May pole dancing and lollipops

The first ever Mayfest Revival (in April) takes place this Sunday, April 29, from 7-10 pm. The event starts at 7 pm in the Wriston amphitheater. Learn how to dance around a May pole and participate in hula hoop, limbo, and water balloon toss contests. Sweets and drinks will be provided.

At 8 the event moves into the Riverview Lounge in the Union where there will be chair massages, art therapy, and music and test anxiety relief. Homemade bread, fruit, and snacks will be provided.

Curious to learn how May Day was celebrated in past years at Lawrence? View the displays in Riverview Lounge, and the University Archivist will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

This event is brought to you courtesy of the Times and Traditions Committee and the Student Wellness Committee.

All That’s Jazz

The Mudd has picked up a brand-new online jazz journal, Jazz Perspectives, whose founding editors are affiliated with Rutgers University’s Institute for Jazz Studies. This peer-reviewed journal is devoted to jazz scholarship but also includes Ethnomusicology, Music & Drama, Popular Culture, and Race & Ethnicity in Popular Music. Look for two issues a year, in April (volume 1, no. 1 is now available) and October. The library also has other jazz serials.

Reach for the Stars!

It could be said that some poets and some jazz musicians are spacey. Now you can be spacey yourself with this marvelous free downloadable program, Stellarium. Enter your earthly coordinates and view the night (or daytime) sky as seen from your location. This “open source planetarium” allows you to be a sky pilot right in your own home, or out on the deck if you have wireless.

Writing About Jazz…

Is writing about jazz like dancing about architecture? Not in the case of Whitney Balliett, who would have been 81 today. Mr. Balliett died in February of this year. He was a jazz critic at The New Yorker for over 40 years and his entry in Grove calls his writings “eloquent and highly stylized.”

The Mudd has seven of his books, mostly collections of his essays. A side note: his first wife, Elizabeth Hurley King, is a direct descendant of Rufus King, one of the two first United States senators from New York.

Hello, Lily

The most recent issue (vol. 25, no. 1) of the journal American Music contains a transcription of reminiscences recorded by Lil Hardin Armstrong about her life, and her courtship and marriage to Louis Armstrong. Since the Mudd subscribes to American Music, you can view Satchmo and Me online. A primary source at its best.