Calendar

May
20
Wed
Micah Blue Smaldone, Daniel Bachman, Ignatz (Belgium) @ Psychic Readings
May 20 @ 9:00 pm – May 21 @ 1:00 am
May
21
Thu
Artist Talk with Sharon Cutts @ AS220 Project Space
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Artist Sharon Cutts will be giving an artist talk at the AS220 Project space on Thursday May 21st at 5:30 pm at the AS220 Project Space at 93 Mathewson St. The talk coincides with Sharon’s exhibition Wall People; a series of new canvas mosaics on curved wood. The mosaic process is slow and time-consuming developed from earlier work of cut and torn painted canvas. For the Wall People Sharon affixed canvas mosaic onto bent wood and  the curved and bent sculptural shapes add dynamism and allow the characters to reach out or bow over the viewer. Meet the artist and learn more this Thursday!

Free and open to the public.

Evening Yoga @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 21 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening Yoga Yoga with Jamie Arnold // Thursdays @ 6:15-7:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes
March is 2 for 1 Thursdays! Bring a pal and split the cost of class!
Class incorporates a seated centering and focus on breath connection which then leads to a gentle warm-up of the spine. After moving the spine in multiple directions, we will easily make our way to being on hands and feet and eventually flow through a simplified series of sun salutations to get the body warm. We will then explore balance postures, twists and back strengthening exercises and eventually make our way back to the floor for more restorative poses leading to savasana.

Jamie Arnold is a local yoga educator and performing artist. She has been teaching a regular gentle flow class at the East Side YMCA for 2.5 years and has taught yoga in some way shape or form through Squam Art Workshops, Now Yoga & Fitness, Fight2Fitness, Om Kids, Rhode Runner, Studio Exhale and AS220. Jamie received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification in the winter of 2012 through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. For Jamie, yoga has helped her to truly be in the present moment, let go of stress and feel like weight has been lifted from her body.

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Mixed Magic Theatre Presents “Reflections: Growing up as a Black Man in America”
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Mixed Magic Theatre Presents "Reflections: Growing up as a Black Man in America"

Growing up a as a Black man in America can be a difficult and dramatic balancing act. On one hand, Black men have to deal with history and traditions that can destroy the body and the soul. On the other hand there is the pride and joy that comes with overcoming the forces that would hold you back and still have space to create great art, great food and laughter.

With stories, poetry and songs, REFLECTIONS examines aspects of what Black men must do to survive and stay focused on the future, in the land of the free and the home of the brave. While this reality has many lows, it also has highs that cannot be ignored.

This is a journey from the perils of boyhood to the perils of manhood. It is a paradox wrapped in a conundrum. But ultimately, it is a celebration of life, living and hope.

The cast of REFLECTIONS includes poet/actor and filmmaker Jay Walker, hip-hop artist and musician Jerediah (Big Scythe) Gonzalez and actors Mishell Lilly, Amos Hamrick Jr. and Ricardo Pitts-Wiley.

Free Speech Thursdays Presents: Providence Poetry Slam @ AS220 Main Stage
May 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Providence Poetry Slam is at AS220 on the first and third Thursday of every month!

 

May
22
Fri
Mixed Magic Theatre Presents “Reflections: Growing up as a Black Man in America”
May 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Mixed Magic Theatre Presents "Reflections: Growing up as a Black Man in America"

Growing up a as a Black man in America can be a difficult and dramatic balancing act. On one hand, Black men have to deal with history and traditions that can destroy the body and the soul. On the other hand there is the pride and joy that comes with overcoming the forces that would hold you back and still have space to create great art, great food and laughter.

With stories, poetry and songs, REFLECTIONS examines aspects of what Black men must do to survive and stay focused on the future, in the land of the free and the home of the brave. While this reality has many lows, it also has highs that cannot be ignored.

This is a journey from the perils of boyhood to the perils of manhood. It is a paradox wrapped in a conundrum. But ultimately, it is a celebration of life, living and hope.

The cast of REFLECTIONS includes poet/actor and filmmaker Jay Walker, hip-hop artist and musician Jerediah (Big Scythe) Gonzalez and actors Mishell Lilly, Amos Hamrick Jr. and Ricardo Pitts-Wiley.

Bryan Thomas Fielding​, Dominique Star​, Milk, and Whiskey Bitches @ AS220 Main Stage
May 22 @ 9:00 pm – May 23 @ 1:00 am
May
23
Sat
Introduction to the Laser Cutter @ AS220 Labs
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 23 and 30, 10am – 1pm

Register Online Here

Workshop Description
Learn how to use the laser cutter to cut or etch wood, plastics, papers or textiles. This class will cover the basics of using the laser cutter safely, techniques for working with different materials, and software tools for preparing work for the cutter. This is a hands-on workshop; bring a project if you like! We have an Epilog Mini 24 Laser Cutter. The work area is 24″ x 12″, and it can hold items up to 8″ tall. We also have a cylindrical attachment that allows you to etch cylinders such as glassware.
In the first session, you will learn and get trained on the machine. In the second session, you will do a simple project to complete your training on the machine.
After taking the workshop, you will have a solid understanding of what the machine can do and how to design a project. Students will be certified to use the Labs’ laser cutter after completing this follow up session.
Instructor: Shawn Wallace
Prerequisites
 While it’s not mandatory, we strongly encourage students to have experience with vector design. If you have no experience and are not comfortable designing on a computer, we recommend taking on of our computer design workshops here:
Introduction to the CNC Router @ AS220 Labs
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Register Here 

This workshop is for anyone interested in using a CNC Router for digital fabrication, specifically the ShopBot machine for computer-controlled cutting and routing. The course covers an introduction to the ShopBot, Computer-Aided Design software to design projects for the machine, creation of 2D tool paths for the machine using PartWorks, and basic machine operation and safety.  You will learn how to safely operate the machine on your own, so that you may use the machine independently after completing the training and signing up for membership.

Our machine is a ShopBot PRS standard 96 with a cutting area of 96″ (x-axis) x 48″ (y-axis) x 6″ (z-axis). The machine is capable of machining 2D parts (profile, pockets, drilling) and making 3D carvings.  This workshop only covers 2D tool paths, not 3D carvings.

This workshop consists of two parts, 1 3-hour instructional session and a followup session on the machine where you run a project on the machine.

Prerequisites
While it’s not mandatory, we strongly encourage students to have experience with vector design. Not familiar with using computers at all? We also offer a basic computer training workshop
Traditional Irish Music Session @ AS220 Bar & FOO(D)
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hosted by Jimmy and Hannah Devine with Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Teddi Scobi and Friends!

Every Saturday (except for the first Saturday of the month) from 4-7pm at the bar at AS220!

No cover charge!

A full menu of food and beverage will be available, so come in for a pint or make this your regular spot for dinner while enjoying some of the best traditional Irish music around!

Mixed Magic Theatre Presents “Reflections: Growing up as a Black Man in America”
May 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Mixed Magic Theatre Presents "Reflections: Growing up as a Black Man in America"

Growing up a as a Black man in America can be a difficult and dramatic balancing act. On one hand, Black men have to deal with history and traditions that can destroy the body and the soul. On the other hand there is the pride and joy that comes with overcoming the forces that would hold you back and still have space to create great art, great food and laughter.

With stories, poetry and songs, REFLECTIONS examines aspects of what Black men must do to survive and stay focused on the future, in the land of the free and the home of the brave. While this reality has many lows, it also has highs that cannot be ignored.

This is a journey from the perils of boyhood to the perils of manhood. It is a paradox wrapped in a conundrum. But ultimately, it is a celebration of life, living and hope.

The cast of REFLECTIONS includes poet/actor and filmmaker Jay Walker, hip-hop artist and musician Jerediah (Big Scythe) Gonzalez and actors Mishell Lilly, Amos Hamrick Jr. and Ricardo Pitts-Wiley.

Lulz! Comedy Night @ AS220 Main Stage
May 23 @ 8:30 pm – May 24 @ 12:00 am

Come on out to LuLz! Comedy Night at AS220 on 5/7! Hosted as always by Randy Bush.

Doors at 8:30pm and Show at 9pm-ish
$6 at the door!

LuLz! is a monthly comedy series hosted by local comedic connoisseur Randy Bush occurring the first Wednesday
Doors will open 8:30pm and the show will start at 9:00pm. So come early and grab a drink at the bar at AS220!

READ WHAT PROVIDENCE MONTHLY HAD TO SAY ABOUT IT:

http://providenceonline.com/stories/Lulz-comedy-show-AS220-funny-laugh-entertainment-Providence-Monthly,9783?search_filter=comedy&town_id=1&sub_type=stories,packages,photos,blogs,dining

May
24
Sun
Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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Intermediate Ballet @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.

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Bread and Puppet Theatre Presents “Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation” @ AS220's Blackbox
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Bread and Puppet Theatre Presents "Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation" @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation”, a new work written and directed by Peter Schumann and developed in the spring and fall of 2014. This puppet play features an anti-extinction angel, the union of brooms, a 100 watt lightbulb, and a ship of fools: all for the purpose of urging the not yet upriser-masses into existence.

GUERILLA TOSS / BUCK GOOTER / (NEW ENGLAND) PATRIOTS / FINISHED @ AS220 Main Stage
May 24 @ 9:00 pm – May 25 @ 1:00 am
May
25
Mon
Bread and Puppet Theatre Presents “Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation” @ AS220's Blackbox
May 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Bread and Puppet Theatre Presents "Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation" @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation”, a new work written and directed by Peter Schumann and developed in the spring and fall of 2014. This puppet play features an anti-extinction angel, the union of brooms, a 100 watt lightbulb, and a ship of fools: all for the purpose of urging the not yet upriser-masses into existence.

May
26
Tue
Open Life Drawing @ AS220
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open Life Drawing – Drop -in 6pm-8:30pm
$6
Bring your own drawing materials, we supply seats and model.

Intermediate Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 26 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Danielle Davidson// Tuesdays @ 7:15-8:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Foster or build on your love of movement in this fun and energetic ballet class. This class will introduce a more advanced classical  vocabulary, while allowing dancers to recognize their own individuality and body mobility. Focus will be on coordination, placement and fluidity. At the barre,  we will  warm-up thoroughly and tackle the classical technique with accuracy and precision, while the center floor exercises will focus on simplicity, efficiency and travelling through space. Musicality will be emphasized along with balance, stamina and the strengthening of the body core. This class will develop your technique as well as your means of self-expression!

Danielle Davidson is an independent dance artist, choreographer and educator currently working in Providence, Boston and Montreal. She was trained at  L’Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec. Her professional career began upon graduation with Le Jeune Ballet, where she had the opportunity to tour Europe and North America, performing in new works by Thierry Malandain/Biarritz, Jean-Grand Maitre/Alberta Ballet and repertory by George Balanchine, Roland Petit, Jean Louis Morin/Martha Graham Company and Brian Macdonald. Danielle has since performed  with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Banff Festival Company, Opera Ontario, AmpleMan Danse, Debra Brown, Productions Fila 13/Lina Cruz, Prometheus Dance Company and Zoé Dance. Danielle is also a freelance choreographer and has been commissioned to create works for  FDanse, SBDC, Endicott College and Brown University’s repertory dance company, to name a few. She is recipient of le 1er Prix du Jury from Le Festival International de Danse Encore. Danielle has been teaching classical ballet and contemporary/post-modern dance since 2002.

 

 

Is This Jazz? Presents: Mmere Dané and Bass Off @ AS220 Main Stage
May 26 @ 8:30 pm – May 27 @ 1:00 am

Mmere Dané and Bass Off

More weekday jazz is coming on May 20th via “Is This Jazz?”
 at AS220.
Opening the night we have a rare opportunity to see multi generational excellence at play. Dave Zinno is a Rhode Island landmark of a player if there ever was one and has cemented himself as one of the best bassists gigging on the East coast today, playing with a carefully honed purity of sound and language that has helped him cement his champion status on stages the world over. Carrying on the virtuosic Zinno legacy is his son Amato Zinno who has been making waves around New England in his own way, playing with several great bands in high profile situations and crafting an approach that musicians increasingly seek to fuse with their own performance. Together they form the dynamic duo known simply as “Bass Off”, playing duets in a harmony only achievable through a shared bloodline and love for the music. Headlining the night is Mmere Dané, a group that will probably end up melting the stage with their explosive and compelling sound. The name comes from a Ghanaian adinkra symbol that literally means “time changes.” It symbolizes life’s dynamics and inevitable change. The symbol reminds us to flow with life’s movements. Time is one of the most powerful forces in the world as well as an important factor in all music, and these gentlemen love to play with the time. The music can be described as soulful jazz touched by textures of world music. The feeling taken from funk is always there, and the time flows like the hourglass that symbolizes “Mmere Dane”.
The music kicks off around 9pm, admission is a mere $10 to see some music performed at it’s highest level. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss this one! 
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Live Arts Venues

Main Stage:
The AS220 Main Stage hosts over ten events a week and is a 200 capacity performance venue and gallery space. The venue contains 4 powered main speakers, three monitors, in house compression and efx, projection / dvd capabilities, and a 6 foot screen. A full inventory can be viewed here.  While the Main Stage hosts a wide array of artistic programming, it primarily is used as a concert venue. It is located at 115 Empire Street.

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Black Box:
The Black Box is an extremely versatile 90 capacity performance theatre. It has a surround sound system, Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and full theatrical lighting. The space focuses on theatrical and dramatic works and encourages users to customize the space to suit the needs of their production. The Black Box is on the first floor of 95 Empire Street.

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Dance Studio:
The dance studio hosts regular dance, yoga, and fitness classes and is available for rental for rehearsals and private instruction. The Dimensions of the marley floored room are  28′ X 42′ and it is equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, an easy to operate sound system and sunlight!

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Psychic Readings:
Psychic Readings is an intimate and mysterious multi-purpose room. It has a capacity of 45, but also has an “Annex Room” which moonlights as an art gallery. Psychic Readings is run in conjunction with the AS220 Artists in Residence on the third floor of the Empire Street building.

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