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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Ivy Film Festival 2014

Ivy Film Festival, Brown’s annual student-run film festival, is right around the corner! From Monday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20, IFF has arranged an amazing schedule of events to descend upon College Hill. The Festival’s appeal is not solely in its exclusive screenings and guest speakers, but also in the opportunity it gives Brown’s own filmmaking community to showcase its incredible talents. BlogDailyHerald is proud to announce the Festival’s full lineup here, but make sure to check back on IFF’s Facebook page for additional event details, updates, and more information. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to get a taste of some of the film industry’s latest accomplishments from both on the Hill and off.

Monday, April 14:

Event: Free Screening: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah
Location: The Avon Theater
Time: 6:15-8:30 p.m.

For the festival’s opening night, come see Aronofsky’s latest film, Noah. This movie recounts a story of “courage, sacrifice, and hope,” inspired by the famous Biblical tale in which a man is chosen by God to lead a rescue mission before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson

Tuesday, April 15:

Event: Advance Screening: Locke
Location: List 120
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.

Starring Tom Hardy as lead Ivan Locke, director Steven Knight presents a suspenseful film of action and emotional turmoil that all takes place over the course of a single car ride. Locke is “an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.”

Starring: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, and Andrew Scott

Wednesday, April 16:

Event: Free Screening: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel
Location: The Avon Theater
Time: 6:15-8 p.m.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s most recent critically acclaimed venture, follows the mischievous adventures of Gustave H., the legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the hotel’s lobby boy and Gustave’s most trusted companion.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Almaric, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton

Event: Skype Q&A with director Wes Anderson
Location: Metcalf Auditorium
Time: 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Following the screening of his latest film, the IFF committee has arranged a Skype Q&A with director Wes Anderson himself! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Anderson speak about his directorial experiences and much more.

NOTE: Ticketing for both The Grand Budapest Hotel and the Skype Q&A will be released online to the public this Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. If you’d like to attend both events, you will have to get two separate tickets.

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Alums who do cool things: Merrill Stubbs ’99, co-founder of Food52

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Whether you’re a self-proclaimed “foodie” or your Instagram feed is essentially #eeeeeats, you’ve probably heard of Food52 (they cook 52 weeks a year, get it?). The popular blog seeks to “bring cooks together from all over to exchange recipes and ideas to support each other in the kitchen.” Food52 was built on the premise that “if you want to eat better, and you want to help change our food system, you need to cook. Maybe not all the time, but some. You don’t have to eat local foods every day; you don’t have to shop at the farmers market every week. But it’s good to try. We’re not extremists in a cult of purity, slow-foodness, or locavorosity. We’re realists who believe in applying the best aspects of those food movements to our everyday lives.” Moreover, Food52 brings us mouth-watering “foodstagrams” and a great form of online procrastination not in quiz form.

What you might not know is that a co-founder of the culinary hub once dined in the Ratty and frequented late-night Jo’s. Meet Merrill Stubbs ’99 – food-lover, Brooklynite, and Brown alum. I had the opportunity to chat with Merrill about the website’s recipe for success. She even dished out advice for those sans meal-plan.

BlogDH: Why did you start Food52?

Merrill: My partner Amander Hesser and I started Food52 some years ago, and we had been working on a cookbook for the New York Times. We had been observing what had been going on in the food space online. We were observing the explosion in food blogs and there was this interesting food movement that was clearly going on offline as well. People were getting into cooking as a past time, as a way to interact with people. There certainly wasn’t a place for all these people to gather, share their knowledge, expertise, and generally have a conversation. We set out to create that place. It’s a platform to share recipes, share knowledge about cooking, general support, and create a community. It’s a hub for all things food. We started out mainly on recipes, but we’ve built it into a 360-degree food-lifestyle brand, a one-stop shop for food and cooking.

BlogDH: Did you have any previous food-related work experiences before Food52?

Merrill: I actually went to cooking school in London at Le Cordon Bleu a year after I graduated from Brown. When I moved back to the states, I worked in food for several years – in the test kitchen at America’s Test Kitchen, in a couple different restaurants in the Boston area. I started doing food writing by writing a food newsletter. It was like a very primitive form of blogging.

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Alums who do cool things: MLS stars Thomas McNamara ’12.5 and Dylan Remick ’13

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Dylan Remick ’13, background, and Thomas McNamara ’12.5, foreground, in action for Bruno

Just last year, Dylan Remick ’13 and Thomas McNamara ’12.5 were leading Brown men’s soccer to its seventh NCAA tournament in eight years. Now, they remain on the pitch, playing professionally in Major League Soccer (MLS)–Remick for the Seattle Sounders and McNamara for Chivas USA.

On Saturday, Remick grabbed some of his first meaningful MLS action, getting the start and playing the full game for Seattle in its season debut, a tight 1-0 overtime win over Sporting KC. The Sounders are one of the most popular clubs in the MLS, and Remick played in front of an electric crowd of 39,000. Last season, he led the Sounders’ developmental club in starts and minutes played, grabbing 105 minutes for the pro club as well. He appears set to remain with Seattle for the full year in 2014.

Sunday, McNamara followed up with a highlight performance of his own. He started the season opener for Chivas USA, an LA-based and formerly Mexican-owned club now in a transitional phase after being purchased by the league prior to the season. He scored his first professional goal in the 59th minute by drilling home a cross to give the squad a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Fire; they would eventually win 3-2 after McNamara left on a substitution in the 79th minute. It was a triumphant professional debut for McNamara, who exercised an extra season of college eligibility after graduating from Brown by playing at Clemson in South Carolina, where he excelled enough to be named Second Team All-American. Both Remick and McNamara project to continue as starters as the MLS season progresses, a rare professional athletic success for Brunonia, and one worth getting excited about. Go Bruno!

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A cool thing you shouldn’t miss: Tonight We Improvise

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Rebecca Maxfield ’13 graduated Brown with a bachelor’s in theatre arts and performance studies. While at Brown, Maxfield found time to study Italian and translation; for a final project, she translated Questa sera si recita a soggetto (translation: Tonight We Improvise).  Although she had long been contemplating translating and directing it, she saw the final project as an opportunity to make a first pass at it in a workshop environment. Since then she’s continued to work on the script. Additionally, Maxfield produced The Tempest for her capstone project. Since graduating has directed Gianni SchicchiThe Light in the Piazza, and other Shakespeare, as well as assistant directing various classic and modern plays in New York and in Providence, including The Grapes of Wrath at Trinity Repertory.

This weekend, Maxfield is producing Tonight We Improvise at 95 Empire, formerly Perishable Theatre and now part of AS220. Tonight We Improvise is “a rarely performed play from one of the great theatrical thinkers of the early twentieth century, Luigi Pirandello. Known for Six Characters in Search of an Author, the playwright uses this play to tackle, in a way that is on-point and often hilarious, what it means to act.” The cast and crew includes two current undergrads, Pu-Ning Chiang and Marissa Grier, and an MFA acting student, Billy Finn.

The play will run tonight at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Not down with the cover charge for whatever party you were planning on attending? Tickets are free for Brown and RISD students!  Escape the chaos that will be the 250th Opening Celebration and head off the Hill to see a really cool performance and support an alumna.

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Alums who do cool things: Sari Azout ’10 and Bib+Tuck

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Sari Azout ’10, a Colombian-born former International Relations concentrator, always had an eye for business and trends in the market. After graduating from Brown in 2010, she moved to New York City with a couple childhood friends and worked as a trader for a bank. As a way to save time and money while always looking good, she and her roommates began trading clothes and soon became addicted to the revolving closet.

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They would freely bib (give) and tuck (take), establishing a new type of barter that required no more than a mutually beneficial exchange of clothes. Sari and her partners soon decided to bring this new means of “shopping without spending” to the world, thus creating Bib + Tuck. You may recognize the name; the company recently collaborated with Fashion@Brown for their clothing swap. In 2011, even before it launched, the company was Vogue approved, solidifying it as a bona fide fashion novelty.

Sari took some time out of her busy schedule to tell BlogDH all about the company, fashion, and her time at Brown. Check out the interview and an exclusive promo code after the jump:

 

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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Alums who do cool things: Dow Travers ’12, Olympic Skier and Biodiesel Visionary

2010 Vancouver Winter OlympicsWhen you Google the Cayman Islands, you typically find images of sandy beaches, clear water, and all types of aquatic life–not snow-covered mountains. With a story that slightly resembles that of Cool Runnings, Dow Travers ’12 is skiing in his second Winter Olympics for the Cayman Islands. Dow has skied for his home country in races throughout the world, and he will be competing this year in Sochi. On top of being an Olympic athlete, he also played Rugby while at Brown, and is a member of the Cayman Islands squad in that sport as well. If that isn’t impressive enough, Dow has started his own company called Island Biodiesel that hopes to make the Cayman Islands more fuel independent while simultaneously reducing the territory’s carbon footprint. Despite being busy preparing for the games, Dow was gracious enough to answer our questions about skiing, his life at Brown, and just what exactly happens in the Olympic Village.

BlogDailyHerald: What was it like growing up in the Cayman Islands?

Dow Travers ’12: Cayman’s a wonderful place to grow up. Everyone is very friendly and the sun is always shinning.

BlogDH: How did you first get involved in skiing?

Dow: I started skiing when I was fairly young on family vacations in Colorado but I didn’t start racing until I went to a ski camp in France when I was about 14. Ever since then it was a hunt for snow. However, I only managed to ski about two weeks a year while I was in high school which did not allow me to be very competitive, but once I graduated when I was 19 I was able to spend some more time on the slopes. So really I was a very late starter.

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