Spring 2011 course title superlatives: the intriguing, the entertaining and the plain old douchey

Pre-registration can be stressful (who wants to get up that early?) but it can also be entertaining. If you can’t get into your favorite classes, you can at least make fun of their names, right?

Sometimes we wonder how professors come up with course titles. Can’t you just see them at their desks, thumb-twiddling and thinking, “This may not be the most straightforward or descriptive, but at least it’s the [insert superlative here; read on for examples].”

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What to do tonight: 10/16

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

6-10 P.M. Roger Williams Park Zoo, $13

This isn’t just silly-faced pumpkins for kids; it’s art. This sculpture display of famous characters and celebrities, running until Halloween, has the acclaim of the U.S. Library of Congress and USA Today. It’s about a 20 minute bus ride from Kennedy Plaza. Take bus 20 in the direction of T.F. Green Airport and get off at Elmwood Ave.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

9:30 P.M.-12 A.M., Wilson 102, free (but donations appreciated)

If you’ve never yelled “That man has no neck!” at a screen or done the time warp with a bunch of transvestites, it’s about time you lost your Rocky Horror virginity. Get free Kabob and Curry and support Nourish International.

National Coming Out Week Speech: Sex Positivity and Pride

6:30-7:45 P.M., MacMillan 115

What does it mean to be sex positive? Sex educator Charlie Glickman PhD will talk about issues surrounding sexual shame and normalization and how to encourage freedom of expressing sexual identity.

Speakeasy Sessions, 5th Edition

10 P.M.-2 A.M., The Underground, free

BCA kicks off this year’s speakeasy sessions  with an exciting lineup of student and guest bands, musicians and DJs.

And time for the obscure holiday of the day: National Feral Cat Day. I don’t make this stuff up: today’s the day to help stray cats in your neighborhood and nationwide!

What to do tonight: 10/15


8 p.m., Production Workshop (TF Green Hall), free

What happens when robots attain phenomenological capacity? Find out at PW’s technologically innovative production, including man and machine performers. “Heddatron” runs tonight, Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 7 and 10 p.m. Get tickets here.

Brown Animal Rights Club open mic

7:30, Barus and Holley 168, $3

Enjoy Divine Rythm and Amira Belly Dance performances and vegan snacks while helping raise money to bring Gene Baur — founder of the first-ever farm animal haven / rescue organization Farm Sanctuary– to campus.

Flood relief dance party

9 P.M., RISD tap room, $4 suggested donation

Flood the dance floor to raise money for  flood relief in Pakistan. If you can’t make it tonight, the party continues at Local 121 at 11 p.m. tomorrow. Continue Reading

What to do tonight:10/14

Harun Farocki lecture

6:30 P.M., RISD Museum Chace Center, free

RISD’s Digital + Media Lecture Series welcomes German documentary-maker Harun Farocki.

Providence Women’s Film Festival

6:30-8:40 P.M. (Yvonne Welbon), 9-12 P.M. (other short films), Cable Car Cinema, free

Tonight features “Remembering Wei Yi-fang, Remembering Myself” and “Sisters in Cinema” by prolific feminist filmmaker Yvonne Welbon, who will linger after the lights go on for a Q&A session.  Welbon has produced and directed for various TV networks and film festivals, and is currently working on a “Sisters in Cinema” project including the eponymous documentary, website and soon-to-be-published book about African American women directors. Click here for the rest of the weekend’s schedule.

Blinking: A Visual Interplay of Dance and New Media

7:30 P.M., Pell Chafee Performance Center,$16 with student ID

Jamie Jewett PhD’08, head of Lostwax Dance Company, read “Blink” by Malcom Gladwell, like many of us — only he turned the concept of a decision made in the blink of an eye into a dance performance / art installation. Reserve tickets for tonight, tomorrow at 7:30 or 9:30, or Saturday at 7:30 here.

Live on Lincoln

8 P.M.-11 P.M., Lincoln Field, free

Stop by the tent for free food, student entertainment from juggling to belly dancing and shelter from Providence’s repetitious rain. And more free food — why not? It’s National Dessert Day (sometimes I wonder who comes up with these).

What to do tonight: 9/24

‘Queer Expressions in Latin American Cinema’

5:30 P.M., List 120

Director, writer and actor Julia Solomonoff, director and writer Javier Fuentes-Leon and Harvard gender studies professor Bradley Epps will lead a panel discussion before a showing of “Dzi Croquettes” — a documentary about a Brazilian theater group which used performance to address the country’s political climate during the 1970s — as part of the New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema (see below).

Ibero American film festival

For other Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese films playing at various times tonight, check out the cable car cinema (“Memories of Overdevelopment” at 7:30, “Latinos in Shorts” at 9:30). If you’ve never been, it has comfy couches. Or if you’d rather stay on Thayer Street, head to the Avon (“Bad Day for Fishing” at 8:30, “The Shame” at 10:30). Both theaters will charge $5 with student ID.

The Time of Your Life

7:30 P.M., Citizens Bank Theater (87 Empire Street), free with student ID

‘The Time of Your Life’ by William Saroyan is an award-winning play about the offbeat frequenters of a San Francisco bar. This production by the Brown/Trinity MFA program will also run tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

What to do tonight: 9/23

Providence Poetry Slam writing workshop

7 P.M, AS220 Gallery Space

Come downtown to share your writing and get nonjudgmental feedback from other poets and writers in your city, or just hear others’ ideas and meet non-Brunonians.

A Lie of the Mind

8 P.M., Leeds Theater in Lyman Hall

Freshman and transfers get free admission tonight to this production, put on by Sock & Buskin and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies,  about two broken families in the American west. But if you are a Brown veteran you can still get tickets here.

‘Riddles of the Sphinx’ screening and Q&A

7 P.M., Rhode Island Hall room 108

Experienced archeologist, Egyptologist and Director of the Giza Mapping Project Mark Lehner is coming to campus to talk about this Nova special on ancient egyptian engineering techniques that allowed for the construction of the Great Sphinx.