Arts Abound This Weekend

If you’re yearning to get out and enjoy our local arts scene this weekend you have plenty to choose from:

Admittedly, it’s an odd time of day for a horror movie, but dedicated fans of the genre won’t want to miss a special preview screening of the highly anticipated horror film, “Inkubus” at 10:30am on Friday, October 28th in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, located in the University Library at Roger Williams University in Bristol.  The program is free and open to the public, and is scheduled to include a discussion and Q&A session with director Glenn Ciano and producer Chad A. Verdi, as well as a special appearance by actor Robert Englund.  For more details, click here.

Bristol Art Museum opens a new exhibit, “Metaphor, Allegory and Paradox” this weekend with an Opening Reception on Friday, October 28th from 7pm – 9pm at their Linden Place location at Hope and Wardwell Streets.  For more details, click here.

Roger Williams University is the place to be for this weekend’s One-Act Play Festival, presented by the Theater Program’s Stage Company on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center (“the Barn”).  Performances include “King Arthur’s Socks” by Floyd Dell, directed by Vicky Page, and “Pieces of Pinter”, three short plays by Harold Pinter, directed by Nicole Wielga.  For more details, click here.

If it’s not yet sold out, reserve your tickets for Girl Howdy at Stone Church Coffeehouse on High Street in Bristol.  Girl Howdy is “the honky tonk dance band that puts the twang in the swing & the rootin’ tootin’ in the two-steppin’!”  The show starts at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 29th; doors open at 6:45pm.  For more details call 253-4813 or click here.

The Community Concert Series @ St. Michael’s presents its first concert of the season, Coastline Show Chorus, on Saturday, October 29th at 8pm at St. Michael’s Church on Hope Street in Bristol.  Under the direction of Gail Jencik, Coastline offers treasured American classics, Broadway hits and modern jazz, blending four-part a cappella harmony with energetic choreography.  Tickets are $20 ahead of time or at the door, with reduced rates for seniors and students.  Call 253-6084 for more information.  Local restaurants offering dinner & concert package tickets include Hourglass Brasserie, at 382 Thames Street, and Redlefsen’s, at 444 Thames Street.  Reservations required.

Take a stroll with the family on Hope Street in downtown Bristol at the Family Halloween Walkabout, where children can don their costumes and trick-or-treat at participating businesses on Sunday, October 30th from 1pm ’til 3pm.  Stop by The Toy Shop to see who won the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and visit “Boo, Too!” at the Bristol Art Gallery to show your kids they’re not the only ones making Halloween art this time of year!

Alive! Arts at Roger Williams University presents a concert by 35th Parallel on Sunday, October 30th at 2pm in the Performing Arts Center (“the Barn”).  Their signature sound blends Middle Eastern oud and  Indian tabla with a variety of other non-western instruments in an extensive repertoire of original and traditional songs.  The group will give a workshop on their instruments and music following their performance.  The performance is free and open to the public.  For more details, click here.

Great Pumpkins!

The Toy Shop on Hope Street in Bristol is sponsoring a Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest!  Shopowner Wayne Kneeland invites kids of all ages to bring their decorated pumpkins to The Toy Shop this week (no later than Saturday, October 29th) during regular business hours for entry into the contest.  Only decorated pumpkins will be accepted; no carved pumpkins, please.  The pumpkins will be displayed in the storefront windows and winners will be announced on Sunday, October 30th.  Contest winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) will receive a Toy Shop gift certificate!  Visit The Toy Shop’s website for more information.

Creative Writing at the Library

Rogers Free Library in Bristol is hosting a Creative Writing workshop series led by Kate Gorton, a graduate student at Fairfield University.  Interested young adults age 11 to 18 are welcome to gather in the Quiet Study Room on the Main Floor of the library at 6pm on Thursday, October 20th for the first workshop.  Signups are not required, and pencils & notebooks will be provided!  Call Charlotte Burnham at the library, 253-6948, for more information.

Mark Your Calendar: Warren Walkabout

Art, food, music, shopping and swag – who could ask for anything more?  Stroll through town and discover Warren at the 2011 Warren Walkabout this Sunday, October 23rd from 12noon – 5pm.  Explore artists’ open studios, browse unique small shops, savor delicious local fare and enjoy roving live musicians.  The weather forecast looks promising, and if your feet get tired you can just hop on the trolley (courtesy of Columbus Credit Union).  The Bay Magazine October issue includes a top-notch pullout map, with descriptions of the trolley stops and the shops, studios, restaurants and places to pop-in during the Walkabout – here’s just a sampling of where we’re heading:

Trolley Stop #2

Trolley Stop #4

Trolley Stop #5

Trolley Stops #6 & #7

  • all those shops along Water Street where we never have enough time to linger and enjoy - today we do!  Summerwood, The Greenery, Luca, The Wooden Midshipman, DISH, and many more…

End the day with dinner plans – out to a local restaurant (Stella Blues?  Samantha’s Pizza?) or head over to Blount Market for some delicious soup to heat at home, or back to Tom’s Market for their mouthwatering heat-at-home selections, or maybe …