We can't get over how Spring-like it's been in our City by the Sea these past few days. Fittingly enough, this week brings the beginning of March and with it, our city begins to open up a little bit more. We're celebrating with a robust roster of events, no matter your interests. Pique your inner artist with new galleries and exhibits happening around town. Or, indulge your wine enthusiast at a number of tastings and special events, like the Barre Class and Wine Tasting at Newport Vineyards. 

In the mood for a bit of culture. Head to the Newport Kinsale Chef Exchange where partner restaurants from our sister city, Kinsale will be cooking up some Irish recipes aside local Newport chefs. 

 

Our top picks for the week below. 

 

FEBRUARY 27

SCHOOL OF FISH

School of Fish

When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main Demonstration Kitchen
Admission: $50 per person
Details: At Eating with the Ecosystem’s “School of Fish”, Rhode Island chefs will educate you on different methods for turning a whole fish - straight from the sea - into a marvelous dinner you can share with your family and friends. Learn how to use plentiful local species like scup, herring, whiting, skate, squid, dogfish, whole sea scallops, and sea robin. Held in the demo kitchen (a former school classroom) at Hope & Main, each workshop is also a dinner, complete with wine and good company! Each workshop will feature one fish species, prepared several ways. Come for just one class or attend them all!

 

FEBRUARY 28

TORPEDO BOATS IN THE NEW STEEL NAVY 

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Herreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: $10 for Museum Members, $18 for Non-Members
Details: From 1875 to 1897, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. designed and produced eight torpedo boats for the United States Navy. The Herreshoff brothers started their company just before the Navy underwent the most radical transformation in its history. The old wooden sailing ships of the Civil War-era Navy were set aside in favor of powerful coal-fired warships with steel hulls that carried an array of new weapons, including torpedoes. Why did the Navy want to build a special class of small, fast boats armed only with torpedoes, and how did it expect to use them? This presentation will seek to answer those questions while exploring how torpedo boats contributed to developments in naval strategy at the end of the nineteenth century.

 

MARCH 1

TUCK AND TASTE: STUDIO BARRE CLASS + WINE TASTING

When: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $26 per person
Details: Join Newport Vineyards for a fitness experience unlike any other. Studio Barre Newport will lead you through a barre-based fitness routine overlooking the vineyard, followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. After you've worked up an appetite head upstairs to Brix following the class for Flight Night - $10 wine and beer flights!

 

FLIGHT NIGHT AT BRIX RESTAURANT

WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: $10 per person
Details: Book your wine – OR – beer flight each Wednesday and enjoy your own personal tasting of 4 wines or 4 draft beers for $10. Sip and savor your stay-cation when you pair with our Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

MARCH 2

NEWPORT KINSALE CHEF EXCHANGE KICK-OFF

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Hibernian Hall
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Local participating restaurants include La Forge Casino Restaurant, Malt on Broadway, Midtown Oyster Bar, Mainsail at the Newport Marriott, The Fastnet PubMcGrath Clambakes and Kitchen Companion. Partner restaurants from Kinsale include the culinary teams from Actons Hotel’s Sidney’s Bar & Brasserie and Fisher Street Restaurant, The Blue Haven Collection’s Blue Haven Restaurant & Bar and Aperitif Wine & Tapas Bar Hotel, The Bulman &Toddies Restaurant and Restaurant d'Antibes & The Bistro @ at The White House.

 

BEERTASTING

When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Thursdays
WhereChristie's
Admission: $15 per person
Details: Every Thursday Christie's will feature a flight of local craft brews that will be accompanied with a light food pairing

 

MARCH 3
EXTENSIONS DANCE COMPANY CONCERT

When: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre
Admission: $8 Salve Regina Students/Faculty/Staff, $10 Military and Seniors, $15 General Admission
Details: Salve Regina University’s Extensions Dance Company, directed by Assistant Professor Lindsay Guarino, will be performing at the Casino Theatre from March 2-4, 2017. Extensions is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this production. Since its inception, the company has become known for its athletic, dynamic aesthetic and its commitment to jazz and contemporary concert dance styles.

 

IMC'S OPENING WEEKEND AT ROSECLIFF

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff
Admission: $30 General Admission; $45 Premiere Seating
Details: The Island Moving Co will perform in two evenings of works from the repertory and a new work by Rodney Rivera, Artistic Director of Ballet Brio based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The dancers will also perform Miki Ohlsen's delightful There's a Party in My Mind and two duets choreographed by Spencer Gavin Hering. Company member Shane Farrell and choreographer Danielle Genest will present new and restaged works. Miki Ohlsen will also restage a work from the beginning of IMC's history, Psalms, set to Leonard Bernstein's score and choreographed by Michael Thomas, a founding member of the company.

 

MOTHER GOOSE AT ROSECLIFF

When: Full schedule, through Sunday, March 5
Where: Rosecliff
Admission: $30 General Admission; $45 Premiere Seating
Details: Join Island Moving Company for classic Nursery Rhymes recounted by Mother Goose and playfully brought to life by Island Moving Co.’s own professional dancers. See magical performances of Humpty Dumpty, Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill and Sing a Song of Sixpence

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM
Where: Firehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage ever Friday and Saturday night all year long with their fast paced, high energy hilarity. These improvisation masterminds present hilarious scenes, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger than life characters all inspired by the suggestions of the audience. Every show is BYOB.

 

MARCH 4

HOTEL VIKING PRESENTS LARKIN WINE DINNER

When: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Hotel Viking
Admission: $119 per person
Details: The Imitable Sean Larkin returns having first hosted a dinner as part of the 2007 Rising Stars Dinner at the Boston Wine Festival. His rapid ascent to the top of his field has been remarkable in such a short period of time. His Cabernets and Cabernet Francs stand among some of the best in Napa. Join the gregarious Sean Larkin as he shares his passion for wines.

 
EXTENSIONS DANCE COMPANY CONCERT

When: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre
Admission: $8 Salve Regina Students/Faculty/Staff, $10 Military and Seniors, $15 General Admission
Details: Salve Regina University’s Extensions Dance Company, directed by Assistant Professor Lindsay Guarino, will be performing at the Casino Theatre from March 2-4, 2017. Extensions is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this production. Since its inception, the company has become known for its athletic, dynamic aesthetic and its commitment to jazz and contemporary concert dance styles.

 

IMC'S OPENING WEEKEND AT ROSECLIFF

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Rosecliff
Admission: $30 General Admission; $45 Premiere Seating
Details: The Island Moving Co will perform in two evenings of works from the repertory and a new work by Rodney Rivera, Artistic Director of Ballet Brio based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The dancers will also perform Miki Ohlsen's delightful There's a Party in My Mind and two duets choreographed by Spencer Gavin Hering. Company member Shane Farrell and choreographer Danielle Genest will present new and restaged works. Miki Ohlsen will also restage a work from the beginning of IMC's history, Psalms, set to Leonard Bernstein's score and choreographed by Michael Thomas, a founding member of the company.

 

MOTHER GOOSE AT ROSECLIFF

When: Full schedule, through Sunday, March 5
Where: Rosecliff
Admission: $30 General Admission; $45 Premiere Seating
Details: Join Island Moving Company for classic Nursery Rhymes recounted by Mother Goose and playfully brought to life by Island Moving Co.’s own professional dancers. See magical performances of Humpty Dumpty, Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill and Sing a Song of Sixpence

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM
Where: Firehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage ever Friday and Saturday night all year long with their fast paced, high energy hilarity. These improvisation masterminds present hilarious scenes, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger than life characters all inspired by the suggestions of the audience. Every show is BYOB.

 

MARCH 5

NEWPORT STORM BEER PINT NIGHT

When: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: The Wharf Pub
Admission: Free
Details: Newport Storm's Spring Irish Red Ale has been named official beer of the parade for the sixth year!
So, get a head start and begin the celebration at The Wharf Pub for the kick-off of our annual Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade Pint Nights! 
Grab a Spring Irish Red Ale and $2 of the purchase goes right to the parade committee and as a thank you for your contribution towards one of Newport's most honored tradition, the commemorative pint glass is yours to keep! 

 

GUIDED BIRD WALK

When: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sactuary
Admission: Free
Details: Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars for Sunday Bird Walks at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Birding masters and beginners alike are welcome to join experts as they prowl the best bird watching spots that NBS has to offer. No registration required, just meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM. 

 
WINE TASTING AT THE SPICED PEAR AT THE CHANLER

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: The Spiced Pear at The Chanler
Admission: $190 per person
Details: Wine and an ocean view (notedly two of our favorite things) come together this season as wine tastings return to The Spiced Pear at The Chanler, named America's Most Romantic Hotel by Conde Nast Traveler. From learning the basics of food and wine pairings to exploring the flavors of one of Napa's oldest wineries, the series will invoke your love of wine in a beautiful setting. Discover a hidden expertise on New England wine and spirits or strengthen the knowledge you already have.

 

SUNDAY BLOODY FUNDAY

When: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
WhereO'Brien's Pub
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Mermaid Masterpieces, the area’s leading paint party organizer has teamed up with Newport’s legendary O’Briens Pub and the fastest growing fashion brand, Lularoe, to offer a series of winter paint party socials. The events will be held on Sundays beginning January 29th from 3pm-6pm through March 5th. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite, $50/person and should be purchased in advance. The link to purchase tickets can be found on the event facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/sundaybloodyfunday2017

These unique events include a complimentary Bloody Mary, a pair of Lularoe leggings and a painting which the attendees will create while Becky from Mermaid Masterpieces teaches step by step. The events will also feature tarot card readings a professional photo booth with The Snapshot Stop as well as vendors including local artisans as well as BeautyCounter, Herbalife, India Hicks, Keep Collective, Touchstone by Swarovski, Younique, and many more. Vendors will change weekly.

 

ON GOING

25TH ANNUAL FAKES & FORGERIES

When: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Recurring daily, through February 28
WhereSpring Bull Studio & Gallery
Admission: FREE
Details: From its conception 26 years ago, artists have been invited to submit serious "copies" or tongue-in-cheek humorous interpretation of known art work in two and three dimensional form. The February exhibit has grown to be a much anticipated area event for both artists and the art appreciators. The artists study and learn techniques used by the old and modern masters while the public has a chance to enjoy and own an “almost masterpiece” without traveling to Boston or New York.

 

LOOKING CLOSELY AT WHAT IS NOT THERE

When: Check here for museum hours, through May 17
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: $10 adults, members & children under 5 free
Details: Although she began her career in ceramics, Kate Blacklock has explored a variety of media throughout her career. From oil paintings to photographs or scans printed on aluminum to 3-D-printed ceramics, this exhibition showcases several of the artist’s ongoing series.

Threading these series together is the artist’s keen and enduring interest in joining the present and past. Seamlessly integrating new technologies with older art historical traditions, such as Chinese landscape painting and nineteenth-century European porcelain, Blacklock creates something altogether new and contemporary. Whether it is examining aspects of nature or everyday objects, Blacklock carries the viewer to a place where realism, abstraction, and illusion all become one. Based in Providence, Kate Blacklock has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions around the country. She received her MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence where she now teaches.

 

FASHION AND SATIRE: THE DRAWINGS OF ORSON BYRON LOWELL AND CHARLES DANA GIBSON

When: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, through May 7, 2017
WhereRosecliff Mansion
Details: A new loan exhibition opens in the second floor gallery at Rosecliff on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Fashion and Satire: The Drawings of Orson Byron Lowell and Charles Dana Gibson pairs a collection of satirical illustrations with Gilded Age fashion pieces and accessories. Focusing on the life of “high society” in New York City, the illustrations invite the viewer to understand fashion as a vehicle for representing and interpreting societal ideals in the Gilded Age.