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Apr
26
Wed
Nerd Nite! @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

***NEW THIS MONTH: Doors open at 5:30, first talk at 6pm*** Still $5 at the door, free with student ID.
Join us for the next installment of Nerd Nite! This month, we’re partnering with Earth Optimism and celebrating Earth Day! Want to speak? Just email nerdniteri@gmail.com.

This month’s speakers:
Qing Li, graduate student in the Dept. of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown working with Dr. Baylor Fox-Kemper. He will talk about the physical processes in the ocean and their impact on the global climate, specifically interactions at sea surface called Langmuir turbulence.

This month’s activity:
Postcards for policticians with the Brown Science March group! Make an impact and write to your senators, representatives, and members of state and local government

Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with Katie McNamara & Olase Freeman// 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! 

04_FleetingThoughts_4OlaseJessicaOlase Freeman (BA Wesleyan University 1994, MFA UWM 2011) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara.  A partial list of the companies he has worked with include the Richard Bull Dance Theater, Jane Comfort & Co., Creach/Dance, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, and Leah Stein Dance Company.  Olase’s choreographic work has been performed in such diverse venues as The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, Link’s Hall (Chicago), the Cunningham Studio, Joyce/Soho, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill (Long Island University), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2002), as well as RIIPN/Cheek-to-Cheek and American Dance Legacy Institute (Brown University).  As a teacher, in addition to being on faculty of Rhode Island College from 2008-2010, as well as Muhlenberg College in 2011-2012, Olase has conducted residencies and taught classes at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, Western Wyoming Community College, the DanceCenter at Columbia College (Chicago), SUNY Brockport, Hobart/William Smith College, Link’s Hall (Chicago), CalState San Marcos, Sushi Performance Inc. (San Diego), Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, (Seattle, WA), and University of Montana, Missoula.

KatieMcNamara2Katie 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.

The Hip Hop Connection – The Funk Underground, Dru Barrels, Nyce, Remi B, hosted by Grind Time Tec @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 26 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 27 @ 1:00 am

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The Hip Hop Connection Is Back With A Fully Loaded Performances BY Nyce,Dru Barrels,Guelly Gunz,Remi B,The Funk UnderGround,Nelly Nellz, Make Sure Come Out An Show Tonz Of Prov-City Love

Apr
27
Thu
Prime Action @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Prime Action // Thursdays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Prime Action is a contemporary form based in African Diasporic and modern dance traditions that work towards enlivening a presence of be-ing in the body. The class incorporates floor work to develop an agile and responsive central column through the activation and articulation of the pelvis, torso (spine/rib cage), neck and head. Standing center focuses on the coordination and strengthening of the extremities with exercises for the hands and arms, legs and feet. Traveling work integrates various elements of floor and center work with progressive movements, phrases, and improvisational explorations. Finally, Phrase work brings together all technical components into choreographic phrase work that encourages mind/body/spirit expressivity.

Where’s Mary, A Mean Minute, Peach, The Legendary Brewmasters and Kali Ma, @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – Apr 28 @ 12:45 am
Apr
28
Fri
Contemporary African Dance @ Live Arts Dance Studio
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open Level Contemporary African Dance w/ Mekbul J. Tahir// Fridays @ 6:30-7:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6-class package

The technique Acogny is the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the mother of African contemporary dance. Based on traditional African dance (especially Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release, and Graham technique), the philosophy of this technique is about identity: placing yourself inside the community and nature, and being aware of your own body. The technique respects every different body, and addresses life and the connection between human being and nature. Joy, play, love and music are the fundaments of the spirit of the technique.

NT4L36991Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. He is also one of the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

WWW.CPTCRI.COM
Jim BWChristopher BW

 

TRAP MART @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 1:00 am
Apr
29
Sat
Traditional Irish Music Session @ AS220 Bar & FOO(D)
Apr 29 @ 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!

Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

WWW.CPTCRI.COM
Jim BWChristopher BW

 

Interrupt Conference Closing Show @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 29 @ 8:30 pm – Apr 30 @ 12:00 am
  • Steve Roggenbuck
  • Kate Sicchio
  • Electrodide: Ancient Electronic Goddess
  • Talan Memmott
Empty Vessels, I Am Become Death, Worst Days, and Implosion Crusade @ AS220 Main Stage
Apr 29 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 1:00 am

This is going to be a rockin time.

Empty Vessels- Two piece wall of sound.
https://emptyvesselsband.bandcamp.com/

I Am Become Death- Listen to them and you’ll probably poop yourself.
https://iambecomedeath.bandcamp.com/album/i-am-become-death-2

Worst Days- bunch of cry babies making poop jokes.
https://worstdays.bandcamp.com/

Implosions Crusade- fast, serious, and cute.
https://implosioncrusade.bandcamp.com/releases

Load in @ 9:30pm
Doors @ 10pm
Show @ 10:30pm

RESPECT THE SPOT
$$$6.66$$$

Apr
30
Sun
Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Apr 30 @ 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 (www.shea-training.com) 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).

Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Apr 30 @ 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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A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba

Furtive Movement is a term used to justify the use of force

          We are using farce to brainstorm a way out of the shadows.  A Furtive Movement Act 1: The Use of Farce is set in an alternate future that parallels our present. 1000+  people killed by police every year.  The story is told from the perspective of one of the counted victims of the state. The death of the narrator inspired protest riots and the formation of  a  black billionaire Super PAC that funnels dark money to radical community building organizations of color.

         The first project grants to be awarded go to a West African self help guru, a girl scout troop that gives belts to thugs, the manufacturer of bulletproof hoodies, a documentarian obsessed with showing the life and death of a victim of police violence.

The strain of an oppressive state threatens The union of one dark and lonesome soul to another jeopardizing those rare bonds in the years where your self is found.

They love each other but she is a blooming professional and he is a traumatized shut in. Using a spell from a celebrity sorceress, the woman attempts to heal the man.

Is there a therapy for society. Can the infrastructure stand and be repurposed or does is all need to burned and be rebuilt with altered intention?

April 17-18 and April 24-25, 7 PM

April 19 and 26th, 2 PM

$20 tickets, $10 student and low income tickets.  Free for Brown and RISD Students with ID.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Vatic Kuumba  (Playwright/Producer)

Ron Lewis (Director)

DS Kinsel (Set Design)

Funmilayo Aileru (Video and Graphic Artist)

Ryan Alves  (Illustration/Projections)

Alex Ruiz (Lights)

 

CAST

Yemi Owojori- Omisore

Esteban Coronado

Muggs fogarty

Marshal Gilson

Pheonyx williams

Christopher Johnson

Becky Bass

Delbert Collins

Elyssa Perez

King Lyric


Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

WWW.CPTCRI.COM

Jim BWChristopher BW

 

May
1
Mon
Monday Moves (Community Improv Practice) @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday Moves with Nikki Carrara// Mondays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

Class will begin with a yoga-influenced unison movement ritual. Participants will be invited to explore their own anatomical possibilities, gradually expanding awareness from the inside out, finding new ways to connect with other movers and develop freestyle dance skills. Taking our inspiration from concepts, objects, music, each other, we will find new ways of making dance and sharing space with each other. No previous dance training is required. Exercise your body and your mind at the same time!

Free Mondays: ON THE WATER, ALEC K. REDFEARN + TBA @ AS220 Main Stage
May 1 @ 8:30 pm – May 2 @ 12:00 am

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“As is customary in West Philly, I drunkenly stumbled into a house party last winter. About 30 people were packed into the cozy living room, forming a tight semicircle around a large band. Some musicians stood on the floor, and, due to the cramped space, a few played from the staircase. The music was warm and earnest, temporarily rescuing me from whiskey oblivion. I couldn’t see the singer, but above the fiddle, accordion and clanking percussion, I heard a gravelly, Tom Waits-y voice howling about running loose on the streets and raising all sorts of drunken hell.”

– Elliott Sharp

 

FREE!

May
2
Tue
Hatha Yoga w/ Angie Hartley @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hatha Yoga with Angie Hartley // Tuesdays @ 5:30-6:30pm // $5 drop-in

This Hatha style yoga class aims to engage a community through open-level group practice.  Student practitioners should expect to receive clear and specific physical cues, while being encouraged to reach beyond a purely physical experience.  The theme of compassionate self-awareness will be woven into each class, building community through understanding and acceptance of the self.

Photo on 9-1-15 at 12.25 PMAngie Hartley is a yoga practioner, 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.

Intro to Offset Printing @ AS220 Printshop
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dates:Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6; 6-10pm

FEE: $250

Instructor: Jacque Bidon

Register here!

Colorful ‘zines, single-page artists’ books, posters, and flyers can all be created in large quantities using the Printshop’s Offset Press. The first class will be spent in the Media Arts Lab using the Adobe Creative Suite to turn your ideas into formatted files ready for the press.

Six weeks will be spent on press with Jacque Bidon, where you will learn how to run the ABDick 9850 Offset Press – a commercial press capable of creating hundreds of prints in a matter of minutes. Finishing processes will be covered including folding using our pneumatic machine, using our saddle stitch stapler, and trimming on the guillotine.