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Day of Absence at Mixed Magic Theatre (photo by Erin X. Smithers)
What's Happening This Week

Sorry this week's email is tardy. No fruit cup for me, I guess.

Monday - 7:00PM
Colin Channer
Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street

My morning today began interviewing a writer about the police in Jamaica, but oddly that bears no relation to the fact that Colin Channer's in town to promote Providential, his new book of poetry which deals very directly with both Jamaica and the writer's father, a policeman. It's the first of three interesting readings happening this week, a rarity here in Providence. Channer made a playlist for the book at Largehearted Boy.

Tuesday - 6:00PM
Ottessa Moshfegh
Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street

Boston-born Brown MFA Ottessa Moshfegh returns to Providence to read from Eileen, her recent critically acclaimed novel. The book's title character is a grim young woman living in coastal New England with an alcoholic housebound father. Things start out dark for Eileen, but take an even darker turn when a mysterious stranger shows up.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street

Seven years ago, Baltimore documentarian Stanley Nelson worried that he wouldn't be able to convey the level of distrust between black America and the police in the 1960s. Now, with the release of his long-in-the-making Black Panthers documentary, it's all too clear that he needn't have worried. The film works as a primer to the organization, which many Americans can remember only vaguely. It certainly doesn't help that the group was singled out by the FBI in a vicious smear campaign that led to violence on multiple occasions. The film screens at 4:30, 7:00, and 9:30.

Thursday - 7:00PM
Inhabit | Community MusicWorks
La Lupita Tacos Mexicanos, 1950 Westminster Street

An Olneyville Square taco joint will host a performance by the Community MusicWorks fellows, a string quartet who will set up residence four nights at La Lupita between now and December. First up is Haydn's Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 71 no 2 in D Major. The performance is free.

Friday - 5:30PM
Alexandra Kleeman
Symposium Books, 240 Westminster Street

Another debut novelist comes to town, as Alexandra Kleeman hits Symposium's downtown location for a reading from her recent novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine. The satirical book deals with a character known only as A, who's forced to navigate the worlds of reality television, meme-based celebrities, and the beauty standards set forth in commercials for heavily processed dessert treats.

Saturday - 7:30PM
Day of Absence
Mixed Magic Theatre
560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket

Subtitled "A Reverse Minstrel Comedy," Douglas Turner Ward's 1965 satire centers around a Southern town whose inhabitants wake up one day to realize that all of the black people have disappeared. Slowly they begin to realize how much their lives were dependent upon African-American labor, but the twist is that the whole show is performed by black actors wearing white makeup.

Check Movie Listings

It's slow season at the movies, which is why this brief but well-received Lily Tomlin road trip vehicle is showing at most of the multiplexes as well as the Avon and Jane Pickens this week. That's probably a good thing, since Tomlin plays a septuagenarian poet and all the other high-profile year-end LGBT movies are apparently duds and downers. That's actually a little troubling for queer films of the future, if Stonewall and About Ray and Freeheld and The Danish Girl all manage to tank at the box office.

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