Things to Do at Penn State: April 21-27

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:


"Truth Moves"7:30 p.m., April 21-22, Playhouse Theatre. The Penn State dance program presents a concert of contemporary dance with themes of identity, relationships and communication. Free, but donation suggested.

Penn State Glee Club Blue and White Concert7:30 p.m., April 22, Eisenhower Auditorium. The choir's program features 19th century German repertoire by Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert, arrangements of well-known spirituals, and "Benedicamus Domino" by renowned 20th century Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The concert will also include selections from the Hi-Los, a small ensemble of Glee Club members.

"Tales from the Emerald City"4 p.m., April 23, Pegula Ice Arena. Skaters from the Penn State figure skating team, Pegula Learn-to-Skate Program and the Nittany Valley Figure Skating Club will perform to songs from "The Wizard of Oz," "The Wiz" and "Wicked."


Penn State Startup Week Various times, April 17-21, various locations. The colleges of Information Sciences and Technology and Engineering host a series of events aimed at teaching, motivating and inspiring the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. Free.

Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 21, Research Building B garage. The team shows off its student-made hybrid-electric Chevrolet Camaro. Free.

Blue-White Science Expo11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., April 22, HUB-Robeson Center. Featuring the latest research from 17 Penn State faculty members, the expo offers the community a chance to show their support for research. Free.

Blue-White WeekendVarious times, April 21-23, various locations. Events include the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, the annual football scrimmage and other Nittany Lion sporting events. Some events free.

Blue and White Film Festival 7 p.m., April 22, State Theatre, State College. The Penn State Student Film Organization showcases student-made films. Free student admission.

Model Railroad Club Open House10 a.m.-4 p.m., April 22 and 23, Pinchot Hall basement. Operating since 1955, the student club maintains a layout of tracks encompassing nearly 1,200 square feet and includes more than 50 locomotives and approximately 1,000 train cars. Free.

EcoPalooza12:30-4:30 p.m., April 23, HUB lawn. Eco Action, Penn State's oldest environmental club, will host an Earth Day celebration that will include live musical performances, games, activities, face painting, yoga and food. Free.

"The Marriage of Figaro"2:30 p.m., April 23, 112 Woodland Building, Penn State Abington. The Penn State Abington opera film series presents "Figaro."

International Write-In3:30-7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight, April 23, Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. The International Write-In provides quiet writing spaces and areas for small-group collaboration as well as coffee, snacks and support from reference librarians and writing consultants. Free pizza will be provided to registered writers between the end of the first session and start of the second session. Free.

Campus and Community Sustainability Expo5-7 p.m., April 24, State College Municipal Building, State College. Twenty-eight student projects will be showcased that directly address sustainability challenges unique to the region's communities. Free.

The Price is Right Live8 p.m., April 25, Bryce Jordan Center. The hit interactive stage show gives eligible individuals the chance to "come on down" to win prizes.

Casino High Rollers: Taste Your LuckApril 25, 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 Handmaid's Tale" 7 p.m., April 26, 104 Keller Building. An exclusive screening of the premiere episode of "The Handmaid's Tale," based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. Free.

Pinwheels for Prevention12:15 p.m., April 27, Old Main lawn. Penn Staters are invited to stop by to help the Child Maltreatment Prevention Network plant a pinwheel garden as part of National Child Abuse Awareness month. Free.

Engineering Design Showcase 1-3:30 p.m., April 27, Bryce Jordan Center. Engineering students show off their solutions to industry-posed projects. Free.


"How Stress Kills: The Damage and Some Remedies"3:30 p.m., April 24, Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Building. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at Ohio State, will discuss ways that stress impairs health, including recent studies showing metabolic alterations that promote obesity as part of the second annual Founder's Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day, hosted by the Department of Biobehavioral Health. Free.

"Ethnic Conflict and Post-War Peace Building in Sri Lanka"2:30 p.m., April 24, 112 Lewis Katz Building. Gamini Keerawella, the deputy chief of mission of Sri Lanka in the United States, will discuss socio-political dynamics of the conflict and post-conflict reconciliation initiatives in Sri Lanka. Free.

"Myths and Realities about Concussions" 4 p.m., April 25, Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. Semyon Slobounov, professor of kinesiology, will discuss different factors that impact sensitivity to concussive injury, such as gender, age and sports activities, including both contact and non-contact sports, at the 2017 Pattishall Research Lecture. Free.

"Beyond the Genome: Unlocking the Secrets of Epigenetics"4 p.m., April 25, Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building. Joseph Ecker, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor and Salk International Council Chair in Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, will present the 2017 John M. Chemerda Lectures in Science. Free.

Randi Blackman Teplitz12:15 p.m., April 26, 404 Old Main or via livestream. Pennsylvania Commission for Women chair Randi Blackman Teplitz will discuss the mission and initiatives of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the current status of women in Pennsylvania. In addition, she will discuss current public policy issues related to economics, health and safety, and the impact of these policies on women. Free.

"Is It Well With the Children?"3:30 p.m., April 27, Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center. Janet Rosenzweig, executive director of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, will discuss her findings on preventing maltreatment and promoting well-being in children. 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.

"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 April 21, 2017