Good Music, Good Cause

Looking for something to do tonight?  Head over to Jacky’s Galaxie on Metacom Avenue in Bristol for the 3rd annual Rock the Can! a night of good music and good food, and a fundraiser for the East Bay Food Pantry.

Rock the CAN! 2012 at Jacky’s Galaxie, Bristol                                                                       Friday, January 27th – doors open@6:30pm                                                                                     Band of Brothers, The Repercussions, Trinity, and Rendition                                                  free buffet, cash bar, and raffles!                                                                                                      Tickets ($20) available online and at the door                                                                                  did you know? $20 buys 200 pounds of food for the East Bay Food Pantry!

Poetry Slam!

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” -W. H. Auden

Mt. Hope High School’s Music as Literature students will present the 2nd Annual Poetry Slam on Wednesday, January 25th at 6pm in the high school auditorium cafeteria on Chestnut Street.  Students of all grades will recite original poems; the public is welcome to attend and enjoy the show.  Refreshments will be served; tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door.  This event is a fundraiser for Music as Literature students to attend a live musical performance in the spring.  For more information contact Kerry Mastriano at  Show your support for our young poets by attending, because

“To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” -Walt Whitman

Recognized for their Creative Achievement

The Rhode Island Art Education Association has announced the recipients of the 2012 Scholastic Art Awards for Rhode Island, and seven Mt. Hope High School artists have won Gold Key and Silver Key awards for their artworks!  The Gold Key Award represents the highest level of achievement at the regional level and all Gold Key Award recipients are considered for recognition at the national competition.  The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is an annual competition and the longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative young people in the country.  Since 1923 the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have encouraged, recognized, and rewarded the creative achievement of young artists in grades 7 through 12.  Past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

This year’s RI Scholastic Art Awards recipients from MHHS are:

Nick Andreadis, Gold Key for his Mixed Media piece, “Look Through Me” (and Nick also won a Portfolio award);                                                                                         Maddie Dennis, Gold Key for her Comic Art, “Cyclodrama”;                                         Tyler Murgo, Gold Key for his film, “Recipe-X”;                                                                 Keely Varada, Gold Key for her photograph, “To Be”;                                                       Nicole Delekta, Silver Key for her photograph,”The Storm Passes”;                            Brooke Pacheco, 2 Silver Keys for ceramics pieces, “Hand and Twig” and “Hand and Shell”;                                                                                                                                         Alyssa Stuart, Silver Key for her painting “Self Portrait”

Congratulations, artists!  And thank you, MHHS art teacher Lauren Enjeti, for sharing the good news with The Arts Room!  The student work will be on display at the Hamilton Gallery at Salve Regina University from Tuesday, January 17th ’til Sunday, February 5th during regular gallery hours. Students will receive their awards at the official awards ceremony on Sunday, January 22nd at Salve Regina University.

CSP Spring Registration

The Community String Project announces Spring 2012 Registration for returning students, and welcomes new adult students (grades 6 through 12, and adults) into its Adult Programs.  New elementary students will be accepted in Fall 2012.

Registration for returning students:

Registration is being held this week on Wednesday, January 18th at Hugh Cole School in Warren from 3:30pm ’til 4:30pm, and at Colt Andrews School in Bristol from 5pm ’til 6pm; on Thursday, January 19th at Guiteras School in Bristol from 4pm ’til 5pm, and at Rockwell School in Bristol from 5pm ’til 6pm. Returning students should have received their registration forms in the mail, or you can download forms on the CSP website. You may register at any location by bringing your completed registration form and payment. CSP requires an adult to register each child – if you carpool, that parent may register all children in the carpool. Returning adult students will register in class on January 18.

Registration for new students: 

New adult students (grade 6 to adult) are welcome! Please register either at Colt Andrews School or Rockwell School at the times listed above. Classes start January 30th for new Adult students.  Group lessons/rehearsals are available once a week for 90 minutes for students in grade 6 through 12, and adults, in the programs described below; visit the CSP website for more information.

Beginning HS/Adults at Mt. Hope High School on Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:10pm

Yearling Ensemble (Beginner/Intermediate) at Mt. Hope High School on Wednesdays, 7:15pm – 8:45pm

CSP Ensemble (Intermediate/Advanced) at Mt. Hope High School on Mondays, 7pm – 8:40pm

Take Me Out This Weekend!

Have you read the outstanding article written by Jim McGaw of the East Bay Newspapers, about the thoughtful and daring Tony-Award winning play “Take Me Out” opening at 2nd Story Theatre this weekend?

“Patrick Cullen didn’t blink when asked how comfortable he’ll be about appearing in the buff in front of 150 people at 2nd Story Theatre. In fact, he joked, lately he’s been naked on stage so much he may have already been typecast.”

You can read the full article here; “Take Me Out” opens tonight at 2nd Story Theatre on Market Street in Warren, and runs through February 12th.  Shows are selling out fast; visit our Theatre page for more information!

This weekend also marks the much-anticipated opening of Hope Gallery’s expanded space on Hope Street in Bristol.  On Saturday, January 14th, from noon to 6pm, Hope Gallery will be celebrating their expansion and seventh year of doing business as a gallery with a grand opening celebration.  Thirty-five artists will be exhibiting original, unique, eclectic art in various mediums. Light refreshments will be served.

It’s starting to feel like winter after all, so fight that urge to hibernate and stop by Gallery Eleven Fine Art on State Street in Bristol to enjoy their “Bold and Bright” exhibit January 14th to February 12th. At the opening reception on Saturday, January 14th, from 1pm to 4pm, you can catch a special ceramic demonstration by gallery partner Ellen Blomgren, owner of Mudstone Studios in Warren.  Feel the clay with your own hands while making small sculptures and hear Ellen divulge her secrets for making beautiful ceramic penguins.  Kids welcome! Ellen’s also got some amazing kids’ classes starting this weekend; take a look at the class offerings on Mudstone’s website.