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“Doors Open RI” Festival Highlights Behind-the-Scenes Look at Prov This Weekend

Friday, September 22, 2017

 

Caroline Stevens

The inaugural Doors Open RI Festival taking place on Saturday is a citywide open house event, which will provide free, behind the scenes access to over 20 places across Providence, this Saturday, September 23. 

Doors Open RI Founder and Executive Director Caroline Stevens -- who had run Chicago's "Doors Open" event before coming to Rhode Island -- spoke with GoLocal's Kate Nagle about what people can expect from the free, open-to-the-public event on Saturday.

There are 24 participating sites, including the Cranston St. Armory, the attic of Providence City Hall and the Mayor's Office; the dome of the Beneficent Congregational Church; a tour through New England's largest shipping container building, the Box Office; the State House (not normally open on weekends); the rarely seen military collections inside the Benefit St. Arsenal; Barnaby's Castle, and a micro unit inside the Arcade.

The mission of Doors Open RI is to connect the public to places of cultural, historical and architectural significance "in an effort to bridge communities and inspire new perspectives on our cities.

 

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September 22

14th Annual Providence Improv Fest at AS220 

This year’s festival will feature over 40 improv comedy troupes from across the country.

Included in this year’s line-up are headliners Orange Tuxedo and Trew +2, and acts from Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Vermont, New Orleans, Boston, and, Rhode Island. 

The festival starts at 7 p.m. and goes until midnight. 

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September 22

The Onion's Ian Abramson at Columbus Theatre 

Ian was recently named the “Best Experimental Comedian” and is a regular contributor for The Onion.

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September 23

Styleweek 2017 - Closing Night

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Closing night festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. 

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September 23

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival 

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September 23

Waterfire 

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September 23

Fordham vs Bryant Football 

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September 23

Doors Open RI Festival 

During the Doors Open RI Festival participants will have behind-the-scenes access to over 20 great places and spaces across Providence, for free.

Using a widely distributed event guide and mobile-enabled website, participants will be able to build their own explorations of participating venues.

No tickets or reservations necessary. 

The festival goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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September 24

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