CBS Sunday Morning to feature feature the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center!


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We are pleased and proud to share that THIS SUNDAY, CBS Sunday Morning will air a feature on the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, our contributions to the American theater, and the artists we’ve supported. Tune in Sunday morning, and check local listings, to catch the 50-year story of the “Launchpad of the American Theater” on CBS.

Rarely does American theater receive the attention that it will receive this weekend. This Sunday morning, on a national platform, all of us share the spotlight.

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the O’Neill’s contributions to the theater world and the artists we have supported, wherever in the country you are.

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Trombone Shorty at Gathering of the Vibes 8/01



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Troy Andrews, also known by the stage name Trombone Shorty, is a 28 year old trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Louisiana who began playing trombone as a child and has played in the band Orleans Avenue since 2009. The band stirs together old-school jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats and they’ve added some tangy new ingredients as they keep pushing the envelope, exploring new musical territory.

Andrews has made quite an impression on the critics. “Trombone Shorty is so ready for his close-up,” The New York Times reviewer Nate Chinen wrote, describing the young virtuoso as “a native prodigy destined for breakout success.” The San Francisco Chronicle’s Joel Selvin hailed him as “New Orleans’ brightest new star in a generation.” And the Washington Post’s Mike Jo yce described one live performance as “a near-deafening, funk-charged blast of percussion, brass, reeds and guitar distortion that might have knocked the crowd sideways had there been any room to move.”

Andrews hails from the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans’ 6th Ward, getting his nickname at four years old when he was observed by his older brother James marching in a street parade wielding a trombone twice as long as the kid was high. Originally attracting attention for his youth, by his teens he was attracting attention for his musical virtuosity as well. He attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and as a graduate he joined the ranks of others like Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Irvin Mayfield and Nicholas Payton.

In 2003 he was one of five young musicians chosen as the subject for a PBS television documentary and performed on the network’s nationally broadcast tribut e to Louis Armstrong, directed by Wynton Marsalis. Andrews has appeared with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and has performed with U2 and Green Day during the re-opening of the New Orleans Superdome for the NFL’s Monday Night Football pre-game show. He has traveled extensively overseas, playing concerts and festivals in Cuba and Europe and has appeared at the Vienna Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Istanbul Jazz Festival.

He appeared as himself in four episodes of the 2010 HBO series “Treme.” In 2010, Andrews released “Backatown,” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and stayed there for nine consecutive weeks, garnering a Grammy nomination. Since then, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue has grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. His 2011 album, For True, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and stayed there for twelve weeks. In September of 2013, he released his third Verve offering, Say That to Say This,coproduced by Andrews and kindred spirit Raphael Saadiq. The bandleader and multi-instrumentalist describes Say That To Say This as “really funky, like James Brown mixed with The Meters and Neville Brothers, with what I do on top, and we have a bit of R&B from Raphael’s side.”< br />
Orleans Avenue features guitarist Pete Murano, bassist Mike Ballard, drummer Joey Peebles, Tim McFatter on tenor sax and Dan Oestreider on baritone sax.

Andrews has also done a ton of TV, appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America and Austin City Limits, among others. Along with appearing on Jeff Beck’s Les Paul tribute tour, he’s been a featured guest musician on releases from Eric Clapton, Zac Brown Band, Rod Stewart, Lenny Kravitz, Cee Lo Green, Galactic, Dr. John and Robert Randolph. The band was also chosen to play the closing set at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, a huge honor in the world of true music lovers.

But for Andrews, the biggest thrill of all was performing at The White House in February 2012 as part of a PBS performance. “That was a dream come true about 50 times o ver,” he says. “When we started playing, I forgot I was at the White House because I was on stage with all this musical royalty – B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T. Jones, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr., the list goes on. And then, when I turned to the audience, there’s the President and the First Lady. I’m like, ‘This can’t be happening’.”

Good things continue to happen for Trombone Shorty, thanks to his virtuosity, his dedication, and his ability to move people. That he pursues his passion with such humility and unpretentiousness makes his still-unfolding story as compelling as the music he’s making along the way.

Introducing “hammered anvil” classes

Hammered Anvil

Come sample from our smorgasbord of classes with talented artists and artisans at the Noank Foundry. Complete a project in a fun-filled two hour workshop.You bring your refreshments, we provide everything else.$35 includes instruction and all materials you’ll need to complete your project.Call 860-572-2799  or  email us at to reserve your space as class sizes are limited.
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The Noank Foundry and Artist Studios is a loosely organized group of artisan studios housed in the historic
Noank Foundry building on 70 Marsh Road in beautiful
Noank, CT.







Mystic Aquarium’s Aqua Camp Kids using CritterCam technology

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(Mystic, Conn., July 15, 2014) – Mystic Aquarium’s Aqua Camp kids travel to Old Lyme to track snapping turtles today. They will join the Aquarium’s research team who partner with the Tributary Mill Conservancy and National Geographic to study the behavioral patterns of snapping turtles in the wild. The kids, age13 to 14 are participating in a week long summer camp that immerses them in marine biology. This week the children will do work in the field, tracking with CritterCam. Using revolutionary technology, research teams will painlessly attach a small camera to a snapping turtle and release the turtle back into its environment. The kids will learn about the turtle locomotion behavior in environments without human presence. They will also discover why Mystic Aquarium’s researchers are collecting the turtle’s blood samples and nail clippings to use to monitor the health of the turtles and the ecosystem as a whole.


Critter Cam from Michael Johnson on Vimeo.

The camp includes a sleep-over among the fish at the Aquarium and the kids will be building their own hydrophone to deploy into the exhibits at Mystic Aquarium where they will be able to eavesdrop on animals various forms of communication.   They will then take these hydrophones into the field where their focus will be on finding out about noise pollution.






About Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium is a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only beluga whales. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Sea Research is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration. Sea Research receives major support from United Technologies Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company and Foxwoods Resort Casino. Learn more at or








Cherrytree Presents Tour With Sir Sly & Wolf Gang


SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cherrytree Records artists SIR SLY and WOLF GANG have announced a co-headline tour with support from New York’s SECRET SOMEONES. The “Cherrytree Presents” month-long US tour kicks off in Dallas, TX at Club Dada on August 25 and makes stops in New York City and Chicago, before closing out with a show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on September 29. Tickets go on sale Friday July 18th at 10am local times.

Fans who purchase the exclusive “Cherrytree Presents” Tour Bundle will receive a ticket to the show in their city, access to a special meet and greet with the artists, choice of early album pre-order by SIR SLY or WOLF GANG, instant MP3 downloads, and a limited edition Cherrytree tour poster. Please visit for further information.

SIR SLY and WOLF GANG are both scheduled to release full-length albums this Fall via Cherrytree Records.

SIR SLY is lead singer Landon Jacobs, drummer Hayden Coplen and keyboardist Jason Suwito. The band record, produce, mix and master all of their music in their recording studio. They just wrapped two successful tours supporting The 1975 & St. Lucia and appearances at Sasquatch and Firefly Festivals this summer. The title track from their GOLD EP is currently featured in a national Cadillac commercial.

WOLF GANG initially formed as a solo project by London musician Max McElligott, but has since evolved into a full-on collaborative effort between its four members. WOLF GANG’S debut album, Suego Faults, produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) came out in 2011 to critical acclaim. The band have quickly cultivated a dedicated and avid fan base through three years of nearly non-stop live performances, including headline tours where the band sold out the historic Troubadour in Los Angeles, support slots with Coldplay, Florence + The Machine, The Killers and most recently Bastille.

The band is hitting the road in anticipation of their sophomore album with British music producer Flood (U2, Nine Inch Nails, PJ Harvey) who recently won the award for producer of the year at the Brits.

SECRET SOMEONES is the new project from NYC singer/songwriters Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard, Hannah Winkler & drummer/multi-instrumentalist Zach Jones. Drawing inspiration from bands like Weezer, Talking Heads, and the entire Tom Petty catalog, the band is pure songwriting excellence. The band has spent the last several months on the road supporting A Great Big WorldMarc Broussard and Ingrid Michaelson including an upcoming appearance at SummerStage in Central Park.  SECRET SOMEONES will release their “I Won’t Follow” EP on Aug 26 with a full album to come in 2015.

Cherrytree Presents co-headline tour with Sir Sly, Wolf Gang, and Special Guest Secret Someones:

8/25 DALLAS, TX Club Dada #
8/26 HOUSTON, TX Fitzgeralds #
8/27 AUSTIN, TX Parish #
8/29 FT LAUDERDALE, FL Culture Room #
8/30 ORLANDO, FL The Social #
9/2 ATLANTA, GA The Earl #
9/4 RICHMOND, VA The National #
9/5 MYRTLE BEACH, SC WKZQ’s Big Night Out @ House of Blues *^#
9/6 CHARLOTTE, NC 1065 Weenie Roast @ PNC Music Pavillion*#
9/7 RALEIGH, NC The 95X Big Shindig @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*^#
9/8 WASHINGTON, DC U Street #
9/10 NEW YORK, NY Stage48 (18+)
9/11 ALBANY, NY The Hollow #
9/12 BOSTON, MA Brighton Music Hall (18+)
9/13 PHILADELPHIA, PA Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party*^#
9/15 PITTSBURGH, PA Stage AE #
9/16 COLUMBUS, OH The Basement #
9/17 ST LOUIS, MO Firebird #
9/18 MILWAUKEE, WI The Rave #
9/19 CHICAGO, IL Subterranean (17+)
9/20 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock (18+)
9/22 KANSAS CITY, MO Riot Room (21+)
9/24 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Black Sheep #
9/25 DENVER, CO Marquis Theatre #
9/27 PHOENIX, AZ Crescent Ballroom (16+)
9/28 SAN DIEGO, CA Irenic #
9/29 LOS ANGELES, CA El Rey #
Sir Sly = *
Wolf Gang = ^
All Ages = #


Founded in 2005 by songwriter, producer and label executive Martin Kierszenbaum, Cherrytree Records has had a huge impact on modern pop, launching the 15 million selling album from Lady Gaga in 2009 as well as guiding the flourishing US careers of Ellie Goulding, Robyn, Feist, La Roux, Disclosure and worldwide successes of LMFAO and Far East Movement. In the process, Cherrytree Records and have become a source for pop alternative music and culture as well as catalysts for artist collaboration and innovation.


100 years of African Americans in Rhode Island

Rhode_Island_Black_Herritage_CompleteMany Faces Photo Exhibit & Raffle

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society

Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Providence, RI


Become a Member!

With a purchase of this ticket you will be officially a member of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society for 2014-2015 and will be entered in the drawing for the Panasonic Lumix digital camera.

A Great Big World Is Having A Great Big Year




NEW YORK, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It’s undoubtedly been a great big year for A Great Big World. Their breakthrough hit “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera went six times platinum worldwide, and went on to occupy the #1 spot on iTunes, Billboard‘s Digital Songs Chart, Billboard‘s Digital Track Chart, Spotify, and Shazam in addition to going Top 10 on sales charts in 19 countries. Now continuing this historic year, A Great Big World is the latest artist to officially become Vevo Certified. Their touching music video for “Say Something”has accumulated over 100 million views and counting on the video platform. This is their first video to becomeVevo Certified and yet another incredible achievement in a string of accolades.

In addition, the New York duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino will take the stage on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance on July 16 to perform “Say Something”. It’s a special moment for the group as last year’s dance performance of the song not only caught the attention of the world but also the attention of Aguilera inspiring her to collaborate with them on the song.

Along the way, A Great Big World has tirelessly worked to become one of modern pop music’s most astounding success stories. Building on the plaintive piano chords and undeniable melody of “Say Something”, the track became a ubiquitous worldwide hit. At the same time, they were recognized as an Artist To Watch by MTV and a VH1 You Oughtta Know artist. They’ve given striking and stunning live performances at the American Music AwardsThe Victoria’s Secret Fashion ShowThe VoiceGood Morning AmericaThe Today ShowLive! with Kelly & MichaelThe Rachael Ray Show,  Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Logo Trailblazer Awards, and more. They’ve also garnered unanimous critical acclaim.

In the midst of it all, Vaccarino even worked up the courage to open up about his struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. Since first being diagnosed in 2007, he’s bravely endured living with the disease, and now he’s spoken up to raise awareness.

It’s been a magical journey thus far for the group. In addition to debuting at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, Is There Anybody Out There? received widespread critical acclaim upon its release in January. Their breakthrough mega-hit with Christina Aguilera“Say Something,” ignited a fast rise to success back in November 2012. As their profile grew, the single entranced the entire world, eventually selling over six million digital songs at a rapid rate worldwide.

Album available now at their official siteAmazoniTunes, or a signed copy at now!

A Great Big World:

Mystic Aquarium Sea Lion Show not to be missed!

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The Mysic Auarium sea lion show is always a local family fun favorite  attraction!

The Mystic Marine life Aquarium  through its partner, Sea Research Foundation is a leader in marine research, deep-sea exploration and hands-on education.  Mystic Aquarium is accredited by the association of zoos and aquariums

Sea Lion Show Times:

A truly unique opportunity to experience lions of the sea close up and in action. A favorite for all ages.

    • Weekends in June:  10:30, 12:30, 2:00, 4:30
    • Weekdays in June:   10:30, 12:30, 3:00
    • Every day in July and August: 10:30, 12:30, 2:00, 4:30

Show times and availability are subject to change, please check the event board for updates when you enter the Aquarium.


How to Select the Perfect Wines for Any Summer Event

How to Select the Perfect Wines for Any Summer Event

(Family Features) From weekend backyard barbecues to spontaneous weeknight gatherings, summer is filled with celebrations that bring friends and family together for fabulous food, drink and fun. Whether you’re unsure of what wines to serve as the host, or the best refreshment to pick as a guest, you don’t have to be a master sommelier to choose the perfect wine pairing for every meal or occasion.

As a general rule, nature has color-coded foods with the wines best suited for their flavors. For example, white wines pair well with light foods, while dark wines usually complement richer fare. Here are some more specific scenarios to help you enjoy the warm weather and good times ahead this summer.

Wedding Showers and Celebrations

Long summer days are a great time to celebrate big life events – like wedding showers and house-warming parties. Because many of these soirees include an assortment of foods, there are several routes you can take to discover the perfect wine pairing. For guests enjoying fresh, fruit salad or tilapia with a mango salsa, consider an herbaceous sauvignon blanc which will complement the fruit flavors with its crisp acidity. For those who prefer a more floral wine, a viognier may be the answer to go alongside any grilled chicken or seafood dish.

Al Fresco Events

Summer is often marked by cookouts, picnics and other al fresco dining occasions. A top choice among many guests is a vibrant, flavorful glass of chardonnay. This favorite white wine pairs well with crisp summer salads and lighter grilled selections, such as salmon and shrimp entrees. One expressive offering, Kendall-Jackson AVANT Chardonnay, is fruit forward and fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels, which bring out its distinctive green apple and lemon flavors. It is the choice for those who prefer a Chardonnay with a little less oak.

Summer Barbecues and Daytime Events

If a sunny, mid-day get together is in your future, there is one delicious pairing option to consider. For hosts who plan to serve a grilled selection, such as pork chops or saucy, smoky ribs, consider pairing the menu with an expressive and fruit forward red blend. Kendall-Jackson AVANT Red Blend offers a silky and smooth texture that begins with fermentation in neutral oak barrels to bring out rich, fruit flavors. A sultry mosaic of French varieties, the wine focuses on Syrah and Malbec with aromas of ripe raspberry and bold black cherry.  Hints of spice and dark chocolate  deliver a smooth, lingering finish, so this red blend will also complement a grilled steak or any other red meat favorite.
No matter what festivities are booked on your summer calendar, this season is full of delightful sips for every event. For more ideas to make celebrations special, visit

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