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

Beer Pairing Dinner with Wachusett Brewing Company

Wednesday at 6pm at Hotel Viking

Enjoy a $39 price fix beer pairing dinner at Hotel Viking. Enjoy special guests from the brewery (or distributor) to tell you about your beer. #VikingBeerDinner Menu: Appetizer: Meatballs – beer gravy, Entrée: Coq au Vin – chicken, mushroom, red wine and Dessert: Beer Ice Cream – peanut tuille.

The Jetsons, Redux with Joan Johnson-Freese

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

The 2016 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on May 4 with Joan Johnson-Freese, Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College, who will discuss how technologies seen in the classic mid-century TV show are being carried out today by governments and private sector organizations in the U.S. Honeymoons in orbit, mining asteroids, space weapons and Helium 3 aren’t just parts of movie plots anymore! Joan Johnson-Freese has been a member of the faculty of the Naval War College since 2002. Previously, she was on the faculty at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, HI; the Air War College in Montgomery, AL; and Director of the Center for Space Policy & Law at the University of Central Florida. Within international and national security studies, Dr. Johnson-Freese focuses on globalization and technology programs and policies generally, and space programs and policies specifically, including issues relating to technology transfer, missile defense, and space security. 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.

Cinco De Mayo at The Wharf Pub

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo and try Stone’s XOCOVEZA on Nitro! Enjoy $10 Taco Plates at the Wharf Pub!”

Horses, Slaves and Sugar: Rhode Island and the 18th Century Atlantic World

Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Newport Historical Society

The early history of Rhode Island horses is entwined with sugar, slaves and the slave trade. Merchants in Newport and Providence shipped Rhode Island horses far and wide to sugar colonies around the Atlantic. As Dr. Carrington-Farmer will discuss, Rhode Islanders were uniquely equipped to meet the incredible demand for horses. Horses, Slaves and Sugar will consider the specific horse breeds that Rhode Islanders developed, including the Narragansett Pacer, and will look at how horses crossed the Atlantic, the types of ships that were used, the supplies that were necessary and the related dangers. Through statistical analysis of merchant account books, Dr. Carrington-Farmer will examine where exactly Rhode Islander merchants sent their horses and with what frequency. She will show how Rhode Island’s success—and eventual decline—in the equine industry was directly tied to the wider currents of the Atlantic, particularly the sugar and slave markets.Horses, Slaves and Sugar takes place at the Newport Historical Society’s Resource Center at 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI. General admission costs $5 per person; $1 for NHS members along with active duty and retired military. Please RSVP to 401-846-0813 x110 or email mdelaire@newporthistory.org.

Milk & Honey Wine & Cheese Pairing Class

Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm at Newport Vineyards 

Enjoy an evening with a Latin inspiration as our wine and cheese experts take you on a journey through Milk & Honey cheeses paired with Newport Vineyards wines. PLUS! Receive $5 a purchase of $25 or more in the Marketplace that evening only.* Dine at Brix following the class to cap off the night in front of their fireplace. Thursday, May 5th | 6pm – 7:30pm. $42 per person

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 with Yacht Club Rejects from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
Perro Salado: Live music with Julio Amaro from 6pm to 9pm. No cover.
Tuesday

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 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.
Thursday

Celtica: Trivia at 9pm
Hibernian Hall: Live music with The Playboys at 6pm.
Jimmy’s Saloon: Open mic at 9pm.
Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music 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 Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).