Saturday, April 25

Mark Whitaker

There's a crack/A crack in everything/That's how the light gets in.

  Leonard Cohen

FOLLOW THE LAUGH! 
Time 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Location Hassenfeld Conference Center, Levine Ross
Description This clown/physical comedy workshop taught by internationally acclaimed performers Kenny Raskin '74, Kevin Brooking, Amy Gordon and Randy Judkins will tickle your funny bone and stretch your comedic muscles. Limited to 40 participants. RSVP to kenny@kennyraskin.com to reserve a space. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

BRANDEIS FOLK FESTIVAL
Time Noon - 5:15 p.m.
Location Great Lawn (rain location: Shapiro Campus Center)
Description Relax on the lawn and surrender to the eclectic charms of the sixth annual Brandeis Folk Festival, featuring a new generation of gifted singer-songwriters from across New England. Produced by Too Cheap for Instruments, Victoria Carter ’15, and Madeline Black '17. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.
  • Noon - 12:45 p.m. The Allston, Mass.- based folk rock duo Molasses Jones consists of John Zapato (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Corey Fein (drums, banjo, harmonica, guitar)
  • 1 - 1:20 p.m. Too Cheap for Instruments, Brandeis’ female folk a cappella dream choir, will win your heart or your money back. 
  • 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Mark Whitaker, a banjo-wielding singer/songwriter from Boston, draws from folk, blues, pop, and bluegrass to offer a fresh take on crisis, heartbreak, heartburn, and heart repair.
  • 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. The Wiles -- Isa Burke, Ellie Buckland and Mali Obomsawin -- bring heart, soul, energy and depth to honest music that blends the old and the new.
  • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. The Meadows Brothers are two music-loving siblings blessed with the genetic ability to sing close harmonies inspired by the “brother bands” of 1940’s and 50’s country and bluegrass music.
  • 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Liz Frame and the Kickers play rootsy, rocking and righteous music for all people. “Liz Frame is one of the most compelling, interesting and emotive voices I've heard in a long, long time.” --Marian Leighton-Levy, Rounder Records founder.

NATE SHAFFER RECITAL
Time 2 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description Nate Shaffer ’16, piano, performs works by Beethoven and Chopin as well as a suite of his own compositions.

AND IN LONGING, SHE BITES
Time 12:30 p.m.
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description An ensemble of women transition from adolescence to adulthood and discover their bodies, their sexualities and themselves. Told with irreverence, poignancy, a bit of awkwardness and a dash of careful perception. Devised, written and directed by Sophie Greenspan '15. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.

SONG OF A MURDERESS
Time 2:30 p.m.
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description A woman on trial for the murder of her boyfriend invites the audience to travel thorough her memories, aided by music, dance, video and other sensory theatrical devices. Devised and written by and featuring Jade Garisch '15. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.

PRETTY RAW: GALLERY TALK WTIH CURATOR-AT-LARGE KATY SIEGEL
Time 5 p.m. 
Location Rose Art Museum
Description Join Pretty Raw curator Katy Siegel in conversation with contemporary artists included in the exhibition, as they address questions of taste, artistic medium, and social assumptions within this context of postwar American art history.

I AM THE SEAGULL OR SOMETHING
Time 6:30 p.m.
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description Two young actors struggle to find intimacy in the modern world through explorations of Chekov and modern rehearsal exercises. Devised, written and featuring Sarah Hines '15 and Aliza Sotsky '15. Directed by Steven Bogart. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.

CULTURE X
Time 7 - 9 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Location Levin Ballroom
Description Celebrate the breathtaking diversity that defines the Brandeis community in this joyful, pluralistic performance of dance, music and spoken word by Brandeis students. Sponsored by the Intercultural Center and produced by Sophia Baez ‘15, Zuri Gordon ‘15, Celinna Ho ‘15, Minh Pham ‘16 and Kaitlin Wang ‘15

BEAMS: THE 2015 ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC HALF-MARATHON
Time 8 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description Experience the very best electroacoustic music of emerging and established composers from around the world, performed by an international array of top performers. Recipient of the 2011 IBM Innovation Award for Performance, Boston Cyberarts Festival. Eric Chasalow, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Irving Fine Professor of Music, director. For a complete program, visit the New Music Brandeis website.

THE BORIS' KITCHEN BIG SHOW
Time 8 p.m. (Also Friday 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. 
Admission $5; $3 for Brandeis community. Available at Brandeis Tickets.

THE CONTRACTUAL DEATH OF JONATHAN G FAUSTUS
Time 10:30 p.m.
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description Jonathan Faustus, MD PhD, doesn’t intend to sell his soul to the devil, but now he must face demons in order to come to an understanding about mortality, forgiveness and gothic typeface. Devised, written and featuring Alex Davis ‘15. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.

LOOK ME IN THE EYEBROWS
Time 11:59 p.m.
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description When Anne Chmiel '15 forays into stand-up comedy to tackle the female condition, it’s sure to be a night you'll never forget. Especially if you like jokes about vaginas. Even if you don’t. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.