Things to Do at Penn State: Oct. 12-19

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

Performances

"The Drowsy Chaperone"Oct. 12-14, Schwab Auditorium. The Penn State Thespians present a musical comedy about the drama of Broadway.

"Choral Collage"7:30 p.m., Oct. 14, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Five Penn State choirs will present a fast-paced concert. Free.

"D.M.A. Solo Recital" — 1 p.m., Oct. 15, Palmer Museum of Art. The Palmer Museum of Art will host a series of Sunday afternoon concerts while the School of Music facilities are undergoing construction and renovation. The weekly concerts will be held in the "BIG Deal" exhibition on the museum’s second floor. Free.

Lila Downs 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17, Eisenhower Auditorium. Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American singer-songwriter and social activist Lila Downs will perform.

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19, Eisenhower Auditorium. The 2014 Tony Award-winner for best musical arrives at Penn State.

Events

National Coming Out Week — Oct. 9-13. The LGBTQA Student Resource Center will celebrate National Coming Out Week with programs focused on gender identity and expression. Free.

Barley, Wheat and Rye: The Food Drinks So You Do Not Have To — Oct. 12, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building. Students in HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester to be served in the student-run Cafe Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

Pumpkin festival  Oct. 13-14, the Arboretum at Penn State. The Arboretum will host its annual pumpkin festival. Free.

Palmer Museum of Art Community Day11 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 14, Palmer Museum of Art. The museum will feature live music, gallery talks, hands-on activities and Berkey Creamery ice cream. Free.

Nittany Nation Celebration: Tailgating With a Twist — Oct. 18, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building. Students in HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester to be served in the student-run Cafe Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

The Great White North: An expedition through French Canadian cuisine — Oct. 19, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building. Students in HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester to be served in the student-run Cafe Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

Lectures

Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series — 10 a.m., Oct. 12, Foxdale Village, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College. Nancy Dennis, associate professor of psychology, will present "Memory As We Age." Free.

Research Unplugged — 12:30 p.m., Oct. 12, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. The School of Visual Arts' Tom Lauerman will present "Art and 3-D Printing: The Possibilities of Clay." He will demonstrate his unique approach to 3-D printing with clay, and discusses its development and compelling applications in design, architecture and engineering. Free.

Sustainability Showcase — Noon, Oct. 13, third floor, Life Sciences Bridge. Andy Lau, associate professor in the College of Engineering, will present "Penn State PawPrint and Sustainable Energy." Free.

"Militarized Youth: Citizenship, Soldiering, Incarceration and Young People's Futures"Noon, Oct. 16, 217 Willard Building. Jenna Christian will present as part of the Africana Research Center's "Food for Thought" series. Free.

Lynsey Addario7:30 p.m., Oct. 16, Schwab Auditorium. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario will discuss her experience as a photographer in war-torn countries. Free. 

"An Evening with Lynsey Addario" 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Addario is the author of "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War," which is this year's Penn State Reads selection. Free.

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished WritersOct. 18-19. Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle will be featured in talks at the University Park campus. Free.

Research Unplugged — 12:30 p.m., Oct. 19, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Jeremy Engels of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences will present "Democratic Emotions: From Resentment to Gratitude." Free.

"Social-Emotional Learning: New Frontiers in Science and Practice in Preschools and Schools"4 p.m., Oct. 19, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building. Stephanie Jones, professor of education at Harvard University, will present the 2017 Bennett Lecture. Free.

Exhibits

"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.

"Asher B. Durand: To Begin Again" — Sept. 5-Dec. 10, Palmer Museum of Art. This exhibit focuses on the early career of this leading artist of the Hudson River School. Free.

"BIG Deal: Sizeable Paintings" — Sept. 5-Dec. 17, Palmer Museum of Art. The museum showcases some of its monumental canvases from its permanent collection, many of which have not been on view in recent years. Free.

"Minna Citron after Atelier 17" — Sept. 5-Dec. 10, Palmer Museum of Art. Four decades of printmaking by artist Minna Citron. Free.

"The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library" Oct. 3, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018, Pattee Library. This exhibit chronicles the University Libraries' 162-year history at University Park campus. Free.

"Skinnydipping"  Oct. 12-Nov. 4, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. "Skinnydipping" is an exhibition of two- and three-dimensional work that explores what it means to be a young American today. Free.

Last Updated October 11, 2017