June 29, 2000......Volume 29, Issue 37


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This week's arts briefs:
Projects on display
Grease at Jordan Center
Shaver's Creek events



Other arts-related sites:
Bryce Jordan Center

College of Arts and Architecture

Center for the Performing Arts


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Mark Douglas-Jones, left, Tyler Hayes Stilwill and Lawrence MacGowan. are in The Complete History of America Abridged, which will be on stage July 7-15 with previews July 5-6 at the Pavilion on the University Park campus. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $22 for previews. For more information, call (814) 863-0255 or (800) ARTS-TIX or check the Web at http://www.psu.edu/dept/PACentreStage/.
Photo: Greg Grieco
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Posters from the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts including these shown here are on display as part of "The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Sommese Poster Retrospective" exhibit in the Pattee Library Exhibition Area on the University Park campus. The exhibit continues through July 29.

Projects on display

Works of the students in the Spring 2000 Architecture 432 class, taught by John Paul Lucas, professor of architecture, are on display at the Hamer Center for Community Design Assistance gallery, 227 East Calder Way, until Aug. 24. The projects, proposed designs for the new State College Borough municipal building and its surroundings, will then be on display in the Department of Architecture gallery in Engineering Unit C until Aug. 31.

Grease at Jordan Center

One of Broadway's longest running musicals, An Evening with Grease, will be on stage at 8 p.m. July 27, at The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Leading an all-star cast will be one of television's most beloved couples, Laverne & Shirley's Cindy Williams (Shirley Feeney) and Eddie Mekka (Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa). Tickets are $45, $35 and $27.50 for intimate, theatre-style seating.

Grease relives the era of drive-ins, sock hops, pajama parties, beehives, bobby socks and black leather jackets, and it gets the audience involved. Act 1 is a dedication to the spirit and energy of the '50s with music, dancing, hula-hoop contests, prizes and more. Audience members are invited to join the cast on stage, dedicate special songs and compete in a variety of contests.

This '50s celebration is followed by Grease, live and on stage. Grease takes a rousing look at growing up in the coolest of decades, when slicked-back hair, pajama parties and drive-ins were all the rage.

Tickets may be purchased at The Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, selected Uni-Mart ticket outlets, Commonwealth Campus ticket outlets, charge by phone at (800) 863-3336 or (814) 865-5555, or online at http://www.bjc.psu.edu/.

Shaver's Creek upcoming events

The following events and programs will be offered by Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, near the University Park campus, during the months of July and August. Call (814) 863-2000 or (814) 667-3424 to preregister:

n July

-- Rock Climbing for Women. Learn the basics in this introduction to rock climbing, led by outdoor adventurer and program director Lynne Hudson, $20 nonmembers/$15 members, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 5. Maximum of 10 participants.

-- Herbal Sampler: Herbs in Everyday Life. Stroll the Shaver's Creek herb gardens and see, smell and taste the flavors of summer, $5 nonmembers/$4 members; 10 a.m. to noon July 8. Maximum of 25 participants.

-- Hummingbirds Abound. Learn how to attract hummingbirds to your gardens, what's best to feed them and some facts about their behavior; $5 nonmembers/$4 members, 4 to 6 p.m. July 8. Maximum of 25 participants.

-- Family Rock Climbing. Bring a family buddy and learn to scale the rocks safely. Equipment and thorough instruction is provided; ages 10 and up and the session is geared toward beginner or intermediate climbers. Bring a lunch; July 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and July 22, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; maximum of 10 people per session. $20 nonmembers/$15 members.

-- Boy Scout Fish and Wildlife Badge Day. Boy Scouts fulfill most of the requirements for their fish and wildlife badge. Call the center to register your troop for this event to be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23 and Nov. 11. Maximum of 40 scouts, $12 per scout.

-- Bat Facts! Shaver's Creek has one the largest bat house populations of little brown bats in America. Following a slide presentation and some activities, walk to the Shaver's Creek bat houses and watch as the resident bat population emerges and forages for food; 7 to 9 p.m. July 29. All ages welcome, maximum 30 participants; $5 nonmembers/$4 members.

n August

-- The Earth's Your Stage. All ages welcome at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 as environmental educator Mike Weilbacher performs his free, one-man environmental play "The Earth's Your Stage: Theatre and Creative Dramatics for the Environmental Educator."

Also, for environmental educators from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, a series of hands-on activities for classroom teachers, park naturalists and camp staff. Cost $45. To register, call Sharon Childs, Centre Region Parks and Recreation, at (814) 231-3071.

-- Paper Making. Turn junk mail and other paper waste into usable art. Supplies provided; 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 6. Ages 10 and up; maximum 25 participants; $5 nonmembers/$4 members.

-- Meteor Shower Gazing. Aug. 12, cloud date Aug. 13, from 8 to 10 p.m. Participants will be called by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12 if the program is postponed; $5 nonmembers/$4 members. Ages 13 and up, maximum 30 participants.

-- Insect Nightlife. Join members of the Department of Entomology and Shaver's Creek staff to discover the world of nocturnal insects, 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 15; free.

-- Flower Photography for Beginners. Professional nature photographer Denise Wagner covers lighting, exposure, filters and close-ups. A flower slide show and a discussion of techniques will be followed by a walk around Shaver's Creek photographing and identifying flowers in their native habitat. Bring a 35mm camera with interchangeable lenses, film and a tripod, if available, and a packed lunch; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19 (rain date: Aug. 26). Limited participation, 16 years old or older; $10 nonmembers/$8 members.

-- Extra Junior Explorers. Explore the woods, streams and fields of Shaver's Creek 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20. Children ages 3-5 with accompanying adults; maximum 20 children, $5 per child.

-- Help the Environment. By Educating Young Minds. Volunteers are needed for this fall's education season. Come to the training sessions to learn how to lead nature walks and animal programs for preschool and elementary students. You must be available on weekdays during daytime hours. Call Robinne Weiss at (814) 863-2000 about this free program from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 and 31.

For more information, visit the Web at http://www.outreach.psu.edu/ShaversCreek/.

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