February 4, 1999......Volume 28, Issue 19

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This week's arts briefs:
Guitar quartet
Percussion at Erie
Big band jazz
Bach's Lunch
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Evening of magic
Outdoor show

Other arts-related sites:
Bryce Jordan Center

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

On stage

Alanis Morissette will appear at The Bryce Jordan Center at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, along with special guest Garbage. For tickets, call (814) 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336.
Photo: Katrina Dickson, courtesy of Maverick Recording Co.

Quality control

Beverly Balger, registrar of exhibitions for the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus, must check every piece of art that comes into or departs the museum. Here, she is examining pieces for the Clarence H. White School of Photography exhibition that runs through May 23.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Guitar quartet

The Center for the Performing Arts presents the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Schwab Auditorium on the University Park campus.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the premiere instrumental ensembles in America. Known to most as the LAGQ, these four virtuosos combine their original works with some of the most famous classical pieces. The musicians have toured Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Japan. Last year's season was highlighted by the quartet's debut performance in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Tickets are $22 and $18 for general admission; $18 and $14 for students; and $12 and $9 for children ages 12 and younger. For tickets or more information, contact the Arts Ticket Center, open 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, phone (800) 278-7849.

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Percussion at Erie

Music at Noon: The Logan Wintergarden Series at Penn State Erie will continue with a performance by the Maelström Percussion Ensemble on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Guests are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the noontime concert, which takes place in the Wintergarden of the Reed Union Building. All performances in the Logan Series are free to the public.

Maelström Percussion Ensemble was formed in 1982 by four graduate students from SUNY Buffalo, where they fine tuned their mastery of the classic percussion repertoire. Since 1985 the group has been committed to bringing percussion and contemporary music to all audiences, including school-aged children.

For more information, please contact the Penn State Erie Office of Student Activities at (814) 898-6171.

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Big band jazz

Centre Dimensions will present a concert of big band jazz at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the School of Music Recital Hall at University Park. The concert marks the group's first performance under the direction of Ron Dekker, instructor in music.

The program will include works of Tom Kubis, Ellen Rowe, Frank Mantooth, Pete Lengyel and others. Dan Yoder, the School of Music's director of jazz studies who is on leave for the semester, will be the featured alto saxophone guest soloist.

Admission is $3. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (814) 865-0431.

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Bach's Lunch

The Penn State Clarinet Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Georg Philipp Telemann and Yvonne Desportes for the Bach's Lunch concert at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus. The 20-minute, free concert also will include a ragtime composition by Edward Claypoole.

The Clarinet Chamber Ensemble, directed by Smith Toulson, professor of music, consists of five undergraduate clarinet majors.

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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Smokey Joe's Cafe

Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11 and 12, in Eisenhower Auditorium at University Park as part of the Center for the Performing Arts series.

From the jukebox to the box office, the music of 1950s rock-and-roll icons Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller comes alive on stage in this musical revue. The recipient of the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical and nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Smokey Joe's Cafe is filled with old favorites like "Stand by Me," "Yakety Yak" and "Love Potion #9."

Tickets are $33, $28 and $24 for general admission; $28, $24 and $21 for students; and $23, $20 and $18 for children ages 12 and younger.

For tickets or more information, contact the Arts Ticket Center, open 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, phone (800) 278-7849.

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Evening of magic

Magician David Copperfield will bring his all-new show -- "U!" -- to The Bryce Jordan Center at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. Tickets are $39.50, $29.50 and $23.50, and will be on sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

Copperfield's show will be interactive. He plans to involve the entire audience in an illusion involving a piece of paper and the moon; and he will randomly select 13 members of the audience and make them disappear.

A large video screen will be set up so that all audience members can get a close-up view of Copperfield's sleight-of-hand.

Copperfield last performed at The Bryce Jordan Center on Oct. 1, 1996.

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Outdoor show

The Bryce Jordan Center will hold its second annual Pennsylvania Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Show on March 26-28. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Weekend passes for all three days also are available at $13 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Parking is free.

Reservations are being taken for a limited number of booth spaces. Vendors interested in exhibiting may call (814) 863-1570. The Bryce Jordan Center will be filled with exhibitors featuring sporting equipment, fishing tackle, hunting gear, guides, outfitters, lodges and travel exhibits, taxidermists, archery equipment, sports enthusiasts' organizations and related displays. In addition, there will be daily seminars featuring local and international experts of the outdoors. Special displays and attractions also will be featured.

Tickets can be purchased at the Jordan Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium South Box Office, selected Uni-Mart outlets, Commonwealth campus and college ticket outlets or by calling (814) 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336. For more information visit the Web at http://www.bjc.psu.edu/.

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