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Printmaking Biennial
Sol Koffler Gallery, 169 Weybosset Street

Providence is a city with a long and interesting history when it comes to printmaking, but that largely seems to have been lost on the current batch of RISD MFA candidates. There's a lot to dislike in the show, which runs through Thursday, starting with Michael Menchaca's domineering work (which for some reason is framed by foam that's been cut to look like an iPhone). Kate Logue's explorations into the marijuana industry aren't much better. On the bright side, it's worth checking out the intaglio work of Andrea Santos as well as Liza Stace's monotype and drypoint prints.


Ex Machina
Showcase Cinemas

It's the fourth week in theaters for Ex Machina, an extremely unflashy alternative to the new Avengers movie. Part sci-fi drama, part romantic thriller, it's about a brilliant young coder lured to a secret compound by a reclusive tech genius (Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis) that likes sinister head games. See, he's built an artificial life form and, tech culture being what it is, she's a hot robot lady. Then the fun starts! Does the hot robot lady have feelings after all?

Wednesday - 7:00PM

Marie Antoinette
Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre
172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket

I loved Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola's hazy Marie Antoinette, a film in which shallowness was both the surface and the emotional core. I haven't gotten to the Gamm yet for David Adjmi's stage biography of the ill-fated queen, which director Rachel Walshe describes in the show notes as depicting "the insatiable appetite of a culture that at once embraces and rejects the delectations of its female icons." Personally, I'm excited for any version of the story which incorporates both valley girl dialogue and a talking sheep.

Thursday - 11:00PM

Cantenac Dagar / Fort Crèvecœur
Psychic Readings, 95 Empire Street

Don't let the banjos mislead you. There's nothing remotely country about the eerie compositions of French instrumental duo Cantenac Dagar, who pair the instrument with human beatbox, tape sounds, and the occasional bell. Their most recent recording, Burec, is a single 29-minute drone piece. The anonymous duo is currently touring with their fellow countryman Fort Crèvecœur, a producer of extremely brief banjo experiments that are generally played with a bow.

Friday - 8:00PM

Downtown Boys
Machines With Magnets
400 Main Street, Pawtucket

I first heard X-Ray Spex right around when I went to college for the first time, and the people that lived down the hall from me can probably still recall me playing the saxophone opening to "Oh Bondage! Up Yours!" over and over and over. It's nice that Downtown Boys are keeping the angry saxophone tradition alive, albeit in a messier fashion. The only actual band featured on Paper Magazine's annual list of Beautiful People, the bilingual sextet release their debut full-length this week and kick off a three-week tour with a hometown show at Machines With Magnets.

Saturday - 8:00PM

RI Philharmonic
The VETS, 1 Avenue of the Arts

The RI Philharmonic concludes its 70th season by premiering a commissioned orchestral work by Pierre Jalbert. They're also doing Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Providence Singers. A libretto of two dozen bawdy-ish poems first performed in Germany in 1937, the Carmina Burana has remained immensely popular over the decades. As of the time I'm sending this, there are still a few—well, two—cheap seats left in the nosebleed section. (If you want all of the Orff and don't mind skipping the world premiere, there's a cheaper, shorter Rush Hour performance on Friday afternoon).


Toby Sisson
Yellow Peril Gallery,
60 Valley Street

Providence artist Toby Sisson has a really nice solo show up right now at Yellow Peril. Inspired by James Baldwin's lone book of poetry, ...and other poems is composed of quiet black and gray paintings and graphite drawings. The space is dominated by Black Tears, a wall-sized grid of nearly four hundred ink teardrops. The teardrop shape also appears in The Darkest Hour, one of three hole-y encaustic and graphite paintings. In the gallery's second room, there are a series of club-like totems as well as sixteen lunar prints that resemble petri dishes.
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