State College offers a wide variety of entertainment options, from 18 bars and clubs in the downtown area to a number of music and performance venues, including the Bryce Jordan Center and The State Theatre. Happy Valley has hosted such performing greats as Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil and Lewis Black. Student groups like SOMA and SPA also provide both national acts and student art and entertainment on campus and the community is home to an up-and-coming local music scene.
“Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” is a story about the victim of notorious 1998 hate crime, Matthew Shepard, and his family. This award winning documentary is showing at The State Theater tonight at 7 p.m.