Things to Do at Penn State: Feb. 7-14

February 06, 2019

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:

Performances

Tinashe 8 p.m., Feb. 7, Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. R&B and pop singer/songwriter Tinashe will perform. Free with valid Penn State student ID.

"Me ... Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall" 4 p.m., Feb. 10, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. A performance based on the early life of naturalist Jane Goodall.

Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella" 7:30 p.m., Feb. 10, the Pullo Center, Penn State York. The Tony Award-winning musical offers a contemporary take on the classic "Cinderella" story.

Classical Coffeehouse: Sybarite5 8 p.m., Feb. 12, Robb Hall, Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park campus. The string quartet has been described as "classical music's most dynamic new music group." Free, but donation suggested.

"Violet" Feb. 12-16, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, State College. Based on "The Ugliest Pilgrim," this play explores what beauty is, explores our flaws and what things we let separate us from the world.

Sybarite57:30 p.m., Feb. 13, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. The string quartet will play pieces from its 2018 album, "Outliers."

Events

27th annual Connoisseur's Dinner and Auction6-10 p.m., Feb. 9, Alumni Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus. Celebrity chef Diane Kochilas will bring her Greek cuisine to the annual event that supports WPSU.

"Honor Diaries" 7 p.m., Feb. 13, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. "Honor Diaries" is a film that explores themes of violence against women in honor-based societies. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Free.

(All In) Voices11 a.m.-5 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. Former called the Human Library, the event continues the human storytelling showcase, including a panel discussion and individual storytelling sessions. Free.

Lectures

"STEM Forward: Minorities in Engineering" 7 p.m., Feb. 7, Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre, Student Enrichment Center, Penn State Harrisburg. Retired astronaut and Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus Guion "Guy" Bluford will discuss his experience as America's first African-American astronaut and the challenges he faced as a minority in a STEM field. Free, but reserved tickets required.

"The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity" 3:30 p.m., Feb. 8, 101 Thomas Building, University Park campus. Sean B. Carroll Vice President of science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will deliver the 2019 Darwin Day Lecture. Free.

Exhibits

"Into the Woods: Nature in Your Library" — Sept. 5-Feb. 11, 203 Pattee Library, University Park campus. This exhibit explores the eastern U.S. forest, its wildlife and botanical health, and gives special tribute to early women naturalists and conservationists. Free.

"The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science" — Nov. 1-Feb. 22, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, 18 Deike Building, University Park campus. A traveling art exhibit featuring photographs highlighting female paleontologists in the field and in their laboratories. Free.

"Subjective Spaces: Drawings and Collages by Robert Reed" — Jan. 5-May 19, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This intimate retrospective features 16 selections from Reed's drawings and collages. Free. 

MLK Week Student Poster Designs — Jan. 10-Feb. 27, Sidewater Commons, Pattee Library, University Park campus. Twenty student posters based on the 2019 MLK Week theme, "Where Do We Go From Here: A Tradition of Resistance," created by a graphic design course are on display. Free.

"Plug In, Turn On"Feb. 7-March 31, HUB-Robeson Galleries, HUB-Robeson Building, University Park campus. This two-person exhibition of works by Pittsburgh-based artists Ian Brill and Kevin Clancy, alongside "Architecting Atmospheres," an exhibition of Penn State architecture students, uses sound, light and space to create environmental atmospheres. Free.

"Race and Revolution: Still Separate, Still Unequal"Jan. 29-April 6, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. This traveling exhibition of contemporary artwork and historical documents explores the ongoing issue of school segregation in the United States. Free.

"Amazing Stories: Recent Acquisitions" — Jan. 12-May 26, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibit highlights a large selection of prints by artists whose work relies heavily on representation and storytelling to explore ethnic identity and stereotypes, multicultural histories and personal narratives. Free.

"From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of a New Urban Space"Feb. 3-May 12, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The museum will feature a major loan exhibition of Ashcan School painter John Sloan, who focused on New York City rooftops in the first half of the 20th century. Free.

"The Secret Lives of Girls and Women"Jan. 29-Sept. 1, 104 Paterno Library, University Park campus. This exhibit of archival materials from the University Libraries' Eberly Family Special Collections Library examines the spectrum of "secrets" of the female experience. Free.

Last Updated February 14, 2019