A Cool Thing You Probably Missed: 2 x 4, the 8th Annual Dual Degree Exhibition

The Brown/RISD dual degree exhibit, called 2 x 4 (as in the lumber you buy at Home Depot) was unveiled on January 28 at the Granoff Center. Running through February 12, this year’s exhibition focused “on themes of multiplicity, calculation, and construction and was “inspired by what is elementary, use of materials, process work, manmade versus natural, and collaboration.”

The main exhibition space had more than a few nods to the 2 x 4 theme, with a Bob the Builder themed photo booth, a huge wooden cube built in the center of the room, and small art installation featuring, you guessed it: 2 x 4’s.

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Small tables supplied with index cards and markers offered visitors a chance to participate. Little cards prompted us: draw wood, draw the person next to you, draw your transportation to the wood, draw a compliment. Once finished with your masterpiece, you could hang them up in the cube.

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A Cool Thing You Probably Missed: Wedding bells in the PW Upspace

What is possibly the most romantic place on Earth? Obviously Paris the PW Upspace! Although usually reserved for student produced content such as shows and performance art, this past Sunday, visitors were instead treated to a small wedding ceremony, the brainchild of Charlotte Senders ’18 and Ben Hayslett ’18.

The masterminds behind the wedding: Charlotte Senders '18 and Ben Hayslett '18

The masterminds behind the wedding: Charlotte Senders ’18 and Ben Hayslett ’18

When Senders and Hayslett were offered the space for a Sunday show, they decided that the perfect thing to do would be to hold a wedding, especially since Senders was ordained over the summer. So in an impressive five days, they pulled together the wedding with some help from volunteers. And when the original couple fell through Saturday afternoon, they recruited two of their friends and determined the groomsmen at 1 A.M. Sunday morning.

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Anti-Wish List: A do not want list of gifts

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With finals finally over, a lot of us have made it back home for the holidays to be with friends, family, and our own, personal shower (you mean I don’t have to wear flip flops in it?). And whether you like it or not, tis the season for the anxiety inducing question: what do you want? Perhaps you’re the type who doesn’t care for a gift or the type to choose something from the Blog’s holiday gift list, or the type who prefers the homemade route. Or, maybe you just don’t know. Instead of going the traditional route of compiling a holiday gift list, the Blog has compiled a do not want list.

A Fitness Tracker

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Do I want to be reminded of how rarely I go for a run? Do I really want something on my wrist to tell me exactly how many calories worth of Andrews pizza I have consumed? I already know the answer: an amount that would worry even an eleven year old.

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Frosh-cessities: Reading Period Essentials

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You did it! You’ve managed to summon enough will power to return to Brown after Thanksgiving! But, then you immediately got hit by a truck, but not just any truck, the “Finals are next week, even though I just took a ‘midterm’ yesterday, and I have no idea what ‘hegemony’ or the ten(?) principles of economics really are” truck. Fear not, though, because Blog has your freshmen backs with several necessities to help you survive your reading period.

1. Towels

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A dry towel will soon be a rare occurrence.

Remember when you participated in the pack and go program at Bed, Bath & Beyond and realized that towels don’t just materialize in bathrooms (thanks parents for hiding this harsh truth from me for so long) and you had to actually buy some? Those towels come super handy during reading period for soaking up huge amounts of tears, especially ones that are caused by chemistry, neuroscience, or math. More importantly, however, is the fact that they are dual purpose. Roll one up under your door to prevent bothering people with your screaming or to deaden the noise of your soul shattering.

2. Chocolate or flowers

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Keep these treats around to win back your friends, roommates, and significant others at the end of reading period. Use them to apologize for your terrible behavior while studying, including but not limited to yelling at them out of stress, anger, hunger, or even hanger, throwing textbooks at them out of frustration, re-reading your essay out loud over and over until the wee hours of the morning, and papering every surface of your room with notes.

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A few reasons to see 11 Apocalypses

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Do you enjoy apocalypse scenarios? But, no, not just one at a time. Do you want to watch eleven different apocalypse scenarios in the span of two hours? Are you just an ardent fan of symbolism? Do you yearn to watch an unbelievably unique play? Even if you answered no to all three questions, you should still head over to the PW Downspace to watch Evan Silver ’16‘s 11 Apocalypses (showing on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m., and Monday at 8 p.m.).

If I still haven’t convinced you, read on for a few more specific reasons to go.

  1. The Apocalypses

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Influenced by old stories and archetypes, Silver crafts a delicately intricate multiverse of eleven separate worlds. The storylines are extremely diverse: a millennial trapped at sea, a woman struggling to answer big questions after the rapture, and a man finding himself obsessively entranced in jazz. My personal favorite apocalypses were Sandy’s (BlogDH staffer Jessica Steans-Gail ‘16) hilariously loopy disillusions while trapped in a freezer and Minden’s (Jesse Weil ‘16) tender, yet excitingly tense interactions with Candace, a robot. However, it would be unjust not to applaud the force of Eve’s (Ellie Gravitte ‘17) and Jupiter’s (Katherine Doherty ‘16) explosive performances in which viewers are struck by the suffocating desperation and complex spectrum of human emotions behind their words.

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PW Presents: Neverland

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Neverland, directed and written by Brian Semel ’16, was my first ever show at PW Upspace. And what a truly amazing show it was.

It’s a grown-up take on the childhood favorite “Peter Pan,” pondering the question of what happens in the future when characters, Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, and Hook become adults. Audience members watch the complex web of disintegrating relationships play out. The play is heartwrenching, but ultimately, wonderful.

The cast is absolutely electric, with a nearly tangible energy shared amongst them. Each actor and actress is perfectly suited for their role. Becca Millstein ’16 plays an intelligent and cautiously loving Wendy, while John Filmanowicz ’17 presents a high-energy portrayal of Peter Pan. Ben Hayslett’s ’18 is plays a bright Hook and Canning Robb ’17 successfully executes a seductive Tinkerbell.

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Wendy and Peter start off in a relationship more comfortable than a worn-in sweater, with hilarious banter, ice cream, and of course, adoring love. There’s a delicious satisfaction in seeing a kind of “epilogue” for characters you grew up with. As the play progresses, however, we are reminded of the bittersweetness of growing up and change by their slowly crumbling relationship: one in which Wendy doubts whether Neverland is where she really belongs and Peter’s refusal to recognize he should let her go.

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The rift between Peter and Wendy deepens by the introduction of Tinkerbell and Hook. I was particularly entranced by the interaction of Tinkerbell and Peter; the tension between them ebbed and flowed during their flirtatious verbal sparring, leaving my heart to stop completely at certain points. Their counterparts, Wendy and Hook, also share an intimate moment, but in a much more tender way. Although they start off dictating letters by weaving lines of their respective dialogue together, they begin to talk directly to each other, in an intense, almost conspiratorial fashion. Wendy is left to ruminate if her relationship in Neverland is truly what she wants.

The power of the play is especially evident in Peter’s last monologue. You can’t help but fall in love with quotes about how much Peter is enamored with Wendy: the way people tell him to shut up because his thoughts about Wendy are so loud, the way he knows the tiniest tidbits of knowledge about her, the way he never reveals she sneezes in her sleep so he can revel in the cuteness by himself. But the thing about falling in love so quickly and so deeply, is that it makes it that much more devastating when you watch his relationship collapse in on itself. Semel’s great writing is also very obvious in Wendy’s dialogue; personally, my favorite quote was “This is paradise, but the vacation is over,” which perfectly encapsulates Wendy’s frustration and the claustrophobic nature of her bond with Peter,

Do yourself a huge favor and watch Neverland at one of the two times on Saturday. You will laugh. You will feel like your heart is bursting at the seams. You will definitely be glad you went.

Images via Danielle Perelman ’17.

The director Brian Semel ’16 is a writer for BlogDailyHerald.