Arts & Culture

In new book, alum explores ‘The Genius in All of Us’

April 12, 2010 0 comments

Since childhood, people are told that they can become whatever they want, but only recently has that been described as scientific fact. In his book, “The Genius in All of Us,” journalist and author David Shenk ’88 describes greatness as a thing to be achieved by anyone, not an inherent genetic gift.

‘The Cook’ recalls the Cuban revolution

April 9, 2010 0 comments

New Year’s Eve, 1958. Cuba is on the brink of a communist revolution led by Fidel Castro. This knowledge hangs over the Santana household in La Havana like a thundercloud waiting to burst. Gladys (Lynsey Ford ’10), the family’s cook, is busy preparing Baked Alaska for a room full of Batista-loving aristocrats. There is a serene quality to her work as she tastes, chops and simmers, but it will soon be out of the frying pan and into the fire for Gladys’ family in Sock and Buskin’s latest production, “The Cook,” which opened Thursday night in Leeds Theater.

Pirate King Stetson gets some pirate booty in Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The PIrates of Penzance.”

BUGS’ ‘Pirates’ is a swashbuckling success

April 9, 2010 0 comments

A Gilbert and Sullivan show, when done right, is pure fluff — a delightfully absurd piece of entertainment that invites the audience to laugh without asking them to think too hard. Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” running in Alumnae Hall through Sunday, is Gilbert and Sullivan done right.

Making the band, Brown edition

April 5, 2010 0 comments

Musically-inclined students find diverse creative outlets around campus — alone, in a group, electronically, acoustically — creating a scene in which students can build off one another’s talents.

New student installation shares thousand voices

April 5, 2010 0 comments

Over 500 individuals’ responses to the question “How are you?” coupled with dialogue and interviewers’ explanations, radiate from speakers within wooden poles in the audio collage “A Thousand Voices.”

What’s Kraken? Alums collaborate on ‘Clash’

April 5, 2010 0 comments

Phil Hay ’92 and Matt Manfredi ’93, creative collaborators and friends ever since they met at IMPROVidence auditions 20 years ago, are now the prolific screenwriters behind last weekend’s box-office hit “Clash of the Titans.”

Word! artists to go to slam poetry nationals

March 22, 2010 0 comments

Brown’s first-ever team destined for the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational — an annual nationwide competition for slam poets — performed for a packed and enthusiastic Macmillan 117 last Friday.

Jabberwocks, Higher Keys compete at MIT

March 22, 2010 0 comments

The Jabberwocks and the Higher Keys placed second and fourth, respectively, at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella’s Northeast semifinals at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Saturday.

SASA showcases culture through performance arts

March 22, 2010 0 comments

The South Asian Students Association entranced the audience with performances of dance, music and comedy during their annual culture show, Nashaa, Friday in Salomon 101. A “year-long venture” of planning culminated that night to meet the vision of showcasing and spreading awareness of South Asian culture, said SASA President Aparna Kumar ’10. Applause filled the packed auditorium as the show provided performers’ families, friends and peers with a night full of laughs and cultural appreciation. 

Mapping the past at the JCB library

March 19, 2010 0 comments

Inscribed on the John Carter Brown Library are the words “Speak to the past and it will answer,” the message that inspired the exhibition “Map Talk: A Conversation with Maps.” The exhibit, a collection of maps ranging from the year 1492 to the end of the American colonial period, is on display at the library through the end of May.