Here is the lineup for 2015’s Spring Weekend. Stay tuned for more updates!
Note: This post has been updated with Saturday’s openers, What Cheer? Brigade and Kelela.
Waka Flocka Flame
We’ve had a little extra time to get pumped about Waka Flocka; if you haven’t already seen the videos of him in a recording booth or reading/responding to a fan’s comments, please do so now. His most recognizable songs, “O Let’s Do it” and “Hard in da Paint,” are from his first album, Flockaveli, (not to be confused with Flockaveli 2, coming out later this year).
Perhaps more famous for his work as half of TNGHT, Ross Birchard — Hudson Mohawke — is also behind multiple hits for Kanye West. As part of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music stable, the Scottish DJ sometimes referred to as “HudMo” helped with the beats on “Blood on the Leaves” and “Mercy” (more on that later). Though he might not have the name recognition of past years’ electronic acts like Diplo and A-Trak, Hudson Mohawke should bring plenty of energy to Friday night.
As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here and our RISD “Last Call” chain here.
1) People know me as… Amy LaCount’s boyfriend and a Libra.
2) In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… my friends and peers. Seriously, I’ve spent an absurd number of hours around these homies, and yet they continue to inspire, and surprise me. They taught me critical consciousness, humility, and empathy, and they are worth every stressful minute of college 100 times over.
3) On Friday night, I might find myself… swearing that I’m totally, definitely, absolutely going to go out tonight, texting a buncha friends, getting dressed up — and then staying in.
4) Three things I wish I knew Freshman year… You will learn way more from listening than you will from speaking. If you really want it to happen, Brown will pay for it: bring that speaker you wanted, apply for that unpaid internship — you get $0 from 100% of the grants you never apply for. You deserve to be here just as much as everyone else, there’s no need to compare yourself to them.
As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the Class of 2015 leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things they’ve been up to. To this end, we’re (re)starting the series Last Call, which features seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find the other chain of Last Call here.
Then + Now
People might know me as… Depends on where you find me.
In my time at Brown, I am most proud of… Not leaving the football team after I had to stop playing. I felt a strong urge to [quit], because I felt angry for my circumstances. But I always remember that I was in the 50th percentile in my high school and had mediocre test scores and would not be blessed to be here without them allowing me the opportunity. I’m grateful for the program and for the sport.
Also, athletes are people too and we enrich this school. I wish some folks at the BDH Opinions page would realize that. We can read, you know. We’re humans who sacrifice for the school’s name and promote the university. And sports create jobs, too.
On Friday night, you might find yourself… Don’t ask questions you don’t need the answers to. Besides, I’m only doing this interview so I won’t get fined.
Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
I wish I knew Day 1 that President Ruth Simmons was going to step down.
Fans of Shakespeare on the Green, rejoice! According to the Washington Post, the Folger Shakespeare Library’s copy of the First Folio will be staying at Brown at some point next year. Its visit to Brown is part of a national tour meant to coincide with with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, and yes, it already has a hashtag: #SHX400. It’s sure to be included in the nerdiest tweets ever known to the Internet.
The First Folio, “one of the most valuable printed books in the world,” will spend time in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C, and includes classic plays like Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. 36 of The Bard’s plays are in its pages.
There’s no word yet on where exactly the First Folio will be housed during its time at Brown or when exactly in 2016 it will be on College Hill. A big display case in the middle of Faunce would be a great sell for prospective students, though its age makes the Hay seem like a logical fit. Besides, I could totally see Shakespeare being a Beyoncé fan.
In a surprise move reported today in The Boston Globe, the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox’s AAA minor league affiliate, has been sold and will be moving to Providence.
The team’s new owners, which include Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, bought the team for $20 million. The mayor of Pawtucket, Donald Grebien, essentially confirmed the move in an interview in which he said he “was presented with a plan that doesn’t include” his city in the PawSox’s future. The team has played in Pawtucket for 42 years.
Not only do the Providence Bruins now have a rival for most beloved minor league affiliate of a professional sports team in Providence, but Brown students also have even easier access to what is certainly one of the most underrated spring activities out there: watching fairly good major league baseball players as they rehab their way back to The Show.
Though there’s no word yet on where exactly the ProSox (?) would play, their arrival in the city is an exciting prospect for local baseball fans.
Are you constantly in awe of the members of Brown Storytellers? Wish you could spin a tale like they do? Now’s your chance to work on your storytelling with an extraordinary group from New York called The Moth.
In addition, the weekend will culminate with a storytelling show from the workshops’ participants on the 28th at 7:30 p.m. Come support your friends and see how much they improved in just two days. If the above YouTube video is any indication, it will be quite something.
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