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State College Weekend Plans: Friday, Jan. 28, to Sunday, Jan. 30

by on January 28, 2011 2:15 PM

Friday, Jan. 28

Movies

New to theaters this week is the remake of the 1972 film “The Mechanic.” This action-packed movie stars Jason Statham as a professional assassin hunting down the murderers of a close friend played by Donald Sutherland. In the process, Statham’s character allows his friend's son to tag along and trains him in the same profession.

Based on true events, “The Rite” follows a skeptical American seminary student to Italy, where he begins exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, played by Anthony Hopkins, who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.

(For complete movie listings throughout the weekend, check here.)

Food

Grace Lutheran Church, on the corner of Garner Street and East Beaver Avenue, will be hosting its third annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. The dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. with a snow date on Saturday. The dinner includes fresh bread, a side salad, a large plate of spaghetti, meatballs, and dessert, and is available for dine-in or take-out. There's a suggested donation of $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Interested in an evening filled with chocolate, art, and music? Head to the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at 7 p.m. for the 12th annual For the Love of Art and Chocolate hosted by the ClearWater Conservancy. (Check back next week for our photo coverage.) Tickets are $30 each and are available at the door.

Entertainment

Winter Jam 2011 comes to the Bryce Jordan Center. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. The line-up includes Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Francesca Battistelli, KJ-52, Sidewalk Prophets, and Tony Nolan. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Sports

Penn State men’s volleyball takes on Lewis at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.

Penn State men and women’s track and field begin their two-day “Penn State National” meet tonight at 5:45 p.m. against 10 nationally ranked teams. The indoor track is located behind the Bryce Jordan Center in the Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility.

The Red Bull Butter Cup Series makes a stop in Happy Valley tonight to give local snowboarders a chance to battle for cash and prizes. The contest, located in the parking lot across from the G-Man, will feature 100 boarders ages 16 to 25, as well as the Penn State Snowboard Club. Registration begins at 6 p.m. followed by the event at 8 p.m.

Late Night

Local Motion's DJ Manik Mike appears at Indigo tonight along with $5 Coors Light Pitchers, $2 drafts, and everyday specials.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Food

The Penns Valley HOPE Fund is having its annual "All You Care To Eat" Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner at the Potter Elementary School in Centre Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. The dinner includes live entertainment and supervised children's activities in the gym. Take-out is available. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children older than 5.

Outdoor

With fresh snow piling up, today is another great day to head to Slab Cabin Park on Elmwood Street. Conditions permitting, the slope is open during the day as well as under the lights from 5 to 11 p.m.

Entertainment

The final installment of The Bill Welch Memorial Cartoon Series begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at the State Theatre.

Also at the State Theatre, music legend Leon Russell performs at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $33.

Hypnotist Dale K takes the stage in Alumni Hall in the HUB for a funny hypnosis show. The event begins at 10 p.m. and is free for Penn State students.

The Singing Lions Cabaret ditch the glitter and jazz hands at 7:30 p.m. to showcase their voices through a collection of songs. The concert is located in the Pavilion Theatre with an admission fee of only $4.99.

Sports

The Penn State National Meet continues today at 10 a.m. for both Penn State men and women’s track and field.

Penn State men and women’s fencing hosts Duke, Drew, University of Pennsylvania, UNC, Temple and Johns Hopkins in the White Building today beginning at 9 a.m.

Penn State men’s volleyball continues its homestand against the Lewis Flyers at 7 p.m. in the main gym of Rec Hall.

Penn State men’s basketball takes on No. 17 Wisconsin in the Bryce Jordan Center at 4 p.m. Fans can purchase “Band Together” headbands all day to support the fight against cancer. All proceeds go to Penn State Coaches Vs. Cancer and its local distribution arm, the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund.

Late Night

Bar Bleu hosts Ted McCloskey & HiFis for the final time. Happy hour begins at 9 p.m. and includes half-price happies, as well as $5 fishbowls until midnight.

VideoDJ Boner takes over The G-Man at 10 p.m. Drink specials until midnight include $5 Coors Light pitchers, $5 hurricane pitchers and half-price happy hour.

Sunday, Jan. 30

Entertainment

Penn State Video Game Tournament will take place in 113 IST Building (Cybertorium). The event begins at 2 p.m. and will feature Halo, Mario Kart, FIFA, and Guitar Hero. Winning teams will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card.

Former Congressional staffers hit the State Theatre, but not to talk politics. The Capitol Steps will perform at 4 and 8 p.m. Performing hits from “Liberal Shop of Horrors,” their latest album, the popular satirists will be making fun of the very people and places that once employed them. Tickets are $39.

Sports

Penn State women’s basketball battles Ohio State at 2 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.

No. 1 Penn State wrestling hosts No. 8 Iowa in Rec Hall. The match starts at 2 p.m. and has been declared a “White-Out.”

Penn State men’s tennis takes on Army today at 1 p.m.

State College Kiwanis Club hosts an afternoon of indoor miniature golf at 2 p.m. Kiwanis Miniature Golf will be played on a course set up on three floors of the Comfort Suites, located behind TGIFriday’s on North Atherton. Donations range from $10 for adults to $5 for children and students, or $20 for family groups of four or more.

DVD Releases

For all the “Gleeks” who have been patiently waiting, Glee Season 2: Vo. 1 was finally released to DVD this week and is the perfect way to spend a not-so-quiet afternoon.

Ready for more  time on the couch? “Red” might be worth your time. Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, and Morgan Freeman headline this action comedy about the “Retired and Extremely Dangerous.”



Dana is a Penn State senior majoring in broadcast journalism and is a StateCollege.com news intern. She can be reached at [email protected]
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