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By Teresa Huang

Start your problem sets now -- there’s just too much to do this weekend. Don’t spend the weekend in Hayden Library pouring over 6.001 when you can be rollerblading in the sun, feasting on gourmet cuisine, or planning your path to Hollywood stardom. Seize the day!

Thank Goodness it’s Spring Weekend

Spring Weekend 1999 at MIT is once again packed with activities and performances that will surely make it impossible to get any real tooling done. Explore other cultures at the International Fair on Friday or pick up a serenade for your roommate at the Alpha Phlea Market on Saturday. For the theatrically inclined, Dramashop’s presentation of Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf will begin a two weekend run in Kresge Little Theater on Saturday night. The MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players will present its final weekend of The Yeomen of the Guard in Sala de Puerto Rico. If you weren’t able to secure tickets for the Busta Rhymes concert on Friday, there’s always the Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra in Kresge Auditorium and the MIT Muses spring concert on Saturday in 10-250. Check the drop posters in Lobby 7 for more activities.

Second Time’s a Charm

Where do big screen movies go before they’re released at Blockbuster Video? They go to second-run movie theaters like the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. This historical theater, which recently underwent a $1 million renovation, offers relatively recent films at a very affordable price, $5 per person. Catch all those Oscar-nominated films you missed the first time around on the big screen instead of your 13” television. The theater also offers a live music series featuring a variety of folk, jazz, and pop artists. Buy your tickets now: a recent Rockapella show sold out almost a month in advance! The Somerville Theatre is located right across the street from the Davis T stop on the Red Line. Call (617) 625-4088 for more information.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at MarchÈ

When it comes to fine dining, presentation is everything. MarchÈ MÖvenpick is a perfect example. On a basic level, it’s a cafeteria. You take a ticket on your way in, get a price stamp for every dish you pick up at the food stations, and pay on the way out. On an aesthetic level, it’s one of the most unique dining experiences available in Boston. Grab a seat in one of the elegantly decorated seating areas and prepare to feast on veal sausage, roasted Cornish hens or quail, fresh crepes and waffles, fruit smoothies, or spicy stir fry noodles. Create your own pizza or pasta dish or watch in awe as steaming bowls of seafood bouillabaisse are made to order in individual pots. If the marketplace atmosphere is too hectic for you, visit the chain’s full-service restaurant MarchÈlino on the lower level and spend some time at their wine tasting counter. Before you leave, browse around Take Me! MarchÈ, a gourmet food and gift shop located on the first floor. Complete your MarchÈ MÖvenpick experience with a stop at one of the most amusing bathrooms around. You’ll understand when you get there. MarchÈ MÖvenpick has already proven its formula in its numerous locations in Europe and Canada. The new Boston restaurant, located in the Prudential Shops, is the first location in the United States. Visit the restaurant’s Web site at for more information.

If You Build it, the Truth Will Come

This season of The X-Files has been a quality rollercoaster, ranging from the brilliant (Mulder travels back in time through the Bermuda Triangle) to the embarrassingly bad (two words: rain king). Taking matters into his own hands, David Duchovny wrote and directed an episode of his own, which airs this Sunday night on FOX. Titled “The Unnatural”, the episode suggests that the most famous baseball players just happened to be aliens. Spooky. According to my own Deep Throat in Los Angeles, we should expect a nice segment of macho Mulder showing Scully how to swing a baseball bat. I certainly want to believe.

The Memorial Drive Skate Park

Learning to inline skate is hard enough without crazy Boston drivers cutting you off. Lucky for you, this weekend marks the beginning of Sunday skating on Memorial Drive, a 27 year tradition in Cambridge. Every Sunday from now until October, Memorial Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic between Western Avenue and the Eliot Bridge from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, providing a terrific flat surface for skaters, runners, and bikers of all ages and experience levels. Rent Rollerblades from the Tannery in Harvard Square and plan a picnic by the river. If you need lessons, the Inline Club of Boston will be sponsoring a Sunday Morning City Skate this Sunday at 10:30 AM. Call (781) 932-5457 for more information on the event.

How to Make it in Boston’s Hollywood

If you dream of making it in Hollywood someday, get started by working as a film extra; it's easier than you think. Good Will Hunting, A Civil Action, and the upcoming DreamWorks feature The Love Letter were all filmed in the Boston area and featured thousands of local extras. Call the Massachusetts Film Office Hotline at (617) 973-8800 or visit their site at film/hotline.htm for a weekly listing of film acting opportunities. The hotline includes everything from film extra casting calls, student film opportunities, and acting class schedules. If Ben Affleck and Matt Damon can go from the streets of Cambridge to the halls of Hollywood, so can you!

That’s the scoop for this week. The weather forecast predicts Saturday will be all sun, so call up your friends and start making weekend plans! Email me at with comments, suggestions, or scoops of your own.