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April 2008 Events Calendar

April 1-31

Discover Newport:
Daffodil Days at Blithewold

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
101 Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
10:00 am - 4:00 pm |

Celebrate spring at this beautiful thirty-three-acre estate on Narragansett Bay with a spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils. Billiant yellow daffodils trumpet the arrival of spring as the sight of blooming flowers and budding trees help us forget winter as we look forward to summer fun.

April 1

Blackstone River Theatre Presents: Spuyten Duyvil

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | $15.00 | 401 725-9272 |

Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil show for the first time is like "throwing a cherry bomb into a lake" (Rich Warren, WFMT). The brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock to create a uniquely modern mix. Lead by song-writing couple, Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six-piece powerhouse exudes barn burning energy.  

April 1-10

Discover Newport Presents:
Newport Restaurant Week Spring

Newport County Restaurants
Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI
$16 for three-course lunch | $35 for three-course dinner.
401-845-9110 |
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Prepare your taste buds for mouthwatering menus this season with 3 course prix-fixe lunches and dinners at over 55 participating restaurants throughout Bristol and Newport County; experience culinary walking tours, chef demos, affordable palate-pleasing lodging packages, special themed events and more. County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. (Presented by Discover Newport).

April 2

JFK Library Presents: PEN Hemingway Awards

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.| Click here to register
617 514-1644 |

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's son, will present the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first published work of fiction by an American author. Novelist and biographer Roxana Robinson, President of the Authors Guild, will deliver the keynote address. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works. The PEN New England Awards in Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction will also be presented at the ceremony. This program is presented in partnership with PEN New England. See the collection here.

April 6

ICCNE Presents:
The Kings of Irish Country

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30 pm | Call for Tix
781 821-8291

Join Mick Flavin and John Hogan, Ireland’s top country music stars, for an evening of dinner and dancing. Live band. 7:30 p.m. (John Hogan pictured)

April 7-8

Boston Pops:
Happy Birthday, John Williams!

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
8:00 pm | April 7 | April 8 |

Be a part of Boston Pops history and celebrate the legacy of Laureate Conductor, John Williams. This is your chance to hear great classics, and rarities like Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Towering Inferno. This concert will include 55+ years of material from John’s six decades as a film composer and will be recorded for a CD release in the spring. Seating for this concert will be theatre-style (no floor tables). Keith Lockhart conducts.

April 8

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Sunny Crownover with The Duke Robillard Band

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | $15.00 - - $18 on show day | 401 725-9272 |

Sunny Crownover is a critically acclaimed blues and jazz vocalist, and voting member of the Recording Academy. Duke Robillard is an internationally renowned guitarist of blues, jazz, and roots music. Together, with the Duke Robillard Band, Sunny and Duke have collaborated for the last eight years and have produced award-winning and Grammy nominated bodies of work.

April 8, 15, 22, 29

ICCNE Presents:
The Course of Irish History: Viking Invasion

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
4:30-5:30 pm | $65 for four weeks / $60 members | $20 for walk-ins on the day
781 821-8291 |

This four-week course by Sean Murphy runs over four successive Saturdays and examines the effect the Vikings had on Ireland from their arrival in 795 AD through to the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. ICC Pub opens at 5pm for dinner and drinks. Open Session from 5-8 pm.

April 9

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
7:00 pm | $16.00 - - $18 on show day
401 725-9272 |

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a bilingual band hailing from Prince Edward Island, Canada, is a trad/folk/fusion trio. Weaving the music of the Irish, Acadian, Francophone cultures and original creations with modern and world rhythms, it has created a sought-after, fiery, contagious and unique sound that led to touring extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

April 15

One Boston Day

City of Boston and Beyond

Mayor Walsh announced that One Boston Day – held annually on April 15th to commemorate the Boston Marathon bombings – will become a permanent fixture of the City of Boston. "April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city's deepest values, and we continue to be amazed by the spirit of the day, in the city, and around the world," Walsh said. "I am proud to sign this proclamation so that every April 15 we are inspired to come together to honor the bravery, the resolve and the unity of the city by reaching out, helping those in need, committing random acts of kindness."

April 15

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Hanneke Cassel, Mike Block and Keith Murphy - CD release!

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | $16.00 - - $18 on show day
401 725-9272 |

“Trip to Walden Pond” - - Hanneke Cassel’s latest CD release features 17 new compositions, along with traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes. Produced by Finnish musician Antti Järvelä (FRIGG, JPP, Baltic Crossing), the album features cellist Mike Block, guitarists Keith Murphy and Christopher Lewis, fiddler/violist Jeremy Kittel, and pianist Dave Wiesler. You won't want to miss this show!

April 18

JFK Library Presents:
National Marionette Theater - Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30 - 11:30 am | Free | Children Ages 5 and Up
617 514-1644 | Register here |

The master puppeteers bring one the most famous of the Grimm Brothers’ stories to life with exquisitely crafted marionettes, scrolling scenery and the beautiful music of Englebert Humperdinck. Hansel and Gretel get lost while picking berries and end up trapped in a house constructed of cake and candy. Can they work together to get themselves out of trouble and back home safely? 

April 22

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Grant Maloy Smith

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
8:00 pm | $12 | 401 725-9272 |

Grant Maloy Smith is a singer/songwriter of American Roots music - a blend of old country, bluegrass, folk and Celtic influences into a uniquely American genre. His songs tell stories and paint pictures with words. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Grant heard the strains of bluegrass from his Kentucky-born and raised Grandmother, and it got into his blood. His current album is the critically acclaimed Yellow Trailer, a collection of amazing songs that will take you on an invigorating ride through the fabled American south.

April 29
Spectacle Management Presents: Eileen Ivers

The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre
13 Wallis St. BeverlyMA
7:30 p.m. | 617 531-1257 | $49-$59 | Directions | Buy Tix

Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. She’s been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. “She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” says The Irish Times. Ivers’ recording credits include over 100 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul mixes African and Latin percussion and bass, Irish instrumentalists, and American soulful vocals. Check out what's sure to be another virtuoso performance at The Larcom.

April 30

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
Tannahill Weavers

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
7:00 pm | $16.00 - - $20 on show day | 401 725-9272 |

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.

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