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Newport String Quartet

The Newport String Project will be featuring the Newport String Quartet for a dazzling concert! The concert will feature the atmospheric and distinct illustrative tone of French composer Charles Koechlin. The quartet will perform his string quartet No 1 in D major. In addition, the quartet will be performing  Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Caroline Shaw's Valencia. Laslty, the Newport String Quartet will perform Brahm's String Sextet in G major with guest musicians Ethan Wood on the viola and Jacob Mackay on the cello. This performance will be beautiful and provide to a good cause! Entry to the Redwood Library is by donation. Suggested donations are $10, $25, and $50. The proceeds go to educational programs for children as well as future performances!  Come support the Newport Strings Project and the Newport...

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Winter solstice ritual celebrations bring us back to our natural rhythms

Celebrate winter solstice with ritual

by Cris McCullough, MA We live at a delicate and dangerous time in history. We are threatened by the accelerating erosion of culture, a crisis of change brought on by our own lifestyles, values, and technology. Now more than ever we need cultural forms that assist us in celebrating life in all its diversity, amidst suffering and the day-to-day grind. Historically, the celebration of the continuance of life around the Wheel of the Year served that purpose for communities cross-culturally.  By seasonally aligning themselves with the grander rhythms of Mother Earth, people from every culture renewed their connection and inter-relatedness to their world and to each other. The celebration of Winter Solstice is one such festival. Especially in northern locales, humans throughout time have awaited the...

NCYC and friends caroling Christmas cheer at Emmanuel Church in Newport RI

Newport County Youth Chorus brings the gift of music to Newport residents

By Elizabeth Woodhouse Most mornings in December, I wake with a moment of panic as I think about the impending holidays. I worry about finding the perfect gifts, missing a deal, not leaving enough time for it to arrive on time… I’m sure many of you can relate. All of that stress melted away last weekend when members of the Newport County Youth Chorus, the free after-school chorus program founded in fall 2017, gathered with their families and members of the community for a couple of hours… to sing. In caroling Christmas cheer throughout Newport, I was reminded how easy it can be to access the spirit of the season in any moment.   Second Annual Crafting and Caroling Christmas Cheer event On the lawn of Emmanuel Church, visitors...

Caroling on Broadway

Come to the Old Colony House and enjoy local musicians Christopher Carbone, Thompson Middle School chorus and OBNA in a caroling along Broadway. It is sponsored by the Off-Broadway Neighborhood Assoc. It is sure to be a great evening and will impress the whole family!!!!...

Official Opening of Christmas in Newport

In the beautiful historic downtown Newport area, the Mayor will officially proclaim the start of the Christmas season.  There will be a ceremonial lighting of a spectacular  Christmas tree with an artillery cannon salute. The Pell school chorus will be there as well singing carols. This is the perfect event to get into the Christmas spirit here in Newport and will be one of the biggest ones. It's a perfect time for the family to enjoy themselves and meet up with friends! It's free of charge and will start at 5:00 pm...

48th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting

The 48th annual Bowens Wharf Christmas tree lighting will take place on December 1st. Go enjoy a spectacular sight to get into the holiday mood, join in on some caroling or enjoy the live music! There will even be a few special guests, Frosty the snowman, Mr. Claus, and Mrs. Claus. A fun family event that everyone will enjoy!...

Cannabis' intellectual creativity capacity is being shown in recent research.

Cannabis and Creativity: Using your whole brain

By Marla Funez   Creativity is not just creation, but the ability to see many solutions to a problem. Current research indicates cannabis' capacity to strengthen our intellectual creativity and ability to think freely.   Where is creativity in the brain? A common misconception of creativity is where it comes from. Many people think those who are "left-brained" have a linear thought process and use more logic, while the "right-brained" are creative and more inclined to use their feelings. The assumption is that people who use more of the left hemisphere of their brain are not as creative as people use more of the right hemisphere of their brain. This is a misconception because, as sports psychology writer Christopher Bergland explains in an article for Psychology Today, creativity comes from...

15 plucky superhero songs

15 songs for the plucky superhero in us all

By Theresa Birmingham   We all need to feel like a superhero sometimes. Since the stress of life relegates us to the role of sidekick so often, here’s a Spotify playlist, 15 Plucky Superhero Songs, that inspires you to shed the fear and stop being the sidekick in your own life. We hope these songs help you live fearlessly and find your inner superhero.   Top 15 plucky superhero songs   Eye of the Tiger by Survivor The Climb by Miley Cyrus Dare You to Move by Switchfoot It’s My Life by Bon Jovi Not Afraid by Eminem The Mountain by Dierks Bentley Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey Born to Fly by Sara Evans Brave by Sara Bareilles Heroes by David Bowie Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield Move Along by The...

ultrablue, a story of success by Eric Bunk

Music Knows No Timeframe: Meet Eric Bunk

PROFILE OF SUCCESS Each month, Mind Key shares the story of one person who is successfully striving for, or has achieved, the life they were meant to live. We love sharing stories of adventure, life lessons and people who took life by the horns and forged ahead. We're excited to introduce you to Eric Bunk, a musician from West Milford, NJ who recently raised his vibration and released a meaningful song he wrote more than 20 years ago, making Ultrablue, a story of success. Tell us about what you're doing and your life path. My life path is really just to try to get the most out of life. Music helps me express some of the energy I have stored up over time.  I work a regular job,...

Music is more than a pastime: it’s medicinal

by J.T. Nash, a Fall 2016 graduate of William Paterson University, NJ In a modern society, consumed by psychiatric appointments and psychoactive medications, it is essential to realize that a mere choice of song can provide a sufficient therapeutic effect to remedy some of our psychological afflictions. Music: The vibration of humanity Parents traditionally play classical music for their children to absorb while sleeping--music is a vital element of humanity, serving as a catalyst for our behavior. Due to the profound, impassioned influence that symphonic stimulation supplies, most cultures of the world use music to improve moods, deliver focus, or lull a person into a meditative state. "Music lets you rediscover your humanity, and your connection to humanity," musical icon Moby states in an interview with Thought Economics. In...

The Mind Key Midsummer Festival is Tomorrow, Saturday June 20th

The Mind Key Midsummer Festival is an opportunity for the Community at large to meet vendors and educators whose goal is to help you find healing and passion.  At Mind Key, we believe that when you are on a path that leaves you fulfilled, inspired, and always striving for the next best thing, then health and happiness follow.  We’ve planned a day of events with this belief in mind.  Self discovery through dream interpretation, creative activity, and different health modalities are only a few of the ways we’re sharing our path with you.  Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and play at our open mic.  Poets and writers can read their work between demonstrations throughout the day.  Children will have an opportunity to explore...