Comedian Nick Offerman, well-mustached star of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (and professional woodworker), will kick off a semester of SPA events performing in Eisenhower Auditorium.
Author Alex Federman
Before I visited Penn State, I had never heard of the Nittany Lions, Joe Paterno, Happy Valley, or State College. I was the quintessential out-of-stater. One tour around campus, and I realized that this was a place that I wanted to be. I soon found that, like State College’s highly unpredictable climate, Penn State, even with all its traditions, is a place of constant change.
The Blue and White Film Festival highlights the best in student film work produced in the 2012-2013 academic year, and students who enter have the chance to have their works shown on the big screen at a red carpet event on April 25 at 7 p.m.
Way back in January 2010, Penn State’s Full Ammo Improv Troupe organized a legendary comedy event: RAWR, a festival dedicated to bringing great improv comedy to Penn State. Now, after three years and countless Sunday night shows in Forum, it’s happening again.
Around 8 p.m. last Friday night, sophomore Josh Brolin opened eLion, started working on his schedule, and left the window open in the background of his desktop. A pop-up caught his eye, striking fear in his heart that his hard work might disappear: “Your session is about to expire. Please click here to request additional time.”
While late-night movies at the HUB are often a fun way to spend a couple of hours, you don’t always get that full, immersive, movie-theater experience. People texting and no food or drinks allowed can make you wish you were somewhere else. But Batman’s out to change all that.
The Center for the Performing Arts kicked off its 2012-13 season on Friday with a collaborative performance that showcased diverse types of music coming together as one. Sharing the stage was the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, hailing from New Orleans, and The Del McCoury Band, from Nashville. Both groups have been touring for more than 50 years, and the combined talent lit up the stage at Eisenhower Auditorium.
In today’s ridiculously fast media environment, news stories can go from headlines to feature film pitches in less than a year. Yesterday, Deadline reported that ICM Partners is shopping around a package based on Joe Posnanski’s book, Paterno, with Al Pacino attached to star. Yes, Al Pacino of The Godfather, Scarface, and Jack and Jill fame.
Every year, the Center for the Performing Arts brings some of the best acts in theatre, dance, and music to State College, for relatively affordable prices. Now, their 2012-2013 season has been announced. Here are some of the highlights.
Who said print was dead? Over at comic swap, superheroes and villains have been fighting it out for years. Publishers have been trying to push digital comics, but there’s no comparison to having a real book in your hand. And that’s why you owe it to yourself to find your local comic book store this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day.
Though Michael Jackson wasn’t at the show last night at the Bryce Jordan Center, his spirit definitely was. “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” Cirque du Soleil’s tribute to the famous singer featured his music, his choreography, and themes from his life, from childhood to saving the world from environmental harm and dictatorships. A live band accompanied Jackson’s voice, while a cast of 60 dancers and acrobats displayed his style and interpreted his songs.
Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ classic parody of the original Frankenstein, my least favorite of his films. But how did Young Frankenstein, a musical adaptation which stopped at Eisenhower Auditorium last night, measure up? Aside from some groan-worthy humor, it definitely improved on the original.
After the success of movies like The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which both look at how technology shapes our world, director David Fincher has announced the story of Onward State’s founding and subsequent rise for his next project.
In his presentation last night, as part of the Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Spurlock had a packed Schwab Auditorium laughing as he discussed the strange world of product placement.
In many ways, the Sherlock Holmes movies aim for the same spirit as the Indiana Jones movies. Both feature intellectual heroes with a drive for adventure, puzzle-solving based on hidden clues, fast-paced action, and witty banter. The second Sherlock Holmes movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, combines the action of The Adventures of Tintin (a true successor to Indiana Jones itself) with the twisting mysteries of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (which will play at the HUB in April) . Though it may not reach the heights of either of those two movies, it’s still a fun adventure to take in, and you can see it this weekend at the HUB.
Well, spring semester has been unpaused and school continues in State College, but we can still make those memories of beaches, family, and fun last. Send in your best photos from spring break to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 16. We’ll pick the top 10, and then you’ll be able to vote on the winner. The photo with the most votes will win a $50 gift card to Zola New World Bistro on College Ave. Whether you went to Florida, Massachusetts, or just stayed home, let’s see your best photos.
If you want to do something much more awesome than destroy Penn State’s reputation this weekend, seeing this week’s HUB movie is a great alternative. I saw the movie several times in theaters, and though the Muppet fan in me has a few issues, bear with me- even a lesser Muppet Movie is still a great movie.
Last week, I traded the snowy valley of State College, Pennsylvania for the similarly snowy mountains of Park City, Utah. Why? As a member of a delegation of 10 students from the Penn State Student Film Organization, I was lucky enough to attend the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
This past week, we asked to see your best Halloween costumes, and received a ton of (great) responses. After a long and heated deliberation at OnwardState headquarters, we are finally ready to reveal the winner. Click through to find out.
In the Heights opened on Broadway in 2008 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and it’s easy to see why. Focusing on the day-to-day lives and conflicts of people in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, the musical shows the hardships on the way to chasing your dreams, making a living, and finding your true home. The national touring production stopped at Eisenhower Auditorium last night and provided audiences with an emotional and musical experience.
Picture a column of people three stories tall, people stacked three-deep on one another’s shoulders. Three others launch a small woman diagonally over the tower, and the one atop it catches her perfectly. The column stays steady. If you’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil show before, it’s quite the experience (but not your typical circus experience). Instead of three rings, trained animals, and piped-in music, Cirque shows are a more intimate and artistic environment. The audience is treated to a visual spectacular, complete with amazing stunts, characters, and a live band. It’s more like a combination of circus arts, theater, music, and dance, all performing at their highest level. This is the third time I’ve seen one of Cirque du Soleil’s traveling productions, and I was prepared to be just as amazed. But Quidam still found a way surprise me.