This Week at Xavier: March 30-April 5
The origins of April Fools—like the day itself—are clouded with mysteries, tricks and half-truths. No joke. Some believe that the day stems from a time when, according to Europe’s former calendar, New Year’s Day fell on April 1. Others attribute foolish behavior to spring fever, claiming that the cold weather keeps them indoors for far too long.
Considering the weather this year, the latter argument sounds totally plausible. So if you’re feeling an impending case of spring fever, Xavier’s got you covered. The only way to break your fever is to get out of the house. Here are the on-campus events happening this week.
Electroacoustic Percussion Concert
Tuesday, April 2
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
With an eclectic array of instruments on stage, ranging from marimbas—a type of xylophone—to “malletkats” and snare drums to maracas, Xavier faculty member Brady Harrison performs pieces from the late 20th and 21st centuries with a special emphasis on new electroacoustic percussion works. What’s electroacoustic percussion, you ask? Well, it’s not on Wikipedia so our best guess is that it means, “live, electric drums.” Find out for yourself. Free admission.
Jazz Ensemble Presents “Money Jungle”
Thursday, April 4
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
The Xavier Jazz Ensemble’s upcoming performance features songs written by famous composers in the likes of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. Special guest Rick VanMatre, visiting saxophonist and CCM professor, also makes an appearance on stage. Free admission.
Stomp the Upper Yard Performance
Friday, April 5
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Stepping is a genre of dance in which the performers use their bodies as instruments to produce rhythms and sound. Hands, voice and footsteps are all characteristics of a typical step show. The Blue Fire Step Team–also Xavier’s 2012 Club of the Year winner–hosts its second-annual Stomp the Upper Yard performance in Fenwick Plaza. Free admission, but the Blue Fire Step Team accepts donations for their charity of choice.