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Moonlight at Avon Cinema
Law And Order Party
November 15 - November 20

The newsletter's a little late this week. Let's just say there were some, uh, logistical difficulties – well actually I was away at a residency for most of last week, and I'm still in catch-up mode.

This Saturday is the PCL Mini Golf Classic, a fundraiser I'm helping to organize for Providence Community Library. You can golf all day inside Rochambeau Library (708 Hope Street, Providence) for just $5 per person, or you can come back at night for an affordable evening soiree from 7-10pm. Tickets to that are $30 and proceeds will benefit PCL's Mobile Library, which travels to playgrounds, rec centers, assisted living facilities, and events throughout Providence.
Avon Cinema
260 Thayer Street, Providence

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight could be the most buzzed about movie this fall; I’ve been waiting impatiently to see for weeks now. Told in three acts over the course of twenty years, the story centers around a young gay man named Chiron who’s raised by a crack-addicted mother in gritty Miami. Three different actors play Chiron from elementary school through adulthood, but there’s serious Oscar buzz surrounding English actress Naomie Harris, who plays the mom. Better known to viewers as Moneypenny from the last few James Bond movies, Harris filmed all her scenes in three unrehearsed days while on a break from a press tour promoting Spectre. Moonlight also marks the film debut of singer Janelle Monáe.
Wednesday – 7:30PM
Dorian Wind Quintet
Bishop McVinney Auditorium
43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence

The Dorian Wind Quintet’s been around since 1961, and over the past half-century or so the New York chamber ensemble has commissioned over forty original works. This evening’s contemporary program features a selection of those commissions, pieces by Billy Childs, Richard Rodney Bennett, Bruce Adolphe, George Perle, and Lee Hoiby. (Perle’s Wind Quartet no. 4 won a Pulitzer in 1986, a first for any wind quintet.) It’s an unusually contemporary program for Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, whose programs tend to be a little more canon-driven.
 Thursday – 5:30PM
Anakana Schofield
McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown Street, Providence

Anakana Schofield’s debut novel was called Malarky and it was narrated (in both first and third person) by Our Woman, a wife and mother facing her husband’s infidelity and her son’s decision to run off to Afghanistan. The Irish-Canadian writer followed that one up with Martin John, an experimental novel that may or may not be narrated by a sexual predator with an equally disturbing mother. (The book is written largely in notes and lists, so it’s hard to say whether “narrated” is an appropriate term at all.) The book was recently shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize for innovation in form.
All The Big Movie Theaters

Earlier this year critics went nuts for Midnight Special, a sad alien movie I found rather disappointing, and they’re very much into this one, too. (It currently has a 100% approval rating on critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.) Regular readers of Law And Order Party will notice that I’m a big fan of slow-moving movies where not much happens, so of course my ears perked up when I read about “the most low-key alien invasion drama you’ll ever see.” Denis Villeneuve’s film focuses less on the tentacled creatures and more on the folks whose lives are disrupted by the extraterrestrial invasion. Mysterious pods are hovering all over the world, and a spaceship of some kind is looming over Montana. Amy Adams is a linguist (a linguist!) who can communicate with the creatures, maybe, and she’s joined by a Los Alamos physicist played by Jeremy Renner.
Saturday - 9:00PM
Synth Pop Party
Machines With Magnets
400 Main Street, Pawtucket

Mauricio Ossa left his native Chile years before its capital became an unexpected epicenter of disco-pop, but the more flagrantly cheeseball aspects of his Dorry-winning Bellerophon project recall some of my favorite Chilean pop stars – people like Alex Anwandter, the recently disco-driven Dënver, and perfect human Javiera Mena. (Side note: Will there ever be a better song than this one?) Bellerophon plays with Favourite, another local electronic pop joy, and Straw Man Standing, who’s also local but new to me. Timelapzzz is up from Philadelphia, and fellow Dorry winners The Music Please will be DJing. Sounds like the perfect Library Mini Golf afterparty, in other words.
Sunday - 2:00PM
The Final Voyage of X Minus One
AS220 Black Box
95 Empire Street, Providence

Since 2008, Counter-Productions Theatre Company has periodically revisited the world of X Minus One, a 1950s sci-fi radio drama that adapted stories from the likes of Robert Heinlein, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury. Now in their tenth season, the company has decided to give the biennial series a rest, but they’re sending it off with an intergalactic greatest hits of sorts that includes adaptations of space age stories by J.T. McIntosh, Tom Godwin, and George Lefferts.
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