Things to Do at Penn State: Sept. 27-Oct. 4

September 26, 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:


COIN — 8 p.m., Sept. 27, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. The Penn State Student Programming Association will present the indie pop band COIN. Free.

J. Cole7:30 p.m., Sept. 28, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Rapper J. Cole makes a stop at Penn State as part of his "KOD" album tour.

"Legally Blonde the Musical"Oct. 2-11, Playhouse Theatre, University Park campus. Penn State Centre Stage presents the musical based on the hit movie of the same name.

"Hotel"7:30 p.m., Oct. 3, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. Montreal's Cirque Éloize will perform its new contemporary circus production.



Postdoc Research Exhibition10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sept. 28, Alumni Hall and 129 AB HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Postdoctoral researchers and research associates from across Penn State present their work in poster sessions, a lightning-talk competition and a panel discussion on career options after postdoctoral training. Free. 

Penn State Horticultural Research Farm Apple Sale9 a.m., Sept. 28, sidewalk next to Penn State Berkey Creamery, University Park campus. Early-season apples from the Penn State Horticultural Research Farm, including Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, Daybreak Fuji, Jonamac and a limited quantity of Asian Pear will be available for sale. Free.

"Let's Dance" workshop 4 p.m., Sept. 28, Ford Building lawn, University Park campus. The For Good Troupe will kick off a movement workshop for families that will include basic choreography from the Broadway musical "Peter Pan." Free.

"Lived Mosaic: Diverse Experiences of One Culture" Through Oct. 15, various locations, University Park campus. Penn State celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with numerous free events around campus. Free.

"Al Fresco — A Rustic Night By the Fireside" — Oct. 3, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building, University Park campus. 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.

"Blocos de Carnaval — Dance through the Flavors of Brazil" — Oct. 4, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building, University Park campus. 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.



“How Immigrants Shape(d) the United States" — 12:30 p.m., Sept. 27, Downsbrough Community Room of Schlow Library, State College. Penn State alumnus Nalini Krishnankutty will present a lecture titled “How Immigrants Shape(d) the United States: An Exploration of History." Free.

"Ethical and Legal Aspects Related to Pesons with Cognitive Impairment"Noon, Sept. 27, 101 Nursing Sciences Building, University Park campus. Hollyce Winter, a local attorney and executive director of the Centre County Bar Association, will be featured. Free, but advanced registration required.

"'Fresh, Energetic and Fierce': William Merritt Chase, Georgia O'Keeffe and Still Life by Women Artists of the Progressive Era"4:30 p.m., Sept. 27, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. Anna Marley, curator of historical American art and director for the Center of the Study of American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, will discuss the importance of still-life in one artist's teaching and the role it played in his female students' practice. Free.

Huddle with the Faculty: "Evan Pugh's Penn State: America's Model Agricultural College"9 a.m., Sept. 29, Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom, University Park campus. Roger Williams, retired executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, will delve into the history of the University. Free. 

Washington Post reporter Steven Rich 5 p.m., Oct. 2, 112 Kern Building, University Park campus. Steven Rich, the Pulitzer Prize-winning database editor for the investigations unit at the Washington Post will discuss his plans to cover the state of investigative report, the evolution of data reporting and access to information in the Trump era. Free.

Research Unplugged: "Climate Change and National Security: People not Polar Bears" — 12:30 p.m., Oct. 4, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. David Titley, founding director of Penn State's Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, will cover the basic science and greatest challenges of climate change from a variety of perspectives. Free.



"Keith Lemley: A Theory of Everything" — Through Sept. 30, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. Lemley's work explores the artist's interests in current scientific theories connecting disparate parts of the universe through underlying geometries. Free.

"Gravity Schmavity" — Through Oct. 29, the Arboretum at Penn State, University Park campus. Repurposed plastic sculptures by artist Aurora Robson will be on display at the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Free.

"Overlap: Life Tapestries" Through Nov. 15, Robeson Art Gallery, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. A group exhibition of self-identified women artists of different social and professional backgrounds and generations will be on display. Free.

"Instinctive Gestures" — Through Dec. 18, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibition features contemporary works recently gifted to the Palmer by collectors Marilyn Fishman and James MacElderry. Free.

"Transitions" — Through fall semester, Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks. As part of the campus' 60th anniversary, Penn State Berks is hosting an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to step back in time and view key moments in the campus' history. Free.

"A Small Radius of Light: G. Daniel Massad, A Retrospective" Through Dec. 9, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. A display of G. Daniel Massad's detailed still lives rendered in pastel. Free.

"Object Lessons: American Still-Life Painting in the Nineteenth Century"Through Dec. 16, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The show highlights the rich tradition of still-life painting in the United States with an emphasis on Pennsylvania's influential role in that history. Free.

"Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World" Oct. 1-Dec. 21, Penn State Schuylkill. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza pandemic with an exhibit that explores the origins of zoonotic disease and humans' role in spreading animal-borne viruses. Free.

"A Full Course: Encounters with Food"Through Jan. 13, 2019, Pattee Library, University Park campus. An exhibit featuring appetizing books, award-winning cookbooks, manuscripts and archive materials. Free.

"Into the Woods" — Through Feb. 11, 2019, Pattee Library, University Park campus. The exhibit explores the eastern U.S. forest, its wildlife and botanical wealth, while also paying tribute to early women naturalists and conservationists. Free.

Last Updated October 04, 2018