Cadenza Calendar: Weekend Edition

Between W.I.L.D., WUStock, Carnaval and countless student group performances, the second half of spring semester is always packed with exciting arts and entertainment events on campus. Here are some performances that you can check out this weekend.

This year’s KWUR Week features artists that run the gamut from local classical musicans to internationally known rappers and DJs. KWUR kicked off the week with a classical music performance by two local musicians on Tuesday, then continued with a rock showcase featuring the band Tweens on Wednesday. On Friday, be sure to check out “KWUR Gets Down,” a concert at the Gargoyle featuring rapper Mykki Blanco and electronic artists Parisian (a St. Louis native) and Pictureplane. Then, on Sunday, head to the 560 Music Center to see “Klassic KWUR,” a percussion performance by Shannon Wood of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Washington University’s own Beat Therapy. All events are free with a Wash. U. ID.

KWUR Gets Down: Friday at 8 p.m. in the Gargoyle, Free with Wash. U. ID
Klassic KWUR: Sunday at 8 p.m. in the 560 Music Center, Free with Wash. U. ID

Hope n’ Mic Night
Presented by the Wash. U. chapter of To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), this open mic night will feature music and poetry from a variety of individual and group performers, including the Greenleafs and Jammin’ with Phil. All proceeds from tickets, merchandise and the silent auction will benefit TWLOHA, a non-profit organization aimed at providing support for those struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide. Sophomore Lauren Wachenfeld, the president and founder of Wash. U.’s TWLOHA chapter, said, “Mental health issues have affected all of us, whether directly or indirectly, so this night will be a great time to come together in conversation and community.”

Hope n’ Mic Night: Friday from 6-8 p.m. in Ursa’s Stageside, Tickets $2

A Light From The Darkness 2014: A Cappella Fight Club
The co-ed a cappella group After Dark will present its annual spring concert, “A Light From the Darkness,” this Friday and Saturday in May Auditorium. The show’s theme this year is A Cappella Fight Club, and it will feature a film in which an insomniac protagonist teams up with After Dark to form an underground sing-off fight club. The group will also be debuting several new songs, adding to a repertoire that includes artists as varied as Justin Timberlake, Ingrid Michaelson and The Jackson 5. According to sophomore After Dark member Ankita Nallani, “Our main goal for the show is to make sure that the audience has an unforgettable night of great music and fun.” Tickets can be bought at the door or prior to the show in Bear’s Den or the Danforth University Center.

A Cappella Fight Club: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in May Auditorium, Tickets $8

Thyrsus: Showcase of Shame
Billed as a “classy night of theatre, music and dance,” Thyrsus’ first Showcase of Shame will feature rehearsed performances by Wash. U. students and faculty. Junior Kiki Milner, the president of Thyrsus, said, “The pieces in the show offer a good variety of theatrical tastes and performance styles, and the audience can look forward to experiencing types of theater that they might not have been exposed to before. The performers have chosen these pieces because they feel passionately about them, and I think that that personal interest in what they are performing will translate to a very fun and exciting evening of theater.” Performances will begin at 8 p.m., but arrive early for refreshments and mingling.

Showcase of Shame: Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Holmes Lounge, Free

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