On our campus tour we like to advertise that the movie screenings in McConomy Auditorium, in our University Center, are the cheapest date you will probably ever have. With $1 admission(with your student ID) and 50 cent popcorn(if you are lucky)---a movie in McConomy is a safe and easy date night when you do not want to venture too far off campus. Our student activities board puts on movies four days a week, Thursday through Sunday nights, which range from foreign films and cult classics to movies that have just been released from theaters but not yet on DVD.
On Sunday night, I did exactly that and went to see a showing of The Room. For those of you who have never heard of The Room, it is the best worst film ever made. You can view the a video clip of a scene here if you do not believe me:
The best part of The Room is that it is so bad that it becomes funny. Typical unruley movie behavior such as throwing spoons and yelling at the screen are actually encouraged and the screening of the film becomes a production in itself. Furthermore, as if things could not get better, the director, Tommy Wiseau, watched the screening with all of the students and stayed for a Q&A session after the movie. Tommy was completely out of this world. His answers to students' questions ranged from insulting the individual students to philisophical and broad statements. He even complemented one female student on her legs and told the audience that was how all women should be. Luckily CMU students have a good sense of humor!
After all of the shenanigans ended, I jumped on a bus and took a five minute ride into Squirrel Hill to Murray Avenue. I stopped in Razzy Fresh, a frozen yogurt place, for a quick late night treat. Razzy Fresh first opened last Spring and has been a big hit with college students ever since. They have a self-serve frozen yogurt bar with a plethora of toppings to choose from. My personal favorite is raspberry frozen yogurt with fresh strawberries, granola and cheesecake bites--yum! I especially love Razzy Fresh because it is a nice reminder of one of my favorite places at home--Pinkberry!! Regardless as to why I love it or why countless CMU students love it, it is a HUGE hit and a great place to check out if you are in the Pittsburgh area.
This past weekend was Homecoming, which meant that there were many events on campus for both current students and alumni. Two of my favorite events of the weekend were Scotch'n'Soda's performance of The Rocky Horror Show and our annual Bhangra competition, Bhangra in the Burgh 4. I took this weekend as a time to relax and attend these two highly anticipated shows.
Scotch'n'Soda's performance of The Rocky Horror Show was both entertaining and unexpected. I had never seen the Rocky Horror Show prior to this weekend, and let me tell you, it is definitely a must see show. Scotch'n'Soda's version was littered with all the classic nuances like dramatic costumes(or lack there of), creative set design, a Time Warp dance party and my personal favorite, audience participation. If you have not seen the Rocky Horror Show, I encourage you to rent it on DVD, attend a midnight showing or hope that your local theatre troupe is putting on a show. There is never a dull moment at the late night early morning double feature rocky horror picture show.
Bhangra in the Burgh 4
was another amazing show. Bhangra is a style of traditional Indian folk
dance. Each year, students from Carnegie Mellon host a Bhangra
competition, displaying some of the best collegiate Bhangra teams in the country. The show also included some exhibition acts from Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh. It is always a lot of fun to see students display their talents. In fact, one of our very own tour guides is on Carnegie Mellon's Bhangra team--how cool!