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Deborah Zlotsky at Providence College

What's Happening This Week

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Deborah Zlotsky
Reilly Gallery at Smith Center For the Arts
Providence College

There’s a loving irony in On The Walls, Deborah Zlotsky’s site-specific installation at Providence College. The gallery’s high ceilings and shiny floors suggest academic solemnity, which might be why Zlotsky turned the whole space into a giant chalkboard. But the geometric drawings resemble notebook doodles, horseshoe magnets and test tubes colliding with maybe rigatoni and robots whose faces resemble luxurious shower heads. It’s too bad that Zlotsky’s embrace of off-handed distraction was relegated to the college’s summer months. (Speaking of which, learn from my experience: enter campus from Huxley Street, not Eaton, and don’t let the construction zone deter you. Oh, and when I visited only one of the building’s four front doors was unlocked, so keep trying.)

Tuesday - 7:00PM

Electric Six
Fête, 103 Dike Street
$11 / $14

Detroit’s Electric Six scored fame early, when an uncredited Jack White lent vocal assistance to their 2003 single “Danger! High Voltage.” Commercial success was fleeting, but the sextet have released nine more albums of droll rock songs that pair catchy hooks with self-deprecating narratives about Binaca-spraying pick-up artists tooling around in ’74 Impalas. Sure, fan favorites like “I Buy The Drugs” and “Down at McDonnelzzz” are goofy, but the band doesn't shy away from cultural criticism and political commentary. There's also genuine emotional depth beneath the greasy veneer of singer Dick Valentine’s smarmy anti-heroes.

Wednesday - 7:30PM

Peter Grimes
East Providence Cinemas, 60 Newport Avenue

It’s a big day for live opera screenings at movie theaters! The Showcases in Providence and Warwick are showing The Met’s La Traviata, while the English National Opera’s award-winning production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes lands rather randomly at the movie theater in East Providence. The most well-regarded English opera of the twentieth century, Peter Grimes tells the story of a temperamental fisherman shunned by society after his young apprentice dies at sea. Set in a claustrophobic, sinister seaside town, the opera is notable for its four orchestral maritime interludes.

Thursday - 8:00PM(ish)

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
Grants Block [Westminster and Union Streets]

Aside from that one Miss Universe, it’s hard to name any A-list notables from Cranston. (Elizabeth Hasselbeck? Yeesh.) But don't forget Hollywood director Robert Aldrich! The grandson of Senator Nelson Aldrich was born there in 1918. The Moses Brown graduate fled for Hollywood, where he went on to helm films ranging from The Dirty Dozen to The Killing of Sister George. His biggest contribution to cinema, though, is the campy, creepy story of Blanche and Baby Jane Hudson. Old Hollywood impolodes as an alcoholic former child star takes revenge on a sister whose fame eclipsed her own.

Friday - 7:00PM

Much Ado About Nothing
Courthouse Center For The Arts
3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston

Hero and Claudio are giddy with love, but Beatrice is too much of a pill to admit her affection for the equally uptight Benedick. Complications, conspiracies and mishaps ensue. A wedding is ruined and a death is faked. Shakespeare’s frothy Sicilian comedy is one of his most beloved (Joss Whedon's recent movie adaptation is one example of its enduring popularity) and the play gets the outdoor treatment with an al fresco production that runs for just one weekend.


Gallery EOSS, 91 Hartford Avenue

Gallery EOSS isn't the easiest place to find. Two shows in, the only hint of an entrance is a paper sign located at the back of the building. Nevertheless, there's a closing party happening for Variations, the current painting show at the gallery. Jessica Nissen’s appealing paintings of sticky hard candy contrast nicely with William Hudders’ subtle houseplants and cotton dress shirts. Trine Giaever's New York streetscapes are somewhat less memorable.

Sunday - 10:00PM

Aurora, 276 Westminster Street

Three solo electronic projects from Baltimore head to Aurora. Ponyo is inspired by synth-pop but a little darker and trippier than that, while C10's recent single "Pain Is A Part of It" pulses along like a film score about a scary nightclub. TRNSGNDR/VHS is the most aggressive of the bunch. They're joined by locals Nell Gross, GUN BOY, and DJ Dave Public.

And One Other Thing...

A New Print Magazine for New England Arts and Culture

For those of you that are interested in arts and culture beyond the immediate Providence area, there's a new print publication launching that you might find interesting. It's called The Take, and it features profiles of artists and artisans throughout New England. I’ve got stories in the first two issues (as well as a few on their website, which is already live.) If you get a one-year Charter Subscription before Wednesday, you’ll also receive three extra issues.
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