It’s dead week at ETSU–or as I like to call it, dead sprint week. There’s this idea of dead week as a time when you have no assignments due, and your lectures are just reviews. In my experience, I always have approximately 50 things due and maybe a test or two just to keep things light and breezy.

Next week is finals week, and after that, we’re home free! Well, most people are, but I’m taking a summer course because I love to suffer. For most students though, this is it the last haul before a three-month break.

As much as studying is important, so is giving yourself breaks and time to relax. I’m a big believer in the sprint study method: study for 45 minutes, break for 15, rinse and repeat. Beyond that, it’s important to get out the house or the library too and remember that there’s more to life that than cumulative biology final at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

What better way to do that than by experiencing some local artistic culture? Here are some events going on this weekend to catch during your study breaks.

Friday (28 April)

  • 17th Annual Short Film Festival (Milligan College, 6 p.m., free)
  • ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, Country and Celtic Bands (The Down Home, 7 p.m., $10)
  • Underhill Rose (The Willow Tree, 8 p.m., $10)

Saturday (29 April)

  • Celtic Mayday Festival (Tipton-Haynes Historic Site, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free)
  • Spring Garden Fair (Exchange Place, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $3)
  • ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, Country and Celtic Bands (The Down Home, 7 p.m., $10)
  • Bombadil and Hunter Grigg (The Willow Tree, 8 p.m., $10)

Sunday night, you should probably be studying for that final on Monday. If you really need another break though, you can find a list of all events going on in the Johnson City area this weekend here.

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