Picks of the week Sept. 14 to 24

Picks of the week Sept. 14 to 24

The Westerly Sun


Thursday, Sept. 14

Food Stroll and Block Party

5 to 10 p.m.; Downtown Westerly.

Bricks and Murals will hold a food stroll and block party in downtown Westerly. The streets will be closed and food available. The Cartells will perform at 8 p.m. in front of the United Theatre on Canal St. Wristbands may be picked up the day/evening of the stroll at 18 High St. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day of event. Visit bricksandmurals.org for more information.

Nautilus Night: A Salute to Henry Nardone

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

A salute to Henry Nardone will be held featuring a dinner and presentations from representatives of Electric Boat, the United States Navy and local politicians. A film clip about the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) will be shown. Tickets are $30. For tickets or more information, call 401-596-8554 or visit westerlyarmory.com.

History of the Mystic River in Maps

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

The Stonington Historical Society will host a talk by George Crouse, president of the Indian & Colonial Research Center and retired social studies teacher and geographer, who will discuss historic maps of the Mystic River Valley. The program is free. For more information contact Elizabeth Wood at director@stoningtonhistory.org or 860-535-8445 ext. 10.

Walk Through History Tours

6:30 and 7:15 p.m.; Wakefield Comfort Station, 305 Main St., Wakefield.

Preserve Wakefield and the South County History Center will offer free guided walking tours of downtown Wakefield. The tour, ‘Walk Through History: Wakefield’s Main Street’ will focus on the village’s development, from its roots as a small mill village through its growth into South Kingstown’s main commercial district. Visit PreserveWakefield.org or SouthCountyHistoryCenter.org for more information.

Sept. 14 - Oct. 15

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

Various times; The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre,172 Exchange St., Pawtucket.

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre will present “The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Play for Serious People,” by Oscar Wilde, directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr. and starring Brandon Whitehead. Tickets are available at gammtheatre.org or by calling 401-723-4266.

Friday, Sept. 15

Bricks & Murals Book Signing

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will present a Bricks & Murals book signing with Jay Robert Allen, the author of “The Walldogs: A Different Breed of Public Art Muralists.” Allen is a member of the Walldogs, the group that will design murals throughout Westerly and Pawcatuck. The book signing is part of the Bricks and Murals festival. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Bricks & Murals activities

4 to 10 p.m.; Downtown Westerly.

There will be trolley rides to the mural paintings in process and activities, including a beer garden at Grey Sail Brewery and music throughout downtown. Visit bricksandmurals.org for more information.

Drive-In Movies

8 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Cost is $12 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

Exhibit Opening

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

An opening reception will be held for the exhibit ‘Stonington Portraits, A Seafaring Saga’ featuring the work of Sabina Streeter. The exhibit will be on display through the end of October. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Forensic Science Seminar Series

3:30 p.m.; Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 140 Flagg Road.

The University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series will host a talk by Eric Gahagan, retiree of the Massachusetts Bomb Squad with the Massachusetts State Police, who will discuss “Extreme Forensics.” The lecture is free. For more information, visit uri.edu.

Sept. 15 - Oct. 8

“Arsenic and Old Lace”

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

The Granite Theatre of Westerly will present the comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring. For tickets or more information, call 4o1-596-2341 or visit granitetheatre.com.

Sept. 15 - 17

Misquamicut FallFest

Various times; Misquamicut State Beach, 257 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut FallFest will include rides and games from Rockwell Amusements, a food truck rodeo, a petting zoo, games and live bands. It will be held on Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit misquamicutfestival.org.

Sept. 15 - Sept. 17

Folk Art Quilt Show

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; South County Museum, 115 Strathmore St., Narragansett.

South County Museum’s annual Folk Art Quilt Show will feature more than 100 quilts from all over New England as well as an exhibit of heirlooms from the museum’s collection. Cost is $10, $4 for children under 12 and free for museum. Visit southcountymuseum.org or call 401-783-5400 for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Bricks and Murals auction

7 to 9 p.m.; Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 7 Canal St., Westerly.

An auction of the original renderings murals of the Bricks and Murals project, created by Walldogs artists, will be held in the Back Room Art Gallery. The auction will be led by auctioneer Dan Stanavage. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Bricks and Murals maintenance fund to preserve the quality of each outdoor mural and the remaining half of sales will be commission for Walldogs artists. For more information, visit bricksandmurals.org.

Bricks and Murals activities

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Downtown Westerly.

A variety of events celebrating the Bricks and Murals project will be held, including a tour of Wilcox Park at 10 a.m., children’s activities, including crafts and a Civil War camp, in the park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., live music throughout the day, from the Westerly Band at 1 p.m. to bands at different restaurants and Donahue Park. Free trolley rides and horse and wagon rides will be available. Visit bricksandmurals.org for full schedule.

Music Matters Piano Concert

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

La Grua Center Music Matters series will host a piano concert featuring Gail Olszewski. The concert will include Romantic masterpieces from Norway and Finland performed on a 1922 Mason & Hamlin piano. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Celeste Ng

1 p.m.; Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington.

Bank Square Books and the Wheeler Library will present a discussion and book signing with Celeste Ng, the author of “Little Fires Everywhere” and “Everything I Never Told You.” The event will be moderated by Nancy Burns-Fusaro of The Westerly Sun, and is free, but reservations are required. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information or to make reservations.

Autumn Approaches Hike

10 a.m.; Trustom Pond Refuge, 1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, South Kingstown.

Dave Clayton of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will lead a leisurely walk on the trails of Trustom Pond Refuge to explore signs of autumn. For more information, call 401-364-9124 or visit fws.gov/refuge/trustom_pond.

The Band Band

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

The Courthouse Center for the Arts will host The Band Band, a tribute band to Bob Dylan and the Band. Tickets are $25. Visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018 for tickets or more information.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra

8 p.m.; Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, with guest conductor James Sommerville, will perform Sibelius’ Second Symphony, Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Simone Porter. For tickets or more information, call 401-248-7000 or visit tickets.riphil.org.

Sept. 16, 17

Garlic Festival

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.

The Olde Mistick Village Garlic Festival will feature over 50 farmers, vendors, bakers and restaurants serving garlic inspired goods. There will be music, children’s activities and a live birds of prey program. The festival is free. Visit oldemistickvillage.com for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 17

Bricks and Murals viewing

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Downtown Westerly.

Trolleys will take riders to view the completed Bricks and Murals paintings. The rides are free. Visit bricksandmurals.org for full schedule.

The Battle of Stalingrad

2 p.m.; Babcock Smith House Museum, 124 Granite St., Westerly.

Local author Anastasia Goodman will discusses the Battle of Stalingrad through readings from her Sasha Perlov mystery series “Loose Ends” and “Death and Diamonds” with a discussion of the actual epic battle. Cost is $5 and free for members. Visitbabcocksmithhouse.org for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Dan Holdridge

6:30 p.m.; Lanphear Livery, 1 Bay St., Westerly.

The Westerly College Club will host a talk by author Dan Holdridge about his experience as a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. His book, “Pentagon Prayer,” will be available for purchase. There is a suggested donation of $10.

Rev. Nora Tubbs Tisdale

7 p.m.; Calvary Episcopal Church, 27 Church St., Stonington.

Calvary Episcopal Church will host Rev. Nora Tubbs Tisdale for a discussion about her book “The Sun Still Rises,” a devotional book of musings to help people face challenges. The event is free.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Gabriel Tallent

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

Savoy Bookshop and Café will host a talk and book signing with author Gabriel Tallent for his novel “My Absolute Darling.” Tallent will be interviewed by “Rabbit Cake” author Annie Hartnett and will sign books following the discussion. The event is free. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Garden Club lecture

6:30 p.m.; Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington.

The North Stonington Garden Club will host a discussion of “The Role of Local Land Trusts in Conservation.” The speakers will include Madeline Jeffery of the North Stonington Citizens Land Alliance, Joan Smith of Groton Open Space Association and Chuck Toal of the Avalonia Land Conservancy. The moderator will be Michele Fitzpatrick. The talk is free. Visit wheelerlibrary.org for more information.

Friday, Sept. 22

Brews & Blues

6 to 9 p.m.; Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Ave., Westerly.

The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Brews and Blues” beer tasting, featuring live music, food from local restaurants and markets paired with over 30 different beers from around the world. Visit oceanchamber.org or call 401-596-7761 for more information.

Tour Through Time

4:30 p.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

In honor of The Westerly Library and Wilcox Park’s 125th celebration the library will offer a behind the scenes tour of the library. Following the tour, light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, visit westerlylibrary.org or contact Colleen Walsh-Jervis at cwalsh@westerlylibrary.org or 401-596-2877, ext. 302.

Drive-In Movies

8 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Forrest Gump.” Cost is $12 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

The Arts Café Mystic

7:30 p.m.; Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic.

The Arts Café Mystic will host poet, singer, songwriter, educator and human rights activist Aja Monet for an evening of poetry with music provided by singer-songwriter duo, The Sea The Sea. Cost is $10 and free for students under age 21. For more information, contact Christie Max Williams at 860-912-2444 or e-mail at info@thearetscafemystic.org.

Forensic Science Seminar Series

3:30 p.m.; Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 140 Flagg Road.

The University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series will host a talk by Priya Banerjee, Rhode Island medical examiner, who will discuss, “Overview of Death Investigation and Forensic Pathology.” The lecture is free. For more information, visit uri.edu.

A Music Faculty Showcase

7:30 p.m.; Connecticut College Evans Hall, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

Connecticut College faculty will perform works by Auric, Dowland, Hindemith, Martinu, Rzewski and Verdi. Performers will include Peter Jarvis, percussion; Maksim Ivanov, baritone; James McNeish, guitar; Patrice Newman, piano; Kelli O’Connor, clarinet; Rebecca Noreen, bassoon; Joshua Thomas, saxophone; Libby Van Cleve, oboe and Juraté Švedaite, soprano. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and seniors. Visit conncoll.edu for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Jesterfest

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

Tom Murphy, Mike Miclon, Shane Miclon, and Collin Miclon, three generations of jesters from the Chorus of Westerly’s past shows of ‘A Celebration of Twelfth Night,’ will perform a show featuring a combination of the best of the Jester acts as well as newly created routines. For tickets or more information, call 401-596-8663 or visit chorusofwesterly.org.

People’s Museum at the Armory

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Westerly Armory, 8 Dixon St., Westerly.

The People’s Museum at the Westerly Armory will host free tours in celebration of Smithsonian Museum Day. The museum houses rooms with both community memorabilia and local militaria. Visit westerlyarmory.org for more information or call 401-596-8554.

Heart Walk

9 a.m.; Watch Hill Gazebo, Bay St., Watch Hill.

The 2017 Greater Westerly Heart Walk will raise funds for the American Heart Association. Participants have a choice between a 5-mile walk and a 2-mile stroll. No minimum donation is required. Visit GreaterWesterlyHeartWalk.org to register or for more information.

Claudia Rankine

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

The James Merrill House Committee will present the Annual Merrill Lecture with poet and playwright Claudia Rankine reading from her work. The event is free and a reception will follow.

Artist’s Reception

4 to 5:30 p.m.; Connecticut College Cummings Arts Center, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

A reception will be held for the exhibit Visit Intersections: A Benefit Exhibition for the Immigration Advocacy and Support Center on display through Oct. 12. Visit conncoll.edu for more information.

A Far Cry

7:30 p.m.; Connecticut College Palmer Auditorium, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The self-conducted orchestra, A Far Cry, will perform joined by pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The concert program will include works from Johann Sebastian Bach to Philip Glass, including a newly commissioned piano concerto by Glass. Tickets are $28, $25 for seniors and $14 for students. For tickets and information visit conncoll.edu or call 860-439-2787.

Sunday, Sept 24

All Ages Hike

2 p.m.; Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, Tom Harvey Road and Newbury Dr., Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will host an all-ages hike. The hike is moderate level due to hills and uneven, rocky footing. It is part of the statewide Rhode Island Land Trust Days. Visit westerlylandtrust.org for more information.

Corey Dolgon

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

Bank Square Books and La Grua Center will present an evening with sociology professor and author Corey Dolgon to discuss his new book “Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph Over Democracy.” There is a suggested donation of $5 and books will be available for purchase. For more information, call 860-535-2300 or visit LaGruaCenter.org.


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