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Actor Denzel Washington was spotted Saturday night in the Silliman dining hall, where his daughter Katia Washington ’10 performed with the a cappella group Shades in their annual Valentine’s Day concert, “A Midnight Love Affair.”

There may be no Sex Week this year, but Yalies made up for it over the weekend with Sex Weekend at Yale. Events included performances of “Vagina Monologues,” a screening of “Sex Week at Yale: The Movie” and a Pierson College Master’s Tea on Friday with Nikol Hasler, co-creator and host of the video podcast “Midwest Teen Sex Show.”

For Yalies turned off by all the hype about sex, the Sex Week at Yale organizers also hosted “Abstinence: A Contest,” inviting students to submit photo collections that portray ways of being intimate without having sex. Winners in two categories will be announced today.

New Haven, je t’aime. Yalies looking to speak the language of love Saturday night headed to the wine and cheese soirée L’Amour Toujours, hosted by Vis-à-Vis, the French Culture Society at Yale. Cheese from Caseus and truffles from Atticus were served to about 60 students, faculty and community members.

Bon appétit — finally! The Pierson kitchen was reopened Friday after a five-month hiatus. For kitchen access, students must leave a $20 deposit in the Master’s Office, to be handed back upon return of the key. Pierson College Council president Elaine Sullivan ’10 warned, “This time, let’s try and keep the kitchen clean so that our privileges don’t get taken away again (boo!).”

Shiver me timbers! Children in capes, crowns and construction-paper eye patches were seen wandering chilly Chapel Street on Saturday. The costumed tykes (accompanied by parents) attended the Yale Center for the British Art’s “High Seas and High Tea!” event, which invited guests to enjoy pirate-themed stories and sweets at the museum.

Thomas L. Friedman wrote in his Sunday op-ed about Caroline Howe ’07 and Alexis Ringwald ’05 FES ’06. The students recently concluded a month-long road trip in electric- and solar-powered cars as part of an anti-global warming campaign. Wrote Friedman: “It’s refreshing to know that the world keeps minting idealistic young people who … are starting their own projects and driving innovation.”

This day in Yale history

1914 At the seventh annual dinner of the Yale Alumni Association of New Haven, a star-studded assemblage of alumni spoke to the more than 200 guests in attendance at the Hotel Taft. The speakers included law professor and U.S. president-to-be William H. Taft 1878.

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