The Revolving Door

Photo of Revolving Door, the home of Battle Chefs

Just when you would think events, activities and things to do would be slowing down in and around Newport; we have a hard time narrowing down the best things to do this week!

There’s a lot of unique and fun events happening around town this week, get out of the house and try something new!

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1 – Mermaid Masterpieces At Van Gogh Pizza!

Monday, November 16th from 6pm – 8pm at VanGogh Pizza

Go paint the Newport Bridge with the crew at VanGogh Pizza! $35 lets you enjoy a fresh slice of their slammin pizza, a soda and everything you need to paint! VanGogh is byob!! Seating is limited, its suggested that you RSVP and pay in advance for a guaranteed spot! MORE INFO

2 – Trademarks & Copyright For The Artist

Tuesday, November 17th at 9am at Preservation Society of Newport County

The Arts & Cultural Alliance, in collaboration with The Preservation Society of Newport County, will present an informational seminar, “Trademarks & Copyrights for the Artist,” The seminar is free and open to all practicing artists, performers, musicians and artisans in Newport County. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. MORE INFO

3 – Star Kids Sip and Shop

Tuesday, November 17th from 5pm – 7pm at Groovy Gator

Start your holiday shopping with Star Kids, Groovy Gator and Inspired Nautical!

4 – Arts Around The Fire

Tuesday, November 17th from 6-8pm at Salvation Café

Arts Around the Fire is an opportunity for artists, writers, performers and arts patrons to chat with colleagues about events and accomplishments in the Newport County cultural community and learn about new ideas and good work being done. MORE INFO

5 – Adopt Your Very Own MVP

Tuesday, November 17th at Potter League For Animals

Potter League For Animals, will host a “Adopt Your Very Own MVP” event, a one-day-only Cat Adoption Special, on Tuesday , November 17th.

The first 10 cats – 2 years and older – will be offered at a $9.00 adoption fee. The standard adoption rate for a cat is usually $125.00. MORE INFO

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6 – BattleChefs

Tuesday, November 17th at 8pm at Revolving Door

Rhode Island’s best chefs go toe to toe weekly and are dealt an exotic secret ingredient and 45 minutes to impress the crowd and judges. $20 per person (includes 1 drink) .

Dan Knerr of The Black Pearl will take on Nemo Bolin of Cook and Brown Public Ale House. Tickets for Battle Chefs will are available at or by phone at (401)846-0400.

7 – Class French Food & Wine Classes: Burgundy

Wednesday, November 18th from 6pm – 9pm at Le Petit Cafe

Chef Charvet is a classically trained chef from Avignon who loves to teach! This Burgundy focused class will play on the earthier flavors of fall, squashes, mushrooms, meats and cheeses that are regionally appropriate, and for wines, pinot and chardonnay. This region bespeaks a certain quality of elegance and power that is a reflection of the import they carry in their culture; the wines and the foods of Burgundy are so elevated! MORE INFO

8 – Holiday Tasting Event

Thursday, November 19th from 5pm – 8pm at Cru Cafe

Join Cru Cafe for the most festive time of year! Vickers’ Liquors will be hosting a complimentary tasting of over 50 wines just in time for the holidays! Get some great gift-giving ideas, or learn what to pair with your holiday meal.

Treat yourself to brand-new menu items and some classics during this event. Dinner will be served buffet style for $20 per person. MORE INFO

*Disclosure: In an effort to always give full disclosure when we mention advertisers, sponsors and partners; we’d like to give you a heads up that Cru Cafe is a current advertiser on What’sUpNewp.

9 – Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Party

Thursday, November 19th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Newport Vineyards

Join the Norman Bird Sanctuary Board of Directors and staff for their Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Party at Newport Vineyards on Thursday, November 19th. Together you’ll look back on another eventful year and reflect on milestones. This is also the chance to celebrate volunteers who generously donate their time and energy to the organization, while recognizing a few who deserve special acknowledgement. Includes light refreshments and wine tasting. Free, but please register ahead of time so they know you’re going!

10 – Documentary Short Films from the Rhode Island International Film Festival

Thursday, November 19th at 7pm at Jamestown Arts Center

The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) will screen five short documentary films from the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) on Thursday November 19th at its Third Thursday short film series. Total runtime of the show 90 minutes. MORE INFO

Have A Great Week In Newport!

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.