We can't stop reciting April showers bring May flowers here in the City by the Sea as we prepare to welcome April. In celebration, this week offers plenty to do, from the return of Spring Newport Restaurant Week (now a full 12 days!) to mixology classes and an abundance of movie screenings to please your inner film buff. No matter which you choose, the last full week of March is sure to be a good one.

 

 

MARCH 27

NEWPORT RESTAURANT WEEK

Where: Throughout Newport
Price: $16 three-course lunches, $35 three-course dinners
Details: Prepare your taste buds for mouthwatering menus this season with 3 course prix-fixe lunches and dinners at over 55 participating restaurants throughout Bristol and Newport County; experience culinary walking tours, chef demos, affordable palate-pleasing lodging packages, special themed events and more. Presented by Discover Newport.

 

SCREENING: KEDI

When: Through Thursday, March 30
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Details: A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

 

 

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SCREENING: THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

When: Through Wednesday, March 29
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Details: Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.

 

MARCH 28

HOUSE SMOKED WING NIGHT

When: 4:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Norey's
Price: $5
Details: $5 wings (1/2 price) with any beer purchase. Chef Tyler Cullen's wings are smoked on site. 

 

MARCH 29

FLIGHT NIGHT

WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
When: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, recurring every Wednesday 
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.

 

FERMENTATION CLASS

When: 6:30 PM
WhereForty 1 North
Admission: $35 per person
Details: taste a variety of Rosé Wines to preview warmer weather wines and savory pairings. Reservations are required and space is limited. To RSVP, email kpiccolo@41north.com

 

MARCH 30

"TIDES: THE SCIENCE AND SPIRIT OF THE OCEAN" PRESENTED BY JONATHAN WHITE

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereHerreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: $10 members, $18 non-members
DetailsTides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

 

RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION

When: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: Free
Details: Is race in our genes, or just in our heads? Where did the idea of race come from? Why is it so hard to talk about race? What if it was suddenly revealed that the most basic assumptions about race — for instance, that the world's people can be divided biologically along racial lines — were false? A three-part PBS documentary series, Race: The Power of an Illusion, asserts that race has nothing to do with biology. Instead, the series features scientists and experts who believe the notion of race is a construct based on history, laws and social custom.

 

SEA TO TABLE TASTING

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereMount Hope Farm
Admission: Free
Details: Take an epicurean tour of the sea — Ocean State style. Rhode Island is home to a thriving seafood industry with a deep heritage and bright future. You’re invited to spend an evening sampling the harvest from some of the richest waters in the world, or as we like to call it, our backyard. 

The Sea to Table Tasting shines a light on the thriving, local shellfish/fishing industry and its place in our local food scene. We feature local chefs, who are creating amazing food, with the locally-sourced seafood that the Ocean State is best known for. The event shines a spotlight on local chefs and their growing relationship(s) with the local, sustainable seafood industry and the idea of locally-sourced seafood. 

 

SHAKEN & STIRRED MIXOLOGY CLASS

When: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Wine Cellar
Admission: $25
Details: The mixology team at Newport Wine Cellar is ready to help you learn how to entertain at home. This last class of March is all about making interesting additions to your classic cocktails by infusing mixers and bases with herbs, extracts, and spices. Taking cocktails to a whole new level of creative cooking and mixing.

 

 
SCREENING: THE ATAXIAN

When: 6:00 PM, doors open, 7:00 PM film
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Details: Unable to walk due to the neuromuscular disorder, Friedreich's Ataxia (FA), Kyle Bryant and a team of friends attempt the most grueling bicycle race in the world, The Race Across America (RAAM). The feature-length documentary, "The Ataxian," spotlights a man whose will and determination carry him and his teammates across a continent under almost impossible conditions-an act that sparks others to take action in their own lives. Stunning cinematography exposes raw, unfiltered emotions juxtaposed against the most inspiring landscapes across America. With purity and grace, the film examines the life of a man aggressively living every moment in a race against his own mortality.

 

MARCH 31

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

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.

 

SCREENING: THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE

When: Through April 6
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Details: The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of "The Broken Circle Breakdown"), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned - and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of "Captain America: Civil War"). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance - and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

 

APRIL 1

APRIL FOOLS BARREL OF LAUGHS COMEDY SERIES

When: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Head to Newport Vineyards for an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from around the region and headliner Greg Stone.

 

BLITHEWOLD: GATEWAY TO SPRING

When: Recurring through Mary 31
Where: Blithewold Mansions, Gardens & Arboretum
Details: Each April, Blithewold opens its gates to welcome visitors as springtime begins. The season unfurls with our well-known daffodil display, covering this 33-acre seaside estate with over 50,000 daffodils that delight visitors for nearly a month.

 

COLLECTIVE MARKS: VISIONS

When: 12:00 - 5:00 PM, recurring through April 30
Where: Spring Bull Studio & Gallery
Admission: Free
Details: Collective Marks was formed in early 2014 by ten visual artists from Southeastern MA and RI as an informal critique group. Members include digital artists, painters, print makers, mixed media artists, sculptors, and photographers all gathered together to provide each other with support, encouragement, and a critical eye.

 

NEWPORT NIGHT RUN

When: 7:30 AM
Where: Through Newport
Admission: Details
Details: The 5k serves not only as a community wide opportunity to get moving, but also as a fundraiser for the Newport Public Education Foundation. NPEF is an independent, non-profit whose mission is to improve the performance of Newport public school children by enhancing their educational opportunities and by building broad-based community support for quality public education. 

 

APRIL 2

EASTER BUNNY TEA AND EASTER EGG HUNT

When: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Admission: $32 adult, $25 children
Details: Egg Hunt starts at 1:00 PM; Seatings at 11:00 AM and 1:15 PM (following Egg Hunt). Bring the entire family to enjoy a special Easter Bunny Tea and Easter Egg Hunt at beautiful Blithewold Mansion. Enjoy delicious treats, finger sandwiches, tea, and hot cocoa. There is no better place to hunt for eggs than Blithewold’s expansive Great Lawn! Children will also have the opportunity to meet and take a professional photo with the Easter Bunny to remember this special day.

 

SUNDAY BLOODY FUNDAY

When: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, recurring every Sunday
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.

 

 

ONGOING

LOOKING CLOSELY AT WHAT IS NOT THERE

WhenCheck 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.