Winthrop University kicks off the fall semester with its traditional “Welcome Week” on Friday, offering many campus traditions and some new faces to its entertainment lineup.
Events open to the public include magicians, comedians, singers and convocation, a special picnic and activities welcoming students.
Unless otherwise noted, all tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 with a Winthrop ID or free with a Welcome Week pass, which can be purchased at the door. A pass allows free entry to all Welcome Week events. With a Winthrop ID, passes cost $10; for all others the cost is $20.
• Saturday: Winthrop hosts Drums of Polynesia, a combination of song, dance and education. The group brings Hawaiian hula dance, Tahitian drums, Tongan drums and fire dances of Samoa. 8 p.m., at Byrnes Auditorium
• Sunday: Winthrop welcomes magician and comedian Michael Kent and comedian James Davis.
Kent’s style is similar to a late-night talk show. He combines sarcastic humor with magic, which has earned him a spot as one of the college market’s top comedy-magicians.
Davis has appeared on numerous BET and MTV shows and as a guest panelist on the “Chelsea Lately Show.” He’s hosted shows for performers Drake and Ryan Leslie. 8 p.m., at Byrnes Auditorium
• Monday: Winthrop welcomes students during its annual convocation picnic and traditional “Blue Line.” Monday’s events will be held on Winthrop’s front lawn, with the West Center as a rain location.
R&B and pop singer Rayvon Owen will perform. He released his first single, “Brand New Day,” earlier this year. Personalized novelty items will be available for purchase. Free; Convocation is free to attend and begins at 5 p.m., front lawn
• Tuesday: Winthrop is bringing back a campus favorite: David Coleman, the “Dating Doctor,” who will share with students how to make relationships matter. Coleman is a 14-time national campus speaker of the year. 8 p.m., in Tillman Auditorium
• On Thursday, a Winthrop tradition – hypnotist Tom DeLuca – returns. DeLuca hypnotizes volunteer audience members during his show. 8 p.m., in Byrnes Auditorium
• Aug. 23: One of the nation’s best-known drumlines will entertain Winthrop’s campus. The Atlanta Drumline is a group heralded for its precision, custom arrangements and intense spirit and sound. 8 p.m., at Byrnes Auditorium
• Aug. 24: Winthrop brings hip-hop violinist Josh Vietti, a musician who has appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and opened for artists such as Ne-Yo and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Vietti will be joined by spoken word artist The Asia Project. Mixing poetry with music, The Asia Project has been featured on HBO and BET. 8 p.m., at Byrnes Auditorium
• Aug. 25: Comedian Michael Blaustein will open for country and rock band Scarletta at Winthrop. Blaustein has participated in Comedy Central’s “Campus Tour” and his stand-up performances can be seen nationwide on the College Humor Comedy Tour. He’s a cast member for the new version of “Punk’d” on MTV.
Scarletta consists of fiddle player Nathan Stoops, lead singer Aubrey Collins and guitarist Benji Harris. 7 p.m., at Byrnes Auditorium
Events are organized by the DiGiorgio Student Union programming board.
For information, call 803-323-2299.
Anna Douglas • 803-329-4068