All right! The time for the University of Utah's Mayfest has finally arrived. And along with it, a time of peace and harmony for the Utah populace, a festival where young and old gather on campus to eat grub and dance to music made by some of Utah's hippest performers. Basically, it's our very own version of Woodstock.
Let's just see what we can get at this festival of all festivals: crystals, tie-dyed anything, sweaters, Sierra Club info, not to mention the sidewalk art, ownerless dogs, ultimate Frisbee, ultimate hackey sack, the Army National Guard, every high school student in the valley, mountain bikes, overage hippies, middle-age Gen-Xers, music, music, music, Pie pizza, Chop Suey Moo Goo, Greek gyros, snow cones and a heck of a lot from vending machines. Whew! That's quite a list!But ho, no. That list doesn't quite sum it up. If this were the R.E.M. song "The End of the World," it would go like this: "paperbacks, flapjacks, people playin' hackey sack; Stray dogs, sausage logs, students in a drunken fog; Cool drinks, tie-dyed inks, NO TIME TO THINK!"
It's the U.'s Mayfest as we know it, it's the U.'s Mayfest as they throw it . . . (repeat twice) . . . and we feel fine! (In the background, someone sings "I-I have no time alone, I-I can't get time alone.") We should be songwriters!
In truth, Mayfest has much more to offer than an Animal House-esque party atmosphere. There's culture, too! This year Mayfest kicks off with Fine Arts Day, Tuesday. This day is reserved as a celebration of the U.'s College of Fine Arts 50th Anniversary.
This year marks the first Fine Arts Day, opening up Mayfest to an entirely new sector of students. You know, the sector that spends most of its time haunting a theater or studio rather than frolicking in the sunshine. The kind that feels comfortable in a black turtleneck.
Mayfest also offers Family Day, which of course caters to the large married-with-children population of U. students. Who says you stop having fun when you get married and have kids?
Because the Mayfair schedule is so packed, we thought we'd give you our picks for the week:
Tuesday, May 12, 3:45 p.m. - Shanahy at the Union Plaza - Irish jiggin' music that will be easy enough on those not-quite-up-to-Fine-Arts days. Get jiggy wid it, baby.
Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m. - The University Symphony's "Symphony at Sunset" at the Union. How romantic!
Wednesday, May 13 - the entire day. Pack a lunch, bring sunblock and get a sitter if you have to because it's gonna be great. DO NOT MISS THE FOLLOWING SHOWS: 2 p.m. Stone Mountain at the Union; 5 p.m. Moxie Toxic at the Tanner Building; 6 p.m. The Given at the Union; and 7 p.m. The Aqua Bats at Tanner.
Thursday, May 14 - We suggest three delicacies: noon, My Man Friday at the Union; 3:15 p.m. Crimson Blue at Tanner; and EVER-CLEAR, 6:30 p.m. at the Union.
Friday, May 15 - 1:25 p.m. Chola at the Union; 2:10 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. Ryan Shupe at the Union.
Saturday, May 16 - Ben Harper at Kingsbury Hall.*
* This is the only show for which you will need to purchase a ticket. Now get out there and have some fun!
See a complete list of Mayfest events on Page W10.