Veishea is April 11-17

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's annual student-run Veishea celebration is ready to kick off 89 years of tradition with Cyclone family favorites and an extensive entertainment lineup. Here are some highlights planned for April 11-17:

Veishea favorites

Family fun underneath Cy's Big Top, canoe races on Lake LaVerne, and carnival rides and games near the Molecular Biology Building will be back. This year's "Stars Over Veishea" production is Cole Porter's classic play within a musical, "Kiss Me, Kate." Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 8, 9, 15 and 16; and at 2 p.m. on April 10 and 17 in Fisher Theater. Tickets are $21, or $16 for ISU students and those under 18, available at the Iowa State Center ticket office, www.ticketmaster.com, or at the door.


Woo-wee! A dinger of a grand marshal!

Legendary Cyclone basketball coach (1980-'94) Johnny Orr will return to lead the big Veishea parade, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. More than 100 parade entries will wind their way through campus (starting near the Armory and ending at the East Campus Parking Deck).

Parade goers will notice one change this year: fewer jumbo balloons. Parade Co-Chair Wes Strohbehn, a junior from Gladbrook, said high helium prices have left him expecting just two balloon entries in the 2011 parade.

The parade can be viewed statewide on the Mediacom Connections channel (cable channel 22 in central Iowa) at 5:30 p.m. on April 16. ISU staffers Mike Ferlazzo (News Service) and Marc Harding (Admissions) will anchor the telecast. Strohbehn says airtimes are still being finalized, but he expects at least four to six opportunities for viewers to watch the parade on TV, and it should be available to Mediacom customers via video on demand, too.


Veishea Village

Academic organizations and student groups will present 70 displays on central campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Veishea Village has something for everyone, including demonstrations by the ISU Robotics Club at Black Engineering, outdoor shows by the taekwondo and judo clubs, and as usual, lots of interactive engineering displays. Students in the ISU Game Development Competition (sponsored by a $50,000 Motorola grant) will show off their original video game designs in Pearson Hall (room 0141) from 1 to 3 p.m. Students Helping Rescue Animals will host a "Have a Heart Adoption Event." And in the popular Agronomy Department tent, you can learn how crops are used, play in the dirt, see how water moving underground affects our wells, rivers and streams; and more (don't miss the free "soil profile" pudding cups and popcorn).


BBQs, pancakes and cherry pies…oh my!

A $5 button (available for sale 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., first floor, Memorial Union, through April 8) will score you a picnic lunch Tuesday through Friday, April 12-15, on central campus. Burritos, sub sandwiches, grilled pork patties and pizza are on the menu, depending on the day. (The buttons are also valid for discounts at participating Ames businesses during Veishea week.) Midnight pancake feeds will be held on Friday and Saturday. Taste of Veishea vendors will be located on Union Drive and near the Molecular Biology Building Friday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

And don't forget to pick up your cherry pie - an Iowa State tradition since 1919. Hospitality management students will make and sell 12,750 of the delectable little tarts on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or until they're sold out. Pies are $1 each in 16 MacKay Hall. Proceeds will help fund scholarships.


'The Showoff Show'

At 9 p.m. and midnight on central campus (rain location: MU Great Hall) Friday, April 15, Evan Young and Jonathan Burns ("the showoffs") will guide audience members on a bizarre journey of comedy, circus-style stunts and pranks. Young, a professional juggler, and Burns, a comedian and contortionist, get the crowd in on the action as they teach them stunts to "try at home." You can preview the Lancaster, Pa. duo's show on YouTube.


Donald Glover + Childish Gambino with the "I AM DONALD!" tour

Cosponsored by the Committee on Lectures and the Government of the Student Body, actor and comedian Donald Glover will bring his stand-up tour to Stephens Auditorium on Saturday, April 16 at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Most recognized for his role as Troy on NBC's "Community," Glover was hired as a staff writer on the hit show "30 Rock" while still a resident assistant at NYU. During his time at "30 Rock," the show won two Emmys for outstanding comedy series, as well as a Writer's Guild Award for best comedy. His first Comedy Central stand-up special aired last spring. In addition to acting, Glover raps under the moniker "Childish Gambino." His latest recording, "EP" (extended play), was released in March.
A partial Veishea calendar follows.


Veishea 2011

All events are free and on central campus unless noted.

Monday, April 11
• 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., BBQ button and Veishea merchandise sales, central campus, $.
• 4 p.m., Laser tag tournament, Perfect Games, 1320 Dickinson Ave., Ames, $.
• 6 p.m., Super Smash Brothers, Pioneer Room, MU.
• 6 p.m., Flag football tournament (day 2), Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility, $.
• 8 p.m., Speaker Amy Sedaris, "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People," Great Hall, MU.

Tuesday, April 12
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus BBQ, free with $5 Veishea button.
• 6 p.m., 4 on 4 Co-Ed basketball tournament, Lied Rec, $.
• 7 p.m., Veishea Leadership, Faculty and Organization Recognition, Sun Room, MU.
• 7 p.m., 3-Point shooting contest, Lied Rec, $.
• 8 p.m., Slam dunk contest, Lied Rec, $.
• 8 p.m., "Veishea Says I'm Funny," M-Shop, MU; live stream online; seating available in Great Hall to watch the webcast.

Wednesday, April 13
• 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Middle school day, provides students the opportunity to network with ISU student mentors and engage in fun and educational activities on campus.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus BBQ, see April 12.
• 6 p.m., 5 on 5 men's basketball tournament, Lied Rec, $.
• 7 p.m., 3-Point shooting contest (day 2), Lied Rec, $.
• 7 p.m., Cyclone Idol hosted by Coolio, Great Hall, MU.

Thursday, April 14
• 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cy Cab Trivia, central campus.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus BBQ, see April 13.
• 3 p.m., Wet paint challenge, central campus, $.
• 5 p.m., "Off to the Races" 5K run, central campus, $.
• 7 p.m., Texas Hold'em Tournament, Pioneer Room, MU.
• 7 p.m., Battle of the Bands, Maintenance Shop, MU.
• 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., Hypnotist Brian Imbus, Great Hall, MU.
• 9 p.m., Outdoor movie, "The Green Hornet," (cosponsored by SUB), central campus. Rain location is Sun Room, MU.

Friday, April 15
• 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cy Cab Trivia, central campus.
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Campus BBQ, see April 14.
• Noon, Opening ceremonies, featuring ISU alumna Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, central campus stage.
• 3 p.m., Extreme Challenge, central campus.
• Noon-5 p.m., Student food stands open, campus.
• 5 p.m.-3 a.m., Taste of Veishea, Union Drive and Molecular Biology, $.
• 5 p.m.-midnight, Carnival, Molecular Biology, $
• 6 p.m. - 2 a.m., Live @ Veishea, Molecular Biology, $.
• 6 p.m., Harambee Student Talent Show, Great Hall, MU.
• 7:30 p.m., Stars Over Veishea, "Kiss Me, Kate," Fisher Theater, $.
• 9 p.m. and midnight, "The Showoff Show," central campus (rain location: Great Hall, MU).
• 10:30 p.m., The Regurgitator, Stevie Starr, central campus (rain location: Great Hall, MU).
• 11:45 p.m., Women's Campanile Countdown, Beardshear to Campanile.
• Midnight-3 a.m., Pancake feed, central campus, $.

Saturday, April 16
• 8-10 a.m., Pancake feed, central campus, $.
• 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Veishea Village, central campus.
• 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Cy's Big Top, central campus, $.
• 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Ames Neighborhood (community information displays), central campus.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cy Cab Trivia, central campus.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Veishea history expo, Beardshear Hall.
• 10:30 a.m., Veishea parade, campus.
• 11 a.m.-3 p.m., International Food Fair, Great Hall, MU, $.
• 11 a.m.-3 a.m., Taste of Veishea, Union Drive and Molecular Biology, $.
• 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Carnival, Molecular Biology, $
• Noon to 5 p.m., Jeff Klatt, chainsaw sculpture artist, south Campanile lawn.
• 1 p.m., Canoe races, Lake LaVerne, $.
• 1 p.m., 4 on 4 sand volleyball tournament, southeast intramural fields, $.
• 1-5 p.m., ISU Alumni Center open house.
• 2 p.m., Cyclone Gridiron Club spring football game, Jack Trice Stadium.
• 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Live @ Veishea, Molecular Biology, $.
• 7:30 p.m., SOV, "Kiss Me, Kate," see April 15.
• 9 p.m., Comedian Donald Glover + Childish Gambino, Stephens Auditorium.
• 9 p.m. & 12:15 a.m., Magician Joel Meyers, central campus (rain location: Great Hall, MU).
• 10 p.m., Bingo, Sun Room, MU.
• 10:30 p.m. & 1:30 a.m., 61Syx Teknique Breakdancers, central campus (rain location: Great Hall, MU).
• 11 p.m. & 2 a.m., Juggler Nick Pike, central campus, (rain location: Great Hall, MU).
• 11:45 p.m., Men's Campanile Countdown, Beardshear to Campanile.
• Midnight-3 a.m., Pancake Feed, central campus, $.

Sunday, April 17
• 2 p.m., SOV, "Kiss Me, Kate," see April 15.
• 2 p.m., Closing ceremonies, Campanile Room, MU.


Concert information

Tickets for Friday and Saturday night concerts are available now for Iowa State University students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Student, faculty and staff tickets are on sale at the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on the days noted below.

• Through April 8, anyone with a valid Iowa State University ID will be able to purchase up to two tickets per night at $7 each or $10 for both nights.

• From April 11 to 15 (event-week sales), anyone with a valid Iowa State University ID will have the opportunity to purchase up to an additional five tickets for $10 each or $15 for both nights.

• On April 15 and 16 (night-of-concert sales), tickets will be $10 per night; no discount available for both nights. Prices are subject to availability.

ISU alumni and Alumni Association members may purchase up to two tickets for the Friday and Saturday night concerts here.

Tickets are $10 per night for Alumni Association members and $15 for nonmembers. Price for both nights is $15 for Alumni Association members and $20 for nonmembers. Tickets are sold first come, first served, and must be picked up at the ISU Alumni Center's second floor reception desk during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) or between 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

Concerts will be held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets will be exchanged for wristbands at the concert venue. Alcohol is not allowed at any Veishea events.

For more information: www.veishea.iastate.edu.

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