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Discover the best events, activities and things to do during March in and around Newport, RI.

(In chronological order)

1 – Newport Restaurant Week 

April 1 – 10

Treat your taste buds to this extraordinary culinary experience featuring seasonal menus highlighting local flavor at more than 50 participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol Counties. Pre-fixe menus offer $16 three-course lunches and $35 three-course dinners. discovernewportrestaurantweek.org

2 – Fergus M. Bordewich on the First Congress

Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7pm at Redwood Library

The 2016 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series begins on April 6 with author Fergus M. Bordewich, who will discuss his new book, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. Bordewich tells the little known story of perhaps the most productive Congress in U.S. history, the First Federal Congress of 1789-1791. Bordewich argues that this first Congress was the most important in America’s history because it established how our government would actually function. Had it failed – as many at the time feared it would – it’s possible that the United States as we know it would not exist today. “Bordewich brings back to life the ‘practical, impatient, and tired politicians’ who transformed the parchment of the US Constitution into the flesh and blood of a national government. . . . Anyone curious about the origins of today’s much-maligned national legislature will marvel at this hair-raising story of stunning political creativity.”— Richard A. Baker, US Senate Historian Emeritus and co-author of The American Senate: An Insider’s History Fergus Bordewich is the author of several books, among them Washington: The Making of the American Capital; Bound for Canaan; and America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and was a Washington Post Notable Book.. As a journalist, he has written widely on political and cultural subjects in Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications.Wine and cheese will be served at 5:30 pm followed by the talk at 6:00 pm. Free for members; $10 for non-members. Please call the Redwood Reservation Line at 401.847.0292, ext. 112, to reserve your spot. Seating is limited.

3 – Laugh For A Good Cause

Wednesday at 7pm at Gas Lamp Grille | Facebook Event

This is the Fouth Annual Laugh for a Good Cause Comedy Show. This is a great fundraiser for our Relay for Life team, Embracing the Cure, as it has been a hit every year, It’s also a great evening for those in attendance. This year get yourself ready for 4 fantastic acts including The Bit Players coming back for an encore. Note that we have a change in venue, The Gaslamp will be providing light snacks for the event, If you’d care to have dinner before the show you can get 10% off of your meal by showing your ticket to the show, I highly reccomend reservations if you plan on eating dinner there, We’ve also gotten Sam Adams to come on as an additional sponsor this year, $3 of evey $4 Sam Adams specially chosen beer will be contributed to our relay for life team. as usual… There will be raffles and silent auctions galore!!!! Plenty of things to bid on! Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25 in advance or $20 per personat the door. The tickets are at the printers now but please don’t wait… please contact Beth, Frank, or Kerry through a message here or call Beth at 401 626-2197. Come back to this page soon and often for exciting news!!!

4 – Food, Faith & Fellowship in Colonial New England: A talk with Lori Stokes, Ph.D

Thursday at 5:30pm at Newport Historical Society

Food historian Lori Stokes will explore what food and dining meant to Puritans and offer a better understanding of their definition of community. She will review their practical cooking techniques, some of which persisted in New England for hundreds of years, while others persist in new forms. Attendees can enter the world of 17th century Puritan foodways and “sit down” at their tables for a lively conversation. The conversation will begin at 5:30. Admission: $5.00, $1.00 for NHS members.

5 – Island Moving Company Open Rehearsal

Friday from 7pm to 9:30pm | Facebook Event

Please join us on Friday April 8th for our 2nd Open Reheasal of 2016. Enjoy an informal evening of dance at our studio. Chat with guest choreographers Bill Evans and Mark Harootian and IMC dancers.

This event is free but due to overwhelming turnout in February we ask you to reserve your space in advance. Please bring your favorite beverage to share!

When you register, we will enter your name to win a ticket to our VETS performance, “Moment to Moment” on April 23rd

Live Music, Entertainment & Comedy Listings

Monday

  • Diegos: Trivia at 9pm
  • Fastnet: Live music with The Ubiquitones from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Fifth Element: Live music with The Groove Merchants from 7pm to 10pm
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Perro Salado: Live music with Julio Amaro from 6pm to 9pm. No cover.

Tuesday

  • Empire Tea & Coffee (Broadway Location): Acoustic folk jam at 7:30pm.
  • O’brien’s: Trivia at 9:30pm
  • Wharf Pub: Open Mic at 8pm.

Wednesday

  • Buskers: Open mic night with Mike Warner from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Fastnet: Pub Trivia at 9pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music at 8pm
  • Norey’s Star Restaurant: Live music with at 9pm. No cover.
  • Perro Salado: Live music with The Throttles from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Sardella’s: Live jazz music at 7:30pm. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live jazz music at 7pm.

Thursday

  • Celtica: Trivia at 9pm
  • Hibernian Hall: Live music with The Playboys at 6pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Open mic at 9pm.
  • Norey’s Star Restaurant: Live jazz music at 7:30pm. No cover.
  • Perro Salado:  Live music with The HonkyTonk Knights from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Justin Pomfret at 9pm.
  • Wharf Pub: Bingo at 8pm

Friday

  • 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 from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with at 9pm.
  • 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 at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music 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.

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.