Weekend events: CPA events and Jazz Fest are highlights

UNIVERSITY PARK – It looks like the snow is finally gone. Right? Right?

We are just a couple of weeks away from Blue-White Weekend. However, until then, there is plenty to keep you busy in Happy Valley.

Let’s take a closer look at some of this weekend’s top events:

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

Penn State softball vs. Michigan – The Penn State softball team returns to Beard Field for a series with Big Ten foe Michigan. First pitch, weather permitting, is scheduled for 6 p.m.”

Penn State Jazz Festival – The 19th annual Penn State Jazz Festival will take place over two days this weekend. This year’s festival will feature the multi-award winning New York Voices performing with Centre Dimensions as well as well-known jazz pianist Xavier Davis and trombonist Jay Ashby. Friday April 6 will incorporate small group jazz with these fabulous guest artists as well as the Penn State SOM Jazz faculty and Inner Dimensions. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre.

Danish String Quartet – The Danish String Quartet will make its Penn State debut. The quartet will feature classical music from Hungary and Germany, plus folk songs from the Nordic countries. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6 in Schwab Auditorium. Tickets are $44 for adults, $34 for those 18 and under.

“The Breath of Life” – This bitingly funny play asks “how do you define yourself and make sense of your own history amid the noise of memory, love and loss?” The play will take place at 8 p.m. in the Attic at the State Theatre. For tickets or more information, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

Penn State softball vs. Michigan – Game two of the three-game set with the Wolverines will take place at 3 p.m. at Beard Field.

Women’s gymnastics (NCAA Regionals) – Penn State plays host to a women’s gymnastics NCAA regional beginning at 4 p.m. at Rec Hall. Tickets available at the Rec Hall box office.

Penn State Jazz Festival – The festival wraps up as day two begins at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre.

“The Breath of Life” – If you missed Friday’s show, the irreverent play has a show at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith appeared in the play when it premiered in London.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8

Penn State softball vs. Michigan – The three-game weekend set wraps up with a 1 p.m. game at Beard Field.

“The Breath of Life” – Looking for something to do Sunday afternoon? Look no further than the Attic at the State Theatre for a matinee as the play completes its final weekend. The curtain rises at 3 p.m.

Mummenschanz: “You & Me” – Switzerland’s famous silent minimalist prop-theater troupe will perform “You & Me” at 4 p.m. at Eisenhower Auditorium. “You & Me” which has been on tour since 2016, features a “greatest hits” of the ensemble’s 100-plus sketches as well as new skits created by troupe co-founder Floriana Frassetto. The company last performed at Penn State in 1997.

Tickets are $25.

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