Weekend events: Sports, a film festival and ... puppets!

UNIVERSITY PARK – It looks like we’re finally going to get a nice weekend in Happy Valley.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s this weekend, just a few days after a dusting of snow covered yards in Centre County.

But the weather has cleared just in time for the weekend – and that’s a very good thing because there’s plenty going on in Happy Valley this weekend.

Let’s take a closer look at this weekend’s big events:

FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Penn State sports – There are a plethora of Penn State sports on the docket Friday night, so you’ll have to choose. There’s softball (vs. Michigan State) at 6 p.m. at Beard Field, baseball (vs. Ohio State) at 6:30 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and men’s volleyball (vs. Princeton) at 7 p.m. at Rec Hall.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival – Join the Sierra Club Moshannon Group when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to State College at the State Theatre for two days, with different film selections each night. Doors open at 6 p.m., so come early and visit with local sponsors and community groups who will have displays and information available in the lobby. There will be free drawings for cool prizes from the host and sponsors. Film starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.thestatetheatre.org for more details.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

Penn State sports – Saturday is an exceptionally busy day for Penn State athletics. It all begins with men’s lacrosse (vs. Johns Hopkins) at 2 p.m. at the Penn State lacrosse field, followed by baseball (vs. Ohio State) at 2 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, softball (vs. Michigan State) at 3 p.m. at Beard Field, women’s lacrosse (vs. Northwestern) at 6 p.m. at the lacrosse field and the day wraps up with men’s volleyball (vs. NJIT) at 7 p.m. at Rec Hall.

School of Music feature: Ein deutsches Requiem Johannes Brahms – The Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra and Penn State massed choir (Concert Choir, Essence of Joy, Glee Club and Oriana Singers) will join forces to perform Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem, a sublime contemplation of hope and consolation for the living and dead. Performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Auditorium.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival – Day two of the popular film festival Doors open at 6 p.m., so come early and visit with local sponsors and community groups who will have displays and information available in the lobby. There will be free drawings for cool prizes from the host and sponsors. Film starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.thestatetheatre.org for more details.

Acoustic Brew – The popular series continues with the father-son duo of Ken and Brad Kolodner will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Well-Being in Lemont. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. They perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” Tickets are $18.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

Penn State sports – Just a couple of events on the docket for Sunday: Softball wraps up its series with Michigan State at 1 p.m. at Beard Field and baseball closes out its series with Ohio State, also at 1 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Sunday Afternoon Live with Adam Swartz Puppets – Sunday afternoon will be a special one at the State Theatre for the Adam Swartz Puppets. In fact, there will be two acts!

During Act I, audience members will get to know theater troupe Happy Valley Improv. Adam Swartz Puppets and Happy Valley Improv will play games and demonstrate acting exercises together, and will need plenty of help from the audience.

In Act II, the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania will be invited to the stage in Act II. There will be dance demos from Nittany Ballet and hear music from the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra. There will also be an opportunity for some audience members to share their own special talents, ask interview questions and win some prizes.

The show starts at 3 p.m. For tickets, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.

 

 

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