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The Overnight at Cable Car Cinema

What's Happening This Week

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Monday

The Overnight
Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street
$8.25 / $9.75

In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a naive couple expecting a small house party find themselves at the boozy, rowdy home of a psychologically iffy pair named George and Martha. Skip forward half a century, shift the action to Southern California, and you have the concept, if not the tone, of The Overnight, a brief little sex comedy about two married couples trying to reignite their sex lives post-parenthood. Adam "Party Down" Scott and Taylor "Orange Is The New Black" Schilling play straight men to skeezy butthole painter Jason Schwartzman (in peak Jason Schwartzman mode) and his pretty French wife (Judith Godrèche).

Tuesday - 6:30PM

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Westerly Public Library
44 Broad Street, Westerly


I can’t say that I’m particularly interested in Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?, the latest collection of essays from mother-daughter Philadelphia Inquirer columnists Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. (Their column's called Chick Wit. “Guaranteed laughs,” says Good Housekeeping.) On the other hand, I’ve always been curious about the elder Scottoline, whose pulpy paperbacks can often be found in supermarket checkout aisles. Her most recent, Every Fifteen Minutes, deals with a clinical psychiatrist treating a wayward teenager who plans to blow up a Pennsylvania mall. “Breezy, irreverant… teasingly irresistible,” says the Washington Post. That sounds like the far better beach read.

Wednesday - 5:30PM

Iterations
Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street

The curators of Providence Public Library’s summer exhibit dug deep in the special collections room to unearth century-old French pattern books, printed using the vibrant (though laborious) pochoir process of layered stencils. Original plates on display feature flowers, geometric patterns, and, in the case of one E. A. Séguy, bees and insects. The six cases of work also feature projects by local artists who used original pochoir patterns as springboards for screenprints, jewelry, a winter hat, and one little porcelain granny holding a basket of flowers. The opening reception includes a guided walk-through with artists and curators.

Thursday - 7:45PM

Iris
Marble House
596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
$5 [suggested donation]

In twenty weeks of releasing this newsletter I've yet to repeat a venue twice in the same week. However, it seems impossible to ignore the randomness of two unrelated, interesting happenings on the lawn of the same Newport mansion. Especially since Thursday's forecast is looking pretty nice! The Newport Film Festival is less a festival these days than a roaming series of outdoor documentary screenings on various grand lawns around the island. Iris is the criticially acclaimed story of nonagenerian fashion icon Iris Apfel, directed by 87-year old cinema verité master Albert Maysles. Stay for the movie, then find somewhere nice to camp out before heading back for...

Friday - 5:26AM

Sunrise Concert
Chinese Tea House at Marble House
596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
$20

...a sunrise concert at Marble House! The Newport Music Festival features seventeen days and nights of classical programs performed against some of the grandest backdrops in the state. With dozens of musicians flying in from all over the world, the festival's options can seem daunting and, you know, pricy for the casually interested listener. But the cheapest performance is one of the most unique, a dawn performance at Newport's fake Chinese tea house. Two Bach pieces will be performed on harp, along with six months' worth of études from Georges Migot's Le Zodiaque cycle.

Saturday - 10:00PM

Quilt
Psychic Readings, 95 Empire Street
$10

Pleasant music is the hardest music to write about, which is the challenge describing Quilt, the ex-Boston-now-Brooklyn band whose gentle and, I'll just say it, soothing music defies praise. "Tie Up The Tides" was pretty high up on my list of the best songs of 2014, but asked to write a sentence about it I can only mumble awkwardly about the midpoint between Fleetwood Mac and Belle and Sebastian, and about how singer Anna Rochinski sounds a little like post-Cardigans Nina Persson sometimes. Vaguely psychedelic in the same way that H&M's Coachella collection was vaguely psychedelic, the songs on the quartet's two albums are dreamy and maybe just 5% too languid for adult alternative radio. Or maybe not even?

Sunday - 2:00PM

Doubt
Jenks Auditorium
350 Division Street, Pawtucket
$15


Currently in its 94th season, The Community Players are Rhode Island's oldest community theater. Right now they're doing Doubt, the Tony and Pulitzer winning drama about a progressive Catholic priest and the embittered nun who convinces herself that he molested the parish school's first black student. Written eleven years ago, the play sets itself in the Bronx during the civil rights movement to distance it emotionally from the past few decades of real-life abuse scandals. Still, Doubt may be the rare drama that's actually more effective to see performed in a junior high school auditorium.
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