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    Friday, March 7

    GALLERY OPENING

    Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly will host an opening reception for the March show, “Conflict & Contrast,” on Friday, March 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.

    The show will feature the works of artists Jean Lazar and Laura Cobden.

    Jean Lazar, author of “Their Last Painting,” will hold a book talk and signing at the gallery on Saturday, March 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. The book signing is free and pre-registration is not required.

    She will also hold “Healing through Painting” workshops at the gallery on Saturday, March 29 and Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The charge for the workshop is $125 and registrations can be made by calling 860-536-3517, by emailing walkingtree@jeanlazar.com or by visiting the gallery.

    The artwork will be on display through Sunday, March 30. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com.

    Fridays, March 7 – April 18

    FISH AND CHIPS

    The Harley P. Chase VFW Post and the Ladies’ and Men’s Auxiliaries will offer a fish & chips dinner every Friday night during Lent from 3 to 7 p.m. The cost is $9. Take-out orders are available by calling 860-599-2404. The dinners will be held at VFW Post 1265, James I. Geer Memorial Hall, 160 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck. Plenty of parking is available.

    Fridays, March 7- April 18

    FRIED FISH DINNERS

    The Portuguese Holy Ghost Society, 26 Main St., Stonington Borough, will offer fish and chips dinners every Friday during lent from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. As well as fish and chips, the society will prepare whole belly clams, scallops, calamari, fried shrimp and chowder. Prices range from $9 for fish and chips to $16 for scallops. For more information call 860-535-3855.

    Friday and Saturday, March 7-8

    MURDER MYSTERY

    The Weekapaug Inn will host a murder mystery performance and three-course dinner on Friday March 7 at 7 p.m. Archaeologist “Indiana Bones” has made a very “interesting discovery” during his recent, dangerous adventure, and is unveiling it for the guests of the inn. The performance continues Saturday morning, March 8, with brunch at 8:30 a.m. Price of $150 includes dinner, breakfast and the performance. Reservations may be made by phone only at 888-813-7862.

    Friday, March 7

    SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR

    The first show of the Granite Theatre’s 2014 season, Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year,” will open March 7 at 8 p.m. and run through March 30. Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For reservations or 2014 Season Subscriptions, call the box office at 401-596-2341.

    Saturday, March 8

    LORELEI IN CONCERT

    The acclaimed Lorelei Ensemble will perform at the Chorus of Westerly on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. MUST

    The nine member women’s choral ensemble collaborates with established and emerging composers from the United States and abroad while continuing to highlight standard and lesser-known works of the Medieval, Renaissance and early-Baroque periods.

    For their Westerly program, Lorelei will present an eclectic evening featuring their signature performance pairing of new and ancient music, presented in a delicately curated fashion that heightens the experience of music from both time periods. Music ranging from Byzantine chant by the female composer Kassia to early polyphony of Pérotin and Du Fay will be paired along with new music written for Lorelei in the past two years by Peter Gilbert, Joshua Shank, Joshua Bornfield, and others.

    Ticket prices range from $14 to $55 and are on sale at chorusofwesterly.org or by calling 401-596-8663.

    Friday through Sunday, March 7-9

    CINDERELLA

    Stonington High School’s Theatre Department will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Friday through Sunday, March 7-9. The production is directed by Erin Sousa-Stanley, with musical direction by Chris Stanley. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    In this classic fairy tale, Cinderella will be played by Heather Jackson, her stepmother will be Libby Hall and her two stepsisters are Jane Hefel and Kara Jones. Prince Charming will be played by Graham Hutter and Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother will be Haley Barravecchia. The Queen, King and Lionel, the King’s sidekick, will be Lulu Verde, Dillon Toole and Colby LaMarche. ) Joining them are over 80 student singers, dancers and backstage crew members. The show’s musical highlights include: “In My Own Little Corner”, “Impossible”, “It’s Possible, “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful”, “Stepsisters’ Lament”, and “There’s Music in you.”

    A Silent Auction of theatrical props and original artwork will be held during the musical production. Winning bids will be announced after the March 9 performance. Proceeds benefit scholarships for seniors graduating from the department.

    Tickets are $12 for youth and seniors and $14 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the Stonington High School office in person or by calling 860-599-5781. In addition, 25 premium assigned seats for each performance at $25.00 per ticket will come with a cast photograph, concession voucher and, best of all, no waiting in line.

    Saturday, March 8

    MEET THE AUTHOR

    The Tomaquag Museum, 390 Summit Road, Exeter will present an opportunity to meet author John Christian Hopkins on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Narragansett columnist and author of several books, John Christian Hopkins will talk about his book, “Carlomagno: The Pirate Prince.” The author will share his insights, perspective and inspiration for writing and will sign books. Books will be available for purchase. Call 401-491-9063 or email learnmore@tomaquagmuseum.com for more information.

    Saturday, March 8

    CORNED BEEF DINNERS

    The Richmond Grange, 690 Usquepaugh Road, West Kingston will host a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Call 401-782-4005 for reservations.

    An additional corned beef dinner will be held at the Carolina Fire Station, 208 Richmond Townhouse Road, Carolina, on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. This dinner is sponsored by The Richmond Demoratic Town Committee. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors & children.

    Saturday, March 8

    ZORA NEALE HURSTON READING

    A reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s works will be held at First United Methodist Church, 23 Willow St., on Saturday, March 8 at 4 p.m. Hurston has been called one of the most important writers of twentieth-century African-American literature.

    The reading will feature Hurston’s niece, Lucy Anne Hurston. Her nephew, Edward Hurston, will also perform. He is a blues harmonica player who has performed many times at The Apollo in Harlem. Other participants are actress, Camilla Ross; award-winning poets, Rhonda Ward and Attallah Sheppard; playwright, Lisa Giordano and creative strategy consultant, Leslie Singer. The reading is presented by the Emerson Theater Collaborative.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors or students. Refreshments will be served. Visit emersontheatercollaborative.org or call 860-705-9711 for tickets or more information.

    Saturday, March 8

    TONY BENNETT

    The Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, will present singer Tony Benett on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m.

    A seventeen-time Grammy Award-winning performer, Bennett celebrated his 85th birthday in 2011 with the release of “Duets II.” He became the oldest artist to ever have a #1 CD on the Billboard album charts.

    His daughter Antonia Bennett will be touring with her father and will open the performance with a collection of jazz/pop standards.

    Tickets range from $56 to $136, and can be purchased by calling 401-421-ARTS (2787), or online at ppacri.org

    Saturday, March 8

    HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

    Ocean State Theatre Company will bring Melinda Long’s best-selling children’s book to life in an unforgettable musical adventure filled with wacky pirates and silly songs including “A Good One To Boot,” “Green Teeth,” “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy,” “You’ve Got to Talk Like a Pirate,” “Pirates Dot Aaargh!,” and many others. This production is part of the Family Fun Fest series. Single tickets are $10.00 each with packages of three shows or more for $8.00 per ticket. Tickets are available online at OceanStateTheatre.org or by calling 401-921-6800.

    Saturday, March 8

    SOUP-A-THON

    The The United Church of Stonington, 67 Main St., Stonington Borough, will hold a soup-a-thon on Saturday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    The public is invited to sample a wide assortment of soups, chowders and chilis. Desserts are included. Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 with a canned good for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. $5 for children under 10. For more information call 860-535-2452 or 860-535-0879.

    Saturday, March 8

    OLD MAN & THE SEA

    The La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington Borough, will host a discussion of Hemmingway’s “The Old Man and The Sea” on Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. Dr. Michael Conforti, founder and Director of The Assisi Institute, will lead the discussion.

    In this epic tale, the old fisherman, Santiago, encounters a fish of great majesty and magnificence. He develops a relationship with something greater than the fish itself and perhaps even greater than anything he has ever known. His challenge, and ours, is to understand what we can bring up from the depths of our own lives, and what can, and at times cannot, be brought to fruition.

    This talk will include clips from the movie and a discussion about the symbolic meaning of this story.

    The public is invited to attend. The presentation is free although donations will be gratefully accepted.

    Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9

    AFTER THE BEANSTALK

    “After the Beanstalk” will be presented at the Providence Children’s Museum on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 from 10:30 a.m to 2 p.m. This interactive performance features Jack, Jill and the Giant and expands on the classic tale, asking children to help Jack and his sister Jill solve the giant’s puzzling spatial challenges. Shows at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. The program is recommended for ages 3 and up.

    Performances are free with museum admission of $9 for adults and children.Providence Children’s Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District. For more information visit childrenmuseum.org.

    Sunday March 9

    FAMILY CONCERT

    Central Baptist Church of Westerly, 16 Elm St., will present a family concert to benefit local social services on Sunday, March 9 at 4 p.m. The performance will feature the music Harry Chapin, performed by the LUNCH Ensemble. Also performing will be Grammy Winner and Connecticut State Troubadour Bill Pere with Nashville recording artist Kay Pere.

    The LUNCH Ensemble is a group of local youth who sing and entertain as they raise money to support local community programs that feed the hungry.

    The event is billed as a Hunger Awareness Benefit Concert. Proceeds will benefit family service agencies in the local area. The audience is asked to bring a non-perishable food item the day of the concert for local food banks.

    Tickets for adults are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Children under 12 are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at lunchensemble.com.

    Sunday, March 9

    MIDDLE SCHOOL ART

    The Artists’ Cooperative’s Back Room Art Gallery, 7 Canal St., Westerly will host an Opening Reception for the Westerly Middle School art exhibit on Sunday, March 9, from 2-4 p.m.. Students in grades 5 – 8 are exhibiting their work through March 30.

    The show includes a diverse mix, from animal sculptures in the manner of artists from Oaxaca, Mexico by Grade 5 students to Op Art cubes by 6th grade students and slab and coil ceramics and 2-D painting and design by 7th and 8th grade students. The students are taught by Kelly Donahue, Jamie Verbinnen and Tara Klopfenstein. Work on display will also include papier-mâché ice cream cones, Pop Art prints, paintings and a variety of mixed media 2-D work.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com.

    Sunday, March 9

    ICE AGE HIKE

    The public is invited to enjoy a family friendly hike at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, Tom Harvey Road, Westerly, on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. The hike will explore the geologic history of the park. What was the preserve like during the last Ice Age and why does the landscape look as it does today? Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is suggested by contacting Keith Cowley at keith@newnativefoundation.org. For more information about the land trust, visit westerlylandtrust.org or call 401-315-2610.

    Sunday, March 9

    OLEAN BENEFIT CONCERT

    The Knickerbocker Café, 35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly, will host a benefit for the Frank Olean Center on Sunday, March 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20.00. For tickets and information call 401-596-2091x113. Tickets also sold at the door or online by visiting info@theknickerbockercafe.com

    Sunday, March 9

    COAST GUARD CONCERT

    The United States Coast Guard Band Recital Series continues with a free performance on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Leamy Concert Hall at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

    The varied program features members of the U.S. Coast Guard Band performing “Contrasts” by Béla Bartok and “Steady Study on the Boogie” by Christian Lauba, as well as works by Frederic Chopin, Jacques Castérède, and Giuseppe Verdi.

    This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The Coast Guard Academy is located at 15 Mohegan Avenue in New London, CT. Leamy Concert Hall 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 on the Coast Guard Band, visit www.uscg.mil/band or call the Concert Information Line at (860) 701-6826.

    Sunday, March 9

    CADY HUFFMAN

    Singer and actress Cady Huffman will perform her cabaret act at the Ocean State Theatre on Sunday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Huffman has appeared on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” on Broadway in “The Producers” with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and on screen in “The Company Men” with Ben Affleck and Chris Cooper. Locally she appeared as Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly” at Theatre by the Sea.

    The proceeds from Cady Huffman’s appearance will benefit Ocean State Theatre Company’s Live Music Initiative. Tickets are $35. Call 401-921-6800 or visit OceanStateTheatre.org

    Sunday and Monday, March 9-10

    AUDITIONS

    Auditions will be held at the Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St, Westerly for their upcoming May production, From Stage to Screen and Back Again, A Musical Revue. Open auditions will be held on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. and Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

    Candidates should prepare an up tempo piece and a ballad, be prepared to move, and bring sheet music, head shot and resume. Roles include 5 Children – 3 girls & 2 boys, 5 women, 5 men, and 1 non-singing man.

    The show will feature songs from the early days of Showboat and Oklahoma! to modern movie musicals such as Mamma Mia, Phantom and Les Miserables. Stephen DeCesare (of 2013’s Three Tenors) will direct the show.

    For more information call Stephen DeCesare 401-226-7810 or David Jepson 401-348-0555

    Sunday, March 9

    MAPLE SUGARING

    The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main St., invites families to a program about maple sugaring on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. Learn the process for making maple syrup, including a lesson on tapping a maple tree at the museum and decorating tree-shaped cookies. Samples included. The cost for the program is $8 per family; museum admission is optional. To register or for information, call 860-691-1111 or visit cmsect.org.

    Sunday, March 9

    EVENING OF JAZZ

    The Towers in Narragansett will present the blues and vaudeville-jazz revivalist band “Ursula George” on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in a performance celebrating the early 20th century jazz and blues of the Black Vaudeville era. The performance will feature Lori Urso (vocals/guitar), Marty Richards (drums), Tim Ray (piano), David Zinno (bass), Rich Lataille (clarinet), Doug Woolverton (trumpet) and Doug James (Roomful of Blues saxophone). The band released the album, “One Steady Roll,” in 2013 which has received critical aclaim. Downbeat magazine reported that Lori Urso “dishes out plenty of sass testifying that “My Man Rocks Me” and “My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No More.”

    Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For more information visit thetowersri.com

    Sunday, March 9

    ROCK OF AGES

    The touring production of the Broadway musicial Rock of Ages will perform at The Garde Arts Theatre in New London on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m.

    “Rock of Ages” features dozens of classic ‘80s rock tunes including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “We Built This City,” and “The Final Countdown.”

    Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, “Rock of Ages” tells the story of a small-town girl who meets a big-city dreamer – and in L.A.’s most famous rock club, they fall in love.

    Tickets to “Rock of Ages” are $38-$65 and are available at the Garde Box Office, 325 State Street, New London, by calling 860-444-7373, ext. 1, or online at www.gardearts.org.

    Monday, March 10

    FLUTE PERFORMANCE

    A flute recital will take place on Monday, March 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Westerly Public Library at 44 Broad St.

    The performance will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bozza, Rutter, Delibes, Bizet, Godard, and Scott Joplin. The recital will feature flutists John Graham and Karen Toy, accompanied on the piano by Lynn Dowding.

    Graham is a Westerly native with a degree in music education from the University of Rhode Island. He studied flute with Gregory Zeitlin, principal flutist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. For 30 years he taught music and directed the school band in the West Warwick public schools. He is presently the flute soloist at St. Augustine Church in Providence and St. Romuald Church in Matunuck.

    Toy is an instrumental music teacher in South Kingstown, while Dowding is the Choral Music Director at Chariho Middle/High School.

    Programs at the library are free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For more information call the library at 401-596-2877, Ext. 3.

    Monday, March 10

    MACBETH

    Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, will present Shakespeare’s Macbeth, opening March 10. Performances will run through April 13.

    Plagued by paranoia on their bloody path to glory, the seemingly untouchable Lord and Lady Macbeth get everything they ever wished for...but nothing they ever expected. Macbeth will be played by Tony Estrella and Lady Macbeth by Jeanine Kane, two veteran performers at the Gamm.

    Ticket prices range from $28 to $48. Visit gamtheatre.org or call 401-723-4266 to purchase tickets.

    Wednesday, March 12

    LIGHTHOUSE FUNDRAISER

    A benefit for the New London Lighthouse Fund will be performed on March 12 at 7 p.m at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank St., New London. “Mustards Retreat,” the Ann Arbor-based duo of Michael Hough and David Tamulevich, will perform a concert of traditional and contemporary “folk from the heart.” The duo has performed at the New Bedford and Mystic Sea Music Festivals, at Wolf Trap, the Roots of American Music Festival at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and venues throughout the East Coast. The concert will benefit the restoration of New London Harbor Light slated to begin in May.

    Tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations.



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