First Thursday State College continues Oct. 2

September 16, 2008

First Thursday State College will continue its celebration of the arts on Oct. 2, with exhibits, performances, and activities at locations throughout downtown State College and the Penn State campus. Parking is free that evening at all municipal street meters, the parking lots on Fraser Street and on Beaver Avenue and Allen Street (across from Municipal Building), and the McAllister parking deck. Participating venues will be marked by sidewalk posters.

Events for October include:

The Creative Oasis
5:30-7 p.m.: Demonstrations of wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery -- 133 East Beaver Avenue.

Happy Valley Optical

5-7 p.m.: Art work by William Snyder III -- 208 South Allen Street.

HUB-Robeson Galleries
—Pollock Road on University Park campus
5-8 p.m.: Robeson Gallery reception for opening of "Something To Look Forward To" -- An exhibition featuring abstract art by 22 distinguished Americans of African descent. The reception will include a showing of the documentary "Persistence of Vision: Contemporary African American Abstract Art," featuring conversations with several artists. On display Sept. 25-Dec. 4. Beverages and light fare provided for reception.
HUB Gallery: "Response To Machiavelli" -- Machiavelli proposed in his book, "The Prince," that power, in and of itself, was the ultimate goal of the public square. This series of paintings by Tom Block responds to that premise, offering a moral perspective on political issues. On display, Sept. 11-Dec. 2.  For more information: (814) 865-2563,

Palmer Museum
7 p.m.: "The Culture of Collage" -- with Robert Mattison, Marshall R. Metzgar professor of art history at Lafayette College and Rudolf Keunzli, professor of English, cinema and comparative literature at the University of Iowa. Co-sponsored by the Anderson Endowment Lecture series, Penn State's Institute for Arts and Humanities, and the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art. Parking is free for attendees in the Yellow E Lot off of Curtin Road.

Penn State University Libraries
8 a.m.-10 p.m.: "The Lion's Roar: Penn State Spirit" -- on display through December 30. In spring 2009, Penn State's University Libraries will celebrate 150 years of service to the University. For 100 of those years, the Nittany Lion mascot, its history preserved in the Penn State University Archives, has helped cheer on school spirit. A bookmark series with same title will be distributed free-of-charge at all University library locations, one of seven bookmarks before each Penn State home football game -- Pattee Library, main exhibit hall.

“Honoring Recently Promoted and Tenured Penn State Faculty,” featuring book selections and personal statements of those honored, on display to Oct. 31—the Diversity Studies Room, 109 Pattee Library.

8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: "Union Made—Labor's Cultural Production," featuring labor iconography, material culture, and expressions of the working-class experience culled from the collections of Historical Collections and Labor Archives, on display through Jan. 5.—The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library.

Schlow Centre Region Library
7-8:30 p.m.: "Destination: Cameroon" -- Explore the culture of Cameroon through a slide show, food, dancing and traditional clothing. Explore a beautiful and diverse culture in the Downsbrough Community Room, 211 South Allen Street.

All events are free and open to the public. For an up-to-date and complete listing of First Thursday events for October, check the web page at: 

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Last Updated March 19, 2009