Things to Do at Penn State: Nov. 14-21

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

A Palmer Museum exhibit highlighting Félix Buhot, one of the most original French printmakers of the 19th century, is just one event happening at Penn State this week. Credit: Private collectionAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — 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:


"A Little Night Music" — Nov. 5-15, Playhouse Theatre, University Park campus. Penn Stage Centre Stage presents the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical set at the turn of the last century.

Bob Dylan and His Band — 8 pm., Nov. 15, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and His Band will perform at Eisenhower Auditorium.

Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers — 12:15 pm., Nov. 19, Student Center, Williams Building, Penn State Fayette. The Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers will bring American Indian dance, drum and song to Penn State Fayette to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Free and open to the public.  

Casting Crowns, Hillsong Worship, Elevation Worship USA Tour — 7 pm., Nov. 20, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. These three popular bands will bring their songs of faith to the Bryce Jordan Center.


“An Evening with Itzhak Perlman” — 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park campus. Itzhak Perlman, one of the world's most famous violinists and acclaimed classical musicians, will share photos, videos and stories from his 60-year-long career during this special event.

Rolling Reading Series with Todd Davis — 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14, Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park. Award-winning poet Todd Davis, known for his lyric meditations on the natural beauty of his Pennsylvania home ground, will offer a reading as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series.

Plant-Based PSU — 8:30 p.m., Nov. 14, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, State College. The Student Farm at Penn State will host this event to provide guests with an opportunity to sample a variety of plant-based foods while learning about the benefits of eating a diet consisting of more plant-based foods.

“Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home” — 7 p.m., Nov. 15, State Theatre, State College. A film screening of this documentary that recognizes the service and sacrifices of female veterans and their experiences when returning to civilian life will be followed and Q&A session with the film crew.

Friendsgiving Murder Mystery — 7 p.m., Nov. 20, Pond View Lounge, Slep Student Center, Penn State Altoona. Penn State Altoona’s Campus Activities Board will host their annual Friendsgiving event, which will feature dinner and a murder mystery performance.


A Hiroshima survivor's story — 6:30 p.m., Nov. 15, Room 105, Forum Building, University Park. Shigeko Sasamori will share her experiences as a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hirsohima, which she lived through at 13 years old.

Sports journalist Seth Berkman Noon, Nov. 19, Foster Auditorium, University Park campus. Sports journalist Seth Berkman will discuss his new book, “A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History.”

'A Research Software Developer’s Toolkit' — 7 p.m., Nov. 15, State Theatre, State College. Seth Erickson, a Penn State librarian who focuses on research software curation, will present a seminar on software for researchers. Free and public, but advance registration requested.


"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.

"Ghosts" — Through Feb. 2, 2020, HUB-Robeson Galleries, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. An exhibition of works selected from the School of Visual Arts' collection of bisque ware, known as the Bisque Library. Free.

"Indigenous Roots/Routes: Contested Histories, Contemporary Experiences" — Through March 15, 2020, Special Collections Exhibition Gallery, 104 Paterno Library. This exhibition reflects on the past five centuries of colonization and cultural exchange between Indigenous Peoples, Europeans, Africans and, later, Americans. Free.

Last Updated November 13, 2019