AS220 Date in the Dark(room)

This just in at the rose and chocolate strewn disaster of my newsdesk - AS220 is your Valentine's Day date hotspot!

AS220 Date in the Dark(room) - Valentine's Day photo offer

It's a charming offer: you and your sweetie (or BFF, or beloved pet) head to the Paul Krot Community Darkroom at AS220 today between 1-6pm. A talented, in-house photographer will shoot your free, old-timey portrait on black and white film using an old-fashioned camera. Sign up for a follow-up printing workshop on either February 22 or 25th, and get a hands-on lesson for printing your portrait taken today! Workshop cost is only $25, and includes a take home 8"x10" print for you and your amore. Don't have the time nor the inclination for the workshop? You can still take home your keepsake portrait, printed by the in-house experts, for a mere $30.

The Paul Krot Community Darkroom is located at AS220: 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Weekend Preview: FH13

As the grinding ice floe of this week rapidly collides with Friday, I'm told that the mercury is going to cooperate; so, hopefully leaving the house without dying a little bit will be an option. I'm recommending the cozy goodness of Firehouse No. 13 as a venue for washing away those winter blues this weekend, as they've got a spate of programming in store:

The Low Anthem: performing at Firehouse No.13 on Friday, 2/6. Photo Credit: Willa Mamet Photography

Above: The Low Anthem. Photo by Willa Mamet.

Friday 2/6: If you are not yet stricken with the late winter ick, arrive early for the return of Providence's own Low Anthem at Firehouse No. 13 tonight. The band is having a special ticket pre-sale on their website, so early-birds get the worm. Word has it that Low Anthem heads to the jolly old stomping grounds of Austin for SXSW 2009...something tells me it won't be easy to catch them in a small venue after that, so be forwarned.

Roil and Flush: Exhibition of work by Will Machin and Anna Shapiro - FH13 Feb 4-28

Saturday 2/7: The long-awaited opening reception of Anna Shapiro and Will Machin's exhibition "Roil and Flush", featuring new work by both artists. The opening reception, from 6-9pm will be followed by live entertainment from Allysen Callery and the Land of Nod, Tallahassee, Brown Bird, Ben Pilgrim and The Free Union Band & Alec K. Redfearn. Look for a review in upcoming posts!

Sunday 2/8: Sleep in, you deserve it.

Firehouse No.13: 41 Central Street, Providence, RI 02907.

Use It Or Lose It: What To Do Tonight

Well, it's Friday night...and what a week it's been! Monday seems like a month ago. I suggest using some of the nervous energy we've built up over the course of this momentus, nail-biter of a week to get out and circulate.

Local to Providence? My picks for tonight:

Drink and Draw at Firehouse No. 13 - November 7th, 8pm-midnight

"It's an art party! Come drink and draw at Firehouse 13 on November 7th starting at 8pm! There will be interactive drawing games, lots of beer and general rowdiness. Everyone's drawings will be hung on the gallery walls and photographed. It'll be a super fun time. Bring your own drawing tools; we'll provide the paper, inspiration, and a soundtrack. Hope to see you there!"

Firehouse No.13 is located at 41 Central Street, Providence, RI 02907

1st Annual Itty Bitty Invitational at YES Gallery + Studio

Also on the calendar for tonight is the opening reception for the 1st annual "Itty/Bitty" invitational, a group show of affordable, small-scale artwork at Warren's YES Gallery + Studio. All artwork is sized at 9"x9" or less, and will be priced at no more than $495. The participants represent a spectrum of emerging and mid-career artists, hailing from near to far.

Here's an idea...collectors, redirect some of that investment money you just pulled out of the stock market. YES Gallery + Studio is a tax free zone, so feel secure that none of your honest art investment will go to bail out Wall Street!

The show remains on view through December 21st. For more info, visit the YES Gallery + Studio blog.

YES Gallery + Studio is located at 146 Water Street, Warren, RI 02885

Elizabeth King: "The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye"

An exciting exhibition opens tonight at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery. Artist Elizabeth King pushes the boundaries of the mechanics and emotion of human movement through her evocative, cross-media works.

In a groundbreaking mid-career survey, "The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye" represents a wide selection of the artist's meticulous automaton sculptures and their accompanying film studies. King's otherworldly human portraits in fine porcelain, glass and wood bridge the time-honored practice of sculpture with the science of human movement and the illusion of film.

Elizabeth King, Animation Study: Pose 7, 1997-2005, Chromogenic prints on Kodak Endura paper, 20 x 20 in.  Collection of the artist.

Image: Elizabeth King, "Animation Study: Pose 7", 1997-2005, Chromogenic prints on Kodak Endura paper, 20 x 20 in. Collection of the artist.

To preview tonight's opening reception, Elizabeth King will give a free lecture at 5:30pm today in the List Art Center Auditorium.

"The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye" is on view from November 7th through December 21st, 2008 at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery. You can read my full review of the exhibition in the November/December issue of artscope magazine.

The David Winton Bell Gallery is located on the first floor of Brown University's List Art Center: 64 College Street, Providence, RI 02906.

Vote: Only You Can Make This Work

The day we've all been waiting for is finally here. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, or how many electoral votes your state boasts, (mine: 4 big, fat whoppers) it's high time we squeezed this vote out and moved on with our lives.

There was a white powder scare over in East Providence that shook things up for a little while, but the poll scene over on my side of town is very quiet, except for an unseen catcaller who yelled to me from a row house window to "Vote Obama, Honey!" I waved congenially in his general direction. Then an art car full of hipsters wearing cat masks drove by waving signs reading "Cats for Obama"...ahh, Providence.

Hopefully by tomorrow we will have a better hint as to the fate of our disturbed nation. Until then, I'll be gathering with friends and neighbors to break bread and turn water into wine, waiting for our miracle.

Until then, here are a few amusing objects d'art I found on Etsy that will probably be sold while we bite nails and watch exit polls. Enjoy!

vote for your future - vote art on etsy

Images: (clockwise, from top left) "Van-Go-Bama" by orangyred, "Tofu for Obama Plush" by ChrisCreatures, "Election Fraud T-Shirt" by fatamerican, "Excited Voter Squid" by cleodee, "American Vice President Wrestling Middle-Weight Championship Poster" by yeehaw, "The Voodoo Sarah Doll" by Chellboy, "Vote for Peace" by alexandernash1, "I Voted Art Button" by a4ds.

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