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Discover the best events, activities, live music, entertainment and things to do in and around Newport, RI this weekend!

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1 . Live Improv Comedy: Friday at 8pm & Saturday at 8pm and 10pm

The Bit Players, RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe, hits the stage at The Firehouse Theater with their hilarious improv show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, & the quickest wit you’ll ever see EVERY Fri & Sat night at 8pm. All shows are BYOB! More info and tickets at www.bitplayers.net(Full Disclosure: This business is an advertiser on What’sUpNewp.com)

2. Movie Night at Kay Chapel: Friday at 7pm

Head to Kay Chapel at Hotel Viking for their monthly movie night, January’s feature will be Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs! Free admission and popcorn to the movie

3 . Wine Tasting and Pairing: Saturday

Join Grenvale Vineyards for a fun night of wine tasting and painting. Get your creative juices flowing by enjoying a sample of Greenvale Vineyards’ seven (7) estate wines! Mermaid Masterpieces will then take you step by step to create a work of art directly on to a wine bottle! Feel free to pack snacks, as wine will be available to purchase as you paint. $50 per person includes wine tasting and all art supplies and instruction! 401-847-3777

4. Ballard Park’s January Hike: Saturday at 2pm

Friends of Ballard Park is hosting a guided hike on January 23 from 2 to 3pm. FBP Staff will share information about the sites history and the winter dwellers living in Ballard Park. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Suggested donation is $5. Call 401.619.3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org to register. Drop-ins welcome. Rain date: Jan 24.


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5.Winter Speaker Series: Saturday at 2pm

How does Russia perceive the west? Join Newport Art Museum on Saturday afternoon as Peter Zwack, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general who served as the U.S. senior defense official and attache to the Russian Federation, explores this idea in-depth. Lecture takes place in the Ilgenfitz Gallery in the Griswold House. Light refreshments to follow. Tickets Available

6. Viking Wine Festival Features Donelan Family Wine: Saturday at 7pm

One Bellevue, the award-winning restaurant at Hotel Viking in Newport, has announced the Viking Wine Festival, a sequence of exceptional winemaker-hosted dinners featuring some of the top personalities from the world of wine.

Held twice a month from January to March, the Viking Wine Festival will launch on January 23 and end on March 19, 2016.  Structured to include many of the winemakers attending the Boston Wine Festival, the creation of the Viking Wine Festival now offers a unique and exciting wine and food series in Rhode Island.

Featured winemakers will pair their wines with a four-course prix-fixe menu designed by Chef Barry Correia of One Bellevue. Keeping true to the Festival’s long-time approach of tasting the wines first, then developing the menu based on the flavor profiles, Chef Correia will work with each winemaker to craft a menu that showcases Rhode Island’s harvests and flavors. Each menu will present pairings that best enhance the flavors of both the featured wine and food.

All dinners start at 7pm. The Opus One Winery dinner is $175 per person. All other wine dinners are $95 per person. For more information or to make a reservation at one Bellevue, call 401-848-4813 or email Vikdining@hotelviking.com.

7. Fiddlers and Fisherman: Saturday at 6:30pm (NOTE: This event has been rescheduled to April 2nd)

Common Fence Music presents A Gathering of Fiddlers and Fishermen #17 with Master of Ceremonies Ilana Katz on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. The Irish Session begins when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Stage performances begin by 7:20 p.m.  The performance will take place at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, R.I. This is an all ages show, suitable to the whole family.

The cost of admission is $15. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets anytime, and at the door until sold out. Call Brown Paper Tickets toll free at (800) 838-3006 or contact them via commonfencemusic.org. Advance purchase is advised for this performance.

8. Roger Williams Park Zoo Day at Newport Skating Center: Sunday starting at 10am

It’s Roger Williams Park Zoo Member Day! Zoo members, who present their membership card and corresponding ID, get free skating admission for everyone in their group! Happy Skating in Newport’s winter wonderland with Roger Williams Park Zoo!

9. Classical and Flamenco Guitarist Pablo Gimnez Hecht: Sunday at 3:30pm

The Redwood Library will present Spanish guitarist Pablo Gimnez Hecht in a special concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, in the Harrison Room.His performance at the Redwood will include a diverse program of guitar solos by classical composers Torroba, Albniz, and Falla, paired with flamenco works by Escudero, Sabicas, and Paco de Luca. Admission is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. We do ask that you make a reservation at 401-847-0295, ext. 112, as seating is limited.

10 – Playing With Shakespeare: Sunday at 3pm

Enjoy an afternoon of Shakespeare at Jamestown Arts Center without the intimidation factor! This free, all ages event requires no experience, acting talent, or knowledge of Shakespeare! Join Emmy Award winning actress Laurie Heineman at the Jamestown Arts Center on Sunday, January 24 at 3:00pm for a lighthearted ‘open call’ theater workshop for absolutely everyone interested in having some fun.

No experience is needed. The curious of all ages are invited! The program includes laughs, tears and totally inauthentic Elizabethan costumes. Guaranteed fun, no trauma! Please register in advance to reserve a spot. Walk-ins welcome if space allows.

Laurie is an experienced Shakespearean who loves to have fun. She will tell the story, act out scenes, and then lead as everyone reads, frolics, dresses up, and plays a short version of a Shakespearean Masterpiece.

THIS PROGRAM IS FREE (did we mention free?!)

Spot Heineman in the film SPOTLIGHT as Judge Sweeney, now playing at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, RI through December 24.

Friday Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Buskers: Live music from 9pm to 1am. No Cover.
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10pm. No cover.
  • Clarke Cooke House: DJ & Dancing in the Boom Boom Room from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge): Live music with Matt Kearns from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live entertainment with Comedic Leanings – 1/23/16 at 7pm and THE SILKS / THE RED PENNYS / ZACK SLIK – presented by tweed leisure at 8:30pm.
  • Jo’s Bistro: Live music with John & Joanne from 7pm to 10pm. No cover.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music at 10pm. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music at 9pm.
  • One Pelham East: Live music with Blue Lights Band at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music with Soule Monde at 9pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Chopville from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live Reggae music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music at 8:30pm. No cover.

Saturday Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Buskers: Live music with Brian Twohey from 8pm to 1am. No Cover.
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10pm. No cover.
  • Clarke Cooke House: Live music with The HonkyTonk Knights from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm and 10pm.
  • Genie’s Hookah Lounge: DJ & Dancing at 9pm.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge) Live Music with Dan Duran from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with The Dawn Drapes, Glass Machines, Mammal Dap – 1/23/16 at 9pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar:  Live music with Justin Pomfret from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Narragansett Cafe: Live music at 9pm. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music at 9pm.
  • Newport Grand: Live music at 9pm.
  • O’brien’s Pub – DJ C-Gray from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • One Pelham East: Live music with Never In Vegas at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music with Magic Circle – Lord Almighty – Dark Ritual at 9pm.
  • Saltwater at Newport Harbor Hotel: Live music with Steve Mortrude from 7pm-10pm. No cover.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Chopville from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live music at 10pm. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music at 8:30pm. No cover.

Sunday Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Clarke Cooke House: Live music with Bobby Ferreira from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. No cover.
  • Fastnet Pub: Live traditional Irish Music from 6pm to 9pm. No cover.
  • Jimmy’s: Live Music Kitchen & Tap Takeover at 9pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music with Justin Pomfret from 4pm to 7pm. No cover.
  • O’brien’s Pub: Karaoke at 9:30pm
  • Parlor Newport: Live music at 6pm.
  • Pour Judgement: Live music with Los Duderinos from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Stu Sinclair at 8:30pm. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music from 2pm to 5pm. No cover

Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

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