10 fun things to do this week

A barn owl, displayed at the educational program 'Wingmasters' at the Providence Children's Museum. The Providence Journal, file/Kathy Borchers
A barn owl, displayed at the educational program 'Wingmasters' at the Providence Children's Museum. The Providence Journal, file/Kathy Borchers


This month, visitors to Save the Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport can learn about the vast hidden world of the deep sea including the types of fish that light the way with bioluminescence as well as other adaptations these animals have to living in the darkness. Visitors will see a luminescent fish up close as well as the resident chain catshark which has a scale pattern that lets it blend in with substrate found in dark waters. Aquarium educators will share “Ocean Sunlight,” a story about the importance of sunlight below the ocean surface. Guests will be challenged to find a brilliant orange fish with large eyes that calls the deep sea home and go on a scavenger hunt for a prize, take a stroll along the shore if the weather permits and make their own angler fish at the craft table. The aquarium, located in the Easton’s Beach Rotunda, 175 Memorial Blvd., is open throughout this week’s school vacation in addition to  Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8, seniors/military $7. 324-6020, savebay.org/aquarium.

Rhode Island College hosts a free concert by the Proteus String Quartet and pianist Judith Lynn Stillman Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Sapinsley Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence. Their program includes works by Dvorak, Mozart and Fugue. On Wednesday, April 19, Stillman will perform with soprano Arianna Zukerman (daughter of noted violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman and flautist and write Eugenia Zukerman) in a program entitled “Baroque to Broadway” at 1 and 7:30 p.m., also in Sapinsley Hall. There is a suggested donation of $10 for these programs. 456-8144; ric.edu/pfa.


Families can learn about majestic birds of prey with licensed raptor rehabilitator Julie Collier during her “Wingmasters” presentation Tuesday, April 18, at the Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence. Visitors can meet a red-tailed hawk, a falcon, a tiny owl and other raptors. Shows are at 1 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. and are recommended for ages four and older. The program is free with museum of admission of $9 per person. 273-5437, childrenmuseum.org.

Local jug band K.C. Moaners play a set of lively music with all kinds of interesting and sometimes homemade instruments Tuesday afternoon, April 18, at 1 p.m. at the Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave., Tiverton. Guests will learn about this special kind of music and may even be inspired to create their own instruments or band when they get home. The program is free, open to all ages and registration is not required. 625-6796,tivertonlibrary.org.

Providence Public Library hosts a free guided architectural tour of its historic library building Tuesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. Guests are invited to visit and learn about the classic Venetian Renaissance building and its special collections including the Rhode Island Collection. Tour goers should meet at the library’s grand entrance, 225 Washington St., Providence. Tours last one hour or more so if parking, plan accordingly. Parking is available on the street and in area lots. In addition, tours are available upon request for groups of four or more by calling 455-8134. Personal visits/tours of the library’s special and Rhode Island collections can be scheduled by contacting collections librarians at 455-8021 and 455-8028, respectively. provlib.org.



If you like to sing, then stop by the William Hall Library Wednesday, April 19, and join the Harmony Heritage Chorus, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style. They will lead a free harmony performance and workshop. The participatory event will show how the four different voice parts — tenor, lead, baritone and bass — work together. Members of the audience will be invited to try out the parts and to sing selected songs with the chorus. The program runs from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. The library is at 1825 Broad St., Cranston. 560-0073, harmonyheritage.org.

Rhode Island Music Concert Series presents the Lark String Quartet featuring violinists Deborah Buck and Basia Danilow, violist Kathryn Lockwood and cellist Caroline Stinson with clarinetist Todd Palmer, Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence. The program includes works by Debussy, Anna Weesner and Brahms. Tickets are $25 to $40, students $5. 863-2416, ricmc.org.

If you’re in the mood for a laugh, why not attend a performance of the Academy Players of Rhode Island’s production of “Sylvia.” The A.R. Gurney play about a dog named Sylvia, the couple who adopts her and the comedy that results opens Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. and plays through Saturday, April 22. It’s at the Q2Q Blackbox Theatre, 180 Buttonhole Drive, Building 2, Providence. Tickets are $20 and parking is free. 830-0880,academyplayersri.org.


The Jamestown Art Center presents a screening of “Pell” Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. The Steven Feinberg documentary tells the story of Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell and his fight to give every student the opportunity to get a higher education regardless of their economic background. There will be a discussion with Mr. Feinberg after the film. Admission is $10. The center is at 18 Valley St., Jamestown. 560-0979,jamestownartcenter.org.

“3hree for Louis – A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” will be presented in a club-like setting Thursday night, April 20, at 7:30 at Rhode Island College, Forman Theatre, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence. An all-star ensemble made up of trumpet players Eddie Allen, Cecil Bridgewater and Duane Eubanks; pianist James Weidman, bass player Kenny Davis and drummer Carl Allen take Armstrong’s classics and add their own fresh spin. Tickets are $25, 62+ $20, students/children (limit two) $10. 456-8144; ric.edu/pfa.