Are you the next Nate Silver? Do you think you know who’s coming to Fling this year? In response to all the smart asses throwing their guesses around with the certainty of biblical prophets, SPEC is holding a contest that gives students the opportunity to predict this year’s lineup for the chance to win a coveted floor pass. It’s easy! Just have your mom’s psychic fill out this form.
Did we catch you by surprise? That’s right, all you student groups! Your flyers are now subject to critical review. It’s time to design to impress. This week’s winner is SPEC and Jazz & Grooves for their flyer about tonight’s concert at PiLam. Look at those colors! Not to mention, it features half of this guy’s face! Pretty schnazzy, eh? Don’t be too sad, the competition will continue next week (looking at you, Mask and Wig. You have several more chances to win (maybe)). Want to impress us? We like humor and pretty colors.
Introducing “Locust Flaikus”, the horribly-named feature that brings both Locust flyers and haikus together as one. It’s creative, we know.
Your group matters to us, so if 1) you’re willing to bear the frigid cold and 2) you’re talented enough to get a flyer into the hands of one of our esteemed writers, you’ll get a haiku written about your event. Simple. Best flyer gets their own post. And here’s week 1:
See it seventeen more times!
Funny, Mask and Wig.
For the Theater Nerds:
Laughter at Houston
Miniature TAC-E plays
This weekend only.
[Disclaimer: This post was part of our Joke Day series. Didn't the font tip you off?] Canadian power ballad babies Nickelback along with human with voice Susan Boyle are slated to appear at this year’s Spring Fling, says a SPEC source who we totally didn’t get drunk to force secrets from. The two superstar musical acts, who will be visiting campus in mid-April, will complete SPEC’s vision for this year’s Fling theme of “EFF U PENN,” a follow-up to last year’s popular “Once Upon a Fling” theme.
When reached for comment, Nickelback responded, “We totally don’t sound like an autotuned garbage disposal, guys. Why would you say that?” Susan Boyle, on the other hand, was all, “I’m, like, totally a good idea for Fling.” And there you have it, folks, another Spring Fling we can’t WAIT to get down and dirty for. Thanks, SPEC!
This Friday, Mask and Wig is putting on its 15th annual ComFest, an intercollegiate comedy festival. This year’s show will be hosted by celebrity guest Greg Proops, known for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Chelsea Lately. Sketch groups from universities like NYU and Tufts received special invitations to perform as well, and from their glowing descriptions on the ComFest website, we get the impression that Mask and Wig is basically the Regina George of the college comedy world. You really can’t help but love them.
When you see Mask and Wig on Locust this week, it might be worth it to take out your security earbuds. Stop staring at your shoes. Wipe off the flyer-proof bitch face and buy a ticket to this hilarious event that sounds like, but isn’t, a collegiate Comic-Con.
GOOD MORNING, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA! You look wonderful today, did you know that? Whatever you’re doing, it’s working.
Who: Friars Senior Society and Penn Habitat for Humanity
When and where: Wednesday, 8 p.m.; The Castle (36th and Locust)
Why: It’s a tasting menu of all the wonderful performing arts groups on campus with coffee and other yums. For $6! Getcha tix on the Walk.
Fresh off the news of Kal Penn’s visit to campus, SPEC has announced its fall Connaissance speaker: HuffPo empress and namesake Arianna Huffington. Penn will speak at Irvine two days before the election and Arianna will (joyously or mournfully) take the auditorium the night after America heads to the ballots. Needless to say, Penn will not be lacking star power the week after next.
Huffington has a lot of accomplishments under her designer belt, like having a top online news site and content aggregator, founding the first digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer and getting spoofed on SNL, but her greatest honor to date will surely be having the most popular college president introduce her at Penn. That’s right, A-Huff and A-Gutt are BFFs! Tickets ($5 in advance) for the November 7 post-election powwow are now on sale online and on Locust – don’t miss out on Arianna making Penn her little potato pancake.
Brought to you by the South Asia Society, IAA and SPEC, Kal Penn, long-lost descendant of state founder William Penn and brother-in-law-twice-removed of actor Sean Penn, will be gracing our-school-Penn (unrelated) with his presence on Sunday, November 4th at 7PM.
Best known for his roles in Harold and Kumar and House (but among your female hallmates, How I Met Your Mother), the actor-turned-White-House-associate-turned-back-to-actor is returning to Penn (where he once taught a semester and received an “eh” on his Penn Course Review) for Asian Pacific American Heritage Week.
Tickets (8 bucks a pop with your PennCard) go on sale at the Button tomorrow at 4PM, but feel free to click here for further updates. And to join another listserv.