Unpolished Legacies, Arts and Conversations responding to RISD Museum’s Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970

Unpolished Legacies is a series of collective actions to document and showcase local artists, writers, environmental scientists, educators and historians responding to the Gorham Company and the rippling effects of its business practices and cultural influence. These actions will include a zine comprised of written and graphic contributions, a two-week pop-up exhibition, two facilitated conversations on environment and labor class and culture, a website housing video and audio work and an outdoor performance. Together, these events seek to contextualize Gorham’s presence in the community and to ponder lessons to be learned from its history.

Chat Club PVD, Volume 2 with Vatic Kuumba

Chat Club PVD is a series of experimental performance and media. A bi-monthly curated cabaret and community salon, Chat Club PVD celebrates art that challenges genre, cultural hegemony, and institutions of the avant-garde. Chat Club embraces an exploratory, DIY ethos and provides an inclusive, supportive space for artistic experimentation, expression, and community conversations for performers and attendees. Performances include and are not limited to comedy (stand-up, sketch, improv), music, installation, literary readings, screenings, storytelling, performance art, and more. Chat Club PVD gathers to spark and sustain artistic collaboration and investigation.

Chat Club PVD Volume 2 takes place on Saturday, March 9th at the AS220 Black Box Theater (Doors: 8:00 pm // Tickets: $5-20, sliding scale, free with Brown/RISD student ID) featuring performers Marlon Battad, Celestina Cardona-Billington, Jack Dryden, Ana Fialho, Karen Huang, Jarrett Key, Vatic Kuumba, Dee Walls, Sasha Wolfe, and Stine An (host). For more information on the event, click here.

Performers who are interested in submitting work for the next edition of Chat Club PVD in May 2019 can reach out to the organizer Stine An at su_yon_an@brown.edu.

Holiday Concerts at the Rhode Island State House Are About to Begin!

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When the holiday season is upon us the musical talents of Rhode Island school musicians are showcased as part of a musical celebration of the holidays in the Rhode Island State House.

“We’re pleased to be continuing this holiday tradition of student performances at the Rhode Island State House,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Over 3,300 student musicians from fifty-nine schools throughout the state will perform at the Rhode Island State House in a special series of musical performances.” The concert series starts on Tuesday, November 27th and runs through Friday, December 21st.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

The concert series, organized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will feature music of the season, performed by students from schools throughout the State of Rhode Island. The performances are all in the Rhode Island State House.

2018 Holiday Concerts flyer featuring all of the concerts in chronological order.

List of 2018 Holiday Concerts by city-town

For a video that provides a glimpse of the holiday concert season at the Rhode Island State House, see an excerpt from the 2017 performance of the Curtis Elementary School in Pawtucket