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A crowd chased my mother because they thought she was singer Connie Francis

*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events as told to me by a family member who experienced them firsthand; used with permission. Way back in the late 1950s or early 1960s, my mother heard that a famous singer named Connie Francis was scheduled to appear at the Outlet Company in Providence, Rhode Island. Connie Francis was my mother's favorite singer, so she was very excited.
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Art Beat reviews Bristol students' work on display at Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery

With the pandemic seemingly in waning mode and for the first spring in three years, art and design students at Bristol Community College’s Fall River campus are exhibiting their work in the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery. The students are approaching the end of the academic year and displaying work created for classes in the freshman foundation program or as part of their second year studies, on the path to receiving an associate’s degree in art. Many will likely...
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Top stories last week on What’sUpNewp

Catch up on all of the most popular stories that appeared on What’sUpNewp last week, MAy 8 – 14. 1 – The Coffee Grinder finds a new home in Newport. 2 – House OKs bill to provide tax relief to year-round Newport residents. 3 – What...

K-9 featured in Netflix's 'Rescued by Ruby' euthanized

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island dog whose inspiring story of going from shelter dog to lifesaving police K-9 became the subject of a recent Netflix movie has been euthanized. State Police said Sunday K-9 Ruby was put down Friday following a “sudden, acute, and untreatable illness.” She...

Rhode Island’s First Black Owned TV Show

Biography: Commencing her career in multimedia, Remi Jones, launched her self titled television show, Remi TV. The show became vastly popular and acquired syndication, debuting on TV-9 and the PEG network. Expanding in her notoriety Remi interviewed a plethora of celebrities throughout New York City ranging from Dame Dash, Joey Fatone, Wyclef Jean, Lil Mo, Remy Ma and DJ Kay Slay. The renowned talk show led her to solidify features in national outlets such as Forbes, Yahoo, Bossip, Sheen Magazine, Thrive Global, HipHop Weekly and on Hot 97.

Beyond Van Gogh kicks off at the RICC

A popular art exhibit that has sold 3 million tickets globally starts in Providence on Tuesday, May 17. Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center until July 8 and features 300 works of art from Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibit is broken up...

“Live from the Loading Dock” – Dave Zinno Quintet at MLK Center, Newport

The Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport presents “Live from the Loading Dock” with Dave Zinno Quintet kicking off the series this Wednesday, May 18th at 4:30pm. The concert will be held in front of the Center on Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard. Attendees are asked to bring their lawn chairs.

Discover Beautiful Rhode Island – Steere Hill Farm, Glocester – Herman Brewster

Herman Brewster is a Rhode Island photographer who enjoys photographing the beauty of Rhode Island. He has been a contributor, donating photographs to the Art Connection since 2015. He has volunteered on the Pawtucket City Photo Contest, that results in the popular City of Pawtucket Calendar. Brewster says, “I capture the environment. Water ripples, reflects and changes with the light and the aperture. The water in front of Gilbert Stuart Museum is shallow and gives the camera something new to see each time I visit.”

Moby-Dick; or The Whale: Chapter 7 - The Chapel

In this same New Bedford there stands a Whaleman’s Chapel, and few are the moody fishermen, shortly bound for the Indian Ocean or Pacific, who fail to make a Sunday visit to the spot. I am sure that I did not. Returning from my first morning stroll, I again sallied out upon this special errand. The sky had changed from clear, sunny cold, to driving sleet and mist. Wrapping myself in my shaggy jacket of the cloth called bearskin, I fought my way against the stubborn storm. Entering, I found a small scattered congregation of sailors, and sailors’ wives and widows. A muffled silence reigned, only broken at times by the shrieks of the storm. Each silent worshipper seemed purposely sitting apart from the other, as if each silent grief were insular and incommunicable. The chaplain had not yet arrived; and there these silent islands of men and women sat steadfastly eyeing several marble tablets, with black borders, masoned into the wall on either side the pulpit. Three of them ran something like the following, but I do not pretend to quote:— SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN TALBOT, Who, at the age of eighteen, was lost overboard, Near the Isle of Desolation, off Patagonia, November 1st, 1836. THIS TABLET Is erected to his Memory BY HIS SISTER.

Moby-Dick; or The Whale: Chapter 6 - The Street

If I had been astonished at first catching a glimpse of so outlandish an individual as Queequeg circulating among the polite society of a civilized town, that astonishment soon departed upon taking my first daylight stroll through the streets of New Bedford. In thoroughfares nigh the docks, any considerable seaport will frequently offer to view the queerest looking nondescripts from foreign parts. Even in Broadway and Chestnut streets, Mediterranean mariners will sometimes jostle the affrighted ladies. Regent Street is not unknown to Lascars and Malays; and at Bombay, in the Apollo Green, live Yankees have often scared the natives. But New Bedford beats all Water Street and Wapping. In these last-mentioned haunts you see only sailors; but in New Bedford, actual cannibals stand chatting at street corners; savages outright; many of whom yet carry on their bones unholy flesh. It makes a stranger stare. But, besides the Feegeeans, Tongatobooarrs, Erromanggoans, Pannangians, and Brighggians, and, besides the wild specimens of the whaling-craft which unheeded reel about the streets, you will see other sights still more curious, certainly more comical. There weekly arrive in this town scores of green Vermonters and New Hampshire men, all athirst for gain and glory in the fishery. They are mostly young, of stalwart frames; fellows who have felled forests, and now seek to drop the axe and snatch the whale-lance. Many are as green as the Green Mountains whence they came. In some things you would think them but a few hours old. Look there! that chap strutting round the corner. He wears a beaver hat and swallow-tailed coat, girdled with a sailor-belt and sheath-knife. Here comes another with a sou’-wester and a bombazine cloak.

Movies On The Rink — Saturday

Head down to the rink this Saturday night and experience the 1993 sci-fi adventure, ‘Jurassic Park,’ under the stars. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, this is the movie that inspired the ride. Plus free popcorn!. A pragmatic paleontologist touring an...

Providence Art Club features 6 new artists

Providence Art Club Hosts New Exhibitions – Featuring Encaustic, Photography, and Paintings. The Galleries of the historic Providence Art Club will host new exhibitions featuring six artists working in encaustic, acrylic, and photography from May 9 through May 27, 2022. Exhibition receptions with the artists will take place on Sunday, May 15 from 2 – 4pm and gallery programs will also take place during the shows, giving visitors the chance to meet and learn from exhibitors. The galleries of the Art Club are free and open to the public Sundays – Fridays from 12-4pm each day. All works on view are available for purchase.

East Providence Arts Council and City to host Community Design Workshop

East Providence Arts Council and City to host Community Design Workshop. East Providence, RI –The East Providence Arts Council, together with the City of East Providence and Artist Anna Dugan, are seeking community input during a design workshop on a street mural being created this fall, thanks to a Bloomberg Philanthropies grant.

Jason Banks

Comedy Connection. 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914. Jason Banks is a stand up comedian based out of Columbus, Ohio. His unique and refreshing style of comedy has helped him emerge as one of the top rising talents on the comedy scene. Jason’s natural ability to connect with any crowd with humorous yet over exaggerated stories has placed him as one of Ohio’s top comedians. Jason performs on some of the biggest stages all across the nation and is a regular on both seasons of Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks on TruTV.