September 10, 1998......Volume 28, Issue 4

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This week's arts briefs:
Cultural events
Bassoon recital
Bach's Lunch
Art classes
Saxophone concert
Ramona Quimby
"My Left Breast"
URTC schedule
Art on the Move
Neil Diamond 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

At the Jordan Center

Sister Hazel will play at The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. The group will open for the Allman Brothers Band. For tickets, call (814) 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336.

At the Palmer

"Bedtime" is one of several pieces of the exhibition "Red Grooms and the Heroism of Modern Life." The exhibit opens Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus.

Cultural events

Penn State Worthington Scranton's new season of free cultural events begins Sept. 15 and continues through spring. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. The schedule follows:

* Philadelphia Brass (classical), Sept. 15, Jewish Community Center.

* Rajeckas and Intraub (mime), Oct. 19, Study Learning Center.

* Steve Wolf and Swing Speak (jazz), Nov. 11, Study Learning Center.

* Grafitti Tribe (a cappella), Jan. 25, 1999, Study Learning Center.

* Pin Point Theatre presents "The Meeting" Feb. 15, 1999, Study Learning Center.

* Shari Richards (folk), March 22, 1999, Study Learning Center.

* Robert Reilly (folk), April 13, 1999, Jewish Community Center.

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Bassoon recital

Daryl Durran, associate professor of music, will present a free bassoon recital at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus. Joining Durran will be Marylène Dosse, professor of music, on piano; soprano Susan Boardman, associate professor of music; Lisa O. Bontrager, associate professor of music, on horn; and members of the Penn State Bassoon Studio.

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Bach's Lunch

Saxophobia, a saxophone quartet, will perform for the Bach's Lunch concert at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus.

The free, 20-minute concert is part of the Bach's Lunch series sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture and the University Lutheran Parish.

The quartet consists of Dan Yoder, professor of music, soprano sax; Rich Nasto, graduate saxophone performance major and teaching assistant, alto sax; Bill Ferguson, senior saxophone performance major, tenor sax; and Matt Donovan, junior saxophone performance major, baritone sax.

After the concert, audience members may take their bag lunches to the Roy and Agnes Wilkinson Lounge in Eisenhower Chapel. Coffee and tea will be provided.

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Art classes

The School of Visual Arts is registering students ages 5 to 16 for Saturday Morning Art School to be held in Patterson Building on the University Park campus. Classes begin Sept. 26 and run until Dec. 12.

Courses are planned around the theme "reflection." Students gain museum and gallery experiences and are involved in a final exhibition of their work.

Artistic talent is not required. Cost of the program is a materials fee of $40. To register, call (814) 865-6570 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Saxophone concert

Dan Yoder, professor of music, will present a free program of saxophone music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus. Also performing will be Arthur Goldstein on piano and James Latten, graduate teaching assistant in the School of Music, on marimba.

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Ramona Quimby

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.

Ramona Quimby, a play by
Theatreworks USA, is based on the books of Newbury Award-winner Beverly Cleary. The story was adapted for the stage by Obie Award-winning playwright Len Jenkins.

Prices are $8 for general admission and students; $6 for children ages 12 and younger. For tickets or more information, call the Arts Ticket Center at (814) 863-0255 or (800) 278-7849.

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"My Left Breast"

Award-winning playwright and performer Susan Miller will present her play, "My Left Breast," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Schwab Auditorium on the University Park campus. The play is directed by Nela Wagman.

"My Left Breast" is a one-woman show in which Miller tells stories of raising a son, losing a lover, battling and defeating cancer, and contemporary life -- in all its humor. Her story of resilience demonstrates that life's losses can not only define, but redeem us.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and are available through the Arts Ticket Center at (814) 863-0255.

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URTC schedule

The University Resident Theatre Co. has announced its performance lineup for the 1998-99 season at University Park. The schedule follows:

* "A Soldier's Play," Oct. 9-17; previews Oct. 7 and 8; matinee Oct. 10; Pavilion Theatre. Directed by graduate assistant Peter Wray. Tickets are $10.50 and $9.50 for general admission; $8.50 and $6.50 for students.

An investigation into the murder of Sergeant Waters in all-black Company B in Fort Neal, La., in 1944 exposes not only the murderer, but also the corrosive effects of racism.

* "The Threepenny Opera," Nov. 20-Dec. 5; previews Nov. 18 and 19; matinee Dec. 5; The Playhouse. Directed by Cary Libkin, associate professor of theatre arts. Tickets are $10.50 and $9.50 for general admission; $8.50 and $6.50 for students.

URTC rings in the 70th anniversary of "The Threepenny Opera" with an updated production and rearrangements of the original score.

* "Tales of the Lost Formicans," March 26-April 3, 1999; previews March 24 and 25; matinee April 3; Pavilion Theatre. Tickets are $10.50 and $9.50 for general admission; $8.50 and $6.50 for students.

"Tales of the Lost Formicans" is an almost anthropological look at humankind as viewed by aliens from outer space.

* "Much Ado About Nothing," April 9-17, 1999; previews April 7 and 8; matinee April 17, The Playhouse. Tickets are $10.50 and $9.50 for general admission; $8.50 and $6.50 for students.

Shakespeare's romantic comedy features the trials and tribulations of two courting couples.

The University Resident Theatre Co. also has two shows planned for its Off-Center Series:

* "The Waiting Room," Nov. 4-7; preview Nov. 3; matinee Nov. 7; Pavilion Theatre. Tickets are $4.50 for all seats.

This comedy finds three women -- all from different centuries -- suffering from constricting corsets, bound feet and breast implants turned cancerous. Forced to endure the treatment whims of medicine in a male-dominated society, the women find strength in their maladies and emerge wiser and with a greater sense of self.

* "The Windows of Albert Camus," Feb. 24-27, 1999; preview Feb. 23; The Playhouse. Written and directed by graduate assistant Gabriel Grilli. Tickets are $4.50 for all seats.

Inspired by the life and works of French existentialist Albert Camus, the play juxtaposes contemporary life with Camus' philosophy of absurdism, examining human persistence in the face of an often meaningless universe. Grilli worked with movement specialist Mark Olsen, associate professor of theatre arts.

Tickets for all shows are available at the Eisenhower Auditorium Ticket Center, The Bryce Jordan Center or by phone at (814) 863-0255 or (800) ARTS-TIX.

The series renewal deadline is Sept. 28. Individual tickets go on sale Sept. 28.

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Art on the Move

Art on the Move is featuring Underworld Classroom, photographs of graffiti art taken by Michael Bricker, in the Computer Building on the University Park campus through Oct. 30.

The exhibit will then move to the North Halls Art on the Move exhibit area from Nov. 6 to Dec. 3.

Bricker is completing a bachelor's degree in art education. Art on the Move is administered by the HUB & Kern Art Galleries.

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Neil Diamond to perform

Neil Diamond begins his world tour this fall in the U.S., bringing his new show to The Bryce Jordan Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, before heading to Europe and Australia. The show will highlight new material from Diamond's upcoming CD, "The Movie Album, As Time Goes By."

Tickets, at $45 and $32 for reserved seating, go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Wristbands, good at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center only, will be made available from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, and from 6 to 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.

Over his career, Diamond has sold 110 million records, while setting box office records at major venues as a live performer around the world.

Tickets may be purchased at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, select Uni-Marts and Penn State college and campus outlets. To charge by phone, call (814) 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336.

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