Narrowing it down: top five events on campus this week – 2/27/12

The February doldrums are coming to an end, though we get an extra day of them this year.   March is roaring in much more quickly than expected.  I actually saw daffodils in bloom, in the ground, this weekend.  That aside, the ‘leap week’ of this leap year brings quite a few promising events.

Week of February 27 – March 3

Science Seminar Series: The City that is Planning to be Flooded? — Tuesday, February 28 @ 12:30pm, Science 103
Doug Hill, from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook will discuss how New York City is dealing with the prospect of coastal flooding.  ‘Beach-front’ may not be the first phrase we associate with the metropolis, but it is in fact the reality.  What are the potentials for storm barriers? Hill suggests that the city is in preparation for a flood, but all of that may be changing.

Fiction 6×6 — Wednesday, February 29 @ 6pm, Slonim Living Room
What better way to spend the evening of this year’s extra day than listening to SLC undergrads and grad students read their own fiction?  Organized by Jeff McDaniels, this literary tradition features 6 undergrad readers, 6 grad students, each reading for 6 minutes.  Is it just a coincidence that this year there are 366 days in the year?

In the Blood — Thursday, Friday, and Saturday @ 7pm, PAC Open Space Theater
SLC Faculty David McRee directs this play which tells the story of a single mother struggling with poverty.  Based in part on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and written by Pulitzer-winning Suzi Lori Parks, the play promises to be thought provoking and potentially heartwrenching.  The cast includes Nehprii Amenii, Andy Clarke, Nate Currier, Minou Pourshariati, Mariah Smith, and Mark Sypek. Make sure to sign up for seats in the PAC lobby early this week.

MAIN ATTRAKIONZ~Mykki Blanco~Autre Ne Veut~Chantz Erolin — Thursday @ 9pm, Blue Room
Don’t miss this evening of hip-hop and r&b in the Blue Room! With hip-hop stars from as far afield as Oakland, CA and as close by as Bronxville, this much-anticipated event will be riotous amounts of fun.

Women’s History Month Conference/Born in Flames Tour — Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, various locations and times
The annual Women’s History Month conference is back!  The conference is focused on arts and activism this year, so register for the conference here for a weekend of engaging conversations.  The Born in Flames tour is the closing event of the weekend (no registration necessary — happening on Saturday at 9pm in the Blue Room).  Featuring artists Invincible, Tamar-kali, and Jean Grae the tour combines a number of musical and artistic styles centered around the experience of being at odds with ‘normal’.

Nina Sparling (Editor, “What’s Up”) is a bi-coastal aspiring bread baker frustrated with the current food system. Originally from Berkeley, she moved to New York, complaining most of the way, until she found the Met and figured out the subway (but still has serious envy for Bay Area vegetables). Currently a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence, Nina studies languages, political ecology, and geography and tries to figure out how they all relate.

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