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Exclusive: Q&A with Lois Lowry

Herald: Since its publication, "The Giver" has faced multiple bans. "Son" could be seen as equally controversial. In general, how have you approached the controversy, and what is your answer to people who are trying to ban the books? Lowry: Public libraries are well-known for their defense of freedom ...


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Lowry's new book wraps up 'The Giver' series

Since its publication in 1993, "The Giver" has become one of many simultaneously beloved and banned books of children's literature. But nearly 20 years after her first foray into the colorless and emotionless world introduced in "The Giver," author Lois Lowry, a former member of the class of 1958, returns ...


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Concert features Baroque masters

The Brown University Chorus transported nearly 200 audience members in Sayles Hall back in time to the Baroque Era through a concert this Friday that incorporated the music of Orlando di Lasso, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Telemann. 


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'Kiss of the Spider Woman' dazzles audience

In the dark of a Brazilian prison, a woman's voice faintly echoes. Supple and alluring, it grows louder. She is singing - but what? The prisoners are all around, dressed in rags, miserable. Suddenly, wearing more sequins than Lady Gaga, out steps Aurora. The Spider Woman has arrived. Haunting and dazzling, ...


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'As You Like It' production updates old world comedy

William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" could easily be a romantic comedy on television today - rustic setting and Old English prose aside, the play's convoluted love polygons and musical accompaniment seem only a stone's throw from modern favorites like "Glee." It's in that spirit of modern adaptation ...


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Horror fest showcases international films

The Kuwaiti film "Wonderland, A True Story" compares Kuwait to Lewis Carroll's Wonderland through the perspective of Alice, who finds her way around a modern Middle Eastern fantasy world in search of someone who can turn the ace of cards back into a one. The film, one of 63 showcased in this year's ...


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First-year stars in film with Krasinski '01

Students may know India Ennenga '16 as just another member of the freshman class, but since the age of nine, she has done voice work and performed in various films and television shows, playing Meg Ryan's daughter in "The Women" and appearing in HBO series "Treme" for the past two years. Ennenga's most ...


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Art collaboration emphasizes beauty

Glass barometers engraved with poems hung in a cascading pattern, and abstract paintings sat next to poems about searching for identity in "Spillforth," an exhibit that opened Friday in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Forrest Gander, professor of literary arts and comparative ...


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DataFest presents economic benefits of city's arts scene

In addition to providing entertainment and fostering a rich creative culture, Providence's arts scene serves another important purpose: stimulating the economy. Precisely that was the subject of the first annual DataFest, held Oct. 26 at the Trinity Repertory Company, which showcased massive amounts ...


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PW production blends comedy, philosophy

For those that enjoy musical theater, shiver-worthy harmonies, a dazzling cast and upbeat dance numbers, Production Workshop's "Company" will be sure to delight. In contrast, anyone more philosophically-minded will appreciate the nuanced, soul-searching plot brought to life by the depth and clarity ...


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Bollywood offers unfair Muslim portrayal, prof says

Devoted fans of the Bollywood movie industry packed the Watson Institute for International Studies Tuesday to listen to Rachel Dwyer, professor of Indian cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, give a talk entitled "Islamicate or Islamophobic?: Muslims in ...


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Sophomore's exhibition puts human body on display

There's nothing quite like nude portraiture to start your morning off right. Students and faculty wandering to lecture this week got their full dose in "What I Found in the Desert," a solo exhibition by Maya Diablo Mason '15, on display Oct. 19-26 in the First Floor Gallery of the List Art Center. The ...


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Film documents Chinese adoptees struggling with identity

A "banana" is how Haley Butler chooses to describe herself - "I'm yellow from the outside, but white from the inside." Butler is one of four teenage girls who were adopted from China and featured in the award-winning documentary "Somewhere Between," produced and directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton ...


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'Midterm Revue' mocks exam stress with four musicals

Midterm period is tough. Students spend hours in libraries and review sessions, cramming in last-minute facts. Sleep and fun slip from existence for weeks as students slave over papers and tests. Musical Forum's Midterm Revue, a mash-up of various musical theater songs set to an original plot, offers ...


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Modernized 'Winter's Tale' triumphs at Trinity Rep

Rarely does one have the opportunity to see a dozen Shakespearean actors - all clad in bear masks - launch into a synchronized dance mob around a baby onstage to the tune of "Outta Your Mind" by Lil Jon. Yet director Taibi Magar MFA'14 grants the audience this zany opportunity and many more in her youthful ...


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Visual artist connects technology and art

The scene is not the typical image of artists at work - a group of people working together to display images from a computer onto a large screen - yet the artists are some of the most prominent artists and designers in the world. The user interface is their method of engaging the audience, and the technology ...


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Production explores religion, spirituality

In an open rehearsal Thursday evening at 95 Empire Street downtown, the production "Maria Kizito" led its audience down the complicated path of good, evil, suffering and hope as a part of what playwright Erik Ehn, professor of theater arts and performance studies, described as a "spiritual investigation ...


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Modern-day 'Richard III' explores the power of charm

Shakespeare on the Green will turn Metcalf Courtyard into a modern political stage for its performance of "Richard III" this weekend, the first time the theater troupe has performed in this space. The play, which runs Oct. 18-21, portrays the rise to power of Richard III, whose charisma and clever turn ...





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