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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Nov. 15-17

by on November 15, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

This weekend sees Bob Dylan return to Penn State for the first time since 2010, Blues Brews & BBQ return to The State Theatre and plenty of theater, concerts and more happening around the area.

We've featured some highlights below.

There is plenty more around the region 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.



Fresh off a Big Ten Tournament championship, Penn State women's soccer hosts Stony Brook at 6 p.m. Friday at Jeffrey Field for an NCAA first round game.

The State Theatre hosts a 7 p.m. Friday screening of "Journey To Normal: Women of War Come Home," as part of Military Appreciation Week in State College and at Penn State. From the front lines of Afghanistan through the first two years of reintegration, the film documents the journeys of eight women who have served in the combat zone.

Penn State Centre Stage performs Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Playhouse Theatre, University Park. Set at the turn of the last century, the musical interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers among the upper crust elite of Sweden. 

Penn State School of Theatre students collaborate to produce and perform #HereToo, an interview-based play chronicling the first-person experiences of gun violence survivors and the work of young activists across the United States, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Pavilion Theatre. Admission is free. The project's creators, Barbara Pitts McAdams and Jimmy Maize of Tectonic Theater Project, have visited Penn State for the past two weeks to work with students on creating #[email protected] Tectonic Theater also created "The Laramie Project" 20 years ago.

Bob Dylan returns for his first show at Penn State since 2010, bringing his band to Eisenhower Auditorium for a show at 8 p.m. on Friday. A cultural icon and one of the greatest songwriters and musicians in American history,  the 78-year-old has toured relentlessly for the past 30 years in what's been dubbed the Never Ending Tour, with a sound that continues to evolve in his live performances and albums. Tickets | Traffic advisory

As a dysfunctional family reunites for the holidays a daughter's memoir triggers memories and tensions, with surprising family secrets revealed in No Refund Theatre's production of "Other Desert Cities," 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in 111 Forum, University Park. Admission is free.


Blues, Brews & BBQ returns to the State Theatre at 6 p.m. Saturday. Pulled pork and brisket from Cora’s Creekside Tavern, local beers and live performances by TolinsSleighStetz, The Stratoblasters, and Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar highlight the night.

Some favorite local authors — J.L. Delozier, Dave Housely, William Marcum and Derek Sherwood — will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Barnes & Noble, 365 Benner Pike, to discuss and sign their books.

The Penn State women's basketball team hosts LaSalle at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Pennsylvania Military Museum educator and former Navy Petty Officer Joe Horvath discusses life aboard the Saratoga during its 1984 Mediterranean cruise as part of the 6th Fleet. Photos, cartoons, and 8mm home movies are used to talk about “Life at Sea,” in this presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday at the museum in Boalsburg.

Penn State School of Music's Oriana Singers perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in in the Recital Hall of Music Building I, followed by the University Choir's annual fall concert at 4 p.m. and the Concert Choir and Symphonic Wind Ensemble performing "King David" at 7 p.m.

Folk singer-songwriter Joe Crookston brings his cinematic storytelling through song to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, 100 W. Main St. in Millheim, at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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