Things to Do at Penn State: Oct. 17-24

October 16, 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:


"She Kills Monsters" — Oct. 8-17, Playhouse Theatre, University Park campus. Penn State Centre Stage presents a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17, Schwab Auditorium, University Park campus. The London chamber orchestra will perform music by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and Sally Beamish.

Twenty One Pilots — 7 p.m., Oct. 18, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Grammy-winners Twenty One Pilots will bring their "Bandito" tour to Penn State. 

"Harlem 100" — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum, this show features the nine-member band Mwenso and the Shakes celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance through funkified performances of jazz classics.


Café Laura Theme Dinner: "'Harvest': Let Us Squash Your Appetite" — Oct. 17, 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.

"Hersheypark in the Dark" — Oct. 19, Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Office of Student Activities is offering an evening trip to Hersheypark that leaves from the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Registration required.


Jay Bilas — 7 p.m., Oct. 17, The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will give the keynote lecture for the Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.

Research Unplugged: Peter La Femina — 12:30 p.m., Oct. 17, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Peter La Femina, associate professor of geosciences, will present "Multidisciplinary Monitoring of Active Volcanoes" and review the history of volcanology, monitoring techniques, and use specific examples from his research of active volcanoes in Central America and the Galapagos Islands. Free.

Alumna and World Cup champion Ali Krieger — 5 p.m., Oct. 18, Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Ali Krieger, a former Penn State women's soccer star and two-time World Cup champion, will discuss gender equity and her story regarding adversity and LGBTQ issues.

Huddle with the Faculty: "A Cultural Gateway to Penn State" — 8:30 a.m., Oct. 19, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus. The Penn State Alumni Association's "Huddle with the Faculty" series continues over breakfast the morning of home football games, this time with Palmer Museum of Art Director Erin Coe sharing the vision for Penn State’s plans for an exciting new University Art Museum at the Arboretum.

Behind the scenes of science journalism — 4 p.m., Oct. 23, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. A panel of journalists will give a behind-the-scenes look at the world of journalism, discussing how the media is changing and how to communicate science to the public. Free, but prior registration requested.

Teachers and the Civil Rights Movement 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 23, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. Penn State alumnus and professor of education at the University of Virginia Derrick Alridge will discuss the role and influence of teachers and educators on the Civil Rights Movement. Free.

Research Unplugged: "Leaf Long and Prosper?" — 12:30-1:30, Downsborough Community Room, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Postdoctoral ecosystem science and management researcher Erynn Maynard-Bean will reveal how shrub species from our yards and ornamental gardens are escaping and spreading into forests. Free.


"We Never Left: Artists of the Southeastern Indian Tribes" — Through Nov. 3, HUB Gallery, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. The exhibition focuses on Native American artists who are descendants of the indigenous peoples who survived and continue to thrive in some portion of their Southeastern homelands despite most of their populations being relocated in the 19th century. 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.

"Fantasy and Reality: The World According to Félix Buhot" — Through Dec. 15, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The museum spotlights one of the most original French printmakers of the 19th century. Free.

"Folded Section" — Through Jan. 10, 2020, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. The gallery is displaying an ambitious new wall drawing that explores the local landscape. Free.

"Ghosts" — Through Feb. 2, 2020, HUB-Robeson Galleries, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. An exhibition of works selected from the School of Visual Arts' collection of bisque ware, known as the Bisque Library. Free.

Last Updated October 21, 2019