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Dec 1, 2017

La cuesta Mágica

Calebre la Navidad con música y alegría. Descubre donde Los Reyes Magos, La Vieja Belén y Santa Claus buscan los juguetes para los niños del mundo.

7pm – 8pm   ECAS Theater, 57 Parkis Ave, Providence, RI 02907 

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Nov 18, 2017

ECAS Theater 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

ECAS Theater is a non-profit community arts organization located on the South Side of Providence that’s celebrating twenty years of creative empowerment. We are celebrating our twentieth anniversary and invite you to support this important cultural institution.

6pm – 11pm   Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Sep 27, 2017

Caribbean Soul

Every Wednesday, enjoy the sounds of Caribbean Soul on the Rooftop at the Providence G with Jhony Keys and Becky Bass.

6pm – 9pm   Rooftop at the Providence G

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Aug 8–13, 2017

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival

Now in its 21st year, New England's largest festival, Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), will take place August 8-13, 2017. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animation Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It was also recently named a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Canadian Screen Awards (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television)-qualifying Festival. RIIFF 2017's program will feature a diverse selection of high-profile world premiers and provide a showcase for international features, documentaries, and shorts from over 50 countries.

Tuesday - Sunday, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.   Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI

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Jul 16, 2017

Colombian Independence Day Celebration

Annual festival and parade celebrating Rhode Island's Colombian community, featuring colorful floats, ethnic dancers, music, food and more.

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.   Higginson Park, 16 Higginson ave, Central Falls, RI

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Jul 10–17, 2017

Teatro Ecas presents La Zorra y las Uvas

La Zorra y las Uvas, originally A raposa e as uvas, is a play by Brazilian dramatist Guilherme Figueiredo. Based on one of Aesop’s most famous fables, it grapples with the dignity of the human spirit and with the struggle for freedom. The interpretation of the play by Teatro Ecas was directed by Francis Parra. There will be presentations on July 10, 15, 16, ans 17.  

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Jun 29, 2017

Orquestra Sin Trabajo at The Towers

Boston’s Orquesta Sin Trabajo plays tango music for dancing – and they should know what makes good dance music, since they’re dancers (and tango DJs) themselves. The group presents fresh arrangements of Golden Age favorites, infused with a unique blend of musical expression, adventure, and humor. Perfect for dancing or listening.

7;00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.   The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island

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Jun 24, 2017

World Refugee Day

Join us for this fun free family-friendly celebration of Rhode Island's diverse refugee culture. Lots of music and dance performances and children's activities. Meet the many partner organizations that support our refugee community.

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Burnside Park, 40 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 

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Jun 21, 2017

How to Deliver Your Monologue

Rebecca Noon, Actor/Creator/Producer, will lead us through this participatory workshop on how to deliver a monologue to a live audience. This event is Part V in a series of community events — pláticas — designed to empower Latinos to tell their stories to live audiences.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI

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Jun 21, 2017

Make Music Rhode Island

Make Music Rhode Island is an annual free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21st.  For Rhode Island, this is our first year. We have a good representation byour towns including Providence, East Greenwich, Westerly, Pawtucket, Cranston, Misquamicut Beach, and others! Check us out and get in touch to get involved for this years event in your own neck of the woods! Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public. Last year, over 750 cities around the world threw city or state wide music celebrations on June 21st, and now Rhode Island joins as the 39th state as part of this international celebration. It all started 34 years ago in France. In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free music would be everywhere, all around the city: street corners, parks, rooftops, gardens, and store fronts.  And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”) Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique, and 53% of the country (35 million people) comes out each year to listen. Get involved, make music, host a performance, attend, donate, and enjoy the music and your neighbors.

10am – 10pm   Multiple locations

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Jun 17, 2017

Santos Carving Demonstration (second edition)

Lydia E. Pérez and Yidell Rivera, will continue to demonstrate the art of Santo carving in an outdoor setting at La Galería del Pueblo.
Samples of their work will be on exhibition.

11:00 a.m. - 1;00 p.m.   La Galería del Pueblo, 2154 Broad St., Cranston, RI 

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Jun 16, 2017

Santos Carving Demonstration

Puerto Rican Master Carver Carlos Santiago Arroyo, together with apprentices Lydia E. Pérez and Yidell Rivera, will demonstrate the art of Santo carving in an outdoor setting at La Galería del Pueblo.
Music. Food. Conversation.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   La Galería del Pueblo, 2154 Broad St., Cranston, RI

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Jun 14, 2017

Six by Six at Southside Cultural Center

6 x 6 on 12x12 en Español is modeled after RITAC’s fast-paced educational event, where six bilingual Latino artists present for six minutes each. Participants will gather for a half hour of meet & greet with light snacks, followed by a series of presentations by local Latino artists. The presentations are followed by Q & A with each presenter, and the evening continues until 8 p.m. with conversation and networking. Fifth in a series of 6x6 events and the first bilingual edition, this event is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center and Rhode Island Latino Arts.

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI

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Jun 2, 2017

PALO! @ PVDFest

Join us at Aurora at 5:00 PM on Friday June 2nd for a complimentary screening and panel discussion of the award-winning documentary, Ivy League Rumba. Then stroll over to The Alex and Ani City Center at 8:30 PM, where you can dance to the sizzling Afro-Cuban Funk of the Grammy and Latin-Grammy nominated band PALO!

5:30pm – 11pm   Aurora (276 Westminster St) & Alex and Ani City Center

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Jun 1–4, 2017

Providence Fest

Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is the Creative Capital and Mayor Jorge Elorza invites you to perform, create and sell with Providence’s own artistic talent. In its third year, PVDFest will expand to explore art education and public art installations, building on the success of the first two years of the festival.

  Multiple locations

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May 26–27, 2017

Colombian American 45th Anniversary Gala

Join us in celebrating 45 years of the Colombian American Cultural Society and the creation of the Dr. Luis F. Torrado College Scholarship Fund for remarkable students from Central Falls and Pawtucket. Cocktail reception, dinner, festive cultural performances, live music by the Gregorio Uribe Band, and much more.

6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.   Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI

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May 11, 2017

Introduction to Scriptwriting

Mark Valdez, writer and director who has worked at theaters across the country, will lead us through an introduction to scriptwriting workshop.  This event is Part IV of a series of community events — pláticas — designed to empower Latinos on how to tell their story to a live audience.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI

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May 1–31, 2017

Latino Books Month - Celebrating Latino Authors

Latino Books Month, celebrated annually in May since 2004, promotes books by and for Latinos. This month-long celebration is sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which encourages booksellers, librarians, and teachers to promote books by and for Latinos and encourage their communities to read Latino books in both English and Spanish.   Discover a new author or re-read a favorite book this month to celebrate Latino authors and the fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, art that they create! By launching Latino Books Month in Rhode Island, it is our hope that Latino young people aspire to become authors, writers and can unleash their creative spirit in words on paper. We also wish to highlight bilingual literature in all its shapes and forms.

  Statewide. Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St, Pawtucket, RI. 

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Apr 3, 2017

The Fundamentals of Storytelling

Valerie Tutson of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) will lead a workshop on best practices and the art of storytelling.  This event is Part III of a series of community events — pláticas — designed to empower Latinos on how to tell their story to a live audience. You will learn the difference between cultural storytelling and personal story sharing. Both can be powerful, but they are different art forms.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI

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