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What's Happening This Week

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Monday - 7:00PM

Red Army
East Providence Cinema
60 Newport Ave, Rumford

Viacheslav Fetisov led the USSR to hockey gold at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. But the country’s national hockey program was relentless and offered few rewards. Players didn't see their families for eleven months out of the year, and they were trailed at every step by KGB agents worried about defectors. Gabe Polsky’s neurotic interview style is tempered by vast amounts of archive footage and lively visual effects that make this droll documentary worth seeing. Just dress warm; there wasn’t any heat in the theater this weekend.

Tuesday - 11:35AM

Alice Sebold
Schneider Auditorium
Xavier Hall, 60 Broad Street

What's Alice Sebold been up to in the thirteen years since The Lovely Bones? The author's first novel, narrated by a murder victim, sold over a million copies and clung to bestseller lists for over a year. Since then Sebold has published only one other book (the bleak and unpopular The Almost Moon) and Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of The Lovely Bones was a critical disaster. How does an author deal with the ebb and flow of popularity? And what's she been up to all this time? Johnson and Wales brings the author to Providence as part of its Cultural Life Series, where maybe we can find out.


Matt Wilt: Theory + Practice
Yellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley Street #5


The NCECA conference is over but its legacy lingers for a few more weeks in galleries that timed ceramics exhibitions around the event. Among the more interesting is Theory + Practice, Matt Wilt's show at Yellow Peril. The ceramicist's kinetic sculptures aren’t interactive so much as some of them have on/off switches, but Wilt blends ceramic and stone with Pyrex, leather, and occasional plant materials. Not every piece works (there's a nipply milking machine that seems sort of gratuitous) and it's unclear whether the slowly rotating motors are interesting enough to warrant all the distracting power cords. Nevertheless, the show is pretty elegant.

Thursday - 5:30PM

Preston Singletary
Salomon Center, Room 001
Brown University

Indigenous artists aren’t typically known for their work in non-traditional materials, but Preston Singletary has challenged expectations for decades now, exploring his Tlingit ancestry while working with contemporary glass forms. Born in California and raised in Seattle, Singletary learned his craft at the famed Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. More recently the artist has traveled the world, working with native groups from the Pacific Northwest to New Zealand. He comes to Brown for a lecture entitled (A) yáx áwé daa yoo tuxaatánk: This is How I'm Thinking About It.

Friday - 8:00PM

Lady Lamb [pictured above]
Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway

I highly recommend After, the second album by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro. Known as Lady Lamb The Beekeeper until some time very recently, Spaltro crafts five-minute rock songs with big choruses, carefully composed lyrics, and guitar work that’s engaging without getting pretentious. (Sample lyric: I just want to fall into a pile of warm laundry / I just wanna keep very very quiet, yeah.) The album also includes “Milk Duds,” one of the songwriter’s earliest songs and a live favorite.

Saturday - 8:00PM

Freedom Project
Everett, 9 Duncan Avenue

The United States has five percent of the world's population and twenty-five percent of the world's prison population. For black men, the statistics are terrifying. According to a study released last year by the Pew Research Center, black men aged 20-24 without high school diplomas are more likely to be in jail (26%) than employed (19%). Everett's newest production uses dance, video, and spoken performance in order to examine the human consequences of America's incarceration crisis.

Sunday - 9:30PM

Sex Snobs
Psychic Readings, 95 Empire Street

Oklahoma City trio Sex Snobs come to town with an Easter basket full of melodic noise. If you were irrationally excited by last year's Death From Above 1979 album then this is the show for you! Also appearing are some local dude bands. Darklands are presumably named after the Jesus and Mary Chain album and their guitars are predictably fuzzy, though they're not nearly as brooding. Broads are catchy but with a lot of screaming, reminding me of that phase in college when I thought the Blood Brothers were the greatest thing going. Straightedge hardcore band Spirits rounds out the evening.

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