A crack rings out from the jousting arena as armored knights clash in the pursuit of honor, while sword-swallowers thrill crowds with their death-defying art, jesters spin windy jokes, and townspeople in 15th-century garb roam the grounds tearing into turkey legs with their teeth. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire hosts these medieval-theme blowouts every year, including the Robin Hood Spring Festival and King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire. Under the themed umbrella of each gathering, actors caper about a constructed medieval village, engaging in Old English–flavored conversation and clapping games with fair-goers. In a tented marketplace, vendors sell beaded crafts, art, and tyrannical-king repellent alongside stands serving mead, beer, and other satisfying sundries. Although the shows and events vary at each fair, past spectacles have included archery displays, pub sing-alongs, and costume parades.
For many, the fascination with LEGO bricks begins in childhood and endures into adulthood. The inspiration and education behind the custom creations and constructions merely increase in size along with the person. Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate their mutual affection, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free. Visiting vendors also sell new, vintage, and custom LEGO accessories only available at Brick Fest Live events.
Since 1992, the Providence Latin American Film Festival has been lauded for showcasing Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish feature films, shorts, documentaries, and animations. This year's lineup of 10 moving pictures explores film as a vehicle for expressing and understanding the Latin American experience, from the documentary No Woman, No Cry on the struggles of pregnant women to Hora Cero, an action-packed heist film set in Venezuela. VIPs have access to every film in the lineup, as well as to art exhibits, panel discussions, filmmaker-led workshops, and popcorn-nibbling lessons. With passes to the opening or closing night's soirees, attendees may carouse with the festival's board of directors, corporate sponsors, and party-hat-wearing projectors while munching on appetizers and celebratory cuisine. The opening-night after-party kicks cinematic things off at Roots Café, where invite holders will receive a drink ticket, and Temple Restaurant hosts the closing-night party.
The pitter-patter of paws rushes over the grounds at Boston’s Dog Show Summer Classic, a BYO dog event where more than 1,500 exhibitors set up shop to showcase their canine attractions. Sponsored by two American Kennel Club Member Clubs, this year’s show couples purebred judging and performance events such as obedience and etiquette training with interactive pup activities inside the doggie fun zone. At noon, canines and overly involved owners soar into the air to catch disks in their jaws during a daily disk demonstration while spectators munch on snacks, put their cheeks in the hands of face painters, or pose with pets for caricaturists.
Originally formed in 1997 at the Peabody Conservatory, Vento Chiaro's all-female quintet of woodwind musicians captivates audiences from their resident perch on The Rivers School Conservatory's stage. Their sonic tapestry seamlessly weaves joyful flute with mischievous oboe as the deeper reeds of clarinet and bassoon invite the regal brass of French horn to frolic in the woodwind woods. On March 11, all five musicians kick off with contemporary American composer Eric Ewazen's Roaring Fork, which paints an aural picture of a Colorado landscape as rugged and beautiful as the stone woman who will one day drop all four jaws of Mount Rushmore. Conservatory artist-in-residence pianist Roberto Poli joins his colleagues for Francis Poulenc's Sextet, melding the airy notes of the quintet with the keyboard's undulating melodies. The concert culminates with avant-garde composer Elliott Carter's Woodwind Quintet, eschewing regular chord progression for surprising atonal devices and polyrhythmic construction.