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Monday - 8:00PM

The Last Five Years
7 Young Orchard Street

Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years is a musical about a Jewish writer and a Shiksa actress who fall in and then out of love, but the catch is that the story is simultaneously told forwards (his version) and backwards (hers). The story was inspired by Brown's life, so much so that his ex-wife sued him. Anna Kendrick plays Cathy in the movie version, which failed to pick up major distribution, but the production by Brown's student-run Musical Forum runs through tonight.


Dusk, 301 Harris Ave

Most people don't associate Newport with metal — there's no actual reason to — bult that's where stoner doom practitioners Bälam make their home. There's nothing really revolutionary about their sound, but that's also not the point. Pretty soon the five-piece will release a new album full of thudding ten-minute songs, but they're heading all the way up to Providence for a show at Dusk that also includes Hessian and Black Oil Incinerator.

Wednesday - 7:00PM

Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)
Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer St

Argentina's recent Oscar nominee for the Best Foreign Film, Damián Szifron's Wild Tales is comprised of six grim shorts, each of which involves a character exacting bloody revenge on someone who has wronged them. The settings are generic, but the situations escalate to crazed proportions, from an airplane catastrophe to a wedding reception where a bride gets back at her unfaithful groom.

Thursday - 11:00AM

Drawn Together By Chance
The Drawing Room, 479 Washington Street

RHD-RI provides arts-based day therapy to adults with developmental disabilities, and for the past year or so they've really bumped up their presence in the local art scene. Right now they're working at the Drawing Room on a series of drawings inspired by Oblique Strategies, cards with creative tasks to get artists through mental blocks. The first set of Oblique Strategies were designed in 1975 by Brian Eno and Eric Schmidt, and they have sort of a cult following. (I only know what they are because I used to live with a big Brian Eno fan.) The drawing process is open to the public from 11-1:30 every Thursday through May 18th.

Friday - 6:00AM

May Breakfast
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church
229 Wilbur Avenue, Cranston

May Day! May Day! For 148 years, the Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church has served a feast on the first day of May. The church actually invented the May Breakfast, a family-style feast featuring clamcakes in addition to ham, eggs, and all the other foods you normally associate with breakfast. It's a Rhode Island thing; in 1984, a New York Times article on the phenomenon mentioned that governor of Rhode Island offered a free breakfast  on May 1 to any resident over the age of 100. Most May Breakfasts are held on the first Saturday of the month, but the Oak Lawn church does theirs ona Friday this year, meaning that you can even do this more than once if you want to.

Saturday - 9:30PM

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus
Machines With Magnets
400 Main Street, Pawtucket

Lydia Lunch founded Teenage Jesus and the Jerks in the late seventies, ensuring her place in the canon of great New York musicians. But Lunch went on to a long and productive solo career, from the no wave early eighties through more recent work like the relatively recent album Retrovirus. She also wrote a cookbook, which according to the publisher offers "witty and provocative recipes for feeding your friends and lovers nourishing, deeply satisfying food while maintaining a hedonistic downtown lifestyle." The night opens with Whore Paint and Trophy Knife.

Sunday - 2:00PM

Epic Theatre Company
50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI

2nd Story recently did a nice production of Other Desert Cities, a play about a family that's torn apart when the daughter decides to write a book about the family. Now Epic Theatre Company is doing Zoe Kazan's Absalom, a play about a family that's torn apart when the father decides to write a memoir.  It's the ninth and final production in the company's series of contemporary comedies.

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