Things to Do at Penn State: Oct. 24-31

October 23, 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

"And It Begins Like This"Oct. 23-25, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona. The campus will offer an adaptation of LaTanya McQueen's book of the same name. 

Jeff Dunham: Seriously!? 7 p.m., Oct. 25, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Jeff Dunham and his somewhat inappropriate proteges bring their comedy to the University Park campus.

"A Bronx Tale" 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. The streetwise musical about 1960s Bronx, New York, makes a stop at Penn State. 

"The Importance of Being Earnest"Oct. 30-Nov. 2, SEC Building, Penn State Harrisburg. Penn State Harrisburg's School of Humanities presents one of Oscar Wilde's most renowned comedies.

 

Events

Busybugs Storytime: Langston Hughes10:30 a.m., Oct. 24, Annie Halenbake Ross Library, 232 W. Main St., Lock Haven. This co-presentation with the Center for Performing Arts at Penn State features a story time and a words-that-make-us-move activity for preschoolers featuring books by Langston Hughes. Free.

Café Laura Theme Dinner: "A Wizard's Feast: The Journey to Hogwarts" — Oct. 24, 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.

Penn State Altoona Haunted Lantern Tour 10 p.m., Oct. 25, Misciagna Family Center for the Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona. Jared Frederick, instructor in history, will delve into the darker side of Altoona's past. Free.

Graphic Design Internship Show7 p.m., Oct. 26, 101 Thomas Building, University Park campus. Graphic design seniors will showcase their work with some of the most recognizable brands and firms in design, fashion and entertainment. Free.

Enchanted Halloween Trail and FestivalOct. 26-27, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Huntingdon County. The annual community festival will feature pumpkin carving, face painting and music. Festival is free, but tickets required for Enchanted Halloween Trail.

Café Laura Theme Dinner: "First Class Cuisine: Memories from Luxury Liners" — Oct. 31, 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.

 

Lectures

Research Unplugged: Erin Maynard-Bean — 12:30 p.m., Oct. 24, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Erin Maynard-Bean, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, will present "Leaf Long and Prosper? Shedding Light on Invasive Shrubs in Eastern Deciduous Forests" in the final Research Unplugged event of the fall season. Free.

EarthTalks Seminar: Klaus Lackner 4 p.m., Oct. 28, 112 Walker Building, University Park campus. Renowned carbon capture technology expert Klaus Lackner will present "The Dynamics of Deep Decarbonization." Free.

"A Conversation with Emily Kaplan"7 p.m., Oct. 28, 10 Spark Building, University Park campus. Penn State alumna and ESPN reporter Emily Kaplan returns to campus as part of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism's ongoing Conversation Series. Free.

Fall 2019 Science Achievement Graduate Fellows Lecture: Yvonne Buckley 3:30 p.m., Oct. 29, 100 Huck Life Sciences Building, University Park campus. Yvonne Buckley, professor of zoology at Trinity College Dublin, will present "The biogeography of plan and animal populations." Free.

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels5 p.m., Oct. 29, 101 Thomas Building, University Park campus. Rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run-DMC fame will talk about mental health, addiction and recovery. Free.

"Iconic Modern Chair" Collection5:30 p.m., Oct. 29, jury space, Stuckeman Family Building, University Park campus. Craig Zabel, associate professor of art history, will discuss the history and design of a portion of a new collection of modern chairs housed at the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. Free.

 

Exhibits

"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.

"Art at the Center: Transdisciplinary Creativity" Through Nov. 5, 125 Borland Building, University Park campus. The Borland Project Space will feature a four-week art education residency with lectures, performances and workshops by art education faculty in collaboration with others.

"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 25, 2019