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A jazz concert, midnight karaoke, standup comedy, two picnics, a Welcome Back Bash, a football game, a dinner discussion, and screenings of the film Troyare among the events on campus this weekend.

Trombonist Steve TurrĂ©, a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, will bring his Funky T band for a diverse program of funk, world music, and straight-ahead jazz at the Williams Center for the Arts 8 p.m. today. He has consistently won both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist, the latter honoring his creative use of conch shells.

Lafayette Activities Forum (LAF) will screen the film Troy, starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Peter O’Toole, and Diane Kruger, 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, in the Farinon Center’s Limburg Theater. Tickets cost $2. With a running time of two hours, 42 minutes, the film is rated R for graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity. The plot: In 1193 B.C., Prince Paris (Bloom) of Troy stole a beautiful Greek woman, Helen (Kruger), away from her husband, Menelaus, the king of Sparta, setting the two nations at war with each other. The Greeks began a bloody siege of Troy using their entire armada, led by Achilles (Pitt), that lasted over a decade.

LAF will present the comedy of Jamie Lissow 10 p.m. today in the Farinon Center Snack Bar. Following a successful appearance at Montreal’s Just For Laugh’s Festival, Lissow was cited in Hollywood Reporter and Variety magazines the following week. He has made appearances on “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn” (Jan. 6, 2004), “Star Search” (April 22, 2003), NBC’s “Late Friday” (Nov. 23rd, 2001), and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (Dec 3rd, 2001). “Jamie Lissow is hideously funny,” states The Buffalo News.

Later at Gilbert’s, students are invited to participate in karaoke or just listen at midnight.

The football team will host Marist in its season opener 1 p.m. Saturday at Fisher Field as tailback Joe McCourt ’05 starts his bid for a third straight 1,000-yard rushing season.

Lafayette Christian Fellowship invites all students “for an afternoon of food, fun, fellowship, and volleyball on the Quad” 4 p.m. Saturday. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

An All-Arts Picnic will provide an opportunity to meet, greet, and eat with representatives from the Arts Society, Williams Center for the Arts, College Theater, music and art departments, Williams Center Art Gallery, and Grossman Gallery 6 p.m. Saturday on the lawn next to the Arts House at 626 Parson(s) Street, behind the Williams Center for the Arts. Main dishes and beverages will be provided; side dishes and desserts are welcomed and appreciated.

First-year students and their guests will celebrate the 1,000 Nights Formal 9 p.m.Saturday through 1 a.m. Sunday in the Bergethon Room of Marquis Hall. Guest tickets cost $5.

A Welcome Back Bash with a DJ will be held in the Farinon Center Snack Bar 11 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday. The event is sponsored by Brothers of Lafayette, Association of Black Collegians, the NIA women’s group, and the Dean of Students Office.

The McKelvy House Scholars invite the campus to join a dinner discussion Sunday evening on “Obesity in America.” Dinner will begin 6 p.m. at McKelvy House, 200 High Street; RSVP by Saturday to oreganb. Led by McKelvy Scholar Brendan Aidan O’Regan ’06 (Ringwood, N.J.), a government and law major, the discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. and requires no reservations.

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