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Review: Third Friday a pleasant campus surprise

Review: Third Friday a pleasant campus surprise

Review: Third Friday a pleasant campus surprise
February 25
18:07 2014

Christina Ulsh // Design Editor

While the immediate response to the end of class on a Friday is to walk as far from campus as possible, a miniature music festival lured passersby to stay a minute and appreciate music, art and food.

Third Friday, a free monthly feature of art and music, formed in the underused acoustic gardens last Friday on a cement plot of stage and seating between the Life Sciences Complex and Terrill Hall. A screen-printing vendor, an art booth, five musical artists, a treat stand and a food truck were present for attendees.

With all the construction marring the campus’ aesthetics, Innovation Greenhouse, a UNT group that focuses on growing students’ ideas, did an impressive job of setting up a show and highlighting an overlooked yet lovely area at the university.

The timing was innovative in itself. Starting at 4 p.m., students crossing the grounds could catch the floating tunes, unwind after a week of schoolwork and still have the evening to revel or rest.

The bands included local favorites BasheBiscuit Head and Sydney Wright, but the band who drew the largest crowd was Goldeen, a four-man band that plays wave music. Blessin’, a dream pop five-part music group, turned a handful of lively folk into a dancing cluster on the edges of the stage.

An all-around favorite was the Waffle Wagon, a food truck that specializes in waffle concoctions. With options ranging from chicken and waffles to the Elvis plate, waffles spread with peanut butter and topped with bacon and bananas, a customer was always standing at the window of the chow vehicle.

As tasty as the waffles were, a customer can’t help but notice the Wagon’s embarrassing neglect to update its erected chalkboard menu with the correct (and higher) charges of its goods. The dollar difference isn’t much, but an easy change to the menu would make ordering feel less like a ruse.

As the nippy afternoon turned into chilly evening, the crowd’s size fluctuated up and down.  Patrons got the opportunity to check out and purchase UNT alum Travis Sykes’ art, which popped with color and personality.

Innovation Greenhouse holds Third Friday the third Friday of every month. Its first showcase of the semester created anticipation for its promising future line-ups.

Feature photo: A fried chicken and waffle basket from The Waffle Wagon. The food truck was parked outside of the General Academic Building on Friday afternoon for the Third Friday event. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

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