A comprehensive guide to Family Weekend 2014


Parents outside of their natural habitat.

With midterms and destructive squirrels taking up most of our energy, it’s hard to think ahead to this weekend when Brunonia will be alive with parents and families. While some of us may be primarily focused on getting our ‘rents to cover our many expenses, others may be worried about what the hell they’re supposed to do with a bunch of parents on a college campus. Never fear! There’s no need to spend actual quality time with your parents, for Brown’s clubs and activities have come together to give us a weekend packed with sporting events, brunches, and cleverly named concerts (I’m looking at you, a cappella) to drag your families to. Check our comprehensive list of every single thing you can do with your family this weekend.

Friday, October 24

4:00 p.m. Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Building Dedication & Opening and Black Experiences at Brown: A Visual Narrative Exhibition Opening Reception, 94 Waterman Street 

Visit the new home of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Address by the one and only president emerita Ruth J. Simmons.

6:00 p.m. PW presents 3C2C (3 Chairs, 2 Cubes)

A festival of new plays in the PW Downspace

6:30 p.m. Musical Forum’s Family Weekend Revue, Alumnae Hall Crystal Room

Join Musical Forum as in their annual Family Weekend Revue, featuring songs from hit musicals and movies.

7:30 p.m. Brown Madrigal Singers Family Weekend Concert

The Brown Madrigal Singers, Brown’s only classical a cappella group,  present an evening of vocal music!

$ 8:00 p.m. Family Weekend Dance Concert: Community, Collaboration and Commemoration, Ashamu

Get jiggly with Brown dance. Featuring choreography by Gwi Young Bae, Meg Weeks, and Stephanie Turner with the Dance Extension. Tickets are $15 / $12 (senior) / $7 (student) / $5 (floor cushion)

8:00 p.m. Othello, John Carter Brown Library Steps

A site specific production of Shakespeare’s Othello produced by Shakespeare on the Green.

$ 8:30 p.m. The Browns’tones and Brown Derbies present: I Got it From My Momma, Salomon 101

Come out to see the Brown Derbies, Brown’s sexiest and most legendary all-male a cappella group, and the Browns’tones, Brown’s flyest and fiercest all-female a cappella group in an unforgettable collaboration. Should be sexy. $5 for students/$8 for adults.

9:00 p.m. IMPROVidence Presents: Did Anybody See That?!, MacMillian Hall 117

Come share in luminous moments of laughter with IMPROVidence, Brown and RISD’s most momentous improv troupe, as they discover delight and dismay before your eyes! Seize the moment, seize the day! $1 suggested donation.

Saturday, October 25

11:00 a.m. BPR Presents: (Im)Partial Press: Partisanship, Subjectivity, and the Rise of New Media, Salomon Hall

Join BPR for a discussion with five panelists who are experts in the field on the role of objectivity and the effects of partisanship in the press in the 21st Century11 A.M.R Presents: (Im)Partial Press: Partisanship, Subjectivity, and the Rise of New Media.

11:00 a.m. Chamber Music Brunch Recital, Grant Recital Hall

Students in the chamber music groups and Applied Music Program perform. A light brunch will be provided at 10:30 in the lobby. #grub

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. BrUOG 2014 Food Truck Festival, outside Granoff

Join Brown University’s Oncology Research Group (BrUOG) in celebrating their 20 years of innovative cancer research with BrUOG’s first annual Food Truck Festival presented by Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown. Providence’s top food trucks will be in attendance as well as live musical performances from local bands, student performers and a raffle!

12:00 p.m. Brown Arts Fair, Wriston Quad

Put your parents’ money to good use and buy some local art at the First Annual Brown Arts Fair

$ 12:30 p.m. Brown Football vs. Cornell, Brown Stadium

Come out and support the Bears as Brown Football takes on Ivy League rival Cornell! Tickets are available for a reduced price of $10 if purchased in advance online. Use the code “BROWNFAM14” to receive the discounted price. Tickets can also be purchased at the stadium on game day for $17. 

2:00 & 8:00 p.m. Musical Forum’s Family Weekend Revue, Alumnae Hall Crystal Room

3:30 p.m. Brown Men’s Soccer vs. Cornell, Stevenson Field

More sports! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at brownbears.com or at the gate. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m. Family Weekend Keynote Address, Salomon 

Barry Sternlicht ‘82, P’16, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Capital Group will deliver the keynote address. The event will also be live streamed at http://www.brown.edu/ web/livestream/.

5:00 p.m. Celebrate Family Weekend with Mariachi de Brown!, Faunce Arch

Join Brown’s official Mariachi Band for some great music.

$ 5:00 p.m. Higher Keys Concert, List 120

Join the Higher Keys, the University’s oldest co-ed acappella group, for their annual Family Weekend Concert! $5 students/ $10 general

$ 6:00 p.m. Suspendered in Space: An Evening with the Bear Necessities and the Ursa Minors, featuring Badmaash and Divine Rhythm, MacMillan 117

The Bear Necessities and the Ursa Minors team up with Badmaash and Divine Rhythm for a night of singing and dancing that’s bound to be out of this world. $5 suggested donation.

6:00 p.m. (approx.) 250th Waterfire

You know the drill.

6:00 & 11:00 p.m. PW presents 3C2C (3 Chairs, 2 Cubes)

A festival of new plays in the PW Downspace.

 7:00 p.m. Harmonic Motion Acapella Concert, List 120

Stop by to watch their first free concert of the year and catch the debut of new Harmo members.

$ 8:00 p.m. Family Weekend Dance Concert: Community, Collaboration and Commemoration, Ashamu

$ 8:00 p.m. Jabberwocks and the Chattertocks Concert, Salomon

Please join the Jabberwocks and the Chattertocks, Brown’s two oldest a cappella groups, for a lively concert. $5 students/$88 students.

9:00 p.m. & 12:00 a.m. Othello, John Carter Brown Library Steps

Sunday, October 26

12:00 p.m. Beats and Bagels, Hillel

Come join the Alef Beats, Brown/RISD’s premiere Jewish-themed acappella group, enjoy bagels and listen to great music! Concert will start at noon and bagels will be available starting an hour beforehand at the Hillel Bagel Brunch.

$ 2:00 p.m. Brown University Chorus concert, Sayles

L. Frederick Jodry, conductor. Featuring Fire Songs of Morten Lauridsen, and Water Night of Eric Whitacre and works of Stanford, Elgar and Monteverdi. $5 students/ $15 general.

$ 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Family Weekend Dance Concert: Community, Collaboration and Commemoration, Ashamu

5:30 p.m. Musical Forum’s Family Weekend Revue, Alumnae Hall Crystal Room

8:00 p.m. Othello, John Carter Brown Library Steps

8:00 p.m. PW presents 3C2C (3 Chairs, 2 Cubes)

A festival of new plays in the PW Downspace.


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