On March 4, RI-PBS (aka Channel 36) will be presenting an evening of music in support of a proposed new television show, Meet Me At the Met. There will live music by Rhode Island artists including Mark Cutler, Allysen Callery, Nolan Leite, and others. There will also be screenings of two music documentaries. One features Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King; the other, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, captures a show organized by the Stones in 1968 with acts like John Lennon and the Who.
Meet Me At the Met, produced by Jonathan "Nate" Flynn and Rudy Cheeks (aka Jorge), would present live performances from the Met, with an emphasis on Rhode Island-based artists and their original music. The hope is that the show will inspire viewers to get out to local music venues to take in the state's rich and varied assortment of talent.
Brainstorming the Arts
Casa Diablo regular Herb Weiss, the city of Pawtucket's point man for the arts, tells your superior correspondents that on February 11 there was an arts charrette at Fidelity Investments' Smithfield headquarters that drew 110 people, including state senators, members of the business community, academics, and nonprofit types. The mission, Herb writes: to "tell top State elected officials how art and creativity can rev up Rhode Island's sputtering economic engine."
Fidelity was a logical place to convene. The company's art curator Carol Warner says the firm has purchased more than 1200 pieces of art from 433 Vo Dilun artists. The collection is showcased throughout the campus. And the potential for arts-as-economic-engine is real. Just last year, Washington-based Americans for the Arts pegged Rhode Island arts employment, in the private and nonprofit arts sectors, at 12,000 jobs. Is the Biggest Little "The State of the Arts" yet? Maybe not, but we're off to a good start.
Swinging in Swansea
The Venus de Milo played host recently to the annual Newspaper Guild Follies, the mega-cocktail party featuring musical parodies of some of the most ridiculous news events of 2012. We say "some" of the news events because there is far too much foolishness going on in the Biggest Little to fit into one night.
The show was, as usual, scathing and fun. The "mystery guest," Congressman Jim Langevin, gave his version of "stand-up" comedy (no "wheelies," but he came pretty close). And the highlight for your superior correspondents was "Chafee (Gangnam) Style," a fine dance performance by Chafee impersonator Jim Brown. ^
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