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Shady Lea artist colony is once again opening its doors this weekend for those holiday shoppers seeking someone original or Rhode Island-made.

More than 30 artists — from painters and metal workers to craftspeople in weaving and pottery — will show their handmade items and with many for sale to the public this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the mill located at 215 Shady Lea Road.

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The North Kingstown Town Council had a peaceful meeting following the holidays as they approved their consent agenda and heard reports from the town manager and finance Monday evening.

NK Water Director Tim Cranston reported that his department’s work to detect underground water leaks using satellite scans of the area has identified about a dozen leaks that the department will work to repair over the next several months.

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Indigenous people have been crafting unique and beautiful art and jewelry with gifts from the earth and the sea for centuries before settlers arrived from Europe. Their art has survived thousands of years and continues to be handed down from one generation of tribal members to the next. This continuation of culture and tradition and the creations that evolve from simple quahog shells (wampum), animal hides, feathers and more make for beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts with a story.

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Going to watch “A Christmas Story” at the Contemporary Theater lures an audience to let out that a child within who escapes through the laughs and memories this plays draws out.

The play is set in 1940 and CTC designer Rebecca Magnotta almost instantaneously connects to that bygone era. The glitz and glam of the decades earlier were replaced with styles that were simple, wholesome and sentimental, including patterns that were uncomplicated florals.

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For over 50 years, South County Art Association continues to be the ultimate spot for gift shopping with its Holiday Pottery and Art Sale.

From now until December 18, all current South County Art Association (SCAA) members have the ability to sell their new, original fine art directly from the SCAA gallery, Jen Ferry, Executive Director of SCAA, said. This original art includes limited edition prints, paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, sculpture, woven textiles, collage, jewelry and handmade cards.

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Based out of South Kingstown, Smug Honey has a jazzy, groovy sound accented by soulful vocals and cohesive instrumentation. This musical approach is formed through the quartet of Luca Simeone on guitar and trumpet, Kyle Takata on keys and saxophone, George Richter on bass and guitar and Sam McCarthy on drums and percussion with Simeone, Takata and Richter contributing on vocals either jointly or in alternate fashion. They’re one of the most talented bands in all of New England and once you give them a listen you’ll realize why.

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As only The Contemporary Theater can do with heart-touching selections of performances, the 40-year perennial favorite “A Christmas Story” arrives this week on stage just days after HBO Max unveiled a sequel to that classic.

Rehearsals earlier this week showed that CTC Artistic Director Tammy Brown chose the right approach to bring life to humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir and its ever-popular 1983 film adaptation.

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Burbage Theatre Company’s production of “Sense and Sensibility” is a mix of hits and misses.

Jane Austen’s original work, published in 1811, was gently satirical; it pointed out absurdities in social behaviors of the time, not the least of which was the need for women, if they were to survive, to marry for money. She also opined about the value of sense — being rational — over sensibility, which meant operating on feelings and romantic impressions.

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Ever since he started out with the Mystic, Connecticut based folk-rock act Barefoot Truth, Will Evans has been one of the best songwriters in Southern New England. His solo output still maintains a folky singer-songwriter sound, but he’s been incorporating reggae, soul and hip hop elements into it while consistently expanding his artistic outlook. He does this with a variety of instruments including guitar, steel drums and even a didgeridoo. These days Evans is evolving his style with some pop sensibilities and it’s evident with a new album he has coming out in the spring. Fans will have a chance to preview some of his latest music as Evans comes to the United Theatre in Westerly tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. show.