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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Jan. 13-15

by on January 13, 2017 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

The weekend is filled with things to do around the State College area. Throughout the weekend, enjoy music, theater, sports, activities for kids and families, and more. We've compiled some of the highlights of the weekend below.

Of course this isn't all that's happening. 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.


Penn State Swimming, Hockey & Wrestling
It's a busy night of home action for Penn State varsity teams. At 6 p.m. the men's and women's diving teams host Yale at the Natatorium. The No. 4 men's hockey team returns to Pegula Ice Arena at 7 p.m., while across campus the No. 2 Nittany Lion wrestlers host No. 21 Rutgers at 7. 

State High Girls Basketball
The Lady Little Lion basketball team hosts Central Dauphin East at 6 p.m. 

The State College Area Delta Middle School and High School Programs present the beloved musical "Annie," at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City in the Tony Award winner based on Harold Gray's comic strip. [Tickets and info]

Wine Glass Painting Uncorked
With step-by-step instruction guided by Nancy Alpago, an experienced instructor and former art teacher, attendees will learn to use a one-stroke painting technique to create two hand-painted wine glasses, from 7-9 p.m. at Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery. It's an evening of fun, relaxation and creativity with a complimentary wine tasting. Tickets are $35 and reservations are required.

Penn State School of Music Recognition Recital
The spring semester Undergraduate Recognition Recital showcases the School of Music's most outstanding undergraduate performers at 7:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I, University Park. Musicians are chosen to appear on the recital based on the quality of their juried performances at the conclusion of the previous fall semester. 


Friends School Open House & Play Day
The State College Friends School (K-8), 1900 University Drive, and Friends Schoolhouse (Pre-K), 611 E. Prospect Ave., will host open houses at 9:30 a.m. to learn more about the schools. The Friends School also will have a Winter Play Day for children ages 3-7 to enjoy supervised games, crafts, and indoor activities while parents chat, play, relax, or tour the school. [More info]

World Stories Alive
Experience songs, stories, and art in different languages -- this week, in Korean at 11 a.m. in Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room. Recommended for children ages 3-8 and their families, it's fun for speakers of all languages, including English.

Penn State Basketball
After a huge win over Michigan State in Philadelphia last week, the Penn State men's basketball team returns to the Bryce Jordan Center at noon to host No. 24 Minnesota. 

Splash & Bubbles at The State Theatre
WPSU hosts a free advanced screening of "Splash & Bubbles," PBS Kids’ newest animated program featuring a delightful array of fish and other sea life, at noon at The State Theatre.

Penn State Hockey
The No. 4 Nittany Lion men's hockey team wraps up a two-game series agains Big Ten foe Michigan State at 7 p.m. in Pegula Ice Arena 

Dead of Winter Music Festival
The State Theatre welcomes three bands for a night of jamming at the Dead of Winter music festival starting at 7 p.m. Premier Grateful Dead tribute act Box of Rain will be joined by special guest Skip Vangeles of Dark Star Orchestra. The show also features Williamsport-based jam band Lumpy Gravy and State College reggae act The Perkolators. The night also will feature a vinyl pop-up shop from Chronic Town and The Music Underground, and craft beer from Bullfrog Brewery.

Prestige Clarinet Quartet
The Prestige Clarinet Quartet, including Penn State faculty member Anthony J. Costa, presents a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall, University Park. The ensemble's program includes compositions by Clare Grundman, Ian Holloway, Alfred Uhl, Henri Tomasi, and Augustin Kubizek. Featured is a performance of Michael Henry's "Refractions," three settings of world landmarks or events commissioned and premiered by the Colorado-based ensemble Solaris in 2007. Free admission.

Lady Grey's Late Night Cabaret
Lady Grey returns for the first 2017 monthly cabaret with "Pinups and Patriots" at 8 and 10 p.m. in The State Theatre Attic. Lady Grey’s Lovelies are back in town with high-energy tap, swing dance, burlesque, and USO-style entertainment, as well as a new cast of local and regional guest artists. Because of mature content, the show is restricted to patrons 18 and over. 




Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live
The legendary Mister Rogers’ messages about living a neighborly life get a new look with a Center for the Performing Arts-presented production of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” Daniel and his friends will sing and dance their way through an afternoon of lessons at 2 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium.The live-action production is based on PBS Kids’ award-winning animated series “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”  

Pennsylvania: Cradle of Cable Television
The Centre County Historical Society Distinguished Lecture Series hosts Patrick Parsons, Penn State College of Communications professor and author of "Blue Skies: A History of Cable Television," at 2 p.m. in Centre Furnace Mansion. Starting in the 1940s, Pennsylvania entrepreneurs put up television antennas on the highest points in a community and ran cable lines into town, this providing reliable service for the first time in many of the state's communities. Parsons will discuss the beginnings of the first community antenna systems in the Keystone State, an important chapter in broadcasting history.

Writers Resist at Webster's
Writers across the U.S. will gather to share the power of the written word as part of the #WritersResist movement celebrating the ideals of freedom, justice, compassion, and hope for the future. Local writers will give readings and performances at 7 p.m. at Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 113 E. Beaver Ave.

Penn State School of Music Faculty Artist Series
Penn State trombone professor Mark Lusk will present his 60th faculty recital, joined by guest artists, at 7:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall, University Park.



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