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Fristfest celebration set for May 1-3 - UPDATED, May 2

Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3, 2008, various times Frist Campus Center and 1879 Green
UPDATE: Due to forecasts calling for rain, the May 2 Taste of Princeton will be held in the Frist Food Gallery, and the May 3 film screening will take place in Frist Multipurpose Room B. The May 3 concert remains scheduled for 1879 Green.

Princeton students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to the Frist Campus Center to celebrate spring and the conclusion of the academic year at the annual Fristfest Weekend Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday on Frist's south lawn with a Caribbean-themed picnic and carnival featuring live entertainment, games and giveaways. The music begins at 4:30 p.m. with Steel Impressions, a New York-based Caribbean ensemble. Other acts include Latin jazz guitarist Arturo Romay; winners from the "Princetonian Idol" competition, junior Andy Chen and sophomore Shenita Baltimore; and two student bands, the Friendship and the Sensemaya Afrobeat All-Stars.

The picnic menu will include grilled lime mango chicken sandwiches, mahi-mahi burgers, jerk pulled pork sandwiches and coconut shrimp. Vegetarian options include curried chickpea stew, grilled island spice vegetables and a salad bar. Students with an active meal plan contract can swipe their Princeton ID to receive tickets for the picnic dinner. Non-meal plan holders may use cash or Paw Points to purchase $2 tickets at the Frist Food Gallery on Thursday. Free snacks and beverages will be available throughout the afternoon.

The celebration continues at 1 p.m. Friday with the final round of the "Iron Tiger" culinary competition in the Frist Food Gallery, with the Frist Campus Center team facing off against the Rockefeller/Mathey colleges team. The event also will be simulcast on TigerTV, and a live video stream will be available on the Webmedia site.

The Taste of Princeton, a showcase of area cuisine, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday on the south lawn. Music will be provided by DJ Danny Scotton.

Fristfest Weekend concludes Saturday with the University Wind Ensemble's "Concert Under the Stars" on 1879 Green and a moonlight movie presentation of "I Am Legend" on the south lawn, both starting at 9 p.m. Free popcorn, ice cream and churros will be available during the movie.

A full schedule of events is available on the Frist website.

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