wtf*Brown: free Adobe Creative Suite coming for Brown students

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According to a UCS update on wtf*Brown, Brown has begun a contract with Adobe to provide free Adobe Creative Cloud to all Brown students. The acquisition was announced by Ravi Pendse, Vice President for Computing and Information Services and Chief Information Officer, at Wednesday’s UCS General Body Meeting.

Adobe Creative Cloud includes a range of graphic design, video editing, photography, and web development software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects, and Dreamweaver. Adobe’s subscription-based service, Creative Cloud, costs $19/mo for students, and the full, non-subscription Adobe CS6 suite costs upwards of $999 (for the ~master collection~).

Just imagine. For free, you will soon be able to Photoshop yourself riding a giraffe wearing a top hat, animate that work of art in Flash, make a life-size poster in InDesign, and then make a Dreamweaver site dedicated to your friendship with said giraffe! Fonts! Brushes! Effects! The possibilities are endless!

Details about the service are pending, but CIS hopes to make the full creative suite available to students in a couple weeks.

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A Cool Thing you Shouldn’t Miss: Pasta cooking class with Chef Fitzsenry

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Aaron Fitzsenry, Assistant Chef of BUDS and revered culinary ally of BlogDH, has done it again. Next Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m., Chef Fitzsenry is leading a FREE pasta cooking class in the Ratty Bakeshop. Whether you find yourself culinarily-inclined, or simply eager to learn a new skill to impress your roommates with, this afternoon in the kitchen will undoubtedly be informative and delicious.

Secure a spot for the upcoming class by filling out this form. If you do not get selected for this first course, don’t be discouraged – there will be four classes this semester, and your name will remain on the list for the following classes if the pasta gods are not in your favor this time.

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What to do this week: October 20 – 26

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Monday, October 20

Event: SPEC Presents: Brown’s Annual Fall Fest
Time: 8.00 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: Ruth Simmons Quad

The main thing you need to know: everything is free, a student’s favorite number. Free food (pie, cider, mac and cheese), free performances (yes, a cappella), and even a free tent.

Event: PW Presents: Song for a Future Generation
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Location: PW Downspace
Tonight is the last showing of Song for a Future Generation, directed by Grant Glovin ’16. Tickets are available an hour before the show at the PW box office. It’s a future-space-comedy good time.

Tuesday, October 21

Event: Consent Day Fair
Time: 4.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Location: Main Green

Who doesn’t love those ‘consexual sex is hot’ t-shirts? And they’re free. Make like California talk about how yes means oh, yes. Trivia, consent pledges and t-shirts galore.

Event: Heavy Petting
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 p.m.
Location: Wriston Quad

You know the drill. Cute animals, hugging, squeezing, Instagramming, and hopefully, hand sanitizing. (Am I the only one to have ever questioned the proximity to the Ratty?) But srsly, #cuteoverload!

Event: UCAAP Presents: Buddy Screening
Time: 8.30 – 10.00 p.m.
Location: Smitty-B 106

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Buddy Cianci, ex-con and ex-mayor, is running for mayor again! This 2008 documentary on the hero/anti-hero is a crowd fave. Go learn and be political, etc.

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PSA: It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s!

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Ben & Jerry’s is giving us one more thing to be excited about this week: FREE ice cream. Although the weather forecast for today is less than ideal for enjoying your cone outside on the Green, free is free. From 12-8 p.m. you can line up on Thayer to get yourself a complimentary cone. Before you ask: No, Ben & Jerry’s did not plan this around Spring Week. Weirdly enough, it’s a nation-wide thing that’s been happening since 1979, and just has super fortuitous timing this year. Spring has sprung!

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Brown University Comedy Conference

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Does the impending sprint to the end of the semester have you feeling unusually serious? Do you just wish that there could be a little more humor in your life (besides BlogDH, obviously)? Well, you’re in luck. This Friday and Saturday, Brown will be hosting its second annual Comedy Conference in Granoff. So forget about that homework you had no intention of doing anyway, and come laugh your ass off with some great comedians!

Friday’s lineup includes student performances at 7 p.m. from our very own Brown Stand-Up Comics and Starla & Sons, in addition to groups visiting from Wesleyan, Skidmore, and Emerson. Following that, comedian Brody Stevens will be performing at 9:30 p.m. with a special appearance from Brown alum Jordan Carlos ’03. (Fun fact: he’s been on Guy Code and The Colbert Report. Jealous.) Brody Stevens, who hails from the San Fernando Valley, got his own show, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! on Comedy Central after its success as a series of shorts on HBO.

If you’re still looking for more laughs on Saturday, not to worry. The day kicks off with a panel on breaking into the industry at 3 p.m. featuring various comedians, including alums Chris Duffy ’09 (You’re the Expert), Caroline Martin ’11 (The PIT), Max Godnick ’13 (CMT), and, again, Jordan Carlos. At 7 p.m., more student groups will be performing including Brown’s IMPROVidence and Out of Bounds. Finally, 9:30 p.m. will bring The Stepfathers, a premier group of veteran improvers from NYC, to the stage.

The Eventbrite page, where you get your tickets, will go live at 11:59 p.m. on April 1. And guess what? All the events are free. 

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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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