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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-11-2018

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8 ENTERTAINMENT OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION the question, but also not a priority. It was here when fate intervened, say promoters of her show. When Prince died in April of 2016, not only were his fans left shocked, but his former associates and partners, including Bennett, were blindsided. While Prince was laid to rest, "a flame ignited inside Bennett and thoughts returned to that unrecord- ed solo album from the 1980s that Prince had discussed with her. What was once a destiny had became an afterthought and a missed opportu- nity. But was it?" states a release. "Tapping into the energy of her unfinished Prince-produced solo album, and armed with a historic backlog of material from that period as well as some strong new songs, Bennett embarked on the recording of 'Once Again,'" it adds. "Inspired by her grief and the legacy of her mentor, she dove into the sessions." The album that was never made in the 1980s was now going to be made. Encouraged by her fans' response, Bennett embarked on a creative jour- ney "that would put certain ghosts to rest, ignite new fires, close some of the doors to the past, and open new ones for the future." On why music lovers should attend her Oct. 27 performance, Bennett told The Breeze people can expect a diver- sity of music from different genres, including two songs she did when working with Prince. "I don't redo stuff very often any- more," she said. Bennett said that though some aspects of dealing with Prince's death have become easier in the more than two years since his passing, there are other times she still feels a "gut- wrenching hole" at his absence, or becomes angry over the commercial- ism of his estate. She said she still often feels a "lightness of being," and often has good dreams about her old friend. "At times I feel him close by," she said. Just prior to Prince's death, he and Bennett had talked again about get- ting into the studio at Paisley Park to finally produce the solo album. "We'd gotten down to the point of talking about material," she said. Prince gave her a call and told her to "sit tight" and he'd get back to her soon about the album. Three days after that phone call, he was gone, she said. Bennett said she wasn't planning to move forward with the album after Prince died, but started getting com- ments "from left, right and center" about how she should do it for him. She said she and Dussault worked really hard on this album. The songs are the ones she "was going to bring to the table" before Prince's death. Bennett said she loves the Blackstone River Theatre and its inti- mate setting. This is not a club setting, she said, but a concert venue. "People who go to that kind of venue, they're music people," she said. "They're not there to just experience the moment and have some drinks." According to the release, "Bennett attacks the tracks with a furor and fire that expands on the more cere- bral 'A Capella.' The recordings on 'Once Again' span from the '70s to the present and touch on many of the different styles that Brenda has sung throughout her career." The album closes with a "profound" reading of the song that Prince intend- ed for Bennett, "17 Days," featuring her son Dylan on co-lead vocals. "On 'Once Again,' Bennett reaches her full potential as an artist, singer, and musical force," states the release. "The 10 tracks unfold like a journey through time touching on loss, gain, power, love, life, and death. This album is a career best and a per- sonal triumph. Prince would be very proud." Says Bennett, "Life's mysteries and highways are not always explained to us. We are met with certain destinies – some of which are fulfilled and some which remain open-ended, never to be chased. Some doors in life we are lucky to enter and close behind us while others stay slightly ajar, swing- ing and teasing with a taunting nag." Bennett joined the creative family of Big Noise LLC in Providence earlier this year. To purchase tickets, call 401- 725-9272 or go to www.riverfolk.org/ ticket-policy . For the official site, visit www.bignoisenow.com/brendabennett. html . BENNETT From Page One BRENDA BENNET performs with PRINCE. Bennett said she still often feels a "light- ness of being," and often has good dreams about her old friend. Hearthside's Gone But Not Forgotten exhibit opens Sunday LINCOLN – The topics of death and mourning in the 19th century are featured during Hearthside House Museum's annual exhibit, Gone But Not Forgotten, when the stone mansion gets draped in black and the whole house replicates the experience a family went through when a loved one passed away. There were five owners of Hearthside who died at the house over the past 200 years. This event showcases the farewell to former Hearthside homeowner, Simon E. Thornton, who died on May 2, 1873. The exhibit opens Sunday, Oct. 14, and continues on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28. Saturday tours begin every half hour between 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday tours begin every half hour between 1 and 3 p.m., except for Oct. 28, when the last guided tour takes place at 2 p.m. due to the funeral service scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Admission is $15; $10 ages 10-17. Not advisable for young children. Victorian American mourning and funerary traditions and practices are explored in this re-creation of Mr. Thornton's wake. As somber funeral music plays in the background, vol- unteer docents dressed in mourning attire are situated throughout the house to explain the rituals a family would undertake upon a loved one's passing. The mirrors are covered in black, and the sweet smell of flow- ers pervades the waking room. The undertaker has come to set up in the master bedroom to pre- pare the body for its final resting place. A photographer has been hired to capture one last image of the deceased. Special stationery and memorials have been cre- ated to notify friends and relatives and to memorialize the deceased. Funeral biscuits are wrapped and sealed with black wax, ready to give to those who come to pay their respects. On display during this special exhibit are Victorian coffins, mourning fashions and accessories, post-mortem photographs, mourn- ing jewelry and woven hair, antique embalming tools and the actual table that Mr. Thornton's body was prepared on, the undertaker's jour- nal where his death was recorded, as well as other funerary memorials and artifacts. During the Victorian era, super- stitions were prevalent with just about every aspect of life, as well as death. Visitors learn about the vari- ous superstitions surrounding death, mourning practices and funerals as they make their journey through the house. Even the topic of vampires is covered. Space is limited for each tour, which lasts 90 minutes. Reservations are advised by calling 401-726-0597 or email info@hearthsidehouse.org. Hearthside is located at 677 Great Road, Lincoln. For more informa- tion, visit www.hearthsidehouse.org or call the museum at 401-726-0597. ACROSS 1. Type of cleaner (abbr.) 4. Going out 10. __ Jima, WWII battlefield 11. Closed 12. Air Force 14. Moved swiftly 15. Will not (obso- lete) 16. Type of tank 18. Raise 22. Represent 23. Gives a new moniker 24. Adversary 26. Anno Domini 27. Lillian __, actress 28. Bunch of some- thing 30. This (Spanish) 31. A guitarist uses one 34. Small stem bear- ing leaves 36. Soviet Socialist Republic 37. Actress Rooney 39. Dark brown or black 40. Matter 41. Atomic number 87 (abbr.) 42. Food company 48. Trips to see wildlife 50. Elderly 51. Famed chapel 52. Something to grab 53. City in Oklahoma 54. Muckraking jour- nalist Tarbell 55. Thallium 56. Corroded 58. A Brooklyn NBAer 59. Most liberated 60. Google certifica- tion (abbr.) DOWN 1. High moral be- havior 2. Expects 3. Fanciful notions 4. Spanish be 5. All the people of approximately the same age 6. Berated 7. Trailblazing come- dienne 8. Fabric edge 9. South Dakota 12. Amazon ID number 13. A wife (law) 17. Printing speed measurement 19. Wrong 20. Exams 21. Outlying suburb of London 25. Replaces 29. Prints money 31. Accumulate 32. New Zealand conifer 33. College teachers 35. A way of grating 38. Novice 41. Having limits 43. Shining with jewels or sequins 44. Existing at birth but not hereditary 45. __ Caesar, come- dian 46. A young male horse under the age of four 47. Russian industri- al city 49. Wash off 56. Radio frequency 57. Delirium tremens Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 11. Talk to Roger Bouchard or Jeff Gamache and plan your own show. One hour segments of radio time available for specialized talk or music segments. Programs can be Spanish, Italian or Greek. Programs can be jazz, blues, oldies or whatever. Use your imagination. Less expensive than you think. Your programs also stream on the internet at wnri.com Interested? Call and discuss the possibilities. 769-6925 News/Talk 1380/WNRI since 1954 WNRI/1380 Host your own Radio Show?

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