August 13, 1998......Volume 27, Issue 37

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This week's arts briefs:
Ramona Quimby
Odyssey Through Literature
CPA announces season
Arts and Crafts Festival
Community Arts Center performances
Vince Gill to perform

Other arts-related sites:
Bryce Jordan Center

College of Arts and Architecture:
School of Integrative Arts
School of Music
Palmer Museum of Art

Mark your calendar

The Center for the Performing Arts opens its 1998-99 season with a performance of
Ramona Quimby at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park
campus.The play is based on the books of Newbury Award-winner Beverly Cleary. For ticket
information, call the Arts Ticket Center at (814) 863-0255 or (800) 278-7849.

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Odyssey Through Literature

Odyssey Through Literature, a half-hour radio show produced as a continuing education service of the Department of Comparative Literature, has set its fall schedule. The fall series has been drawn from the archives. The schedule through Sept. 27 follows:

* Aug. 30: "Bobbing Beyond the Known" with poet Alan Parker, professor of English at Penn State Erie, reads from and discusses his book, Days Like Prose, with host Leonard Rubinstein.

* Sept. 6: "Words in Fog," Mark Doty, a poet and writer teaching at the University of Utah, discusses his recent memoir, Heaven's Coast.

* Sept. 13: "Binding Passions," with Penn State historian Guido Ruggiero, author of Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance, discusses the teeming complex human quality of the Italian Renaissance.

* Sept. 20: "Hamlet in a Nutshell" with Penn State astronomer Peter Usher, who introduces host Leonard Rubinstein to the coded and cryptic ways in which Shakespeare incorporated the latest scientific theories into his works.

* Sept. 27: "Tom! (No Answer) Tom! (No Answer);" Richard Kopley, English professor and author of children's books, discusses the particular pleasures of blue sky, compound words and the study of great American literature.

Odyssey Through Literature airs Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on WPSU, 91.5 FM from University Park and 106.7 FM in Altoona, and on WPSB, 90.1 in northern Pennsylvania.

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CPA announces season

Twenty-five years ago, the Pittsburgh Symphony officially opened Eisenhower Auditorium, the 2,500-seat performance hall on the University Park campus. The symphony will return Nov. 19 under the direction of Andre Previn, for a special concert marking the auditorium's silver anniversary.

The performance is one of several highlights of the 1998-99 season for the Center for the Performing Arts. Season subscriptions for the 25-event series are now on sale. Call (814) 863-0255 for a free season brochure.

All events will be held in Eisenhower Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

The season at a glance:

* Ramona Quimby, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27

* Fiddler on the Roof, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 1 and 2

* Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

* A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Jo Ann Worley, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 14 and 15

* The Taming of the Shrew, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21

* Beauty and the Beast, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24

* Jon Nakamatsu and the Tokyo String Quartet, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28

* Ravenshead, Rinde Eckert and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6

* Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn, conductor, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19

* The Nutcracker, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

* Having Our Say, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21

* El Mozote, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre and the Core Ensemble, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29

* Die Fledermaus, London City Opera, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2

* Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Schwab Auditorium

* Smokey Joe's Cafe, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11 and 12

* Dee Dee Bridgewater, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18

* Jazz Train, Donald Byrd/The Group, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20

* Big: The Musical, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23

* Midori, violin, Robert McDonald, piano, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20

* Winnie the Pooh, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21

* Hit Me With A Hot Note! The Duke Ellington Songbook, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 24

* Peking Acrobats, 8 p.m. Friday, March 26

* The King and I, 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7

* Musicians from Marlboro, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10, Schwab Auditorium

* The Wiz of the West, Missoula Children's Theatre, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17

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Arts and Crafts Festival

The third annual Community Arts and Crafts Fall Festival returns to the Penn State Harrisburg campus on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The community celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature non-stop free entertainment, free parking, an estimated 160 craft vendors and artists, activities and events for children and plenty of food. Proceeds from the event benefit the community.

The festival is again being organized through volunteer efforts of the college and the surrounding municipalities -- Middletown, Royalton and Lower Swatara Township.

The entertainment in the main tent on the festival grounds kicks off at 10 a.m. The children's tent will offer daylong activities for the younger set, also beginning at 10 a.m.

In addition, Penn State Harrisburg nursing students will provide free blood pressure screenings during the festival.

For more information, call (717) 948-6272.

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Community Arts Center performances

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Williamsport Community Arts Center, part of Penn College, on several dates in the coming year. The season begins on Oct. 20 with a "Surprise Symphony" and conducting by Craig Nies.

A holiday concert on Dec. 8 features a brass quintet; On Feb. 6, 1999, the orchestra will perform with cellist Nathaniel Rosen, guest artist; April 10 is set aside for the spring concert, "A Soldier's Tale" by Stravinsky, with a narrator, dancer and actors; and May 18 marks the orchestra's annual pops concert featuring the Williamsport Civic Chorus. Call the arts center box office at (717) 326-2424 for times and ticket information.

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Vince Gill to perform

Country music superstar Vince Gill, with special guest Restless Heart, will appear at The Bryce Jordan Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Tickets are $26 and $21 for reserved seating. There is a $2 discount for Penn State students on the $21 tickets (limit two per I.D., available at the Jordan Ticket Center only).

The former lead singer of Pure Prairie League, Gill has successfully recorded seven albums as a solo artist, with each album selling more than a million copies. He also has received many honors, including 10 Grammys and 17 Country Music Association Awards.

Joining Gill at The Bryce Jordan Center will be newly reunited Restless Heart, best known for their mix of country and rock with heavy backbeats and tight harmonies.

Tickets can be purchased at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, selected Uni-Mart ticket outlets, Commonwealth campus and college ticket outlets, or by calling (814) 865-5555 locally or toll-free at (800) 863-3336. For group sales, call Fran Nuhfer at (814) 863-1812.

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