May 29, 1997......Volume 26, Issue 32

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On display

Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, a lithograph by W.W. Denslow, is part of the exhibit "Our Town: A Selection of Town Views from the Pennsylvania Prints," which will be on display at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus June 3 through Sept. 28.

Odyssey Through Literature

The roles of women in literature of different cultures will be the focus of this summer's series programs from the Odyssey Through Literature archives.

Host S. Leonard Rubinstein and his guests will discuss aspects of women's lives from medieval to modern times, from Western Europe to Africa and the Far East. Shows about medieval literature range from Iceland to France and Spain, with such guest as Carol Clover of the University of California at Berkeley and Ann Kettle of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Shows about Asian women include feminist scholar Daiyan Yue of the University of Beijing and Vietnamese poet Nha-Tang Moss. The season is rounded out with a discussion of modern Mexican playwright Sabina Berman and the prose of East German women before the opening of the Wall.

The program "Mammywater," recorded in 1984, will begin the season on June 1. Flora Nwapa, the first woman writer of Nigeria, explains that she uses her writing to support Nigerian women who are breaking free of tradition.

Odyssey Through Literature is produced as a continuing education service of the Department of Comparative Literature. It airs Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on WPSU, 91.5 FM from University Park and 106.7 FM in Altoona, and on WPSB, 90.1 in northern Pennsylvania. A complete listing of the Odyssey archive, as well as
the current schedule, can be found
on the World Wide Web at

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MetaStages, an outreach program of the College of Arts and Architecture's School of Theatre Arts, announces summer drama camps for children to be held at the Pavilion Theatre in late July and August. Young people receive training from professionals in acting, voice, movement, mime and production workshops as they rehearse and perform plays from various cultures. Camps culminate with an afternoon of performances.

The one-week camps meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and are grouped by age from 9 to 18 years.

Camp dates are: July 28- Aug. 1; Aug. 4-8; Aug. 11-15 and Aug. 18-22.

Class size is small and strictly limited. For further information about the drama camps, or programs during the year for kindergarten through grade 12, contact Joann Leonard, MetaStages director, at (814) 867-8390.

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Palmer exhibits

"Our Town: A Selection of Town Views from the Pennsylvania Prints" opens Tuesday, June 3, at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus and continues through Sept. 28. The exhibition includes images from a collection of nearly 330 prints of Pennsylvania's places, prominent citizens and historic events. The Palmer Museum acquired the collection in 1986 from John O'Connor and Ralph Yeager, the owners of the Tavern Restaurant in State College. The engravings, aquatints, woodcuts and lithographs that make up the collection span nearly 150 years and depict all geographic regions of the state.

A second exhibition of Pennsylvania prints, "Making History: Historical Narratives in the Pennsylvania Prints," also will be on view at the Palmer Museum of Art from Tuesday, June 17, to Aug. 31. This exhibition explores the significant use of historical narratives in Pennsylvania prints and the important role historical events played in bolstering civic pride.

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Center for the Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 1997-98 season, which includes 37 shows in 10 subscription series, with a wide range of offerings for any taste. To receive a free brochure, phone the Arts Ticket Center at (814) 863-0255. The newly announced season follows:

* The season opens with "The Tale of Teeka" on Sept. 18. Presented by the Montreal-based company Les deux mondes, it is the simple story of a boy and his pet goose.

* Saturday, Sept. 20, the ensemble Pomerium revives the golden age of a capella singing.

* Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, a company of 65 dancers and musicians, performs Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

* "Les Enfants Terribles" will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

* Jose Limon Dance Company performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.

* "An Ire-Ish Tale," Wood and Strings Puppet Theatre, 1 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5.

* "Carousel," 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10.

* The Stuttgart Philharmonic, one of Germany's most celebrated orchestras, performs Thursday, Oct. 16.

* Moscow Conservatory Ensemble, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

* "Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree" starring Vicki Lawrence, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29 and 30.

* Paquito D'Rivera and the United Nations Orchestra, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

* The Nevelle Brothers, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

* Sydney Dance Company, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

* Ondekoza, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

* The Jazz Messengers, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

* "The Nutcracker," The Louisville Ballet, 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

* "West Side Story," 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15 and 16.

* Hesperus, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.

* Harolyn Blackwell, soprano, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

* "Sleeping Beauty," St. Petersburg Ice Ballet, 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1.

* "Peer Gynt," National Theatre of the Deaf, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

* Mingus Big Band, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7.

* Street Sounds, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb 14.

* "Damn Yankees," 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19 and 20.

* Metropolitan Opera National Council Winners, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.

* River City Brass Band, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27.

* Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

* Aristophanes' "The Birds," 8 p.m. Monday, March 2.

* American Indian Dance Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

* Cirque Ingineux, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

* Russian National Orchestra, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

* Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

* American Repertory Ballet, 8 p.m. Friday, March 27.

* "Where the Wild Things Are," American Repertory Ballet, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

* Hampton String Quartet, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

* "Daughter of the Regiment," New York City Opera National Company, 8 p.m. Monday, April 13.

* Riders in the Sky, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19; and

* "The Goodbye Girl," 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 30 and May 1.

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Trade show coming

The Bryce Jordan Center will be the site of "Preview '98," the second annual regional trade show, June 12-14. Tickets are $3.50 for adults, with children 12 and under admitted free.

The show will feature more than 100 businesses from a wide variety of industries and will include demonstrations and exhibits of emerging technology and cutting-edge services.

For booth information, call (814) 863-1570.

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