Readings & Lectures

Reading: “Portraits of Providence”

(4.7) Get lit – as in literary – on Sunday with Michael Darigan‘s reading of “Portraits of Providence,” stories set in the biggest little state’s capital. Born and raised on Providence’s South Side, writer and poet Darigan spent two decades wandering, seeking new perspectives but always returning to Lil’ Rhody. His travels fueled tales he […]

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Lovecraft At Central Congo — Reading And Slideshow

(8.20) Celebrate the 124th birthday of author Howard Phillips Lovecraft with a double-bill of Lovecraftian entertainment. First, experience a journey into madness as H.P. Lovecraft’s horrific masterpiece, “The Call of Cthulhu” comes to life in this twisted one-man performance from storyteller David Neilsen. Discover a world of forbidden knowledge, dark cults, and ancient secrets leading

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Providence Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Pecha Kucha

(3.26) In early 2009, newly transplanted Rhode Islander Stephanie Gerson (update: now Stephanie Lepp) looked around and more or less said, “Huh, look at all the cool stuff here. Why the heck doesn’t Providence have Pecha Kucha nights?” So the hula-hooping vixen kicked off a Providence version of the free-admission global phenomenon, whose name (pronounced

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Hannibal Lecture At Brown

(1.29) “Cosmopolitanism and the Cult of the Martyrs in Late Antique North Africa” will be the topic Wednesday at Brown University. Archaeologist and historian, Richard Miles, is the senior lecturer and research director for the Department of Classics at the University of Sydney, and author of several books including “Carthage must be Destroyed.” Best known

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The Memorial At Prospect Terrace — Lecture

The Providence Athenaeum hosts this installment of the continuing “Inspired Providence” series. Providence Preservation Society Executive Director James Hall on “Monumental: A Fitting Memorial for the Founding Father: The competition to design the Roger Williams Memorial,” part of “Inspired Providence: A Public Lecture Series.” When 75 years ago Providence celebrated the 300th anniversary of its

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Digression, Texture, Weirdness — And Nothing But

Although it always gets shortened in common usage, the complete original title of Melville’s epic tale is Moby-Dick; or The Whale. Some people also found the book itself too long and decided to address the problem. In 2007, Orion Books produced Moby-Dick in Half the Time, a Compact Edition “sympathetically edited” to “retain all the

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A Conversation With Nathaniel Philbrick Wednesday

Nathaniel Philbrick’s compelling account of the Pilgrims’ first desperate year in Plymouth and the pressures back home that inspired such an ill-conceived venture is interesting enough, but the story in Mayflower continues through to King Philip’s War, a conflict that consumed all of Rhode Island and nearly wiped Providence off the map. The author, a

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RISD President Maeda Lecture Tuesday

“To digital or not to digital” — President John Maeda paints a picture of the contemporary digital art and design world in the context of his own work and his recent insights on humor, happiness, and humanity. Ironically, the press release from the media relations department announcing this event did not include a link to

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Children’s Reading Event

Providence Public Library 1st Floor – The Children’s Room 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903 Thursday, December 30, 2010 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. In celebration of the generous donation from Fidelity Investments, WaterFire welcomes Steve Kidd, Education Director & Resident Actor of the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, to engage the audience with his reading of

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Banned Books Week Kicks Off Early

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week kicks off this weekend with events taking place nationwide, but a group of Rhode Island authors is getting an early start on Friday at the Providence Athenaeum.  Adam Braver (November 22, 1963), Thomas Cobb (Crazy Heart), Rosemary Mahoney (Down The Nile), Stephen O’Shea (Sea of Faith), Mike Stanton

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Keno (Leslie) To Discuss New England Antiques

Fans of Antiques Roadshow (and ‘the twins’) should head over to Brown University Sunday for a lecture on antiquing in New England. Speakers will include noted Roadshow appraiser Leslie Keno. Come learn the origins and changing notions of collecting and antiquing in New England at the 2010 Annual Newell D. Goff Lecture of the Rhode

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