(6.4) Events kick off Thursday with a conference, “Making a Lively Experiment” with Christina Bevilacqua, at Aurora. (Everything she does is interesting.) And Thursday night starting at 8pm there’s a free dance party at the Steel Yard. Go to the PVDFest website for the complete schedule. It’s daunting.

The festival takes place at several downtown venues — there are stages all around Westminster and Washington Streets and Kennedy Plaza — plus the Cranston Street Armory, over four days and I found it easier to click on artists and then pick a day. Or print out the pdf and just head downtown and wander around. Or just head downtown and wander around.

Here are some items that caught our attention — please confirm the times and dates yourself.

*The Dean Hotel presents Fountain Street Hooligans featuring an installation of some kind.

. . . the much talked about Tunnel ‘o’ Love & a kitsch lounge like no other. Dance, bike, & walk your way through the tunnel to experience a series of whimsical & colorful installations.

*Bandaloop (pictured here) on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 Dorrance Street. They dance on the sides of buildings and it’s pretty cool.

*Mini Maker Faire presented by JWU — Saturday on Washington Street from 2pm to 8pm.

*Bands playing Saturday on the Washington Street stages (Go to ‘Artists’ and filter by ‘Washington Street’). Music starts at noon with the striking Liberian Afropop HipHop artist Skylett White, Providence synth-pop project Bellerophon at 4:30pm, immediately followed by the Hope Tunnel, and at 5:30pm its the ‘Mericans!

*And I have it on good information that Christopher Sadlers, who rocks the upright bass (behind a glorious curtain of hair) in Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, will be performing solo on said bass. This should be Friday at Grant’s Block — he’s working up some Peter Gabriel. I do not have the precise time. (He also seems to be part of the PVDLoop thang with Rebecca Mitchell and Rachel Rosencrantz.)

*Sunday starting at 1pm — The RISD Museum presents “Armory Animated by Art” at the Dexter Parade Grounds next to the Cranston Street Armory.*Tours of the armory will be given in English and Spanish.

In the northwest corner of the park, RISD Art Circle and Museum artist fellow Walker Mettling will bring together local artists and designers who will transform rented U-Haul moving trucks into dynamic interactive experiences. This pop-up mobile gallery project will be shaped by community exchange across neighborhoods and ages.

And check out the  camera obscura, live painting by Paul M. Coté, and at 6pm a performance by Community MusicWorks!

These recommendations are random in the extreme and represent such a small portion of what’s on tap, but that schedule is a beast! Just go.


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