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John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

On Center: Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin On Center: Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin
369 weeks ago - Town and gown
If you “like” Mary Chapin Carpenter’s page on Facebook, you’ve seen the photos. Carpenter, her smartphone extended forward, faces the mirror sporting a toothy smile and twinkling eyes. To her side, often over her shoulder, leans Shawn Colvin, whose smile is typically [Read More]
On Center: Classical Music Project On Center: Classical Music Project
374 weeks ago - Town and gown
From the final part of a three-season presentation of the complete Ludwig van Beethoven string quartets and a dramatic rendering of five of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos to the American debut tour of a heralded Austrian orchestra and the sublime singing of a male vocal [Read More]
On Center: The Kite Runner On Center: The Kite Runner
378 weeks ago - Town and gown
Khaled Hosseini, the physician turned best-selling author, spoke at Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium in 2010. Three years later, almost to the day, a stage adaptation of The Kite Runner, the Afghanistan native’s first novel, brings a poignant tale of friendship and betrayal to the [Read More]
On Center: Momix's Botanica On Center: Momix's Botanica
382 weeks ago - Town and gown
Nature, like the weather, is ever changing. In its dance-theater production Botanica, Momix revels in the animated world of nature and its evolving beauty. The internationally famous company of dancer-illusionists, last seen at Penn State in a March 2009 performance of Lunar Sea, opens the Center [Read More]
On Center: Circus City On Center: Circus City
387 weeks ago - Town and gown
Once upon a time the circus was, in large measure, about lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my, how things have changed. In its new production Cirkopolis, coming to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium September 27, Montreal’s Cirque Éloize certainly wants to leave audiences yearning [Read More]
On Center: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra On Center: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
391 weeks ago - Town and gown
Music, paintings, architecture, and history are in the house when Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs its splendid new multimedia work April 16 at Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium. House of Dreams, created by Tafelmusik double-bass player Alison Mackay, allows audience members [Read More]
On Center: Cuban Connection On Center: Cuban Connection
395 weeks ago - Town and gown
It isn’t far from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba — just 90 miles or so. But when a trio of acclaimed American jazzmen jam with hot musicians from our island-nation neighbor, the distance and differences between our countries seem even smaller. Vibraphonist Stefon Harris, trumpeter [Read More]
On Center: Australia’s Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People performs Hitler’s Daughter On Center: Australia’s Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People performs Hitler’s Daughter
400 weeks ago - Town and gown
What would it be like to be the daughter of the most hated man in history? A play for older children, coming to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium March 17, poses powerful questions about a frightening period in history and compels audiences to examine moral issues in relation to [Read More]
On Center: It Gets Better On Center: It Gets Better
400 weeks ago - Town and gown
The It Gets Better Project has become an international Internet phenomenon by showing young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people the levels of happiness and potential their lives can reach if they just get through their challenging teen years. [Read More]
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