Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The acclaimed director and producer “loves the story, loves the script,” says EG producter Chad Verdi.
Chad Verdi's film project on the life of Rhode Island boxing great Vinnie Pazienza received a high-octane Hollywood boost a few days ago, when Oscar-winning director and producer Martin Scorsese signed on as an executive producer. "Having Marty join the deal is huge," said Verdi. Verdi was put in touch with Scorsese after a conversation with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who is friends with both men. Whitehouse knew Verdi was making "Paz" and that Verdi's previous movies had brought jobs to the state. "Sheldon knew we were creating jobs in Rhode Island," Verdi said. The company is – perhaps improbably – based on Main Street in East Greenwich, in the former United Methodist Church building. That’s because Verdi is from EG. (He’s behind Searle’s…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Steely Dan tribute band plays to a sold-out crowd.
For the first time since reopening in January, the Greenwich Odeum hosted a sellout crowd for Hey Nineteen, a spot-on Steely Dan cover band. This sell out was all the more remarkable as this was Hey Nineteen's live debut. Hey Nineteen band members are no strangers to the Rhode Island stage and their fans came out in droves for a memorable performance of Steely Dan hits and deep tracks. Local favorite Steve Caraccia (owner of Main Street Music in EG) played bass and was accompanied by Dale DeJoy on lead vocals and guitar along with Colin Nagle also on vocals and keyboard. Hey Nineteen were a total of 10 band members including 3-piece brass section including two female vocalists, these two vocalists carried the mantel of wearing '60s/'70s…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The street-art contest brings out artists young and not so young last Saturday.
"Arts on Main" – the street art contest held last Saturday just off Main Street (Courthouse Lane and Peirce Street) – proved once again that all you need is a place to let art happen. In the 13- to 17-year-old category: 1st Place – Grace Scott and Caitlin Hareau 2nd Place – Elizabeth Medeiros 3rd Place – Brigid Saoirse Kennedy In the 8- through 12-year-old category: 1st Place – Molly Snyder and Emma McDonald 2nd Place – Talin Calikyan 3rd Place – Isabella Atalay Family Category: 1st Place – Speca Family 2nd Place – Gee Family 3rd Place – Gaffney Family
Friday, May 3, 2013
The weather looks promising for the chalk-art extravanganza!
Join the festivities for the 12th Annual East Greenwich Arts on Main – a street art festival where the participants create the art – squares of sidewalk-chalk pictures on Peirce Street and Courthouse Lane. The contest takes place Saturday, May 4, from
noon to 3 p.m. The event begins at East Greenwich Town Hall, where participants will be assigned a square on either of the two streets. With the temperature predicted to reach around 65 degrees Saturday, with lots of sun, it should be very pleasant indeed. Prizes for the best drawings will be awarded for the different categories and all pre-registered participants will receive an exclusive Arts on Main t-shirt. If you aren't up to wielding a stick of chalk yourself, come enjoy the day and …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The SAFO board has narrowed it down to the four selections here.
Now it's our turn. The Summer Arts and Festival Organization (SAFO) – the nonprofit that brings East Greenwich that wonderful Summer's End concert, among other things – is looking for a new logo, so recently it asked people to submit ideas. Those ideas were whittled down to the four presented here. Summer's End is asking us the decide which one it should be. Click here to go to their website to vote. And while you are there, think about giving a donation. This event will only continue if we all support it.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Janice Wray, Dana Wronski, Andrew Maksymowicz among those who will perform.
Four locals and one Bostonian will take the stage Friday, April 26, to tell their personal stories of triumph and transformation during "Lost & Found" Stories v2 at The Living Room. "Lost and Found" is the theme for this informal evening of true, personal stories told from the stage by five people in about ten minutes each. The first event was standing room only, and this one promises to be an equally incredible evening. The Storytellers ... Bethany Warburton – "Going Gray Without Getting the Blues” Betty Who – “How I Lost My Cello and Found My Voice” Expect to be unplugged and connected through the heartwarming, the epic, the humorous, and the poignant. Informal time afterwards for mingling, casual conversation and light …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The show opens up on April 18, with two from East Greenwich in the cast.
The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will present Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, starting on Thursday, April 18. This production will feature several graduating seniors who have dazzled audiences for most of their years in Kingston. The show is scheduled for April 18-20 and April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., and April 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre in the URI Fine Arts Center on the Kingston Campus. General admission for the performance is $20; $15 for seniors and URI staff; and $12 for students. Call 401-874-5843 or or visit www.uri.edu/theatre for tickets. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy in which the intelligent, witty Beatrice matches wits with the dull, cynical Benedick. Two of …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Colour of London, a Nashville-based band, will be performing a free concert there, to be filmed for a video sponsored by Alex and Ani.
If you want to be in a music video – and you are at least 21 – tonight is the night! Colour of London, a Nashville-based band, will be performing a free concert at the Main Street theater while cameras roll for the music video to promote their Alex and Ani-sponsored "Path of Life Tour." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Alex and Ani is of course the jewelry (and more) company out of Cranston that has a shop on Main Street and a warehouse facility on Liberty Street. Colour of London is a band made up of a duo out of Nashville, Tennessee singer/musician Jimmie Allen (who was an American Idol contestant during the 2011 season) and guitarist Nate Woodall. Here's the info from the Alex and Ani website: It is a rare case when a band comes to town and is…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The nonprofit group is trying to get back on firm financial footing.
Summer's End, East Greenwich's signature summer event for the past 16 years, is at a financial crossroads. One way forward would be to charge admission, something SAFO President Patrick Craft said they are considering, if not very happily. "The cost of the show is more than $80,000. It’s cost prohibitive in terms of how we’re currently structured," said Craft in a recent interview. "Do we put people at the gates and charge? I would hate to see that only because it’s had a longstanding tradition of being a free concert at the end of the summer." Last year, SAFO made one big, cost-saving change – having the U.S. Navy Band perform instead of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. As popular as the R.I. Phil is, it would cost about $25,000 to have …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The winners received certificates at last week's School Committee meeting.
At the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 19, members recognized high school and middle school Scholastic Art Award winners as well as the winners of the Cole geography and spelling bees. Congratulations all!