Friday, April 24

The Burning Boards

While the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.
--James Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues"

ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE: "ASKING TOWARD THE LIGHT"
Time 12 - 1:45 p.m.
Location Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center
Description Screening of the award-winning, Brandeis-produced, hour-long documentary film "Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict," featuring performances from conflict regions around the world, followed by conversation with Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) students and filmmakers about shadow and light in the film and in the world.

OPENING EYES, EARS AND HEARTS: PERFORMING ORAL HISTORIES 
Time 2:15 - 4 p.m.
Location Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center
Description Twelve students from Introduction to CAST share scenes, poems, songs and images based on oral history interviews with people different from themselves. Come prepared to listen, look, and, if you like, sing and dance! Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Stacy Findley '15; curated by Ryan Millis '15 and Rachel Geller '18.

BADASS DEBATES THE ARTS
Time 4 - 6 p.m.
Location Mandel Center for the Humanities G3
Description The Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society, ranked number one in the United States, employs the art of oratory to argue how art should be used in memorials.

KAOS KIDS: FIND YOUR SPOTLIGHT
Time 4 p.m.
Location Light of Reason, Rose Art Museum
Description Hip-hop dance explosion by Kaos Kids featuring Hannah Brooks '16, Vanessa Alamo '17, Stephanie Ramos '15, Bea Lopez '15, Jamie Robbins '15 and Rachel Attah '17.

GRACE
Time 5:30 p.m.
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description Grace wants to live a normal teenage life: shopping, boys, lunch with friends. Only there's this problem: she hears voices. The new guidance counselor pushes Grace to take chances and take control of her life, with varied success. Written and directed by Charles Madison '15. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays. 

FEATURED EVENT: THE BURNING BOARDS
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Outside Rose Art Museum
Description New England premiere! Figures from the worlds of art and chess come together for a unique chess competition. Thirty-two players, novice and expert, compete using chess sets made from burning candles, in a performance imbued with a sense of urgency. Developed by Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino in 2007 for the Whitney Museum of American Art and most recently performed at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis.

A NIGHT ON THE CLOWNS
Time 8 p.m. (Also Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
Location Mainstage, Spingold Theater Center
Description With an infectious sense of play and in the spirit of the great vaudevillians, Kenny Raskin ’74 (Cirque du Soleil, “Beauty and the Beast”) presents an unforgettable program of comedy, music, magic and silliness, joined by some of the best physical comedians and variety artists working today: Randy Judkins, Amy Gordon, Kevin Brooking, and Waldo and Woodhead. Free advance tickets available through Brandeis Tickets by phone or at the box office (no online ticketing for this production). Made possible by the Brandeis Arts Council. Conceived and directed by Kenny Raskin.

BORIS' KITCHEN BIG SHOW
Time 8 p.m. (Also Saturday at 8 p.m.)
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description Brandeis’ one and only sketch comedy troupe serves hilarious, student-written send-ups of campus life, pop culture, and the news. But if you can’t stand the heat.…Featuring Michelle Wexler '15, Michael Frederiske '15 and Karen Lengler '15. Tickets: $5/$3, available at Brandeis Tickets. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

NEW MUSIC BRANDEIS: CARLTON VICKERS
Time 8 p.m. 
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description Carlton Vickers is widely regarded as one of today’s most important performers of avant-garde flute music, specializing in the most demanding works of the contemporary and electro-acoustic repertoire. In this special Festival of the Arts concert, he performs world premiere pieces for solo flute by composers from around the world.