What’s Up in February: Events you shouldn’t miss

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

We’ve left off the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. For Super Bowl Sunday, you can find a round-up of what’s happening at bars and restaurants here – Super Bowl 53: Local restaurants, bars hold events, specials

We’ll have more on Valentine’s Day specials, events, and menus soon.

Here’s a look at some of what’s happening in February.

1. 91st Annual Winter Speaker Series at Newport Art Museum (Feb. 2, 9, 16, & 23)

Since 1928, the Winter Speaker Series has been a cornerstone of the Newport Art Museum’s (then the Art Association of Newport’s) annual programming. Each year the Winter Speaker Series Committee and Museum staff curate this series to reflect a broad spectrum of provocative visions and voices to educate, illuminate and inspire. Now, incredibly in its 91st year, the 2019 series is sure to engage audience members from across the region with six thought provoking talks.

Each lecture will be followed by audience Q&A, and continued conversation in the galleries over hot tea, coffee, and scrumptious light fare and desserts, courtesy of Blenheim-Newport, a Benchmark Senior Living Community.

February 2

Vincent Cannato, Associate Professor of History, UMass Boston
The Ellis Island Effect: Attitudes Towards Immigration, Then and Now

February 9

Richard Dowling, Acclaimed concert pianist and lecturer
Great Scott! – A Joplin Celebration

February 16

Sarah Humphreville, Senior Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art
Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables

February 23

David Cooper, The James V. Forrestal Professor of National Security Affairs, U. S. Naval War College
Who’s Afraid of the “Deep State”? The Influence of Bureaucracy on National Security

For more information, visit https://newportartmuseum.org/events/category=winter-speaker-series/.

2. Schumann Piano Concert at Redwood Library (Feb. 3)

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The Redwood is delighted to welcome back classical pianist Clemens Teufel on Sunday, February 3 at 3:00 pm. Mr. Teufel will present Scenes from Childhood op. 15, Four piano pieces op. 32 and Kreisleriano op. 16. A discussion of Schumann’s music to follow the concert. 

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Clemens Teufel received his first piano lessons at the age of seven. Described as “Red-hot German Pianist” by the Cape Ann Beacon and commended for “incredibly sensitive playing” by the Weilheimer Tagblatt, Teufel studied at the Academy of Music in Weimar, founded by famed Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt in 1872, and graduated with honors in the master class of Professor Lev Natochenny from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Clemens Teufel has appeared in concerts throughout Europe and the United States.

More info at https://www.redwoodlibrary.org/.

3. Mario The Maker Magician at The Firehouse Theater (Feb. 3)

David Blaine calls Mario “the best kids magician in the world!!” He’ll be at Firehouse Theater this weekend.

As seen on Sesame Street and NBC Universals Sprout Channel, NYCs Mario the Maker Magician is making his way to Newport in February!

David Blaine calls Mario “the best kids magician in the world!!” and even brought him on tour in 2018 as his opening act! 

More than just a performer, Mario the Maker Magician is also an inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEAM initiatives and his integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. Regardless, he never sacrifices the old-school slapstick vibe that audiences so love. Its vintage meets the future. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age, with a mad inventor twist.

You can see Mario the Maker Magician live on Sunday, February 3rd at 11 am or 3 pm at The Firehouse Theater, home of The Bit Players.

The show is recommended for ages 3-10, and their families! The length of performance is approximately 50-60 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets are $10 for ages 2 – 12 and $20 for ages $13 and up. For tickets and more information, visit https://marioinnewport.brownpapertickets.com/.

For more information about Mario, please visit www.mariothemagician.com.

4. ‘Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration’ at Jane Pickens Theater (Feb. 7)

Last November, an incredible array of singers and musicians came together to honor one of the world’s most remarkable artists, Joni Mitchell, on her 75th birthday.

The hand-selected group of peers and protégés including Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, Rufus Wainwright and more paid tribute to the iconic artist, performing songs from all stages of Mitchell’s life and career, across her entire catalog of 19 studio albums.

The birthday celebration was captured over two nights in November 2018 by The Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and will be shown in cinemas nationwide on February 7, 2019.S

Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration features the entire concert, along with special behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists.

As an artist, Mitchell performed with an emotional honesty that resonated with a wide audience. The unifying effect of Mitchell’s music rings out with a closing group singalong to “Big Yellow Taxi” during which Mitchell herself is captured on camera. But the biggest moment, the most emotional, is saved for the end when the celebrated singer takes to the stage to blow out candles on a cake after the crowd serenades her with “Happy Birthday.”

In Rhode Island, the film will be shown on February 7th at Jane Pickens Theater in Newport at 7:30 pm and Showcase Cinemas in Warwick at 7 pm.

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5. Oscar Shorts – Animated at Jane Pickens Theater (Feb. 8 – 10)

For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 8th. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 24th.

Oscar shorts animated to play at The JPT on February 8th-10th

Oscar nominated films: 

Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neimann-Cobb, USA, 8 minutes

Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall and Nuria Gonzalez Blanco, Ireland, 10 minutes

Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden and David Fine, Canada, 14 minutes

Weekends – Trevor Jimenez, USA, 16 minutes

One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, USA, 8 minutes

For showtimes and tickets, visit http://janepickens.com/shows/oscar-shorts-2019-animated-live-action

6. Newport Art Museum to welcome FUSION Pop-up Shop (Feb. 14)

The Newport Art Museum, in collaboration with The Sandee Saunders Project, has announced they will present FUSION Pop-up Shop featuring a selection of work by ten artists and designers. The Shop will debut Thursday, February 14 from 5 – 7 pm during the Museum’s popular monthly late night event, Art After Dark. It will also open Friday, February 15 from 12 – 4 pm and Saturday, February 16 from 12 – 4 pm. The Shop will take place in the Museum’s Elizabeth Conklin Museum Shop at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 

Featured fashion designers include Esteban Cortazar, Carlos de Moya, ISOUDE by Kate Brierley and Marc Allen. The Shop will also feature two jewelry designers: Cara Croninger and Laura Herrera. Handbags by Kent Stetson, condiments from Newport Sea Salt, and stationery from artists Kate Hoyt-Psaki and Mary Chatowsky-Jameson will also be featured.

Each item was selected by Sandee Saunders, a fashion curator, life-stylist and collaborist through her brand, The Sandee Saunders Project.

More info at https://whatsupnewp.com/2019/01/newport-art-museum-to-welcome-fusion-pop-up-shop-curated-by-the-sandee-saunders-project/

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7. 31st Annual Newport Winter Festival (Feb. 15 – 24)

The 31st Annual Newport Winter Festival, touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” returns February 15th – 24th, 2019 throughout Newport and Newport County. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Highlighted events include the Family Fun Days, Chili Cook-Off, Mac & Cheese Smackdown, Princess Party and exciting, fun concerts by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitudes and more!

Saturday, February 16th – 24th Annual Chili Cook-Off 
Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band – Changes in Latitude 
Sunday, February 17th – Family Fun Day
Monday February 18th – Family Fun Day
Tuesday, February 19th – Teddy Bear Tea, A Musical Celebration and Story Time
Wednesday, February 20th – Princess Party
Thursday, February 21st – Annual Hot Drink Contest 
Friday, February 22nd – Outrageous Comedy 
Saturday, February 23rd – 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown 
Winter Festival Country Fest

More information at http://www.newportwinterfestival.com/

8. Oscar Shorts – Live Action at Jane Pickens Theater (Feb. 15 – 18)

For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 8th. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 24th.

Oscar shorts Live-action to play at The JPT on February 15th to 18th  Showtimes and specific film award information o follow.

Tickets and more info at http://janepickens.com/shows/oscar-shorts-2019-live-action

9. Speakeasy Soiree at Newport Vineyards (Feb. 15)

Sip, savor and swing into WINEterfest Weekend with our Speakeasy Soiree. Dance the night away with Miss Katie Kleyla and a Speakeasy Jazz Band, wine, prohibition style cocktails and handcrafted light fare. Speakeasy attire and flare encouraged!

Please note this is a cocktail style event, seating will be limited – plenty of space for dancing!

Friday, February 15
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
$40 in advance ($43 at the door)
Includes light fare and welcome glass of wine!

More info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wineterfest-speakeasy-soiree-tickets-52618944680.

10. 3rd Annual Newport Burger Bender (Feb. 15 – 24)

The Newport Burger Bender is a simple “best burger” contest taking place Friday, February 15th through Sunday, February 24th, 2019 at participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol counties.

More info at https://www.discovernewport.org/burger-bender/

11. 23rd Annual WINEterfest at Newport Vineyards (Feb. 16 – 17)

Celebrate the season at our 23rd Annual WINEterfest Weekend. Two days full of grape stomping, wine tasting and beer tasting (with our new onsite brewery Taproot Brewing Co.!) Enjoy live music while sipping at our infamous Ice Wine Bar and noshing on food created by scratch from our culinary team. Feeling competitive? You could be called to compete in our Grape Stomp Competitions! 

Saturday, February 16 & Sunday February 17
Ongoing from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grape stomping at 1:00 & 3:00 both days*

$25 General Admission
$20 for Case Club/Cru Club members (email info@newportvineyards.com or call 401-848-5161 ext. 0 to receive the promotional code to use when booking)
$23 with Winter Festival wristband (you may email us your proof of purchase for discount code.)

Ticket includes admission & wine/beer tasting
(Wine by the glass and food items available for purchase at event)

*Grape stomping contest contestants will be selected at random the day of the event. Please be present if you wish to have a chance at participating. 

Kids 15 and under are free (no ticket required). For 16+ and non-tasting tickets, please email general@newportvineyards.com.

12. Carnival Of The Animals at Island Moving Co. (Feb. 17)

The Junior Company of Newport’s Island Moving Co. will present the charming work, “Carnival of the Animals” at the Island Moving Co. studio on Sunday, February 17th at 2:30 and 3:30pm. The Island Moving Co. studios are on the second floor at 3 Charles Street off Washington Square in Newport, RI.

The performances are part of Newport’s Winter Festival celebration. Tickets are $6 for one adult plus one child; $4 for additional adult and $3 for each additional child; with $1 off for each bracelet presented. Tickets are available at the Company’s website at www.islandmovingco.org.

The “Carnival of the Animals” is Directed by Brooke DiFrancesco and choreographed by Christine Sandorfi. A Lion, two Hens, a Donkey, a Tortoise and other assorted creatures dance to music by Camille Saint-Saens in a production that lasts roughly one half hour. The Winter Festival presentation will be suitable for children of all ages and will include an opportunity to join the dancers in some dancing after the performance.

For more information about the Junior Company’s schedule and to purchase tickets to “Carnival of the Animals” visit www.islandmovingco.org.

13. Taproot Beer Hall Night (Feb. 22)

Break out of the winter blues – come inside and enjoy a fresh pint with Taproot Brewing Company. Newport Vineyards will be transforming their Tasting Room for one evening only into a bonafide beer hall; complete with communal tables, indoor cornhole, board games, live music from The Z-Boys, house-made pretzels + beer bite snacks and of course our very own fresh Taproot beer.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

$15 per person, includes Taproot tasting of 5 beers and souvenir logo glass
Cash beer and wine bar, pretzels and beer bites

14. Farm To Vine Dinner at Newport Vineyards (Feb. 23)

Enjoy an evening dining with our makers: wine, beer and farms. Be welcomed by a VIP behind the scenes tour of our brewery with owner/brewmaster John Nunes and brewer Kevin Beachem, followed by an in-depth tour of our winery with our 30-year winemaker George Chelf, concluded with peek inside our kitchen with Executive Chef Andy Teixeira. Indulge in a wine and beer tasting, then dine with our makers and farmers for a multi-course dinner from Wishing Stone Farm, Simmons Organic Farm, Hopkins Southdowns and Wild Atlantic Scallops; all crafted by our Executive Chef Andy Teixeira and his culinary team.

Limited space available for this exclusive intimate experience.

More info at https://www.newportvineyards.com/

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