Attention comedy nerds! The 11th Annual Providence Improv Fest is happening this weekend, September 18-20. The three days of improv comedy will be held at 95 Empire, right next to AS220, in both the black box theater and the third floor performance space.
Among the groups performing are the Magnet Theatre Touring Company from New York City, ImprovBoston All Stars, and New York’s “North Coast” group, who perform an improvised set they call a “Hip H’Opera.” Improv groups from the Providence area will round off the line-up that begins on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Each individual show ranges from $5-$10, or a $40 Festival Pass that grants you admittance to every show all weekend.
The festival is also offering improv workshops throughout the weekend that are taught by the visiting performers and range from $15-$30, but a background in improv is required.
Quick! Today may be your last chance of the semester to check out the outdoor Hope Street farmer’s market — a huge collection of local meat, seafood, produce and various other vendors such as Seven Stars Bakery. The market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grassy area between Rochambeau and Blackstone Boulevard, until it moves to its indoor location in Pawtucket for the cold winter months.
With or without parents here this weekend, the Hope Street market is a great place to visit and is easily accessible via the 42 RIPTA bus. It’s more than a larger version of the Wriston farmer’s market Wednesdays — the market is filled with Providence locals, cute children, and animals that remind us that people outside of the age of 18-23 exist (a phenomenon known as the “College Hill Bubble”).
In case you aren’t convinced that this market is our jam, we have a few thousand words to share…
It can be way too easy sometimes to get trapped in the College Hill bubble. A fun trip off campus every now and then can be a good break from all the goings on at Brown. I say, go see live music!
When it comes to bands on tour, Providence may not have the big-city draw of say New York, Philly, or Boston, but between Providence and Pawtucket we still have a decent number of concerts coming up. Already this fall, we’ve had, among others, Deer Tick, Das Racist, Tiesto and Girl Talk play shows nearby. For all you live music fans out there, I’vescouredtheinterwebs and compiled a list of some of the upcoming concerts close to campus and others in the surrounding area. Boston’s only an hour train ride away. The latest train back to Providence is usually 11:10 pm though, which sucks. If you want to make sure you see the whole show, you should probably figure out somewhere to stay for the night.
Providence and Pawtucket:
Neon Indian and Kreayshawn Thursday November 3 – Peterson Recreation Center, Providence College – free or $5 ??? “Chillwave” band and that girl walking around campus with a baggie full of Adderalls.
Shwayze and Cisco Adler Friday November 4 – Lupo’s – $15 advance, $20 day of They had the world buzzin’ in 2008. They even had a show on MTV.
Josh Groban Wednesday November 9 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI – $21.50 Dreamy opera singer. Continue Reading
The Providence Art Festival is happening downtown on Westminster Street. Now is the perfect opportunity to venture off College Hill and discover one of Providence’s greatest strengths: its art community. The festival runs today from 10 am to 6 pm! Shut your computer and head down the hill! Now! Go!