Things to Do at Penn State: April 11-18

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

The Penn State Centre Stage production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" will close its run at the Playhouse Theatre on University Park campus on April 12. Credit: Patrick Mansell / 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 the next week:


"To Kill a Mockingbird"April 2-12, Playhouse Theatre, University Park campus. Penn State Centre Stage presents Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. 

U.S. Navy Concert Band 7 p.m., April 11, Pullo Center, Penn State York. The U.S. Navy Concert Band, the premiere wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, will present a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.

8th annual Profiles in Music: A Drum and Bugle Corps Showcase 6 p.m., April 13, Pullo Center, Penn State York. The Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps from Hanover, Pennsylvania, will host their annual event.

"Life's Frozen Moments"5 p.m., April 14, Pegula Ice Arena, University Park campus. Penn State's 36th annual spring ice show will feature skaters of all ages spinning, jumping and gliding in a celebration of life's special moments.

"Empow(H)er" 8 p.m., April 14, School of Music Recital Hall, University Park campus. The School of Music event will feature a variety of works by female composers, and will include performances by marimba, brass, color voice and choirs. Free.

Michael Che8 p.m., April 16, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. "Saturday Night Live" comedian Michael Che will perform his stand up routine. Free, but tickets required.



Friends: "The One with the Themed Dinner" — April 11, 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.

Visiting Chef Series6:30 p.m., April 12, Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, Penn College of Technology, Williamsport. Manuel Uribe, sous chef for Terzo Piano, a restaurant inside the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, will lead students in the college's culinary program to produce a dinner in the campus' live-learning laboratory restaurant.

2018 Renaissance Faire10 a.m.-5 p.m., April 13, Sidney Friedman Park, State College. The Penn State Renaissance Club will present a "Robin Hood"-themed event for the campus and local community. Free.

Blue-White GameApril 13, Beaver Stadium, University Park campus. The annual event will feature the Blue-White Boardwalk Fan Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by the football game at 3 p.m. Free.

Pasto Agricultural Museum open house1-4 p.m., April 14, Pasto Agricultural Museum, Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, Rock Springs. The annual open house will feature a program titled, "Hey! There's Science in My Ice Cream." Free.

Undergraduate Exhibition 4-7 p.m., April 17, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Undergraduate students from all academic college and a number of campuses will show off their work in the form of research posters, oral presentations and performances. Free.

Taste the Spotlight: A Sample of Broadway's Best — April 17, 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.



Research Unplugged: "How Corals May Survive Climate Change"12:30 p.m., April 11, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Iliana Baums, associate professor of biology, will discuss the future of preserving coral reefs against the rising tide of climate change. Free.

"AI will see you now"1:30 p.m., April 11, 233B HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. This seminar sponsored by the Institute for CyberScience will feature a panel discussion talking about the benefits and risks of using artificial intelligence in the health-care industry. Free.

"A Conversation with Nicole Auerbach"7 p.m., April 11, 75 Willard Building, University Park campus. The Athletics' college football reporter, Nicole Auerbach, will participate in a public question-and-answer session. Free.

"From Penn State to the NFL: The Business of Football from the Players' Perspective"4:30 p.m., April 12, Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Three Penn State alumni and former Nittany Lion football players now in the National Football League will return to campus to discuss the business of football. Free.

2019 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture Series in Mineral Engineering: "Resources that will power our future"2:30 p.m., April 15, Presidents Hall, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park campus. Charles Zebula, president of energy supply for American Electric Power, will discuss how the electric power industry's transformation has led to the retirement of many baseload coal and nuclear power plants and increased usage of natural gas, wind and solar resources. Free.

Penn State Forum: "Looking Back: A Reflection on Three Decades of Gun Violence" 11:30 a.m., April 16, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus. Dr. Amy Goldberg, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, has been nationally recognized for her contributions to violence prevention and improved outcomes for victims of trauma. 

Kenneth Burke Memorial Lecture: "The Rhetoric of Hitler's Battle and Hitler's Rhetoric in Battle" 4 p.m., April 16, Faculty-Staff Club, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus. Patricia Roberts-Miller, professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Texas-Austin, will examine Kenneth Burke's interpretation of Adolf Hitler's rhetoric in "Mein Kampf." Free.

Research Unplugged: "Disrupting Democracy: How to Redesign Online Life to Strengthen Democratic Governments"12:30 p.m., April 18, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. John Gastil, professor of communications arts and sciences and political science, will share his vision of an alternative internet that encourages deliberation, effective public consultation and an engaged citizenry. Free.



"Imagining Art History"11 a.m.-4 p.m., April 5-18, Borland Project Space, Borland Building, University Park campus. This interactive installation focuses on the changing progression of visual resources that art historians have used in their teachings and research over the years. Free.

"Subjective Spaces: Drawings and Collages by Robert Reed" — Jan. 5-May 19, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This intimate retrospective features 16 selections from Reed's drawings and collages. Free. 

"Amazing Stories: Recent Acquisitions" — Jan. 12-May 26, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibit highlights a large selection of prints by artists whose work relies heavily on representation and storytelling to explore ethnic identity and stereotypes, multicultural histories and personal narratives. Free.

"From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of a New Urban Space" — Feb. 3-May 12, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The museum will feature a major loan exhibition of Ashcan School painter John Sloan, who focused on New York City rooftops in the first half of the 20th century. Free.

"The Secret Lives of Girls and Women" — Jan. 29-Sept. 1, 104 Paterno Library, University Park campus. This exhibit of archival materials from the University Libraries' Eberly Family Special Collections Library examines the spectrum of "secrets" of the female experience. Free.

"The Future is Now: Media Tech Services and Adaptive Technology" March 25-Sept. 16, 203 Pattee Library, University Park campus. An exhibition of equipment and resources available to students, faculty and staff. Free.



Last Updated June 06, 2021