Arts & Culture

Bakari Kitwana’s lecture delved into the role of hip-hop music in academia and politics, placing emphasis on hip-hop’s relationship with race and gender. He explored the hip-hop generation’s impact in the aftermath of the Black Power movement and the crack cocaine explosion.

Hip Hop Lecture Series kicks off with Bakari Kitwana lecture

February 21, 2019 0 comments

“I have nothing to say about Cardi B,” remarked writer and hip-hop expert Bakari Kitwana, as he noted his own “lack of context” with contemporary rap at a lecture on the lasting influence of hip-hop in politics last week.

The MFA playwriting festival gave  graduate students the opportunity to produce their still-developing plays for the stage. Seen here (L-R) are actors Alexander De Vasconcelos Matos, Michael Rosas and Alfredo Antillon.

Festival features developing plays on stage

February 14, 2019 0 comments

Not every night at the theatre begins with a warning that the script may have been edited within the last hour, that the actors may ask for their lines and that the whole production may experience such technical difficulties that an inadvertent intermission may be required.

Remembering Edgar Allan Poe’s Providence romance

Remembering Edgar Allan Poe’s Providence romance

February 14, 2019 0 comments

One hundred and seventy-one years ago, a valentine kindled an ill-fated Providence romance between two star-crossed poets.

This modern staging of “The Scottish Play” draws influence from an essay on dismemberment, images of death and even modern club music. Trinity Repertory Company is performing “Macbeth” until March 3.

Trinity Rep. stages gruesome, modern ‘Macbeth’

February 14, 2019 0 comments

Trinity Repertory Company’s production of “Macbeth,” running from Jan. 31 through March 3, is a gloriously gruesome and thrilling performance, presenting a characterization of baseness all too applicable in today’s political world.

Noah Lennox uses only a guitar, synthesizer, sampler and his voice to paint an aquatic soundscape, presenting a return to simplicity.

Experimental pop artist Panda Bear releases sixth solo album ‘Buoys’

February 14, 2019 0 comments

Panda Bear, otherwise known as Noah Lennox, released his new album, “Buoys,”  on Feb. 8. The album, critiqued by some to be oversimplified, explores the point at which modern sound becomes uncomfortable — where minimalism becomes unsettling.

Acoustic guitar and Indian classic dance complemented Ganguly’s performance of her award-winning poetry.

Fulbright Fellow’s poetry reading tugs heartstrings

February 12, 2019 0 comments

On the evening of Feb. 5, Room 101 of Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center turned into an intimate and inviting space for Brown community members to hear award-winning poet, translator and University Fulbright Fellow Somrita Ganguly read some of her poetry in a performance titled “An XL Sized Apology”.

Artwork by Katia Rozenberg ’22 seeks to challenge interactions between viewers and their environment through the contrast of abstraction and realism.  Her pieces were featured alongside the work of 16 other artists.

Exhibit invites viewers to consider what makes a ‘good life’

February 12, 2019 0 comments

A pop-up exhibit titled “How do we live a ‘Good Life?’” used the paintings, photography and poems of 16 artists from Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design to attempt to answer the event’s title question Wednesday.

“In the Pink,” directed by Molly Littman ’21, examines how a terminal illness like breast cancer complicates kinship and female identity.

PW downspace play explores mother-daughter relationship

February 12, 2019 0 comments

Written and directed by Molly Littman ’21, “In the Pink” explores the complicated relationship between Sarah, a woman with breast cancer, and Rebecca, her 20-something-year-old daughter. The play’s set was designed to look like a hospital room with get well cards, flu season awareness posters and all.

The two-day festival gathered University community members to explore media and literary theory. Attendees participated in workshops, lectures and performances at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.

Literary arts festival celebrates cross-disciplinary forms of media

February 12, 2019 0 comments

Interrupt V, a festival hosted by the Literary Arts Department Friday and Saturday, featured artists who commented on and examined the intersections of literary theory and media. The festival was organized by John Cayley, professor of literary arts, and Theadora Walsh GS.

Chartreuse performed compositions that incorporated electronic components and experimental concepts. Five students and one faculty member composed pieces for the trio, working with the musicians during rehearsals.

Visiting string trio debuts student, faculty compositions

February 7, 2019 0 comments

The Chartreuse string trio performed contemporary and experimental music in a concert Tuesday night, playing compositions from their usual repertoire as well as new pieces composed by University students.