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Outdoor Afternoon Concerts Provide Break for Students

By Neena S. Kadaba
Staff Reporter

This afternoon, bands and a comedian will perform on the Student Center steps as the closing event in an Afternoon of Music series that has been providing entertainment every Friday through the fall.

Today's event will feature two live bands, WhoSheBe? and Not the Beatles, as well as a comedian from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Student Center steps. The headlining comedian from Nick's Comedy Stop in Boston will go on at noon.

The Afternoon of Music series was planned to bring informal music and entertainment to the MIT community before the harsh winter forces an end to outdoor activities, said Pubadu Wariyapola G, president of the MITEvent Planning Committee.

"We chose the student center location, as many people already gather there on Friday afternoons to have lunch and relax. The series of events were aimed at providing entertainment to these people and at encouraging others to come out of their labs and enjoy the sunshine," Wariyapola said.

WhoSheBe? is a jazz quartet made up of students from MITand the Berklee School of Music. Not the Beatles is a rock group that plays Beatles cover songs. The Council also invited student groups to set up information tables or perform during the event, providing an opportunity for various campus groups and activities to publicize their events.

On Oct. 2, the event consisted of a student disc jockey and juggler Peter Panic, a street artist who can also be seen at Harvard Square and Faneuil Hall. The MITDance Mix Coalition has been the DJ for the last two Fridays, playing music ranging from swing and jazz to techno, while the rest of the performers have been professional local artists.

The purpose of these activities is to have something happening on Fridays on the steps, said Program Coordinator Richard A. Gresh in the Office of Residence Life and Student Life Programs. "We hope the activities bring students together in a relaxed environment."

The series was sponsored by the MIT Event Planning Association and the Campus Activities Complex Program Board.