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Exit to Eden

For students and visitors alike, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens represent tranquility: a place to study, take a nap, toss a frisbee or even complete an unofficial graduation requirement (for the adventurous). On weekends, you can sometimes see a bride and groom posing for wedding pictures. But tonight, an entirely different celebration will be taking place amid the willow trees and carp pond-a rave in the Gardens.

Starting at five o'clock this afternoon, Gruv Productions, a student-run entertainment collective, launches Exodus VI: Return to Eden. The seven-hour rave will feature three DJs as well as a Capoeira dance troupe, which combines martial arts and movement with Afro-Brazilian influences. Duke's Djembe Ensemble, a musical group that uses traditional West African percussion instruments in a contemporary style, will also be playing.

Though the event will be a "rave" in all traditional interpretations of the word-with hypnotic trance and house music, lots of lights and dancing-McGrew says he prefers not to use the term "rave" because of its negative connotations.

The party is open to everyone free of charge. In addition to the largest sound and light system ever used on Duke's campus, the event will also provide free water, fresh fruit and ice cream. And don't worry hard-core party kids: they're also giving out free glow sticks.

This semester, Gruv Productions has organized multiple parties and events at the Coffeehouse. With their successful, often free or inexpensive events, Gruv hopes to facilitate a more socially diverse and inclusive campus scene. Through dance music and live bands, the group also hopes to lessen the current emphasis on alcohol in Duke's social life. Considering the recent focus on this campus issue, Friday seems a very opportune time to "Return to Eden."


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