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Town&Gown April 2014

Pure Energy - Frank Bodani, Town&Gown

You can see the energy. It’s as if James Franklin has been in continuous motion since the day he arrived as Penn State’s head football coach, immediately embarking on a handshaking, fist-pumping, high-voltage speaking and cheerleading tour. He’s made appearances at every varsity



Letter from the Editor

I never really thought about it when I started attending Penn State football games at the age of six. Nor when I was a student at Penn State in the early 1990s. Nor when I made trips here to cover the Nittany Lions for various newspapers in Pennsylvania. To me, Happy Valley was a great place to

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Taste of the Month: Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club

Overlooking Bald Eagle Mountain, the restaurant at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club, also known to its members as the Grill Room, serves an eclectic mix of American comfort foods from a tender medium-rare filet mignon steak to a classic cheesesteak hoagie. Open to the public seven days a

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On Center: Lionel Loueke’s music weaves West African roots with American jazz

Guitarist Lionel Loueke grew up in the tiny West African country of Benin, but the terrain he covers in his music is vast. Joined by bassist Michael Olatuja and drummer Mark Guiliana, Loueke performs at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State for the first time in an April 23 concert at

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5 Questions with Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Every year since 2003, Centre County Reads has encouraged county residents to explore the human condition and the issues of community by reading the same book and coming together for discussions. Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void is the 2014 Centre County

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On Tap: Ready for Festival Season

As we trundle onward past the most trying winter in recent memory, there are glimpses of warmer weather everywhere you look. Snow-removal equipment has been cleaned and stored, the days are appreciably longer, and even 50-degree weather sees car windows open and shorts appearing. Along with these

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About Town: An exit and an entrance at Boal Barn Playhouse

Our Boal Barn T-shirts are now both a blast from the past and a harbinger of summer playbills to come. State College Community Theatre (SCCT), now pursuing a year-round direction, has put on arena plays at the Boal Barn Playhouse for 53 of its 59 years — opening June 26, 1959, with Tovarich,

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In a Flat World, the Nittany Valley Matters More Than Ever

In The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Friedman’s central insight is that globalization and Information Age technology work in tandem to diminish the distinctiveness and importance of location — of physical place. Nearly a decade after his book’s

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Six Pack for the Week

Entertainment and sports highlights for the weekend and coming week: Three for Arts & Entertainment On the Hunt — for Eggs: We can’t list all of them, but there are several Easter egg hunts that will take place this weekend. A few include Centre Region Parks and

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Lunch with Mimi: Judge Thomas Kistler

The Centre County Child Access Center was created through a community collaboration led by Centre County Common Pleas president judge Thomas King Kistler. Its mission is to promote the physical and emotional security of children and their families. Since October 2008, the Child Access Center has

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