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Our weekly look at arts and culture in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

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Rhode Island Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra play together with a powerful sound

Members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra had a rare opportunity this past weekend when they performed at the Vets alongside the professional musicians of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Artscape producer James Baumgartner visited a rehearsal before the performance to talk with the young people about the experience.

Rhode Island Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra play together with a powerful sound

Three performers own the stage in 'Faith Healer' at the Gamm Theatre

Artscape producer James Baumgartner and morning host Luis Hernandez review The Gamm Theatre's production of "Faith Healer," the 1979 drama by Irish playwright Brian Friel. The play runs through Jan. 29.

Funda Fest celebrates history and the art of Black storytelling

Funda Fest is celebrating its twenty-fifth year with two weeks of storytelling, starting this Saturday. Morning Host Luis Hernandez talked with one of the featured storytellers, Antonio Rocha as well as Valerie Tutson, executive director of Rhode Island Black Storytellers and Funda Fest.

The radio version of a Christmas classic told on the Gamm stage

The Gamm Theater is bringing back their annual production of a Christmas favorite, "It's A Wonderful Life," this time with a twist: they're performing the story as an old-time radio show.

Craftland celebrates 20 years as a home for art and handmade crafts

For twenty years, Craftland has featured the work of artists and craftspeople in its small shop on Westminster street in Providence. It started as a temporary holiday art show and store, before the term pop-up shop was even popular. Artscape producer James Baumgartner and morning host Luis Hernandez talked with Margaret Carleton, one of the store's founders, and Deb Dormody, who has been involved with the store since its earliest days.

Pandemic redefined how Providence Community Libraries serve the public

Libraries play a crucial role in providing books, educational opportunities, and essential resources to the public. But when the pandemic hit, libraries had to redefine how they serve their communities. Morning host Luis Hernandez recently spoke about the evolving role of libraries with Cheryl Space, Library Director at Community Libraries of Providence.

Pandemic redefined how Providence Community Libraries serve the public

The myths and history of the first Thanksgivings

New Englanders will gather today for another Thanksgiving, but many may be unaware of the origins and history of the annual American tradition. Paul Robinson and John Brown III recently gave a presentation at the Rochambeau community library in Providence called "The Myths of Thanksgiving." John Brown is the Narragansett Indian Tribe's Medicine Man and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. Paul Robinson is the former state archeologist for Rhode Island and retired part-time professor at Rhode Island College. Artscape producer James Baumgartner and morning host Luis Hernandez talked with Paul in our studio and John joined us by phone.

The Dirt Palace turns historic Wedding Cake House into a home for artists and visitors alike

For more than 30 years, the Wedding Cake House stood empty and abandoned on Broadway in Providence. In 2017, an arts organization took control of the building. After three years of renovations, it's a work of art on its own. Now the house hosts residencies for artists, along with a bed and breakfast business that supports the organization.

The Dirt Palace turns historic Wedding Cake House into a home for artists and visitors alike

As industry crumbles, friends collide in 'Sweat' at The Gamm

The Gamm Theatre's production of "Sweat" is on now at their home in Warwick. Artscape producer James Baumgartner spoke with morning host Luis Hernandez about the play.

"What Problem?" explores isolation and community through movement at the Vets

The Bill T Jones / Arnie Zane company is performing on Friday night at The Vets, as part of a residency produced by First Works and the Brown Arts Institute. We'll also hear from four artists who share their perspectives on the midterm election.

"What Problem?" explores isolation and community through movement at the Vets