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SCOOP

By Teresa Huang
STAFF REPORTER

Saturday approaches; what to do, what to do. Scoop is here to help you find your way to relaxation and self-discovery this weekend. Too cerebral for you? Just read this column and have some fun.

Find a friend, travel for less

We all feel the need to get away from MIT sometimes. Do it! Spend the weekend in New York City or take a day trip to Cape Cod. Thanks to Greyhound, you can take a friend with you for free when you buy any round-trip ticket at walk-up price. Just buy your tickets at least 3 days in advance and make sure that your travel itineraries are the same. Split the single ticket cost, and you’re both effectively traveling for half-price! This offer lasts until June 15, 1999, so find a travel buddy and start packing.

May day may be fair

With the warm weather comes a slew of outdoor festivals in the area. In my humble opinion, no one throws an outdoor party like Cambridge. Head up Mass Ave this Sunday for the annual Harvard Square May Fair and you’ll see what I mean. From noon till 6 p.m. the streets of Harvard Square will be packed with arts and crafts, a variety of dining stands from area restaurants, and loads of live music performances. Sample some Jamaican beef patties, pick up a handmade ceramic picture frame, and experience Harvard Square like never before. Call 617-266-1492 for more information.

May day may be Saturday

When I was in grade school, it was common knowledge that May 1st marked the observance of May Day. Celebrating May Day entailed making cone-shaped flower baskets in art class and then filling them with flowers. After school, you went to the house of your favorite person (parent, teacher, boyfriend, girlfriend, big crush, etc.) and hooked the bouquet basket on the knob of their front door. Then you rang the doorbell and ran away to hide in the bushes to covertly witness the discovery of your floral masterpiece. I kid you not: I did this for 6 years growing up in upstate New York. Why not revive the harmless tradition this Saturday? Make a flower basket from colorful wrapping paper or even the comics from the newspaper. Fill your basket with flowers and surprise someone. Happy May Day!

“I was born at daybreak, to the road I did take”

Doesn’t it seem like there are no Asian pop music artists in the United States? Plenty of foreign artists have released albums and climbed the charts in the United States, including Celine Dion, Natalie Imbruglia, and recent Latino superstar Ricky Martin. But no Asians -- until now. Anggun (one word, like Madonna) is an Indonesian singer who released her first album at age seven. Five albums later, she made her first album in English, “Snow on the Sahara”. Her music is emotional, lyrical, and deeply moving, leading many music critics to compare her to Annie Lennox. You won’t hear her songs on Kiss 108, but you can go to her English web site at http://www.anggun.com/main_e.html for sound clips, an interview movie clip, and the full length video for her latest release “A Rose in the Wind.” If you like what you hear, pick up the album at any record store. “Snow on the Sahara” features 11 powerful tracks, including an amazing remake of David Bowie’s classic “Life on Mars.” The title track of her new album has even been cited by the X-Files Romantics community as an anthem for the Mulder-Scully relationship. How much more of a recommendation do you need?

I think this column needs a title logo. Don’t you agree? Nothing too fancy, but something more expressive than the simple boring Courier title. Draw one on your computer or with a good ol’ pencil and send it to me, c/o the Arts Staff at The Tech (W20-483). And keep those comments coming to scoop@the-tech.mit.edu!