MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Feb. 20 – 26: Save the Bay offers its seal tours this week as part of the Newport Winter Festival and for school vacation week. The education vessels will cruise through Newport Harbor into Narragansett Bay for 360 degree views of the Rhode Island state marine mammals in their natural habitat. Tour goers can see the seals resting on rocks or bottling in the water. Boats are partially enclosed but the bay can be quite chilling so dress warmly. Departures from Bowen’s Ferry landing, Market Square, and are scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 20 through 22 at 10 and 11 a.m.; Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 and 24, at 11 a.m. and noon and Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26 at noon and 1 p.m. Advanced registration is requested. The cost is $22, seniors/children 3-12 $17, children 2 and younger free. Winter Festival bracelet holders receive a 10 percent discount both online and at the dock. The bracelets can be purchased online at newportwinterfestival.com/bracelet-discounts or by calling 847-7666. To contact Save the Bay, call 203-7325 or visit the website, savebay.org.
Popular children’s singer and storyteller Keith Munslow entertains families with a participatory performance packed with tinkling piano tunes, tongue-twisting poems and funny fast-paced rhymes Monday at the Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence. Shows, recommended for ages 4 and older, are at 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. Programs are free with museum admission of $9. 273-5437; ChildrenMuseum.org.
Listen to music by Hayden, Villa-Lobos and Beethoven in a concert by the Muir String Quartet with guest pianist Judith Lynn Stillman Monday, Feb. 20, at Rhode Island College. The 7:30 p.m. program takes place at the college’s Sapinsley Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence. Tickets are $35, seniors $30, students/children $15.456-8144; ric.edu/pfa.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
“Ashley Bryan’s World,” a new documentary film, will be screened Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11:45 p.m. as part of the Providence Children’s Film Festival at the Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St., Providence. Bryan is a widely recognized African American artist and the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award. He served in a World War II all-Black battalion and experienced the racism of a separatist Army and the carnage of D-Day. As a result he dedicated his life to creating beauty and joy, spreading love and awe through his art. He’s a poet/illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, makes puppets and makes sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. The screening is free but reservations are required at providencechildrensfilmfestival.org/films/ashley-bryans-world/.
Actress and writer Elizabeth Anne Keiser brings her newest show, “Horror,” to Aurora, 276 Westminster St., Providence, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. The one-woman show, written and performed by Keiser, uses music, video and comedy and reveals a multitude of characters trapped in our gadget-driving society as they intermingle with one another and even face their worst enemies. Keiser is a winner of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Playwriting Merit Award and her work has been seen throughout Rhode Island and in various New York comedy venues. Admission is $10. 272-5723 auroraprovidence.com.
The Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St., Providence, offers a library orientation and tour Tuesday, Feb. 21. The evening starts with a reception at 5:15 p.m., a presentation at 5:45 p.m. and the building and special collections tours at 6 p.m. Participants will learn about the library’s history and member benefits, tour the building and view some of the treasures of the Philbrick Rare Book Room. The event is free. RSVP to Amy VanderWeele at firstname.lastname@example.org or 421-6970, ext. 14.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Join Aquidneck Land Trust for a free family-friendly nature scavenger hunt at Spruce Acres Farm at 1286 East Main Rd., on the Middletown/Portsmouth line, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m. ALT will provide all the materials, refreshments and prizes. All ages are welcome. Dress for the outdoors. Sign up by emailing email@example.com.
Bill Harley, songwriter, storyteller, author and performing and recording artist, performs at the Peace Celebration at Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. The evening also includes the unveiling of a peace banner created from artwork of children who have attended peace workshops, music by local guitarist Barry Brown, a slide show and light refreshments. The program is free. 434-2453; eastprovidencelibrary.org.
WPRI investigative reporter and author Tim White discusses his new book, “The Last Good Heist,” Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. at the William Hall Library, 1825 Broad St., Cranston. The book chronicles “the biggest single payday in the criminal history of the Northeast” as orchestrated by eight thieves who dared to ransack a secret bank used by the New England Mob and its associates. The book explores the execution of the crime and its aftermath. Barnes & Noble will be selling copies of the book at the event for $18.95. Transactions will be cash only. 943-9080, ext. 105; cranstonlibrary.org.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Ballard Exploration Company presents the 12th annual Illuminated Garden in Ballard Park Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25, 6 to 9 pm. The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of the park’s three-acre quarry meadow. In addition to the lights display, there will be exhibits by students from area schools including villages made out of recycled boxes with a replica of Fort Adams and a winter village. The park is at the intersection of Hazard and Wickham roads in Newport, with access through the Hazard Road entrance. Parking is available in the Rogers High School lot on Wickham Road. Event goers are advised to wear appropriate footwear as the trails may be dark, muddy and uneven. Check ballardpark.org for weather closings. 619-3377.
It’s Bach & Beer night at the Foolproof Brewing Company, 241 Grotto Ave., Pawtucket, Thursday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Cellist Steuart Pincombe performs three Bach suites paired with three brews interlacing short historical perspectives on both subjects. The cost is $15 for three 12 ounce beers, plus a donation for concert. musicinfamiliarspaces.com.
The Gin Blossoms take the stage Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St., East Greenwich. The alternative rock concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $47 to $57. 885-4000, greenwichodeum.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
For those interested in an evening of comedy, the Irish Comedy Tour brings the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub to the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St., East Greenwich, Friday night at 8. Comedians Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy, Damon Leibert and Derrick Keane, whose ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, will tear apart as well as validate all of the Irish myths and stereotypes. Tickets are $25 to $30. 885-4000; greenwichodeum.com.