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Dance program students perform at the Southern Theatre.

Dance program students perform in a recent production of Anna Sokolow's Rooms at the Southern Theater.

Five reasons to come back to campus in April

From M, spring 2007

Spring will soon be in the air and, whatever your tastes, the Twin Cities campus beckons with fun, entertaining, and enlightening possibilities. Pair your visit with good food and you have the makings for a great back-to-campus experience.



Mid-April is the height of the Gopher baseball and softball seasons, so why not catch a game or two? On Saturday, April 14, the softball team plays Purdue at noon at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on the north edge of campus, and the baseball teams square off against Iowa next door at Siebert Field in a doubleheader beginning at 1:05. The following day you could catch the softball team in a doubleheader beginning at noon, while the baseball team has a single game at 1:05.

WHERE TO EAT: For a hearty breakfast before the games, and killer pancakes, visit the old standby at 413 14th Ave. S.E.--Al's Breakfast--and if the crowd is too big for this one-counter classic, head across the street to the Dinkytowner Cafe.



Each Thursday at 7 p.m., the Bell Museum's Science on Screen program presents intriguing films focusing on scientific research and related ideas, controversies, and personalities. Following each screening, audiences are invited to share viewpoints during informal post-film discussions with scientists and other experts. For more information, see the Bell Museum.


These days Dinkytown is rich in good places to have dinner or a drink. Try the Loring Pasta Bar at 327 14th Ave. S. for first-rate cuisine in a disarming atmosphere. Just down 14th Ave. at number 421 is Kaf? 421, with a cozy wine bar, terrific food, and an owner who greets you like an old friend.



A twelve-member cast of University theater students brings The Arabian Nights to campus. This adaptation offers a wonderful blend of the lesser-known tales of Scheherazade as she spins them for 1,001 nights to prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shayryar, from murdering her. The play opens on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rarig Center on the West Bank and continues until April 28. See the theater for information.


It's all about ethnic dining on the West Bank. Two possibilities within walking distance of the Rarig are Jewel of India at 1427 Washington Ave. S. and the new Chai's Thai Restaurant at 414 1/2 Cedar Ave.



The Student Dance Coalition's annual show at the beautiful Barbara Barker Center for Dance features a colorful variety of original works that University of Minnesota dance students create, perform, curate, and produce. Performances run from April 5 (preview showing) through April 9. Visit the theater for more details.


Before the 2:00 p.m. Saturday show, be sure to have lunch across the street at St. Martin's Table, 2001 Riverside Avenue. The food is exceptional, all the servers are volunteers, and tips are donated to charities.



One of the best-kept secrets on the Twin Cities campus is the senior, Master's, and Doctoral music recitals. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings, the best and brightest music students show off their talents in the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in Ferguson Hall. Come see and hear these young musicians at the very beginning of their careers. All recitals are free and open to the public. Click for a complete schedule. WHERE TO EAT: Before or after a recital, stroll across the Washington Avenue Bridge to Stadium Village to enjoy two locally owned restaurants. The Village Wok at 610 Washington Ave. S.E. serves authentic Chinese food and specializes in fish and seafood. And a little ways down the street, at 802 Washington Ave. S.E., Bona offers fresh and delicious Vietnamese food in pleasant surroundings.

Directions to all University of Minnesota locations can be found at campus maps. For more events in the coming months, see events.