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Fristfest celebration set for April 30-May 2

Thursday through Saturday, April 30-May 2, 2009, various times Frist Campus Center

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, set for Thursday through Saturday, April 30-May 2.

Fristfest Weekend kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday with a beach-themed picnic and carnival on Frist's south lawn featuring live entertainment, games and giveaways. Additional activities will include coed volleyball and "speed stacking" competitions coordinated by the Office of Campus Recreation.

This year's live entertainment lineup features two New Jersey bands: Stuck in a Decade ('80s rock) and Status Green (rock and pop). University acts will include Funkmaster General (R&B and soul); the Plagiarists (rock and alternative); and the 2008 "Princetonian Idol" winner, junior Shenita Baltimore, plus four runners-up -- sophomore Kadeem Gill and seniors Joy Hanson, Marcus Perkins and Andy Chen.

The picnic dinner will include salads, grilled burgers, hot dogs, Brooklyn-style pizza, sausage with peppers, fish tacos and malt vinegar fries. Vegan burgers and tacos also will be available. Students with an active meal plan contract can swipe their TigerCard 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 desserts will include assorted ice cream novelties, cookies, fudge brownies, caramel corn and whole fruit served in the Food Gallery. Free beverages will be available throughout the afternoon.

The celebration continues Friday with the Tastes and Sounds of Princeton, a showcase of cuisines from Princeton-area restaurants and music, at 8 p.m. on the south lawn.

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

For further information -- including a complete schedule, menu and weather-related updates -- visit the Frist website.

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