Whatever you do tonight, don’t get drunk and hit on someone’s mom (or dad) ! Never a good idea.
The Best Family Weekend Concert Ever
$5 for you, $8 for your parents
The name might be a little extreme, but putting the Brown Derbies and the Brown’Stones in the same room guarantees at least a GOOD Family Weekend Concert.
Should you take your parents?
Absolutely. As we mentioned in Part 1, parents LOVE a cappella.
Dinner with Your Parents
Let’s be honest, the main reason you put up with them coming to visit in the first place is so they could finance a nice dinner — off campus. Your parents may try to convince you to take them to the Ratty or V-Dub to “get the college experience!” or “see what your life is like!” Do not allow this to happen. Swing by the Blue Room and let them experience the muffins, but then grab your parents and any roommates whose parents don’t love them and hit the town. Al Forno, Mill’s Tavern, Gracie’s: it doesn’t matter where you go so long as they’ve never served Polynesian cookies and you can’t normally afford to go yourself.
Should you take your parents? Duh. That’s the whole point!
Brown Stand Up Comics Family Weekend Show
Some of Brown’s best stand-up comedians are all getting together for a free show this weekend! Get out there and support community comics: one of them could turn out to be famous someday, and you’ll get “I knew them when” bragging rights.
Should you take your parents? This one’s tricky. It’s supposed to be the Family Weekend show, but their table slip features a version of American Gothic with the woman in a bustier and the man carrying a leather whip. Also, the event description promises Oedipus Rex jokes. If the ‘rentals are cool and your embarrassment tolerance is high, go ahead. Otherwise, drop them off at their hotel room first.
$3 door, $1 drinks
The Brown Salsa Club and Mezcla are teaming up with the Machado Hispanic House to throw a dance-your-ass-off party! Reggaeton and hip hop are both promised staples of the playlist, and if you get there at 9:00 P.M., there will be free bachata lessons.
Should you take your parents? Do you want to see you parents learning bachata? No. The answer is no. Leave them home.
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”
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
$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?
T.F. Green Hall
“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.
Welcome to October! Not only is today Friday AND the first day of October AND the official day of scarf season (not that scarves are ever not in season), but there is also an abundance of great things to do tonight! Life is good.
Pain et Fromage
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Machado House (87 Prospect Street)
Start your evening off the French way, with some bread and cheese (and maybe some other typically French refreshments).
Starla and Sons — First Show of the Year!
Laugh off all your midterm stress at Starla and Sons first comedy show of the year!
Fire & Ice
Zeta Delta Xi
$3 entry, $1 drinks
Fire & Ice, taking over the whole world, or just Wriston tonight. Don’t be shy!
Mao’s Last Dancer
Avon Cinemas, 6:30 and 8:50
Last week, the Avon was playing “Get Low.” To me, “Get Low” sounded like the name of an end-of-summer schmaltzy dance flick, maybe about a hip-hop dancer and a ballerina who fall in love against the odds. Oh, how wrong I was. “Get Low” was about a hermit living alone in the woods. “Mao’s Last Dancer,” on the other hand, seems to actually be about a dancer!
Salomon 101, 8:00 p.m.
What’s that you say? Somehow you managed to miss all of the singing, a cappella delight around campus last night? I know you’re probably feeling really bad about that right now, but don’t worry: the Derbies and the Chattertocks are getting together to sing those regrets away!
Neon Night II: The Afterglow
Delta Tau, 10:00 p.m.
$3 door, $1 drinks
If you like your $1 drinks glowing, if you like black lights and glowsticks, if you just wanna dance with a beautiful stranger who’ll leave their neon body paint all over your clothes by the end of the night, if this is what you want from your night, get thee to Delta Tau!
One of these days, we’re going to make it to a full week of classes. Until then, I’m going to keep complaining about how exhausting these three-and-four-day weeks are. Just cause we didn’t have class on Monday, doesn’t mean it isn’t time for a weekend on Friday, amiright?
The Fall Arias Concert
Grant Recital Hall
The classiest event of the fall is back and better than ever! Featuring the talented singers and pianists of Brown Opera Productions, the Arias concert is your best (and cheapest — the Aria concerts are free!) bet for a perfect, culturally-enriching start to an evening.
Triple Threat A Cappella Concert
If you spent your summer watching Glee re-runs and memorizing snarky Sue Sylvester quotes, then this concert should help ease your withdrawal pains. We know, it’s hard. But the Higher Keys, Jabberwocks, and Ursa Minors all taking the stage together make it just a little easier to hold on to that feeling.
What Can You Do?
Zeta Delta Xi
Between the Arias, the a cappella, and Zeta Delta Xi’s Open Mic night, it doesn’t seem possible to escape hearing people sing tonight around eight. If this is your kind of night, grab a drink and enjoy it. If it’s not, grab several and heckle!
Blow Your Mind
Phi Kappa Psi
$4 door, $1 drinks
After you get kicked out of open mic night for that awful rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer,” hide from your shame at “Blow Your Mind.”
First and foremost, go see “Babies” again. It’s so worth it.
“Glee” feat. Ursa Minors and Jabberwocks
8:00 P.M., Sayles Hall
Bear Necessities Arch Sing
11:P.M., Wayland Arch
There is SO MUCH a cappella happening this weekend coming week, it’s fairly ridiculous. I am personally intrigued by the Glee-themed concert in Sayles Hall tonight, but Sue Sylvester had better be there or I’m gonna be a little disappointed.
6:35 – 8:30 P.M.
Free Kabob and Curry if you get there at the start!! And then, after the face-stuffing portion of the evening, a dancer from New Delhi — Nehha Bhatnagar— will be there to perform a classical dance and talk about cultural diplomacy.