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Posted inEntertainment & MusicThings To Do

Newport County live music and entertainment listings (Dec. 18 – 25)

Discover all that’s happening for live music and entertainment in and around Newport County this week. Please Note: Unless otherwise indicated, the venue is located in Newport. Those venues that are blue/hyperlinked are our advertisers and partners. Please consider supporting them by following the link to their website/by visiting their business to enjoy their live music and […]

Posted inObituary

Obituary: Philip A Smith

Rising from the orange groves of the Southern California foothills, Philip A. Smith would go on to a successful 27-year career in the U.S. Navy, become a contented family man and eventually enjoy long and productive golden years. He was born Aug. 16, 1941, at Queen of Angels hospital in Los Angeles to William A. […]

Posted inArts & CultureMartha's VineyardMoviesNantucket

What’s Up at the Movies: We review “Zola”

There is very little about Janicza Bravo’s Zola that isn’t interesting. Its twisty, shocking, (mostly) true story is adapted from a viral thread of 148 tweets by A’Ziah “Zola” King from October 2015, as well as the Rolling Stone profile that followed a month later. Its aesthetic, soundscape, and score (by Mica Levi of Under […]

Posted inArts & CultureEntertainment & Music

The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun to support local bands all summer long

UNCASVILLE, CT (July 21 2021) – Entertainment is heating up at Mohegan Sun this summer, with incredible stand-up comedy inside Comix Comedy Club, can’t miss tribute bands at the new Party on the Patio event every Friday night and of course, the biggest names in music returning to the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena. Joining the mix […]

Posted inArts & CultureEntertainment & Music

“Folk On” Saturday Headliner: Jason Isbell to close out Lawn Stage Saturday

One of the great songwriters of the modern era, Jason Isbell is scheduled to headline tonight’s Newport Folk Festival’s “Folk On” event, playing the Lawn Stage at 6:05 PM. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Isbell began his career as a member of the Drive-By Truckers and later formed his band the 400 Unit. During the pandemic, […]

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FLICKERS to present 25th Annual “Virtual/Hybrid” Rhode Island International Film Festival August 9 – 15

By FLICKERS The 25TH ANNUAL FLICKERS’ RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (RIIFF), running  August 9-15, 2021, is a major destination on the Festival circuit and recognized by the Academy of  Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival in all short film categories. It is the only Festival  in New England with this accolade. […]

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Allison Russell performs on CBS This Morning this Saturday, curates headlining set on Sunday at Newport Folk

This weekend Allison Russell will appear on CBS This Morning Saturday, performing songs from her critically acclaimed new album Outside Child.  The following day, on Sunday, July 25th she will also serve as the weekend closing curator at the 63rd annual Newport Folk Festival for Allison Russell Presents: Once and Future Sounds: Roots and Revolution. In the set, she will bring together BIPOC/LGBTQIA+/Ally […]

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The Ballroom Thieves visit children at Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County’s Camp Grosvenor

Campers at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County’s Camp Grosvenor got a sneak peek at the caliber of performances at this year’s Newport Folk Festival when The Ballroom Thieves visited the kids at the Saunderstown camp to perform, share instruments and interact with them.  Since 2013, the Newport Festivals Foundation, organizers of the […]

Posted inBusinessCity & GovernmentFood & Drink

Governor McKee to sign legislation to allow restaurants to continue outdoor dining

Governor Dan McKee will host a bill signing ceremony on Monday for legislation which will allow restaurants to continue to use COVID-19 modifications, including outdoor dining. The legislation imposes a moratorium on the enforcement of any municipal ordinance or zoning requirement that penalizes owners for those modifications. The moratorium will be effective until April 1, […]

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“Folk On” Headliner: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats return to Newport Friday

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be headlining the Lawn Stage at “Folk On” Friday, July 23. The Festival performance comes just as he releases a new album, Red Rocks 2020, recorded live during the pandemic. Red Rocks 2020, the new live album from Nathaniel Rateliff, was just released on Stax Records. The live record was […]

Posted inCity & Government

New legislative commission to study low and moderate-income housing act to meet for the first time

The newly appointed special legislative commission to study the Rhode Island Low and Moderate Income Housing Act is scheduled to hold its first meeting Tuesday. The commission is to study barriers to affordable housing creation and identify ways to help cities and towns meet their obligations under the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act to […]

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Obituary: Rita Sullivan

Rita (Rolando) Sullivan, 90, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, passed away on July 18, 2021 at Grand Islander Nursing Home. Rita was born October 25, 1930, in Newport to Camillo Rolando and Marguerite (Conti) Rolando. Rita worked in Medical Records at Newport Hospital for many years. She was very active in the St. Lucy’s community, teaching […]

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Aquidneck Land Trust launches campaign to conserve 27.4 acres in Portsmouth

Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) today announced a land campaign to conserve two properties in Portsmouth. The properties total 27.4 acres and have important conservation values, including farmland, forestland, wildlife habitat, and scenic vistas, according to ALT. In a press release, ALT says that it has raised a significant portion of the $1.44 million needed to […]

Posted inThings To Do

Summer Nights at Green Animals returns, Preservation Society announces other schedule updates

 Beginning Friday, visitors to Green Animals Topiary Garden will be able to enjoy watching the sun set over Narragansett Bay every Friday and Saturday through September 4 as Summer Nights at Green Animals returns. The topiary garden and “David Rogers’ Big Bugs” exhibition will stay open until sunset, and the last admission will be one […]

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‘Lobby Muddy Fest’ to host 2nd Annual Charity Event at Dockside this Saturday

This Saturday, Lobby Muddy Fest will host its 2nd annual charity event at Dockside here in Newport.  The event highlights two of the city’s most famous sandwiches and drinks, the lobster roll and the mudslide.  100% of the proceeds will benefit the Jimmy Fund, a Boston-based non-profit that is aimed at combatting adult and pediatric […]