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Thank God It's Friday: State College Weekend Events

by on January 22, 2016 6:00 AM
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The blizzard that's been talked about for a whole week will finally arrive today.

But thankfully for State College, the snow shouldn't be bad enough to keep anyone holed up in their houses -- at least not for too long.

With State College forecasted to take on one to three inches from tonight to Saturday night, there should be plenty of time for plows to hit the pavement and keep the roads clear.

That means, of course, that you'll be out enjoying the weekend in State College as usual, and this weekly edition of Thank God It's Friday will help make your scheduling decisions a little easier.


"Fa, fa fa fa, fa, fa, fa, fa ... never be the same again."

If you don't recognize the previous sentence as a lyric from the song "Fa Fa" by Guster, than you probably won't be all that excited to hear that the rock band is playing in town tonight.

Guster is live from the State Theatre at 8 p.m. this evening. The floor (standing room) and the balcony (reserved seating) will run you $33 for a ticket or $28 for students. 

And if that isn't enough, your ticket will get you into Zeno's for free after the show -- as it will after any show at the State Theatre.


A classic take on modern music.

As our friends over at the Centre County Gazette put it, Sybarite5 is a "classical string quintet that embraces the challenges of recreating rock music and champions works by living composers." 

The group was the first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and plays everything from Radiohead covers to Mozart classics. 

Sybarite5 will perform at Schwab Auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 for adults, $15 for University Park students, and $32 for anyone 18 and younger. Buy yours here.


Women's hockey is back.

The Penn State Nittany Lions women's hockey team has been on the road for two months, and the squad is finally back for a weekend series on home ice. The Lions will be facing off with conference rival Robert Morris at Pegula Ice Arena on both Friday and Saturday night.

On Friday, the first 200 people in will receive free drawstring bags. On Saturday, it's a Family 4 Pack game, including four tickets, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks for just $30. Saturday is also the last free skate game of the season where you can take the ice after the game ends. Saturday is also Scout Day, so girl and boy scout troops can receive discounted tickets by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

The women's hockey team is 6-14-4 on the year with a 2-4-4- conference record. The Robert Morris Colonials are a tough opponent, boasting a 12-8-4 record with a 4-3-3 conference clip.


Superheroes, unite.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation is calling all superheroes to the Council of Government Building, or what it calls "your not-so-secret headquarters."

Dress up in your personal favorite superhero costume and head to the Forum Room for a day of games, photos, and superhero fun. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. at the building, which is located at 2643 Gateway Dr. in State College. 


Family Night at the Y.

 Are you looking for a bit of a family getaway? You won't be getting too far away, but the State College Family YMCA will have plenty of fun on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

This free event includes a potluck dinner -- so that means there will be plenty of food to go around, but that you'll need to bring a dish of your own to share. As for the Y, they'll be providing pancakes, and who doesn't like breakfast for dinner?

The family-oriented activities at Family Night include rock climbing, swimming, arts and crafts, door prizes, and more. The event is free and open to anyone in the community.


Strawberry Fields Forever.

For the fifth straight year, the annual Strawberry Fields Forever benefit concert will be held at the State Theatre. This Beatles tribute concert raises money for Strawberry Fields -- as if the name didn't give it away -- a United Way agency that "provides comprehensive services and supports for people with disabilities and their families." The concert also benefits the venue it's being held in: the State Theatre.

Among the local performers that will be covering the world's favorite four-person rock band are Pure Cane Sugar, Eric Ian Farmer, Miss Mel & The Valley Rats, Ted & the HiFi's, and other local artists. Tickets run from $30 for the balcony to $40 for orchestra to $50 for the front section and $100 for VIP sections.

And after the charity event ends, the party will go on with the Magical Mystery Tour in the attic at 10:30 p.m. The Tussey Mountain Moonshiners will be "pickin' on the Beatles" before the show returns to the main auditorium for even more local performers until 1 a.m.


It's National Kazoo Day.

But you already knew that...

"Get ready to celebrate 166 years of kazoo-playing in America," the event listing said. "Kazoos will be provided, but feel free to BYOK if you wish!"

This Schlow Library event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Children's Department, with no registration required. Just head on in and buzz away.


Essence of Joy

Head down to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Bellefonte on Sunday to see Penn State's Essence of Joy choir live.

The concert is a benefit for the historic St. Paul's AME Church in Bellefonte, and tickets are available at Trinity up until the concert starts at 3 p.m. They'll cost $10 for adults and $5 for those under 18, with all proceeds going to St. Paul's. 

Essence of Joy is a choral ensemble that performs "sacred and secular music from the African/African American traditions."


Check out some art.

The Palmer Museum of Art off of Curtin Road on campus is having weekly docent-guided tours on Sunday. Each tour is a unique experience focusing on something specific within the museum.

This week's rendition, led by docent Gail Gilschrest, is titled "A Comparison of Formal Elements in Three Paintings." Light refreshments will be served after the tour, which is free and begins at 2 p.m.

Zach Berger is the managing editor of He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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