Who: Stan’s Café Theatre (NOT “Theater” – they’re from the UK, thank you very much), a shit-ton of rice, and you.
What: Hosted by Feet to the Fire, this performance art installation attempts to bring global warming stats to life with rice. Stan’s Café Theatre troupe has traveled around the world with “the Rice Show,” in which they use grains of rice to represent human statistics (where one grain = 1 person). Remember the Paper Clip Project, where a bunch of middle school kids tried to collect 6 million paper clips to represent people killed in the Holocaust? It’s kind of like that, except this installation (hosted by Feet to the Fire) uses global warming stats compiled by students in the fall 2008 Intro to Environmental Studies class. Stan’s Café performers will weigh out different amounts of rice and form piles to represent numbers having to do with individual contributions to C02 emissions.
Where: Zilkha Main Gallery
When: Friday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m.; talk at 5:30 p.m.
Why: At the end, for better or worse, all this rice – that’s been sitting out and getting moved around, for weeks – gets donated to local food banks. Plus you get to learn how you personally contribute to climate change. And that always feels good.