Picks of the week Nov. 30 to Dec. 10

Picks of the week Nov. 30 to Dec. 10



Thursday, Nov. 30

Lights 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. 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. 30 - 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. 30 - 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. 30 - 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.

Nov. 30 - 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.

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. 17

A 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. 1

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.

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 - 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. 2

Messiah 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.

Dec. 2 - 17

“Nutcracker Spectacular”

Various times; Mystic Dark Room, 325 Mistuxet Avenue, Stonington

Mystic Ballet will present “Nutcracker Spectacular.” Performances will be held on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit mysticballet.org.

Sunday, Dec. 3

Westminster 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.

Monday, Dec.  4

Great Russian Nutcracker

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

The Park Theatre will host Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. For tickets, visit parktheatreri.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

The Art of Aging

4 p.m.  StoneRidge Senior Living, 186 Jerry Browne Road, Mystic.

The Mystic Geriatric Institute and StoneRidge Senior Living will host a lecture by Kevin Lyn Sisson on the Art of Aging. The talk is free. Reservations are required by calling 860-572-5601.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

‘Silver & Snow’ Holiday Show

5 to 8 p.m.; Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 7 Canal St., Westerly

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly will hold an opening party for their holiday show, ‘Silver & Snow.’ For more information, visit westerlyarts.com

Art Opening

5 to 7:45 p.m.; Hoxie Gallery, Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

An opening reception will be held for the  "International Waters" by Ocean Inspirations art exhibit.

Holiday Stroll and Luminaria

5 to 9 p.m.; Downtown Westerly.

The streets of downtown Westerly will be lined with luminaria, carolers, and Christmas festivities. There will be hayrides with Santa and complementary hot chocolate and cookies. Stores will run special promotions and discounts to kick off the holiday season. Visit oceanchamber.org or call 401-596-7761 for more information.

L.M. Browning

6 to 8 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book signing by L. M. Browning, author of “The Castoff Children,” as part of the Holiday Gift Guide series. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Dec. 7, 9

Songs of the Holidays

Various times; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The Westerly Library will host “Songs of the Holidays,” a concert performance by The Black Tie Brothers. The band features Phil Audette and Brendon Bjorness-Murano who will perform a mixture of holiday classics including elements of both live looping and bluesy improvisation. Performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The program is free. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Dec. 7 - 10

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Various times; Exeter-West Greenwich Jr/Sr High School, 930 Nooseneck Hill Rd, West Greenwich.

Exeter-West Greenwich High School Drama will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Visit ewgdrama.com  for tickets or more information.

Dec. 7 to 23

“Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”

Various times; The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

The Contemporary Theater Company will present the comedy “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge,” by Christopher Durang. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 401-218-0282 or visit  contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Friday, Dec. 8

Colleen Rogers and Jeff Cezarine

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

Cross’ Mills Library will host the contemporary musicians, Colleen Rogers and Jeff Cezarine as part of their Three Songs of the Season series. The concert is free. Visit crossmills.org or call 401-364-6211  for more information.

The Stonington Madrigal Singers

6 p.m.; Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington.

The Stonington Madrigal Singers, joined by the The Whaling City Brass Quintet will perform a concert of renaissance and baroque Christmas music. Donations gratefully accepted.

Festival of Lights

5 to 9:30 p.m.; Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.

Olde Mistick Village will host a Festival of Lights featuring over 6,000 luminaries lighting the walkways of the village and surrounding area, music by Ragtime Too!, Festive Brass Ensemble and Stonington High School and Tyl Middle School Chamber Choirs and Fly-by-Night Comedy Jugglers. Parking and admission is free. For more information, visit oldemistickvillage.com.

December 8 to 10

Albano’s “Nutcracker”

Various times; Cabaret Theatre, Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville.

Albano’s “Nutcracker” will feature Miku Kawamura, prima ballerina from Japan, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Eric Cranes as the Prince, along with students from local dance academies. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and at Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit mohegansun.com or call 800-745-3000.

Dec. 8, 9

“Into the Woods Jr.,”

Various times; Westerly Middle School, 10 Sandy Hill Road,  Westerly.

Theatre Scrapbook will present “Into the Woods Jr.,” an adaptation of the Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine. Performances will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, $5 students and free for children under age 5. Tickets can be purchased at theatrescrapbook.com or at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Saturday, Dec. 9

“A Christmas Carol”

11 a.m.; Cross’ Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Library, Charlestown

Cross’ Mills Library will host “A Christmas Carol,” performed by Hampstead Stage company. The event is free. Visit crossmills.org or call 401-364-6211  for more information.

Cafe Lisboa~Portuguese Fado

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

La Grua Center will host a concert, Cafe Lisboa~Portuguese Fado featuring Sonia Bettencourt, fadista, with Guitarras do Atlantico, Manuel Leite, guitarra portuguesa;  Viriato Ferreira, guitar and  Tiago Goulart, percussion. Tickets are $10 and free for ages 18 and under. For tickets, visit lagruacenter.org.

“A Symphony of Carols”

5 p.m.; Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London.

New London Maritime Society will host members of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus for a performance of “A Symphony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Tickets are $12, $10 for society members and $4 for children ages 6 to 18. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations.

Livingston Taylor

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

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host a performance by singer songwriter Livingston Taylor. Tickets are $45 and are available at courthousearts.org.

Dec. 9, 10

"The Nutcracker"

Various times; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London, CT

Performances will be held at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Eastern Connecticut Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker.” For tickets call 860-444-7373 ext.,1 or visit gardearts.org.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Christmas Concert

2 p.m.; Westerly Armory, 41 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

The Westerly Band, directed by Alison Patton, will present its annual Christmas Concert featuring a  Christmas Sing-a-Long and "The Night Before Christmas," narrated by Caswell Cooke, followed by a visit from Santa Claus. Admission is $5, free for children age 5 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Westerly Armory Restoration.

Rock & Roll Christmas Benefit for SUFA

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

The New England Songwriter's Invitational, John Speziale, and The Knick will host the fifth annual Rock & Roll Christmas Benefit for Stand Up For Animals. The event will feature John Speziale & The Friends, an all-star band with members of Sweet Mercy, Sunday Gravy and The Hoolios with opening act, The Choos. There will be appearances by Craig "The Strolling Fiddler" Edwards and Dancing Santa along with food, drinks, raffles, silent auction, photo booth and dance contest. Cost is a $10 donation. For more information, visit knickmusic.com.

Lisa Fiedler

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book signing by Lisa Fiedler, author of “Ages of Oz,” as part of the Holiday Gift Guide series. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

”Alice in Winterland”

1 and 4 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host a production of the holiday comedy, “Alice in Winterland” with a cast of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, visit courthousearts.org.

A Family Holiday concert

2 and 7 p.m.; Leamy Concert Hall, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The Coast Guard Band will present its annual holiday concerts, A Family Holiday. The afternoon event will feature a performance by New London’s Flock Theatre at 2 p.m. and the evening program, “Songs of the Season,” will include holiday hits featuring soprano soloist Megan Weikleenget at 7 p.m. The events are free. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID. For more information, visit uscg.mil or call 860-701-6826.

 

 


 
 
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