Events:

  • The Taste of Southern Rhode Island 2021

    A dazzling night of food sampling and spirit tastings.

    September 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Marvel’s Black Panther

    The blockbuster film that showcases the costume design that earned Ruth E. Carter an Academy Award!

    September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Mark Normand

    Stand-up comedian and actor who’s been on all the big late night shows.

    September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • A Fun Live Electronic Show

    Electro-pop.

    September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Divas of Drag

    A double dose of glitz and glamour, sass and class with premier drag stars.

    September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Allysen Callery

    Ghost folk, quiet music for a loud world.

    September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Gary Louris (of The Jayhawks, solo)

    Over the last three decades, this singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has built a deep, compelling body of music.

    September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Roger Mcguinn

    As the leader of the influential ‘60s group, The Byrds, he combined the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan.

    September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • WaterFire

    Partial lighting. URI focus.

    September 24 @ 12:00 am
  • Oshima Brothers

    Dreamy folk/ acoustic pop songbirds from Common Fence Music, hosting at the Norman Bird Sanctuary,

    September 24 @ 12:00 am
  • Dick Derry/ Early Show

    straight up rock ‘n’ roll band.

    September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • RI Fashion Week

    Lights Fashion Philanthropy brings you their 9th season spotlighting rising design talent, independent retailers, art and catwalking.

    September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • The Wolff Sisters

    Bringing that loose blues, roots and rock n’ roll sound back into the forefront of the music scene.

    September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Bearly Dead

    A unique, high energy take on Grateful Dead classics (and much more).

    September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • The Fools

    Rock band best known for their party atmosphere.

    September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • No Quarter- Led Zeppelin Tribute

    Rock.

    September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Carsie Blanton

    Americana pop punk act with political undertones.

    September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Ben Folds: In Actual Person Live For Real Tour

    An enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums.

    September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers

    Exploring blues, soul, country, folk and jazz. Done by midnight.

    September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Michael Blackson

    Liberian-American actor and comedian.

    September 24 @ 9:00 pm - September 25 @ 12:00 am

Both Sides

Everyone Is Not a Critic

My colleague Kevin Broccoli recently pronounced theater criticism dead: “You’re better off hiring 50 20-year-olds to talk about your show on social media than you are cozying up to a Motif contributor on opening night.” (“Let’s Talk About Critics,” Jan 10). He cites “an army of straight, white, male critics” whose perspective makes them less […]

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Keep Art a Communication of Love by Keeping Government Out of It

Human beings are driven to express themselves, and we are naturally uplifted by a sense of having done something, having accomplished something. Ultimately, communication is an act of love, and accomplishment is an act of affirming one’s existence. Combined, that is art — affirming one’s capacity for love — and people always have and always […]

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In Their Own Words: Cannabis

We received verbatim responses from two leading proponents and two leading opponents of cannabis taxation and regulation. We have not censored their responses or fact-checked their claims — we just want you to know what they’re thinking. The opinions here, obviously, do not reflect the opinions of Motif. Mike Cerullo Peter Kilmartin Scott Slater Andrew […]

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Call A Christmas Tree A Christmas Tree, A Menorah A Menorah And Move On Already!

In honor of the season of giving, I have been asked to write the progressive point of view of the second annual showdown between the Holiday Tree and the Christmas Tree. Before delving into the extremely high-stakes debate over what label is given to the conifer in question, let me first say how preposterous I […]

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