BY MICHAEL PEÑA
Eat your heart out, Lil' Kim; here comes K-Flay. Undergrad KRISTINE FLAHERTY, who over a laptop-induced track crowns herself the "Suburban Rap Queen," will put on one of more than 80 performances in White Plaza on Friday for An Art Affair, which goes from noon to midnight. The event, sponsored by the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts, is in its sixth year and gives members of the Stanford community a chance to present their works to peers across campus. This year's celebration will feature 300 pieces of visual art and three performance stages. K-Flay—at http://www.stanford.edu/~kflah/kflay.html—rocks the Claw Stage during the evening CD release party for Stanford Soundtrack, Vol. 4. Free copies of the CD also will be handed out earlier in the day. For more information, go to http://soca.stanford.edu.
The Committee on Black Performing Arts is looking for singers, musicians, bands and poets—especially faculty and staff members—for its springtime jazz and blues celebration, Blue Monday, on April 18. Since 1996, Blue Monday has outgrown the walls of Harmony House and is now held on the front lawn. In recent years, student participation has increased as faculty and staff involvement has dropped off. So organizers plan to put out a second open call in the coming weeks. Past years have featured spoken word, jazz dance and a cappella performances. "We definitely had a lot of student responses after the first open call," said junior ASHLEY HANNAH, a Harmony House intern. "So we're trying to get more faculty and staff involved." Those who wish to participate should contact Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internationally renowned Bible and Jesus scholar MARCUS BORG will deliver a sermon in Memorial Church this Sunday at 10 a.m., followed by a public lecture in the church at 2 p.m. The Office for Religious Life invited Borg from Oregon State University, where he is a professor of religion and culture. Borg has written 11 books, including Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and, most recently, The Heart of Christianity. He is a Jesus Seminar fellow and has spoken on national network news shows and on public radio. His talks center on "the important and compelling subject of how to be a true Christian in the contemporary world." His sermon on Sunday will contrast the "pre- and post-Easter Jesus," and his lecture will explore conflicting modern-day visions of Christianity and Christian life.