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Artist-Up-Close: A Conversation with Mark Morris | February 26, 2014  + -

Artist-Up-Close: A Conversation with Mark Morris 

Martinos Auditorium, 2/26 at 5pm


Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community (Feb. 21-March 8)

Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community is a series of master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars.  TheWidening the Circle series includes three distinct yet interconnected programs: a Mark Morris Dance Group residency featuring a range of activities surrounding the choreographer hailed as "the Mozart of modern dance," a Symposium looking at the arts within a holistic healing approach, and a Mini-Fest exploring public engagement with arts and culture. Widening the Circle is presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group. This series includes an Artist-Up-Close: A Conversation with Mark Morris moderated by Debra Cash, critic and scholar-in-residence, Bates Dance Festival, Wednesday February 26 – 5:00pm at Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street, Providence. This event is Free and open to the public. For more information on Widening the Circle events, go to

The Days Between | February 20, 2014 - February 22, 2014  + -

The Days Between

Thursday, February 20th - 22nd @ 8pm in Studio 1

The Days Between is a new opera by Ben Kutner '14, directed by Zach Rufa '14.  The death of a dictator will throw a nation into disarray. "The Days Between" follows four national figures as they weather the power vacuum after their leader's death - each attempting to ride out on top. Based loosely on the recent events of the Arab Spring, the opera was written in Summer 2013 and is receiving its premiere production in February 2014 in Brown's Granoff Center.

Chinese Women's Media Festival | February 19, 2014 - February 20, 2014  + -

Chinese Women's Media Festival

Wednesday, February 19th and 20th

Martinos Auditorium

Award-winning Hong Kong director Tammy Cheung will be on campus for screenings of two of her films, "Speaking Up" and "Village Middle School," followed by Q&A -- Feb. 19, 6pm in the Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium. Tammy Cheung returns on Feb. 20, first to speak about her unique career path, "from prison guard to documentary director," at 12pm in Salomon 203, then to attend another screening, "Cheung Chau Diary," a film by several young directors -- 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium. Tammy will be available for Q&A after this screening as well. 

Faculty Lecture: Creativity and Innovation in Teaching & Learning | February 11, 2014  + -


You know it takes more than just a day to honor Brown staff for their performance and continuing loyalty to the University! Check out the special offers, events, tours, and discounts during BEAR Day week below. The fun begins on January 22 and continues until February 15.

Join Professor of Visual Art RIchard Fishman for a special lecture, Creativity and Innovation in Teaching and Learning, in the Granoff Center's Martinos Auditorium at 154 Angell Street at 4:00pm. No registration necessary.

BMP, IFF & NBCUniversal presents ADVANCED SCREENING of Endless Love | February 10, 2014  + -

BMP, IFF & NBCUniversal presents ADVANCED SCREENING of Endless Love

Monday, February 10th @ 7pm

Martinos Auditorium


Please As we approach Valentine's Day, Brown University Motion PicturesIvy Film Festival & NBCUniversal bring to you an EARLY SCREENING of ENDLESS LOVE...


ENDLESS LOVE stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) in the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.




* TICKETS: get your free ticket at:


* FREEBIES: NBC Universal will also be giving away FREE promotional t-shirts and posters at the door!


Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films are joined by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) of Fake Empire to produce the film from writers Feste and Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl).


Brought to you by: Brown Motion Pictures; Ivy Film Festival; NBC Universal

Film screening: Leviathan | February 9, 2014  + -

Film screening: Leviathan

Sunday, February 9th @ 4:30pm in Martinos Auditorium

The John Carter Brown Library presents a screening of Leviathan, as part of a pre-event kickoff to the Annual JCB Galletti Lecture series. Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Mass., the documentary takes a non-traditional approach to portraying the commercial fishing industry. The film is unique because there is no dialogue, instead focusing on the machinery, crew, marine life, and sea. A discussion with director Lucien Castaing-Taylor will follow the screening. 

Live performance: Schwanengesang | February 5, 2014  + -

Live performance: Schwanengesang

Wednesday, February 5th @ 8pm in Martinos Auditorium

The The Cogut Center for the Humanities presents a live performance of Schwanengesang by baritone Austrian Wolfgang Holzmair.  Pianist Russell Ryan will accompany Holzmair in performing Franz Schubert's posthumous collection of songs. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For tickets, please visit:


Jewish Film Festival Screening | February 3, 2014 - February 4, 2014  + -

Jewish Film Festival Screening

Monday, February 3rd and Tuesday February 4th @ 7pm

Martinos Auditorium

Please join the Brown/RISD Hillel for its first Jewish Film Festival!  We begin with Footnote on Mondaynight at 7:00 PM in the Granoff Center's Martinos Auditorium.  We will have a small reception with food and drinks following the film.  Then Tuesday night we will be screening Arranged at 7:00PM in the Martinos Auditorium, and Wednesday night we will show Live and Become at 7:00PM in Wilson 102.  Come to just one or as many as you can, no tickets needed! Please email with any questions.

Don't Be a Stranger!: The 6th Annual Brown-RISD Dual Degree Exhibition | January 23, 2014 - February 12, 2014  + -

All are invited to attend the 6th Annual Brown-RISD Dual Degree Exhibition! This year's exhibition is titled: "Don't Be a Stranger!" and focuses on themes of neighborliness, proximity, and foreign belonging. Students were inspired by manicured and overgrown yards, backyard BBQs and water gun fights, high fives, embracing awkwardness, and bumping into someone and forgetting their name.  The exhibition will run from January 23 to February 12.

The Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program is a five-year program in which students are dually enrolled in Brown University and the Rhode Island School of design and may earn a Bachelor of Arts at Brown a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RISD. Since the program began in 2008, the students have continued to host an annual exhibition featuring their work.  Works from the 5th Annual Exhibition can be viewed online at:

After Hours: Annual Staff Appreciation Art Exhibit | January 22, 2014 - February 13, 2014  + -

After Hours: Annual Staff Appreciation Art Exhibit in the Granoff Center Lower Lobby features work by a few of the many talented staff members at Brown. Staff from across the university engage in creative, thoughtful, and expressive endeavors that are often unseen by coworkers and the greater Brown community. This year, the Creative Arts Council is pleased to present artwork by nineteen staff members in media ranging from textiles to ceramics and beyond. Inspired by their surroundings, personal interests, and daily encounters, these works provide a glimpse of the creativity embedded throughout Brown. The Creative Arts Council would like to thank all of the participating artists including:


Nancy Baker

Linda Covington

Carol Ann Cutler

Esther Escotto

Olanda Estrada

Stephen Gervais

Luis Gonzalez

Stephanie Han

Liane Livi

Jeanne Lowenstein

Juli Mahoney

Tracey Maroni

Peter Neivert

Lisa Noble

Stacey Pettella

Saundra Patrick

Katerina Stepanova

Geoff Williams

Kenneth Zirkel


Please join us for a public reception on Thursday, February 13th from 5:00 to 7:00.

An Evening with 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Ayad Akhtar '93 | December 9, 2013  + -

Join Brown University Library and Friends of the Library for the 10th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre featuring renowned American writer, Ayad Akhtar '93. 

A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of American Dervish, published in two dozen languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto's Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. His play Disgraced played at New York's Lincoln Center Theater in 2012, and premiered at the Bush Theater in London in May 2013. Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Jeff Equity Award for Best New Work, and an OBIE. His play The Invisible Hand was nominated for the ATCA/Steinberg Award, and won Best New Work 2013 from the St Louis Theater Critics Circle. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has received commissions from Lincoln Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing.

Decepmber 9th, Martinos Auditorium, 7pm

Moshen Namjoo Solo Performance | December 7, 2013  + -

December 7th @ 7pm

Martinos Auditorium


Middle East Studies presents MOHSEN NAMJOO, who will be giving a solo performance at the Granoff Center on Dec. 7th, 7 p.m.


Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar player who will be in residence at Brown in 2014. His unique music style resembles a patchwork of Persian classical poetry, with western music, namely rock, blues, and jazz.


Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for and touches the souls of today’s youth. Seamlessly blending the Classical with the Modern, the ancient with the current, Mohsen Namjoo is a true musical maverick.


Additional funding was provided by the Creative Arts Council.  Cost:  Students $10/Others $20, Ticket purchase link in description.

Jazz Band Concert: Brown University and Moses Brown | December 6, 2013  + -

The Brown University Jazz Band and the Moses Brown Jazz Band perform a concert.  Friday, December 6, 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium.

Emblazoned | December 5, 2013  + -



These works will also be performed on Saturday, December 7 at the Columbus Theater (270 Broadway, Providence) from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Bevin Kelley/ Blevin Blectum is an electronic music / multimedia composer, performer and sound designer, violinist and veterinary nurse. Her work can be heard in radio plays, electronic toys, theater spaces, film and television scores, advertisements, clubs, concert halls, headphones, and art spaces. Working solo and in collaboration (with Kristin Grace Erickson as Blectum from Blechdom), she has released a dozen or so records since 1998, on labels such as Tigerbeat6, Orthlorng, Phthalo, and Aagoo. Her fifth solo album (as Blevin Blectum) will be released December 4th 2013, on the Aagoo label. She plans to complete her Ph.D in MEME / Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University in May of 2014. 

Michael Kelley, composer and violist
Michael Kelley graduated from The Walnut Hill School for the Arts and has received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. His teachers have included Leonard Matczynski, Jeffrey Irvine, and Karen Tuttle. A prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition at the age of 18, Mike is currently violist of the Apple Hill String Quartet and has been an artist-in-residence at Apple Hill since 1996. He is the Music Coordinator for Apple Hill’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop, where he directs sessions, performs concerts, and coaches chamber music throughout the summer. An active composer, Mike has been a Teaching Fellow in Electronic Music at the Juilliard School, has written music for everyone from Madison Square Garden to Yale University, and frequently gives lectures/ demonstrations on the subject of creating electronic music. As disco-pop singer Kelley Polar, he has performed at major European pop-rock music festivals and in club venues worldwide, collaborating with many groups including the Junior Boys, Metro Area, and Bomb the Bass. His albums have recently been selected for the “best of the decade” lists of music magazines Stylus and Fact, and have been highly recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Spin, and the Guardian.

Elise Kuder, violinist
Called “first rate” by the Boston Globe, Elise Kuder is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Her teachers and coaches have included Monica VanderBaan, Marilyn McDonald, Joel Smirnoff, David Takeno, Eugene Lehner, Felix Galimir, Gilbert Kalisch, Robert Merfeld, and Lenny Matczynski. She attended the Tanglewood Music Center, where she won the Kohn Award for outstanding musicianship and served as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. As a Fulbright scholar, Elise studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, where she was first violinist of the Tate Quartet, which made its successful debut at Wigmore Hall in London. Beginning her association with Apple Hill as one of its youngest participants at age 12, Elise is currently first violinist of the Apple Hill String Quartet and has been an artist-inresidence at Apple Hill since 2001.

Marjorie Gere, performer / puppeteer
Marjorie Gere builds her life and work around meaningful, complex, long-term, collaborative projects with idealistic artists and thinkers from a wide variety of backgrounds. In collaboration with composer/pianist Dan Sedgwick, she has performed violin/piano recitals, composed puppet shows, pop songs and rounds, and organized An Exciting Event, a chamber ensemble of musician/puppeteers. She also performs as member of the Boston Public Quartet. She also teaches music, leads workshops in puppetry, music, and creative writing at the Charlestown Working Theater. Between 2002-2005, as a two-time fellow of the US State Department's Cyprus-America Scholarship Program and representative of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, Marjorie conducted action research in reconciliation through music, as it applies to the Cyprus peace process. Marji received a Master’s in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bachelor’s degrees in Music and English from the University of Iowa, where she studied violin and chamber music with Annette-Barbara Vogel, the Maia Quartet, and the late Leopold LaFosse.

To request special services, accommodations or assistance for this event, please contact Ashley Lundh [401.863.3234 -] as far in advance of the event as possible.
The Boccaccio AfterLife Award | November 23, 2013  + -

November 23rd @ 2pm

Martinos Auditorium


Please join us on Saturday, November 23, from 2pm to 6pm at the Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University in Providence, RI, for the presentation of the Boccaccio AfterLife Awards and an afternoon celebrating the 700th anniversary of Giovanni Boccaccio's birth and the 2013 year of Italian Culture in the United States.


Awards will be presented in three categories: best translation-adaption into contemporary English, best adaptation for the stage, and best adaptation for other media (Youtube, social networks, animation, videogames, and similar).


In addition to the Awards Ceremony, there will be a concert of 'Love songs from Boccaccio's Age' by L. F. Jodry and members of the Brown Chorus; a performance of two stories from the Decameron by the Eliotropia Theatre from Certaldo, Italy; and a Round-Table Discussion with R. Martinez (Brown), E. Menetti (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), M. Papio (UMass, Amherst) and M. Riva (Brown).


For more information, please see the Brown Italian Studies website.


This event is sponsored by the Decameron Web @ Brown University and the Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund, in collaboration with the American Boccaccio Association, the Italian Consulate General in Boston, and the Ente Nazionale Giovanni Boccaccio of Certaldo, Italy.

Who's the Fairest of Them All? | November 21, 2013  + -

Based on his recent book, Who's the Fairest of Them All? The Truth about Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America, Stephen Moore examines what it means to be fair. Should everyone get an equal amount? Does the government have the authority to enforce that principle? He examines what it means for a free society to ensure a basic measure of security without compromising the rights of citizens.


Martinos Auditorium, 6pm, Nov. 21st

A Lecture by Photographer Gregory Crewdson | November 20, 2013  + -

November 20th @ 6pm

Martinos Auditorium

American artist Gregory Crewdson creates staged, cinematic photographs of American life. His large-scale, detailed pictures capture the still and silent moments of suburban neighborhoods and homes. Each scene is elaborately lit, constructed, and ongoing, allowing the viewer to apply his or her explanation to the unresolved narratives. The images, which exist between documentary-style photography and surrealist filmmaking, are carefully staged and crafted to create Crewdson's ideal image of a past memory or desire. The artist has exhibited work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Whitney and LACMA and is represented by a number of contemporary art galleries including Gagosian Gallery and White Cube.


Please reserve free tickets for this event in advance by following the eventbrite link:


Brown University's Creative Arts Council (CAC) and Student Creative Arts Council (SCAC) are honored to host a lecture by Gregory Crewdson on November 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the Martinos Auditorium in the Granoff Center for the Arts (154 Angell Street Providence, RI). The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session and closing refreshments.

The 8th Annual Alpert Medical School Concert | November 15, 2013  + -

Alpert Medical students and their professors will perform solo and ensemble performances including pop, jazz, classical, and blues.  Performers include faculty members: Drs. Philip Gruppuso, Michelle Daniel and Marjorie Thompson, and students: Vanessa Baratta, Divya Dethier, Daniel Friedlander, Peter Kaminski, Emily Li, Neil Jackson, Mary Kao, Scott Levin, Hyeon-Ju Ryoo, Matthew Schwede, and Jordan Thompson.  Doors open for seating at 6:45pm.


Martinos Auditorium, November 15th, 2013.

Anthology II | November 13, 2013  + -

Building on the great success of last month's Anthology I, Literary Arts will host the second event in a new reading series, Anthology, which will bring together graduate students doing original, creative work from several departments, once a month, for a night of “flash readings” and dinner. The goal of the event is to stage an evening of performance that encompasses a wide range of voices – fiction, poetry, literary translation, theater, digital language arts, hybrid forms mixing all of these, and more. The name, Anthology underscores its eclectic nature. This is a great opportunity for graduate students in all the creative arts to meet and share their work and for other members of the Brown community to experience firsthand what these students are up to.  All are welcome!  

November 13th, Studio 1, 7pm

Graphic Designer CHIP KIDD Lecture | November 13, 2013  + -

You know a Chip Kidd book when you see it -- precisely because it's unexpected, non-formulaic, and perfectly right for the text within. 

As a graphic designer, Kidd has designed shelves full of books, including classics you can picture in a snap: Jurassic Park, Naked by David Sedaris, and IQ84 by Haruki Murakami.

As editor of comics for Pantheon, Kidd has commissioned work from graphic novelists like Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes and Ben Katchor. 

He's a novelist as well, author of The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners.

Chip Kidd will be at Brown University on November 13th to talk about his work and latest book, "Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design."

Sponsored by the Creative Mind Initiative at Brown University.

For more information, please visit

For more on Chip Kidd, visit his website

5pm. Nov13. Martinos Auditorium, Granoff.