May 16, 2008

Your guide to the weekend -- SIOC style

Men's Baseball, No. 2 UNC at No. 1 Miami, 7 p.m.

In January No. 1 LSU beat No. 2 Ohio State. In February No. 2 Tennessee topped No. 1 Memphis. Now it's time for the nation's top two baseball teams to go at it. Last night the Hurricanes took the first leg of this three game series, 12-2.

Patch Adams Speaks at Utah State, 7 p.m

The man made famous by Robin Williams' silver screen hospital hijinks will be giving a presentation called "Living a life of Joy." The talk will surely cheer up any Aggies stressed out over their recent graduation.

NCAA Women's Softball Regionals

Sixty-Four teams begin their journey on the road to the Women's College World Series. The top ranked Florida Gators enter the tournament with an astounding 62-2 record. Two-time defending champions Arizona is the No. 7 seed.

East Coast Black Age of Comic Convention, Temple University, 10 a.m.

Attention Trekkies: Nichelle Nichols, a.k.a "Uhura" from the original Star Trek (and one of the current stars of Heroes) will be making a rare appearance. The conference will also include workshops on the drawing, writing, technology, and business of comics.

Rock on the Range w/Stone Temple Pilots, Columbus, Ohio

It's been more than five years since STP played a show, but on Saturday they'll kick off their reunion tour as the Rock on the Range headliners. Put on some Doc Marten's, cut a hole in your jeans, and get ready to party like it's 1994.

The Preakness, 6:15 p.m., NBC

If the Kentucky Derby were a college gathering, it would be some kind of swanky formal. The Preakness, on the other hand, would be a sloppy frat party. Baltimore college students looking for an interesting place to get sloshed would be wise to head to Pimlico on Saturday.

Jandek in Concert, University of Michigan, 8 p.m.

Tired of our TMZ/Entertainment Tonight/paparazzi society telling you more than you want to know about famous musicians? Jandek is your breath of fresh air. The mysterious man behind this folk/blues act rarely performs or gives interviews and little is known about his past. Although he's released 53 albums since 1978, his physical appearance only became known when he made his live debut in 2004. Saturday night's concert should be interesting.

Commutative Algebra Conference, University of Nebraska

You know why I love the math world? Because it's the only place where a birthday is celebrated with an academic conference. In this case, algebra mavens from around the world will gather in honor Nebraska professor Luchezar Avramov's 60th birthday.

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