Seven things that are happening this week.
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Lisa Lebofsky at Dedee Shattuck Gallery

What's Happening This Week

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Monday - 7:00PM

Double Indemnity
Showcase Cinemas
Providence Place Mall and 1200 Quaker Lane, Warwick

TCM continues to resurrect classic titles on the big screen. This month it's a nationwide two-day revival of Double Indemnity, maybe the most exciting movie ever made about the minutiae of life insurance policies. Conniving Barbara Stanwyck convinces gullible Fred MacMurray to write a big policy on her husband, then reap the rewards after the dumb husband's fatal "accident" a little while later. Everything goes according to plan, and then it doesn't and things start unraveling. One of the best-known (and best) film noirs of the forties.

Tuesday - 7:00PM

Providence Fringe Festival
Various Locations
$5-$10 per performance

It's that point in the summer when skipping town is totally fair. (Note that five of this week’s seven recommendations are pretty close to the water.) But if you’re stuck in Providence, or if the thunderstorm predictions are accurate, catch up on experimental theater at the second annual Providence Fringe Festival. Intriguing pieces this year include a one-man adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are (staged in a room at the Dean) and Macbeth reimagined as a magic show. Events are mostly downtown and also relatively short, which is nice. Visit for the full schedule or click here to see my really optimistic to-do list.


Great Friends Dance Festival
Great Friends Meeting House
21 Farewell Street, Newport

Visa holdups delayed the announcement, but Kazakhstan’s Samruk Dance Company is the featured guest at this year’s Great Friends Dance Festival. Now in its sixth year, the festival brings contemporary dance companies into Newport for two-week collaborative residencies with Island Moving Company. In exchange, the visiting companies will return the favor, meaning the Newport dancers will be packing for Almaty in the spring. Over nine evenings, the Newport dancers will perform daily programs at 7:30PM that include an étude choreographed that very morning by one of the festival's choreographers. The Kazakh dancers aren't allowed to perform publicly for whatever crazy bureaucratic reason, but their rehearsals are open to the public each day (11:30AM-1:30PM today). The festival runs through the 25th.

Thursday - 12:00PM

A.J. Rich
Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street, Mystic

Jill Climent and Amy Hempel teamed up for The Hand That Feeds You, a thriller co-written under the nom de plume A.J. Rich. The book deals with a psychology student, a murdered fiance, lies, deception, and a trio of rescue dogs. Both authors will be present for a lunch date at Bank Square Books in Mystic. (Side note: Bank Square Books is literally two blocks beyond the "Rhode Island And Adjacent Border Towns" purview of this list, but literary events are hard to come by in the summer and also Amy Hempel's Collected Stories is one of my all-time favorites.) The $35 entry fee includes lunch and a hardcover copy of the book.


Lisa Lebofsky and Nancy Train Smith
Dedee Shattuck Gallery
1 Partners' Lane, Westport

I wouldn't normally suggest crossing state lines for a contemporary landscape painting show, let alone one that I've only seen online, but it's the final weekend for Nancy Train Smith and Lisa Lebofsky's two-artist show at Dedee Shattuck in Westport. I'm especially drawn to the work of the well-traveled Lebofsky, who traipses the earth in order to capture barren landscapes which she then paints on sanded aluminum. Beach scenes from remote Maldivian atolls contrast with frigid landscapes from Antarctica, the Shetland Islands and Argentina's Tierra del Fuego.

Saturday - 6:00PM

Max Van Pelt
Hera Gallery
10 High Street, Wakefield

For the past month or so, a new artist has taken over Hera Gallery each Monday, spending six days composing a site-specific work that officially opens that Saturday evening. The gallery has extended hours during the show, so that viewers can see the process of each project’s creation. I really enjoyed David Namhon Kim's sound piece two weeks ago, which paired projections of microscopic organisms with gauzy hangings and a pair of microphones. The gallery concludes its ambitious five-week relay with Providence artist (and thirteen time national archery champion) Max Van Pelt.


Cultural Survival Bazaar
Tiverton Four Corners Art Center
3852 Main Road, Tiverton

A cross between a craft show and an anthropology lesson, the regionally traveling bazaar is organized by Cultural Survival, the forty-three year old Boston non-profit dedicated to preserving the rights and cultures of indigenous cultures internationally. This is the place to go if you’re looking for unique fair trade crafts and artwork, with artisans from five continents represented. I also highly recommend the combination of Tibetan and Wampanoag food options at the bazaar. (Omnivores can get venison and quail from Sly Fox’s Den, though I always go for the meat-free Indian Taco, a corn salad plopped on top of a giant doughboy.) The bazaar's open from 10am until 5pm.
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