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When: Fri., May 14 2010

Columbia College marks the end of the school year with a big art party, featuring gallery shows, live music, and eclectic performances. The popular Spectacle Fortuna parade has been retired for the fest's ninth iteration; the new capstone event is Convergence, a mixed-media operatic collaboration between students and Redmoon Theater artistic director (and Columbia teacher) Frank Maugeri involving 100 student performers, a percussion ensemble from Redmoon, and another 25 or 30 umbrella-twirling "emissaries in bowler hats." They'll all meet up at Ninth and Wabash at 7 PM to form the Manifest star logo out of suitcases. Thirty-two students and faculty members are set to compete in the Art Car Derby (Balbo and Wabash, 2:20-5 PM), sending 16-inch "pinewood derby cars on steroids" down an inclined 48-foot track. In addition to musical performances by Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi and others at Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth, 4-6 PM) and Buddy Guy's Legends (754 S. Wabash, 11 AM-3:30 PM), an outdoor main stage will play host to 11 student bands (Ninth and Wabash, 1-9 PM). Meanwhile, poetry majors will create verse on demand in the Poetry Po-Tent (noon-6 PM). A complete schedule of these and other events can be found at colum.edu/manifest. "This," says VP for student affairs Mark Kelly, "is what we do instead of football." --Sam Adams

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