What to do this weekend: February 8 – February 10

What to do tonight

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous (and aren’t planning to spend this weekend bundled up with your laptop, like I am), serious props to you! Here are a few ideas to coax you out of your dorm room and out into the Winter Wonderland that Providence is becoming.

1. American Idiot, Green Day Musical

Where: The Providence Performing Arts Center (220 Weybosset Street)
When: Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.
Why: Your inner 13-year-old will be overjoyed, a feeling your outer 13-year-old never had the luxury of experiencing.

Tonight is opening night of American Idiot, a musical based on the award-winning Green Day album with the same name. If the thought of Green Day brings back memories of your first middle-school crush, colorful iPod nanos, and long school bus rides, this could be just the nostalgia experience you need. And surprise! the plot is centered on suburbian teen angst. Everyone either went through that and needs to laugh about it, or never did and wishes they had. So what are you waiting for? Pull on those snowboots, call up your favorite cab driver, and head on down to the Providence Performing Arts Center tonight!

2. Mardi Gras Ball

Where: Fete Lounge, 103 Dike Street
Saturday Night, 8 p.m.
To forget about the snow for a while and pretend you’re in New Orleans!

What’s that holiday that’s right around the corner? No, not Valentine’s day… it’s Mardi Gras! Oh, right! That wonderful day of masks, beads, indecent exposure and jazz, and you can find it all this Saturday night at Fete Lounge’s Chanteuse Mardi Gras Ball. A live band, complete with brass section, promises to keep your groove-thang shaking all night long, and according to the event page, “drunken revelry will be justly rewarded!” Haven’t you always wanted to earn those beads?

3. Providence Bruins hockey game

Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center
When: Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Why: To show off your Providence pride!

If you’re sick of watching college sports or want an unforgettable first date with that hot athlete who finally said “yes,” make the trek down to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for a rough and tough hockey game. This Sunday, the Providence Bruins take on the Manchester Monarchs in what is sure to be an adrenaline-rush of a hockey game. Hundreds of screaming fans, men on ice skates, and only a hop, skip, and a jump from campus, there’s no reason not to go!

Ryan Garbutt ’09 Makes NHL Debut

Garbutt holding up a game puck from his first ever NHL game.

Last night, another former Bear skated out onto NHL ice — Ryan Garbutt ’09 made his career debut for the Dallas Stars as they took on the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-1 overtime loss. Pressed into service by injuries, Garbutt was only on the ice for a little under six minutes. But in that short time, he made his presence known firing three shots on goal and registering three hits.

The 26-year old Garbutt was called up to the big club from Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, where he put up 33 points in 50 games. His journey to the NHL has brought him all over North America, from his home in Winnipeg to Providence to three minor leagues and finally to Dallas. At Brown, Garbutt double concentrated in economics and sociology.

Garbutt joins Aaron Volpatti ’10 of the Vancouver Canucks and Harry Zolnierczyk ’11 of the Philadelphia Flyers as Brown alums to play in the NHL this season. Volpatti played in the Canucks’ first 23 games of the season, but a torn labrum injury required surgery that has left him shelved for the remainder of the year.

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Things to do tonight: Brown Band Ice Show

If you’re someone who watches the Super Bowl for the commercials, loses friends over the Marvel vs. DC debate, and saw High School Musical On Ice during sophomore year eighth grade, swing by the Meehan Ice Rink after the men’s hockey game for the Brown Band’s Superhero Ice Show.

Like, right now.

It’s everything you know and love about the band — scrambling, suggestive formations and tubas — but ON ICE! Why? Because everything is better on ice: from Disney movies to scotch.

If you miss it, there’s another ice show February 17 (the same night as IvyQ, making that weekend the biggest rainbow snow cone ever), but you’re still a horrible person without school spirit.

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Upset Alert! Bears Shock #1 Yale, 3-2, on Last Minute Goal!

While you were enjoying your last week or so on break at home, the men’s ice hockey team was busy taking down the #1 college hockey team in the nation in dramatic fashion! Just a day after falling to the Bulldogs 5-2 in New Haven, Bruno enacted its revenge back in Providence on Sunday. Continue Reading