Things to Do at Penn State: Jan. 18-25

January 17, 2018

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


WinterJam Tour Spectacular — 7 p.m., Jan. 19, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Christian music's largest annual tour will feature rockers Skillet, as well as a number of other artists. 

Undergraduate, Graduate Student Recognition Recitals: 2 and 5 p.m., Jan. 21, 110 Music Building I, University Park campus. The spring semester recognition recitals showcase the School of Music's most outstanding student performers. The undergraduate recital begins at 2 p.m. and the graduate recital begins at 5 p.m. Free.

Camerata RCO: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. The Dutch ensemble makes its Penn State debut in a concert featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Clarinet Quintet A and Franz Schubert's Octet in F Major.


"Art Activism in the '60s"  5:30-7 p.m, Jan. 18, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Works from local elementary, middle and high school students will be showcased as they interpret this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration theme with art, poetry and essays. Free.

WWE Live!: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 20, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Professional wrestling returns to the University Park campus. 


"What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing" — 7 p.m., Jan. 18, Student Enrichment Center Theatre, Penn State Harrisburg. John Quiñones, ABC News' first Latino correspondent and seven-time Emmy Award winner, will be featured as part of the Student Affairs' Civility Series. Free.

Herman Boone7 p.m., Jan. 18, Klump Academic Center Auditorium, Pennsylvania College of Technology. Herman Boone, the real-life inspiration for the popular Disney movie "Remember the Titans," is the featured speaker for the college's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Free.

Smeal Executive Insight Series — 11:15 a.m., Jan. 19, 110 Business Building, University Park campus. Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, director of the Defense Logistics Agency, will share his perspectives on logistics and leadership. Free.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Evening Celebration — 5:30 p.m., Jan. 19, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. Amanda Seales, known for taking serious topics and making them relatable and interesting through humor, will be the featured keynote speaker. Sales is a comedian, actress, writer, producer and former MTV VJ who holds a master's degree in African-American studies from Columbia University. Free, but tickets required for entry.

Mae Jemison6 p.m., Jan. 25, Student Enrichment Center Theatre, Penn State Harrisburg. Astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator Mae Jemison visits the Harrisburg campus. Free, but online registration required.


"Practice What We Teach" — Jan. 9-31, Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery. Current and retired art educators from western Pennsylvania school districts showcase their work outside the classroom. Free.

"Pop at the Palmer" — Jan. 9-May 13, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. Prints from the museum's permanent collection by Pop Art notables such as Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Free.

"Books Undone: The Art of Altered Books" — Jan. 11-Feb. 28, Madigan Library, Pennsylvania College of Technology. The exhibit features visually stunning reinventions of the printed page. Free.

"Beyond Bones and 'CSI': The Modern Role of the Forensic Artist" — Noon- 3 p.m., Jan. 15-19, Arts and Design Research Incubator, 16 Borland Building, University Park campus. The exhibit showcases how the scope, role and education of the forensic artist are adapting to new demands, new technologies and new fields of study. Free.

"Dox Thrash, Black Life and the Carborundum Mezzotint" — Jan. 16-May 20, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The exhibit features Philadelphia-based artist Dox Thrash, who pioneered a new approach to printmaking known as the carborundum process in the late 1930s. Free.

"What Big Eyes You Have! Looking at the Wolf in Fairy Tales" — Jan. 16-May 13, Eberly Family Special Collections Library exhibition room, 104 Paterno Library, University Park campus. The exhibit takes a close look at historical depictions of the wolf in well-known and lesser-known fairy tales. Free.

"Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919"  April 23, 2017-April 30, 2018, the Penn State All-Sports Museum, University Park campus. 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.

"Keith Lemley: A Theory of Everything" — Oct. 26, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. Penn State alumnus and artist Keith Lemley will craft a new work that combines maple and neon and unify them through geometry and form. Free.

  • illustrated book cover showing little girl in red cape holding hands and dancing with wolf dressed in coat, pants and tie

    The Panorama Book "Little Red Riding Hood" illustrated by Molly B. Thomson depicts a friendlier, dapper version of the fairy tale's wolf, dancing and holding hands with the book's red-caped heroine. Visitors to the Special Collections Library exhibition “What Big Eyes You Have! Looking at the Wolf in Fairy Tales,” Jan. 16-May 13, 2018, may recognize something familiar about this wolf. 

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Last Updated January 17, 2018