Chinese circus coming
The high-flying athletes of The New Shanghai Circus will storm the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. The troupe features acrobats, jugglers, contortionists and magicians.
Artistic Viewpoints is offered in the Eisenhower Auditorium Conference Room one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.
Tickets are $25 for general audience members; $20 for students; $10 for Penn State University Park students; and $13 for children 12 and younger.
For information, call (814) 863-0255 or (800) ARTS-TIX or visit http://www.cpa.psu.edu on the Web.
Art classes scheduled
The Center for Arts and Crafts at University Park will offer adult, non-credit art classes beginning the week of Jan. 21.
Brochures are available at the HUB-Robeson Center information desk, 207 HUB-Robeson Center. Register at the center's headquarters in 11 Grange Building or 207 HUB-Robeson Center. Registrations can be mailed to 202 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, Pa. 16802.
For information, call (814) 863-0611.
Essence of Joy will perform for the University Libraries' Martin Luther King Day Celebration from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the Circulation Lobby, 103 Pattee Library on the University Park campus.
For information, call Sulane Breon at (814) 863-2135.
The Independence Sinfonia, composed of volunteer musicians from the greater Philadelphia area, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Sutherland Auditorium at Penn State Abington. The orchestra is conducted by Gabriel Gordon.
The event is free to the public. For information, call (215) 881-7368.
Art museum exhibit schedule
The Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus has announced its schedule of upcoming exhibitions.
* "American Pastorale: Drawings by John F. Kensett," through Feb. 3, American Works on Paper Gallery. A selection of Kensett's costumed figure studies, rendered in pencil and watercolor, will complement the exhibit's display of the artist's better-known American landscape sketches.
* "The Geldzahler Portfolio," through Feb. 10, Special Exhibitions Gallery I. This portfolio, published by The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, brings together works created in honor of Henry Geldzahler by several noted contemporary artists. Included in the exhibition is a video of Andy Warhol's 1964 film portrait of Geldzahler.
* "Sam Gilliam: Recent Prints," February through May 26, Works on Paper Gallery. This exhibit will feature prints from the late 1990s up to the present, including recent works printed on sheets of wood veneer.
Gilliam will speak about his work at 1 p.m. April 29 in Palmer Lipcon auditorium.
* John Paul Caponigro, Feb. 26 to June 2, Special Exhibitions Gallery I. The exhibition will feature Caponigro's most recent digital work, displayed together with the studies and sketches that helped to bring the final prints to fruition. The show has been organized in tandem with a lecture and a series of workshops that the artist will hold for students and faculty in the School of Visual Arts this semester.
* "Carrie Mae Weems: Jefferson Suite," March 12-June 9, Special Exhibitions Gallery II. In her installation "Jefferson Suite," Weems explores some of the profound issues and possibilities posed by the dazzling accumulation of evidentiary DNA information from this point of view. Working in tandem with musician James Newton, who has composed an original musical score integral to the installation, Weems has developed a narrative titled "Let the Record Show," which is heard throughout the gallery, providing both background and context for her photographic images. Weems' installation is composed of multiple digitally produced photographs on semi-transparent muslin banners.
* "Devotion and Diversity: South Asian Sculpture from the Philadelphia Museum of Art," through fall 2004, Tonkin Gallery of Asian and African Art. The 19 pieces of sculpture selected for exhibition, according to Joyce Robinson, curator at the Palmer Museum of Art, represent nearly 2,000 years of India's stone and metal sculptural traditions and a diversity of religious expression, from medieval Hindu temple statuary to devotional Buddhist objects.
For information, call (814) 865-7672 or visit http://www.psu.edu/dept/palmermuseum.
Dual exhibit opens
"Visual Narrative," an exhibition of paintings, will run through Feb. 6 the McLanahan and Sheetz Galleries at Penn State Altoona.
The exhibition includes works by Bruce Erikson of St. Louis and Marina Kalinovsky of Brooklyn, N.Y. "Visual Narrative" is the fourth exhibit of the Ivyside Juried Exhibition 2001-2002 featuring 10 nationally recognized artists.
For information, call (814) 949-5451 or visit the Penn State Altoona Web site at http://www.aa.psu.edu.
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, which had been scheduled to perform Thursday, Feb. 7, at University Park, has canceled its North American tour.
CSA Czech Airlines, the tour sponsor, has withdrawn its funding because of hardships incurred in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Ticket holders can exchange their tickets for seats to another performance in the Center for the Performing Arts' January-through-April schedule or they can get a refund for the value of the tickets.
To make arrangements, call (814) 863-0255 or (800) 278-7849 no later than Friday, Jan. 18. The unused Prague Radio Symphony tickets must be returned by mail or in person to the Arts Ticket Center at Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus.
The mailing address is: Arts Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park, PA 16802-2108.
Janet Jackson, Weezer are coming to town
Janet Jackson and pop band Weezer will headline February concerts at The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Jackson will bring her "All For You" tour, featuring eight dancers and seven musicians, to the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Ginuwine is the opening act. Tickets cost $ $35.50, $45.50 and $58.
In addition, Weezer brings its "Hyper Extended Midget" tour to the center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. The opening act is Saves the Day. Tickets are $29.
The band is supporting its self-titled CD, which has been certified platinum.
Tickets for both events are available at The Bryce Jordan Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, selected Uni-Marts, Commonwealth Campus ticket outlets, by calling (814) 865-5555 or (800) 863-3336, or online at http://www.bjc.psu.edu/.