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Fang Island doesn't dwell on the past

Born of an independent study at the Rhode Island School of Design, rock band Fang Island is preparing to release its debut album on Sargent House Records Feb. 23. The self-titled record is a jolt, a surge of energy. It's a call to get up and dance.


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Rushdie urges free speech, dissent

Internationally recognized British-Indian author and political activist Salman Rushdie spoke to a diverse audience in an overflowing Salomon 101 about freedom of speech, India's future and literature's relationship with politics.


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Professors shimmy into spotlight

There's something vaguely disconcerting about seeing the professors you know and respect dressed in fancy suits and spangled dresses, whirling around on the dance floor — for the first 10 minutes, you long for the comfort of chalk-dusted blazers and lecture halls.


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Alum's documentary on Soviet era hits Sundance

"My Perestroika," a documentary that director Robin Hessman '94 described as an "unusual look of life behind the Iron Curtain," was featured in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, at the end of January.Hessman said the film follows the lives of five people who were childhood classmates ...


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Film fest brings Israel to College Hill

The second-annual Israeli Film Festival of College Hill begins on Saturday with the Providence premiere of the Oscar-nominated film "Ajami." For the committee of nine students who organized the festival, the seven films to be featured will serve to portray Israel in a cultural — as opposed to ...


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Sondheim and Rich chat on stage

Theater fans trekked through the cold to a crowded Salomon 101 Saturday evening to hear Stephen Sondheim discuss his life and creative process with New York Times columnist Frank Rich.The pair has had these conversations for the past several years at various universities. They met over thirty years ...


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Alum wins nonfiction book award

Deborah Heiligman '80, a prize-winning children's author, received the 2010 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, which honors one young adult nonfiction book each year. Heiligman's book, "Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith," was  picked from a list of five finalists.


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Comical tale breaks dark wintry chill

While winter sweeps in the cold air and lingering darkness, Trinity Repertory Company's production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" is sure to throw the audience into gusts of warm laughter with its feverishly energetic — if at times too hysterical — characters.


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Alums' album taps folk and Appalachian beats

By Fei CaiContributing WriterAt first listen, the Wingdale Community Singers' latest album seems somber, reminiscent of both a folk band and an Appalachian music group. But listen again, and you catch the lyrics: "Lies with his sister twice a month, her issue does he kill / buries them in unmarked graves ...


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Self-discovery, with a little help from Wagner

Running this weekend in Leeds Theater, Sock and Buskin's "Doris to Darlene: A Cautionary Valentine," by Jordan Harrison MFA '03, tells the story of how three characters from three different time periods relate to music and, through this relationship, find love. The play begins with the three main characters ...


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Spoken word artist spits the 'isms'

Internationally recognized spoken word artist and activist Alix Olson addressed a crowd of students from Brown and neighboring colleges about "isms," identity politics and women's and queer empowerment in List Art Center Thursday night.Olson's performance included several of her more well-known works, ...


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Fifth symphony the charm for Mahler

"The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything," composer Gustav Mahler once said.Mahler's Fifth Symphony will be highlighted at this weekend's Brown University Orchestra concert and is one of five fifth symphonies being played over the course of this orchestra season."As I was putting ...


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Set in amber, the trauma of extinction

Two hundred years ago, the population of American passenger pigeons was considered limitless, and observers wrote of migrations that completely blackened the sky. At the dawn of the 20th century, however, there was only a single survivor, and with her death, what had once been the most populous bird ...


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Conference explores digital history

Could Facebook notes appear on the pages of future history books next to tweets about someone's day? Could Facebook pictures one day be hanging in the Ratty next to the images of years gone by at Brown, documenting student life in the 2000s?





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