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Three Minutes of Monologue

Open auditions for “The Taming of the Shrew” will be held on Thursday, May 16th from 11am ’til 2pm at the Roger Williams University Performing Arts Center (the Barn) on Ferry Road in Bristol.¬† In a new partnership between The Colonial Theater and Roger Williams University, the community is invited to audition for the first co-production of a Shakespeare classic.¬† All roles are open.¬† Come prepared to audition with three minutes of monologue from the character you want to perform.¬† The production will take place this summer, July 17th through 28th, at the university.

A Week of Music and Dance

After a weekend whirlwind of theatre and art, this week is filled to the brim with music and dance!

Roger Williams University Instrumental Ensemble performs on¬†Monday, May 7th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.¬† This spring, the music of Leonard Bernstein and Ralph Vaughn-Williams form the heart of the program, while there‚Äôs plenty of lighter fare as well: Chuck Mangione‚Äôs ‚ÄúLand of Make Believe‚ÄĚ, a Brazilian samba, and a good dose of American jazz. Join the students, faculty, staff, and community members who make up the ensemble for this free concert.

Roger Williams University Dance students will perform ‘A Casual Interaction’, a site specific piece on campus to display their exploration of movement related to the architecture and environment around them.¬† The piece will be performed on Wednesday, May 9th, at¬†12:30pm.¬† The dancers will utilize the spaces in front of the University Library, the Gabelli School of Business, and the School of Engineering.¬† Michael DeQuatro, composer and accompanist for the Performing Arts Center, will be playing his own original sound score for the site specific piece right alongside the dancers.¬† Eighteen Dance majors; all junior and senior students, have studied site specific dance in their Performance Lab and Movement Analysis class.¬† Site specific dance is a piece that occurs outside of the conventional theatre space.¬† It was first explored in the 1960‚Äės during the post-modern dance movement and has been developing ever since.¬† Click here for more information.

Roger Williams University Chorus in concert on Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.¬† The free performance is focused around the theme of love songs, featuring the ‚ÄúNeue Leibeslieder‚ÄĚ (‚ÄúNew Love Songs‚ÄĚ) Op. 65 by German composer Johannes Brahms.¬† The remainder of the program will consist of love songs from a variety of time periods, from the Renaissance through the present day.¬† The chorus is an ensemble of 30 singers and is directed by Jonathan Richter.

The Bohemian Quartet will perform in¬†concert on Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm in the Colt School Auditorium on Hope Street in Bristol.¬†¬†Prior to the concert,¬†members of The Bohemian Quartet will¬†conduct a free workshop¬†with a group of musicians from the Community String Project¬†–¬†participants in the afternoon workshop will perform¬†with The Bohemian Quartet in the evening concert!¬†¬†Ticket prices for the general public are¬†$10 ($5 senior citizens; free for CSP students and family members), and all proceeds from¬†ticket sales will be used for the benefit of the Community String Project.¬† The afternoon workshop and evening concert are sponsored by the RI State Council on the Arts.

Friday night also marks an Open Mic Night at The Coffee Depot on Main Street in Warren; Michael Troy is the featured artist on Friday, May 11th, beginning at about 7pm.

And to cap off the week you’ll have to make a choice:

Stone Church Coffee House¬†in Bristol presents an evening of music on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30pm featuring Anne’s Cordial, a¬†musical cocktail of folk, blues & jazz,¬†and bluesy alternative folk artist Jacob Haller and the Running Commentary.¬† Tickets are $15 (students are half-price and children 5 and under are free); doors open at 6:45pm.

Church Street Coffeehouse in Warren presents Atwater-Donnelly on Saturday, May 12th at 8pm.  The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, olf-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limber jacks and other surprises.  Tickets are $10 at the door and refreshments are available with a small donation.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

Roving Eye Film Festival, 2012

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Roger Williams University (RWU) are proud to present the¬†7th annual Roving Eye International Film Festival‚ĄĘ. The popular and acclaimed event, celebrating global cinema and artists, will take place Sunday, April 22nd thru Thursday, April 26th, where more than 30 international films will be showcased, many United States premieres. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Screenings will take place on the campus of Roger Williams University at the Global Heritage Hall in Bristol, R.I.

The 7th annual Roving Eye International Film Festival will cover themes ripped from the headlines: returning veterans from the War on Terror; facing PTSD and mental stress; global human rights, international relations and issues addressing sustainability and ecology. This year’s Festival will also include Latin-American, Asian and an international film showcase.

Click here to learn more and to access the full schedule of events.

The 2012 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The Providence Journal, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the RWU Department of Communications, and the RWU Department of Psychology.

A Celebration of Poets & Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and every¬†April I’m reminded of the spring when my family first encountered Jack Prelutsky’s humorous poem, “Sprig Id Here”, a near-perfect ode to the unfairness of catching a cold in the springtime:

“Sprig id here, I hab a code.

Idz id duh biddu ub by dode.

Idz id duh biddu ub by head.

I’b bidderabu, add I’b id bed.”

-excerpt from the poem “Sprig Id Here” by Jack Prelutsky, from his book My Dog May Be¬†A Genius

This poem is so much fun to read aloud with your children, especially if they’re sidelined with the¬†sniffles – sometimes laughter is the best medicine!¬†¬†You can find more playful poetry like this at our local libraries or online (Jack Prelutsky’s website is a great place to start!).

Poems are meant to be read loud, to be spoken and heard, an age-old interactive arts experience.  In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Creative Writing Department at Roger Williams University is holding two poetry readings by guest writers this month, and the first is this afternoon:

Poetry aficionados and casual fans alike are invited to revel in rhyme at Roger Williams University this April in observance of National Poetry Month. To celebrate the month, the University’s Creative Writing Department will hold a series of free poetry readings and lectures featuring guest writers.

Poet Ann Townsend will visit the University on Monday, April 9 at 4 p.m., to share excerpts from her collections, including ‚ÄúDime Store Erotics‚ÄĚ as well as her more recent 2005 collection ‚ÄúThe Coronary Garden.‚ÄĚ The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Discovery Prize from The Nation, Townsend‚Äôs poems have appeared in such magazines as Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review and many others. She teaches courses in creative writing and literary translation at Denison University in Ohio.

The following week, on Monday, April 16 at 4 p.m., up-and-coming writer Nathaniel Perry will read excerpts from his 52-poem collection, ‚ÄúNine Acres.‚ÄĚ

You can read the full press release by clicking here.¬† National Poetry Month is organized by the Academy of American Poets, and their website is brimming with information, resources, and ideas for celebrating poetry.¬† I especially like their page, “30 Ways to Celebrate” where I¬†came across¬†more than a few intriguing ideas, like “Put a Poem on the Pavement” and “Start a Commonplace Book”.¬† And then there’s “Read a Poem at an Open Mic” and hey! we have an open mic venue here in our community!¬† The Coffee Depot on Main Street in Warren hosts an Open Mic Night most Friday nights, including this Friday, April 13th.

George Hail Free Library in Warren is joining in the celebration, too, hosting a poetry reading with Tom Chandler, RI Poet Laureate Emeritus, on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm.  The free event is co-sponsored by the Origami Poems Project, and audience members are invited to read aloud their own poetry, as well.  Call 245-7686 for more details.

Think poetry is not your cup of tea?¬† You might be selling yourself short.¬† In her March 2011 TED Talk, the inspiring spoken word poet, Sarah Kay, makes the most compelling, inviting, and breathtaking case for celebrating poetry in our lives that I’ve ever seen/heard/felt.¬† Watch the video below and see if you can’t resist the urge to jump up and applaud along with her audience!

Poetry makes us think, tickles us and makes us laugh, reminds us of what’s really important, frees us to express complex thoughts and feelings, and allows us to see the world from a different perspective.¬† Ask your children if they’ve been reading and writing poetry in school this month, ask them to read you their favorite poem, and share yours with them!¬† And share with The Arts Room, too – tell us about your favorite poem in the Comments section below!