Have you ever wanted to throw stuff at your friends in the most affectionate way possible? Well, this Saturday is your chance. The South Asian Students Association, the Hindu Student Sangam, and the Office of Spiritual Life team up to celebrate Holi, an ancient Hindu festival marking the beginning of Spring. You will be able to cover your friends with colorful powder while running around on Eckhart Quad. The powder and refreshments will be provided. Make sure to wear clothing and footwear that could become permanently colored.
Saturday, April 25, Eckhart Quad, 2–4 p.m., bring your UCID for a lassi, free
In the battle between good and evil, there will always be heroes, and there will always be villains. As this battle rages on, PhiNix Dance Crew hosts the latest of these struggles with its annual Revival showcase, this year entitled Heroes vs. Villains.
This is PhiNix’s fourth year hosting the event, and according to the event Facebook page, it is the largest collegiate dance showcase in Chicago. Along with UChicago’s PhiNix choreo team and Maya dance crew, groups from Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), as well as Chicago groups The Electric Funketeers and Reversion Crew, will be performing. In addition to individual showcases, there will be an open freestyle battle. Tickets are on sale today in the Reynolds Club from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, April 24, Mandel Hall, 8 p.m., $5 in advance, $6 at the door
Join Music Director Barbara Schubert and UChicago graduate student Chaz Lee as they share the podium at the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Viva L’Italia” to conduct three masterpieces celebrating Italy in the primavera: German maestro Felix Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Russian genius Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, and British Sir Edward Elgar’s Alassio, also know as In the South. Stop by Mandel Hall this Saturday to escape the unusually frigid Chicago spring by transporting yourself to the Italian Riviera at the turn of the century. Viva L’Italia is also the name of a relatively mediocre movie. But have no fear: Barbara Schubert is here. Also, the name of the movie has no relation to this concert.
Saturday, April 25, Mandel Hall, 8–9:30 p.m., free, donations requested: $10/$5 for students
Off-Off Campus is ready to rumble again. Prepare to laugh with the opening of their Spring Quarter show, Star Wars: The Empire’s New Groove! This Friday, campus’s Shakespeare group, The Dean’s Men, will be opening for them at 8:30 p.m. before Off-Off takes the stage at 9 p.m., followed by an afterglow from “Coke and Water,” an improv duo composed of Peter Moller and Kevin D. Shang.
The show does run through eighth week, but if you go now you’ll have the chance to sound knowledgeable whenever anyone else brings it up. Plus, you deserve some laughs before fifth week.
Fridays, weeks 4–8, University Church, 8:30 p.m., $5, BYOB