What to do this week: November 9 – 15

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Monday, November 9

Event: Where Can I Pee? Trans Week Scavenger Hunt
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Sign up at the LGTBQ Center in Faunce

Locate all the gender inclusive bathrooms on campus for the chance to win some wonderful prizes. Plus, everyone who participates will get a t-shirt! This scavenger hunt kicks off Trans Week, which will have daily events until Friday.

Tuesday, November 10

Event: University Response in Moments of Crisis
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Leung Gallery

In the past few years alone, Brown has experienced major moments that have reshaped the campus and community’s culture. If you’ve ever wondered what the decision process is, or have wanted to effect the process, of responding to these events come to this discussion wherein, “participants [will be] split into roundtable groups to think through action items regarding response mechanisms.”

Thursday, November 12

Event: BUFF Presents: Good Morning Vietnam 
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location: Smitty B 106

In honor of Veterans Day, BUFF will host a free screening of Good Morning Vietnam, one of Robin William’s most revered movies.

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What to do this week: October 26 – November 1, Halloweek edition

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Happy Halloweek!

Monday, October 26

Event: Active Minds’ Ben and Jerry’s Benefit Night
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Location: Ben and Jerry’s

A portion of all the proceeds will go to Active Minds, a student group that raises awareness of mental health and aims to destigmatize mental illness on campus and beyond. Plus, you get ice cream. Win win.

Tuesday, October 27

Event: The Mask You Live In screening
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Granoff Auditorium

Join IFF in a free screening of The Mask You Live Ina documentary that asks, “As a society, how are we failing our boys?” This film will cover questions of imposed masculinity and much more.

Wednesday, October 28

Event: Halloween on Wriston
Time: 2:00 p.m. –6:00 p.m.
Location: Wriston Quad

Elementary students from the community will be sporting their costumes early and trick or treating around Wriston. Join the Greek Council in welcoming them! It’s without competition for cutest yearly event on Wriston.

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10 reasons you need to go see Steve Jobs

On Wednesday night at the AvonIvy Film Fest and Brown Motion Pictures teamed up to bless Brunonia with a free screening of Aaron Sorkin’s latest film, Steve Jobs. Here are 10 reasons why you must go see it:

1. Michael Fassbender. Simply his presence in the film is enough of a reason to go. Should I just end the list now? Not only is Michael Fassbender unquestionably and extremely attractive, but he also just happens to be a fantastic actor. Can’t we all just take a minute– and by minute, I mean the two hours that are Steve Jobs— to appreciate him?

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You’ll have to go see the movie if you want to behold those ridiculous sneakers.

2. For the last third of the film, Fassbender wears what might very well be the whitest and most-clunky looking sneakers you have ever seen. They look like moonshoes. It’s awesome. They held my attention for so long that they should be billed in the credits as supporting actors.

 

3. Remember little B.B. from Kill Bill Vol. 2? She’s all grown up now and in her first recognizable role since Kill Bill (seriously, where do the child actors go?). And she’s actually very good as Steve’s semi-estranged teenage daughter, Lisa.

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If you haven’t seen the Kill Bill movies we have some bigger issues to discuss here.

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What to do this week: October 13 – 18

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Wednesday, October 14

Event: Steve Jobs Free Screening
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Avon Cinema

In case you don’t have midterms on Thursday (or even if you do), come see Michael Fassbender’s take on Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkins latest film. It’s sold out on Eventbrite, but doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for those who were not able to secure a ticket.

Thursday, October 15

Event: SPEC Presents: Fall Fest
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Simmon’s Quad

This annual event is marked by its astounding commitment to free fall-themed food for students. If you haven’t been already overwhelmed by apples, apple donuts, apple cider, pumpkin pie, etc. yet, this event is not to be missed. There will also be plenty of student groups performing!

Friday, October 16

Event: EXPO vol. II
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Granoff Martinos Auditorium

Brown Motion Pictures and PREVIEW are showcasing Brown/RISD media work ranging from hand-drawn animation to experimental audio. The goal is to provide space for this kind of artwork, while simultaneously making these works to be more understandable by the public… not to mention it’s free and open to the public.

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Sextion/IFF Presents: Monogamy is hard to do

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On Sunday, I went to the final IFF event, an advanced screening of Judd Apatow’s new film Trainwreck. I won’t lie, I was somewhat dubious about the film before the screening. Was it a RomCom? A regulation Apatow comedy without Seth Rogen? Where did it fall on the spectrum between Bridesmaids and The 40-Year Old Virgin? After two hours in Granoff, I still don’t think I can define it, but I will say: it was AMAZING. And seriously got me thinking.

Amy Schumer, the hottest lady in comedy right now, stars as Amy (so creative, right?), a writer at a ridiculously hetero-normative men’s magazine in New York City (one article pitch is, “Are you gay, or is she just boring?”). She may be doing alright professionally, but in her personal life, she is a hot mess. Believing that “monogamy is unrealistic,” a lesson her dad taught her at a young age, Amy gets drunk/high, hooks up with randos, and stumbles home with reckless abandon on the regular. I obviously have no problem with random hook ups and one night stands, but Amy really takes it to a new level. Thanks to a random assignment on a successful sports doctor, she meets Aaron, played by Bill Hader at his most adorable, and the rest of the movie is the story of Amy’s first real relationship.

I left the movie with my friends, gushing about how cute it was, in addition to retelling our favorite jokes (I literally had tears streaming down my face at one scene with Amy on a therapeutic treadmill). We all cooed about how much we want a relationship just like Amy and Aaron’s, which was so natural and fun and believable. I started thinking about relationships in college in general, something I often think of as rare and harder to find than Josiah Carberry. Because while I’ve definitely hooked up with a lot of people in college, I have not ended up in a relationship with any of them. Was no one willing to settle down?

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IFF presents: A (Skype) conversation with Jason Schwartzman

“I don’t like this whole Skype-speaker thing,” a friend told me, when I asked if they wanted to accompany me to see the IFF Q&A with Jason Schwartzman. “Like, it’d be better if they just got someone less famous, but in person, you know?”

I’m not personally a huge fan of Skype, so it surprises me that I actually strongly disagree. The quirky nature of these Skype presentations has worked almost perfectly for the speakers IFF has brought us via video chat. Last year’s Wes Anderson Skype Q&A, which was broadcast to two auditoriums because ticketing for the first sold out so quickly, was among the more memorable events I’ve been to on campus. Friday night’s chat with Schwartzman, who wore Beats by Dr Dre headphones and a scruffy black beard, followed suit.

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Projected onto the screen in Granoff Auditorium.

Listening to Schwartzman felt very familiar because his manner of speaking is so distinctive, and so similar to that of the characters he has portrayed (think: HBO’s Bored to Death). He integrates self-effacing humor, or just bizarrely specific details, into articulate and intellectual sentences. When asked for his favorite works, or those he draws the greatest inspiration from, he replied “Hmm, that’s a great question, like one I’d maybe liked to have in an email an hour ago…” and then proceeded to rattle off Paul Shrader’s Mishima, Francois Truffaut’s work (in particular Stolen Kisses), and Al Pacino as favorites. “I’m trying to think of books, but I’m so embarrassed to even talk about books because you guys have read so many more books,” said Schwartzman, with stacks and stacks of books piled around his office in the background.

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