In the midst of midterm season, everyone at Brown makes the desperate dash between class, Starbucks and the SciLi all weekend in their attempts to finish everything on schedule. It’s only healthy to break free of the routine and enjoy Providence in the (almost) springtime! Close your laptop, your textbook and your Facebook and check out the local scene! This week, we have a wide variety of events to suit a range of interests, so there’s no excuse to stay on the Hill (not even that Stats exam).
1. Providence French Film Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday: 12, 2, 4:15, 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Where: Cable Car Cinema
The nearly two-week-long French Film Festival, which is presented by Brown, ends this weekend! From 12 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, you can drop by Cable Car Cinema and see a celebrated French film for only $7. Films vary from documentaries like Les Invisibles (The Invisibles), which follows the lives of homosexuals in France who paved the way to social justice, to witty comedies such as Le sens de l’humour (Sense of Humor), which tells the story of two comedians who are kidnapped by a serial killer in Quebec. You don’t need a beret or baguette to enjoy these French masterpieces, we unofficially recommend both.
2. Urban Agriculture Spring Kickoff
When: Saturday: 1-4 p.m.
Where: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
Are your drab dorm furnishings depressing? Feel like all you want in the whole world is a little window-box full of petunias to brighten your day? Then you should head down to the 4th Annual Urban Agriculture Expo! Hosted by the Southside Community Land Trust, the kickoff will have a number of experts in attendance to give advice about and demonstrating composting and seed starting. There will also be a raffle and a seed swap! If you know your more environmentally minded friends are going to drag you there, fear not: you can go to the Roger Williams Zoo while you wait! Or maybe they’ll even let you do crafts in the Kids’ Corner.
3. Human Library Rhode Island
When: Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
Where: Rochambeau Library, Hope Street
A human library is, according to Rhode Island’s Council for the Humanities’ website, “a living, breathing library where humans are the books and the stories are their lives!” Rhode Island volunteers who have experienced various types of prejudice due to race, sexual orientation, religion, profession, appearance, etc. will be available on Sunday to be “checked out,” or engaged in a respectful conversation about their lives. Readers are invited to discuss prejudice, stereotypes, and their own experiences in a safe environment. “Checking out” a human book promises to be an eye-opening experience, changing what you thought you knew about prejudice today.