Best things to do in RI this week: May 13-20

Spring weekend at the beach

She hosted me at “Spring Fest Weekend on the Beach.” Hush. Just send me the GPS address.

…but if you need more detail: The 12th annual Misquamicut Spring Fest weekend begins beach season in Westerly from May 13-15. Watch Block Island from the top of the ferris wheel, slide the super slide, jump on bumper cars, tilt the vortex and the fun house. Do I need more? How about a car show, live music, artisan vendors, a beer and wine tent, and food: think sausage and peppers, fried dough, “bacon” (interesting), cider and donuts, tacos, kettle corn, pizza, seafood, And (you guessed it) Dell.

Meanwhile, kids can enjoy story time, face painting, and, according to the South County Tourism website, tricks of magicians Larry and David. (There’s an “and” there, HBO fans. Although I’d pay anything to see Larry David try to pull a rabbit out of a hat on a Rhode Island beach.) 257 Atlantic Ave. , Westerly. $10 up front, $12 door. Children under 7 years free of charge. 401-322-1026. details hereAnd here And here.

don’t win

Catch it while you can. South Kingstown’s best-selling crime novelist has announced this is his last writing tour, turning his attention to political films. His latest work, City on Fire, is set in Providence. After appearing on MSNBC and “CBS This Morning,” Winslow made two stops in the state: May 13 at Providence’s Columbus Theater ($35, ticket price includes a copy of the book), and May 14 at Westerly’s United Theater ($10 talk or $38 a conversation and a hardcover copy) details here And here. Meet Winslow here.

tree tours

Nature lovers, tour Portsmouth’s Toad Hall with the Newport Tree Conservancy. According to the tour description, the coastal area is “a major act of landscape planning and care,” including tulips, azaleas, rhododendrons, and trees, with views of the Sakonite River. $15. May 14. Parking instructions will be provided to registrants in the confirmation email. Register here.

Beer Festival on a mission

Well, that sounds cool: The first RIDEA – Rhode Island Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, and Action – Festival of Craft Beverages is May 14 at the Isle Brewers Guild in Pawtucket. According to the website, “This nonprofit festival plans to highlight women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ breweries, wineries, and spirits producers from RI and beyond.” The money will go to the Johnson & Wales Scholarship “which helps people from diverse backgrounds pursue a career in the beverage industry.” Holiday tickets $40; Designated driver tickets $10. 6 pm Learn more here And here.

cat poses

Tired: Goat yoga. Wired: Kitten Yoga/Pilates. It’s real, folks. Johnston’s Community Cat Center offers yoga and Pilates classes with kittens and kittens. Bio mat, towel and water, get ready for purr-It’s a good time. $17.31, May 15. Yoga Classes 9:30 and 11 a.m. Pilates 12:30 p.m. 39 Putnam Pike, Johnston. Details (and photos) here.

Take it outside

Irish music fans note: Blackstone River Theater kicks off its 2022 “Take It Outside” concert series with Boston-based Irish music duo Matt and Shannon Heaton on May 15 at 4 p.m. in a “new outdoor concert space located behind Blackstone River Theatre, according to a statement. Press: This will be the first of five outdoor parties to be held on Sundays. #OutdoorMusicSeason. $15. Folding chairs are available, but feel free to bring your own chair or blanket. Book in advance online or call 401-725-9272. 549 Broad Street, Cumberland. details here. Meet the artists here.

Tori Amos

Singer/songwriter/activist Tori Amos plays The Vets in Providence on May 16. The eight-time Grammy nominee was popular, followed for decades by albums such as “Little Earthquakes” and “Under the Pink.” She also used her platform to “address serious issues of female gender,” Billings states. Amos – who splits her time between Cornwall, England and Florida – is currently on her “Ocean to Ocean” tour. Tickets from $49.50. 7:30 pm 1 Arts Street. 401-421-2787. details here.

Cycling in the shape of a moonflower with poems by Mary Oliver

My little head exploded with sensory overload. Dig this up: Every month at the full moon, Bike Newport hosts a free 15-mile overnight ride through downtown Newport to Fort Adams, around the beautiful Ocean Ring and along the mansions on Bellevue Street. They also read poems from “Twelve Moons” by Mary Oliver. This month, they ride on the Moonflower on May 16th. Next up: Strawberry Moon on June 14 #OverTheMoon. Registration is free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m. at Equity Park. details here.

Few happy equations

Grab a Bob Ross with nature painting class in Warren. She will use “a variety of techniques such as gum painting, scrubbing, scraping, wet-in-wet, dipping, and detail work” to create a watercolor meadow scene, according to the event description. #HappyLittleFlowers. All materials included. $30. May 16, 6-8 p.m. Torrester Mill, 91 Main Street, Warren. details here.

Go on, Van Gogh

This is not a training, folks. It finally happens. “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” exhibit opens at the Rhode Island Convention Center May 17 through July 8.

A bit of backstory: I fell in love with Vincent van Gogh’s work in the eighth grade, when we had to pick an artist for an art class report. There’s just something about it–the paint strokes, the pain, the letters to Theo–that I just feel. Whenever we go to the RISD Museum, I stand in front of each of his works for about 20 minutes. I’m only somewhere else when I see him.

I’m not alone. The show has sold nearly 3 million tickets globally. Guests immerse themselves in nearly 300 masterpieces, comprised of over 4 trillion HD pixels, from The Starry Night to Sunflowers. We’ll also listen to “Van Gogh’s Thoughts and Words Set to a Symphony,” according to show information. # Bright nights. details here.

Ruby on the big screen

The popular Netflix movie “Rescued by Ruby” – which tells the true story of a Rhode Island State Police sergeant and his trusted dog Ruby – appears on the big screen at The Historic Park Theater and Event Center in Cranston on May 18 at 6 p.m. Hosted by Rhode Island PBS. For families participating in a Q&A with Trooper Dan O’Neill and Robbie; There will be film producers and “other special guests,” according to the event description. free. 848 Park Ave., Cranston. Doors open at 5:30pm, Show at 6pm, Q&A at 7:30pm Registration here. Read more here.

Farewell with “fair offer”

Trinity Rep wraps up the 2021-22 season with “Fairview,” the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winner Jackie Siebless Drury. Directed by Brown University/Trinity Repertory, Christopher Windom, this show runs from May 19 to June 19.

According to Trinity’s summary: Beverly Frasier, a middle-class, suburban black mom, attends a family dinner for her mom’s birthday party. Too many pressures threaten to spoil the perfect family dinner. “The play takes a surprising direction that explores the white worldview, racial stereotypes, and life as a black person in a white supremacist society in a bold theatrical way.” Tickets from $27. 201 Washington Street, Providence. 401-351-4242. details here.

blue man group

They are bald. They’re blue. They are men. You guessed it: It’s the Blue Man collection. For nearly 30 years, the world has been fascinated by blue men’s rhythms and innovative instruments. Captured at PPAC May 20-22. Tickets from $20. 220 Wibosite Providence St.. 401-421-2787. details here.

Get your own

Tea and scones at the palace? Yes, please, Carson. Just as the new Downton Abbey movie appears on the silver screen, Bristol’s lavish Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum offers afternoon tea – hot or iced tea, with fresh-cut scones and clotted cream – with views of their lush grounds. BYOH (hat, that is) #DowntonTime. Tickets from $15. May 20, 1pm 101 Ferry Rd, Bristol. details here.

Until next week, Rudy: Keep rocking.


Lauren Daley can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @laurendaley1.

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