BCSF Night at the San Jose Sharks
Jan
20
4:00 PM16:00

BCSF Night at the San Jose Sharks

Celebrate a night of hockey with the San Jose Sharks and your fellow Brown Bears!

Enjoy the electric atmosphere as the Sharks relive the 2016 Stanley Cup Final and take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. We'll meet up before the game across from SAP Center at San Pedro Square Market, and head over before the puck drops at 5 PM.

Limited tickets reserved at a special price, so don’t delay!

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Save the Date: Ivy League+ Young Alumni Holiday Party
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Save the Date: Ivy League+ Young Alumni Holiday Party

Join us for a holiday party with fellow Bay Area young alum from the Ivy League and more! Tickets include admittance and an open bar. A portion of your ticket will be donated to Larkin Street Youth Services. Learn more about the organization at http://larkinstreetyouth.org.

Participating schools this year include Cal, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and UPenn.

More details coming soon.

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The Velveteen Rabbit
Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

The Velveteen Rabbit

Tickets are now available!

Join the Brown Club of SF for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.

Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance, one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to present their 31st season of the beloved Bay Area production!

BCSF tickets are Center Orchestra, Row E. 

from www.odc.dance/velveteenrabbit

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Holidazzle 2017: Brown Club of SF's 4th Annual Holiday Party
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Holidazzle 2017: Brown Club of SF's 4th Annual Holiday Party

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The Brown Club of San Francisco presents… the 4th Annual Holidazzle Party!

You are cordially invited to join us at the historic University Club of San Francisco in Nob Hill for an evening of fun and festivities. For the price of an admission ticket, you get:

  • Two free drinks (sorry in advance, the University Club doesn’t have ‘Gansett)

  • Access to an assortment of Meeting Street cookies, sure to give you Thayer Street nostalgia

  • The opportunity to jump into a photobooth with some friends and hang the printout on your fridge at home (right next to last year’s, of course)

  • Two hours of soothing jazz melodies, courtesy of Nick Turley (’17) and Robert Lee (‘17)

  • Better odds of winning one of those ugly Brown holiday sweaters in a raffle than getting your children into Brown

  • Enamel pins, with our snazzy club logo, that you can show off at your next reunion

  • An after party at an undisclosed, secret location (just kidding--it will be at a bar around the corner)

 

Tickets are now available! The earlier you buy, the better:

  • Early Brunonian $30 until 11/15 at midnight

  • Regular Price $40 until 11/30

  • Door Price $45

All tickets are subject to capacity limitations.

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 Professor Jeffrey Brock: Data Science as a Liberal Art
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Professor Jeffrey Brock: Data Science as a Liberal Art

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Data Science as a Liberal Art

Our ability to generate, process, and interact with data has placed us in the midst of a great societal transformation. From self-driving cars, to 'smart' digital assistants and appliances, to automated medical diagnostic tools, abundant new machines blur the boundary between our own decisions and data-driven artificial intelligence. This 'data revolution' raises as many questions as it answers: How do we guarantee results? How do we distinguish correlation from causality? How do we re-envision academic inquiry with this data genie out of the bottle? In this talk, Professor Brock will introduce Brown's Data Science Initiative, presenting plans to engage such questions from a critical perspective and reaffirm the value of a liberal arts education to train a new generation of leaders.

Jeffrey Brock is Professor of Mathematics at Brown University, and the Director of Brown's recently launched Data Science Initiative, a collaborative effort at Brown to form a campus hub for trans-disciplinary research and education in foundations and applications of data science. Brock’s research focuses on low-dimensional geometry and topology, particularly on spaces with hyperbolic geometry. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Yale University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley. After holding postdoctoral positions at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, he joined the Math Department at Brown in 2004. He has had continuous National Science Foundation support since receiving his Ph.D and was awarded a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2008. Brock served as Chair of the Mathematics Department at Brown from 2014-2017 and was recently elected Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is also jazz bass player, an avid sculler, and father of three. He lives with his wife Sarah and their children in Barrington, RI.

This event is generously hosted at Salesforce by Anna Heery '12Pablo Quintanilla '02, and Shae Selix '12.

Register for the event here: https://bcsf-dsi-jeff-brock.eventbrite.com

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Alumni Event: Class, Chaos, and Crooning
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Alumni Event: Class, Chaos, and Crooning

San Francisco singers Melissa Culross, '92, and Michael Byer pair sparkling conversation with songs from the 1960s to the early 2000s for an engaging "he said, she said" evening of music.

Melissa draws her musical inspiration from the new wave and alternative rock bands she listened to as a teenager, 60s pop and Motown, and San Francisco's local music scene. She honed her singing skills, in part, by singing along to the records she played on WBRU while on the air as a Brown undergraduate.

Audience participation by singing along to some of the more recognizable numbers is encouraged but by no means required.

Doors open at 5:30pm (show starts at 6:00pm). There is a $10 cover at the door. For more details, please visit www.barfluxus.com (note: the show will be added to the site on 11/1.)

This is an affiliated event.

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Lit Launch October: Facebuddha by Ravi Chandra '89
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Lit Launch October: Facebuddha by Ravi Chandra '89

Join Ravi Chandra M.D.’89 and noted fellow psychiatrist F.B. Steele, former San Francisco Director of the C.G. Jung Institute, for the launch of Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks on Monday, October 23rd. The animated book trailer is up on Facebook and YouTube.

In addition, on Saturday, October 28th, Ravi will host an open house at his home in Japantown, and on Wednesday, November 8th at 7:30 pm, Ravi will be in conversation with journalist Bernice Yeung at Booksmith’s Bindery

More about the book:

“The only instruction is kindness.” The book combines modern memoir, state-of-the-art psychological research on social media, and a Buddhist primer. Five years in the making, Facebuddha is a rich Asian American memoir, a state-of-the-art exploration of psychological research about social media, and an engaging introduction to Buddhism. Tamlyn Tomita says Facebuddha is “a very personal, often funny, warmly intelligent, thoughtful and heartfelt journey to transcendence!” Other reviewers including Buddhist teachers Sylvia Boorstein and Jack Kornfield call it “inspiring," “magnificent," “breathtakingly personal,” and “an invitation to depth and personal growth.” Ravi is depending on word-of-mouth, so please share, and read this great book!

Facebuddha is available on Kindle, iBooks and Kobo with hardcover soon to come. BCSF Young Alums are invited to use discount code YOUNGALUM for $10 off a hardcover copy of the book at Ravi’s Facebuddha launch events on October 23rd and 28th

*This is an affiliated event.

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 China Girl Book Launch with Author Ho Lin '92
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

China Girl Book Launch with Author Ho Lin '92

Ho Lin, co-editor of the long-running literary journal Caveat Lector, joins us in the Marina for a Book Launch celebrating his dazzling fiction debut, China Girl: And Other Stories

A modern woman adrift in modern China. Would-be lovers connected and separated by random chance. A drunken dissident and his less-then-happy minder. A researcher of war atrocities who must come to grips with her own family tragedies. A princess of a kingdom that no longer exists. Actors placed at the service of comedies and tragedies, depending on a filmmaker's whim... These are the characters that populate Ho Lin's short story collection China Girl.

In its nine tales, China Girl documents the collisions between East and West, the power of myth and the burden of history, and loves lost and almost found. The stories in this collection encompass everything from contemporary vignettes about urban life to fable-like musings on memories and the art of storytelling. Wide-ranging and playful, China Girl is a journey into today's Asia as well as an Asia of the imagination.

More details can be found here.

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Alumni Event: The Obligation Premiere
Oct
5
to Nov 12

Alumni Event: The Obligation Premiere

Who decides what culture, race and ethnicity mean? What is identity? Why do we demonize “the other”?

A Jewish-American comedian, an Auschwitz survivor, a half-Jewish German soldier and an SS General reveal the dark history of their (our) world in the world theatrical premiere of The Obligation. Through drama and humor, The Obligation explores little-known aspects of The Holocaust and the post-war survivor experience.

The Obligation is a provocative new solo show written and performed by Roger Grunwald (member of the Actors Equity Association), directed by Brown alumna Nancy Carlin, and produced by Jim Kleinmann (Brown ’87), Artistic Director at PlayGround. 

The Obligation will be showing from October 5th through November 12th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://potrerostage.org/theobligation.

SPECIAL OFFER: Use promo code BROWNSF and save 20% off advance online tickets to THE OBLIGATION. Offer is subject to availability and may not be combined with other discounts.

*This is a featured event.

 

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GCB West: Final Farewell to The Hall
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

GCB West: Final Farewell to The Hall

Please join us for a GCB West to say goodbye to The Hall: a space for non-profits, businesses, and residents in the Mid-Market/Tenderloin neighborhood to convene, host events, and enjoy small, local food purveyors.The Hall developers (including Craig Young '05 and Matt Klimerman '13) brought new energy to a blighted site that stood vacant  for nearly seven years. The site's next and final phase will morph into a 193 unit mixed-use apartment building with approximately 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The Hall closes for regular business at the end of this month so join us for a great night of local food and drinks next Wednesday! 

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September GCB West: SPiN
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

September GCB West: SPiN

September is usually a month of change. At Brown, the campus explodes with fall color. In San Francisco, summer is finally here! Join us at a special GCB West to welcome all recent arrivals to the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether you've been here for a while, or have recently moved here, we welcome you!

We'll have ping pong tables reserved starting at 7pm. Look for your host, Stephanie Vasquez '13, with the Brown banner and join your fellow alums for food, drink, and table tennis fun! 

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August GCB West
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

August GCB West

Yep... it's time to head out to the fog belt for what San Francisco Magazine has named the 2017 Best Brewery in the City. Enjoy five housemade brews on tap, including the Foggy Lager, Little Red, and Brown Ale. 

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9th Annual Pan Asian American Alumni BBQ
Aug
5
11:30 AM11:30

9th Annual Pan Asian American Alumni BBQ

Please join us for the 9th Annual BBQ and Picnic with your fellow Ivy and Stanford Asian American alums. Enjoy an afternoon of great food and make new friends from the participating alumni associations! This year we are returning again to San Francisco for the event at Crissy Field, West Bluffs Picnic Area (near the Warming Hut). 

Price: $15 in advance ($20 at event venue) to cover food, including hamburgers (veggie too), hot dogs, chicken, salads, fruit, snacks and drinks. 

The event is sponsored by: 
Brown Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance (A4), as well as the Asian American Alumni organizations of Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.

Register here, and contact John Lin for any questions.

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Volunteering at the SF Food Bank with Stanford and Harvard Alumni
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteering at the SF Food Bank with Stanford and Harvard Alumni

Join us for our next volunteer event at the SF Food Bank with the Stanford and Harvard young alumni clubs of San Francisco. As per tradition, we'll head on over to Magnolia Brewing down the street to grab some pub grub and craft beers after our session wraps up. We have 80 spots reserved, but be sure to sign up soon so you don't miss out!

You can RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/s9ZnOlprKpvg6VkY2

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Off the Grid Picnic at the Presidio with BCSF and BrownConnect Interns
Jul
16
11:00 AM11:00

Off the Grid Picnic at the Presidio with BCSF and BrownConnect Interns

Picnic with us at Off the Grid in the Presidio and enjoy amazing food, lawn games, and conversation with fellow and soon-to-be alumni. The Presidio Main Parade Ground boasts incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and OTG brings over 30 local food and produce vendors.

BYOBlanket and we'll supply non-alcoholic beverages and games. Families and friends are welcome as well!

We'll also be welcoming over 150 summer interns from BrownConnect, so join us in greeting Brown and the Bay Area's future!

Register here!

Sponsored by the Brown Club of San Francisco, the Brown Alumni Association, and BrownConnect.

 

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Pride Month GCB West: The Mix
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

Pride Month GCB West: The Mix

Pride is in the air! Come join us at The Mix, a Castro cornerstone, for this month’s GCB West in honor of Pride month. The Mix boasts an indoor and outdoor section (with space heaters) to stand up to any kind of weather San Francisco can throw at us. And with $5 Tito’s drinks & $2.50 Tecates on Thursdays, there’s never been a better day of the week to be proud.

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Stone Fruit U-Pick for Fathers Day at Andy's Orchard
Jun
18
9:45 AM09:45

Stone Fruit U-Pick for Fathers Day at Andy's Orchard

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Join your fellow Brown alums for this family friendly event celebrating California's fruit bounty!

Andy's Orchard was founded in 1957 and has been growing quality cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines ever since.

Ticket price includes a sample tasting of nearly 20 varieties of cherries and a dozen apricots. The owners will offer a tour of the grounds and point out the best trees for harvest. Guests are welcome to pick as much fruit as they would like and the harvest will be weighed per pound for payment upon exit. Also enjoy the confections, jams, jellies, and artwork available at Andy's Country Store.

The orchard is about an hour's drive south of San Francisco. Please remember to bring hat, sunscreen, and extra water for the hot summer days in the orchard.

We'll meet in front of the Country Store at 9:45 AM.

Children under 12 are free; Registration deadline June 11.

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Picnic and A Cappella Performance with the Jabberwocks
Jun
11
11:30 AM11:30

Picnic and A Cappella Performance with the Jabberwocks

Join us for a small picnic and special performance by the Jabberwocks, Brown's oldest a cappella group. Snacks and refreshments will be provided; we also encourage you to bring lunch, blankets, and Spikeball.

Tickets will be $10 (kids are free!) and all proceeds will go towards funding the Jabberwock's trip to San Francisco. Due to restrictions set by the National Park Service, the event will be limited to the first 50 people who sign up.

Performance will be held at the Burton Statue at Fort Mason: https://goo.gl/maps/M1ZtWvoNmK82.

Note that the Jabberwocks will be performing at around noon, for those who would like to attend the performance but can't stay for the rest of the picnic.

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Volunteering at the SF Marin Food Bank
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteering at the SF Marin Food Bank

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BCSF will be volunteering once again at the SF-Marin Food Bank in Potrero Hill. In January, Brunonian volunteers sorted, boxed, and palletized around 20,000 lbs of food and we are excited to try and break our record this June!


The San Francisco Food Bank collects donated food from growers, manufacturers and grocers, then distributes it to people in need through food pantries, soup kitchens, child care centers, homeless shelters, senior centers and other human service agencies with meal programs. All in all, they will distribute more than 15 million pounds of food this year to hungry people in San Francisco. 

Volunteers will assist with gleaning and boxing produce, sorting food donations, repacking bulk food items such as rice and beans, assembling grocery boxes, stocking pantry shelves and many other active projects in the SF Food Bank’s warehouse. 

Location:  900 Pennsylvania Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107 at 23rd Street
Map/Directionshttps://goo.gl/maps/nR7KyF1WbBm
Attire: Please wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or opened-toe shoes) and grubby work clothes. Because you'll be helping to repack food, please wear casual and clean clothing, long pants, securely fastened jewelry, and comfortable shoes.  A sweatshirt or extra layer is recommended as the temperature in the warehouse is often quite cool.  Extra Bonus Points if you wear a Brown sweatshirt.

Kids: Above the age of 12 are fine to join in, but please register them.

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Pride Month: City Guide Tour of the Castro
Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Pride Month: City Guide Tour of the Castro

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Why is the Castro called the Castro? Actually it wasn't always called that. Depending on your time machine visit you could be stepping into the area called Eureka Valley, Horner's Addition, Rancho San Miguel, or Little Downtown. Come nerd out on this historical and architectural tour of one of the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco with SF City Guide Lisa Ryers '90.

We'll be meeting at the Giant Rainbow flag at the southwest corner of Market and Castro promptly at 3 PM.

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May GCB West: Pier 23
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

May GCB West: Pier 23

Come join us at Pier 23 Cafe for this month's GCB West. Located directly on the waterfront, Pier 23 Cafe's outdoor seating offers a chance to connect with classmates old and new, while getting back in touch with our maritime surroundings. Fingers crossed for clear skies and warm weather, at least until the fog rolls in!

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King of Doubt Performance Readings by Author Peter Gibb '64
May
4
to May 30

King of Doubt Performance Readings by Author Peter Gibb '64

For your reading pleasure and/or a different kind of event, please consider the following:

King of Doubt, a multiple award-winning memoir, by Peter Gibb, Brown ’64, is coming to the SF Bay Area in May. Peter will be doing a "performance reading" (that's part theatre, part dramatic reading, and all fun) in bookstores, senior centers, libraries and churches around the greater Bay Area.

Since it’s public release in February, readers and reviewers have been wildly enthusiastic about King of Doubt (which includes chapters that take place at Brown in the early 60’s.) “Beautifully written, suspenseful and brave …”    “An unforgettable journey of self-discovery. With the soul of a poet and the rich language of an artist …”  “A poignant journey around the world that ends in a satisfying cascade of redemption.”  “Best memoir I ever read.” Read more on Gibb's web site http://petergibb.org or on the King of Doubt page at Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/King-Doubt-Peter-Gibb/dp/1627874453. The book is available on all the usual e-platforms, as well as in paperback.

Peter’s schedule of Bay Area performance readings open to the public:

  • Thursday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.  Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. (510) 525-7777, Performance reading and Talk.
  • Sunday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. Unity Spiritual Center, 2690 Ocean (at 19th Ave.) San Francisco. (415) 566-4122. Reading and Talk, plus afternoon workshop on "Memoir & Mindfulness" at 12:45 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, 7:00 p.m  Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, (415) 927-0960. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Thursday, May 11, 4:00 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Santa Rosa, 700 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, (707) 576-7494. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble,  Hillsdale Shopping Center, 11 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, (650) 341-5560. Performance reading and Talk
  • Thursday, May 18. 3:30 p.m. Lake Merritt Senior Living, 1800 Madison St., Oakland,  (510) 903-3600. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Friday, May 19. 2:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble, Chico.  2031 Martin Luther Drive, Chico.  (530) 894-1494. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Saturday, May 20. 5:30 p.m. The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway, Sacramento. (916) 441-4400. Performance reading and Talk.
  • Tuesday, May 30. 2:00 p.m. Atria Valley View Senior Living, 1228 Rossmoor Pkwy, Walnut Creek  (925) 478-7413. Performance reading and Talk.

"If you join me for one of these events,” says Gibb, "I promise you something different from the typical author reading. Come for a good laugh, maybe even the hint of a tear, and stay for the always lively, stimulating discussion. If you feel so inclined, please pass this invitation on to family and friends, or - better yet - bring them along –but not until you warn them to be prepared for a good time with a twist of surprise!"

Hoping to see you soon.  Any questions, email: peter@petergibb.org.

In the meantime: Read widely. Live Fully. Let's be friends.

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Paul Taylor Dance Co. Family Matinee at YBCA
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Paul Taylor Dance Co. Family Matinee at YBCA

Tickets are now available!

Join BCSF for a Saturday afternoon filled with "daringly physical performances, insightful musicality and simply gorgeous artistry." A national treasure, Paul Taylor’s enduringly popular works are a brilliant fusion of bravura dancing, profound emotional insight and glorious musicality that have brought audiences around the world equal measures of message and mastery.

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"Bottom-Up Research: The Most Critical Skill In Entrepreneurship" with Danny Warshay
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

"Bottom-Up Research: The Most Critical Skill In Entrepreneurship" with Danny Warshay

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Danny Warshay, Executive Director of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University, will lead a discussion about the most critical skill in entrepreneurship - "bottom-up research." This breakthrough anthropological approach helps entrepreneurs listen and observe to determine what consumers really need, even when consumers themselves do not know.

For more information about the center, please visit our website at entrepreneurship.brown.edu. And to be added to our email distribution list, please email us at entrepreneurship@brown.edu

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