Meatball Comedy Stop travels to a variety of venues presenting standup sets during the night. But regardless of its latest resident bar, restaurant, or whoopee-cushion factory, it always brings along a brick-wall façade. It's served as the backdrop for a variety of national headliners. Audiences lounging in cabaret-style seating sip cocktails and munch snacks between chuckles.
The seasoned squad of musicians and stomach-swivelers at World Dance and Music Center can fortify the fitness and liberate the shackled hips of all body types and age levels. The multi-talented and multi-lingual Lola is an accomplished dancer who infuses her classes with emotion and an authentic Middle Eastern sensibility. Classes for all skill levels take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. Beginners Bellydance slows down the pace to cater to the never-danced, while Bellydance for Performance is geared toward the experienced motionista, covering proper costuming and stage presence. Bedecked with hardwood floors, a wall full of mirrors, and an elevated stage, the 3,600-square-foot studio gives ample space to promote tummies' uninhibited fluttering.
Known to fans as Girl Talk, Gregg Gillis collages pop and rap samples into new songs that have engendered countless epic dance parties and praise from Rolling Stone. Gillis lures listeners into his web of laptop-fueled revelry with juicy pop hooks, stemming from selections which will likely include tracks from 2010's All Day, an album built from snippets of tunes by Jay-Z, U2, Daft Punk, and hundreds of other artists. Swathed in party paraphernalia such as confetti and toilet-paper streamers, each live show is wilder than a trip to a petting zoo stocked entirely with grizzly bears.
Every Friday, the Firehouse Theater hosts a merry evening of witty improvisational comedy, performed by Newport’s The Bit Players. Watch the zany troupe as they drolly play off the suggestions of the audience and make off-the-cuff remarks in a series of short-form skits. Firehouse Theater is BYOB, so show-goers are obliged to bring beer, wine or a cask of aromatherapy bathtub gin. For teetotalers, free hot teas, cocoa, and cookies accompany every performance, helping audience members feel welcome, cozy, and primed for incessant giggling in the 49-seat theater.
During fast-paced Friday-night shows, a troupe of improv comics, ranging from professionals to up-and-coming goofballs, takes the stage to belt hilarious musical numbers and innovatively quip its way out of improvised skits and interactive sketches. The performers' ad-libbed bits brim with comedic gems such as unexpected associations, absurd imagery, and reenactments of Plato's famed cave puppet show. Nestled in a cozy 70-seat theater, the audience feels intimately involved with the action, even sometimes getting to participate in the scenes and ditties. Accompanying the onstage action, Bertrand Laurence's live guitar music enhances the songs' clever lyrics in the same way a plastic skull enriches dramatic monologues. Many of the performers hail from the Everett School, an organization of professional artists who meet across generations and cultures to cooperatively create original performances and mentor young artists.
Inside Maharaja Indian Restaurant, the air is heady with the scents of traditional Tandoor-grilled Indian meats and flavorful curries, all served in a dining room done in striking hues of royal blue and canary. It's easy to feel like you've been whisked away to somewhere in Bombay, but if you look outside, you can see sweeping views of Rhode Island's Narragansett Beach. The restaurant occupies an upper floor of the Village Inn, a stone's throw from the shoreline. Beach views provide a temporary distraction, but the menu commands most of the attention, with spicy lamb vindaloo, Halal goat biryani, vegan channa masala, and ten different types of naan bread.