Friday, May 1

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Ongoing

Musicians, dancers, poets, MCs, DJs, music lovers of all ages: If you've ever heard a musician performing with a loop machine or seen Bobby McFerrin leading Circle Songs, you know what fun it can be to perform with audio loops. Join multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor Joel Sindelar to help create a Living Room Fest video and music loop library, and then play with the results.  

How to prepare.  Joel says, "You will need: headphones; two internet-ready devices such as a phone, laptop or tablet; the instrument or noisemaker of your choice; your rhythm and your creativity."

How it works. First, watch Joel's short video introduction. Then select a "seed" track from the YouTube playlist and use it as a baseline to record short audio/video layers of vocals, percussion, electronic music, etc. Then upload your finished layers to the upload Dropbox or share them via Google drive or other transfer app to joel.sindelar@gmail.com. Joel will combine the loops into aggregate video clips and post them back to the YouTube playlist. You can then use those files to build, splice, edit and overdub into longer song and video creations.

UPDATE ON MONDAY, MAY 4: Thank you to everyone who sent in tracks! Joel is working on the collection and will post the curated collection to his YouTube channel tonight. We'll post an announcement to Arts at Brandeis on Facebook and Twitter, and to CreateAtBrandeis on Instagram. 

Questions? Email Joel. 

Have fun!

Noon-12:15 p.m.

Do-it-yourself paper mosaic making for kids and families. Learn how to use recycled materials and things you have at home to make a fun, spring-themed project. Can be done collaboratively or as an independent project, best for ages 5-12.

How to prepare. Lena says, “You’ll need a piece of cardboard or construction paper of any size for the base of our project. A recycled cereal box also works great! Also a pencil, scissors, glue stick or liquid glue, and assorted papers for our mosaic “tiles,” such as an old magazine, recycled mail, or paper wrappers or packaging. The more colors you find, the more colorful your project will be! Optional but not necessary materials: acrylic paints, string to hang your work.”

Lena McCarthy is a Boston-born painter and international muralist. Her work can be found in arts centers, schools, businesses and international mural festivals across Greater Boston, and in Latin America, Asia and Europe. When not painting big walls, she can be found in her studio, on a yoga mat or roaming in the great outdoors.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. Lena will give instructions in English and Spanish.

Noon-12:30 p.m.

A boy and a girl find themselves stuck on a playground with no electronic devices and must rediscover how to play using their imaginations. Enjoy a family-friendly screening of the short film “Playdate,” by Matt Aaron Krinsky ’00. Then join the #PlaydateFortChallenge! Build the ultimate fort at your home and share a photo of it with Matt by tagging #PlaydateFortChallenge on his Facebook or Instagram.

Matt Aaron Krinsky '00 is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, theater director, producer, writer, acting coach and teaching artist. Among his many credits are directing the Off-Broadway premiere of the one-act play, With Love, and working with the Disney Musicals in Schools program to launch into the Boston Public School system.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

12:15-12:30 p.m.

The talented young people of Africano Waltham lead three special mini-projects: Jovia teaches Maganda dance; Molly shows you how to make beautiful beads out of paper; and Lisa demonstrates three head-wrap techniques that will give you an elegant, shapely look in no time.

For the head wrap, you'll need a piece of cloth about 36" long.

For the beads, you'll need a variety of colored papers such as recycled catalogs and magazines, a ruler, scissors, glue stick or Mod Podge, a pencil, a toothpick, and string or elastic.

Brandeis is proud to partner with Africano Waltham, a program of African Cultural Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Waltham, Massachusetts. Since 2011, ACS has worked with children and families from low income, African immigrant communities in the Waltham area. In the 2017 academic year, the “Let Them Shine” program provided over 1,700 students access to activities that included African dance, Africa in the classroom, the performing arts, music and art making, academic support, healthy snacks, gymnastics and field trips.

Meet the young people of Africano Waltham on Instagram.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

Learn Chinese Paper Cutting With Amy

12:30-12:45 p.m.

Decorate your windows with the traditional Chinese folk art of paper cutting. Amy Chen '22 will teach you 窗花 or "window flower" design, used to decorate the house and ward off evil spirits during the Spring Festival. This design is usually attached to the windows so that people can see it from both inside and outside of the house. 

How to prepare. Amy says, "All you need is paper and scissors. We will use red paper if you have it, to represent celebration, vitality, and good luck."

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

1-1:45 p.m.

Join clown, mime, storyteller and musician Peter Gould for a show about having a good time at home using brooms, balls, scarves, plastic bags, spoons, sofas, noise makers and imaginary things that are easy to see.

Peter has a Ph.D. from Brandeis and teaches in the Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies program. He is founder of Get Thee to the Funnery, a beloved theater summer camp community in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom that teaches Shakespeare using physical and vocal techniques passed down by the great teachers Jacques LeCoq, Tony Montanaro, Sigfrido Aguilar, Avner the Eccentric and Gould & Stearns.

How to prepare. Peter says, “Just show up, and clear a little space for moving around. Everything we do will be easy and accessible."

This program will take place on Zoom. Meeting ID: 608 039 4320. For domestic and international call-in numbers, please email Ingrid Pabon. 

Love Lab At Home

1-1:15 p.m.

Make a drawing guided by your breath: a simple mindfulness practice that anyone can do. This mini-project is led by Christina Bechstein, founder of Love Lab Studio in Portland, Maine. Love Lab Studio's practice is to place children, with respect and care, at the center of all they do. The child is co-creator and artist, as well as a community member and global participant. Watch some other Love Lab Studio mini-projects. 

How to prepare. Christina says, "Gather some paper of any size and kind, and a pencil, crayon, or marker."

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

2-2:30 p.m.

Circus is for everyBODY, any age or ability. Try juggling, balancing, clown and acrobatics, using your amazing body, your imagination and common household items. Professional circus artists Marci Diamond ‘91 and Marisa Diamond of Diamond Family Circus lead the way.

How to prepare. Marci and Marisa say, “Gather the following (but if you don’t have all these items, you can still participate): a pair of long socks; three small balls, oranges, or balled-up socks; an empty paper towel tube; three lightweight plastic shopping bags or lightweight pieces of fabric or scarves. A rug or yoga mat will come in handy but is not necessary. Another person in the room is also helpful.”

Marci Diamond, a former competitive gymnast, still performs in films, circuses and fairs of all kinds. She provides consultation and workshops for many arts and youth organizations, and tours regularly with her original (non-circus) one-woman show as Catherine Hogarth Dickens.

Marisa Diamond (Marci's daughter) is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she completed a BFA in Interarts Performance. Marisa has performed trapeze and acrobatics across the United States.

Learn more about Diamond Family Circus on their website, Instagram, and Facebook.

This program will take place on Zoom. Meeting ID: 608 039 4320. For domestic and international call-in numbers, please email Ingrid Pabon. 

Make a Nature Mandela with Lena

3-3:15 p.m.

Make a nature-inspired mandala--the Sanskrit word for "circle"--using found materials. Finding the materials and creating patterns within the circle is fun to do alone or together. Similar to the Buddhist practice of sand mandala, these creations are not meant to be "for keeps."

Lena McCarthy is a Boston-born painter and international muralist. Her work can be found in arts centers, schools, businesses and international mural festivals across Greater Boston, and in Latin America, Asia and Europe. When not painting big walls, she can be found in her studio, on a yoga mat or roaming in the great outdoors.

How to prepare. Lena says, "Gather some things from outside, like small rocks, acorns, flowers, pieces of grass. Whatever appeals to you. You can make your mandala as you watch the video, or make it later outside."

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

3-6 p.m.

Students in the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) minor present their 2020 capstone projects. The CAST curriculum supports Brandeis undergraduates with interests in the arts and creative expression as well as commitments to understanding and advancing social justice and the transformation of conflict. Program co-chairs: Thomas King, Associate Professor of English; Toni Shapiro-Phim, Associate Professor, CAST and Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

  • Haia R’nana Bchiri: “Comfort: Food”
    Haia reads family recipes and poems collected and composed as she worked on her thesis on mother-daughter relationships, and then as the world shifted and family gatherings and traditions were put on hold. Recipes are posted on Facebook so that you can enjoy them at home during the virtual festival.
  • Anna Cass: Inspired by Voices of Comedy
    Anna performs a short standup comedy set inspired by her CAST capstone, “Voices of Comedy,” a two-day event at Brandeis in March 2020 that featured performances by women in the Boston comedy scene and a workshop.
  • Emily Eidler: The Cultures of Us
    Emily guides participants through part of a lesson she planned for first graders exploring culture. She will show a picture book and lead an art project. Bring a piece of paper and some colored pencils, crayons or markers.
  • Hangil Ryu: “Be Kind; Have Fun"
    Hangil presents a project showcasing stories that demonstrate that kindness still spreads, even during the time of coronavirus.
  • Rasheed Peters: At the Heart of It All
    This project consists of a short video (musical piece-highlight reel-slideshow-monologue hybrid) and an open reflection (rambling) of Rasheed’s work as a storyteller and the elements that inspire and form it.
  • Zoë Rose: Zoë Rose Spills Her Guts
    Zoë Rose performs a one-woman show about exploring identity.
  • and Quinn Weiner, Chatroom host.

Tune in via Zoom. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Carnival of the Animals

4-4:30 p.m.

A reprise screening of the 2019 Festival of the Arts performance of Camille Saint-Saëns' musical fantasy “Carnival of the Animals,” featuring Brandeis students and alumni plus a new introduction from Music Department luminary Donald Warren, MFA ’18.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

5-5:30 p.m.

Creative life during a quarantine can be most challenging. Canceled exhibitions, closed museums, shuttered theaters and social distancing have impacted artists worldwide. But creative people are resourceful and many have shifted their practice, responding to our current restricted lives. Join Linda Bond, resident scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center, in her studio to hear about the work she's been engaged with before and during this stunning time. After the studio tour, join Linda live for a Q&A. 

Learn more about Linda on her website and Instagram

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

True Crime, True Punishment: Who Murdered Marie-Joelle: Part 1

6-6:25 p.m.

Jared Povitsi, an undergrad student from a prestigious Connecticut college (it starts with a 'Y'...), has his interest piqued by the murder of six-year-old pageant queen Marie-Joelle Birdie. He takes a journey to the Birdies' home in Briley County, West Illihoma, to interview locals, family friends, and an intense pageant coach to try and solve this case--and make his first podcast. With a pending arson case in the county, a community theatre vying for local press, and a whole lot of Evangelical influence, Jared quickly gets wrapped up in the chaos of the mystery and the ways it has changed the people of Briley County. A parody of and commentary on our national fascination with the true crime genre, this three-part serial is conceived, written and edited by Andrew Child '19 and features work by Liz Eacmen, Karina Wen ’20, Sara Kenney ’18, Jamie Semel ’17, Ethan Child, Percy Child, and Francis Xavier Norton. Incidental music composed and performed by Emily Politi ’19. "Light ‘im Up" and "Daniel Owens’ Requiem" composed and performed by Juliana Joy Child.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. Part two premieres on the Arts Brandeis page on Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m. Part three premieres on Sunday, May 3, 6 p.m. All segments will be available on Facebook throughout the festival. 

Content advisory: References to murder, incarceration, and the death penalty, mentions of violence against a child, brief description of gore in Part 1, gun shot sound effect in Part 3.

Director's Note

True Crime, True Punishment: Who Murdered Marie-Joelle? stems from a meditation on our cultural fixation with true crime stories and how they define (or rely upon predetermined definitions of) justice and absolute truth. Where do those of us with qualms about our national justice system fit in the audience of a general public that is grotesquely fascinated with the macabre and unknown? How has our penchant for gruesome podcasts or television shows inherited the frenzied, widespread blood-thirst of the gladiators' duels or the Grand Guignol? Is there an ethical way to consume this media? Is there harm done when we turn murderers and their victims into celebrities or follow their lives as though they were on a favorite soap opera? These are all questions that I wanted to explore and am thrilled to have the opportunity to share the product. Thanks to the friends and family who contributed and advised.

Zoë Rose Spills Her Guts

7-7:40 p.m.

"Zoë Rose Spills Her Guts," performed at Brandeis several times throughout spring 2020,  is is an immersive, participatory theater experience (seen here as a video recording) in which audience members get to hear new stories and share their own. Written and performed by Zoë Rose '21. Made possible in part by a grant from the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts. 

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

Making Art at Home

8-8:30 p.m.

How does an artist adapt to having limited space and materials during the pandemic? Studio art major Jenny Ho '20 hosts a tour of her home studio to share her art creation process. Learn more about Jenny on Instagram.

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.