The Extras: Look over here! Or… Over there!

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Downtown Providence

Hello, Brunonian family! I’m Jacklyne Vargas, nice to meet you all *insert imaginary handshakes here*! I’m here to be your compass (well, that sounds heavy, doesn’t it?) in everything extracurricular here at Brown. If you’re reading this,  you are a magnetic force of your own and I’m simply helping you figure out what attracts you. In all The Extras, in all the magnetic forces here at Brown, you can easily be pulled in countless directions, but I’m here to help! If anything, we’ll go crazy together…

There is never a shortage of activities to partake in here at Brown. Morning Mail has become my BFF (don’t judge me y’all) in helping me keep my sanity but not actually when attempting to figure out which activities are worth attending, which ones I have time to attend, and which ones I’ll regret not attending.

The best thing is that there is no be-all, end-all when deciding what is worth your time because:

  1. We all have different interests
  2. We all have different tastes
  3. We’re surrounded by some insanely gifted and intriguing people!

As you may or may not heard, this weekend was Family Weekend! Whether you were trying to entertain your family this weekend or not, there was plenty to be entertained with/experience here at Brown!

Some of these include:


  • For all music-related events this weekend, including a cappella, mariachi bands, jazz bands, Japanese drummers, and tons more, check out Eimi’s post over at Music to My Ears!
  • Plus: an honorable mention to the Brown University Band for waking me, along with the rest of Pembroke, up on Saturday morning by playing on the Andrews Terrace at around NINE IN THE MORNING.



 Photo by Lucia Lopez / Brown University Facebook

  • Family Weekend Dance Concert
    • Deets: featuring Brown’s Dance Extension dance company, dance students, and student choreographers!
  • Movement Charity Showcase
    • Deets: featuring Brown dance teams/companies: Fusion, imPulse, Salve Regina’s Extensions Dance Company, Badmaash, Ground Breaking, What’s on Tap and more. All proceeds went to the R.I. School for the Deaf dance program!


  • Food Day Festival
    • Deets: at Burnside Park with free food samples, food trucks, Rhode Island organizations, local businesses and farmers!
  • Brown University Oncology Research Group’s (BrUOG) first annual food truck festival
    • Deets: including live musical performances, student performances, and tons of Rhode Island’s finest food trucks!
  • First-Gen Family Weekend Dinner
    • Deets: at the Campus Center; a space for first generation Brown students and their families to interact with other!
  • Multiracial Family Weekend Brunch
    • Deets: at Alumnae Hall; a casual atmosphere for multiracial students and their families to engage in dialogue about interracial dating, raising multiracial children, and developing a multiracial identity!
  • Family Weekend Brunch at the Faculty Club
    • Deets: an annual tradition in a comfortable setting so you may relax and enjoy dining with your family and other parents and students!


  • Shakespeare on the Green (SotG) presents OTHELLO
    • Deets: a classic Shakespeare theater production outdoors on the steps of the John Carter Brown Library and free to all students and parents!


Photo by Mike Cohea / Brown University Facebook

  • Sarah Doyle Women’s Center Open House Weekend
    • Deets: includes a tour of the Center, a chance to meet the staff, and view the art gallery displaying work by Ellen Wetmore titled “Grotesques”
  • Brown in the World: Swearer Center Open House
    • Deets: meet students making a difference in Providence and around the world, and the staff leading exciting initiatives at Brown!
  • #BrownCures
    • Deets: Brown vs Cornell football game that raises money for cancer research by selling $1 ribbons at the game!


Photo by Tom Maguire / Brown University Facebook

  • Samuel Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge”
    • Deets: presenting the shortest opera ever written with free food afterwards!
  • Erase Ebola Campus-Wide Walk
    • Deets: a commemorative walk, hosted by the students of Brown University’s African Students Association (AfriSA) in honor of the victims of Ebola
  • Production Workshop presents 3C2C
    • Deets: 3 Chairs, 2 Cubes-A festival of new student-written, student-directed plays!
  • Free Family Weekend Caricature Portraits
    • Deets: on the Faunce Steps on the Main Green for free family or individual caricature portraits!
  • Community Archaeology Day
    • Deets: learn about Hellenistic coins, faunal remains, stratigraphy, and Egyptian scarabs, and fieldwork all over the world, at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology in Rhode Island Hall!


Photo by Mike Cohea / Brown University Facebook

  • Brown Arts Fair
    • Deets: on Wriston Quad; featuring pieces of art by local artists!
  • #Brown250 WaterFire
    • Deets: a full lighting of the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, with over 80 bonfires burning and orchestral music playing in the background!
      • Featuring performances by Brown/RISD’s Japanese drumming group, Gendo Taiko!
WaterFire excitement!
WaterFire excitement!


This past weekend, wherever you looked, whether it was on Brown’s campus or just a couple of minutes away in downtown Providence, you found something new and exhilarating to experience, to be a part of, and to remember.

Warm hugs,


Don’t hesitate to leave any questions, comments, frustrations, tirades, rants, chocolates, inquiries or suggestions (I’d love your input) either below or in my email,! I’m seriously excited to interact with you all… Seriously. Have a delightful day!


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