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5 Weekend Musts: Million Dollar Quartet at PPAC + More

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Music fans of all ages will love Million Dollar Quartet, on stage all weekend at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

There's all kinds of great stuff to do while winter kicks into gear this weekend, from outdoor bird walks to hot shows on stage. We've got the 5 you can't afford to miss.

Million Dollar Quartet at PPAC

Friday-Sunday  Music fans of all ages will love this Tony Award winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. $36-63, Providence Performing Arts Center, 22 Weybosset St, Providence, call 401-421-ARTS for tickets or go online, here.

Winter and Spring Birding, South Kingstown

Saturday  Learn about the basics of birding with local expert, Roger Masse. The series of walks take you around the southern part of RI, through management areas and nature preserves, from coastal ponds and shores to inland woods and rivers in search of some of the many bird species who make their winter home here. 9am-noon. Trustom Pond, South Kingstown. Pre-registration required--go online here, for more.

20th Annual Providence Boat Show

Boats, boats, and more boats--it's all nautical all the time this weekend at the Providence Boat Show.

Friday-Sunday  Summon summertime with this huge look at many makes and models of powerboats and sailboats, plus kayaks, canoes and inflatables along with the latest technology, engines, electronics and accessories. And to top that off, there's three full days sport fishing seminars plus and opportunity to win a $1000 West Marine gift card. Fri and Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5pm; $8 in advance, $10 at the door (kids under 16 free). RI Convention Center, One Sabin St, Providence, Call 401-846-1115 for more information or go online, here.

Movie Night at the Casino Theatre, Newport

Friday  Escape the January doldrums and join the folks at the International Tennis Hall of Fame for for the 1997 historical drama, shot in and around Newport. Directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou, and Matthew McConaughey. 7:30pm. Doors open 7pm.  ITHF Members Free, Non-Members $12. Reservations Recommended. 9 Freebody St, Newport, 401-324-4072. Registration available online, here.

I Hate Hamlet, Pawtucket

Friday-Sunday  The Community Players, the oldest community theater in Rhode Island, enjoys its 92nd season this year with this Shakespearean romp by Paul Rudnick. Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches: Andrew's series has been canceled, his girlfriend is still a virgin and he hates "Hamlet". It gets crazier from there. Jenks Auditorium, Division Street, Pawtucket, RI (across from McCoy Stadium). Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students through high school. Order tickets online, here.


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