PVDFest Guide: Indowncity Picks

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A quick guide to what we’re looking forward to this weekend! What’s getting you downcity for PVDfest?


5:00pm :: Community Dinner on Kennedy Plaza :: Washington Street

PVDFest kicks off with a massive 320-foot community table dinner along Washington Street in Kennedy Plaza. Building off the tremendous energy of the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism’s Sowing Place programs on the Southside, and hosted by Sowing Place/Rhode Island Black Storytellers’ Valerie Tutson, whose organization’s Community Flavors model helped inspire this event, PVDFest partners, community food justice advocates, and Providence taste-makers welcome 300 Providence residents to a celebration of the city’s culinary cultures and traditions of hospitality.Limited reserved tickets are available, but no money will be exchanged at the dinner itself. THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT


8:15pm :: Movies on The Block Presents: Basquiat :: Grants Block

Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is “discovered” by Andy Warhol’s art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, and Basquiat pays with friendship, love, and eventually, his life. Rated R



5:00-10:00pm :: The Quarter Moon Market :: The Dean Hotel

Join The Dean Hotel as they assemble to celebrate over 25 RI based makers, creators, and idea-men during a night of retail, art, treats, + libations. A collaborative marketplace highlighting youth, ingenuity, and creativity.


5:00pm :: Ivy League Rumba screening and panel discussion :: Aurora

Filmed in Providence, RI at an international Latin Music Festival sponsored by Brown University in 2015, “Ivy League Rumba” explores how an emerging cultural bridge between Providence, Miami and the Caribbean is bringing the Afro-Cuban music genre, Rumba, to diverse new audiences. This one-hour documentary was broadcast nationwide by PBS last October in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and it won a 2016 Aurora Gold Award for excellence in independent filmmaking, with the panel of judges praising the film as “beautiful and wonderfully-executed.” “Ivy League Rumba” features riveting performances by some of the top musicians in Latin music today, including the Grammy and Latin-Grammy nominated Miami band, PALO!, which will participate in a Q & A immediately after the screening.


8:00 PM :: BANDALOOP with spoken word artist Christopher Johnson :: Kennedy Plaza

Vertical dance pioneers BANDALOOP will transform the façade of an everyday downtown building into their extraordinary dance floor with the powerful site-responsive performance #PVDPublicCanvas. Conceived and choreographed by artistic director Amelia Rudolph in collaboration with the dancers, the piece brings the ideas and stories of Providence residents into the perspective-bending work through the spoken word and song of local performers. The show will feature a score by Ben Juodvalkis, Providence’s Christopher Johnson and the Bay Area’s Tassiana Willis of Youth Speaks among other Providence artists.


9:30 PM :: FIYAHEART Gertrude Atherton Prophecy Girl :: Aurora

FIYAHEART is teaming up with Gertrude Atherton and Prophecy Girl to bring you one of the hottest, (and coolest 😉 ) nights of audible delight in town! Join Aurora for a raucous night of Ladies Rock Alumns heating things up. Proceeds will go to Girls Rock RI.  $5-$10 sliding scale.


SATURDAY – Rapid fire picks!


PVDFest Marketplace, curated by Craftland. Westminster Street between Dorrance and Empire.



Dream Wanderer virtual reality truck curated by AS220. 130 Washington Street

Photo from @providenceflea from last year’s market


A curated food experience presented by the Providence Cultural Equity InitiativeEl Rancho Grande, Wara Wara Japanese Restaurant, Los Andes Restaurant, Rasoi, and more! Biltmore park PCEI Global Village



The Ricky Rainbow Beard Show! burnside park



More than 30 participating makers curated by AS220,  including the Steel Yard Mobile Blacksmith and Gather Glass Mobile Glass Blowing Studio. 110 washington st


Doppelgänger Dance Collective  The People’s Stage at City Hall



Skateboarding Contest & Film at Adrian Hall Way (next to Trinity Rep)



Art Bashment – A Clash of Art and Music, curated by Trade Pop-Up at 75 Clemence



Volcano Kings at Coastway Community Bank Cultural Stage (63 Snow Street)


photo from Bandaloop rehearsal


#PVDPublicCanvas BANDALOOP and poet Christopher Johnson at Kennedy Plaza



TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts at Grant’s Block



Etienne Charles Creole Carnival at Alex and Ani City Center

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