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February 5-7

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Shen Yun at PPAC
For only one day this weekend, Shen Yun Performing Arts will be coming to the Providence Performing Arts Center. Shen Yun is a music and dance show that attempts to capture 5,000 years of Chinese culture, filled to the brim with great legends, myths and literary classics. With such a limited amount of time, Shen Yun is an important show to catch. Saturday. $60-$120. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. More info… 

Providence Children’s Film Festival
This Saturday, the Providence Children’s Film Festival is beginning its seventh annual run, hosting workshops and film screenings for people of all ages. The festival begins with a workshop at the Providence Children’s Museum, as well as a screening of the film Between the Stacks later in the day at the Providence Athenaeum. There are plenty of opportunities to get children involved in the process of filmmaking during this festival, with events all throughout the month of February. Many of the screenings are open to the public for free, though some require a ticket for admission, so head over and reserve your spot now. Saturday. $7.50-$10. 100 South Street, Providence. More info… 

Lovely Art at AS220
This weekend, AS220 is hosting fine art on paper from a large group of talented Rhode Island artists. The gallery will be open 1-6pm every day this weekend. Saturday evening, AS220 is hosting a reception for the participating artists, at which guests may find wine and sweets. Guests will also be able to print a letterpress or silkscreen print design if they find themselves in need of some DYI Valentine’s Day gifts. All weekend. Free. 131 Washington Street, Providence. More info…

Night of Music at Aurora
This Friday night, three bands will be performing live at Aurora in Providence. Aurora has always showcased a variety of creative talent, and this show is no different as Math the Band the Band, Still Flyin’ and Bellerophon will be present for a night of live music and drinks. Still not sold? You can listen to some of their music on the Facebook event page while you buys your tickets. Friday. $8.50. 276 Westminster Street, Providence. More info…

John Porch at the Comedy Connection

Looking for some genuine laughs? The Comedy Connection and John Porch have you covered. Comedian John Porch is coming to East Providence to perform a stand-up comedy routine. You wouldn’t be wasting your money either, as Porch was a finalist in the Catch a New Rising Star television competition, and was named “Best Comedian” by The Providence Phoenix. Friday and Saturday. $15. 39 Warren Avenue, East Providence. More info… 

Student Exhibit in Westerly
This Friday, The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (ACGOW) is hosting an opening reception for their exhibit of Connecticut College student art as well as the art of ACGOW members. The art on display is a mix of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and even video and sound art. The exhibit attempts to reflect the diverse ways in which emerging artists are able to express themselves. Friday. Free. 7 Canal Street, Westerly. More info… http://www.westerlyarts.com/

Dar Williams at the Greenwich Odeum

Folk singer and songwriter Dar Williams will be returning to the Greenwich Odeum with an impressive nine studio record résumé behind her. Williams’ return means a wonderful night of music reflecting her experiences in contemporary culture as well as the various projects and efforts that she immerses herself in. A few of her projects include teaching a course titled “Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy,” working with children at summer camps and leading songwriting workshops. Saturday. $30-$40. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. More info… 

URI Women vs. Dayton
University of Rhode Island’s women’s basketball team will be facing off against the University of Dayton’s team this weekend at the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center. Rhode Island’s team has ten wins and ten losses for the season, and we can hope that this game results in a win, especially after the team lost to Fordham last week. Head down to the Ryan Center to cheer on the state team this Sunday. Sunday. $7-$10. 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston. More info… 

Winter Blues at Jimmy’s Saloon
Still haven’t gotten over your winter blues? Jimmy’s Saloon might be able to help.as they host a variety of artists to lift your spirits. The night will feature six different performers, including Grant Maloy Smith, LUX, Molly Parmenter and more. Saturday. $5. 37 Memorial Boulevard, Newport. More info… 

Black and White Photography in Tiverton
This weekend, the Tiverton Arts Council and Island Photography Group are introducing the first of a three exhibit series at the Tiverton Town Hall Gallery. The first exhibit, titled “Black and White,” features black and white images from the Photography Group. The opening reception for this exhibit will be held Sunday afternoon, so stop by and support your local artists. All weekend. Free. 343 Highland Road, Tiverton. More info…