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  • Local Entertainment for the week of Thursday, July 31 to Wednesday, Aug. 6

    Thursday, July 31

    SPYRO GYRA

    Bring Our Music Back, Inc. will present a Summer Music Series concert at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, on Thursday, July 31. The concert will feature the band Spyro Gyra with opening performances by Shiny Lapel Trio and School of Rock Madison.

    Concert begins at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission on the lawn is $32 in advance or $35 at the Gate. VIP tickets are also available for $125 and include reserved seats, buffet dinner with wine and free t-shirt.

    Friday, Aug. 1

    SAY NO TO THE DRESS

    Brickhouse Cardio is holding a “Say No to the Dress” fundraiser at the Chorus of Westerly performance hall, 119 High St., on Friday, August 1, at 7 p.m.

    Attendees are encouraged to wear the ugliest dress they can find. A contest for ugliest dress will be held at the event.

    Proceeds from this unusual fundraising event will repay the chorus for the use of their facility after a fire damaged the building that Brickhouse Cardio used on High St. Megan Correia, owner of Brickhouse Cardio, is now conducting Zumba classes at the George Kent Performance Hall.

    Proceeds will also help replace items lost in the fire.

    Tickets are $20. For more information visit facebook.com/BrickhouseWesterly.

    Friday, Aug. 1

    CRUISE NIGHT

    A Cruise night will be held at the Pavilion Steak House, 15 Frontier Road, Ashaway, on Friday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. if the weather permits.

    The public is invited to enjoy dozens of classic cars, music, food and family-fun miniature golf. Cars will be parked on the grass behind the driving range. Prizes will be awarded for the hottest rods. Food and drinks will be available in the tented pavilion and in the restaurant.

    The popular cruise nights will be held every Friday evening through Oct. 11. For more information, visit pavilionsteakhouse.com.

    Friday, Aug. 1

    ACGOW ART OPENING

    The August show, “Character Development: Drawing People In,” opens this week at the Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly with a reception on Friday, Aug. 1, from 5-8 p.m.

    The featured artists are Mark A. Perry and Diane Brown.

    Perry’s award-winning contemporary wood and iron sculptures are influenced by his passion for early American folk art masterpieces.

    Brown has recently embarked on a new artistic journey with mixed media and ink pouring. She wanted to “get crazy” using new colors, textures and experimenting in the abstract.

    Visitors are invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on First Friday, Aug 1, from 5-8 p.m. An additional artists’ reception will be held on Friday Aug. 8, from 5-8 p.m.

    Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to all. Tax-free shopping. For more information, call the gallery at 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com.

    Friday, Aug. 1

    TICKETS ON SALE

    Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Aug. 1, for The Westerly Land Trust’s annual Farm Dinner, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Avondale Farm Preserve will be transformed into an al fresco dining room, setting the stage for an evening of food, wine, conversation, and education. Dinner will unfold at a long table set along the field for a unique dining experience featuring locally harvested ingredients in dishes prepared by teams of remarkable chefs. Throughout the meal, guests will hear from those who have grown, caught, raised, and crafted the items on the table.

    The sought after tickets are $175 each. They may be purchased at the the land trust’s office at 10 High St., Westerly, or at westerlylandtrust.org. Tickets may not be reserved without full payment. Call 401-315-2610 for more information.

    Friday, Aug. 1

    AUTHOR TO SPEAK

    Ellen Stimson will appear at Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St., on Friday, Aug. 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Her first book, “Mud Season,” has been named a finalist for New England Independent Booksellers Association’s New England Book Award.

    Reservations are required. The event is free to attend, $10 includes lunch and $30 includes lunch and a copy of the book. Call 860-536-3795 for reservation.

    Friday, Aug. 1

    ACCENDO DANCE COMPANY

    The La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington, will present the Accendo Dance Company on Friday, August 1, at 5 p.m. In this presentation titled “Kintsukuroi,” a tapestry of dance, narrative and media will explore the psychological and emotional terrain of brokenness and resilience from sexual trauma. The title “Kintsukuroi” refers to the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery.

    Choreographed and produced by Artistic Director, Loralee Scott-Conforti, “Kintsukuroi” follows on the heels of her original work “SoulCry!” based on a true story of human trafficking. “SoulCry!” is featured in the book “Grief, Trauma and the Expressive Arts,” published by Routledge and credited with the passing of anti-trafficking legislation.

    Loralee’s body of work uses inter-disciplinary dance to illuminate social injustice and create a community of witness for the audience. Open to the public and free of charge. For more information visit lagruacenter.org.

    Friday, Aug 1

    RECKLESS BLUES

    Reckless Blues will perform as part of the Gazebo Summer Concert Series on Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., at Gazebo Park, 5 Ocean Road, Narragansett. Concert is free and open to the public.

    Friday, Aug 1

    HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

    Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck, will show the Disney musical “High School Musical,” on August 1, 10 a.m. and noon, as part of its 2014 Children’s Festival. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling 401-782-8587. Visit theatrebythesea.com for more details.

    Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3

    SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

    The Charlestown Seafood Festival: Noon - 11 p.m. Ninigret Park, Route 1A, Charlestown. Taste delicious seafood including lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, and clam cakes.

    Entertainment schedule will include Bon Jersey on Friday, Aquanutz and Dirty Deeds on Saturday, and Eight to the Bar and Another Tequila Sunrise on Sunday.

    Rockwell Amusements will be providing amusement rides. Arts and Crafts will be on display as well as a Marcolites Kite exhibition. Also on offer will be bungee jumping kayaking and raffles. A car show will begin Sunday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. Fireworks will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at 9 p.m.

    Admission is $8 for adults; children 10 and under are free. View more festival details and the full entertaiment line-up at CharlestownRIChamber.com

    Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3

    NEWPORT JAZZ

    The Newport Jazz Festival takes over Fort Adam’s State Park, Newport, from Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3. This annual festival brings some of the top jazz performers to Rhode Island.

    Tickets are available at the Newport Visitors Information Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave. Single-day tickets are $74 in advance and $84 on festival days. For information on parking, performers and schedule, visit newportjazzfest.org or call 800-745-3000

    Saturday, Aug. 2

    KARMA & THE TRUTH

    The Providence rock band “Karma and The Truth” will appear Saturday, Aug. 2, at CC O’Brien’s Irish Sports Pub, 8 Mechanic St., Pawcatuck. Westerly’s own Nino Trovato performs with the group on drums and vocals.

    Karma and the Truth is striving to put the “rock” back in rock band music in a scene where rock bands have been taking a back seat to other genres of music. Leaning on their influences of both classic and hard rock, the band is releasing their debut CD, “Between Standing and Falling.”

    The band will celebrate the recording at an upcoming CD release party on Saturday, Aug. 16. The party will be held at 1150 Oak Bar and Grill, 1150 Oaklawn Ave., Cransto. Karma and the Truth is scheduled to perform at 10 p.m. at the release party, an event that will feature 3 bands in a special performance. The cover charge will be $5.

    For more information on the band, visit karmaandthetruth.com.

    Saturday, Aug. 2

    LOBSTER NIGHT

    The Stonington Borough Fire Department is sponsoring its annual lobster night, Saturday, August 2, 4-8 p.m. at the Fire House, 100 Main St, Stonington.

    The meal will consist of twin lobsters, corn on the cob, coleslaw and Beverage. Tickets are $25. Call 860-867-7227 to reserve or purchase at ticket at the door. All proceeds benefit the Stonington Borough Fire Department.

    Saturday, Aug. 2

    VILLAGE FAIR

    The Stonington Community Center will hold the 62nd Annual Village Fair on the Stonington Borough Village Green at Wadawanuck Square on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    There will be an array of food including the “Soup Kitchen,” highlighting hot and cold soups from local restaurants. Also featured will be local artisans, music, a used book sale and a Silent Auction, featuring jewelry, services, antiques, original artwork, gift baskets, furniture and more. There will be games and entertainment for children.

    This year the fair will honor the Battle of Stonington. The Stonington Historical Society will host a booth featuring bicentennial items and books about the Battle of Stonington.

    All proceeds benefit the Stonington Community Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and community. For more information, visit thecomo.org or call the 860-535-2476. Admission is free.

    Saturday, Aug. 2

    CONCERT AT HYGIENIC

    Hygienic Art will present the award winning Canadian folk ensemble “The Duhks” at their outdoor oasis, The Art Park, 79 Bank St., New London, on Saturday, August 2.

    Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 “The Duhks” have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms. The Duhks will also appear as host band for the upcoming Charlestown Rythym and Roots Festival.

    In the Hygienic event, The Duhks will be joined by New London artist Daphne Lee Martin who early this year released her third full-length album ‘Frost’.

    Gates open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 860-443-8001 or visit hygienic.org

    Saturday, Aug. 2

    PIG PICKING DINNER

    Horses Healing Humans, 340 New London Turnpike, will hold a Caribbean Pig Picking Extravaganza on Saturday August 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. Along with the dinner, there will be a silent auction raffle of a $12,000 tennis bracelet. Music will be provided by Philadelphia’s Steel Pan Band “Bassodee Steel.”

    Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. All proceeds to benefit Horses Healing Humans of Southeastern Connecticut. Visit horseshealinghumansct.org or call 860-984-7270 for tickets or more information.

    Saturday, Aug. 2, 16 & 23

    BLUE GRASS

    St. Andrew Lutheran Church, assisted by Mike Bussey and Sol Revival, will host three impromptu bluegrass gatherings at Blue Shutters Beach, 469 East Beach Road, on Saturday, Aug. 2, 16, and 23, at 4:45 p.m.

    Iced tea or lemonade and bluegrass will be offered to those who either don’t want to leave the beach or want to head down for a relaxing pause at the end of the day. There will be storytelling and communion for those who wish to join in.

    Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 2 - 3

    ULTIMATE UPCYCLING

    The Jonnycake Center of Westerly’s Thrift Store, 23 Industrial Drive, Westerly, will hold an “upcycling” event of inspiration, compiling local artisans and re-purposers for an interactive and eco-friendly exhibit.

    Artists have taken everyday items and transformed them into useful or creative items. The exhibit will be open Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Cost is $5 per person, $1 for children. Proceeds benefit the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. For more information call Jenn Eccleston at 401-377-8069, email mail@jonnycake.org or visit the Jonnycake Center on Facebook.

    Sunday, Aug. 3

    BAND CONCERT

    The Noank-Mystic Community Band will perform in Wilcox Park on Sunday, Aug. 3., at 4 p.m.

    Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-8

    KIDS MUSIC PROGRAM

    The Chorus of Westerly announces Music and Movement, a summer program for children ages 5 to 8. The program is designed to introduce aspiring choristers and future musicians to the fundamentals of music through fun activities and song in a week-long half-day music camp at Kent Hall. The program will run daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., August 4 to August 8, and is designed for early elementary school aged children.

    The week will end with a mini-performance for parents.

    The program will take place in The George Kent Performance Hall on High Street in downtown Westerly. Tuition is $90 for the week.

    Faculty for the program will include several music educators from within the Chorus of Westerly ranks including Andrew Howell, music director, and Audrey Cardany, education and outreach director. To register, call 401-596-8663 or visit the Chorus Box Office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registrations may also be made online at chorusofwesterly.org

    Tuesday, Aug. 5

    STALKING IRISH MADNESS

    Author Patrick Tracey will speak at the Westerly Library Auditorium, 44 Broad St., on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

    Tracey will share the story of his work to trace his Irish roots to explain the role that genealogical history plays in schizophrenia, an illness which has touched his family. His research in Ireland led to the writing of his book, “Stalking Irish Madness.”

    The Irish Coastal Club has invited Tracey to speak about this provocative and informative subject.

    Programs of the library are free and open to the public.

    Tuesday, Aug. 5

    CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

    The Westerly Public Library continues its series of programs for children this summer with Hampstead Stage Company.

    The group will perform “The Legend of King Arthur” at Craig Field on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m.

    Library programs are open to the public and are free of charge. Registration is not required.

    Tuesday, Aug. 5

    SUNSET CONCERT SERIES

    The Watch Hill Summer Concert Series continues on Tuesday when The Rock & Soul Review performs from 6-8 p.m.

    Concerts will be performed in the village park on the harbor front, Bay Street, Watch Hill. Free parking and free admission.

    Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 6-9

    BOOK SALE

    Friends of the Westerly Library will hold a book sale at the library, 44 Broad St., from Wednesday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 9.

    A special preview night will be offered Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 5-7:30 p.m. Friends of the Library members will be admitted free. Others may purchase a $15 membership at the door.

    The sale will then be free and open to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 9, the sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will offer a special of $10 for a bag of books.

    All proceeds benefit the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information.

    Wednesday, Aug. 6

    HOXIE GALLERY OPENING

    The Hoxie Gallery at the Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly, will open its August exhibit this week. The show will featureSadie Davidson DeVore and the Stongington Painters and Printmakers Society. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 5 p.m.

    Regular gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information.

    Wednesdays, Aug. 6-27

    ARTISAN WORKSHOPS

    The South County Museum, 115 Anne Hoxsie Lane, Narragansett, will hold letterpress printing lessons and blacksmithing workshops for adults on Wednesday evenings during the month of August. The public is invited to attend a single class or the entire 4-week series. A single class is $10. The 4-week session is $40. Reservations are requested. For more information or to make a reservation, call 401-783-5400.

    Through Aug. 3

    ART SHOW & SALE

    The Watch Hill Memorial Library & Improvement Society is currently hosting an art show & sale in the undercroft of the Watch Hill Chapel, Bluff Ave. The show will run through Sunday, Aug. 3, and will be open daily from noon to 4 p.m.

    Proceeds from the sale will benefit the society, which helps preserve the Watch Hill carousel, plans children’s events, sponsors an annual boutique sale and helps beautify Watch Hill.

    Wednesdays - Sundays, through Aug. 17

    SHAKESPEARE’S COMPLETE WORKS

    The Colonial Theater will perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” on Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. Performances will run through Sunday, Aug. 17.

    The play is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and 154 sonnets in just 96 minutes with improvisation playing an active role.

    Bring dinner and a blanket to make the most of this wonderful event. A donation is requested to cover the cost of the production.

    Through Aug. 16

    “MARY POPPINS”

    The Broadway musical “Mary Poppins” is currently performing at Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck.

    Mary Poppins” will run Tuesdays through Sundays, July 23 -August 16. Tickets are $42 - $62.

    Tickets may be purchased by phone at 401-782-8587, online at theatrebythesea.com, or in person at the theatre box office.

    Through Aug. 24

    RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

    “Run For Your Wife” by Ray Cooney continues this week at the Granite Theatre, Westerly. This is a classic example of hilarious British farce. Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. through August 24. For reservations call the box office at 401-596-2341.



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