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Now that it’s Spring (statistically speaking,) we must all lift the iron curtain of hibernation and leave our cozy Rosengarten carrels for the light of a SEPTA stop. Go off campus, baby!
Friday: Head over to World Café Live (so close!) to see Freshly Ground, an Afrobeat funk band that’ll make you want to get up off of that thang. Tickets max out at $18, so the beat won’t break ya bank.
It’s the second full week of school, and you’re preparing for the calm before the storm. Yeah, midterms? Already? What’s up with that? Check out these neato events before you pretend to start studying.
Penn-Princeton Game Who: Penn Basketball When and where: Today, 7 p.m.; The Palestra Why: You know, basketball? That’s the one where they kick the ball into the net. Or there are ice skates involved in some way? Well, anyway, our freshman year roommate said it was a big deal, so we’re going to check it out ourselves because SPORTS RAH RAH RAH.
Welcome back to Penn, everyone! (Except for you, with the face. You know who you are.) UTB was on a bit of a break over the holiday season, but now we’re back in full-posting force. We’re helping you celebrate the last night of freedom before classes start with a bit o’ Whitney, so break out your dance shoes and remember to keep checking back. Buttons up for the new semester!
LivingSocial Deal To Annenberg Center -- If you're feeling cultural, you can get a ticket to Aszure Barton & Artists or "The Cripple of Inishmaan" for $20 instead of the usual $42. Apparently these are dance shows. Grab it here!
Harrison kids can break it down! The Harrison College Semi-formal, located at the oh-so-convenient Harrison College House Rooftop Lounge on Saturday, March 19, was a hit among residents and non-residents alike. For $5 ahead of time (or a whopping $7 at the door) party-goers were given free range to indulge in unlimited Maggiano’s, face paint, and masks, all in the spirit of the masquerade theme.
No need to travel far to have a slammin’ time – one elevator ride provided a b-r-e-a-t-h taking view of our own City of Brotherly Lurv. Check out our special exclusive footage of the night; yes, some of it’s kind of dark, but that’s because the formal was too busy being awesome to worry about proper lighting for our video.
We’ll admit it: ever since pledging ended, we’ve been a little starved for some brothers in costume. (UTB loves a man in uniform.) Just when we thought it was all over and the only thing to look forward to was summer, a guy in a rabbit suit appeared on Locust Walk. Seems like Skulls is pulling out all the stops for their “Crunk for Crohn’s” party tonight. This guy has been out there since the early morning asking for donations, chasing runners, and dancing to old school hip-hop. The bunny below is breaking it down to “Notorious.”
Sadly, we heard that Dhamaka did not triumph at Saturday’s Phillyfest (they were beaten by–ugh–NYU). Lucky for us, videos of the competition have been uploaded to YouTube, so you can decide for yourself whether Dhamaka was robbed or got served. Here they are, and please note the fake Mu Alpha Kappa frat house behind them, because we totally love it.
After being endowed with the UTB‘s Spicy Curry Award, I felt it my duty to inform Penn about the goings-on of the South Asian Community.
This Saturday, come support Penn Dhamaka (Penn’s first and only all male dance troupe) at the Merriam Theater as they compete against 11 other South Asian dance teams from around the nation at the 4th Annual Phillyfest Competition. At intermission, watch Penn Masala, which apparently is “the nation’s number one a cappella group” (Sorry Off the Beat).
South Asian dance competitions are part of a cult-like subculture that includes rankings, competitions, and forum trash-talk, and Phillyfest is one of the best exhibitions of this fascinating phenomenon. At the very least, come out to see the Indian version of your Jersey “guido.”