Arts & Entertainment
Penn State Intercom......March 21, 2002

On display at the Matson Museum of Anthropology, this canoe-shaped, ceremonial bowl is one of many new exhibits at the museum on the University Park campus. For additional information, see the arts brief "Matson Museum exhibits," below.

Children's Opera performance

The Children's Opera will present "Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing" at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, in 110 Music Building I on the University Park campus.

The performances are free to the public.

Bach's Lunch

The Bach's Lunch concert will feature the Double Reed Ensemble at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus.

The event is free to the public.

The 20-minute concert is part of the Bach's Lunch series sponsored by the School of Music and the University Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Following the performance, audience members may take their bag lunches to Memorial Lounge in Eisenhower Chapel. Beverages are provided.

Award-winning books

"Smart Books, Smart Design," an exhibition spotlighting the contributions of design and production to scholarly publishing, is on display through May 3 in the Diversity Studies Room, 109 Pattee Library on the University Park campus.

It showcases books and journals from Penn State Press along with award winners in the 2001 Book, Jacket and Journal Show sponsored by the Association of American University Presses. The judges honored Penn State Press for the jacket designs of Roy Eriksen's The Building in the Text and Ricardo Castells' Fernando de Rojas and the Renaissance Vision.

The book show will feature a presentation by Chip Kidd, book designer and author, at 5:30 p.m. April 4 in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library. Kidd will read from his debut novel, The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters.

For information call, (814) 865-1327.

Jazz weekend, symposium

A number of jazz musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, will perform April 5 and 6 at University Park in conjunction with the symposium, "Free Jazz and Its Legacies: Black Music and American Culture."

Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Eisenhower Auditorium. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for students, $15 for University Park students and $15 for children 12 and younger. For tickets, call (814) 863-0255.

Jazz musicians Archie Shepp and Roswell Rudd with Andrew Cyrille and Reggie Workman will perform with poet and activist Amiri Baraka at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Schwab Auditorium.

Shepp and Baraka are appearing as part of the symposium from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Pattee Library's Foster Auditorium. John Szwed, author of Space is the Place: the Lives and Times of Sun Ra and Barry Kernfeld and editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, will be among the speakers. Other participants include poet Cecil Giscombe, philosopher Vincent Colapieto, pianist Arthur Goldstein, rhetorician Elaine Richardson and cultural theorist Vorris Nunley. The symposium and Friday performance are free to the public.

For information, e-mail William J. Harris at or Paul Youngquist at, or call or (814) 865-6384.

Matson Museum exhibits

The Matson Museum of Anthropology on the second floor of Carpenter Building on the University Park campus has opened several new exhibits that explore the use of masks, the culture and life ways of Pacific Islanders, early Near-Eastern pottery, Native American Commerce and the Taino -- the group that greeted Christopher Columbus when he first traveled to the New World.

Also new at the museum is a temporary memorial exhibit showcasing the work
of James Hatch, associate professor of anthropology who died December 1999 after 23 years in the department.

"The Tour of Masks," created by Elizabeth Nolan, an undergraduate in anthropology, explores the use of masks in drama, religious ceremonies, celebrations and exorcisms.

"A Glimpse into the Pacific" highlights the diverse people and distinctive cultures in the Pacific. The exhibit, developed by last year's museology students, covers the regions of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.

Taino artifacts, on loan from Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Casser, illustrate the life ways and material culture of this group whose culture spread throughout the Carribbean, but disappeared just 50 years after European contact.

An exhibit developed by this year's museology class traces "Continuity and Change in Native American Commerce." Artifacts on display include Caddoan pottery and Navajo rugs.

To arrange group tours call Claire Milner at (814) 865-2033.


Kenny Chesney brings
country music to town

Country singer Kenny Chesney will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

He will be joined by guests Sara Evans, Phil Vassar and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

Reserve tickets cost $35.

Tickets can be purchased at The Bryce Jordan Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, select Uni-Marts, Commonwealth Campus ticket outlets, by phone at (814) 865-5555 or (800-863-3336) and online at