Things to Do at Penn State: April 28-May 5

(Editor's Note: This is the final edition of "Things to Do at Penn State" for the spring semester. "Things" will resume weekly publication with the start of fall classes.)

What's happening at Penn State? Here's a look at some of the cultural events taking place at the University this weekend and the coming week:


"Voices of the Silenced"3 p.m., April 30, Esber Recital Hall. The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra will feature Penn State music faculty members James Lyon and Timothy Shafer.


Student Farm Club Plant Sale11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., April 28, Headhouse 2. The Student Farm Club will host its annual plant sale, with proceeds benefiting the Student Farm at Penn State. Free.

Movin' OnApril 28, Penn State Blue Band Field. Penn State's annual music festival will feature Love and Theft, Clean Bandit, D.R.A.M., All Time Low and headliner Two Door Cinema Club. Free.

De-Stress FestApril 30-May 2, 103 Paterno Library. Penn State University Libraries offers students coffee, snacks and games to help reduce stress during finals week. Free.

"Decadence and Downfall — The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party"7 p.m., May 3, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park and Mont Alto Campus Library, Mont Alto. Produced by the British Broadcasting Company, this documentary looks at the lavish, $600 million party thrown by the Shah of Iran to celebrate 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy. The screening is part of the ongoing "Docunight: Iran via Documentaries" series co-sponsored by the Iranian Student Association and the Penn State University Libraries. Free.

Commencement May 5-7, Various campuses. Penn State's spring commencement exercises will take place across a number of campuses. Speakers will include U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, ESPN reporter Lisa Salters, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman and Nittany Lions football coach James Franklin. Free.


"A Letter Edged in Black 6: We're Finally On Our Own"April 27-June 17, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. Pete Schulte organizes works on paper next to in-situ wall drawings. The artist treats the gallery as a work in and of itself, incorporating its architectural idiosyncrasies into the site-specific drawings. Free.

"From Realism to Magic: Looking Queerly" 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 28, Palmer Museum of Art. Anthony D’Augelli, professor of human development and family studies, curated this one-day exhibition as part of the Palmer Museum's "Paper Views" series. D'Augelli will lead a conversation beginning at 1 p.m. Free.

"Eve Watson-Schütze: Pictorialist Portraits"Jan. 10-April 30, Palmer Museum of Art. Figure studies and portraits by photographer Eva Watson-Schütze from the early 20th century. Free.

"Morris Blackburn: Prints and Paintings in Process"Jan. 17-April 30, Palmer Museum of Art. Drawings, prints and paintings by Philadelphia native and modernist artist Morris Blackburn. Free.

"A Kaleidoscope of Color: Studio Glass at the Palmer"Jan. 31-April 30, Palmer Museum of Art. An exhibit highlighting newly acquired works of studio glass from the collections of various Penn State alumni and donors. Free.

"From the Trenches: The Great War in Sepia"Jan. 13-May 5, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 103 Paterno Library. A display of rare battlefield images of the common foot soldier during World War I. Free.

"Research Wrapped in Aesthetics: The Air Wall"Jan. 16-May 5, Stuckeman Family Building Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. This exhibit shows how research at Penn State in the 1950s influenced a passive solar design technique widely used today. The exhibit will include images and documents from Penn State’s libraries and archives, as well as a newly built model, all showing how Penn State faculty were among the first to explore solar design techniques intended to make the new glass buildings more comfortable and efficient. Free.

"Hubert Davis: Scenes of Pennsylvania"April 3-June 9, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley. Hubert Davis was an American lithographic artist of the Depression. His earliest works date back to 1925 and were primarily paintings of landscapes and figures. Free.

"Plastics: Knowledge and Information Taking Shape"March 21-Aug. 9, Pattee Library. This exhibit explores the various manifestations of plastic, from plastic surgery to the plastic arts, and also features artifacts, photographs and explanatory documentation about the Great Book Move, a book sculpture, and a display dedicated to the Maker Commons, the library’s 3-D printing facilities. Free.

"100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating Our Humanity"Dec. 12-Aug. 30, 203 Pattee Library. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, the exhibit features Pulitzer-related materials from the University Libraries' arts and humanities collections. Free.

"Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919"April 23, 2017-April 30, 2018, the Penn State All-Sports Museum. The exhibit chronicles the contributions of Nittany Lion lettermen during World War I and follows their service from training in the U.S. to fighting in France and Italy. Free.

Last Updated May 03, 2017