What to do this week: February 1-7

Monday, February 1

Event: Brown Dems x BPR Present: Iowa Caucus Viewing Party (with Snacks!)
Location: Wilson 102
Time: 9:30 PM- 11:30 PM

Interested in learning more about the confusing caucus system? Want to be surrounded by politically-minded individuals? The Brown Dems and Brown Political Review will be co-hosting an Iowa Caucus results viewing party! Come for the political fun, stay for the snacks.

Tuesday, February 2 (Groundhog Day)

Event: Upspace Oddity, or Bowie Week
Location: PW
Time: 8:30 PM

Beginning on Tuesday night, join PW in celebrating Bowie. You can make a Bowie-inspired collage while listening to Blackstar and other releases. For the complete list of activities each night this week, click here.

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Event: BUFF + MES Present: A Separation
Location: Joukowsky Institute
Time: 7 PM

BUFF has partnered with the Middle Eastern Studies Department for the continuation of the popular Middle Eastern Film Series from last year. On Tuesday, they will present the Oscar winning film, A Separation.

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What to do this week: February 19 – 21

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Thursday, February 19:

If you caught Sunday night’s episode of Girls, you’ll remember that the show introduced a new character named Mimi Rose Howard, who went to RISD and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture. If this reference whet your appetite for gallery-hopping at the neighborhood art school, you’re in luck! Thursday is packed with back-to-back openings. May you meet many young artists who go by “a woman’s name and a man’s name with a flower stuck in the middle of it.”

Event: Apparel Department Opening Reception
Location: Woods-Gerry House, 62 Prospect St.
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

This exhibition will showcase the work of RISD’s Apparel undergraduates: consider it the Providence version of Fashion Week.

Event: ‘2015 RISD Faculty Biennial’ opening reception
Location: RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St.
Time: 7 – 9:00 p.m.

RISD’s version of the Whitney Biennial, this show highlights new work by the artists and designers who teach at RISD. The museum guarantees a show as diverse as RISD’s course catalog, boasting apparel, textiles, painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, illustration, photography, jewelry, metal-smithing, graphic design, industrial design, architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, film, animation, digital media, furniture, and more.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: ‘Strandbeest’ workshops for Theo Jansen’s upcoming visit

Theo Jansen, Dutch artist and all around badass, is coming to College Hill this month. Merging art and engineering, Jansen is known for building large, kinetic mechanical animals out of PVC—”Strandbeests,” as he calls them. Jansen’s Strandbeests walk down beaches in Holland on their own accord, with spindly legs that are powered by wing-like sails.

Some of his creatures, such as the Animaris Percipiere, are able to capture and store air pressure in plastic bottles to continue to move without wind. Without any electronic components, the Strandbeests can navigate between soft and hard sand, and some can even detect and change directions if they encounter water or can anchor themselves in the ground if they sense a storm is coming.  Using recycled bottles, pumps, and valves, Jansen is able to equip the beasts with a muscular and neural system of sorts. Jansen is coming to Brown and RISD this month to talk about his Strandbeests, delivering a speech Friday, November 21st in the RISD Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Before his talk, you can create your own version of a Strandbeest. Continue Reading