Writing During COVID

What Cheer Writers Club

December 10

7:00 PM

Not since 1918 has the nation and state experienced a pandemic, with its enormous loss of lives, daily life and for many, livelihoods. With much of the culture on hold, reading books has become perhaps more important than ever. Join us for a discussion with five Rhode Island authors who are writing them and learn what's so very different today... and what's not. Sponsored by What Cheer Writers Club and moderated by Bill Bartholomew.

A Round Table Forum "Creativity in Crisis"

Rhode Island Chapter American Guild of Organists

December 11

6:00 PM

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Guild of Organists invites you to join us and a panel an international panel of musicians, opera singers, conductors, teachers and a clinical social worker via Zoom to discuss the effects of the pandemic on artists and the creative mind. We will be accepting questions by email to riagoevents@gmail.com beforehand (please put Crisis Q&A in your subject line) and by Zoom Chat during the Forum. Our panelists are Katelyn Emerson, international concert organist; Paulo Faustini, Voice Studio and Choral Clinician and Founder of Serenades Choral Travel Providence, Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboe Dallas Symphony Orchestra; David Hayes, Music Director, New York Choral Society and Director of Orchestral and Conducting Studies, Mannes School of Music; Barbara Quintiliani, international opera singer Gran Teatro del Liceo Barcelona, Wexford Festival Opera, OperaBoston, etc.; Matthew Scinto, Founder and Music Director, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and Music Director, Civic Orchestra of New Haven; Carl Tanner, international opera singer Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, etc.; Thomas Vozzella, Director of Music organist & choirmaster, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City; Katherine Winterstein, Concertmaster Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society Boston, Rhode Island Philharmonic; Katy Roth, LICSW licensed clinical social worker; Moderator Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, Dean, RIAGO

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce… Pandemic!


December 12

7:00 PM

Christmas as calamity—2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac and his long time collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray and producers Pomegranate Arts join together to celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction. Holiday Sauce… Pandemic! will blend music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate. There is more to the holidays than rampant capitalism and gift-giving and in Taylor’s world, creativity and imagination are their own spirituality. This holiday season will be bittersweet for so many— Taylor Mac reminds us of the collective power of our chosen families, a message that will be of particular resonance this year when so many have lost so much.

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce… Pandemic! was commissioned by the International Ibsen Festival and the National Theatre of Norway with additional support from FirstWorks with Brown Arts Initiative, along with an international consortium of co-commissioners.

Performance may include mature content and is intended for adult audiences.

Aine Minogue Online Concert

Common Fence Music

December 20

7:00 PM

Common Fence Music will present Áine Minogue, an award-winning harpist, singer, arranger and composer on Sunday, in a live stream concert on December 20 at 7 p.m. The event is free, and all tips go to the artist. Born and raised in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland, Áine Minogue has entertained Presidents and Prime Ministers, and has performed in concerts across the United States and around the world.

Aine has fifteen solo album recordings to her credit including her most recent Eve, and has been nominated for several awards for her work as a record producer. Áine’s music, in varying styles including Celtic, World, Folk, Spiritual and New Age, has also been used extensively in soundtracks for PBS, NBC and other television networks. Aine's music is on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. One can follow Áine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Jeanne Rosier Smith Pastel Demo & Studio Tour

Providence Art Club

December 3

6:00 PM

Spend an hour with Jeanne in her studio as she shares her approach to painting seascapes in pastel.
For questions about this program, please contact Providence Art Club Education Coordinator Abba Cudney at abba@providenceartclub.org.

NaNoWriMo Finish Line Party

What Cheer Writers Club

December 4

5:00 PM

Celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo and your word count accomplishments with fellow Rhode Island writers who took the National Novel Writing Month challenge at a virtual cocktail party with What Cheer Writers Club. On Fri, Dec 4 at 5pm, we'll share triumphs and challenges and look ahead to what's next, all while celebrating your writing.

MoNo Guitar Duo Online Concert

Common Fence Music

December 6

7:00 PM

Common Fence Music will be presenting the MoNo Guitar Duo in an online concert. The MoNo Guitar Duo consists of Italian guitarist Giuseppe Molino and Polish guitarist Anna Krystyna Nowicka, who have first met in 2010, at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. MoNo Guitar Duo was later born in 2017 and the main goal of the two musicians was to deepen and expand musical repertoire for two guitars with their own transcriptions. Their most recent accomplishments as a duo include 1st Prize in categories at the 18th International Music Competition in Caserta/Italy. On the top of constant musical research both Anna Nowicka and Giuseppe Molino are very involved in musical education, by giving masterclasses and seminars focusing on the most important aspects of the musician's training and growth. The musician duo have also arranged for 4 hands guitar, for example Anitra's Dance from Peer Gynt.

116th Little Pictures Show & Sale

Providence Art Club

November & December

Every day 12 - 5 pm

Works on view will include paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, hand-pulled prints, hand made artist books, along with sculpture, ceramics, glass, and jewelry. With such a breadth and diversity of styles and media present, there is truly something for everyone.

Sales are “cash and carry”; meaning purchased works may be taken home immediately. New works then replace works that have been sold. This results in a constantly changing exhibition of local, affordable artwork; perfect for gift-giving this holiday season!

NaNoWriMo Sprint Days

What Cheer Writers Club

Recurs every Sunday in November, with a special two-hour kick off on Sun, Nov 1

10:00 AM

"In support of local writers taking the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge, the Club is opening its virtual doors every Sunday in November for free & open to the public write-ins from 10am to 11am.

It all kicks off on Sun, Nov 1 with a special 2-hour virtual chat and write-in, where you can meet fellow writers preparing for the month ahead."



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