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:
"Caroline, or Change" — Nov. 27-Dec. 6, Penn State Downtown Theatre Centre. This musical by Tonyo Kushner and Jeanine Tesori features a wide range of music styles, from blues and Motown to jazz and folk, and beyond.
"Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker" — Nov. 29, The Pullo Center, Penn State York. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls, the Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.
"Hold(ing) Tight" and affordable art auction — Nov. 29., 5 to 8 p.m., Woskob Family Gallery, State College. "Hold(ing) Tight" will transform the gallery into a place for solace, reflection, regrouping, gathering and planning, followed by an affordable art auction.
"Sadie" screening and Q&A — Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Cinema, 113 Carnegie Building, University Park campus. Megan Griffiths, a filmmaker from Seattle, will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening of her feature film “Sadie,” which tells the story of a teenage girl’s struggle to maintain her father’s place at home while he serves in the military overseas.
The Nittany Lion's Holiday Party — Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lehigh Valley campus. Attendees will enjoy a visit by Santa Claus from the North Pole, arts and crafts, face painting, jolly music, and hot chocolate, cookies and fresh fruit.
"Instinctive Gestures" — Through Dec. 18, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibition features contemporary works recently gifted to the Palmer by collectors Marilyn Fishman and James MacElderry. Free.
"A Small Radius of Light: G. Daniel Massad, A Retrospective" — Through Dec. 9, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. A display of G. Daniel Massad's detailed still lives rendered in pastel. Free.
"Object Lessons: American Still-Life Painting in the Nineteenth Century" — Through Dec. 16, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The show highlights the rich tradition of still-life painting in the United States with an emphasis on Pennsylvania's influential role in that history. Free.
"Transitions" — Through fall semester, Freyberger Gallery, Penn State Berks. As part of the campus' 60th anniversary, Penn State Berks is hosting an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to step back in time and view key moments in the campus' history. Free.
"Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World" — Oct. 1-Dec. 21, Penn State Schuylkill. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Influenza pandemic with an exhibit that explores the origins of zoonotic disease and humans' role in spreading animal-borne viruses. Free.
"The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science" — Through Feb. 22, 2019, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, 18 Deike Building, University Park campus. A traveling documentary film and photographic exhibit highlighting women in science and focusing on the issues they face. Free.
"A Full Course: Encounters with Food" — Through Jan. 13, 2019, Pattee Library, University Park campus. An exhibit featuring appetizing books, award-winning cookbooks, manuscripts and archive materials. Free.
"Into the Woods" — Through Feb. 11, 2019, Pattee Library, University Park campus. The exhibit explores the eastern U.S. forest, its wildlife and botanical wealth, while also paying tribute to early women naturalists and conservationists. Free.