Sep 4 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 5 @ 1:00 am
Live Bait: Race @ 95 Empire Black Box
Sep 4 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm



The themes at Live Bait have always been open to personal interpretation. It has always been about “any way, shape or form.” The only constriction (besides the six minute time limit) is that the stories are TRUE STORIES: not rants, not routines, not fairy tales. This has been true for the last seven years and will be true for as long as Live Bait exists. With that in mind, September’s theme is “Race.” Do you have a story to tell?


If you have a true story that in any way, shape or form fits September’s theme, come to Live Bait, put your name in the fishbowl and, when your name is called, tell it. Remember: no notes, no rants, no stand-up routines, and there is a six minute time limit. Of course, all are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen.


Live Bait is hosted by Phil Goldman, with banter, musical accompaniment and monthly theme song by Jerry “The Professor” Gregoire.



10:00pm Friday, September 4th, 2014

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box,

95 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information


Learn To Solder With Mitch Altman: Make a TV-Be-Gone @ AS220 Labs
Sep 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Mitch Altman, inventor of TV-B-Gone, is in residence at AS220 for most of September 2015. Come to AS220 Labs for this workshop and learn to solder while putting together a socially-redeeming kit: the TV-Be-Gone. Sign up in the AS220 Shop.

Your TV-B-Gone(R) universal remote control resembles other TV remote controls, but is different in two important ways. First, it only has a power button that allows you to switch a TV on or off. You control when you see, rather than what you see. Second, the device is so small that it easily fits in your pocket, so that you have it handy whenever you need it wherever you go: airports, bars, restaurants, laundromats, etc.

Traditional Irish Music Session @ AS220 Bar & FOO(D)
Sep 5 @ 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!

And then That Happened….Again! featuring Christopher Johnson @ AS220's Blackbox
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
And then That Happened....Again! featuring Christopher Johnson @ AS220's Blackbox

A repeat and final showing of Christopher Johnson Spoken Word Artist.  Solo performance where not only will there be performance poetry, but the stories of how the poems were created as Christopher Johnson gives intimate detail of being a dad, performance poet, and the challenges of balancing between the two in the creative process. What FUN!!!


$10, free for Brown and RISD Students

Whenskiesaregray, Terror Eyes, There is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set & Ember Wreath @ AS220 Main Stage
Sep 5 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 6 @ 1:00 am

Whenskiesaregray are post hardcore buddies on tour from Balitimore.

Terror Eyes are a PVD emoviolence trio. In the vein of Pg. 99.

There is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set hail from Boston. Spastic, Loud, and Noisey. Don’t forget your ear plugs.

Ember Wreath is an experimental post rock solo project. Ex Native Wildlife.


Improv Jones @ AS220 Black Box
Sep 5 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The best improv comedy you can find.
Saturdays at 10:00.
95 Empire
Downtown Providence Rhode Island.
Tickets available at the door for only $5.00.

Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!
A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business ( he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

From Scratch: A Works in Process Night @ AS220's Blackbox
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
From Scratch: A Works in Process Night @ AS220's Blackbox

FROM SCRATCH is a series of work in progress sharings at AS220’s Ninety-five Empire Black Box Space.

Theatre and performance makers from the local community will ‘scratch’ their work and audiences are invited to be a part of its development.

Tickets $7. 100% of the proceeds go to the artists and producers to support the making of new work and the continued promotion of the FROM SCRATCH series at AS220.

The evening will feature new and innovative artists making performance-based work in Providence, Rhode Island, and beyond and encourage feedback direct from audiences to shape new work.


Thinking Too Much About Growing Up
Laura A. Kaplan

Part comedy routine, part creative public speaking, Laura will speak on the ridiculousness of choosing a profession to aspire to in preschool and how she rationalised some of the sexist attitudes she faced as a preschool student in the late 80s.

Streetlight Necks
Alicia Ortiz

Brief Description Of Ideas You’re Working On (required): A poetry collection attempting to capture the fragility and yearning of a city in the summer. Very Providence centric. The fluctuation of human traffic through the year. Tension between change and sedation.

Lastly, Christopher Johnson will also be bringing us a little something he’s been working on that’s brand new!

What is Scratch?
Scratches are very new, very experimental iterations of work – nothing polished, nothing held back. Each night will be an opportunity to see how new performance and theatre work is made in a variety of disciplines including devised theatre, spoken word/comedy, new writing, and dance. Just being in the room helps artists develop their work further. Feedback will also be highly encouraged, an exciting opportunity for audiences to directly influence the development of new work.


The Empire Revue Presents: The Surprise Show! @ AS220 Main Stage
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Empire Revue Presents: The Surprise Show! 

The Sparkling Beatniks always strive to amaze you, and this month it’s our main goal to just straight up surprise and delight you in every way we can think of!

We don’t want to give too much away or we’ll ruin the surprise!!

Led as always by the electrifying Keith Munslow and the stunning Superchief Trio, join us for an evening full of unpredictable and wondrous diversions.

Tickets available at

Check our Facebook page to let everyone know you’re coming, and to see what guests we’re having!

RAGER IN A BOX: HEADBAND (Blt) CHARLES DUBE (Blt) MULTINERANGO SUN (Oak) Gyna Bootleg, Time-based corrector Thorn @ AS220's Blackbox
Sep 6 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 7 @ 12:30 am
RAGER IN A BOX: HEADBAND (Blt)  CHARLES DUBE (Blt)  MULTINERANGO SUN (Oak)  Gyna Bootleg,  Time-based corrector  Thorn @ AS220's Blackbox
Join us at the AS220 blackbox for a night of Noise-inspired goodness!
 Gyna Bootleg,
 Time-based corrector
10 PM
AS220 Blackbox, $5
Romp of Otters’ Season Launch Party! @ AS220's Blackbox
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Romp of Otters' Season Launch Party! @ AS220's Blackbox

Join Romp of Otters as we launch our fall season with a big ol’ bumping party. We’re celebrating a new year of Brown University’s Graduate Theater Community with a night of pumping jams, live music, dancing, and sneak peeks of what we’ve got coming up this fall.

Don’t miss your chance to romp with us again or for the very first time. RSVP right here on Facebook!

FREE admission. FREE snacks and refreshments. NOT SO FREE cash bar (with ID).

Romp of Otters [ROO] is Brown University’s Graduate Theater Community.

Want to know more about ROO? Check out our website to find out what we’ve done and what we’re up to next:



Stretch & Strength @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Stretch & Strength with Angie Hartley // Tuesdays @ 5:30-6:30 // $13 drop-in/ $10 class package

This one hour fitness class brings the joy of aerobic dance movement and other somatic practices to athletic training. Using the fundamentals of Pilates, yoga and dance, this class promises a total body workout to build long, lean muscles and increase flexibility. All fitness levels welcome! Leave your sneakers at the door!

Angie Hartley is a dancer, choreographer and teacher.  She received her BA from Keene State College in Theater and Dance and has since showed work and performed at the American Dance Festival, and in Boston, Providence and South Korea. She is certified to teach elementary school in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu School of Yoga.  She is thrilled to share embodied awareness with movers of all abilities and backgrounds.

photo Relja Kojik

photo Relja Kojik

Open Life Drawing @ AS220
Sep 8 @ 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.

We are always looking for new models, please inquire at:

Intermediate Ballet w/ Betsy Miller @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Betsy Miller// Tuesdays @ 7-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create both clarity and expressivity in your dancing.

Betsy MillerBetsy Miller is a dance artist and educator currently based in Providence, RI. She has trained in the Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD, and Bournonville styles, and combines elements of each along with a somatic approach to ballet.  Her choreography has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas, and she has received funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Ohio State University. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Fusionworks Company and shove gently dance, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Doug Varone, Pascal Rioult, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Rachel Boggia, Stephanie Turner, and Deb Meunier. Betsy serves as the Dance Coordinator of AS220. She is on faculty at Providence College, Dean College, and AS220, and regularly teaches as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.



Brian 4 Ever, Mike Mountain, Invisible Robot Hands @ Psychic Readings
Sep 8 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 9 @ 1:00 am
Sep 8 @ 9:30 pm – Sep 9 @ 1:00 am


AUVN // A sound relying primarily on guitar processed through customized hardware/software (think a post-modern Frippertronics 2.0) while simultaneously destroying preconceived notions of what a guitar is supposed to sound like in the year 2015 //

Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunchtime Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore // Wednesdays @ 12-1pm // only $5 per class! A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.

Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.


Providence Student Union’s Back to School Bash! @ AS220 Main Stage
Sep 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Start the new school year off with a bang at the Providence Student Union’s Back to School Bash! Join us to celebrate students’ victories over the past year and invest in their leadership and organizing for the coming year. You can enjoy local food and music while meeting the youth leaders who are working so hard to make real change in their schools.

Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with  Katie McNamara // Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Thank you for your support

Thanks so much for your support!

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.


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.


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.