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Things to Do at Penn State: Nov. 1-8

Richard Spitaletta, left, and Matthew Janisse star in the nationally touring Broadway production of “Something Rotten!” Spitaletta is a 2016 Penn State musical theatre graduate. Credit: Jeremy DanielAll Rights Reserved.

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:


"The Invisible Man" — 8 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Perkins Student Center Auditorium, Penn State Berks. The Penn State Berks theatre department presents John de Lancie's adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel.

"9 to 5: The Musical" — Nov. 2-4, Forum Theatre, Penn State New Kensington. While Dolly Parton originally sang “9 to 5” in the 1980 hit movie by the same name, a new cast, comprised of Penn State New Kensington students and local community members, will bring the hit to Penn State New Kensington.

"Clybourne Park" — Nov. 6-15, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, State College. A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," this razor-sharp satire takes a jab at race relations, gender roles, and inclusion in a fictional Chicago neighborhood.

"Something Rotten!" —  Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.,Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. This touring Broadway musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare.


"Blocos de Carnaval — Dance Through the Flavors of Brazil" — Nov. 1, Cafe Laura, Mateer Building, University Park campus. Students in HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester to be served in the student-run Cafe Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

Central Pennsylvania Gluten Free Expo — 12:30 to 5 p.m., Nov. 4, Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park campus. The sixth-annual Central PA Gluten Free Expo will bring a range of options to consider for area residents living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Tickets available online and at the door.


"Space Exploration: The International Space Station, the Moon and Beyond" — 7 p.m., Nov. 1, 180 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, Penn State Behrend. NASA astronaut and Pittsburgh native Mike Fincke will discuss his experience with NASA. Free.

2018 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series — Nov. 1-3, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park campus. Stephen Kantrowitz, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, will deliver three lectures on "Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History of the Civil War Era." Free.

Military Appreciation speaker: veteran & memoirist Bryan AndersonNov. 5, 4:30 - 6:30, Flex Theatre, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Anderson is an Army veteran of the Iraq War, triple amputee, spokesperson and author of his memoir, “No Turning Back.”

"Does Linguistic Environment Matter?" — Nov. 7, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., 25 Burroughs Building, University Park campus. Alexander McAllister, a doctoral student in Hispanic linguistics and language science at Penn State, will present a lecture titled “Does Linguistic Environment Matter? Exploring the Effects of Speech Community Diffuseness in Perceptual Learning.”

“Show or Tell: Decision-Making in the Business World” —  Nov. 7, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 129A HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Chris Parker, an assistant professor of supply chain management in the Smeal College of Business and Institute for CyberScience associate, will present about this topic as part of the ICS CyberScience Seminar series.

"The Science of TV" — Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Perkins Student Center Auditorium, Penn State Berks.In this unique presentation, actors Jon Wellner and David Berman will detail the exciting process of how procedural television is created, from the story’s conception in the writer’s room all the way through post production and finally to your television screen.

“The Global Trends Shaping America’s Future Homebuilding” — Nov. 7, 4 p.m., Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus.Carlos Martín, Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads research on the physical quality of housing and communities, will deliver the 2018 Hankin Distinguished lecture.

"Lunch with Mimi"Nov. 8, 2 p.m., Room 135, Penn State Lehigh Valley campus. Entrepreneur, author, and first female president of the Penn State Board of Trustees Mimi Barash Coppersmith will share lessons learned over the course of an interesting life. Registration required, includes a copy of her new memoir.

"Genderqeueer? Demisexual? You don't need a label" Nov. 7, 6 p.m. Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Activist, author, and social media star Jeffrey Marsh will deliver the keynote address for the Penn State LGBTQA's celebration of Transgender History Month. 


"Overlap: Life Tapestries" — Through Nov. 15, Robeson Art Gallery, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. A group exhibition of self-identified women artists of different social and professional backgrounds and generations will be on display. Free.

"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.

"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.


Last Updated June 06, 2021