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Aug
18
Sat
AS220’s Foo Fest 2018! @ Empire Street
Aug 18 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 1:00 am

foo-fest-2018-5-22 (1)AS220 is extremely excited to announce the return of FOO FEST, our annual summer block party all-ages fundraiser, to Empire Street in downtown Providence on Saturday, August 18th, 2018!

From 1 PM to 1 AM, outside on Empire Street and inside AS220, people of all ages will delight in 12 incredible hours of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists, makers, and like-minded arts and cultural organizations, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State! While we’re now announcing the musical lineup and some of the all-ages activities, rest assured that we will be making more announcements throughout the summer about FOO FEST 2018!

Get advance tickets now for $10, $15 at the gate on the day of, or…..$25 (also online)!

Why a $25 ticket? 2018 marks 25 years since AS220 opened our Empire Street complex. No other single building in downtown Providence contains as much varied and dynamic arts and cultural programming, with programs spanning music and performance, theatre, dance, visual art, youth arts education and affordable housing. However, this humble building requires long overdue upgrades, and AS220’s programming needs sustainable support to continue meeting the needs of Rhode Island’s creative community. We have now embarked on a $5 million dollar ALL ACCESS fundraising campaign to make comprehensive improvements to the building’s entire ecosystem – you can read about that here: as220.org/campaign. With your purchase of a $25 ticket in advance, you’ll not only be supporting out regular yearly Foo Fest fundraiser – you’ll be supporting our ALL ACCESS campaign for Empire Street too!

Kids 10 & under are FREE, as always! Not a kid? Foo Fest is powered by volunteers, and anyone who signs up for a 3-hour volunteer shift at foofest.as220.org receives FREE ADMISSION to the entirety of Foo Fest, plus a free shift drink and official volunteer patch!

2018 FOO FEST CO-HEADLINERS:

RAH DIGGA

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Rah Digga (born Rashia Fisher) is an American rapper, model and actress. The Jersey native is well known as a longtime member of the Flipmode Squad, a Hip Hop group led by Busta Rhymes. She parted ways amicably with the group in 2007 and continued to have a prosperous solo career. She has been called “one of rap’s most prominent women MCs” by Allmusic and has been deemed “one of Hip Hop’s most skilled female MCs” in the book How to Rap. You can catch Rah Digga on the weekly podcast she hosts with Lord Jamar titled the “Yanadameen Godcast”.

PERE UBU

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In 1975, the Pere Ubu project was supposed to be an end, not a beginning. Assembled to be the Crosby Stills Nash & Young of the Cleveland music underground, the plan was to record one, maybe two singles and exist no more. Within months, however, those first self-produced records were being snapped up in London, Paris, Manchester, New York and Minneapolis. Pere Ubu was changing the face of rock music. Over the next four decades they defined the art of cult; refined the voice of the outsider; and inspired the likes of Joy Division, Pixies, Husker Du, Henry Rollins, REM, Sisters of Mercy, Thomas Dolby, Bauhaus, Julian Cope and countless others. With all their past material recently reissued, Pere Ubu are one of the few bands of that era still consistently producing new material that captures the attention of music critics worldwide.

17 MORE INCREDIBLE MUSIC ACTS:

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CHACHI CARVALHO

BOO CITY

DIRTY DURDIE

LA NEVE

MEDUSAH BLACK

RECTRIX

BLACK ACID PROPHECY

CONSUELO’S REVENGE

HARVEY GARBAGE + THE FLOWERS

LOOKERS

FINE.

THE VIENNAGRAM

SPACE HEATER

LE FEELING

THE DAILY NOTE PRESENTS FOOLISH HEART & MIZUCHI

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FOO FEST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: KERI KING
Keri King is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Providence, RI. She received her BFA in Illustration with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Today, Keri’s creative practice incorporates illustration, public art, storytelling and the occasional foray into performance. In 2016, Keri self-published her first narrative picture book, Spectacles & Spectators, and was awarded a grant from Providence Art, Culture + Tourism to create a multi-site installation for PVD Fest. She recently wrapped up a yearlong Creative Fellowship at Providence Public Library and is currently installing a series of murals up along the waterfront and Armory neighborhoods of Pawtucket, RI for the city’s annual arts festival. Keri also lives at AS220! For Foo Fest 2018, Keri will create designs that will be incorporated both into the festival itself and its promotion, including: the official hand-printed Foo poster; merchandise; site design; and more. On the day of, Keri and friend Carmel Dundon will be hosting Crowns & Costumes art activities for children and families from 1 PM – 6 PM – Keri will then lead the FOO FEST PARADE, featuring artwork made by children during the day, at 6:30 PM!

FOO FEST 2018 MC: RICKY RAINBOW BEARD
Ricky Rainbow Beard is the creator and host of a live theater production for children and their families called ‘The Rainbow Beard Show’. Held bi-monthly at the AS220 Black Box Theatre, it is equal parts spectacle and classroom. Audience participation is encouraged and each ‘show’ features special guests, recurring characters, minute-long dance parties, and a celebration of authentic feelings. Ricky Rainbow Beard will act as Foo Fest 2018’s MC throughout the day, entertaining kids and encouraging them to get involved with activities available across the site!

LIVE PRO(V) WRESTLING
Live Pro(v) Wrestling hosts monthly wrestling at AS220’s Black Box Theatre. To celebrate Foo Fest, the heroes and villains of Live Pro(v) will take their battle outside onto Empire Street! Take part in a family friendly show with characters such as a telekinetic meta-human-supervillain built in a mad scientist’s laboratory, a tuna with a wicked Rhode Island accent, a tyrannical king from the realm of Beaheadya, the world’s unluckiest pizza delivery guy, an easily distracted cat, and bunch of real meanies that are really asking for a bruisin’! LPW seeks to make a space that feels welcoming to both casual and die-hard supporters of professional wrestling, get there early to get your mind power-slammed!

PROVIDENCE COMICS CONSORTIUM

The Providence Comics Consortium teaches comics and cartooning at Providence Community Libraries all over Providence! AND they publish work by kids and comic artists of all stripes! At Foo Fest 2014 & 2015, the Providence Comic Consortium was on hand to pass out much-needed advice for Foo Fest goers to live by. It was a hit! The Consortium returns to Foo Fest 2018 with the promise of hands-on making activities. Who knows what kind of zany wackiness you’ll experience on the day!

Keith Munslow
Musician, storyteller, cartoonist, and stand-up comedian for kids will be bringing his special brand of entertainment to the festival. Keith has been performing at AS220 since we first began back in 1985. His comedy theatre show, The Empire Revue, takes place every month at AS220’s Main Stage. Keith also teaches and performs musical improv at The Providence Improv Guild (www.improvpig.com). As a composer, Keith has created original music for Perishable Theatre’s Shows for Young Audiences, as well as main stage productions, Manton Avenue Project, and choreographer Heidi Henderson.

rivers/rios/lives/vidas | loom project by Leslie Atik
Leslie will be bringing her looms from her studio outside to Empire Street during Foo Fest 2018. Please join her in weaving a new work that, once completed, will be installed in the Open Window at 115 Empire Street. Leslie is a work studio resident in AS220’s Dreyfus building. Leslie integrates her interests in language and textiles in her artwork. She has degrees in Spanish literature and linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in fibers from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

AND STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO ABOUT…

Sep
4
Tue
Visual Storytelling: Comic Book Artists & Illustrators @ AS220 Media Arts
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Tuesdays, September 4th, 11th, 8th and 26th; 6pm-9pm

Cost: $120

Register Online!

Any pro will tell you the road to becoming a better cartoonist or illustrator is storytelling. The art forms are all about conveying a narrative. This workshop is a perfect crash course for anyone wanting to learn how to make comics, graphic novels or illustrations that speak to a viewer. Whether it’s start forward, abstract, traditional or digital, all the basics will be covered in this intensive class. This workshop is geared for ages 13 and up.

Instructor : Steve Mardo is a freelance illustrator from Rhode Island who has studied

at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his BFA in illustration from MassArt in Boston. Clients include American Cancer Society, Northeastern Magazine, Dig Boston, The Pet Gazette, The Motif Magazine, Light Publications, Locust Moon Comics, Hope Media, Middle Center Productions, Improper Bostonian, Rhode Island Monthly. His art has also been showcased at Gallery X, AS220, 13 Forest Gallery, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center and Gallery 1988. Mardo independently prints his own comic Big Jackson through his comic book company Angry Baby Comics. www.stevemardo.com

 

Sep
11
Tue
Visual Storytelling: Comic Book Artists & Illustrators @ AS220 Media Arts
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Tuesdays, September 4th, 11th, 8th and 26th; 6pm-9pm

Cost: $120

Register Online!

Any pro will tell you the road to becoming a better cartoonist or illustrator is storytelling. The art forms are all about conveying a narrative. This workshop is a perfect crash course for anyone wanting to learn how to make comics, graphic novels or illustrations that speak to a viewer. Whether it’s start forward, abstract, traditional or digital, all the basics will be covered in this intensive class. This workshop is geared for ages 13 and up.

Instructor : Steve Mardo is a freelance illustrator from Rhode Island who has studied

at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his BFA in illustration from MassArt in Boston. Clients include American Cancer Society, Northeastern Magazine, Dig Boston, The Pet Gazette, The Motif Magazine, Light Publications, Locust Moon Comics, Hope Media, Middle Center Productions, Improper Bostonian, Rhode Island Monthly. His art has also been showcased at Gallery X, AS220, 13 Forest Gallery, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center and Gallery 1988. Mardo independently prints his own comic Big Jackson through his comic book company Angry Baby Comics. www.stevemardo.com

 

Sep
12
Wed
Intro to Podcasting @ AS220 Media Arts
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Wednesdays, Sept 12th, 19th and 26th , 6-9pm, $120

Instructor: Jacob Haller

Register here!

Listening to podcasts is a way to entertain yourself, keep yourself informed, and hear from people you wouldn’t otherwise hear from, and more and more people are starting to publish them. In this class, we will talk about different kinds of podcasts, what makes a good podcast, and go over the basics of recording and editing a podcast episode using Hindenburg Journalist, and publishing a podcast using a service like ShoutEngine or Libsyn. It’s recommended that you listen to at least one podcast before starting this class.  We will also record and release a short-run podcast.

Sep
18
Tue
Visual Storytelling: Comic Book Artists & Illustrators @ AS220 Media Arts
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Tuesdays, September 4th, 11th, 8th and 26th; 6pm-9pm

Cost: $120

Register Online!

Any pro will tell you the road to becoming a better cartoonist or illustrator is storytelling. The art forms are all about conveying a narrative. This workshop is a perfect crash course for anyone wanting to learn how to make comics, graphic novels or illustrations that speak to a viewer. Whether it’s start forward, abstract, traditional or digital, all the basics will be covered in this intensive class. This workshop is geared for ages 13 and up.

Instructor : Steve Mardo is a freelance illustrator from Rhode Island who has studied

at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his BFA in illustration from MassArt in Boston. Clients include American Cancer Society, Northeastern Magazine, Dig Boston, The Pet Gazette, The Motif Magazine, Light Publications, Locust Moon Comics, Hope Media, Middle Center Productions, Improper Bostonian, Rhode Island Monthly. His art has also been showcased at Gallery X, AS220, 13 Forest Gallery, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center and Gallery 1988. Mardo independently prints his own comic Big Jackson through his comic book company Angry Baby Comics. www.stevemardo.com

 

Sep
19
Wed
Intro to Podcasting @ AS220 Media Arts
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Wednesdays, Sept 12th, 19th and 26th , 6-9pm, $120

Instructor: Jacob Haller

Register here!

Listening to podcasts is a way to entertain yourself, keep yourself informed, and hear from people you wouldn’t otherwise hear from, and more and more people are starting to publish them. In this class, we will talk about different kinds of podcasts, what makes a good podcast, and go over the basics of recording and editing a podcast episode using Hindenburg Journalist, and publishing a podcast using a service like ShoutEngine or Libsyn. It’s recommended that you listen to at least one podcast before starting this class.  We will also record and release a short-run podcast.

Sep
23
Sun
Cyanotype Printmaking Workshop @ AS220 Printshop
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday, September 23rd, Cost: $45

Register herehttp://shop.as220.org/products/cyanotype

Easy, fun, and on National Checker’s Day!!

Cyanotype, a photographic printing process that results in a cyan-blue print, is the perfect place to start an education in alternative (non-silver) photographic processes.  Not only is this alternative process low in cost and simple to master, but it creates beautiful and distinctive results.  This class will be of interest to both photographers looking to broaden their printing options, and print based artists looking to add a photographic element to their work.

The class will begin with a discussion on sourcing, mixing and storing of the chemistry used in preparing the photographic emulsion.  Then basic digital negative preparation and enlargement will be covered, along with available options for printing.  This course will use a UV light source in the printshop, but printing with sunlight will also be discussed.

Once prints have been made, the techniques of bleaching and toning will be demonstrated and practiced.  Finishing techniques will be discussed, touching upon the archival qualities of the prints, to conclude the class.

Instructor: Rosemary Marchetta

Sep
25
Tue
Visual Storytelling: Comic Book Artists & Illustrators @ AS220 Media Arts
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Tuesdays, September 4th, 11th, 8th and 26th; 6pm-9pm

Cost: $120

Register Online!

Any pro will tell you the road to becoming a better cartoonist or illustrator is storytelling. The art forms are all about conveying a narrative. This workshop is a perfect crash course for anyone wanting to learn how to make comics, graphic novels or illustrations that speak to a viewer. Whether it’s start forward, abstract, traditional or digital, all the basics will be covered in this intensive class. This workshop is geared for ages 13 and up.

Instructor : Steve Mardo is a freelance illustrator from Rhode Island who has studied

at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his BFA in illustration from MassArt in Boston. Clients include American Cancer Society, Northeastern Magazine, Dig Boston, The Pet Gazette, The Motif Magazine, Light Publications, Locust Moon Comics, Hope Media, Middle Center Productions, Improper Bostonian, Rhode Island Monthly. His art has also been showcased at Gallery X, AS220, 13 Forest Gallery, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center and Gallery 1988. Mardo independently prints his own comic Big Jackson through his comic book company Angry Baby Comics. www.stevemardo.com

 

Sep
26
Wed
Intro to Podcasting @ AS220 Media Arts
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Wednesdays, Sept 12th, 19th and 26th , 6-9pm, $120

Instructor: Jacob Haller

Register here!

Listening to podcasts is a way to entertain yourself, keep yourself informed, and hear from people you wouldn’t otherwise hear from, and more and more people are starting to publish them. In this class, we will talk about different kinds of podcasts, what makes a good podcast, and go over the basics of recording and editing a podcast episode using Hindenburg Journalist, and publishing a podcast using a service like ShoutEngine or Libsyn. It’s recommended that you listen to at least one podcast before starting this class.  We will also record and release a short-run podcast.