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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Feb. 9-11

by on February 09, 2018 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

It's a weekend packed with things to do around the area. Celebrate Valentine's Day a few days early, with events to share with your sweetheart, family or friends.

Looking for live music? There's something for most anyone. From the acclaimed roots rock of Nora Jane Struthers to New Orleans jazz and funk from Centre Dimensions to the Ying Yang Twins' party hip-hop and more, there are plenty of concerts to check out.

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" comes to Eisenhower Auditorium and a pair of tasty benefit events are on tap for WPSU and Clearwater Conservancy.

We've compiled a few of the highlights for the next few days.

This isn't all that's happening, either. There is plenty more around the area for you to enjoy and you can find it all on our calendar page. Explore the weekend's events and add your own if it isn't listed. Or see our Bar Tour and Movies pages for more options this weekend or anytime.


Virtual Sculpting Workshop
The Arts and Design Research Incubator will host a free hands-on workshop featuring the basics of virtual sculpting and object creation with a haptic arm and other virtual sculpting options, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University Park.

Beyond Pop: The Unexpected Sources of Pop Art
Explore the Pop at the Palmer exhibition and participate in an engaging conversation led by Ashley Duffey and Megan Wanttie at 12:10 p.m. in the exhibition gallery located on the museum’s second floor. Pop at the Palmer highlights prints from the permanent collection by such Pop Art notables as Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, among others, and is on display through May 13 at Palmer Museum of Art.

Art & Chocolate Winter Gala
Join Clearwater Conservancy at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada State College for a night of fine chocolate, savory hors-d'oeuvres, and silent and live auctions featuring the work of many local artists. The event will raise funds to conserve and protect natural spaces and connect local kids to the wonders of nature.

Rock the '80s
Turn back the clock to the era of big hair and day-glo at the sixth annual Rock the '80s concert benefiting the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Eleven bands will take the stage at The State Theatre starting at 7 p.m. to benefit local cancer patients and their families. A pre-concert party will be held at The Makery at 5 p.m. 

42nd Street
Penns Valley Area High School Thespians present the classic backstage musical comedy classic "42nd Street," at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Jazz in the Attic: Ady Martinez
Singer Adianez Martinez was born to a family of popular musicians, raised along the central coast of Venezuela. She plays the Venezuelan cuatro, a stringed instrument that she has been carrying since she was three years old, when she received it as a Christmas gift from her grandfather. Martinez will perform at 8 p.m. in The Attic at The State Theatre, joined by Bob Hart (guitar), Kevin Lowe (drums and percussion), and Jess Wisch (bass). 

NRT Presents Godspell
Penn State's No Refund Theatre stages its production of the beloved musical "Godspell," which retells parables from the Gospels through a series of sketches and eclectic songs. The free performance begins at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the HUB-Robeson Center Flex Theatre.

Ying Yang Twins
Hip-hop duo Ying Yang Twins, who rose to fame in the 2000s with a string of party hits, take the stage at Envy Nightclub, 420 E. College Ave. Tickets only will be sold in advance, not at the door. Doors open at 10 p.m.


Trunk Sale
The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will hold its Second Annual Prom, Bridal, Designer & Vintage Trunk Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Our Lady of Victory Church Activity Center, 820 Westerly Parkway, with Love It Upcycle Boutique also participating this year. Many items are brand new with tags, and all will be offered at low prices. Proceeds benefit those in need in the local community. 

Metropolitan Opera HD: L’Elisir d’Amore
The State Theatre continues the Metropolitan HD Broadcast Series at noon with "L’Elisir d’Amore," Donizetti’s comic gem, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, and starring Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Luke Ogden, faculty member at Houghton College, is scheduled to speak before the opera, beginning at 11 a.m.

Centre County Reads Kickoff Event
This year’s Centre County Reads selection is “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist,” and the Centre County Reads Kickoff event on Saturday will be showing a lot of heart. A knit-a-thon will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St. in Bellefonte, and visitors of all ages and experience levels can join area knitting clubs to make scarves for Housing Transitions to keep members of our community warm.

Penn State Lacrosse
The Nittany Lion men's lacrosse team looks to rebound from a tough overtime loss in the season opener as it takes on Hobart at 1 p.m. 

Family Valentine's Dance
The Bellefonte YMCA welcomes members ($8) and non-members ($12) for an afternoon of dancing, crafts and tasty treats from 3 to 5 p.m. Register online or in person.

WPSU Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction
Renowned chef Nick Stellino, host of the PBS cooking show, “Nick Stellino: Storyteller,” highlights the 26th annual WPSU Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction supporting programming and operations of WPSU-TV. Stellino will prepare a four-course meal featuring his unique Italian cuisine as part of the event, which also includes a cocktail reception and live and silent auctions, all beginning at 6 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Acoustic Brew
Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes bring old-time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains to the Center for Well-Being in Lemont at 7:30 p.m. for an Acoustic Brew concert. Gleaves and Hughes have performed shows and festivals around the country and feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfoot dancing.

Centre Dimensions Mardi Gras 
Penn State's premier jazz ensemble, Centre Dimensions, will perform its annual Mardi Gras concert at 7:30 p.m. in The State Theatre. The show also features the Penn State Jazz Faculty Combo. From ragtime to blues and dixieland to big band jazz, the ensembles will bring a night of New Orleans jazz, blues, funk and much more.

Nora Jane Struthers
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers, one of the great talents in Americana and roots rock today, comes to Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks in Millheim for an 8 p.m. show with her band, The Party Line. Blending country, blues and rock with exceptional songwriting, Struthers' most recent album, 2017's "Champion" was met with praise by critics. No Depression named it one of the albums of the year and NPR's Ann Powers listed it as one of the Top 10 Underheard Albums of 2017.

Lady Grey's Casino Night
Bring your best poker face and step into a night of casino fun with Lady Grey's Lovelies. Featuring an immersive, interactive experience with the glitz and glamour of a vintage casino, the latest edition of Lady Grey's Late Night Cabaret has two performances, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., in The Attic at The State Theatre. Patrons must be 18 or older.


Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Treat your sweetheart, bring a friend or go as a group to enjoy a pairing of Mount Nittany Vineyard's wines with Asher chocolates, from noon to 5 p.m. at Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, 300 Houser Road in Centre Hall. Reservations are required by calling (814) 466-6373. 

Daddy/Daughter Valentine's Day Dance
The State College YMCA hosts an afternoon of dancing, arts and crafts, treats and more at 1 p.m. at the Ramada State College, 1450 S. Atherton Street. Registration ($15 per family for members, $18 per family for non-members) must be completed in advance online or at the front desk of the YMCA, 677 W. Whitehall Rd.

Disney Love Songs Cabaret
Join the Penn State Thespians for a Disney sing-along at 2:30 p.m. in Schlow Centre Region Library's Downsbrough Community Room. For extra fun, come dressed as your favorite character.

Valentine's Day Concert
The State College Municipal Band presents its Valentine's Day concert at 3 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema
The State Theatre presents the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema production of "The Lady of the Camellias" at 3 p.m. The Bolshoi brings choreographer John Neumeier’s work of rare beauty and tragic depth to new emotional heights, accompanied by Chopin’s romantic piano score.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book "Mr. Popper's Penguins" — also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey — is a family treat starting at 4 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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