Aerial arts for the (very) beginner

On Saturday nights from 7 to 9pm in the Ashamu Dance Studio, the Brown Aerial Arts team opens its doors (and it’s silks) to any students who want to learn how to fly, with a net. I’ve had minimal exposure with aerial arts, but I knew that it’s a special talent of P!nk and the most recent winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, so this past Saturday, I decided to attend a beginner practice and proudly walked out with all of my bones and most of my dignity intact.

The first order of business at practice is stretching. We stretched our legs, our arms, our backs, our hips, and muscles I didn’t become aware of until I stretched them. I asked my friend to take a picture of me doing that “weird stretch with the leg” which, as it turns out, is called a lunge.

I still don't know how I bent this way.

I still don’t know how I bent this way.

After stretching, the regular members of the Brown Aerial Arts team split up among the various things hanging from the ceiling, and all the beginners are invited to pick one of the four options to begin with: partner acrobatics, trapeze, lyra, or aerial silks. Continue Reading


Fall@Brown: Haunted House Lineup

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Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, I pride myself on having averaged a good six to eight haunted house visits each Halloween season. Whether it was clowns, skeletons, or the ridiculous cost of admission, I traveled to abandoned asylums, run-down prisons, and revamped cornfields all with the intention of crying like a baby being terrified. Well, October is here, and if you’ve got the haunted house bug, here’s the lineup of Rhode Island haunted houses to remind that there are things scarier than CS:

Fear Town

Seekonk Speedway 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771

  • The Gist: Fear Town is an outdoor haunted path located in the woods by Seekonk Speedway that takes you through abandoned buildings and across uneven forest terrain.
  • Distance from Campus: 7.3 miles
  • Cost: $16
  • Estimated Uber Fare: $9-12
  • Horror Tropes Used: The woods, abandoned buildings.
  • Bonus: Fear Town boasts the highest Yelp rating (4.8 stars) in RI and the lowest cost/Uber fare, meaning this one is mostly likely to be your budget’s favorite attraction.

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Fall@Brown: Orchard Living

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Campus life getting you down? Checked off everything on your back to campus guide-to-the-outside? With the hustle and bustle of a big city like Providence paired with so many trees and not enough apples on the Main Green, you might just be in need of a relaxing fall day. As luck would have it, Rhode Island is perfect for the quintessential fall outing: apple-picking. Check out these orchards, all within fifteen miles of Brown’s campus.

Dame Farm 91-B Brown Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919

  • Distance from campus: 10.3 miles
  • Besides apple-picking, buy blueberries, peaches, pears, plums, and assorted veggies (unlike apples, these aren’t pick-your-own).
  • By RIPTA: Take the 10X from Weybosset Post Office to Hartford FS Brown, plus about 1.6 mi walking total.
  • Estimated Uber fare: $12-17

Pippin Orchard 751 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI 02921

  • Distance from campus: 11.6 miles
  • Besides apple-picking, buy fruits, vegetables, maple syrup, honey, and assorted baked goods.
  • By RIPTA: Take the 19 from the Providence bus stop (the large terminal on Washington St.) to Amflex NS Comstock, plus about 2.3 mi walking total.
  • Estimated Uber fare: $13-18

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Blogify: (250+) Days of Summer

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While most of us are excited to get back to Brown, many of us are wary of getting back to “University.” Fear no more: this summer playlist will extend your vacation till the first leaf (or snowflake) falls. Whether you’re writing an essay, putting the finishing touches on your dorm decor, or dreading the first hint of cold weather, we’ve got you covered from Azealia to Zedd. Now put on some sunscreen and finish up that paper.


Sign up for Fall Market Shares by Sunday, Sept. 13th

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Interested in eating local/healthy/fresh but never found the time/money/supplies? Want to put less effort into grocery shopping? Want to finally seem like you “have it all together” (i.e. talk about cooking)? Look no further: the Brown Market Shares Program has you covered yet again. But act quickly: sign ups for Fall 2015 close Sunday, September 13th at 11:59 pm.

BMSP provides a bundle of fresh, locally-grown produce to students, faculty, and staff each week from September 24th to December 3rd, excluding the week of Thanksgiving. A sample share might include carrots, apples, fennel, and even (the trendsetter) kale. Shares can be picked up right on campus at Hillel, and you can sign up for additional shares of dairy, meat, and eggs as well. For more information on signing up, pricing, and pick up, check out their FAQs. As the saying goes: “Buy a meal credit, and eat for a day. Buy a market share, and eat for the next ten weeks excluding the week of Thanksgiving.” The answer is clear: sign up today and don’t be left disappointed at the Ratty salad bar again.

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Not Long Now, a senior choreography showcase

Not Long Now, a senior choreography showcase by Emma Blue Russo, opened today at Stuart Theatre. The show is impressive on many counts: the eight dance numbers are set entirely to the music of James Blake and it is relatively unprecedented to give a student full reign of Stuart.

The first act explores themes of “urgency, coping, and healing through movement” while the second presents a series of dances drawn from influences on Russo’s creative identity as a choreographer. From inspired choreography to talented performers, aided by music that draws on elements of funk and electro-pop, the show is a cohesive production of dance, light, and sound.

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