Lord of the Rings Trivia Night
Do you know the award-winning film and book series like the back of your hand? If so, attend the Underground Coffeehouses “Lord of the Rings Trivia Night” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13. Like other trivia nights in the Coffeehouse, teams can include up to six members, with each individual paying a $1 buy-in. The first place team takes 70 percent, second place takes 20 percent and third place takes 10 percent of the prize money.


13th Annual Ridin’ Low in the 3-6-0


Western’s M.E.Ch.A hosts the low-rider show every year during “Back-to-Bellingham” weekend. This event is centered around a car show, where participants can register their cars or motorcycles to compete against each other, or just to show off all the work they’ve put in their rides. Also featured at the event will be food, contests, dancing and a variety of organizations, schools and community groups with table setups. Western’s M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan) hopes to promote their culture in Whatcom County, drawing participants from Canada and other surrounding areas.


Queer Experience
Similar to last quarter’s “Vagina Memoirs,” the “Fourth Annual Queer Experience” takes place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room and on Friday, May 10 in VU Room 552. This event includes performance from individuals identifying with the queer community sharing their experiences, “breaking down barriers and reclaiming their truths.” The cast includes students and community members who created their individual pieces throughout the quarter.


Back-to-Bellingham
This weekend-long event inviting alumni, current students, community members and families to come enjoy and explore over 100 different activities, performances, tours and sporting events held on campus and around Bellingham.


Ski-to-Sea Festival

This annual event takes place on Sunday, May 26, spanning from Mount Baker to Bellingham Bay. The 93.5-mile relay race includes seven different sporting events that occur at different locations between Mount Baker and Bellingham Bay. Each team consists of eight relay members, participating in cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, mountain biking and kayaking. Along with the relay race, other events occurring during the week before include a variety of parades, the “Whatcom Art Guild Spring Ski-to-Sea” show and the “Third Annual Ski-to-Sea Community Block Party” at Boundary Bay Brewery.


Learn to Surf Memorial Day Weekend

If you are planning on staying in Bellingham for Memorial Day weekend, the Outdoor Center is hosting a “Learn to Surf” trip to Westport, Wash., a local surfing hot spot near Grays Harbor. Included in the price of $150 – which is less than half of the normal price – is two days of professional surf lessons, rentals, accommodations at the Islander Resort and Hotel and transportation. Geared toward novices, but welcome to all, the spots for this excursion will fill up quickly. Sign up in the Outdoor Center in Viking Union Room 150.

Movies

May is the beginning of the summer-blockbuster season, and Hollywood is not going to disappoint movie buffs this year. Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark in “Iron Man 3,” also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Ben Kingsley, who plays super villain Mandarin; “Iron Man 3 premieres Friday, May 3.” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic “The Great Gatsby” has been adapted to the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the title role, Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan playing Daisy Buchanan. The film was supposed to be released in December 2012, but the release date was pushed back to May 10, 2013. Other movies coming out in May include “After Earth,” with Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith, coming out Friday May 31. “Star Trek Into Darkness,” will be coming out Friday, May 17, and “The Hangover: Part III,” will be coming out Friday, May 24.
Uhane O Ka Aina-Spirit of the Land


Western’s Hui ‘o Hawai’i club is hosting a luau on Saturday, May 18 in the VU MPR. The event will explore the theme - Uhane O Ka Aina or “Sprit of the Land” – and include music, hula dancing, food and other performances. There will also be items from Hawaii available for purchase, contests and raffles. Tickets for students are $12 and general admission is $15, both available online and at the WWU Performing Arts Center Box Office.
Oz the Great and Powerful


Director Sam Raimi had two blockbusters released this year, and the less bloody of the two will be shown at Western on Thursday, May 16. “Oz the Great and Powerful” stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz telling the story of the Wizard of Oz…not the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” but of the great and powerful Oz himself. The movie is being shown at 8 p.m. in Arntzen room 100, and it is free.