WHAT’S DOWN THERE?
Rachael Miller, founder and executive director of the Rozalia Project, presents an eye-opening presentation titled “What’s Down There?” The talk will be held at the River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant & Tavern on Greenmanville Road, Mystic, 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 across 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 mysticseaport.org or by calling 860-572-5331.
How does an artist begin to create? What’s the first step? Sadie Davidson DeVore unveils her own process when she demonstrates printmaking with a collographic plate at the Artist’s Cooperative Gallery, 7 Canal St., on Friday from 11 to 2 p.m. DeVore is the founder and curator of Stonington Printmakers Society. The demonstration is held in conjunction with the current exhibit, “In The Beginning,” running through Feb. 2. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Visit westerlyarts.com for more information about the gallery or call 401-596-2221 for a schedule of other artist demonstrations.
AT THE KNICK
The band “Rock and Soul Revue” will play at the Knickerbocker Cafe, Railroad Avenue, on Friday at 9 p.m. The eight-piece dance and party band has played venues from the Omni Parker House in Boston to the Academy of Science in New York City to the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s giant fireworks display. The band includes four vocalists, two keyboardists, two drummers/percussionists and an accomplished rhythm section. For tickets, visit theknickerbockercafe.com
Friday and Saturday
VINE TO WINE
Once a month, Ocean House sommelier Jonathan Feiler hosts a weekend focused on wine. This month his subject will be “From Vine to Wine: Old World vs. New World Cabernet Sauvignon.” Attendees will explore Cabernet Sauvignon’s history, learn how its production has evolved, and discover how the differences in flavor are affected by climate, geography and wine-making styles. The event opens with a wine and cheese reception Friday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. and continues with a wine seminar on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $40. Reservations may be made by calling 401-584-7000.
The Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, will host a cocktail party catered by Westerly High School Culinary Arts School, on Friday, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The event will include a piano performance by Chepachet native Michael Thurber, and a screening of “The Actor,” a new short film written and co-directed by Mike Messier, of North Kingstown. The movie stars Exeter residents David Graziano and Christine Perla. The event will benefit the Courthouse and will support the upcoming production of “Disregard the Vampire,” an independent movie to be shot at the Courthouse in March. Tickets for the event are $25 and may be purchased in advance at the Courthouse, or by sending a check to Courthouse Center for the Arts, Attn: Loraine, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston, Rhode Island, 02892. Tickets may also be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/542494. For more information, visit mikemessier.com or email email@example.com.
AT THE KNICK
After a seven-year hiatus, the Westerly jam and rock band “In The Woods” will appear in a reunion show at the Knickerbocker Cafe on Railroad Avenue, Westerly, on Saturday at 9 p.m. In their eight years as a band (previous to their breakup), “In The Woods” grew quite a following across Rhode Island and Connecticut. Joining the reunion performance will be “The Weird Beards,” a band from New London. For tickets, visit theknickerbockercafe.com
HONOR BAND PERFORMS
The Southern New England Honor Band, consisting of talented high school musicians from Rhode Island and neighboring states, will perform in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m. Terry Austin from Virginia Commonwealth University will be the guest conductor. The concert will be shared with The American Band from Providence. The performance is open to the public with free admission. The URI Concert Hall is handicapped-accessible, and parking is available behind the Fine Arts Center, off Bills Road. For more information, call the Department of Music at 874-2431 or visit uri.edu/music.
Audubon naturalist Bob Kenney will lead a two-hour walk along Moonstone Beach at low tide for beach-combing and birdwatching on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Participants should meet on Moonstone Beach Road, South Kingtown. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. A spotting scope will be available. All ages. Cost is $12 per adult and $6 per child. Visit asri.org for more information.
Ocean State Theatre Company presents “A Night of Broadway Classics” starring Fred Scheff on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Scheff starred as Jean Valjean in OSTC’s production of “Les Misérables.” He was also one of the Three Tenors at Westerly’s Granite Theatre in October. The program for “A Night of Broadway Classics” will consist of classic tunes from Broadway shows including “Les Misérables,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Other “Les Misérables” cast members who will perform include Alyssa Gorgone, Tommy Labanaris, and Kevin B. McGlynn. The theater is located at 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick. Tickets are $35 and are available at the box office or online at OceanStateTheatre.org.
Senior Researcher Dr. Jason Mancini and Mashantucket Pequot Museum educators Toni Weeden and James Jones (Mashantucket Pequot) will demonstrate basic winter survival skills on the Pequot Museum’s Farmstead on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will discuss which foods were commonly dried or smoked for winter use, and how those foods were prepared. Participants will learn to identify common animal tracks and other signs often encountered in their backyards. In addition, Mancini will lead a winter ethnobotany walk with aspiring foragers starting at 1 p.m. on the Farmstead. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and bring snowshoes if there is sufficient snow on the ground. The program is free with museum admission of $20 for adults, $15 for seniors or $12 for children older than 6. Call 800-411-9671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Grua Center will host a free presentation about Oman on Saturday at 3 p.m. with a talk illustrated with photos and stories. Rebecca Tumicki will discuss the culture and customs of Oman, sharing her adventures of living there for two years. The area is known for boat building by hand, turtle watching and its wadis area for hiking and swimming. Tumicki will also highlight the traditional dress worn by women and men in the Sur and will demonstrate the practice of incensing traditional Omani clothes. The La Grua Center is located in Stonington Commons at 32 Water St., Stonington.
The Emerson Theater Collaborative will present “Hour Farther,” a reading of a play written by David H. Greer and produced by Camilla Ross. The reading will be performed Saturday at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mystic. Writer David Greer is a part-time playwright, actor, and Tony-nominated producer. As a producer, Greer was a member of the Broadway producer teams for the Tony-nominated show “Mountaintop,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. Most recently, Greer consulted the executive producers and casting team of Universal Pictures’ film, “Get On Up,” starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott, and Octavia Spencer, to be released in August. His play “Hour Farther,” is a six-actor, 19-character ensemble play set outside a rural Kentucky town. It tells the story of Victor, an adopted son waiting to meet his biological father for the first time. The cast will include Jamal Neal Davis Jr, Elijah Manning, E. Roger Mitchell, Nichelle Rollins and Derrick Williams. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at emersontheatercollaborative.org.
The Westerly Library will host the Rhode Island Black Storytellers in a story telling concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. as they celebrate “FundaFest, A Celebration of Black Storytelling.” For full festival information visit Rhode Island Black Storytellers on Facebook or visit ribsfest.org.
A demonstration of the 1823 Pipe Organ will be held at The Velvet Mill, Meadow Ave, Stonington, at 3 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for Jan. 5 but was postponed due to weather. The oldest church organ in Connecticut, and the second oldest American-built pipe organ in New England, built in 1823 by Thomas Hall of New York City, will be demonstrated in concert by Joseph Ripka, organist. Open to the public, but space and seating is limited, and it is recommended guests bring their own chairs.
On Sunday at 2 p.m. in Leamy Concert Hall, the U.S. Coast Guard Band will perform a program titled “Movie Madness: From Stage and Screen” featuring the music of George Gershwin, John Williams, Gian Carlo Menotti and others. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Leamy Concert Hall is located at 15 Mohegan Ave., New London, and is accessible to the handicapped. Due to security restrictions, all visitors to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy must present valid state-issued photo ID. For more information about the Coast Guard Band, visit www.uscg.mil/band or call the Concert Information Line at 860-701-6826.
Saturday and Sunday
Starry Night Theater Company will bring the Leonard Nimoy’s play “Vincent” to The Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston, for performances on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The play stars professional actor James Briggs and dramatizes the life of Vincent van Gogh in a one-man play adapted from the actual letters between the artist and his brother, Theo. It includes more than 100 stunning projections of van Gogh’s artwork. The Burlington Free Press called the production “a visual treat.” Tickets are available at courthousecenterstage.org or by calling 401-782-1018
Sundays through Fridays
Hundreds of baby octopuses and their mother Pearl can be visited at Biomes Marine Biology Center, 6640 Post Road, North Kingstown, during public walk-in hours, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The larvae were the size of a grain of rice when they were born Jan. 4. They will grow quickly, reaching 75 percent of their full-grown size in 4 months. The privately-owned Biomes Marine Biology Center is also home to more than 100 species of local marine life, as well as a handful of rescued reptiles. Entry to the center is $9 per person. Children younger than 3 are free. Call 401-885-4690 or visit biomescenter.com for more information.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
The public is invited to a fundraising event to support Team BAlieve as it participate in the Fight For Air Climb in support of the American Lung Association. The event will be held at Mel’s Downtown Creamery on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. A portion of the sales for the evening will benefit the American Lung Association.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
The Westerly Library will host a Genealogy Workshop, conducted by professional genealogist Susan Cline on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. The workshop will concentrate on using the numerous websites that are available for genealogy research. Both paid sites (such as Ancestry.com), and free sites will be examined and described, as well as sites that are devoted to specific countries, such as Ireland or Canada. There are also sites that contain military records, naturalization records, state censuses, and some that may have images of original documents. Participants may bring a laptop, although it is not required. Programs at the library are free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For more information, call the library reference desk at 401-596-2877.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Jewelry artist Kristie Foss will demonstrate working with polymer clay at the Artist’s Cooperative Gallery, 7 Canal St., on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The demonstrations are held in conjunction with the current exhibit, “In The Beginning,” running through Feb. 2. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Visit westerlyarts.com for more information about the gallery or call 401-596-2221 for a schedule of other artist demonstrations.
Thursday, Jan. 23
Special guest artist Mike Bryce will provide instruction on creating one of his famed sunflower paintings on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Amigos Taqueria y Tequila, 2 Canal St., Westerly, from 7 to 9 p.m. The art class is hosted in a Mexican café setting for fun and will result in the creation of a 16” by 20” canvas. The cost of $45 per person includes canvas and materials. Limited registration available at Amigo’s or Prime Time Café. For more information, contact 860-460-5593.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Artist Jude Larzelere will demonstrate her quilting process at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington, in conjunction with this month’s exhibit of her quilts. The demonstrations will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Larzelere will be available to answer questions.
Guests are invited to drop in between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and learn about this intriguing and inspiring art form. This event is open to the public and free of charge, although donations are accepted. For more information, visit LaGruaCenter.org.
Thursday, Jan. 23
AMBASSADOR TO VISIT
The La Grua Center at 32 Water St., Stonington, will present an informative evening with United Nations Ambassador Mohammed Alhakim on Thursday evening, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. Alhakim will discuss the challenges of rebuilding Iraq in a turbulent Middle East. Alhakim is Iraq’s current Permanent Representative to the United Nations, where he works to further establish Iraq’s role in the global community. He has been one of the most active senior government officials for the new Iraq. The La Grua Center will bring the Ambassador to Stonington in partnership with the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC). This event is open to the public and free of charge although donations will be accepted.