Arts & Culture

Brown Arts Initiative sponsored the most recent installment in the Songwriting Series, which featured performances by workshop attendees as well as a concert by Dar Williams after the masterclass.

Williams leads songwriting masterclass

March 14, 2019 0 comments

With acoustic and electric guitars strapped to their backs, songwriters hailing from the Brown and Providence communities filed into the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday afternoon.

Shayna Toh ’20 began writing “Firefly in the Light,” a pop-rock musical, when she was 17 years old.  Toh previously shared the musical with audiences in New York and Singapore.

‘Firefly in the Light’ depicts youth’s search for fame

March 13, 2019 0 comments

Production Workshop presented “Firefly in the Light” last weekend, an earnest pop-rock musical composed, directed and written by Shayna Toh ’20 that probes “the many competing life options which await every young and older person,” according to the show’s website.

Scholars and directors of University-affiliated museums volunteered to share their perspectives on a recent report regarding legal and ethical avenues for the French government to repatriate stolen African art.

Seminar sparks discourse on decolonizing museums

March 12, 2019 0 comments

University community members packed the Joukowsky Forum last Wednesday to attend “Decolonizing the Museum: A Teach in,” which saw academics and University-affiliated museum directors give lectures on Felwin Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy’s report to the French government.

IMPULSE pops, locks, drops

IMPULSE pops, locks, drops

March 12, 2019 0 comments

This past weekend, Brown community members packed into Alumnae Hall to watch the contemporary hip-hop dance group IMPULSE perform its 16th annual Spring showcase “Cake.”

Nandita Das shares motivation behind ‘Manto’ biopic

Nandita Das shares motivation behind ‘Manto’ biopic

March 12, 2019 0 comments

“A story humanizes the other. … Suddenly you see that unknown, and it’s a person,” said Nandita Das, director and writer of the 2018 biopic “Manto,” last Thursday evening at the Center for Contemporary South Asia’s screening of the film.

Working with arists such as Gucci Mane, Pharrell, Playboi Carti, Dev Hynes and Panda Bear, Solange Knowles released her first album since 2016. Her songs celebrate black identity and her hometown of Houston, Texas.

Solange’s new album explores self, hometown

March 12, 2019 0 comments

On March 1, singer and songwriter Solange Knowles, known mononymously as Solange, released “When I Get Home,” a follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2016 album “A Seat at the Table.”

Panelists discussed the construction of a telescope on Mauna a Wakea, which holds sacred value to Native Hawaiians. The planned construction, which multiple countries have supported, has sparked controversy.

Panel discusses autonomy of Native Hawaiians on sacred land

March 11, 2019 0 comments

Despite its location 5000 miles away from the site, the University held an event Saturday organized by Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown to discuss controversy over the construction of a telescope on a dormant volcano in Hawaii, which holds sacred value for Native Hawaiians.

“Hedda Gabler” focuses on proto-feminist themes surrounding domesticity and bourgeouis life. Staged by the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and directed by Professor Spencer Golub, the production emphasized the physical movements of each character.

Sock & Buskin performs Isben’s play ‘Hedda Gabler’

March 7, 2019 0 comments

On Feb. 28, the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies premiered its rendition of the play “Hedda Gabler” in a new version by Brian Friel, directed by Professor Spencer Golub.

The panelists discussed how common depictions of the Complexo de Maré favela fail to adequately capture its cultural vibrancy.

Panel, exhibition depicts Brazilian favela life

March 7, 2019 0 comments

Images of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro tend to look alike. In a panel Tuesday, video journalist Nadia Sussman observed that the most common photographs of the favelas, or shantytowns, depict “red brick homes stacked on top of one another and hand-strung electrical wires.”

Professors Colin Channer (top) and John Cayley (bottom) read their poetry and prose at the Writers on Writing Reading Series last Thursday evening in the McCormack Theater.

Professors of Literary Arts perform original works at department event

March 5, 2019 0 comments

As the lights dimmed and one sole spotlight shone down in the McCormack Family Theater, Professors of Literary Arts Colin Channer and John Cayley shared the podium for the Literary Arts Department’s Writers on Writing Reading Series.