Picks of the week: Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, 2017

Picks of the week: Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, 2017



Thursday, Nov. 23Thanksgiving 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.

Nov. 23 - Dec. 31Westerly 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. 23 - 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. 23 - 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. 23 - Dec. 10.“Incognito”

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.

Friday, Nov. 24Santa’s Arrival

6 p.m.; Downtown Westerly, 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.

Tina Barney

4:30 to 6 p.m.; Avondale Arts, 95 Watch Hill Road, Westerly.

Avondale Arts will host a book signing by American artist Tina Barney. Books will be available for purchase.

Nov. 24, 25Field 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. 23Lantern 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. 1Newport 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. 25Poetry 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.

A Very Merry Storytime

2:30 p.m.; Westerly Library & Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St, Westerly.

The Westerly Public Library will host Buddy the Elf for a storytime and photos. The event is for ages 5 and older. To register, visit westerlylibrary.org

Tree Lighting

4 p.m.; Westerly Library & Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St, Westerly.

The Westerly Library & Wilcox Park annual tree lighting will be held on the Esplanade.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House

4 p.m.; Ocean House, 1 Bluff Drive, Watch Hill

The Ocean House will host a Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck.  Snacks and beverages will be available as well as a Christmas Market. The event is free with attendees invited to bring a wrapped toy for the Ocean House’s toy drive.   Visit oceanhouseevents.com for more information.

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. 26Hiking 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.

Monday, Nov. 27Treasure Talk

6 p.m.; Westerly Library & Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St, Westerly.

Rebecca Nolan will give a talk about "Uncovering Westerly's Hidden Waterways: An excavation of the Stillmanville Canal" as part of the library’s Treasure Talks. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information.

Ranky Tanky

7:30 p.m.; The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett.

The Friends of the Towers will host a concert by South Carolina band, Ranky Tanky. Tickets are $20 and are available at thetowersri.com or at the door. For more information, call 401-782-2597.

Tuesday, Nov. 28Jessica Keener

6 to 8 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Cafe, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book signing by Jessica Keener, author of “Strangers in Budapest” as part of the Holiday Gift Guide series. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 30Lights of Love

6 p.m.; Westerly Hospital, 25 Wells St., Westerly.

The Westerly Hospital Auxiliary will celebrate its 33rd annual Lights of Love campaign with a tree lighting ceremony and a performance by the Chariho High School Women's Choral Group.

Evening of Romance

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an evening of romance with authors Loretta Chase, Sarah MacLean, Maya Rodale, and Megan Frampton. The event is free and wine and beer will be available for purchase. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Min Jin Lee

5 to 7 p.m. Bank Square Books, 53 W Main St, Mystic. Bank Square Books and Savoy

Bank Square Books will host a book signing by Min Jin Lee, author of “Pachinko” as part of the Holiday Gift Guide series. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Polar Express Movie Night

6:30 p.m.; Stonington High School, 176 S. Broad St., Stonington.

The Stonington High School Interact Club will host a movie night for families with a screening of “The Polar Express.” Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 18 years and younger. Attendees are invited to wear pajamas and bring stuffed animals. Drinks and bakery items will be available for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to a local family in need this holiday season.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 10‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’

Various times; University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.

The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will perform “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” by Oscar Wilde, a play that explores Victorian upper crust society. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students, university faculty and staff and seniors. For tickets or more information, visit web.uri.edu/theatre, or call 401-874-5843.

Nov. 30 - Dec. 17A Christmas Carol

Various times; Chestnut Street Playhouse, 24 Chestnut St., Norwich.

Chestnut Street Playhouse will present a musical version of Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 seniors and $15 for children and students. For tickets call 860-886-2378 or visit chestnutstreetplayhouse.org.

Friday, Dec. 1Johnny and the East Coast Rockers fundraiser

7 p.m. The Knickerbocker Cafe, 35 Railroad Ave, Westerly.

The North Stonington Elementary Drama Club will hold a Swing into the Holidays Fundraiser featuring Johnny and the East Coast Rockers. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at knickmusic.com.

Stonington Borough Holiday Stroll

5:30 p.m.; Wadawanuck Square, 196 Water St., Stonington.

The Stonington Borough Holiday Stroll will feature singing carols, sipping mulled cider, and the lighting of a tree. The event is free.

Christmas Tree Lighting

5:30 to 7 p.m.; Charlestown Town Hall, 4540 South County Trail, Charlestown.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will also feature caroling by the Chariho Middle School chorus, a snack and craft along with visits from rideable animals and Santa.

Nora Fox & Friends

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

La Grua Center will host a concert featuring Stonington native Nora Fox with Devon Yesberger on piano. Cost is $15. For tickets or more information, visit lagruacenter.org or call 860-535-2300.

Baker Brothers

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

Cross’ Mills Library will host the jazz group, Baker Brothers as part of their Three Songs of the Season series. The concert is free.

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 Thomas Blackwell of the Drug Enforcement Agency, who will discuss “The Fentanyl Tale.”  The lecture is free. For more information, visit uri.edu.

Wickford Festival of Lights Concert

7:15 p.m.; First Baptist Church, 34 Main St., Wickford.

The Lafayette Band of North Kingstown will perform a festive program of traditional, modern and classical holiday music at the 10th annual Wickford Festival of Lights Concert. The concert is free. For more information, visit lafayette-band.com.

Rhode Island Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds

7:30 p.m.; Roberts Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence.

Rhode Island Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds will perform in concert guests, composer Steven Bryant; conductor Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by David Neves. The guest soloist Steve Laven, cellist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and adjunct faculty member of music at Rhode Island College, will perform Bryant’s 2011 Concerto for Cello. Tickets are $10. Visit ric.edu/pfa to purchase tickets or for more information.

Dec. 1 to 23“A Christmas Survival Guide”

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

Granite Theatre will present the musical comedy, “A Christmas Survival Guide.” Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday 2 p.m. Visit granitetheatre.com or call 401-596-2341 for tickets or more information.

Dec. 1 – 2 “Nut/Cracked”

7:30 p.m.; Sapinsley Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence.

The Bang Group with the Rhode Island College Dance Company will perform, “Nut/Cracked,” a modern version of “The Nutcracker.” Tchaikovsky’s original score is mixed with music by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and others. Tickets are $35. Visit ric.edu/pfa to purchase tickets or for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 2Messiah Sing 2017

6 p.m.; George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St.,, Westerly.

The Chorus of Westerly directed by Andrew Howell will host an open sing of the Christmas portions of Handel's "Messiah" and carols from various Christmas carol books. Admission is $20. Visit chorusofwesterly.org for more information.

Holiday book signing

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book signing with  Kara LaReau, author of “The Infamous Ratsos” and Debbi Michiko Florence, author of “Jasmine Toguchi” The event is part of the shop’s Holiday Gift Guide series. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Open House & Owl Prowl

2 to 5:30 p.m.; Frosty Drew Nature Center, Ninigret Park, 62 Park Lane, Charlestown.

Frosty Drew Nature Center will hold an open house, followed by a presentation by the center’s naturalists at 4 p.m. and an evening walk to look and listen for owls. Attendees should wear dark clothing, dress in layers and bring red headlamp/light if possible. Cost is $5 per family; free for members. To register, email naturalist@frostydrew.org or call 401-859-1450.

L.U.N.C.H. Holiday Show

7 p.m.; Union Baptist Church, 119 High St, Mystic.

The 2017 Local United Network to Combat Hunger Holiday Show will feature Bill Pere, Connecticut state troubadour; Nashville recording artist Kay Pere;  and recording artist Larry Batter along with a cast of more than 20 children from several area schools. Proceeds will benefit local social service agencies in providing holiday food baskets and basic services to families in need. Tickets are $10 and $8 for children under age 12, in advance; or $12 and $10 for children under age 12 day of the show.  For tickets, visit lunchensemble.com or call 860-572-9285.

“The Magic Flute”

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

Connecticut Lyric Opera will present Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in English. The performance will feature the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, lead by Maestro Adrian Sylveen. For tickets, visit  gardearts.org or call 860.444.7373.

Melissa Etheridge

8 p.m.; The Park Theatre, 848 Park Ave., Cranston.

The Park Theatre will host a Christmas concert with Melissa Etheridge. For tickets, visit parktheatreri.com.

Sunday, Dec. 3Westminster Youth String Ensemble Holiday Concert

3 p.m.; Westerly Armory, 41 Railroad Avenue, Westerly. Westminster Youth String Ensemble Holiday Concert will include members of the Westerly Band and adult string players from the community. Cost is $10, free for children. Donations of canned goods for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center are requested. Visit westminsterstrings.org for more information.

Dinner with Alex Prud'homme

6:30 p.m.; Oyster Club, 13 Water Street, Mystic.

The Oyster Club and Bank Square Books will present a dinner with Alex Prud'homme in celebration of his latest book, “The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act.” Tickets are $80 and include a multi course dinner, drink pairing, and a copy of the book.  Visit banksquarebooks.com for tickets or more information.

Carol of the King

7:30 p.m.; The Park Theatre, 848 Park Ave., Cranston.

The Park Theatre will host Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular. For tickets, visit parktheatreri.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
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