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The North Providence Breeze 02-17-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER FEBRUARY 17-23, 2021 @ Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND PAWTUCKET – The organization known for its performances featur- ing living statues is releasing a new short film that examines and com- ments on the debate over what to do with controversial monuments in the U.S. Pawtucket-based TEN31 Productions, in honor of Black History Month, is hosting a vir- tual release of "Unalienable" on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. The three-minute silent film is about an imagined interaction of living statues portraying the likenesses of Ida B. Wells, a journalist, educator, early leader in the civil rights move- ment and a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Robert E. Lee, an American Confederate general; and Virginia Brooks, a suffragist and political reformer who had a close relationship with Wells and worked with her to advance and broaden the role of all women within the suffrage movement, states a release. "Americans are being challenged to examine our past and to reimag- ine public spaces and how they can represent the true full story of our country," said Joe Pari, co-founder of TEN31 Productions. "This demands thoughtful debate around removing, relocating and/or contextualizing statues and monuments, and erect- ing new ones that celebrate inclu- sion." This is the organization's first film, which Pari wrote, directed, and produced. Eric Auger served as an editor, co-producer and creative consultant. The list of events that inspired the film, Pari said, include the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many other Black Americans, to the vandalized Christopher Columbus statue in Providence, and street art- ist Banksy's response to the toppled Colston statue in England. From the Black Lives Matter movement and protests of 2020, Pari noted, came the debate about com- memorative statues in public spaces. As a living statue company, "we felt like we (could) tell a story about this," he said. "A lot of TEN31's work is about storytelling." After 20 years of TEN31 Productions, Pari said he's most proud of this project, adding that he's really excited for people to see it. The film, like statues, is silent, and "there's something about the power of silence that we've always hon- ored," he said. The film ends with "a call to action to come together," Pari said. "I want to get all communities thinking TEN31 Productions premieres short film examining controversial statues By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer Clockwise, from left, RICHARD DAVIA, as a statue of Robert E. Lee; ERIC AUGER; STEPHANIE CAREY; and MARY ARNOLD as a statue of Virginia Brooks, on the set of TEN31 Productions' short film, "Unalienable," which was filmed at Prospect Terrace in Providence and will be released on Feb. 20. See TEN31, Page 13 Making the distinction between personality and behavior Researchers have found what many personal testimonies will confirm: most shy children, even the most painfully shy of them, are not shy adults. The progression from introver- sion to extroversion does not require therapy, behavior modification, or any extraordinary measures. More often than not, it just happens. Most shy kids outgrow their shyness by their young adult years, and even those who do not outgrow it manage to cope with it reasonably well. They learn how to hide it, mostly, because they realize that shyness puts them at a disadvantage in certain situations. Yours truly is a living testimony to the transformation in question. I was socially awkward until I went to col- lege where, on a whim, I auditioned for the role of lead singer in a rock band and suddenly found myself on stage with four musicians behind me and hundreds of people in front of me. I had to cure myself of my life- long affliction, and I did. Today, as See PARENTING, Page 16 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 Design • Sales • Service Transforming a House into a Home - Your Home! Your One Stop Source for: HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. •CBD Lotions •Healing Balms •Tinctures •CBD Pet Products MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 28, 2021 FREE SAMPLES A Natural Way to Help Achieve Wellness 375 Putnam Pike, Village Plaza | Smithfield, RI | 401-757-6872 421 Pulaski Blvd., Dean Brink Plaza | Bellingham, MA | 774-460-6084

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