PVD Nightlife: All the City's a Stage

Killer up-and-coming bands, hilarious comics and drag bingo prove nothing is more fun than Providence after dark


A mecca of creative arts, Aurora is a bustling haven of downtown diversity with dance, live music, film screenings, art installations, a resident theatre company and a monthly variety show, all in a funky Downcity spot, with a bar filled with eclectic drink selections. If that’s not reason enough to get off the couch and through the front door, check out their Cover Show – which has featured local artists performing sets of Lou Reed, PJ Harvey and Tom Waits tunes – happening every other month. 276 Westminster Street.

Enjoy a night of hilarious improv comedy with interactive scenes, on-the-spot musicals, improvised songs, dances and skits while featuring live music from Bertrand Laurence at Friday Night Live at Everett. 9 Duncan Avenue

The first Sunday of every month is home to Providence’s longest-running and funniest sketch and variety show at AS220. Empire Revue brings something new to the stage each month in the way of comedy acts and musical and artistic performances. 115 Empire Street

While it may not be easy to say out loud (especially after a beer or two), PechaKucha is the global phenomenon where presenters share their stories through 20 slides, in which they have 20 seconds with for each. In other words, it’s an adult version of show-and-tell. Venues rotate month-to-month 

For over 20 years, Improv Jones has brought together the finest improv actors to give a show that’s provocative, iconoclastic, rude, sweet and hilarious. Kinda like Chrissy Teigen’s snapchat. With varied formats from night to night, everything from start to finish is made up on the spot. 95 Empire Street  

Movie nights are woven into our DNA, much like waking up to a cup of coffee or snoozing your alarm 13-and-a-half times. Why not make your screen time a little more interesting by heading down to Bucket Brewery on Thursday nights to watch past favorites on a 120” screen while sipping a pint of their homebrewed delights. 100 Carver Street, Pawtucket

When you think of Bingo, the words fabulous or outlandish don’t typically come to mind, but that’s exactly what kind of night you’ll have when you join drag divas of Providence at Drag Bingo. A night of irreverent humor, drag queen antics, amazing prizes and musical interludes, this game night leave you yelling out for more. 1612 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston

If you grew up obsessing over Clue, Murder on Us at Bravo Brassiere is a reservation you should make right now. Enjoy a four-course murder mystery dinner as actors mingle with the audience while they break into song, fire gunshots and open switchblades. 123 Empire Street

Have you wondered what it would be like to blurt your thoughts out loud without anyone getting mad at you for it? Bring Your Own Improv gives you the chance to just that. An interactive improv show, BYOI encourages audience participation and gives you an outlet to let loose. 3259 Post Road, Warwick

The Point Street Reading Series takes book club to the next level with a panel of featured authors who read from their masterpieces while mingling with the crowd every third Tuesday of the month at Point Street Dueling Pianos. An always-packed event, the series is a sure way to share your love for the written word with fun and fabulous friends. 3 Davol Square