March 4, 1999......Volume 28, Issue 23

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This week's arts briefs:
Nobody Loves Me
Ensemble to perform
Bach's Lunch
Berks gallery talk/ exhibit
Photography exhibition and events
Debating team exhibit
Kern exhibits
Art on the Move
The muppets are coming
Swing bands 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

Jumpin' and jivin'

Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will perform "A Tribute to Benny Goodman" at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. For ticket information, call the ticket center at (814) 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336.

A little to the left

Rita Samper and Michelle Helmich help hang the pastel landscapes of David Paden in the Formal Gallery in the Hetzel Union Building on the University Park campus. A reception for the artist will be held from 4-6 p.m. today. .The exhibit runs through March 26.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Nobody Loves Me

The Women's Film Series continues at Penn State Erie with Doris Dorrie's film, "Nobody Loves Me," on Monday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Reed Union Building Lecture Hall.

This comedy takes place in the Germany of the 1990s and focuses on the feisty, but frustrated, Fanny Fink, whose 30th birthday is quickly approaching.

The final film of the series, "Girl's Town," will be shown Monday, March 22. "Girl's Town" is the Thelma & Louise model of female empowerment, as three high school girls deal with the tragic death of their friend.

All films in the series will be shown in the Reed Lecture Hall and are free. For more information, call (814) 898-6171.

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Ensemble to perform

Kent Camerata, an international touring vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble, will present a free public concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 15, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus. The performance will include works by Bach, Mozart, Anton Dvorak and Loeffler.

With its origins in Kent State University's "Kent in Florence" music program, the ensemble has performed in both Europe and North America.

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Bach's Lunch

The Penn State Concert Choir, conducted by D. Douglas Miller, professor of music, will perform works from its upcoming East Coast tour for the free, 20-minute Bach's Lunch concert at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus.

The choir, consisting of 64 members, will sing works from their full-tour repertoire which includes compositions by Heinrich Schutz, Anton Bruckner, J.S. Bach and others. Molly Buzick, a graduate assistant in choral conducting, is the assistant conductor. Student Timothy Crawford is the choir's accompanist.

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

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Berks gallery talk/ exhibit

Albright College alumnus Nat Bard will be exhibiting his work at the Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks, beginning March 19. The artist will be available for a gallery talk from 5-7 p.m., also on March 19.

Bard, who is currently working on his master's exhibition at the Museum School of Fine Arts, in Boston, will be creating new work for this exhibition, as well as displaying previous work.

Admission is free. For more information on gallery times, please contact Marilyn Fox, gallery director, at (610) 396-6140.

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Photography exhibition and events

The international exhibition "Pictorialism into Modernism: The Clarence H. White School of Photography" is on display at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus through May 23.

Selected from the Warren and Margot Coville Photographic Collection, the Palmer is the final stop for this exhibition that provides a rare glimpse of many of the most famous works of students of fine art photographer Clarence White. Long considered one of the masters of fine art photography, White has taught many well-know artists, among them Dorothea Lange, Paul Outerbridge Jr., Laura Gilpin, Doris Ulmann and Karl Struss -- all of whom are represented in this exhibition.

White sought to elevate photography to a high art by imitating techniques of traditional fine arts. Labeled "pictorialists," he used a wide variety of photographic printing techniques that imitate the look of fine art prints and are characterized by a soft focus that masks the mechanical rendering of the camera.

To coincide with the exhibition, the following events are also planned:

-- A film, "Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life," will be shown Friday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m.; and Thursday, April 29, at 1 p.m., in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.

-- Family Workshop: An Introduction to Photography: Saturdays, March 27, April 3, 10 and 17, from 1-3 p.m., in the Palmer Museum Lobby.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Palmer Museum also has organized a beginning photography workshop with photographer Martin Fowler for children ages 8 and older and their parents. The workshop is free; however, space is limited and registration is required by March 22. Participants will be asked to attend all four sessions.

For more information on "Pictorialism into Modernism: The Clarence H. White School of Photography," or on any of the various educational events, contact the Palmer Museum of Art, at (814) 865­7672.

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Debating team exhibit

Historical photographs and memorabilia of Penn State's men's and women's debating teams are on display on the ground floor of Pattee Library's west wing on the University Park campus as part of an ongoing exhibit. The exhibit also includes various awards won by the teams and other memorabilia.

The exhibit is located next to the Reserve Reading Room, just inside the ground floor entrance to Pattee Library's west wing. For more information, contact Robyn Dyke at (814) 865-7931 or e-mail rdc@psulias.psu.edu.

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Kern exhibits

A selection of minerals and mining related artworks from the University's world-class collection normally housed in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum on the University Park campus are on display through April 7 in the exhibit cases of Kern Commons Building.

Also on display in Kern through April 7 are two private collections of medallions and stamps portraying Jewish themes. The exhibit has been brought together by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and presents events, places and people from Jewish history as represented on stamps and commemorative medallions from Israel and around the world.

The Kern Graduate Commons building is near the corner of Burrowes and Curtin roads across from Recreation Building. The exhibition area is part of the main floor lounge. Kern Commons is open until 11 p.m. daily.

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Art on the Move

Oil-on-fabric paintings by Ann Flaherty, who recently earned her BFA in painting at Penn State, are on display in the North Halls exhibit area at University Park through April 21 as part of the Art on the Move program. Art on the Move is administered by the HUB and Kern Art Galleries. The program exhibits student and local art around campus.

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The muppets are coming

"Sesame Street Live 1-2-3 -- Imagine" will be at The Bryce Jordan Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, and at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 6. Tickets for the Tuesday show are $15.50, $11 and $9 for both adults and children. Tickets for the Wednesday shows are $15.50, $14 and $12 for adults, and $15.50, $12.50 and $10.50 for children ages 1 to 10. There is a $2 discount off the adult price for groups of 15 or more.

Join the Muppets as they explore the world of imagination, where Ernie captains the high seas and Elmo skips to the rhythm of the rain forest. Elmo will make a special appearance from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center. Elmo will be available for photographs and will be giving away a chance to win a six-foot stand-up of Big Bird.

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Swing bands to perform

Swing bands Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Everett Longstreth Big Band will perform "A Tribute to Benny Goodman" at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at The Bryce Jordan Center. Tickets are $25 for limited dance floor access and $15 for reserved seating, and go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16.

This unique dance/concert will feature the best of Benny Goodman, one of the great swing musicians of all time. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was recently featured at the half-times of both the Orange and Super bowls and most recently at the ESPY Awards on Feb. 15.

Hosted by the 1999 Dance Marathon Committee, sale of public tickets will benefit the Four Diamonds Fund to help families of children with cancer at The Hershey Medical Center.

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