Seven things that are happening this week.
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What's Happening This Week

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Monday - 7:00PM

Prisoner's Song
Everett, 9 Duncan Avenue

Last winter Everett debuted The Freedom Project, a hard-hitting, critically acclaimed look at the realities of incarceration. The arts incubator has lain mostly dormant since then, but they're opening their doors for a free look at Prisoner’s Song, an unrelated work in progress that also takes an interdisciplinary look at the stories of jailed men. Directed by Obie-winner Rick Burkhardt, the fragmentary production features voice and percussion by Gelsey Bell paired with shadow puppets and projection by Erik Ruin. According to the press release, the pair juxtapose prisoners’ own voices with historical documents, ballads and folk tales.

Tuesday - 10:30AM

Providence Public Library, Special Collections Room
150 Empire Street

Providence Public Library’s Special Collections room opens to the public each Tuesday morning for drop-ins from 10:30 until 1. Every week the librarians select specific topics to highlight; recent themes have included woodcuts, fruit, and the fashion magazines of 1939. The idea is to give artists and writers unexpected visual inspiration from the special collections' rare and unique holdings. I’m not actually sure what this week’s theme is, but it's partly the surprise factor that makes this concept interesting.


The Gift
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I’m really excited to see The Gift, the new psychological thriller designed to play off our greatest collective fear (the unwanted return of people from high school). Australian writer-director Joel Edgerton stars as Gordo, a slightly misanthropic loner who after a chance encounter inserts himself into the lives of a former classmate (now a wealthy executive who claims to barely remember Gordo). If the stalker thrillers of the 90's taught us anything, though, it’s that rich people in glass houses are awful and never to be trusted.


Julian Penrose, Curb
Studio Z, 25 Eagle Street

There are over one hundred assemblages on display in Julian Penrose’s new solo show at Studio Z. Composed mainly of artifacts found in the street, the show (entitled Curb) is a mixed bag. Smaller assemblages housed in brie boxes, Altoids tins and Nat Sherman boxes seem haphazard, while larger hanging pieces have considerably more elegance. Matchboxes from Italian restaurants and stamps from Malta don't represent anything in particular; they’re there for compositional balance (and to give each piece a convenient title). It’s nice to see Studio Z still operational; last I’d heard, a new landlord had taken over the Butcher Block Mill and the future of the space sounded very uncertain.

Friday - 6:00PM

Girls Rock! RI Final Showcase
Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway
$5-$20 [sliding scale]

Say what you will, but I’m enjoying this recent wave of nineties nostalgia, especially the rise of retro-ish female-fronted rock bands like Speedy Ortiz, Palehound, Wolf Alice and Bully. (A Sleeper reunion might be in order.) The oldest Girls Rock! campers performing this week were born in late 1997, meaning that mostly they’ve never heard women on rock radio before, or if they have it was probably Lorde or Tove Lo (who aren't exactly rock in the traditional sense). As far as this, the second of Girls Rock!'s two summer showcases, none of the bands have actually been formed yet and every song performed will probably sound a little like "Girl Germs".

Saturday - 4:00PM

Machines With Magnets
400 Main Street, Pawtucket

If you haven't had your fill of day-long music festivals yet, don't fret. There's still a chance to watch lots of bands playing back to back for about nine hours. For the second year Machines With Magnets is producing DOT AIR, a festival of experimental noise in the city that spawned the industrial revolution. Sadly it’s not happening outside under a bridge like last year, so by 1am the air in MWM will probably be pretty damp. (Also your ears might not really work anymore.) Highlights include Work/Death, Virusse, House Red, V. Sinclair, Domestique, Belarisk, and Sitting Adult, but there are equally as many performers doing weirdo experimental stuff that I haven’t actually seen before.

Sunday - 6:00PM

Dan Pope
The Contemporary Theatre
327 Main Street, Wakefield

Imagine American literature if you removed all those pesky white people having affairs in Connecticut. Things would be very different! No Revolutionary Road. No Ice Storm. And definitely nothing like Housebreaking, Dan Pope’s acclaimed recent novel. Andrew and Audrey are your standard suburban couple, except that they both enjoy the company of men that they’re not married to. Their daughter shoplifts and does drugs; their son has died recently. Things fall apart, as they do. It sounds predictable, but The New York Times fondly calls it “a heartfelt chamber piece of flawed personalities, calamitous decisions and ­unexpected moments of grace.”
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