8 things to do this week in RI

Photo by Mary Akylas Harman
Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly. [Photo by Mary Akylas Harman]


Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly give a free folk music concert Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence. Between them, they play guitar, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, harmonica and limberjack with a bit of freestyle Appalachian clogging thrown in. 434-2453, eastprovidencelibrary.org.

If you’re feeling crafty, stop by the Lincoln Public Library Monday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., or Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m. and make a wreath from book pages. You can personalize it any way you like and all materials and instructions are provided. Register at 333-2422, ext. 17, or visit lincolnlibrary.com. The program is free and the library is at 145 Old River Rd., Lincoln.

The Life Long Learning Collaborative presents Kyung Pak, director of Korean Spirit and Culture Project, who will show two short documentary films Monday, April 24, at noon at Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Ave., Providence. The first film illustrates the artistic and cultural achievements of Korea’s past and the second shows Korea’s industrial progress since the Korean War. Once known as the Land of the Morning Calm, Korea currently has one of the 12 largest economies in the world and is predicted to be the eighth largest by 2030. KSCPP, based in Flushing, N.Y., is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in September 2005 to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world and is designed to introduce Korea’s long and rich history, the spirit of its people and its cultural values. In appreciation for the United States’ support of Korea during the Korea War and in the years that followed, KSCPP has held 1800 complimentary presentations throughout the country. The program is free and guests are invited to pack a brown bag lunch (kosher, please). lifelonglearningcollaborative.org/brown-bag-lunches/.


A historic shot of the Oliver Watson Farm and the Watson House, the oldest structure on the URI campus.
A historic shot of the Oliver Watson Farm and the Watson House (1796), the oldest structure on the URI campus.

The University of Rhode Island hosts a Founders’ Day Festival on its historic Quadrangle in Kingston Tuesday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. The free public festival is part of URI’s 125th celebration, when in 1892, the State Agriculture School became the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Festivities include a brief speaking program at 2 p.m., tours of the 1796 Watson House, horse-drawn hayrides and animals from URI’s Peckham Farm. URI Master Gardeners will give hand-outs and answer gardening questions and there will be music by Roger Ceresi’s All Starz joined by guitarist Gary Gramolini and bassist Richard Bib. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets will oversee two, 300-foot zip lines stretched between different elevations to riders a gravity-driven ride. There will  also be corn hole and football tosses, pedal carts and complimentary refreshments including Del’s Lemonade, kettle corn, hot dogs and ice cream sundaes with toppings. Rain date is Thursday, April 27. 874-9455, uri.edu/anniversary/events.


The Audubon Society of Rhode Island offers a program on “Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms” Wednesday night, April 26, at its Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St., Bristol. Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of “Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten,” gives a presentation covering more than 70 of the tastiest species the region has to offer. The 7 p.m. program includes identification tips and general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging as well as a foraged goodie to taste. The cost is $30, $25 for ASRI members, and registration is required. 949-5454,asri.org.

Ocean State Theatre Company’s production of “Victor/Victoria” previews Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick. Based on the Blake Edwards film that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, it tells the story of Victoria Grant, a down on her luck British singer in Paris who,  with the help of a budding showman, finds work playing a male female impersonator causing complications in her personal life. Performances play through May 21 and tickets are $39 to $59 with a $10 discount on Thrifty Thursdays. 921-6800, oceanstatetheatre.org.


Opera Providence presents  tenor Michael DiMucci at its “Neapolitan Night and More…,” Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m., at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center, 1070 Cranston St., Cranston. The evening features Italian and Neapolitan songs including works by Tosti, diCapua and DeCurtis and heavy appetizers, wine and desserts will be served. Tickets are $25. 331-6060, operaprovidence.org.


The public is invited to attend the Rhode Island Robot Block Party, an expo founded by the Rhode Island Students of the Future in partnership with the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative and Brown University’s Department of Computer Science. It will be held Sunday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brown’s Pizzitola Sports Center, 235 Hope St., Providence. The event, highlighting the Ocean State’s robotic community, features robotic equipment that ranges from ocean exploration devices to animatronic toys and brings together industry, universities, community organizations and K-12 schools. Admission to the family festival is free. For more information visit facebook.com/rirobotblockparty.