MYSTIC — Jenn Bouchard, a self-described Navy brat who lived in Gales Ferry when her father was the executive officer of the USS Groton at the subase, is coming back to Connecticut this weekend to sign copies of her debut novel at an author event at Bank Square Books.

WESTERLY — Actor-writer-producer Jonathan Schmock, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," and who played the role of the maître d' at the Chez Quis fancy restaurant in "Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off," will head to the beach this weekend to make his …

MATUNUCK — It will be a weekend of laughter and song at Theatre by the Sea. On Friday, comedian Poppy Champlin will kick things off with her show called "On the Funny Side of the Street," and on Saturday, singer Nicholas Rodriguez will share his show, "All is Fair in Love."

MYSTIC — Deb Adamson is feeling pretty grateful these days. While using Zoom during a pandemic to share news of a new book isn't the best way to get the word out, Adamson, a children's book author, said she will be "proudly launching" the first in a series of outdoor book signings for Bank S…

NORTH STONINGTON — Jody Whipple can't wait to see the smiles on children's faces this weekend as they walk around the fairgrounds and take in the sights when the North Stonington Agricultural Fair returns for its 56th year.

WESTERLY — "We're back in the game," said Paula Brouillette, the newly-installed president of the Granite Theatre, earlier this week as she chatted about this weekend's "soft opening" of "Motherhood Out Loud," a play that features a selection of monologues about motherhood.

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Village Association will continue with the weekly Wakefield RiverFire summer series tonight from 6 to 10 on the Saugatucket River in historic downtown Wakefield. RiverFire will take place every Thursday through Aug. 19, with live music from area bands performing on …

WESTERLY — Madeline Beaudry did not exhibit once during the pandemic, but she did work with what she calls "great intensity." And now, for the first time in three years, she will be the featured artist, along with Kol S. Naylor, at the July show at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly.

WESTERLY — Ocean House will team up with Savoy Bookshop and Café this summer for the "Summer Author Series," a six-part program featuring a number of critically-acclaimed writers who will talk about their newly published memoirs or novels.

WESTERLY — The Hoxie Gallery of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park will reopen next week with a new exhibit and an opening-night reception — the first opening night reception since the pandemic halted such gatherings more than a year ago.

WESTERLY — Flock Theatre will celebrate its 27th anniversary of summer theatre with free performances of "Cyrano De Bergerac" in Wilcox Park and on the Mitchell College Red Barn Lawn.

MYSTIC — Christine “The Beehive Queen” Ohlman and Rebel Montez will continue their 2021 concert series with "Beehive, hip-shaking, shoreline summer rolls" in the courtyard of the Mystic Hilton Friday with a free early evening concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.

WESTERLY —  The Chestnut Street Playhouse in Norwich is holding its first-ever "Local Playwrights' Festival" this fall and is seeking manuscripts from playwrights who currently reside in towns within Rhode Island's Washington County and Connecticut's New London County.

WESTERLY — The Misquamicut Drive-In will be blasting the tunes live from the beach this weekend and next. This Friday it will be all about Steely Dan, while the highlight of the holiday weekend will be a live concert with Billy Gilman.

EXETER — The next guest in the Tomaquag Museum's virtual series "The Literature and Author Culture" is Lisa Brooks, an Abenaki writer and scholar who lives and works in the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River) Valley and the author of "Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Phillips War," which was…

WARWICK — The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre ("The Gamm,") has announced its plans to reopen for Season 37 with a five-play lineup beginning at the end of September 2021. The season includes an Obie award-winner, a premiere of a late 19th century classic re-invented for our pandemic year, the…

WESTERLY — In a welcome sign of summer — and post-pandemic life — Literacy Volunteers of Washington County will host its annual Joyce S. Ahern Speaker Series at a live, in-person fundraiser next week, with a "Seaside Champagne Soiree," featuring authors Luanne Rice and Deborah Goodrich Royce.

WESTERLY — The Town of Westerly's popular "Tunes on the Dunes" summer concert series will return this summer with David Tessier & His All-Star Stars kicking off the Monday Night Jams on July 5 and Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice Expansion Pack leading off Wednesday Blues on the Beach on July 7.

EAST HADDAM— Ben Clark and Dee Roscioli will rock the tent tonight with an acoustic set full of hits from the Eagles, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt and some of their own songs in an eclectic jam to celebrate the first live event of the summer at "Goodspeed by the River," the summertime concert …

WAKEFIELD — Have a few laughs at "Patio Musical," an improvised musical on the Contemporary Theatre's Riverfront Performance Patio which will take place on Friday, June 4 and 11, then on Wednesdays through Aug. 25 (no show on Aug. 4).

WESTERLY — In what might be the most welcome post-pandemic news for local music lovers, the storied Knickerbocker Music Center will re-open with live music for live audiences later this month with performances by local favorites Glenn Kendzia and Greg Piccolo.

PROVIDENCE — The Wilbury Theatre Group will present the world premiere of Darcie Dennigan's "Dolores Goes to Poetry City," based on the poetry of Farnoosh Fathi.

NEW LONDON — The 12th annual Mitchfest fundraiser — a benefit for Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island — will head to New London and the Hygienic this Sunday. The fundraiser, a full day of live music, is held each year in honor of the legendary, late James "Mitch" Christina — the…

NEWPORT — Tickets for this year's Newport Jazz Festival, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 1, are now on sale via Eventbrite. Three-day ($199) and single tickets ($79) are available in addition to single child ($30) and discounted student tickets ($40.)

STONINGTON — Music Matters, the monthly series of Saturday afternoon concerts featuring chamber, solo, early classical and world-ethnic-folk music at La Grua Center, will share its 15th pre-recorded webcast Saturday at 5 p.m. with cellist Gabriel Cabezas. The concert will be aired on La Grua…

WESTERLY — As the days of virtual events wind down, two Rhode Island authors will zoom into town for two different free book talks, courtesy of Savoy Bookshop and Café.

WESTERLY — Jan-Philipp Sendker, internationally bestselling author of "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" trilogy, will join musician and web developer Kevin Wiliarty next Thursday to discuss "The Heart Remembers," the final installment of the series, for an author talk and Q&A sponsored by …