Friday, March 22, 2013
The drumming circle, held last month at St. Luke's after their community supper, will be back Monday night.
Joining a drumming circle turns out to be remarkably easy. At least it was for me last month when my son James and I decided to check out the drumming circle at St. Luke's after the monthly community supper there. We are not drummers, James and I. But we got seats, took up a drum (me) and a tamborine (James) and started making rhythms. It was kind of magical. And it didn't hurt that there were a couple of real percussionists in the circle to help guide the beat. The idea for the drumming circle at St. Luke's came from Wesley Forsythe, who took over as sexton (custodian) at the church a few months ago. Forsythe had held a drumming circle in November at the Varnum Armory, but he was uncertain he'd get enough donations to cover the rental …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The loss for East Greenwich has been a gain for Johnston and North Providence.
After years of wandering, the Academy Players of Rhode Island have landed, with both a headquarters and a performance space that offer the theater company stability from which to grow. And grow they have. The group has its own space in Providence, on the town line with Johnston just off Hartford Avenue. They have a “black box” theater there for small performances, as well as administrative offices. Their larger performances are at North Providence High School, which has proved to be a very hospitable venue for them. “Almost, Maine,” will play for six performances starting Friday, March 22, in the black box theater, a funny and sweet story about relationships. “Our black box is intimate, holds up to 70 people, snacks and refreshments and …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Bending spoons with his mind was enough – but correctly guessing the information written on little pieces of paper by random students, while his eyes were taped and covered and taped again, that was crazy.
It's not easy to capture the attention of an auditorium of high school students. Mentalist Rory Raven – brought to EGHS by the EG Cultural Organization of the Arts (COA) – did that recently, rendering the audience speechless as he literally bent spoons with his mind (check out the video attached). That was before he had Emily Gencarella place coins on pieces of duct tape that he placed over his eyes (ouch, yes), then placed more duct tape, then a mask over his eyes, then yet more duct tape over the mask (over the duct tape over the coins over his eyes … you get the idea). After it seemed clear to everyone in the auditorium that Raven COULD NOT SEE, he asked Emily to hold up items collected at random from the audience. Raven then went on …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
If you missed Cherish the Ladies at the Odeum last Sunday, you missed a good show ... but you can see parts of it in the video here!
Cherish the Ladies returned to the Greenwich Odeum last Sunday night and it was rousing, lively show of Irish music and dancing, led by the funny and talented Joanie Madden. The video attached recaps a bit of it. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Saxophonist Andrew Miner received two individual awards.
Saturday, March 9
From a teacher at East Greenwich High School: I had the opportunity to go with the Jazz Band to the 45th Annual Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival. East Greenwich was recognized on several fronts. Andrew Miner received two awards for his playing on the tenor saxophone – Judges Choice Award as outstanding member of the EGHS Jazz Band as well as a Superior Musician Award. The Jazz Band earned honorable mention in its category for ensemble play, 4th place out of 16 schools in their division. They also received an award for 35 years of participation. Mr. Carniaux and Mr. Mattera [Mr. Carniaux's predecessor] deserve a great deal of thanks for their time and commitment to music program in our community. While this would be …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Joanie Madden’s Irish music group played the Odeum before it closed. Now, the Odeum is back, and Cherish the Ladies is back – this Sunday.
The world-renowned Irish music band Cherish the Ladies is performing at the Greenwich Odeum Sunday night after a several-year hiatus. The gap, for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention, was because of the Odeum’s closure in 2008. Cherish the Ladies played the Odeum to sold-out crowds twice before that, as well as headlining one of the Summer’s End concerts with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. “It’s fantastic to be coming back,” said Joanie Madden, leader of the band, in an interview Thursday. In addition to the band’s five musicians (you can read more about them here), there will be three Irish dancers, including Declan McHale, Irish folk singer Cathie Ryan, and a few other surprises, she said. For Madden, it’s a bit of a homecoming, …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Tap your creative self and submit a logo idea this week!
Break out your Crayolas, sharpen your pencils or dust off your computer mouse. Summer’s End is growing and changing and we are looking for a new logo design. As the nonprofit group that promotes arts in the community via the annual concert at Eldredge Field, student scholarships and art event sponsorship, we think the logo should come from the community and ultimately be voted on by the community. Since we know great ideas can come from anyone, we encourage residents of all ages to send us their ideas in any format. Email digital entries may be emailed to: email@example.com and hard copies mailed to EG Summer’s End, P.O. BOX 1614, East Greenwich, R.I. 02818. Artwork should be received by March 1. East Greenwich Summer’s End …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Four East Greenwich High School students win Scholastic Art Awards.
The Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards are given out yearly with the idea of providing recognition, support and scholarship opportunities for creative young artists throughout Rhode Island. This year, four artists from East Greenwich High School were recognized. Teacher Amanda Rogers had two students recognized: Phoebe Osterhout, an 11th grade Art Studio 1 student, and Patrick Wong, a 12th grade AP Art student. Here's what they had to say about their work: About her piece, Self Portrait, an 18x24" work of graphite on paper, Phoebe wrote: "This is a portrait that magnifies my face so that it is larger than life, and the eye is staring straight out. The window in the background is meant to show how 'the eyes are the windows to the soul.'" …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Four artists won awards.
The Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards are given out yearly with the idea of providing recognition, support and scholarship opportunities for creative young artists throughout Rhode Island. This year, several artists from Cole Middle School were recognized. Students were honored at the 2013 awards ceremony at Salve Regina University in January. Students who received "Gold Keys" will have their work sent to New York City to compete in the national competition. Their art teachers were Nina Reiner and Dale DiNapoli. Here's a list of the Cole winners: Brooke Matus on "I Can't Sea You," Paper Collage: I chose to do a beach scene because the beach is such a big part of my life. Whenever we go, we always spend long days there. My family and I …
Friday, February 1, 2013
There are shows Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.
They aren't using the old barn out back, but kids and some adults at East Greenwich High School are putting on a show this weekend – Fiddler on the Roof. Come see the more than 75 students who are part of this production. Here's what Wikipedia says about the musical: Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales) by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his …