The first week of November offers so many reasons to celebrate, so we’re kicking the month off with a full itinerary of fun. What’s on our essential to-do list this week? Embrace Newport Restaurant Week with specially-crafted meals from more than 55 fabulous restaurants and discover local musicians and artists at the Newport Art House, November Gallery Night, and Artisans Craft Fair.


Our picks for the week below. 



Newport Restaurant Week

When: November 3 - November 12, Recurring daily
Where: Various locations throughout Newport and Bristol Counties
Details: Enjoy extraordinary three-course prix-fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 at one of the 55+ participating restaurants.



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When: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: O'Hare Academic Building, Salve Regina University
Admission: Free
Details: In the summer of 2017, the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) carried out a series of long-range missile tests. The weapon systems tested appeared to be intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), with the potential to range the continental United States. While North Korea has been a nuclear power for over a decade, this latest evolution is something of a turning point and raises a number of difficult questions. How should the United States, its Northeast Asian allies, and the international community writ large, deal with the growing threat posed by a nuclear-armed North Korea?



WEDNESDAY November 8

LECTURE: A Family and a Fortune: A lecture by author Rebecca Fraser

When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Historical Society
Admission: $10
Details: Join author Rebecca Fraser for a talk based on her new book, "The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage and the Founding of America." During her talk, Ms. Fraser will discuss a cache of unknown documents in London's National Archive's that she discovered during her research that show that a major court case developed between the son-in-law of Rhode Island governor Benedict Arnold, Edward Pelham and his half sister Penelope, the wife of Governor Josiah Winslow. 


Flight Night at Brix Restaurant

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesdays
Where: Brix Restaurant, Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10
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 Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.


Jane presented by newportFILM

When: 6:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre
Admission: $15 film only, $25 pre-film reception & film
Details:  Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated director Brett Morgen uses a trove of never-before-seen 16 mm footage unearthed after 50 years from the National Geographic archives to shed fresh light on trailblazing conservationist Jane Goodall. Morgen offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a woman who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists. 



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THURSDAY November 9

Garden Design Luncheon

When: 10:00 AM
Where: Rhode Island Country Club, 150 Nayatt Rd, Barrington
Admission: $75 Member, $85 Non-Member
Details: Support Blithewold’s educational programming and join us for an illustrated talk on The Evolution of Sakonnet Garden, 40 years in the making. Rhode Island Designers, John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli, will trace the stages of developing their garden in Little Compton, RI. The talk will be followed by a delectable luncheon and a raffle. A selection of plants from Opus Nursery will be available for sale.



When: 5:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Free for Members, $10 suggested donation for non-members
Details: Over 125 professional oil painters hand-painted each frame of Loving Vincent. They painted the first frame of each scene on canvas board, and then painted over it for each frame until the last frame of the scene was shot. Join us in our new MAKER SPACE to experiment with techniques the artists used to transform pieces in our collection into oil paintings!  



When: 5:30 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: $10 per person
Details: The Providence Art & Design Film Festival is a curated film series focused on the diverse disciplines within art and design. Newport Art Museum will be hosting film screenings and events through Friday.



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When: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Mabel's Studio, Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: $8 Members, $10 Non-members
Details: This fun lecture will focus on Aquidneck Island’s thriving population of wild turkeys. Where do they nest? Why do they strut in open fields every spring? Learn all this and more at this engaging lecture hosted in Mabel’s Studio.





When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse 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.





When: 5:00 PM; Saturdays through November.
Where: Tour departs from Mainsail Restaurant at Newport Marriott  
Admission: $17 adults, $16 seniors, $10 children 
Details: Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted city by the sea.



When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Free with paid Museum admission
Details: Families will enjoy a special gallery guided close-looking tour of our current exhibition, be of love and other stories: Contemporary Highlights from the Permanent Collection before experimenting with creating abstract and emotionally expressive artwork. Special guest Dianne Sheehan, beloved Fine Arts Supervisor and K-12 Art Educator for Newport Public Schools, will lead the hands-on art "making of masterpieces" teaching the expressive nature of form, color, line, pattern and composition.

Beach Cleanup at Weaver Cove

When: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Weaver Cove, Portsmouth
Admission: Free-donations welcome
Details: This family-friendly event gives locals a chance to give back and clean our beautiful Rhode Island beaches. Volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, and dress according to the weather. Bring a reusable mug to enjoy Empire Tea & Coffee afterwards.


Pop-Up Makers Marketplace

When: 10:00 - 2:00 PM
WhereNewport Visitor Information Center
Admission: Free
Details: A Pop-Up Makers Marketplace at the Visitor Info Center in celebration of Newport Restaurant Week. Sample delicious local delicacies, coastal inspired gifts and ornaments, and hear from some local authors. Exhibitors include: GG's pretzels, Coastal Creations by Erin, Wise Mouth Teas, Bellicchi's Best Biscotti, Ghosts of New England, Bake Me Away-pastries, Sacred Cow Granola-Granola, Sanobe Peanut Butters and more.


Middletown Aquidneck Growers Market

When: 9:00 - 1:00 PM, Recurring weekly
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: Free
Details: Now in its 22nd season, Aquidneck Growers Market has 20 regular vendors, guest artisans and live music every week. Pick up your groceries and head inside for a wine tasting.



Master Mixology Class with Christina Mercado

When: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturdays until December 30, 2017
Where:  The Vanderbilt Grille
Admission: $55 per person
Details: Join Christina Mercado, as she takes you on a personal tour of cocktail creation. Each weekly class is focused on a spirit, cocktail or theme, using a combination of old and contemporary techniques. Guests will work on two cocktails with Christina, which will be paired with light bites from our Culinary Team. Stay for dinner after or make a reservation and receive 10% off the dinner portion.



When: 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Adults, $30; Seniors (65+) & Active Military, $25; Youths (17 & under) & Students, $15
Details: The Christmas traditions of the world are not all as idyllic as Jolly Old St. Nick. When John Jacob Astor IV hosts his Christmas gathering, he asks his friends to dress as lesser known Christmas characters and share that tradition with everyone - Leave it to Jack Astor to make Christmas a lecture. But, when someone receives a deadly gift, the family turns to you to help find the killer! Can you save Christmas? Determine who had the means, motive and opportunity.



When: 7:00 PM
WhereJamestown Arts Center
Admission: $10 General Admission
Details: From the filmmaker Olympia Stone: My film, “The Cardboard Bernini,” examines the work and life of artist James Grashow as he builds a giant cardboard fountain inspired by the work of the famous baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. More about the film.


Unique Boutique Artisans Craft Fair

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Rotunda at Easton's Beach
Admission: Free
Details: The 11th annual Unique Boutique will bring together local, professional crafters who will offer hand crafted, one of a kind items including children's/adult's clothing, jewelry, pottery, hand bags/totes, knitting, fine vintage linens, wooden items, home decor, photography, etc. It will be a great opportunity to start holiday shopping.



SUNDAY November 12

Newport Art House, BAFL (Brunch, Art, & Flea Market)

When: 11:00 - 4:00 PM
WhereParlor Bar & Kitchen
Admission: Free
Details: Artisan Market, Live Music, Art Demos. Also December 10th same location & time. Newport Art House is a non-profit with the mission to nurture, showcase, and promote the contemporary arts of Newport, RI.



When: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free
Details: Grab your binoculars and join the NBS birding experts out on the trails. In the serene natural landscape at NBS, you will count up as many bird species as you can while also keeping an eye out for non-flying wildlife. All birding levels welcome. No registration required, meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM.




When: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library
Admission: Free
Details: Dr. Edward Markward, Music Director of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, features selected musical works from the Renaissance era. Dr. Markward will play pieces highlighting music from the period.