Carnival abounds with artistic expression

Kiltie Band Concert.
Thursday, April 16. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Midway Main Tent.

Come hear the dulcet tones of one of Carnegie Mellon’s most beloved — and weirdest — musical ensembles. Even if you are just walking around Midway, you are sure to hear the wonderful musical talents of Carnegie Mellon students. Self-recognized as “the band without pants,” Kiltie Band is guaranteed to take you on a slightly confusing, bizarre, hat-oriented, and energetic musical journey.

AB’s Spring Carnival Comedy Show.
Thursday, April 16. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Midway Main Tent.
Rain location: Wiegand Gym.

Two of HBO’s Silicon Valley regulars are coming to Carnegie Mellon for an evening of near-constant laughter. Tom Middleditch is opening for Kumail Nanjiani, and both promise to be an absolute riot. Last year’s Spring Carnival Show, hosted by Activities Board, featured comedian Tig Notaro yelling at a student blankly eating a turkey leg, and headliner Hannibal Buress making completely justified fun of Google Glass. If you are a fan of comedians, self-deprecation, and trying new things, try to make it to the Comedy Show. Snag a ticket off someone who has one, but doesn’t feel like going for whatever reason. They are lame, and you will have a hugely fun evening.

Carnival Fireworks.
Thursday, April 16. 9:00 p.m. Midway.
Hopefully this will happen, even though the weather doesn’t look fabulous. Join the rest of the Carnegie Mellon community to watch beautiful fireworks that make your stomach rumble. It’s always a weirdly special treat to see fireworks that aren’t on the Fourth of July or New Year’s.

Friday, April 17. 12-3 p.m. Schenley Park.

Come on out to celebrate the spring festival of Holi! Take part in the beautiful and colorful festivities, during which people get covered with colored powder and everybody runs around in the meadow and takes comfort in the fact that the miserable Pittsburgh winter is over. Though not explicitly artistic, the colors — and the food that will be served (if you have a ticket) — will definitely make an emotional impression.

Shot for Shot Student Film Festival.
Friday, April 17. 7:30 p.m. McConomy Auditorium.

Organized by the Carnegie Mellon Film Club, Shot for Shot Student Film Festival shows student-made films from around Pittsburgh. The festival’s goal is to incite conversation about the films, as well as connect young, aspiring filmmakers to professionals already working in the field. An often hidden community at Carnegie Mellon, the whole campus can take advantage of this showcase to see what young filmmakers here in Pittsburgh are up to.

Scotch’n’Soda’s Merrily We Roll Along.
Friday, April 17. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 18. 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. McConomy Auditorium.

Steven Sondheim’s tour de force musical Merrily We Roll Along is a poignant examination of all that friendship is, can be, and has been. Oftentimes sad, and sometimes gloriously happy, this beautiful musical explores all that friendships are, and how they endure — or do not endure — life’s complexities.

AB Spring Carnival Concert.
Saturday, April 18. 7:30 p.m. The Mall.
Rain location: Wiegand Gym.

Matt & Kim are coming to Carnegie Mellon! Though tickets are sold out, anyone with a Carnegie Mellon ID can get into the show if it remains outside. Matt & Kim are amazing live performers, and the opener RJD2 also promises to be fantastic. Even if you only know the song “Daylight,” listen to a couple others and head out to the Mall for an evening of dancing (or moshing) to music with some of your closest friends and a couple thousand of your favorite classmates.