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Time for Some Wine

by on September 12, 2012 1:38 PM

The crisp fall weather has arrived (a week early it seems). Of course that means fall festivals are just around the corner. But there is one festival happening this weekend that’s a can’t-miss — and it highlights the entertainment options for the coming week!

Main Attraction: The fourth annual WPSU Wine Festival returns to the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Here’s your chance to try any of more than 200 wines, including many premium selections. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about wine by talking with importers and winemakers, and attending the seminars the festival offers. One of the seminars features Town&Gown wine writer Lucy Rogers, who will discuss basic food-and-wine pairings and “how that relates to reading and demystifying a restaurant wine list.” For more information on the festival, visit

Music Pick of the Week: Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd comes to the State Theatre with his band on September 18. The 35-year-old has become one of the more popular young blues artists around. His hits have included “Blue on Black,” In 2 Deep,” and “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway.” He released his latest album, How I Go, last year.

Theater Pick of the Week: Brio Dance Company with Pure Cane Sugar perform September 14 at the State Theatre. Besides being able to enjoy a family-friendly performance by Brio Dance and one of the more popular musical acts in State College, Pure Cane Sugar, you’ll also be helping THON as $2 from every ticket sold benefits THON. Pure Cane Sugar opens the evening before Brio Dance Company takes the stage and performs three pieces — the violin-driven Resonance, the funky grooves of Some and Others, and Four Seasons.

What Else: The Palmer Museum of Art is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It officially opened its doors on October 7, 1972. Obviously, much has changed at the museum since then and it has become one of the great cultural attractions in the region. Its latest exhibit — Photography at the Palmer: A Selection of Gifts — opens Tuesday and runs through December 16. The exhibit includes works by Berenice Abott, Manuel Bravo, Elliott Erwitt, and Paul Strand. And you can learn more about the exhibit by attending the gallery talk given by curator Joyce Robinson at 12:10 p.m. September 21. The museum also has the exhibit Floating Between Worlds: New Research on Japanese Prints from the Permanent Collection, which opened August 28.

David Pencek is editor of Town&Gown magazine, Town&Gown's Penn State Football Annual, and Town&Gown's Penn State Winter Sports Annual.
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