Saturday, May 2

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What Happened to Becky Acorn?

Ongoing Saturday and Sunday

Brandeis student Becky Acorn has vanished. You and your team will search Becky's Google Drive to find clues, solve puzzles and work together to discover what really happened.

This collaborative investigative research game is designed for teams of 2 or 3 players. Gameplay lasts an hour and a half. All you need to play is Internet access, an email address and a Zoom account; game designers Aaron Fischer '19 and Raphael Stigliano '19 will supply you with the rest. Join a team. For single-player versions of the game, please contact Raphael Stigliano via the sign-up form.

Follow along on the Becky Acorn Facebook eventRated PG for content including substance abuse and family tragedy.

Loops From Our Living Rooms

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. 

LIVE: Quiltmaking with English Paper Piecing

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Learn how to make a quilt the old-fashioned way with English paper piecing, a traditional method of making quilts from whatever fabric is at hand. This relaxing, no-tech method is very accommodating of busy schedules, small spaces, low budgets and other usual barriers to learning to quilt. Led by Christina Inge, web and communications consultant, Brandeis Innovation.

How to prepare. Christina says, “Gather scraps of fabric, paper (preferably cardstock), scissors, sewing needle, and thread.”

This LIVE program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. Go to Facebook.com and click on WATCH, then type the name of the program in the search bar. After it airs, it will be viewable on the live videos section of the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

Noon-12:15 p.m.

Create a circle sculpture that reminds us of the ways we are all connected on earth, no matter where we are. 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. 

How to prepare. Christina says, "Gather some small pieces of natural material from outside and in your home, such as grass, flowers, small stones, sticks and recycled paper. Clear a surface to work on." 

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. After it airs, it will be viewable on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook under VIDEOS.

1-1:15 p.m.

Ben Maffa ’21 aka Bmaffs performs a mix of original hip hop music as well as a few jazz pieces by Eartha Kitt and George Gershwin, accompanied by his father, Philip Maffa (piano). Check out Ben on YouTube.

This PRERECORDED  program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. After it airs, it will be viewable on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook under VIDEOS.

LIVE: Spiritual Songs from around the World

2-2:45 p.m.

Three of the Brandeis multifaith chaplains--Partha Biswas, Hindu chaplain; Harun Spevack, Muslim chaplain; and Rev. Matt Carriker, Protestant chaplain, share traditional spiritual music from all over the globe. Lyrics will be provided for those who want to sing along. 

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

2-2:30 p.m.
Learn to make your own fitted face mask! Rosie Sentman '22, a theatrical costume designer who loves to find inventive solutions for design challenges, will walk you through the steps of creating your own no-sew face mask, using hand or machine sewing. While you won't complete your mask during the tutorial, you'll be well prepared to finish on your own.
Learn more about Rosie's design work

How to prepare. Rosie says, “Clear a small work space. You will need a square of fabric at least 9 inches by 9 inches, preferably tightly woven cotton, such as a bandana or a square from an old t-shirt,  and two rubber bands or hair ties."

This program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. After it airs. it will be viewable on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook under VIDEOS.

3-3:45 p.m.

Take a break to move your body, circus style! This workshop is designed for Brandeis students and friends by professional circus artists Marci Diamond '91 and recent University of Michigan graduate Marisa Diamond to stretch your body and imagination, and get you juggling and giggling. All are welcome, as circus is for everyBODY!

Find Diamond Family Circus on their websiteInstagram, and Facebook.

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

LIVE: Reclamation of Humanity

3-3:30 p.m.

Jaspreet Mahal gives a talk on the paintings she has made about the anti-caste movement. The paintings depict the activist work led by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and the struggle of Dalits for necessities like access to water, education, choice of a life partner and religion. Jaspreet is the program administrator for Student Accessibility Support and holds a dual master’s degree in Sustainable International Development and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brandeis.

Read an article on Jaspreet and others working to end caste discrimination in college.

UPDATE: This LIVE program will be streamed on Zoom, not on Facebook as previously posted.

Link to Zoom meeting. 
Meeting ID: 911-0496-8149

For domestic and international call-in numbers,  please email Ingrid Pabon

5-5:45 p.m.

Mariah Lewis ’22 and her mother, Bernice Lewis, are singer-songwriters who love folk music and love to harmonize. They often play at festivals around Western Massachusetts, where Bernice is an artist associate in songwriting at Williams College.

This LIVE program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. Go to Facebook.com and click on WATCH, then type the name of the program in the search bar. After it airs, it will be viewable on the live videos section of the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

6-6:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Prince is a graduate student in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Through his singing, he hopes to inspire his audience and take them on a journey of healing and hope. His songs are in English, French, Lingala and Swahili. 

Learn more about Prince on his websiteInstagram and Facebook. Watch the video for his song "Nzala."

This LIVE program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. Go to Facebook.com and click on WATCH, then type the name of the program in the search bar. After it airs, it will be viewable on the live videos section of the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.

PRERECORDED: True Crime, True Punishment: Who Murdered Marie-Joelle? Part 2

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 PRERECORDED program will be streamed on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook. Part one premieres on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook on Friday, May 1, 6 p.m. Part three premieres on Sunday, May 3, 6 p.m. After they air, all segments will be available on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook under VIDEOS. 

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. 

LIVE: Jamele Adams: Sharing our Stories (SOS)

8-9 p.m.

Join nationally celebrated poet and Brandeis Dean of Students Jamele Adams in an evening of upliftment through storytelling. Through this art form that empowers and heals, come ready to share a recent experience that has had an impact on you. In this open-mic format, Jamele will call on participants who want to share their story. Family guidance suggested for younger audience members.

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

8-8:45 p.m.

For technical reasons, this program will be held at a later date. Learn about the Cameroonian saxophone player Manu Dibango, who recently died of coronavirus, and the story of "Soul Makossa (I Will Dance)" his pivotal underground record that changed the history of dance music. Host: Matthew Heck, GSAS.

LIVE: Improv Comedy With Dana Shulman and Myq Kaplan

9-9:45 p.m.

Enjoy some socially distant laughs with headlining stand up comedian Myq Kaplan ‘00 (whose new album A.K.A. is available for preorder on Apple Music or at Blonde Medicine) and his friends from Socially Distant Improv: Dana Shulman ‘00, Kim Alu, Langston Belton, Nick Carrillo, Micah Sherman, and Jessie Shinberg ‘17.

Myq Kaplan '00 has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Late Late Show with James Corden. You can watch his one-hour special "Small, Dork, and Handsome" on Amazon and preorder his next album, the critically acclaimed "A.K.A." now. Check out his Twitter.

Dana Shulman '00 is an actor, improviser, teacher, coach and silly long-distance runner. She performs weekly with the Peoples Improv Theater and currently on Instagram Live. Check out her personal Instagram.

May contain adult situations, but we also may just end up pretending to be talking crayons.

Update: This LIVE program will take place on the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook (not on Zoom, as previously listed). Open to the public; no registration necessary. After it airs, it will be viewable on the live videos section of the Arts Brandeis page on Facebook.