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CAGE MATCH: ROUND 2 | April 16, 2015  + -

John Cage. Nicolas Cage. In 2009, these two legendary artists faced/off in an epic showdown in Brown University’s Grant Recital Hall. Now, they’re back for a second bout. Join us for an audiovisual filmusicircus as compositions by John go head to head with scenes featuring Nic, and chance encounters and deep resonances bring out the best in the work of both these visionaries. This is Cage and Cage as you've never seen and heard them before. 8:00pm

Brazenly Brown: Daniel Alexander Jones | April 9, 2015  + -

 Thursday, April 9th, 2015  -  6p

NOTES FROM AN INTEGRATOR'S MANUAL (free and open to the public)

Brazenly Brown, A Lecture by Daniel Alexander Jones AM'93 

Martinos Auditorium


Friday, April 10th, 2015  - 4p-6p


Brazenly Brown Master Class (by invitation only)

with Daniel Alexander Jones AM '93


 Saturday April 11th, 2015  -  8pm

JOMAMA JONES: RADIATE (free and open to the public)

Part concert, part revival featuring the triumphant return of legendary expatriate performer Jomama Jones, a mythical R&B diva who left the US after a string of hits in the 80s, back from the darkness as a lone star with a singular purpose – to awaken the comeback in us all, through her music and live performance.  She shares songs of resilience and regeneration recounting her rise to the stratosphere, her self-imposed exile from the US and surprising observations of the America to which she has returned.

Jones is accompanied by her collaborator and musical director, Bobby Halvorson, her backing vocalists, the Sweet Peaches - the extraordinary Helga Davis and Laura Jean Anderson, and a knockout band.  "RADIATE glows..." said the New York Times, "making it hard to resist this sequined earth-mother's soulful embrace."

Rites and Reason Theatre


Daniel Alexander Jones is an award-winning performer, writer, and director. American Theatre Magazine named him "one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decadesto come." His work includes plays (Bel Canto, Earthbirths, Phoenix Fabrik), performance pieces (Blood:Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, Cab and Lena) and devised work (Qualities of Light,Clayangels). With composer Bobby Halvorson, Jones has released three recordings, performed at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space, and in the critically acclaimed show Jomama Jones * Radiate at Soho Rep. Jones holds degrees in Africana studies from Vassar College and in Theatre from Brown University's Graduate School. He taught in MFA programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Goddard College. Jones is a Creative Capital grantee, a MAP Fund grantee, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship recipient. He's an alumnus of New Dramatists, a Playwrights' Center Core Member, and a Pillsbury House Theatre company member. He was a 2011-2012 Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic in Chicago. He received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre in 2006.

Cinema Ritrovato: Marriage Italian Style | March 20, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato: Marriage Italian Style

Friday, March 20, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Martinos Auditorium

● Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’italiana, 1965). Sophia Loren received an Oscar nomination for best actress in a leading role for her interpretation in this classic Italian comedy, directed by legendary director Vittorio De Sica. 

● The film will be introduced by a conversation and followed by a Q & A with Giacomo Manzoli (University of Bologna) and Massimo Riva (Brown University).

Cinema Ritrovato: Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion | March 19, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato: Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion

Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium 

● Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto, Academy Award for best foreign language film and Grand Prix of the Jury at the Cannes festival, 1970). A recently restored, rarely seen Oscar-winning classic, "a suspense melodrama with the moral concerns of angry satire" (New York Times), directed by Elio Petri, starring Gian Maria Volonté. 

● The film will be introduced by a conversation on “Film, Crime and Politics in Italy, 1968-2014” with Giacomo Manzoli (University of Bologna), Marco Natoli (UMass Boston), Mauro Resmini (University of Maryland) and Massimo Riva (Brown University).

Cinema Ritrovato: "The Miracle" and "Angst" | March 18, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato: "The Miracle" and "Angst"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium

Federico Fellini and Anna Magnani star in 
● "The Miracle," an episode from the 1948 film The Ways of Love (L'Amore), directed by Neorealism master Roberto Rossellini. The film created high controversy around censorship in the US, leading to a Supreme Court decision in 1952 known as the "Miracle Decision", which declared that film is a form of artistic expression protected by the First Amendment. 

● To follow, a screening of Angst (La Paura, 1954), the last film made in 1954 by Roberto Rossellini with Ingrid Bergman, before their separation. Both films were recently restored at the Cineteca of Bologna as part of the Rossellini Project. 

● The program will be introduced by a conversation on “Gender and Censorship” with the artist collective Radha May (Elisa Giardina Papa, Nupur Mathur and Bathsheba Okwenje) and Suzanne Stewart Steinberg (Director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women).

Major Transgression! Poetry from Poland | March 18, 2015  + -

We are happy to announce Major Transgression! Poetry from Poland event on March 18th and 19th. 

Celebrating contemporary poetry and experimental prose from Poland and offering open collaborative translation workshops, this two-day poetry and translation festival brings together five major Polish poets and translators: Ewa Chruściel, Julia Fiedorczuk, Tadeusz Pióro, Agnieszka Taborska, and Adam Wiedemann. During two translation workshops, the invited poets will collaborate with students to create English versions of selected poems. Contact or for details.  

The event is organized and sponsored by Creative Art Council at Brown and the departments of Slavic Studies and Literary Arts.


March 18, 2015

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Translation Workshop led by Julia Fiedorczuk

English Department, 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley entrance), room 130


7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Poetry Reading: Julia Fiedorczuk, Adam Wiedemann

McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley entrance)


March 19, 2015

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Translation Workshop led by Tadeusz Pióro

English Department, 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley entrance), room 130


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Poetry Reading: Ewa Chruściel, Tadeusz Pióro, Agnieszka Taborska

McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley entrance)


Cinema Ritrovato: Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930), directed by Augusto Genina, with live piano-vocal accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. | March 17, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato: Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930), directed by Augusto Genina, with live piano-vocal accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium

● Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930), directed by Augusto Genina, with live piano-vocal accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. This rarely seen jazz age classic was the last major film to star the dazzling Louise Brooks, here at the center of a perversely seductive depiction of social decadence. Like many films of the late 1920s, Prix de beauté was made in both silent and sound versions. 

● The program will be introduced by a conversation on “Music and Silent Film” with Antonella Sisto (Post-doctoral fellow in Italian Studies, Brown University), Paul Phillips (director of the Brown University orchestra) and Donald Sosin.

Cinema Ritrovato:"Charlot at 100: 1914-2014." Four recently restored Chaplin shorts | March 16, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato:"Charlot at 100: 1914-2014." Four recently restored Chaplin shorts

Monday, March 16, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium

● Kid Auto Race at Venice, Cal (1914)
● The Rink (1916)
● Easy Street (1917) 
● The Immigrant (1917).

The program will be introduced by Guy Borlée, coordinator of the Cinema ritrovato film festival and Phil Rosen (Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University) and will include a special screening of "Chaplin, A Body of Work," a short film by Brown students Beatrix Chu, Andrew Deck, Tarek Shoukri and Mc Kenna Webster, made in Bologna at the 2014 Cinema Ritrovato festival.

Freedom Project | March 13, 2015  + -

Friday, March 13, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Studio 1

Everett Company culminates its three-year research and creation process for the development of the Freedom Project, a multi-disciplinary documentary theater production that shares the stories of people who have been marginalized by America’s criminal justice system. The project examines and critiques that system through the juxtapositions of personal stories with jarring statistics that reveal gross racial and socio-economic disparities in the way the law is applied, especially in regard to the War on Drugs.

Everett approaches this challenging topic with humor and humanity, and emphasizes the creativity and spirit of perseverance that can surface when people confront extreme adversity. The work utilizes the disciplines of theater, dance and filmmaking to draw out multiple perspectives on this complex topic. Visceral choreography and poetic visual imagery deepen the experience as Everett explores the effects of mass incarceration on some of our most vulnerable communities.

Brown University is a development and producing partner in the creation of Freedom Project. They join Everett in producing a series of public workshops, forums, street actions, and in-progress previews that will continue to be held at both Brown and Everett Stage. These events draw a wide segment of the community into an ongoing dialogue about incarceration and help shape the final performance.

After its premiere in March at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Arts, The Freedom Project will then be available for touring through 2017.

IRQ3 INTERRUPT3 | March 12, 2015 - March 15, 2015  + -


A Discussion Forum and Studio for New Forms of Language Art

Highlighting text and/or/as image, art and/or/as language and with a particular investment in digitally mediated language art, Interrupt3—the third of its kind—will take place, chiefly, in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, March 12-15, 2015. From Thursday evening through Saturday, there will be six plenaries featuring fifteen Featured Presenters, and six Interrupt (IRQ) Discussions with as many as twenty-six IRQ Presenters, plus two additional Featured Presenters to provoke two of these IRQ Discussions. Currently confirmed featured presenters: Bill Seaman, Brian Droitcour, Brian House, Clement Valla, Christopher Funkhouser, Helen Mirra, James Hoff, Jason Nelson (by remote presence), Johanna Drucker, Kenneth Goldsmith, Paul Soulellis, Rhada May, Research Service, Special America, Tom Ockerse. Coordinated with these gatherings, there will be an exhibition From Line to Constellation in the Cohen Gallery of the Granoff Center curated by Francesca Capone; an installation and performance by Jen Bervin; related video presentations on four public screens; a live collaborative studio/exhibition led by four visiting resident artists, David Court, Kristen Mueller, Benjamin Shaykin and Sophia Le Fraga; an exhibition and series of web based works entitled Maximum Sideline: Interrupt Postscript at Proxy, a curatorial platform currently located in a downtown storefront in Providence; and a residency led by Alan Sondheim in Studio 4 utilizing Brown’s legacy ‘Cave’ immersive audiovisual environment. On Sunday morning, time will be reserved for an ad hoc, studio-curated, follow-up IRQ Discussion and, later, an evening of performances at the Machines with Magnets venue in nearby Pawtucket.  Interrupt3 is generously supported with Arts Initiative funds administered by Brown’s Creative Arts Council, and the further support of the Literary Arts Department. It is co-organized by Francesca Capone, John Cayley, and other members of the Brown and RISD community associated with Digital Language Arts.

WHEN THE TOWEL DROPS | March 12, 2015 - April 10, 2015  + -


a solo exhibition from Radha May

Thursday 12 March - through 10 April 
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

In the summer of 2014, Radha May found herself in Bologna, Italy going through the archives of the Cineteca di Bologna, viewing scene after scene of film clips that had been cut out of publicly viewed cinema between the 1950’s and 1960’s in Italy. She was drawn to the scenes that depicted expressions of female pleasure and provocation. With selections of clips banned from films such as La Notte by Michelangelo Antonioni and Brink of Life by Ingmar Bergman, Radha May has created a provocative 35 millimeter film that explores femininity and female sexuality. 

When The Towel Drops Vol 1 | Italy focuses on the materiality of the piece highlighting the sheer volume of film that was taken out of cinema and out of the public domain. Using a custom designed, motorized mechanism, the 35 millimeter film runs over three floors of the Granoff Center culminating in a single, miniature projection. Accompanying the installation, Radha May has created a publication that includes the official deliberations on the removal of scenes and the justifications for doing so. Many of the scenes in the installation have never been seen in public. Similarly, many of the official records have never been made available to the public. 


Radha May is Elisa Giardina-Papa, Nupur Mathur and Bathsheba Okwenje. She comes from Sicily, Delhi and Kampala. 

Radha May's work explores forgotten and hidden histories, peripheral sites, and feminine myths. Her projects begin with an investigation of things she does not understand but wants to bring closer to her. She uses tools borrowed from anthropologists, historians and journalists to conduct her research. She works in the field, meticulously sifting through historical and social archives making what she finds available to anybody; she also distills the material into fictional and surreal scenarios that complicate assumptions about history, borders and cultural and social formations.



When The Towel Drops, Vol 1 | Italy is made possible by the generous support of: MiBACT - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, Italy; Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Italy; Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale, Italy; Italia Taglia, Italy; Creative Arts Council, Brown University; Italian Studies Department, Brown University; Granoff Center for the Arts, Brown University, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University.

Neil Harbisson Public Lecture | March 9, 2015  + -

Student Creative Arts Council is honored to welcome Neil Harbisson.

Neil Harbisson sees in black and white but hears in color, via an antenna implanted in his skull. A sonochromatic cyborg artist, Harbisson utilizes and explores the connection between his brain and its cybernetic capabilities to create paintings, sound portraits, and performance pieces. 

He co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, which helps people become cyborgs (extend their senses through cybernetics), defends cyborg rights, and promotes the use of cybernetics in art. 

Reserve your free tickets here:



Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject Guest Panel | March 7, 2015  + -

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject Guest Panel

Saturday, March 7, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Studio 1

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject Symposium Panel including: Dr. Josie Saldana, Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama, Dr. Kim Tallbear, Dr. Tiffany King, Dr. Amie Breeze Harper.

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject, Keynote Address by Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama | March 6, 2015  + -

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject, Keynote Address by Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama

Friday, March 6, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Studio 1

This is a keynote address for the 2 day Symposium "Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject: Black and Indigenous Self-Making Under Empire"

Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel: "After Oslo," Panel Discussion with Hanan Ashrawi | March 5, 2015  + -

Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel: "After Oslo," Panel Discussion with Hanan Ashrawi

Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Martinos Auditorium

The fourth of the series "Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel".  Co-sponsored by Judaic Studies and the Watson Institute for International Studies 

 Guest speaker: Hanan Ashrawi, who is a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar, will present a lecture titled: "After Oslo: On Israel and Palestine". 

After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel" Panel Discussion on "What is to be Done? | March 5, 2015  + -

After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel" Panel Discussion on "What is to be Done?

 Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Martinos Auditorium


"What is to be Done?"

 The fourth in the series of panel discussions on

"After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel"

Q&A to follow.

The panel will feature: Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar

Stephen Robert '62, Chancellor Emeritus Brown University, co-founder and chairman of the Source of Hope Foundation

Hani Masri, director general of Masarat, the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies

Ilan Pappé, director Exeter University European Centre for Palestine Studies, co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies

Beshara Doumani, director Middle East Studies | Brown

“The Hunting Ground” Film Screening | March 2, 2015  + -
“The Hunting Ground” Film Screening
7 PM @ Granoff Martinos Auditorium, March 2nd

From the team behind The Invisible War, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.

Sponsored by Ivy Film Festival

A Lecture by Simon Castets: Director of The Swiss Institute/ Contemporary Art New York | February 24, 2015  + -

The Student Creative Arts Council presents::

A Lecture by Simon Castets: Director of The Swiss Institute/ Contemporary Art New York

Simon co-curates research project 89plus alongside Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tuesday 02/24 at 6 pm in Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

Seating on a first come first serve basis

American Dance Legacy Initiative MiniFest | February 23, 2015 - February 28, 2015  + -


Mini-Fest 2015: Imagine - Free to Chase The Rainbow

Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

February 23-28

in collaboration with Artists and Scientist as Partners (ASaP)

(See for complete list of ASaP events)


February 23-28

Living Rooms Installations

  • Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder and Donald McKayle curated by students from Central Falls High School in collaboration with the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.
  • Archival exhibits from the ADLI collection of media, photographs and materials
  • Interactive exhibits imagining the arts in the future

Wednesday February 25th - 7pm

Film: Chain Gangs: Slavery by Another Name - This documentary spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist. - Presented in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Saturday February 28th

Dance for PD® Community Class - 10:00am-11:15am

Led by David Leventhal,founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, and Rachel Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD - Co-Founder, Artists and Scientists as Partners (ASaP) (see complete ASaP Symposium schedule)

ADLI Master Class: - 10:00am-11:30am

A Journey Through Modern Dance, led by Mary Anne Newhall, "dancing historian", dedicated to exploring, enlivening, and preserving early modernist and expressionist roots of dance.

Lecture Demonstration: Free to Chase the Rainbow - 12:15-1:30

featuring performances of Donald McKayle’s “Rainbow Repertory Etude” by Dance for PD® participants, Brown students, and Central Falls High School students

Screening of ADLI documentary on Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder - 1:30pm

This documentary features archival footage of the original cast performing Donald McKayle’s signature work about men on a southern chain gang. Also included are recent interviews with Mr. McKayle, original cast members Mary Hinkson, Jaime Rogers, and folksinger Leon Bibb.

Dancing Legacy Repertory Etudes Showing and Closing Reception - 5pm

TRaNsMOGRiFiER | February 23, 2015 - March 3, 2015  + -

The TRaNsMOGRiFiER will be installed in the Cohen Gallery from February 23rd until March 3rd, 2015! Bring things in need of transmogrification and we will do our best to turn all of them into thingsTR. The gallery will be open every day from 8:30am until sundown when we will power up the TRaNsMOGRiFiER (it works better at night). This will be the longest transmogrification attempted, so we’ll be in uncharted territory.


Objects for TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON may be brought to the gallery M-F between 8:30a - 5p, Saturday and Sunday between 12p-5p.  At 5pm, the Gallery will close, but the TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON process will be visible into the evening through the Cohen Gallery windows.

Closing reception and final TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON: March 3, 7pm