast of Island Moving Company dancers, guest artists and children from studios throughout Rhode Island. For tickets, visit islandmovingco.org or call 401 847-4470.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Poetry Reading

6:30 p.m.; Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly.

The Poetry Group of Christ Church will host a poetry reading by Fr. Spencer Reece featuring the poems of the girls of Our Little Roses orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The poems were compiled by Fr. Reece in the anthology “Counting Time Like People Count Stars.” For more information, visit christchurchwesterly.org

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

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

Rhode Island Hall of Fame inductees John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band will perform. Tickets are $35. For tickets, visit courthousearts.org.

Sunday, Nov. 26

Hiking Book Event & All Ages Hike

2 p.m.; Wahaneeta Preserve, 118 Moorehouse Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will host a talk by Jeanine Silversmith from Rhode Island Families In Nature and author of “The Rhode Island Family Hiking Guide and Journal.” She will share tips for enjoying the great outdoors with children. Books will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Westerly Land Trust. After the brief presentation, Donna Anderson of EnCORE Fitness & Wellness will lead a hike through the woodland preserve. Visit westerlylandtrust.org for more information.

Holiday Bazaar

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Westerly Yacht Club, 1 Watch Hill Road, Westerly.

A Holiday Bazaar featuring artisans and vendors will be held to benefit local Westerly charities including Westerly High School class of 2018. St. Michael School and Stand Up For Animals.





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