August 08, 2008

Your guide to the weekend, SIOC style.

Young Artists International Piano Competition Finals, University of Rochester, 7:30 p.m.It's the perfect place to see the next Beethoven before he makes it big. The competition doesn't allow participants over the age of 18, so it'll be a breath of fresh air for those angry with the NBA's new age limit.

In Theaters: Pineapple ExpressIt's been a tough couple of weeks but there's finally another stoner movie for college kids to enjoy. According to's latest ratings, Pineapple Express is 36 percent more weed-erific than Knocked Up.

Rhode Island Film Festival, Brown UniversityNearly 300 films will be screened before the weekend is over. Perhaps one will garner the critical acclaim of There's Something About Mary, which debuted at the 1998 festival.

Knowing and Growing Carnivorous Plants, UNC Botanical Gardens, 1 p.m.Got a rodent problem in your yard? This probably won't solve it, but I can't think of anything more fun than a Saturday afternoon spent learning how to grow your very own carnivorous plant.

Drum Corps International World Championships, University of Indiana, 5:30 p.m.The defending champion Blue Devils (from Concord, Calif.) look to add to their record 13 titles. This is where all those summers at band camp finally pay off.

Second-Annual Survivor Beach, UC San Diego, 8 a.m.Support cancer research and get some sun at the same time. At the event (which is sponsored by biotech pioneer Genentech), participants lay down more than 140 surfboards, nose to tail. If last year's record of 1,133-feet is toppled everybody will be stoked.

ATP Countrywide Classic Final, UCLA, 2 p.m.Andy Roddickheadlines a field that includes Andy Roddick. Apparently all the other top tennis players are at some tournament in Beijing.

Rutgers Football Kickoff Celebration, Rutgers Stadium, 5 p.m.

After months of construction, fans get a peek at the stadium's new renovations, including nearly 1,000 luxury club seats with access to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Finally, a stadium that provides Greg Schiano with the luxury he needs to mull over offers from more prestigious programs.

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