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Things to do at Penn State: November 11-18

What’s going on at Penn State? Here’s a look at some of the cultural events – in-person and virtual – taking place across the University:

Performances

Ivyside Dance Set7:30 p.m., Nov. 10-11, Wolf Kuhn Theater, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona. The campus Ivyside Dance Ensemble will perform with Allied Motion Dance Company. Free, but tickets required.

“Lease”Nov. 15-18, Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1-3 ; Pavilion Theatre, University Park Campus. Penn State Center Stage presents the famous rock musical.

Nate Bargatze7 p.m., Nov. 17, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park Campus. Comedian Nate Bargatze brings his “Raincheck Tour” to Penn State.

Conferences

Lynd Ward Award for Graphic Novel of the Year: Lee Lai 7:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park Campus. Lee Lai, 2022 winner of the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel of the Year Award, will receive her award and provide a visual presentation of the discussion of her debut graphic novel “Stone Fruit.” Free.

Events

Veterans Day Ceremony11:11 a.m. to noon, November 11, Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus, and by live broadcast. Hosted by the Penn State Student Veterans Organization, the event honors those who served in the armed forces. Free.

Veteran Student Panel 2 p.m., Nov. 11, Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus and via live broadcast. A panel of veteran students will engage in an open conversation focused on debunking myths and misconceptions, their student experience, and their transition to civilian life.

Themed dinner Café Laura: a•pi•ar•y: an evening in the gardenNovember 16, Café Laura, Mateer Building, University Park Campus. HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management students prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester which will be served in the student-run Café Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

“Jabari dreams of freedom”6 p.m., Nov. 16, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona. Suitable for grades 3 through 12, “Jabari Dreams of Freedom” tells the story of a young black boy on the South Side of Chicago who enjoys painting. Free.

Café Laura Theme Dinner: Viva Las Vegas: Wine and Dine Like a WinnerNovember 17, Café Laura, Mateer Building, University Park Campus. HM 430 Advanced Food Production and Service Management students prepare a series of themed dinners throughout the semester which will be served in the student-run Café Laura restaurant. Reservations required.

Virtual exhibitions

“African Brilliance and the Purpose of Art” — This interactive virtual tour accompanied the Palmer Museum of Art’s Spring 2020 special exhibition “African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting” and will remain available throughout the current academic year. Explore the exhibition installation, images of selected works, videos for a guided tour and suggestions for related artistic activities. Free.

“Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights and Lived Experiences at Penn State” – The Virtual University Libraries Exhibit explores the first 100 years of national disability rights legislation and the movement’s impact on the Penn State community. Free.

“Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundations” — This interactive online program from the Palmer Museum of Art offers guided video tours of selected artists from the exhibition in addition to an introductory overview by the curator. Discover the “Global Asias” concept of personal and cultural identity in a contemporary world. Featured artists include: Jacob Hashimoto, Dinh Q. Lê, Hung Liu, Takashi Murakami, Roger Shimomura, Do Ho Suh and Rirkrit Tiranvanija. Free.

“Pandemic Spaces (1918 Edition)” — University Libraries Virtual Exhibit explores architecture related to the devastating 1918 flu epidemic. Free.

“Who am I? Art and Identity” — This interactive, self-guided online tour presents a selection of objects from various areas of the Palmer Museum of Art’s collection, linked by a common exploration of personal or cultural identity. Free.

“Women in Art: Activism + Resistance” — This self-directed, interactive online tour of the Palmer Museum of Art is intended for college-level courses and features a selection of objects by female artists from the museum’s collection. To celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this tour highlights artists working in a variety of mediums during the 20th and 21st centuries who have contributed to political, social and cultural change. Free.

“The World According to Doyle: Editorial Cartoons from the Jerry Doyle Papers at Penn State” — This digital exhibit from Penn State University Libraries examines Jerry Doyle, one of the preeminent editorial cartoonists of the 20th century. Free.

In-person exhibitions

“Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact” Through November 22, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, University Park Campus. The exhibition explores the intersection of environment, human activity, climate change and documentary archives. Free.

“Gender fluidity”Until December 3, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley. Linda Stein’s “Fluidity of Gender” multimedia exhibition consists of sculptures, collages, prints and videos that strive to expand awareness and inspire empathy by presenting multiplicities and diversity in his work. Free.

“GEOmatrix: a perfect proof”Through December 10, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona. “Geomatrix: A Perfect Proof” features a body of work by Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winner Reni Gower, who recognizes geometric perfection as the matrix of humanity and the blueprint of the cosmos. Free.

“Paper Airplanes”Through December 10, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona. “Paper Planes,” a body of work by Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winner Jennifer Seo, features paper recreations of objects found in Seo’s old family photographs. Free.

“Haiti: Liberation from the First Black Republic”Until December 16, Paterno Family Reading Room, Pattee Library, University Park Campus. The exhibit examines the history of Haiti, the first modern black republic resulting from its successful struggle for liberation from the French. Free.

“Look Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty”Until December 18, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. This exhibition of 74 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculptures from the Palmer’s permanent collection explores how history, place and community shape how we think about museums and ourselves. Free.

“The Art of Remembering: A Selection of Gifts”Until December 18, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The exhibition honors donations to the permanent collection of the Palmer Museum of Art and features works on paper by European and American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Free.

“ARC Studio Premiere”Until January 29, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. Andrew Castañeda’s photos and paintings reflect the structure of a day in television programming. Free.

“The Zombie Ant Experiment”Through August 2023, Perkins Student Center, Penn State Berks. This interactive art installation also serves as an educational tool to illustrate the trajectories of spores and how ants turn into “zombies”. Free.

“Evan Pugh: Student to Scientist”Until October 2023, Museum and Art Gallery of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Deike Building, University Park Campus. The exhibit explores two distinct stages in the life of Evan Pugh, Penn State’s first president. Free.

Exhibition on gall wasps Until October 2023, Frost Museum of Entomology, University Park Campus. This new exhibition aims to raise awareness of gall wasps and highlight their beauty and diversity. Free.

“I’m a Penn Stater: Nittany Lions in World War II”Until June 2025, Penn State All-Sports Museum, Beaver Stadium, University Park campus. Timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the conflict, “I Am a Penn Stater” chronicles the contributions of Nittany Lion University literati and Women’s Recreation Association athletes during the conflict and follows their service from training in the United States. United to the fights on the battlefields around the globe, to their post-war occupations. Free.

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