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Featured in the Fall River News!

That’s the second time this week!

First about our Family Fun Fest, and now about our headlining act!

Illusionist Ross brings magic to Bright Night

By Linda Murphy
Posted Dec 29, 2011 @ 04:49 PM

Providence —

Unlike Harry Potter, Brad Ross doesn’t have a lighting-shaped scar on his forehead and he wasn’t born with the natural ability to conjure up magic, but he knew for certain at a young age that he wanted to become an illusionist.

A magician who performed at his fifth birthday party and made it seem as though the youngster had conjured up a rabbit sparked Ross’ imagination. He started taking magic classes after school and by age 13, he was performing for pay at birthday parties. “The art of magic allows you to take a break from reality and let your imagination take over,” said Ross.

He eventually joined up with Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Magic Show and the 27-year-old spent six years touring 25 countries and five continents with the Disney show. Along the way, he garnered a Merlin Award in recognition of his work entertaining children and families and he’s been featured on hundreds of television shows including the Rosie O’Donnell show.

Now the young illusionist is taking the next step in his career with his own show, with assistants in tow. A native of New Jersey, Ross said his early inspiration was fellow New Jersey native David Copperfield, but these days, he said he’s also drawing inspiration from “the classics” such as Houdini.

The headliner at Providence’s Bright Night New Year’s Eve festivities, Ross will be performing three shows (6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.) of his signature act, “Illusionary Magic.” “I’ve worked in some new illusions that I’ll be premiering at Bright Night,” said Ross. “It’s a very high energy show. I pride myself on incorporating the audience — whether it’s 100 people or a few thousand like Bright Night — into the show. My goal is to make the audience feel like they’re a part of the show.”

Wristbands to Providence’s Bright Night guarantee admission into one of the shows, which attendees will have to select when they purchase a wristband. Wristbands cost $20 adults; $15 for seniors and kids and are available through or on New Year’s Eve at select Bright Night venues including the Bank of America Skating Center, the Convention Center, the RISD Museum and the Providence Children’s Museum.

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Featured in Today’s Providence Journal!

Today’s Providence Journal features Bright Night Providence!

The article is pretty good and accurate,  although the Family Fun Fair is amazingly in just one room of the Convention Center.  (It’s a pretty big room though!) Oh, and Marvin Novogrodski will be teaching a circus workshop, not performing.  (and yes, later he’ll be stage managing!)

But overall, everything’s right.  Come down and see for yourself!

(AND REMEMBER- tickets are $15 until December 30– they go up to $20 on December 31.
Save yourself $5 and get them today!)

Travel & Leisure Picks Providence as one of the Top NYE Cities!

That’s right, Bright Night was a major factor in making Providence one of the top destinations for New Year’s Eve!

See the article and the rest of the cities.

Bambouk featured in Projo

They juggle, they make music, they entertain, and you’ll have a ball laughing at Bambouk (Matthew Duncan and Brian Foley) on Bright Night on Friday at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Internationally renowned Bambouk is two guys making people laugh — at Bright Night

12/30/2010 01:00 AM EST

By Rick Massimo

Journal Pop Music Writer The New York-based clown duo Bambouk, comprising Brian Foley and Matthew Duncan, are making their first visit to Rhode Island on Friday to headline the Bright Night celebration, but the pair has a lot of miles under their belts.
The red-nosed, bald-headed, formally dressed duo juggle, ride a six-foot unicycle, play the accordion, make music by bouncing balls off bass drums and more, combining the simplicity of wordless movement with impressive showbiz skills.
New York magazine said “This duo will instill a love of the clowning that mostly expired with Buster Keaton,” and a quick look at any of their videos (available on their website,, or on YouTube) will confirm that.
Foley and Duncan met in 2003 at a theme park where they were both jugglers, and Foley says, “we both realized that we had skill sets that were complementary. I was a vocalist and he was an instrumentalist. He was a juggler and I was a magician with a few juggling skills as well. And when you put all that together it makes for a pretty good variety show.”
It’s a pretty good variety show that has gone from the Midwest to California, China, Puerto Rico and Alaska, to comedy festivals and theaters, cruise ships and more.
“Everywhere we go,” Foley says, “we learn something different, but we always learn that people love to laugh.”
One reason the duo gets to do so many international shows is their mostly language-free show. Silent comedy (“we like to say we’re a mostly silent show. I tend to have a hard time keeping my big mouth shut”) affords them the opportunity to get around language barriers, but it also has aesthetic advantages.
“That’s what our heroes did,” Foley says, citing influences such as Victor Borge, Bill Irwin and Dick Franco, all of whom had “these tight acts that could play anywhere in the world.
“And when you’re not a slave to the text, you need to key into something that is more at the core of humanity. And that’s something that everyone can relate to. You leave the comedy more open to interpretation, and hopefully everyone can find something that relates to them directly.”
Bright Night runs noon to midnight on Friday at various venues throughout downtown Providence. For a full schedule, map of venues and ticket locations, go to or call (401) 621-6123.

Bright Night on Channel 10

A preview of the Bright Night Festivities on Channel 10 last night!

Along with Big Nazo’s own Rusty Dawg, Bright Night festival director Adam Gertsacov talks about some of the great events happening in Providence on New Year’s Eve.  Let’s not forget aliens, monkeys, robots, and talking dogs!

FALL RIVER HERALD: BRIGHT IDEA: Providence plans family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration

BRIGHT IDEA: Providence plans family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration

By Linda Murphy

Posted Dec 22, 2010 @ 03:49 PM
Last update Dec 22, 2010 @ 03:52 PM


They’ll be plenty of clowning around at this year’s Bright Night Providence festival on New Year’s Eve. “We’re really excited about it this year, it’s going to be a great festival,” said Festival Director Adam Gertsacov.

This year’s festivities feature more than 160 performers in various locales throughout downtown Providence, new partnerships with performing arts venues, ice skating, a masquerade ball, and Bambouk, a headlining clown act staging three shows at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Bambouk’s Brian Foley and Mathew Duncan, bald-headed clowns sporting snappy tuxedos and old-school red clown noses are a vaudevillian style physical comedy act that’s taking New York’s off Broadway scene by storm. “They sacrifice their dignity for people’s enjoyment. I saw them off Broadway and I thought they were amazing. And I’m a professional clown, so that says a lot,” said Gertsacov, who hangs up his clown gear on New Year’s Eve to act as ringleader of the artist-run Bright Night, Providence.

In addition to sharing the stage with the Moscow Circus, Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil, Bambouk also won the prestigious Sherman Brothers Award for Best Clown Duo and the 2010 Golden Nose Award winners for Audience Choice Best Clown Act. “The headlining act has to have broad appeal. They’re silly enough for kids to enjoy them, and smart and talented enough for adults to appreciate them,” said Gertsacov. “There’s also a fair amount of audience interaction.”

The festival gets under way at noon with strolling performers, half-priced skating at the Bank of America Center in Biltmore Park and storytellers, clowns, jugglers and performers taking the stage at four different venues. The Providence Children’s Museum will host puppet shows and other children’s activities, storytellers will take the stage at Perishable Theater from 1 to 5 p.m., the Beneficent Center will feature jugglers, clowns and acrobats, and URI’s Shepard Building offers up a circus workshop with Marvelous Marvin, Indian story and dance workshops with Shanti Muthu, storyteller/performer Keith Munslow and the ever-popular Big Nazo Puppet Band at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

The performances at all of the venues, which also include the AS220 Cafe, Grace Church and the First Baptist Church, start at 6 p.m. after the official opening ceremony in Biltmore Park at 5 p.m.

Singer/songwriters take the stage at Perishable Theater from 6 to 10 p.m. at the annual Bright Night Acoustic Coffeehouse followed by A Night at the Disco: The 70s Strike Back performing a fun retro tour through the gilded age of mirrored disco balls and leisure suits at 10 and 11 p.m.

The First Baptist Church is host to local jazz legend Greg Abate, Fishin’ with Finnegan, a Celtic music act, and Rhythm Room, a first at the festival. “They’re kind of a rogue music group with 10 players and 40 different instruments,” said Gertsacov. “They have a wonderful, danceable sound: I’m expecting the place to be rockin’ it out.”

Two other Bright Night favorites, mentalist Rory Raven, and sideshow artist Matt the Knife are slated to perform at AS220 in advance of the annual Bright Night Poetry Slam at 10 p.m. flowed by an array of bands on the AS220 stage performing up to 2 p.m.

The Bright Night Blues Bash with the Black and White Blues Band kicks off at 8:30 p.m. at the Beneficent Center, and an array of performers are also scheduled to perform in its sanctuary starting at 6 p.m. with master steel drummer Jason Roseman. “I’m really excited about him,” said Gertscov. “He learned how to make steel drums from his father and he’s been performing for 35 years. He plays calypso music, but he also plays jazz.”

The Rhode Island Children’s Chorus and the feminist chorus, Woman Spirit Rising are scheduled to perform at the Grace Church, which will also feature storytellers Mark Binder and Bill Harley.

“There’s a wide diversity of performers, and we also have some extraordinary street performers too,” said Gertsacov.

Bright Night Providence is also pairing up with the Providence Performing Arts Center, which is offering discounted tickets to 8 p.m. performances of Mama Mia on Friday and Saturday, and Trinity Repertory Company is also discounting tickets to its New Year’s Eve plays: “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Another partnership this year offers a reduced ticket to the World Masquerade Ball, a black tie, 21 and older event at the Rhode Island Convention Center. See the Bright Night website for the fine print details on these partnerships.

Bambouk: A New Vaudevillian Escape will be held at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. at the R.I. Convention Center. A Bright Night ticket (a Tyvek wristband) will guarantees admission to one of those three performances, plus more than 50 other performances at 12 other venues throughout the day and evening (on a space available basis).

With New Year’s Eve taking place on a Friday, Gertsacov is expecting a good turnout at this year’s artist-run New Year’s Eve event. Tickets purchased before Dec. 24 cost $10. Tickets after the 24th cost $15; group discounts are also available.

Check out for a full schedule of events and a listing of ticket sellers.

Blog Review of Big Nazo Show.

Big Nazo at Bright Night

January 3, 2010 by michelemeek

A performance of Big Nazo.

I love that Providence has its own nonconformist version of First Night. Unlike First Night, Bright Night is not alcohol free but it maintains the mission of kicking off the New Year as an arts celebration incorporating theater, music, arts and films. This year marked its seventh year with events at over a dozen venues in Providence, along with a mini-WaterFire lighting.
We decided to see a live show by Big Nazo, an international performance group that happens to reside here in Providence and makes large-as-life (and larger) puppets, masks and other creatures. The 6:30 pm event at Lupo’s attracted quite a number of families with kids ranging from a few-months-old and up, yet it was a thin enough crowd that everyone easily could enjoy an unobstructed view. The performance itself was, well, weird, a kind of bizarre ride through a wonderfully twisted imagination. Picture a giant horse that removes his mask to become an enormous old white man to remove his mask to become a small-headed dog to remove his mask to become a gloved hand to then reveal his true identity as a mad scientist and your MC for the evening. And that was only the opening. Not surprisingly, Mirabelle was perfectly riveted and never budged from the front row seat she secured for herself. And she’s been talking about it ever since.

Pass by the windows of Big Nazo on Eddy Street in Providence to see a sample of the weird characters that comprise Big Nazo.

Big Nazo!
60 Eddy St
Providence, RI Bright Night

Video/Story from WPRI

Providence preps for Bright Night 2010
Celebrate New Year’s in Providence

Updated: Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009, 7:08 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009, 6:09 PM EST

* Reported by Nneka Nwosu

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence will usher in the New Year with its annual Bright Night celebration.

Events will take place at 15 different venues, including the Convention Center.

Illusionist David Garrity will put on the headlining performance. The last WaterFire of the year will be lit along the Providence River, and work by local artists will be on display.

About 40,000 people are expected to take part in the festivities, now in their seventh year.

Festival Director, Adam Gertsacov, says, “it’s one of the events of the year that really is about the local performers and celebrating, what I call, Rhode Island’s most important cultural asset, its artists.”

He adds, “the biggest thing about Bright Night is the sense of community. It’s an amazing sense of community for downtown Providence this one night, it’s a big city, but this one night it seems like it’s a small town everybody’s friends everybody’s happy having a great time.”

Tickets cost $15 each, or you can get four for $50.

Sun Chronicle Go Magazine: The Celebration Must Go On

The Back Bay Puppeteers Cooperative’s Babe the Blue Ox marches in an earlier First Night Boston Grand Procession. (submitted)

The celebration must go on

Ah, it’s finally here. Christmas is over (you can tell because Valentine’s Day candy is on store shelves) and it’s the bright dawning of a new decade.

But first, you need to figure out how to say “Good Riddance 2009!” in style and remember that it’s your last night to go crazy before all those pesky resolutions kick in. With the Attleboro area ideally situated between Providence and Boston, deciding where to go can be harder than figuring out what shirt to ring in the new year with.

There has been some chatter that New Year’s Eve isn’t the celebration it used to be. Well, the directors of the two biggest celebrations in New England don’t think so, and have created a lineup that’s jam-packed.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s going down on New Year’s Eve, from Bright Night in Providence to First Night in Boston:

Bright Night

A continuation of First Night Providence, Bright Night was started in 2003 when First Night ended. A group of artists banded together to make sure that New Year’s Eve celebrations weren’t cancelled altogether. This year they came closer than ever to not being able to host the night, especially after the Providence Tourism Council and the City of Providence bailed on funding.

Artists gathered in late November to figure out if they would be able to continue. They decided to go for it, and according to Adam Gertsacov, the festival director of Bright Night, they started a grassroots campaign to raise money. The City Workers Union and the an anonymous donor gave money to not only keep WaterFire lit this year, but the whole night. Forty percent of Bright Night is funded by private donations, and the rest is made of ticket sales.

Gertsacov said they have received a great response from the public, too.

“I don’t think people have lost interest in celebrating New Year’s Eve. Fairs and festivals have done brillantly during the recession. It is harder running them,” Gertsacov said.

Paul Robicheau’s Ice sculptures, above, and fireworks, below, are always a big draw for First Night. (Submitted)

Despite that, Bright Night has enough activities to keep one entertained.

“There’s not much of a difference (this year). It’s not much smaller. There is still the big show at the Convention Center,” Gertsacov said.

That big show is the IllusionQuest, performed by David Garrity. Known for passing things through a person and escaping while suspended upside down over a bed nails, he has wowed audiences all over the world.

Tickets for Bright Night are actually wrist bands. When you buy the band, you also pick the illusion show time you wish to watch (first come, first serve). That will leave you open to pick your events for the rest of the evening.

“I would rather have a festival everybody loves than one that makes a lot of money,” Gertsacov said.

Bright Night will be filled with clowns, puppets, musicians, artists, and Grammy Award-winner Bill Harley will also be among those performing. Harley, a Seekonk resident, is best known for the children’s songs he’s written and performed, and is a contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Bright Night takes place throughout the downtown. There will be no fireworks, but WaterFire will be lit at two locations: WaterPlace Basin and Memorial Park. After midnight, WaterFire in Memorial Park will be celebrating it’s 15th birthday. Wrist bands are $15, or $50 for four, and are available at or by calling 401-621-6123.

First Night

First Night (which should be more aptly named Last Night, as it’s the last night of the year) has everything one could look for while celebrating the advent of a new year. Fireworks, ice sculptors, dancers, and all that jazz (literally) are scattered around the city in such a way that your can pick and choose your pleasure.

“It’s the start of a new decade, so we are trying to have an exciting night,” said Geri Guardino, executive director of First Night.

The Bright Night grand procession goes through downtown Providence. (submitted photos)

Guardino, like Gertsacov, said she has seen little evidence of a waning interest in New Year’s Eve. In fact, she said Monday that there has been an 18 percent sales increase in Web purchases for the First Night button, and that day was also the start of the heaviest buying period.

With so many choices, Guardino recommended looking at a program guide or the Web site to plan the evening.

“You should plan to go to three or four programs and to mix those with the Grand Procession,” she said. The procession leaves from the Hynes Convention Center at 5:30 p.m.

Guardino said families can enjoy the family festival at the Hynes from 1 to 5 p.m. with time to spare to see the procession. For adults, she recommends coming later in the day and making the procession the first activity before grabbing dinner and catching some performances.

Fireworks will be going off at 7 p.m. over Boston Common and at midnight over Boston Harbor.

As for the ice sculptors, they are scattered around Beantown. Donald Chapelle has carved a breathtaking rendition of Michaelangelo sculpting the Statue of David. You will find that on Boston Common. Eric Fontecchio and Alfred Georgs, meanwhile, have created “Venus” and “Fisherman” in Copley Square. “Penguins,” also carved by Chapelle, will be located outside the New England Aquarium, and a creation from “The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC” exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts will be on display near the Boston Common Frog Pond.

First Night highlights you might want to check out include Kaiju Big Battel, described by Guardino as Japanese wrestling and a monster movie; Anat Cohen for two performances at Berklee Performance Center on Mass. Ave., with the second show aired live on WGBH’s “Toast of the Nation”; and a taste of comedy with Tony V and Jimmy Dunn.

“If you want to get a button and go hide and see films all day, you can do that, too,” Guardino said, referring to the Bombay Cinema event taking place from 12:30 to 11 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center.

First Night buttons are $18 and be purchased at

If you are worried about getting to, from and around the Hub on New Year’s Eve, public transportation services have been expanded, and starting at 8 p.m., they’re free. The Blue, Orange, and Red Line trains will operate on a weekday schedule and will run until about 2 a.m. Commuter rail service will also operate on a weekday schedule. Outbound train from South Station to Providence, which normally leaves at 11:59 p.m., will depart at 12:45 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. There will also be a 1:45 a.m. departure to Providence from South Station. New Year’s Day service will operate on a Sunday schedule. For more information, go online to or call 617-222-3200.

Patriot Place

If you prefer to ring in the new year closer to home, Patriot Place in Foxboro will host a variety of events, from CBS Scene to Bar Louie and Showcase. Thirty bucks will get you into Bar Louie for their Totally ’80s NYE 2010. It includes a small buffet, champagne toast, and cover.

CBS’s “Countdown to Midnight” includes DJ Mike Pardi, the band Crossing Country, party favors, a champagne toast, and prize giveaways. Starting at 9 p.m., it costs $20 to get in (before that is free).

Showcase Cinemas De Lux will let you choose a late night movie of your choice, reserved seating, champagne toast, dessert buffet, and watching the ball drop on the big screen, all for only $20.10. Showcase Live, on the other hand, is having a prix fixe dinner for $30 that includes a champagne toast and dessert samplers while the band New York Minute performs.

At Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro there will be a champagne toast, music, dancing, and party favors. Reservations are required.

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Despite the tough economy, Boston and Providence are forging ahead with their New Year’s Eve festivities

Projo Article: Bright Ideas For New Year’s Eve

Bright ideas for New Year’s Eve

12/30/2009 10:36 AM EST

By Bryan Rourke

Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE — To go or not to go out? That is the question.
The answer is obvious: Get your coat.
Seriously, what’s the alternative?
“You could stay home and never leave your house,” says Adam Gertsacov, director of Bright Night Providence. “You could have Chinese food delivered and you could download videos” — definitely not something he recommends.
“There is no substitute for live entertainment. You can’t get the same feeling at home. It’s people being together. There is just a special feeling in the streets. There is a great sense of community that’s not like any other night.”


Puppet dance band: Big Nazo rehearses for Bright Night

Bright Night is usually the biggest New Year’s Eve offering in the area. And it certainly is this year. Thanks to the recession, many communities, including Newport, Westerly and Fall River, have canceled their New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Gertsacov, however, sees a silver lining. “I encourage all those people from those communities to come to Bright Night,” he says.
You can see dozens of performances for just $15. But it’s not your only choice. There are parties, concerts and shows going on that aren’t part of Bright Night.
There’s also a “WaterFire.” The lighting celebrates the organization’s 15th anniversary, and supports Bright Night, which is in its seventh year.
“WaterFire” is putting on its event with a $16,000 anonymous donation. In the spirit of the season, it’s also sharing the money with Bright Night, which lost 75 percent of its city funding this year.
“We were in a hole. Now we’re in less of a hole. Depending on ticket sales, this could be our last Bright Night.”
The basin of WaterPlace Park will be lit from 5:30 to 10 p.m., while a dozen braziers at Memorial Park will burn past midnight. That should draw people downtown and bolster Bright Night, a festival of some 150 performers at 15 downtown venues, offering all forms of art: music and magic, puppetry and poetry, ice sculpture and storytelling, dance and improvisational theater.
“I really try to program something for everybody,” Gertsacov says.
Most of Bright Night’s budget comes from the sale of tickets, most of which will be sold Thursday, beginning at noon, at 155 Westminster St., and at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sabin Street, site of the festival’s headline performer: David Garrity, a magician.
“[He] is a nice guy and that comes through in his performances,” Gertsacov says. “He has comedy in his act, but mostly jaw-dropping amazement.”
The show, called IllusionQuest, involves audience members disappearing and levitating, and sawing Garrity’s assistant in half, among other tricks. Performances are at 6, 8 and 10 p.m.
Garrity comes from East Hartford, which is actually far for this festival. Of the 150 performers, 95 percent live within an hour of Providence, according to Gertsacov. The lineup is a who’s who of notable local performers: storytellers Val Tutson, Mark Binder and Carolyn Martino; improv theater groups such as Improv Jones, Speed of Thought Players and the Trinity Zoo; and musicians Greg Abate, Keith Munslow and Bill Harley, a two-time Grammy Award winner.
“He’s one of the top children’s singers in the country,” says Gertsacov.
All the shows are indoors, although walking between venues you may encounter some impromptu performances. The Banished Fools, a group of roving musicians and makers of merriment and noise, will be out and about.
“They roam around town like a crazy band. They go in places and disrupt them. It’s just costumed craziness.”
Bright Night Providence tickets are $15 and available at 155 Westminster St., and at the R.I. Convention Center on Sabin Street. The event starts at 6 p.m. and runs past midnight at 15 downtown venues. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit
Try a dinner-show and concert package
Not in the mood to roam? Here are some other options:
In Providence, the downtown Marriott at One Orms St. is giving revelers several ways to ring in the New Year, including a dinner-show and concert package. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 with a performance by Charlie Hall and the Ocean State Follies, followed by a concert by Steve Smith & The Nakeds at 9:45 p.m. Admission, which includes a room rental, is $329 per couple.
Another option is a four-course dinner without a show, followed by the concert. Admission for that is $150 per couple.
And the third option is attending just the concert, which is $30 per person. For reservations and more information, call (401) 272-2400.
Hear Gregg Allman, J Geils Band perform
Two rock legends and a legendary tribute will help you ring in the New Year.
Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers will be in concert at Twin River, 100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, Thursday at 8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30. The event is open to those 18 and older. For tickets, $40.50 to $50.50, visit
The J. Geils Band, which began in Worcester in the ’60s and made it big with such songs as “Centerfold” and “Must of Got Lost,” is playing at Mohegan Sun, One Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn., Thursday at 9 p.m. For tickets, $50, visit
And Foxwoods, 39 Norwich-Westerly Rd., Ledyard, Conn., is presenting the “Legends in Concert” show Thursday at 10:30 p.m. It’s a tribute show to Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli and The Temptations. Tickets are $25:
Ring in 2010 at Belcourt Castle
Belcourt Castle, 657 Bellevue Ave., Newport, presents a New Year’s Eve celebration, a fundraiser for the Royal Arts Foundation. There’s a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with Larry Brown’s Swinglane Orchestra. There will be appetizers, a chocolate buffet and an open bar. Admission is $95 per person. For reservations and more information, call (401) 846-0669.
Join ‘Venetian Masquerade’ and ‘WaterFire’
“WaterFire” is conducting a “Venetian Masquerade” at the Old Stone Bank, 86 South Main St., Providence. There will be Champagne and a buffet dinner, art exhibits and art performances: tenor Nathan Granner of the “Three American Tenors,” and Quixotic Fusion, an aerialist ensemble. Tickets are $250 to attend the event from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $500 to attend from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, visit