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10 Ways to Spend a Spring Weekend

April 21-23 Jam out to Record Store Day, celebrate animals with The Rescue and participate in the AIDS Walk for Life


All Weekend:
Testing the bonds of friendship, the actors at 2nd Story Theatre shows just how the oblivious the obvious can seem. Take a seat and watch the mayhem unfold as Tony Award-winning Art by Yasmina Reza explores the nature of friendship through a piece of statement art and the reactions it invokes. Simple yet captivating, each person's idea of the art brings the conversation further away from the topic as the discussions turn to personal arguments. 28 Market Street, Warren. 247-4200

Friday, April 21:

WBRU Exposure presents Explosions in the Sky at Lupo’s. Join the band and celebrate the release of their newest record, The Wilderness, the first album the band has dropped since 2011. The rock quartet is known for creating emotional soundscapes that really bring listeners to their knees. 79 Washington Street, Providence. 

Get ready for a fantastic evening of art, food and wine. Dryden Gallery will be hosting a "Paint-Off!" where artists will compete against the clock and pain new works before those in attendance. Speaking with the artists is encouraged and all proceeds from the event will go to nonprofits helping local children in the Greater PVD area. 27 Dryden Lane. 

Saturday, April 22:

Audiophiles, mark your calendars for the tenth annual Record Store Day. This national event puts the spotlight on local record stores – like What Cheer? and Olympic Records – and celebrates all things vinyl. Between digging through bins, catching appearances from local musicians and listening to that stack of new wax you’re going to bring home, it’s going to be a long, rockin’ day. 

Grateful Dead fans, reunite! Playing Dead, a Grateful Dead tribute band, will be playing the original artist’s diverse catalog of tunes - including some rock, blues, jazz and bluegrass. The tribute band includes past members of well-known groups like Slipknot!, Dark Star Orchestra and Uncle John’s Band. The fun starts at 9pm at The Met. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. 729-1005

The Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) hosts the longest running state culinary competition and its annual fundraiser, The Rescue. Featuring participating restaurants from Providence’s amazing culinary scene, guests will vote for the best food at the end of the night. Plus, with all the proceeds going to PARL, your tail is sure to be waggin’. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. 

Don’t forget your cowboy hat and boots for Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour. The recent Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee is sure to stir up some fun while he plays both his recent music and hits dating back to the late ‘80s. 1 LaSalle Square, Providence. 331-0700

What better way to spend April Vacation then to visit the 4th Annual New England Family Fun Festival. Live performances will take place throughout the day, along with games, bouncy houses, face painting and magicians. 2 Bridgham Street, Providence. 

Admire some vintage cars at the Audrain Automobile Museum while sipping on some wine for a special Wine and Wheels event. Vicker’s Liquor of Newport is organizing a selection of wines to pair with a variety of cheeses for a tasting. Stop by from 6 to 8pm. 222 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 856-4420

Sunday, April 23:

Individuals, families and their pets are invited to join AIDS Project Rhode Island for the AIDS Walk for Life. This annual event, which raises money and awareness for fighting AIDS within the Ocean State, starts and ends on the State House lawn. The walk kicks off at 12:30, and you can expect some other fun events to be waiting at the finish line. Downtown Providence.