Super Sunday, April 26

In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s lifelong commitment to engaging young people in the arts, Brandeis sponsors an afternoon of free performances, family and children’s events, and art exhibitions and demonstrations.

Events run continuously from 1 to 5 p.m. and are free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

Refreshments are available for purchase from the Chubby Chickpea food truck (kosher!) near the Great Lawn and Einstein's Bagels in the Shapiro Campus Center. 

Rain location for outdoor events and activities: Pollack Fine Arts Teaching Center and Shapiro Campus Center.

A light heart lives long.

– Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

 

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1 - 2 p.m.


SECOND LINE SOCIAL AID AND PLEASURE SOCIETY BRASS BAND
Time 1 - 1:20 p.m.
Location Great Lawn
Description Festival favorites SLSAPS brings New Orleans style sass that blazes a path to Funkytown.

CROWD CONTROL: IMPROV COMEDY
Time 1 - 1:20 p.m.
Location Light of Reason, Rose Art Museum
Description The Brandeis club Crowd Control takes your suggestions and turns them into hilarious stories on the fly. 

NEW MUSIC BY UNDERGRAD COMPOSERS
Time 1 - 1:20 p.m.
Location Rose Art Museum
Description Performances of music inspired by the works on view at the Rose Art Museum.

POETRY: MARGUERITE BOUVARD
Time 1 - 1:20 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description Bouvard, a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, reads from her eighth book of poems, "The Light That Shines Inside Us." She has written extensively on women and human rights and is the recipient of a Mass Book Award for poetry.

ROBIN HOOD: JUGGLERS IN TIGHTS
Time 1 - 1:20 p.m.
Location Shapiro Theater
Description The Brandeis Juggling Society flees Waltham for Sherwood Forest.

BRANDEIS SPIRIT BAND
Time 1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Description Overture, curtain, lights! This joyful Brandeis a cappella group shares their songbook of Broadway show tunes.

HOW DEEP WAS THE OCEAN
Time 1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Location Light of Reason, Rose Art Museum
Description Original music that illuminates past relationships and experiences, and imagines those to come. Harris Cohen '16, vocals and guitar; Gabe Rosenblum '16, bass; Jonathan Greengarden '15, drums.

POETRY: CLAYRE BENZADON '17
Time 1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description Benzadon performs "Burnt and Burnished Blazes," an original spoken word piece that lights a path to social justice. 

WALDO & WOODHEAD
Time 1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description Physical comedy, juggling, and flashes of goofy brilliance from two masters of the modern vaudeville circuit. "Waldo & Woodhead are the funniest and most original act I've ever seen." – Gregory Hines.

2 - 3 p.m.


BIG NAZO
Time 2 - 4 p.m.
Location Great Lawn
Description A rowdy rodeo horse, a three-eyed robot percussionist, a charismatic lab rat and his giant man-eating Chia Pet are just a few of the characters you'll encounter throughout the afternoon. Bask in their friendly light, and don't be shy about asking for a hug or a dance.

ZUMBA DANCE PARTY
Time 2 - 2:20 p.m.
Location Light of Reason, Rose Art Museum
Description Reach for the sun with Lori Shapiro ‘17 in a Zumba-style dance session for all ages.

WALTHAM PHILHARMONIC
Time 2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Description The Waltham Philharmonic, comprising 60 professional, semiprofessional and amateur musicians, plays selections from their spring concerts. Emily Eng ’14, assistant conductor; Michael Korn, music director.

BRANDEIS BEATS
Time 2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Location Light of Reason, Rose Art Museum
Description The Brandeis student-run drum circle shows you how to turn the beat around! Toussaint Liberator, instructor.

3 - 4 p.m.


LA PIÑATA
Time 3 - 3:20 p.m.
Location Light of Reason, Rose Art Museum
Description The young people of Boston-based La Piñata’s “Saturday Troupe” perform dances from Latin America, indigenous, Afro-Latino and folkloric traditions.

TOP SCORE
Time 3 - 3:20 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Description Brandeis’ student-run pops orchestra plays music from some of your favorite movies, musicals and video games. Alex Faye '15, conductor.

THE DIODES
Time 3:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Description Dave Wedaman Ph.D. ’02 casts a long shadow over his home base at Library and Technology Services. He also leads a motley band of trombone and theramin enthusiasts.

LOLLIPOPS FOR BREAKFAST
Time 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description Resourceful Sylvie decides to break the no-lollipops rule, even if it means making her own lollipop from scratch. Help Sylvie and her trusty pet bird search for ingredients and wrestle with giant candy machines. Followed by a family dance party! Created and performed by Bonnie Duncan; music by Brendan Burns and Tony Leva.

URBANITY DANCE
Time 3:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Location Light of Reason, Rose Art Museum
Description The Youth Company of Boston-based Urbanity Dance kicks out the jams in a lively, interactive performance.

4 - 4:30 p.m.


RUN BY MEN: THE GIRLS ARE HUNGRY
Time 4 - 4:20 p.m.
Location Light of Reason, Rose Art Museum
Description As undergraduates, Molly Haas-Hooven ’09 and Cat Wagner ’09 stilt-walked in the Rose Art Museum, clowned in the Shapiro Campus Center, and performed with the Brandeis Theater Company. They return with a new devised dance-theater piece that explores identity and expression.

GOOD VIBES ONLY
Time 4 - 4:20 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Description "Recall the sight, where I saw the light and now life is making sense/Now I make amends for all my wrongs, all I got is friends." Original hip-hop songs with an underlying theme of positivity. Sing along with Marcelo Brociner ’18 if it feels right!

ONGOING EVENTS


TRY IT! ART EXPLORATIONS
Time Throughout the afternoon
Location Shapiro Campus Center
Description Explore light in all its forms with art activities led by Brandeis students and staff, plus special guests from the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton.
Time Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Location Rose Art Museum
Description Discover more about the Rose Art Museum with activities for all ages led by SCRAM, the Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum. Featured activity: Felting workshop with Christina Bechstein. Learn to make beautiful pieces of felt with wool roving, warm water, and soap.

RELATED EVENTS


A MINOR RIFF
Time Noon
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description This student-produced film is a coming-of-age story set during the week of the 1929 stock market crash. Teenager Arthur Nickels joins his father to make money brewing underground moonshine. Running time: 25 minutes, followed by a talk with the directors and cast. Written and directed by Deanna Heller '15; Zoe Fong '15, composer and assistant director. Cast: Andrew Baker ‘18, Sarah Brodsky ‘15, Ian Carroll '15, Kate Farrell ‘17, Paul Sindberg ‘18.

COERCED: A DOCUMENTARY PLAY
Time 2 p.m. (Also Thursday, 9 p.m.)
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description The true story of 16-year-old Nga Truong, whose illegal interrogation led to  imprisonment for killing her infant son, and of the national outrage the story brought to the Worcester, Massachusetts, police department. Written and directed by Amanda Jane Stern '15 and Julian Seltzer '15. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.

FATHER TONGUE PERFORMANCE
Time 2 p.m.
Location Kniznick Gallery, Women's Studies Research Center
Description Artist-in-residence Milcah Bassel, PB '11, with members of the Brandeis community, presents a live sound and performance piece that interacts with her installation "Father Tongue."

NO EXIT
Time 2 p.m. (Also Thursday, 7 p.m.)
Location Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Description Jean-Paul Sartre’s one-act play places three people in a circular hotel room. Their manipulations of each other and their acute self-questioning reveal that there is no escape for the hell they have made for themselves. Featuring Barbara Rugg '15. Part of the Senior Festival of Plays.

SPRINGFEST
Time 2:30 - 7 p.m.
Location Chapels Field
Description The annual concert sponsored by Student Events and WBRS 100.1 FM. For more information, call 781-736-5065.

MUSIC IN SHAKESPEARE/SHAKESPEARE IN MUSIC
Time 3 - 5 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description The Brandeis Early Music Ensemble and Brandeis Chamber Choir explore music from and inspired by the life and works of William Shakespeare. One half of the program features period songs and tunes quoted in Shakespeare's plays. The other half focuses on Shakespeare's own words in choral settings from the 18th century to the present day. Sarah Mead, director.

THE CONTRACTUAL DEATH OF JONATHAN G FAUSTUS
Time 6 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.

CATCH A RISING STAR
Time 7 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra performs Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello, featuring 2015 Concerto Competition winners and Leonard Bernstein Fellows Jacob MacKay ’15 and Andrew Ho ’15. Also on the program: Schumann's Piano Concerto, Sarasate’s Zigeunerwiesen, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances 1, 3 and 10. Neal Hampton, director.

NO SINGER CLEF BEHIND
Time 7 p.m.
Location Golding 110 (Auditorium)
Description A cappella versions of songs by MKTO, Katy Perry, Queen and more, performed by Brandeis' only all-inclusive a cappella group! Also featuring VoiceMale. Free for Brandeis students with ID/$5 at the door for others, with proceeds toward No Singer Clef Behind's educational events.

LOOK ME IN THE EYEBROWS
Time 8 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.