What to do tonight: 2/27

Battle for Change

8:00 p.m., Sayles Hall, FREE

Somehow, when I’m on campus I never manage to make it to as many concerts as I would like. Lupos is too far or  I don’t have enough money or I have two midterms due the next day… it’s a mess. Tonight, however, there can be no excuses. Battle for Change is a Fundraiser Concert for the International Humanitarian Foundation — but admission is free, and there will be free food! Not entirely sure where the fundraiser part comes it, but it’s on campus, it’s free, and it’s a Saturday night! Hell, Pawtucket Mudd, Cinnamon, Behaviors, and Ryan Lester will all be playing.

Purim at Hillel

This is actually THREE different events in one, which is THREE times as exciting. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a Tzedakh auction for charity and skits. At 7:30 p.m., Purim Peggplant (wha?) Parmesan dinner. And, from 9:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m., a party at Two Jerks Pub with free buses running from Faunce. Get your Purim on!

Transparent: the party

9:30 p.m.–4:30 a.m. 116 Waterman street, $1 drinks

Tonight, the Open the Books! Coalition is expressing “outrage, outrageousness, and the end of opacity” by… throwing a party. Partygoers are encouraged to wear bubble wrap, saran wrap, and other “transparent” clothing options. Keep it classy, Brown!

—Anne Speyer

What to do tonight: 2/26

Starla & Sons Longform Improv Comedy Show
Hunter Auditorim (89 Waterman St), 9:00 P.M.
We hear they’re quite the witty troupe!

Delta Tau, 10:00 P.M.-2:00 A.M.
It’s like “The Bachelor” meets “Price is Right”— and no, you don’t have to date Drew Carey. The fine lads of Delta Tau are auctioning off a night of love and romance with the delt of your choice. Yes, it’s probably pretty creepy. But it could also be the start of something beautiful.

Barack Your Body
Phi Psi (Sears House), 10:00P.M.-2:00A.M.
Here is all of the information you need to know: there will be politically-themed drinks. Order a Nailin’ Palin or a Ridin’ Bidin and toast the first year of the Obama presidency!

—Brian Mastroianni & Anne Speyer

What to do tonight: 2/25

Janus Lecture: Religion in Public Life

4:00-6:00 P.M., Salomon 101

The Janus Forum’s involvement pretty much guarantees an interesting and lively conversation. Mark Lilla from Columbia University and Jose Casanova of Georgetown University will be speaking. A bona fide Casanova speaking about the role of religion in public life? Sounds just intriguing enough to work.

SPECtaculaire Paris

8:00-10:00 P.M., Sayles Hall

A mysterious entry for tonight. What exactly is SPECtaculaire Paris? Who is hosting this cryptic event? What will happen there? I’m picturing a lot of black and white striped shirts, berets, and baguettes, but that’s pure speculation. Here are the facts: if you go to Sayles Hall tonight, there will be a chocolate fountain, cheese fondue, pastries & fresh crepes. They had me at chocolate fountain.

A Thousand Voices

8:00-11:55 P.M., Production Workshop Upspace

Brown’s Listening LabOratory invites you to “listen and wander through” tonight, the first of three performance events that “aim to transform the listeners into performers within the community of voices.” Sounds like the perfect thing for a rainy Providence night, but do yourself a favor and SafeRide it.

— Anne Speyer

Prez Spotting for a Rainy Day

For those of us who won’t want to leave our rooms today to puddle-jump all the way to Worker’s Appreciation Day dinner, why not get some Ratty take out, stay in and watch our very own President Ruth Simmons address the Rhode Island General Assembly?

President Simmons will be the keynote speaker for the Joint Legislative Black History Month Celebration today at 5 p.m. Fans of the president can tune in to Capitol TV.

Read the full press release after the jump.
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Jabberwocks and Higher Keys to advance in intercollegiate competition

Brown stole the show at the International Competition of Collegiate A Capella Northeast Quarter Finals Saturday night, with the Higher Keys in second place and the Jabberwocks taking the championship.

The showcase, hosted by the Bear Necessities in an overflowing Salomon 101, featured a capella groups from Columbia University, Bowdoin College, New York University, the University of Massachussetts at Amherst and Northeastern University, along with the two Brunonian groups, which will both compete in the semi-finals at the Massachussets Institute of Technology on March 20.

The Northeastern University Downbeats, the second runners-up, won’t be heading to the next round but nevertheless ended on a strong note with haunting and explosively energized renditions of Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy” and Kanye West’s “Heartless.” The excitement their routine sparked was palpable, and their vibe was anything but downbeat.

Emcee Matt Bauman ’10 of the Bear Necessities introduced the Downbeats as a group currently celebrating their tenth anniversary, but in response to the ensuing applause, he qualified this statement by saying, “I feel bad, I just made that up.”

The victors’ most memorable performance was of “Somebody” by Kings of Leon, for which Andrew Wong ’11 received recognition as outstanding soloist.

But the Higher Keys had the noisiest and most salient fan base, cheering from the audience with signs saying “classy,” “sexy,” and other descriptions with which Brown’s oldest co-ed a capella group identifies itself.

While the judges made their decision, a vocal percussion contest displayed the talents of the various competitors’ beat-boxers, and the Bear Necessities entertained the audience with such classics as “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” and a Britney Spears medley.

Other highlights included the Bowdoin Longfellow’s rhythmic and soulful blend of the folk songs “Take me Home, Country Road” and “Wagon Wheel,” the UMass Amherst Dynamics’ movement-centered interpretation of Rilo Kiley’s “Portions for Foxes” and an animated and playful performance of “Sweet Child of Mine” by NYU’s Jewish a capella group Avi V’ata.

Bauman announced to the audience that his interview with Ani V’ata was intercepted by the members’ mothers, informing him that they were glad their children were “getting this show biz mishigas over with.”

— Suzannah Weiss

What to do tonight: 2/20

International Competition of Collegiate A Capella Northeast Quarter Finals

8:00 – 11:00 P.M. Salomon 101

$10 for students, $15 otherwise

This showcase, hosted by the Bear Necessities, includes a capella groups representing NYU, Northeastern, UMass Amherst and Bowdoin as well as our very own Higher Keys and Jabberwocks, all competing to move onto the next round of the intercollegiate competition.  For more information, go to varsityvocals.com.

Women’s basketball game / breast cancer awareness benefit

7:00 P.M. Pizzitola Center

free for students, 5$ otherwise

To finish Breast Cancer Awareness Week, the team is raffling off an iPod for those who bring a breast cancer awareness button (given out at last week’s women’s ice hockey game) and Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation representatives will be collecting donations. Support the Bears and a good cause.

Men’s hockey final home game against St. Lawrence

7:00 P.M. Meehan Auditorium

free for students, $5 otherwise

Come cheer for Brown and have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the game.

Wishing you a sweet Cherry Pie Day,

— Suzannah Weiss