Things to Do at Penn State: Sept. 12-19

September 11, 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:


Shawn Felipe — 7 p.m., Sept. 12, Wiestling Student Center, Penn State Mont Alto. The multi-ethnic stand-up comedian, who has starred on "The Great Food Truck Race" on Food Network and appeared in the NBC cop television series "Hawaii," will perform. Free.

Emmet Cohen Trio and Houston Person — 7:30 p.m., Sept. 12, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. Hard bop jazz saxophonist Houston Person will join the trio in concert.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour — 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14, Pullo Center, Penn State York. The Peabody Award-winning comedy will lampoon the film "No Retreat, No Surrender" starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

"(Im)migration: music of change" 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet will join talents and debut a new work by Catalyst violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery. 


University Libraries Open House 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 11-12, various locations, University Park campus. Students new to University Park can use their Penn State ID to check in at self-guided tour stops, receive free gifts and a chance to win one of several grand prizes as they learn about the Libraries' academic, research, and leisure resources and services. Free.

Harvest Festival 2019 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 12, Penn State Student Farm, University Park campus. The fourth annual event will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy farm-fresh snacks, live music and good company. A free shuttle bus is available from campus. Free.

Constitution Day 1-4 p.m., Sept. 17, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. The Department of Communications Arts and Sciences and the Intercollege Minor in Civic and Community Engagement will lead a celebration of the United States Constitution's 232nd birthday. Free.

Limits of the Imagination: "Fantastic Fungi" 7 p.m., Sept. 17, State Theatre, State College. The next series of films sponsored by Penn State's Sustainability Institute kicks off with a look at the intricate nature of the fungi kingdom and how mushrooms offer unique possibilities to address environmental and human health issues. Free.


"Reimagining Democracy: Lesson in Deliberative Democracy from the Irish Front Line"4 p.m., Sept. 12, Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park campus. David Farrell and Jan Suiter, two leaders of Ireland's "We the Citizen" initiative and winners of the 2019 Brown Democracy Medal, will discuss their success and how the model they created for citizen participation in government can be applied to other parts of the world. Free.

Emily Dickinson Lecture: Terrance Hayes — 7:30 p.m., Sept. 12, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. Terrance Hayes, a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship recipient and National Book Award winner will offer a reading at University Park campus. Free.

"The Kat Call: Calling Us Out" 6:30 p.m., Sept. 17, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. Kat Lazo, director, producer and host of Latino platform Mitú's "The Kat Call," will present a lecture. Free.

Huddle with the Faculty: "Sustainability of Penn State and Pennsylvania" — 9 a.m., Sept. 14, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus. Paul Shrivastava, chief sustainability officer for Penn State and director of the Sustainability Institute, will talk about local solutions for the global issue of sustainability. Free.


"Nittany Lion: Eco-Mascot" — Through Sept. 12, HUB-Robeson Galleries, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Artist Hannah Epstein envisions Penn State's mascot as an environmental crusader and supportive friend to the Earth. Free.

"George Miller and American Lithography" — Through Sept. 15, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibit features 38 prints by master printer George Miller from the museum's expansive permanent collection. Free.

"The Future Is Now: Media Tech Services and Adaptive Technologies" — Through Sept. 16, Diversity Studies Room, Pattee Library, University Park campus. Equipment and resources available through the University Libraries' Media and Technology Support Services and the Marion MacKinnon Adaptive Technology and Services department. Free.

J.D. Title — Through Sept. 27, art gallery, Penn State New Kensington. The Mercer County artist brings his watercolors to display on campus. Free.

Three Artist Exhibition — Through Oct. 10, Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks. Three Berks area artists — Erika Stearly, Mike Miller and Delores Kershner, will be featured. Free.

"A Meditation on this Age of Struggle and Strife"  Through Nov. 10, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. A solo exhibit of drawings and sculptures by Art Rudy Shepherd, associate professor of art, that reflects on news from 2017 to current day. Free.

"Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman" — Through Dec. 8, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. Nearly 80 objects, including sculptures, paintings, works on paper, and archival material highlight this reassessment of Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage. Free.

"Bauhaus Transfers: Albers/Rauschenberg" — Through Dec. 15, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The museum celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus, the influential school founded in Weimer, Germany, that unifies fine arts, design and architecture in its curriculum. Free.

"The Web of Life: John Biggers and the Power of Pedagogy" — Through Dec. 15, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The exhibit spotlights the work of artist John Biggers in relation to two important mentors, artist Charles White and famed art educator Viktor Lowenfeld. Free.

Last Updated September 11, 2019