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What's Happening This Week

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Monday - 9:00PM

Aurora, 276 Westminster Street

Providence's Timeghost is just back from a tour to promote the new album Cellular, which Spin favorably called "an entropic blend of bleeps, clicks, and whirrs." In another positive review, Tiny Mix Tapes declared that listening to Cellular "requires lowering some amount of resistance to unwanted noises." That's a fair description of Timeghost, Adam Morosky's solo project, which juxtaposes beeping and hiss with spoken pieces about cells and parasites. It's sounds like a paranoid shut-in using archaic technologies to spread the gospel without leaving the basement.

Tuesday - 8:00PM

Charli XCX
Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington Street

When Charli XCX first emerged a few years back, she appeared slightly moodier than her peers. Songs like "You're The One" and "Nuclear Seasons" had strong hooks for sure, but they were also mildly gothy and more reminiscent of Depeche Mode than, say, fellow Britons Jessie J or Little Mix. Things have gotten considerably cheerier since then, after two summers of Charli fronting brash, inescapable hits ("I Love It" one year, "Fancy" the next). Hit single "Boom Clap" is one of the more understated numbers on the highly caffeinated album Sucker.

Wednesday - 7:00PM

She Is A Problem
AS220 Black Box, 95 Empire Street

$10 [sliding scale]

Vice caused some fuss a few years back when its Women In Fiction issue featured a fashion editorial recreating the suicides of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Iris Chang. Vice is no stranger to marketing disguised as controversy, but the manufactured outrage glossed over the very real mythology surrounding women artists romantically committing suicide. Consider the enduring, arguably lurid appeal of Francesca Woodman, the photographer who jumped out a window just three years after graduating from RISD. Philadelphia performance collective She Is A Problem comes to town for a theatrical event examining the work and psychological struggles of Plath, Woodman, Diane Arbus, and the poets Anne Sexton and Kay Sage.

Thursday - 7:30PM

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Grant's Block (at Union and Westminster Streets)

Movies On The Block kicks off its season this week, despite the fact that Tazza's closing and Flan's uncertain future make this particular block kind of dreary these days. (BYOB, in other words.) The peculiar Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is a slapstick comedy in the style of a 1940s film noir. The murder of a sleazy nightclub owner gets pinned on a spastic cartoon rabbit and the only person who can help is a hardboiled detective played by Bob Hoskins, an actor at that time known mainly for bleak British mob movies. The film was somehow wildly popular.


Ameican Lullaby
David Winton Bell Gallery, 64 College Street

It's worth checking out Dave Cole's mid-career retrospective for "The Music Box," a disused steamroller retrofitted with motion sensors to play a barely recognizable rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. The percussive beast plunks along slowly like the score to an old-timey thriller. The rest of the show isn't nearly as inspiring. Nearly every piece noisily proclaims the exact same message: America! Children! War! Irony! And while shouty political art made a lot of sense in the early years of the second Bush presidency, the show would benefit from a little nuance.

Saturday - 6:00PM

City By City
Symposium Bookstore, 240 Westminster Street

There's a Providence police car routinely stationed at Holy Ghost Church on Atwells Avenue, which directly faces Addie's Laundromat and, above that, the modest apartment of eighty-seven year old Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio. The former Mafia don was quietly released from prison just two weeks ago, making it particularly timely for former AP reporter Ian MacDougall and retired State Police investigator Brendan Doherty to discuss the case as part of n+1's nationwide tour. An article about Manocchio and the Providence mob appears in the literary magazine's new anthology City By City: Dispatches From The American Metropolis. But don't expect Baby Shacks himself to make an appearance; he's on home confinement until November.

Sunday - 8:00PM

King John
Roger Williams National Memorial
284 North Main Street

Poor King John. England's monarch at the dawn of the thirteenth century is all but forgotten now, as is the Shakespearean history bearing his name. The play deals with an inheritance dispute and a long drawn-out war and a spat with the Pope. Swords are drawn. There are lots of characters, many of whom die before the play is over. You know how these things are. It's an odd choice for Shakespeare in the park, but maybe the current craze for gory medieval hoo-hah inspired director Bob Colonna, who is staging the production with actors in street clothes. Bring a blanket.

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