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FirstWorks Anniversary Gala
Celebrate 10 years of
artistic & community partnership
FirstWorks Urban Carnevale
FREE celebration co-presented
with the City of Providence
FirstWorks Urban Carnevale
celebrate with artists from
Australia, Italy, Morocco & RI!
FirstWorks Arts-Learning
Jazz at Lincoln Center
connect students to The Jazz Age
Arts Learning for RI students
with Broadway tap sensation
Savion Glover
Start our 2nd decade strong-
Make your pledge to our
inaugural annual fund by June 30
FirstWorks Festival
Transforms Kennedy Plaza
into a vibrant town square!
Celebrate Our Town with
FirstWorks Festival on the
Plaza - coming June 2015
International partnerships:
Expanding cultural borders-
Taiwanese Tea Ceremony
Partnerships: New Work
Community MusicWorks
FirstWorks and Kronos Quartet
 
 
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Artistic intergrity is off the charts!
SPRING 2012

02/01/2012   6-8 p.m.
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts (Studio 1)

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Women Changing Pakistan: with author and artist Samina Quraeshi

Join FirstWorks for a FREE community conversation with award-winning Pakistani author and visual artist Samina Quraeshi.

Preview excerpts from her multi-media project “The Other Half of Tomorrow: Women Changing Pakistan”, produced in collaboration with The New England Foundation for the Arts, Asia Society and WGBH Boston. Exploring Pakistan through the real-life, individual experiences of women taking active steps to reshape their world, this ambitious project spans documentary film shorts, interactive online experiences and live presentations.

Talk presented by FirstWorks as part of our year-long Caravanserai project—introducing American audiences to Sufi artists, filmmakers & musicians through a series of intensive community engagement and performance programs. This project is an initiative of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, administered by Arts Midwest.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the RI Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Brown University Creative Arts Council.

Seating is limited - reserve today!

   Her devotion to propagating the importance of arts and cultural exchange in improving the world is visible in everything she does
-Nirali Magazine

02/07/2012   7pm
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts - Martinos Auditorium

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"Made in Pakistan" Film Screening

Meet talented young actress and filmmaker Ayesha Khan as she showcases her documentary, "Made in Pakistan".

An insider's look into "The Most Dangerous Country in the World" (as labeled by a cover story in Newsweek, Oct. 29, 2007), "Made in Pakistan" follows the lives of four young Pakistani professionals who defy this prevailing stereotype of the country by the very choices they have made in their lives. Shot during Pervez Musharraf’s state of emergency in 2007, this real slice of life reveals a country where one definition of an Islamic State no longer holds true.

Screening presented by FirstWorks as part of our year-long Caravanserai project—introducing American audiences to Sufi artists, filmmakers & musicians through a series of intensive community engagement and performance programs. This project is an initiative of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, administered by Arts Midwest.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the RI Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Brown University Creative Arts Council.


Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary - South Asian International Film Festival, NY

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$8 advance, $10 day of screening
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   "Bucks the trend...a fascinating and ultimately successful effort to challenge Western stereotypes"
—The Examiner

02/08/2012   4-6 p.m.
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts - Martinos Auditorium

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"Bridging Culture Through Film" Panel Discussion

Join FirstWorks' special guest Ayesha Khan, Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary "Made in Pakistan", and standouts of our local film industry for a panel discussion exploring the role of filmmaking in breaking down cultural barriers.

Panelists include:
Sara Archembault, Program Director of the LEF Foundation, R.I. filmmaker Keith Brown, R.I./N.Y. based writer/director Reshad Kulenovic, Dr. Kevin Esch, professor of film studies at URI and Roger Williams University, and Beena Sarwar, artist, journalist and documentary filmmaker.

Session moderated by George Marshall, Executive Director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Presented by FirstWorks as part of our year-long Caravanserai project—introducing American audiences to Sufi artists, filmmakers & musicians through a series of intensive community engagement and performance programs. This project is an initiative of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, administered by Arts Midwest.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the RI Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Brown University Creative Arts Council.

Seating is limited - Reserve today!

   Pictured: Ayesha Khan, Executive Producer of "Made in Pakistan"

03/10/2012   8pm
The VETS

Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company
Story/Time

FirstWorks presents Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, who commands center stage for an exhilarating full company performance of 70 stories in 70 minutes. Inspired by John Cage’s groundbreaking 1958 performance “Indeterminancy”, the piece changes each time it is staged, operating on the principles of chance to layer movement, language and music in the moment. Experience an amazing dance-theater ‘first’ by a master storyteller.

*CONTENT ADVISORY: Story/Time contains strong language and mature themes. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

World Premiere Tour!

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$18-$68 (incl. $2 restoration fee)
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   “[Jones’s] gifts: …compelling storytelling and pure-dance interludes of slippery and often deeply romantic choreography.”
—The Washington Post

03/11/2012   9:30 a.m.
RISD Chace Center Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium

Coffee and Conversation
with Bill T. Jones

Join FirstWorks and creative thought leaders at the RISD Museum of Art for an intimate, morning-after chat with Tony Award-winning choreographer and director Bill T. Jones, along with his "Story/Time" creative team.

Be a part of the conversation with a titanic force at the forefront of art and performance!

Presented by FirstWorks, in partnership with the RISD Museum of Art.

Coffee & breakfast served at 9:30 a.m. Conversation begins at 10 a.m.

Event is free for RISD Museum members (proof of membership required at door)


Seating is limited - reserve your tickets today!

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$10 general admission, $5 with \"Story/Time\" ticket stub
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   "Jones is larger than life...and then some"
-San Francisco Chronicle

03/17/2012   8pm
RISD Auditorium - Please note new date & time

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Arif Lohar and Arooj Aftab

Bollywood stardom comes to the FirstWorks stage!

With 150 albums, 50 international tours and 5 million hits on YouTube, Arif Lohar is a superstar in the Punjabi world, but many Americans know him by his music ("Bend It Like Beckham" soundtrack), not by name.

Arif invites the compelling young "Neo-Sufi / Global Soul" vocalist Arooj Aftab to join his band for an unforgettable evening of pop/folk/rock from the other side of the globe.

U.S. Premiere Tour!

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$15 advance / $20 day of performance
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   Experience one of Pakistan's most beloved contemporary folk singers

05/10/2012   7:30pm
The VETS

An Evening with Bobby McFerrin

One-man orchestra Bobby McFerrin uses his four-octave range and a vast array of vocal techniques to conjure the unmistakable sound of a trumpet in a jazz standard, the cello in a classical composition and the bubbly melody of a pop song.

Best known for his Grammy Award-winning, a cappella chartbuster "Don’t Worry, Be Happy", McFerrin’s artistry extends far beyond this unforgettable hit. Creating spontaneous, beautiful and timeless music that transcends all borders and embraces all cultures, McFerrin is no mere singer – he is music’s last true Renaissance man.




   “McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience – changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground.”
—The Los Angeles Times

 

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