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Volume 68, Isssue 106, Friday, February 28, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

Spice up the break with great ideas

By Cheryl Stell
The Daily Cougar

Itis been chilly outside and the winter has been nipping at your our noses for long enough. It is so easy this time of year to drift off into the days of summer, and ponder about sunny days, tank tops and flip-flops. 

Have you caught yourself wishing for a week of fun with no strings attached? Well, your wish has been granted. Spring Break is here!

Here are some tips to get the melee, that is Spring Break, started off right.

Do you feel like you need a little culture in your life? You could always stay in Houston and head over to the museum district. Currently the Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross Rd., has two artistis exhibits on display in addition to their usual collections of paintings, sculptures and masks. One can find an array of drawings by Jasper Johns on display until May 4 and a range of pieces by Donald Judd covering his early works (1950-1968) until April 27. Find more information at www.menil.org. 

Do you want a little festival with your culture? Dallas is having its 21st Annual North Texas Irish Festival March 1 and 2. It is the largest Celtic Festival in the Southwest. Just think, for two days the festival will provide non-stop music and dance on multiple stages, cultural displays, traditional Irish food and drinks and wandering musicians. Call (214)-821-4174 for more information.

Does getting crazy and partying like a maniac better suit your college lifestyle tastes? Then head down south. A well-known destination for college students and lushis alike (not to mention the bikini-clad honeys) is South Padre. Or if you want to hit up the beach without the drive then just drive to Galveston and take the ferry over to Crystal Beach. Crystal Beach is one of the only legal drinking beaches, and donit worry the beer will flow like beach water.

Or hit up the party crowd at Mardi Gras Galveston or New Orleans. Enjoy parades, food, lots of drinking and of course beads. Donit forget the last and most entertaining day of the celebration is Fat Tuesday, which is March 4. So youid better make plans fast. 

If worse comes to worst and you canit decide how to spend your free time, Texas has many other destinations. So take a look at map, throw a dart and get your party started.

 Send comments to dcshobiz@mail.uh.edu

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