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Friday
Get ready to laugh at the expense of some truly terrible movies with Joel Hodgson, creator and star of the cult classic television show Mystery Science Theater 3000! Sit in on a double feature mini-marathon of the iconic series and stick around for a question and answer session with the comedian. $30. 8pm. 59 Main Street, East Greenwich. More info...

Everyone's favorite whodunnit board game comes to life in the form of an interactive play at Clue: It's Not A Game Anymore. Become entangled in the mysterious murder of Mr. Boddy and see if you can solve the case by the end of the show. Also enjoy a first-class dinner catered by River Falls restaurant. $36. 6:30pm. 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. More info...

Trinity Rep's Lunch and Learn series kicks off with a behind the scenes look at their latest production, Julius Caeser. Join in on a conversation with the theater's props master Michael Getz, vocal coach Thom Jones, and actor Stephen Thorne as they disclose production secrets that come to create the theatrical magic the company is so well-known for. Free with RSVP. 12pm. 201 Washington Street, Providence. More info...

Saturday
Get up close and personal with beautiful birds of prey at Audubon's Raptor Photo Shoot. Photographers and animal lovers alike will be able to snap some pictures of Great Horned Owls, American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, and more in a natural setting free of tents and crowds. $65-$70. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge. 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield. More info...

Soak in some positive vibes at Peace Fest RI, a global celebration of peace. Come to Burnside Park to support dedicated non-profits and community organizations while dancing, meditating, and munching on a spread of food from a number of different food trucks. Other events include storytelling, an interactive art installation, and puppet shows guaranteed to entertain peaceful people of all ages. Free. 1pm. Burnside Park and Kennedy Plaza, Providence. More info...

Tune the noise of the modern world down a bit while supporting a good cause at Good Old Days hosted by Frerich's Farms. Indulge in barbecued chicken or throw around some horseshoes, all to the laid-back sounds of the Big Red Barn Bluegrass Band. A special Western Town will even be open for the kids, providing entertainment for all ages. All proceeds raised during the event will be donated to the East Bay Autism Spectrum Disorder Project. $20. 9am-5pm. 43 Kinnicutt Avenue, Warren. More info...

Senior Discount, Trophy Wives and a whole mess of punk bands will be throwing down at Simon 677's for the Pop Rocks Music Festival. Before you head out to the show, check out our interview with Senior Discount's Chuck Staton. $10 advance, $12 at teh door. 2pm. 677 Valley Street, Providence. More info...

Sunday
Head to Providence for a one-of-a-kind celebration of creativity at the Thayer Street Art Festival. Offering an overwhelming amount of locally-made art, fresh and festive food, live music, and free crafts for children, Festival Fete provides an amazing entertainment hub to catch up with friends and family while supporting the artistic talents of the surrounding community. Free. 10am-5pm. Thayer Street, from Angell Street to Bowen Street, Providence. More info...

Whether you are a ballet enthusiast or a newcomer to the art form, make sure to not miss the Russian Grand Ballet's presentation of The Swan Lake at the Stadium Theatre. Experience first-hand the magnificent choreography, larger-than-life sets, and exquisite costumes to see why Tchaikovsky's masterpiece continues to be named one of the greatest ballets of all time. $36-$56. 6pm. 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. More info...

All Weekend
Spend the weekend laughing yourself sore at the 12th Annual Providence Improv Fest. Enjoy an impressive slate of top-tier comedy groups from all across the country, specializing in everything from long-form improv to "Lovecraft Improv". Learn tools of trade at a number of workshops as well with Jimmy Carrane, the comedian behind the Improv Nerd Podcast. Ticket prices vary, $35 for weekend pass. 95 Empire Street, Providence. More info...

Prepare for an emotional roller coaster before seeing Gamm Theater's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize and immortalized on stage and screen by Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams's gritty, poetic masterpiece remains a must-see for any fan of the theater. $30-$40. 2pm, 7pm, and 8pm show times. 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket. More info...

Set sail for the 45th Newport International Boat Show, featuring 13 acres of boats from around the world that are ready to be boarded. Explore hundreds of maritime vessels while taking in Newport's beautiful waterfront scenery. $15-$48. 10am-6pm. 4 Commercial Wharf, America's Cup Avenue, Newport. More info...