What to do tonight: Family Weekend edition (1/2)

Family Weekend is always kind of a weird time on campus. If your parents are here, you’re probably trying to simultaneously prove you’re fine on your own, get them to buy you things, impress them with all the cool things you do on campus and hide half a semester’s worth of beer bottles. If they’re not here, you’re probably either feeling sorry for yourself or laughing at all the kids dragging their parents around the Green. Whether you need a way to entertain your parents or yourself without them, take advantage of the fact that practically every student group on campus is putting on a show of some sort this weekend.

Shakespeare on the Green’s “King Lear”
5:00 P.M.
The Quiet Green
Shakespeare on the Green is promising both sword fighting and hot chocolate for this performance, which happen to be two of my favorite things.
Should you take your parents? Are they Shakespeare fans? Are they willing to sit outside on the grass for two hours without complaining? If so, by all means take them. Otherwise, get your culture fix at 3C2C.

Talk the Tock… Walk the Wock
Salomon 101
8:00 P.M.
$5 for you, $8 for your parents
I just spent five minutes trying to decide if I pronounce “talk” and “tock” the same way, which is about four minutes and fifty-five seconds longer than it should be (although I’m willing to bet you just tried it yourself). The Jabberwocks and the Chattertocks both always deliver quality performances, and I still have the ‘Wocks’ version of “F*** You” stuck in my head, so by all means, hurry over!
Should you take your parents? Yes. A cappella concerts are (usually) fun, wholesome and culture-y: three things that your parents want to picture when they think of you at college. The illusion doesn’t hurt anyone, so why spoil it for them?

3C2C
T.F. Green Hall
8:00 P.M.
Free
“Three Chairs Two Cubes” is a festival of short plays and skits written / directed / acted in by students. Some are always better than others, but the balance usually evens out the positive side. This year’s 3C2C features Klondike Bars, gladiators and parent-teacher conferences.
Should you take your parents? If you don’t feel like braving the chilly New England weather for Shakespeare on the Green, 3C2C is a good way to stay inside and still show off the best of Brown’s creativity.


Sass, Shakespeare style

Ah, reading week. The insanity. The madness. The caffeine. The weird study tricks. The blending of academics and pop culture. Surely you all memorized “We Didn’t Start the Fire” for your American history exam. (No? Really?)

There are many a shortcut for English literature … She’s All That, as a stand in for Pygmalion; She’s the Man for Twelfth Night; 10 Things I Hate About You is modeled after Taming of the Shrew; Clueless epitomizes Emma; and the list goes on and on.

But for those of you struggling with that final Shakespeare paper, here’s a helpful modernization, fit just for the Brown student.

Out of Second City in Chicago comes Sassy Gay Friend. He tells Juliet like it is, that she’s 14 and an idiot.

He dishes it to Ophelia too, warning her about Hamlet’s ‘tude.

The lesson learned? Maybe the ladies of Brown are better off than Shakespeare’s girls. We got the best advice on our sides. Now go write your paper.


What to do tonight: 4/15

Alas, poor Mel.

Hamlet
8:00 p.m, Van Wickle Gates
You’ve probably read it at some point during high school, if not college, or at least seen it referenced in “The Lion King” or “The Simpsons.” But I bet you haven’t had the chance to follow the characters through campus as they reenact the notorious tale of murder, betrayal and teenage (err … 30-year-old) rebellion. Get there early to be one of 50 to see the show on opening night (it will continue at the same time Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 100 seats)!

Rhode Island Hunger and Homelessness Teach-In
6:30-7:30 p.m., MacMillan 117
Learn about the situation of the homeless in Rhode Island and how you can help. This discussion will include a representative from the social services agency and soup kitchen Amos House in South Providence, Rabbi Oser of Judy’s Kindness Kitchen and Professor of Sociology Gregory Elliot, along with the Community Health DUG and the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta. Continue Reading