Whether you're a certified history buff or not, four centuries of history in our City by the Sea is sure to pique your interest. Steeped in influential, historical events of bygone days and some of the oldest buildings in the country, history lurks around every corner here just begging to be explored. Not sure where to start? These upcoming events are dedicated to history and the arts to engage your inner historian.
When: Thursday, October 6th | 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Where: Newport Historical Society Resource Center
Admission: $5 per person, $1 for Newport Historical Society Members
Details: The Newport Historical Society and the South County History Center have partnered with the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum to present a living history program that will be offered this fall. Peek into the past during this living history talk when costumed interpreters from the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum present And One for the Pot, Tea & Treason. Two ladies portraying upper-class residents in 1770s Rhode Island will explore tea brewing, tea etiquette and the place of tea in colonial America, along with the influence of politics on this popular practice.
When: Saturday, October 8th | 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Where: Brick Market: Museum & Shop
Details: Join award-winning Architectural Historian and Photographer John Tschirch as he shares his discoveries from Mapping the Newport Experience, an independent research project documenting how Newport’s cultural identity is embedded in its urban history and streetscapes. From the lower Thames Street commercial area to the grandeur of Bellevue Avenue, this tour examines buildings, streets and urban spaces ranging from 18th century working wharves to formal 19th century boulevards. Photography is encouraged, reservations required.
October Newport Gallery Night
When: Thursday, October 13th | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Various galleries throughout Newport
Details: These free, short, informational tours will run hourly as follows: 5 p.m. on Bellevue Avenue meeting inside at C. L. Sherman's Gallery at the Hotel Viking, 6 p.m. on Spring Street meeting inside at The Mariner Gallery, and 7 p.m. downtown meeting inside at Arnold Art Store & Gallery. Tours, which will last about 30-45 minutes, will include information about all of the participating galleries, museums and cultural institutions in each area as well as any other interesting art related stories.
Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age
When: Sunday, October 16th | 12:55 PM
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Admission: $17 per person
Details: In a seaside town where business and mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers, where the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster...
When: Friday, October 21st | 1:30 - 5:00 PM
Where: The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, Coggeshall Avenue, Newport
Admission: Members: $50, non-members: $60, students: $25
Details: Join The Newport Preservation Society for an exploration of the opulent primary residences and social context of the Vanderbilts and other notable families in metropolitan New York, far from the summer colony at Newport, at the dawn of the 20th century. Offered in partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation, Newport Historical Society, and Newport Art Museum.
When: Monday, October 24th | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Details: The exhibit tells the story in images and text of American firsts: the first free Black church - Newport; the first Black Episcopal delegation to the Diocesan Convention – Providence; the first piece of sacred music by an African – Newport Gardner; and more. According to the curator, Robb Dimmick, the exhibit “shows how African ritual merged with European ceremony to form a powerhouse of freedom, service and survival.” Astonishing accounts of burial rites, music, foodways, politics and pride evidence African Americans’ unique way out of slavery and religious restrictions to form houses of worship in Providence, South County, Newport, Bristol and Woonsocket. National figures such as Alexander Crummell, Rev. Samuel Proctor, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Moses Brown emerge as major players in promoting, preserving and protecting basic civil rights in Rhode Island.
Collecting Paradise: A Symposium on the History and Preservation of Doris Duke's Islamic Art Collections at Shangri La
When: Wednesday, October 26th | 12:30 - 5:00 PM
Where: Rough Point
Admission: $50 for Adults, $20 for Students
Details: Guest scholars - including experts from Shangri La - will contextualize Doris' fascination wth Islamic art and conversion of her Honolulu home into a museum.
When: October 1st - October 31st
Where: Spring Bull Studio & Gallery
Details: Spring Bull Gallery welcomes four exciting women artists this October who share a passion and joy when creating art. “Everyday Joy” begins with an opening reception on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 5-7 pm to which the public is invited. This exhibition showcases the works of: Cindy Crimmin, Elizabeth Lind, Martha Guillette and Jeanne Rosier Smith. The process of creating work as it emerges on paper, canvas or from a stone surface brings each of these artists a fulfillment and the everyday joy which translate to extraordinary art.
When: October 13th - November 18th
Where: The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant
Details: Written by Neil Simon Directed by Tony Annicone, Middle-aged and married, overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it's too late and arranges three seductions: the first, Elaine Navazio proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses; Bobbi Michele is next, a 20-ish actress who's too kooky by half; finally comes September and Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy, depressed housewife who happens to be married to Barney's best friend.
When: NOW - November 6th
Where: Rough Point
Details: The Newport Restoration Foundation is honored to present Waterscapes: Islamic Architecture and Art from Doris Duke's Shangri La, on view in the second floor galleries at Rough Point from April 7 to November 6, 2016. Two of Duke's greatest passions--her love of the water; and, her love of Islamic art and architecture--came together spectacularly at Shangri La, her exotic ocean front estate in Honolulu and the only home she built for herself from ground up beginning in the late 1930s.
When: NOW - December 30th
Where: U.S. Naval War College Museum
Details: NEW exhibit, "Crossing the Line," is on NOW! Commemorating the crossing of the equator, as well as other significant crossings such as the Arctic Circle, the International Date Line, and the Panama and Suez Canals, the twenty-seven certificates on display date from 1908 to the present.