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Chefs step out of the kitchen and onto the stage for another year of rock, roll and darn good food at the Ham Jam this weekend.

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2016 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at the Met
Oliver Penn and the Crystal Shivers. Le Roxy Pro. Eric and the Nothing. Young Lincoln. These four performers are ready to duke it out at the Met. This Saturday the finalists of the WBRU Rock Hunt will be having their final night of competition, as each of them fights for $3,500 worth of prizes, including recording time and the opportunity to play some of WBRU’s biggest events in 2016. Join WBRU and watch these finalists fight for fame and fortune. Saturday. $5. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. More info… 

Ham Jam IV
Rhode Island has some pretty great food spots, doesn’t it? It also offers some great local music, right? What if we told you that a bunch of Rhode Island’s culinary masters were brought together to perform for a night of jammin’ music called the Ham Jam? This Sunday at the Met, bands made up of chefs from restaurants around Rhode Island will be performing for your entertainment. This is the fourth annual performance by the all-chef supergroups Turn for the Wurst, and features the DBCs, Smith & Weeden and the Little Compton Band. On the side, Tallulah’s Tacos will be selling delicious food for you to eat from the Met kitchen. Sunday. $7.20. 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. More info… 

Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary Tour
Celebrating 90 years of world-famous entertainment, the Harlem Globetrotters will be featured on the Dunkin’ Donuts Center court this Sunday to perform incredible basketball entertainment, sign autographs and take photos with fans. Known as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the roster for this game features Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, and even a few female stars like TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu, among other players. Purchase your tickets online and don’t miss out on this 90th anniversary tour of an incredibly important group. Sunday. $21-$115. 1 LaSalle Square, Providence. More info… 

Antigone at URI’s Providence Campus
As part of Women’s History Month, URI is collaborating with OUT LOUD Theatre to present an original adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone. OUT LOUD is using the play in order to examine its relevance to the world of today. The production also compliments URI’s current art exhibit, titled “Women Having Their Say.” Antigone follows the story of the titular character fighting against her newly crowned Uncle Creon, in a story about strength, morality and law. All weekend. Free. 134 Mathewson Street, Providence. More info… 

Third Annual LoveCraft Wedding Show
Are you engaged and looking for some items for your wedding? Perhaps you’re looking to get some vintage and hand-crafted wares? Either way, this Sunday, Aurora is hosting its third annual wedding show. Take a look through items produced by around 20 regional and local vendors, drink cocktails from Aurora’s bar or just enjoy the lovely day in downtown Providence. On top of that, the first 50 attendees who are engaged with also receive a goody bag full of ideas and special items from the vendors, typically valued at over $100. Sunday. 11.34. 276 Westminster Street, Providence. More info… 

Free Pink Floyd Tribute Show
Coming out of Philadelphia, this Pink Floyd tribute band offers the best replication of a Pink Floyd concert that you can find. Working to master around five hours of Pink Floyd’s music, this band can over you an incredible show. Even better, the Newport Grand Casino is showing this event for free. If you have an appreciation for great music, you should not hesitate to go to this event. Saturday. Free. 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport. More info… 

Local Author Faire in Middletown
Being a writer is tough, so when you have the opportunity to support authors who are trying to make it in the publishing world, it’s a good idea to show some support. This weekend, Barnes & Noble is hosting a local author faire, in which authors from a variety of genres come together to discuss and sell their works, as well as offering to sign the book. This is your chance to engage in meaningful conversations with skilled writers, and to get your books signed. Saturday. Free. 1311 West Main Road, Middletown. More info… 

Cote Percussion Jazz Quartet at Norey’s
As a special St. Patrick’s Day performance, the Cote Percussion Jazz Quartet will be performing this Thursday night at Norey’s in Newport. The group will also be performing alongside Coreyanne Armstrong, who will be playing the bagpipes in order to be truly in spirit. This event is free, so you can go experience brilliant music by brilliant performers in Newport this weekend for no money at all! Unless you want to load up on food and drinks, in which case Norey’s has got you covered too. Thursday. Free. 156 Broadway, Newport. More info… 

Easter Treats at Ocean House
Hosting an Easter get together but don’t know what to make? Is your dessert menu not living up to your expectations? If you’re looking for some extra help, an Ocean House Pastry Chef is offering a fun class to help you tap into the Easter spirit and create some classic Easter bread, desserts and a variety of confections. The tickets for this class are going quick, so reserve your tickets for a helpful and fun class on delicious desserts this Saturday. Saturday. $75. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Westerly. More info… 

You’re Bound to See “Bound to Sea”
Ben Anderson has put together a gallery at URI under the title “Bound to Sea.” The gallery utilizes a variety of media in order to generate a psychological environment that provokes the viewer to think about their relationship to the world and to the sea in particular. Evoking that familiar New England seaside imagery, the exhibit also seeks to re-imagine the image of the ocean. Friday. Free. 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. More info…