With 2012 coming fast and furiously at us by next week, the winter activities to do with family and friends are on the minds of Rhode Islanders and visitors to our RI little state especially for New Year's Eve. Number one on anyone’s list should be Bright Night (long ago called First Night) which begins in the Providence RI venue at Bank of America’s skating center at Kennedy Drive. Official kickoff for Bright Night is at 5:00 p.m. on December 31st and buying your buttons now is encouraged to save money with $15 per person ($20 day of event). Buy tickets here or BUY BY PHONE: 1-800-838-3006.
Bright Night Providence is now run by local artists supported by corporate & city sponsors and citizen donations. With over 140 artists/performers in over 26 different venues throughout Providence locations. Featuring Waterfire, fireworks and the opening ceremony activities at the Bank of America skating center at Kennedy Drive.
It is a great way to enjoy the downtown Capitol city venues for little cost and with so many choices for the evening whether you are just an adult group, have children or a mix of both. Come and enjoy the New Year’s Eve Providence celebration- RI style.
Events scheduled as follows (check Bright Nights for any changes):
AS220 CAFE-115 Empire Street.
6PM: Nick Albanese- Comedy You Can’t Refuse
7 PM: Rory Raven- Mentalist
7:30 PM: Matt The Knife- comedy magic for adults
8 PM: Rory Raven- Mentalist
8:30 PM: Matt The Knife- comedy magic for adults
9 PM: Bright Night Poetry Slam
10:30-2 am AS220 New Year’s Eve Party with bands
11 PM: The Kolour Kult
11:45 PM: Ravi Shavi
12:30 AM: Extraordinary Rendition Band
BANK OF AMERICA SKATING CENTER/ BILTMORE PARK
12 noon-Midnight: Half Price Skating
12 noon-Midnight: Food Court
4:15 PM- 2012 Bright Night Skating Spectacular, featuring local area figure skaters.
5:00 PM: Opening Ceremonies – featuring the Banished Fools and other dignitaries.
BENEFICENT ROUNDTOP CENTER -300 Weybosset Street
BRIGHT NIGHT BLUES BASH 7-11PM
7 PM: Deadlands- funky blues and rock’n'roll
9 PM: Black and White Blues Band. – swing and blues dance.
BENEFICENT SANCTUARY -300 Weybosset Street
4-5:30 PM: Greg Abate and his Trio- bebop jazz
6 PM: Bill Monroe, American Music
7 PM: Sam Hill Trio-string trio
8 PM: L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble
DUNKIN’ DONUTS CENTER – ONE LASALLE SQUARE:
11 AM & 3 PM Disney On Ice: Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
1 PM & 4 PM ON 1/1/2012! : Disney On Ice: Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
Make imagination your destination! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a journey into the magical worlds of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch.
Your Bright Night Wristband gets you a $5 discount on regularly priced $17 or $22 tickets for Disney On Ice shows on December 31 (11 AM and 3 PM) and on January 1( 1PM and 4 PM) . No double discounts, other fees may apply. Valid in person only at the Dunkin’ Donuts Box Office (One Lasalle Square) with your Bright Night wristband. Please note this event is produced by Feld Entertainment, not Bright Night Providence.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH -75 North Main Street:
6 PM: Mark Binder, Bright Night Tales
7 PM: Bill Harley, Songs & Stories
9-11 PM: AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra,
GRACE CHURCH- 175 Mathewson Street:
6 PM: RI Children’s Chorus
7 PM: Women RIsing- a cappella chorus
9 PM: Inca Son- Peruvian Music
10 PM: Inca Son- Peruvian Music
MATHEWSON STREET CHURCH- 134 Mathewson Street:
THE MAGIC & COMEDY OF BRIGHT NIGHT
2 PM: Chris Carbone- magic and juggling
3 PM: Bruce Kalver – magician
4 PM: Lon Cerel- family magic show
5 PM: Davey The Clown- hilarious hi-jinks
6 PM: Speed of Thought Players- Improv
7 PM: Chris Carbone-magic and juggling
PERISHABLE THEATER- 95 Empire Street :
1 PM-5 PM- BRIGHT NIGHT STORYTELLING STAGE
1 PM: Carolyn Martino- Stories and Tales
2 PM: Jordan Cannady-Celtic Songs & Stories
3 PM: Burr Harrison- Myths For the Modern World
4 PM: Carolyn Martino- Stories and Tales
6 PM-12 Midnight: BRIGHT NIGHT ACOUSTIC COFFEEHOUSE:
6 PM: Johnny Juxo
7 PM: Jon Campbell
8 PM: Thea Hopkins
9 PM: Fishel Michael Bresler
10 PM: Jordan Cannady
11 PM: Mark Carter
PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 100 South Street:
12-5 pm: FREE ADMISSION FOR BRIGHT NIGHT PATRONS
12:30 PM: Sparky’s Puppets
1:30 PM: Rock-A-Baby
2:30 PM: Sparky’s Puppets
3:30 PM: Rock-A-Baby
RISD MUSEUM 20 North Main Street:
10am-5pm: Free admission with your Bright Night Wristband
1pm- 3pm: RISD Open Studio art workshop with educator Aja Blanc
RHODE ISLAND CONVENTION CENTER One Exchange Street:
6 PM: International Illusionist Brad Ross
8 PM: International Illusionist Brad Ross
10 PM: International Illusionist Brad Ross
12-5 PM: BRIGHT NIGHT FAMILY FUN FAIR
featuring juggling workshops, music workshops, art workshops, RIMOSA exhibits, clowns, jugglers, and lots more. Also features the Bright Night’s Got Talent Contest Winners!
FAMILY FUN FAIR STAGE, hosted by Improv Comedy Group:
2 PM: Carolyn Dutra Dancers
3 PM: Keith Munslow- songs & stories
4 PM: The Rhythm Room- world music and rhythms
NOTE: Bright Night’s Got Talent winners will open for these artists!
FAMILY FUN FAIR ACTIVITIES
12-5 PM: Free Facepainting
12-5 PM: Science exhibits
12-5 PM: Free Airbrushed Tattoos by the Mad Tatter!
12-5 PM: Free art-making stations by Mark Kohler
12-3 PM: Sari-wrapping workshop by Shanthi Muthu
12-3 PM: Circus arts workshop/juggling with Marvelous Marvin
12-2 PM: Music-making workshop with the Rhythm Room
12-4 PM: Strolling entertainers!
RHODE ISLAND CONVENTION CENTER BALLROOM One Exchange Street:
21+ ONLY EVENT- STRICT DRESS CODE (BLACK & WHITE SEMI-FORMAL ATTIRE)
9 PM- 3 AM : Second Annual World Masquerade Ball
Please note that this event is not being produced by Bright Night Providence– this event is separately produced.
Features live music by Santa Mamba, passed hors d’oeuvres, 6 different bar stations, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, a Masquarde Ball Fashion show featuring I Wink Clothing, 3 DJ’s and much, much more! The event is hosted by former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci and television personality Claudia Jordan, and Patriot players Troy Brown and Patrick Pass will also make an appearance. Masks are optional, and will be provided at the event. Proceeds partially support the Gloria Gemma Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education, and generate funding for critical breast health programs. A strict dress code will be enforced. Suits for men, cocktail dresses for ladies.
Bright Night Wristband wearers get $10 off the normal price of $60. For tickets and more information go to http://www.worldpartyent.com.
ROOTS CAFE 276 Westminster Street:
3 PM: Delight Consort- Renaissance Music
4 PM: Steel Drum Fun with the Mystic Jammers
5 PM: Indian Dance with Shanthi Muthu
6 PM: Len Cabral, Storyteller
TRINITY REP 201 Washington Street:
At Trinity Rep, your Bright Night wristband gets you $10 off regular priced Adult admission* (*does not include bench seating, cannot be combined with any other discounts.) Valid in person at the box office with BN bracelet. Bright Night discounted tickets can be purchased at the Trinity Rep box office, 201 Washington St. If you would like to purchase tickets in advance using a Bright Night discount, please email us with your ticket purchase information, and we’ll send you the discount code.
For more information, please call the Trinity box office at (401) 351-4242 or visit http://www.trinityrep.com.
5:00 PM: It’s A Wonderful Life
STROLLING PERFORMANCES – All Around Town:
1-2:30 PM: RI Kung Fu Club- Lion Dances!
2-4 PM: Amy the Mime!
4:00 -6 PM: The Snow Queen
4:30 PM – 12 Midnight: Banished Fools– Roving Music
9:30 PM- 12 Midnight: Extraordinary Rendition Band
ALL DAY– Surprises, Delights, & Old Friends!
URI-SHEPARD BUILDING- 80 Washington Street:
5:30 PM: Big Nazo- Rock’roll puppet extravaganza
7 PM: Big Nazo- Rock’roll puppet extravaganza
BRIGHT NIGHT AT THE IMPROV:
9 PM: BYOI- Bring Your Own Improv- Family Friendly Comedy
10 PM: Improv Jones
11 PM: Laughletics
So much to do to celebrate and welcome the New Year’s Day of 2012 into our lives. Enjoy the year past and be ready for the
New Year’s Eve in RI- Bright Night.
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