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Remembering Septembers past

By DON FOWLER
Posted 9/16/20

By DON FOWLER 20 years ago Rhode Island College dedicated the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, in honor of the former college president who was a big supporter of the arts. Gamm Theatre presented their exciting version of "e;Macbeth."e;

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THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT:

Remembering Septembers past

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20 years ago

Rhode Island College dedicated the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, in honor of the former college president who was a big supporter of the arts.

Gamm Theatre presented their exciting version of “Macbeth.”

Cranstonian Jack O’Rourke published his first novel, “The Probe,” a murder-mystery centered around a Rhode Island newspaper he called The Providence Beacon.

Theatre by the Sea closed its season with “Damn Yankees.”

The Austin Lounge Lizards, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and Geno Delofose headlined the Rhythm and Roots Festival at Ninigret Park. It was the year that guitarist Junior Brown wowed everybody with his incredible guitar rifts. We’ve been trying to get him back in the area ever since.

Cranston’s own Len Cabral entertained in the family tent.

Oakland Beach’s One Bay Avenue had a terrific cabaret with singing waitpersons, plus a four-course meal for $13.95.

40 years ago

Jerry Vale and Rodney Dangerfield were at the Ocean State Theatre; the Kinks were at the Providence Civic Center.

The West Valley Inn offered their famous all-you-can-eat macaroni and chicken dinner on Sundays for $5.25 (or $3.25 for kids).

Remember the old Capt. Barnaby’s Restaurant at 325 Warwick Ave.? Famous for their fish and chips, they offered a “pay what you want” menu. Needless to say, they weren’t around very long. Remember Valle’s next to the airport?

The Sandwich Junction on Warwick’s Kilvert Street had a crabmeat salad roll for $2.45.

Richard Jenkins was terrific in Pinter’s “The Betrayal” at Trinity.

“Carousel was at the Ocean State. Brown University did Pinter’s “The Birthday Party,” while Carly Simon was at Brown’s Meehan Auditorium for an $8 ticket price.

“My Brilliant Career” was a brilliant movie at Midland Mall Cinema.

Remember Manny Mignanelli and his orchestra? They performed at the Cranston Harvest Festival, along with the barbershop group the R.I. Sound and the Hal Crook Band.

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