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PROVIDENCE – On Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m., Everett will present the fall installment of the Brain Café, a free series that asks audiences to engage in a dialogue at the intersections of neuroscience, medicine and the arts.
Brain Cafés invite audiences to share in Everett’s research and creative process as they develop BRAIN STORM, a multimedia performance that examines new developments in brain research and the imminent neurological revolution. November’s Brain Café will investigate schizophrenia. BRAIN STORM will premiere in Providence in April 2012.
Presenters include Everett’s Company; Thomas Emmet, filmmaker; Haken Heimer, founder and executive editor of the Schizophrenia Research Forum; and Patrick Tracey, author of Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of my Family’s Schizophrenia.
The Company is a cross-cultural, cross-generational group of artists that creates original evening-length dance theater performances, produces film and video, carries out a wide range of educational programs, and mentors new generations of young artists.
Thomas Emmet is currently enrolled in the RISD/CE digital video production certificate program and recently received funding to produce a documentary about his recovery from schizophrenia and his brother’s career as a national mental health policy advocate. He is married to Karen Lee and has lived in Providence, RI for the past 28 years.
Hakon Heimer is a science journalist and consultant on mental illness and neuroscience. He is the founder, project director, and executive editor of Schizophrenia Research Forum, an online community for researchers, which is part of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Most recently, Mr. Heimer has co-founded a new advocacy organization, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness (curealliance.org). Mr. Heimer’s brother has schizophrenia.
Patrick Tracey is a writer and journalist. In 2009, Stalking Irish Madness won the New England Pen Award for nonfiction and the Ken Book Award from the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Slate magazine named it one of the top 25 books of the year. Mr. Tracey’s freelance journalism has also appeared in the Providence Journal, the Washington Post, Regardie’s, Ms. Magazine, Salon.com and many other news outlets.
Throughout the evening, audience members will be encouraged to engage in a dialogue with the presenters. Brain Cafés are free and open to the public. They are produced with the support of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Our next Brain Café will be in March 2012.
Everett, through its Company, Stage and School, brings live art to diverse audiences. With a 25-year history, a Company that tours nationally; a vibrant Stage of monthly programming; and a School that offers free classes to low-income youth in everything from ballet to improvisation, Everett is at the forefront of integrating art and community.