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Things to Do at Penn State: Sept. 26-Oct. 3

A selection of cultural events happening at the University this weekend and next week

The Great Insect Fair on Sept. 28 at the Snider Ag Arena will look at the impact of insects around the world. Credit: Michelle Bixby / Penn StateCreative Commons

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:


Maceo Parker  7:30 p.m., Sept. 26, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. Saxophonist Maceo Parker, a soul and funk pioneer, will perform.

Shinedown 6:15 p.m., Sept. 28, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Multi-platinum rock band Shinedown brings its "Attention Attention" world tour to Penn State. 

Mexico Beyond Mariachi 4 p.m., Sept. 29, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. New York City's Mexico Beyond Mariachi will perform "Sugar Skull! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure" for youngsters and their families.

The Chainsmokers 7 p.m., Sept. 29, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. The "World War Joy" tour makes a stop in Happy Valley with special guests 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella. 

Illenium7 p.m., Oct. 3, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Denver-based artist Nick Miller continues his "Ascend" tour at Penn State.



2019 Great Insect Fair — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 28, Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park campus. This year's fair will focus on "Living With(out) Insects" and will explore the widely publicized decline of insects around the world. Free.

Homecoming Sept. 28-Oct. 5, various locations at University Park campus. Homecoming festivities include the SPA/Homecoming concert, street fair, talent show, carnival, parade and football game. See individual events for details.

Behind the Hauntings: An Intimate Evening with Amy Bruni and Adam Berry 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29, Pullo Center, Penn State York. Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, stars and executive producers of "Kindred Spirits" on the Travel Channel, dive deep into their history and adventures as real-life paranormal investigators.

Coffee with a Cop Oct. 2, various campus locations throughout Pennsylvania. Penn State Police will celebrate National Coffee with a Cop Day at the University's 22 campus locations. Free.

Sean "Sticks" Larkin Live! 7:30 p.m., Oct. 3, Pullo Center, Penn State York. Larkin, co-host/analyst in the A&E TV show "Live PD" and host of "PD Cam" will participate in a part moderated conversation and part audience Q&A.



Robert T. Simpson Memorial Lecture in Molecular Medicine 4 p.m., Sept. 30, 102 Paterno Library, University Park campus. Wendy A. Bickmore, director of the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, will present "3D Chromatin Organization in Genome Regulation and Disease." Free.

Bracken Lecture Series 6 p.m., Oct. 2, Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Jack Dangermond, founder and president of the world's leading geographic information system software developer, will present, "Geography and Landscape: The Foundations for Geodesign." Free.

Research Unplugged12:30 p.m., Oct. 3, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Erica Smithwick, professor of geography, will present "Firescapes of the Mid-Atlantic: A Promethean Promise" and discuss the socio-ecological barriers and opportunities for incorporating fire, sustainably, into landscape management, with implications for understanding fire-prone ecosystems globally. Free.



J.D. Title — Through Sept. 27, art gallery, Penn State New Kensington. The Mercer County artist brings his watercolors to display on campus. Free.

Three Artist Exhibition — Through Oct. 10, Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks. Three Berks area artists — Erika Stearly, Mike Miller and Delores Kershner, will be featured. Free.

"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.

"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.

"Indigenous Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences" Through March 15, 2020, Special Collections Exhibition Gallery, 104 Paterno Library, University Park campus. The exhibition reflects five centuries of colonization and cultural exchange between Indigenous Peoples, Europeans, Africans and Americans. Free.

Last Updated September 27, 2019