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Arts & Culture

Self-discovery, with a little help from Wagner

December 4, 2009 Comments are Disabled

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.

Spoken word artist spits the ‘isms’

December 4, 2009 Comments are Disabled

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.

Fifth symphony the charm for Mahler

December 4, 2009 Comments are Disabled

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.

Conference explores digital history

November 30, 2009 Comments are Disabled

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

Set in amber, the trauma of extinction

November 30, 2009 Comments are Disabled

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 species in North America was left in the past.

Waxing philosophical with wax-coated flora

November 23, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Visitors to the gallery in the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center will have one last chance to catch “Night Garden” by Boston-based artist Hilary Tolan this week. The exhibit, which closes Nov. 27, uses wax flowers and delicate paper to depict life’s fragility.

‘Inner City’ explores modernization and its discontents

November 22, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Initially, Arnie Zimmerman and Tiago Montepegado’s new installation at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, “Inner City,” resembles that iconic photograph of New York construction workers taking a lunch break on a beam high above the sidewalks — all ease and comfortable camaraderie.

In ‘Gondoliers,’ a Venice in vibrant color

November 20, 2009 Comments are Disabled

For its fall production this weekend, Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan is offering up a dynamic array of dancing and singing in “The Gondoliers.”

Lyricist Yeston explores the chemistry of song

November 20, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Musical theater writing and performance were combined in a talk by American composer and lyricist Maury Yeston in Leeds Theater Thursday evening.In a discussion that wove back and forth from speech to singing, with Yeston at the piano, the composer stressed that the music and lyrics of a song have to lead to something that moves the audience. Yeston performed multiple musical pieces, primarily his own. Some songs provoked laughter, while others clearly moved some members of the audience nearly to tears.

City meets country in lovable ‘Leavittsburg’

November 15, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Brownbrokers’ newest production, “Leavittsburg, Ohio,” written by Nate Sloan ’09, is sure to put a smile on any midterm-drained Brown student’s face, providing a rare opportunity to kick back and listen to some show tunes brimming with the propulsive energy of Stephen Sondheim and the tonal richness of Aaron Copland.