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Stevie B at the Venus De Milo

What's Happening This Week

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Monday - 8:25PM

Ant-Man / Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
1195 Eddie Dowling Highway (Route 146)
North Smithfield
$27 per carload

The forecast says Monday will be clear and 94, which is perfect weather for staying up past midnight watching stuff blow up at a drive-in double-feature. Ten years on from the Oprah debacle that never actually happened, reclusive Scientologist action star Tom Cruise headlines the surprisingly well-received fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. It’s preceded by a Marvel film in which droll burglar Paul Rudd dons an ant costume to fight off the bad guy and save Michael Douglas.


Brittany Marcoux, BITTER/SWEET
115 Empire Street

Childhood is the theme of BITTER/SWEET, Brittany Marcoux's visually appealing show in AS220's main gallery. Highlighting work produced during the first year of the photographer's MFA program, BITTER/SWEET features still lifes of a fortune cookie, a disembodied ponytail, and a lonely VHS cassette, each photographed against a bright background. It's a little hokey but it mostly works. The show's better pieces include some slightly more abstract photographs, which include shadowy circles, triangles overlaid on a graph paper-like grid, and a large pink self-portrait of the artist in which she's invisible from the waist up.

Wednesday - 6:00PM

free before 9pm, $5 after

The accursed quasqicentennial of H.P. Lovecraft’s hideous birth is Thursday, so the writer’s Cyclopean fans will descend upon the city for that unespeakable madness known as Necronomicon. The stench of those noisome antiquarians makes me want to faint, so I’ve shunned the idea of attending that spectral gathering. Wednesday, however, there’s a tenebrous pre-party! Co-produced by Frequency Writers, the event includes a Lovecraft reading and weird fiction open mic. Later in the evening, the foetid bill features decadent Washington trio Br’er, as well as the swarthy Phemale, the furtive LVMMVX, the unmentionable Cyst, and the nameless Øxømø.

(Adjectives via Arkham Archivist.)


Snow Yunxue Fu, Still
Yellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley Street Unit #5

Chicago artist Snow Yunxue Fu makes viewing a challenge in Still, her first solo show at Yellow Peril Gallery. Screens are rendered all but useless by blank obstacles put in the way, like in Ma, a video installation reduced to a thin horizontal line, or Solid, where monitors are mostly hidden behind a wall. Still, the outdoor projection which the show is named after, was only screened at the opening and only for part of the evening (since it was raining). An intriguing series of digital prints (also entitled Solid) are actually more compelling than any of the video work.

Friday - 7:00PM

Stevie B
Venus De Milo
75 Grand Army Highway, Swansea

I saw Stevie B on my birthday once and everything was magical, from the dance team that opened the show to the Scarface-era Michelle Pfeiffer ensembles worn by nearly every woman in the room. And the hair! All the hair. Stevie had a #1 hit in 1990 with the sappy “Because I Love You (The Postman Song),” but those of us from the New York-Providence-Springfield freestyle triangle will surely remember earlier hits “Party Your Body,” “Spring Love,” and (my personal favorite) “I Wanna Be The One.” We live in one of the few geographic pockets where magical freestyle events like this can still happen.

Saturday - 12:00PM

Season Kickoff Party
Trinity Repertory Company
201 Washington Street

Trinity Rep is kicking off its fall season with a Saturday afternoon free-for-all. Two stages will be shared by thirty-three theater and performance companies, from established theaters like The Gamm and 2nd Story to more experimental projects like the astronomy-focused Meridian Project and the Tenderloin Opera Company, whose work specifically deals with Rhode Island’s homeless populations. The event is free, and it's a good way to preview a whole lot of things in one afternoon. There’s also a prop and costume shoe sale, which will be exciting for those eager to dress more like The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.

Sunday - 12:30PM

Faberge: A Life of Its Own
Jane Pickens Theater
Touro Street, Newport

When the Romanov dynasty collapsed during World War I, the Faberge workshop in St. Petersburg became a munitions factory. When fifties London society declared Faberge tacky, the company commissioned Ian Fleming to write a James Bond story about them. And in the seventies, they made a surprising worldwide comeback with Brut cologne. A century after the Faberge family cast the last of its fifty “Imperial Class” eggs for Tsar Nicholas II, Patrick Mark's new documentary offers a fond glimpse at the storied Russian firm and the cultural context of the estimated 200,000 objects it produced.

One Last Thing

National oral history project Storycorps is in town, piloting its new Storycorps @ Your Library program in the Providence Community Library system. [Full disclosure: I'm on PCL's board.] Audio interviews are being collected from library patrons around the city through mid-October. (Interviewers are rotating around the city; they'll be at Fox Point Library on Ives Street for the next few weeks.) Stories will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and Rhode Island Public Radio will also air four-minute excerpts from select interviews. There are only ten libraries nationally in the program, so this is a rare treat! To schedule your interview, email
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