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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.

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0 Hodgman and Rees Entertain At The State Theatre

John Hodgman, a correspondent on The Daily Show, performed at the State Theater on Friday night. Most famously known for his role as the PC in the Mac vs. PC commercials, Hodgman took on the role of a “deranged millionaire,” throwing his socks into the audience after he walked on stage and took off his shoes. He joked with the audience, referencing State College as the “most generically named town in America,” and then launched into the real reason for his show: Advertising his new book.

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0 #MusicMonday Welcomes Back Spring

Ah, spring is in the air in State College. That means you’ll probably be breaking out the spring playlists to relax outside to. But it’s nice to add a few tunes to the list of spring hits each year, and we’re here to help. Here are some new jams to add to your list, as well as a few older ones you might not have considered before. This week’s selections are brought to you by Matthew D’Ippolito (who’s in here twice), Alex Robinson, Sam Cooper, David Morar and Dan Vecellio.

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2 State Theatre To Host Early Screening of “American Reunion”

A lot has happened since their graduation in 1999, and it’s now time for the first East Great Falls High School Class of ’99 reunion. Rumors have been spreading about the production of “American Reunion” for years, and now it’s finally here. The movie is set to make a full release on April 6th, but if you can’t wait that long, the State Theatre will be hosting an advance screening of the film this Tuesday, March 20th, at 8:00 p.m.

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0 Saint Patrick’s Day in Happy Valley

With Saint Patrick’s Day only a day away, many students may be asking themselves, “What can I possibly do to celebrate this holiday?” While in most cases, the number one answer is drinking excessively, there is plenty of entertainment in Happy Valley that will go hand in hand with the inebriation.

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1 “Gasland” Director Criticizes Penn State

Even though he spoke to a crowd of Penn State students and faculty last night, “Gasand” director Josh Fox said that he doesn’t “have great news in terms of how Penn State is handling the [fracking] situation.” The Milanville native told the audience how natural gas companies came to his small town with “an offer that was too good to be true.”

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1 HUB Movies: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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.

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1 Ring in the Spring with School of Seven Bells

Do you miss Chronic Town concerts? Are you ready to welcome the warm weather of spring by jamming out? Do you feel like you need to get your weird indie fix? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll be happy to know that spring concerts at Chronic Town are back, and their first show of the season will feature School of Seven Bells (or SVIIB).

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0 Acclaimed Filmmakers to Speak at PSU

Penn State’s Student Programming Association recently announced that two acclaimed filmmakers will be venturing to speak at Penn State in March.

Morgan Spurlock, who directed and starred in the acclaimed documentary “Super Size Me,” will speak Monday, March 19 in Schwab Auditorium at 8 p.m. Additionally, John Fox, writer and director of Academy Award-nominated documentary GasLand will speak on March 14 at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall at the HUB. Both events are free.

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0 #MusicMonday: Leap Year Edition

So Wednesday is February 29th, that one day that comes around every four years that makes us wait another day until Christmas comes. What is the purpose of this extra day? Some would tell you that we need it to make up for the Earth’s orbit around the sun, but Onward State has decided it’s a day to find new music. We start you off on your journey with some staff picks on this final Monday of February.

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0 Ingrosso and Alesso Light Up BJC

EDM superstar Sebastian Ingrosso, one-third of supergroup Swedish House Mafia, performed at the Bryce Jordan Center last night along with openers Alesso, a rising star in the genre, and David Solano, a regular Dayglow DJ. It was no surprise to see Solano, as the event, named State of Emergency, was hosted by Dayglow’s parent company, Committee Entertainment.

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0 Movin’ On Lineup: Staff Reactions

After weeks of anticipation, Movin’ On announced most of its line-up for this spring’s music festival on Wednesday in the HUB-Robeson Center. There will be a fifth headliner as well at least one local band which will be chosen after the Battle of the Bands which is slated for March 31st. Here are some Onward State staff members opinion on the choices for the line-up thus far.

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1 Penn State Grad Releases Single with Philly Flavor

It seems like everyone is a rapper these days. Penn State has certainly had their fair share of rappers come through over the past few years. Some are good. Some are not so good. Class of 2010 graduate (and former Collegian writer!) and Philadelphia native Adam Ferrone, also known as Rone, falls in the good category. His debut single, “200 Miles to Philadelphia,” was released last week and produced by Ritz Reynolds, who has worked with The Roots and Mac Miller.

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0 Onward Date: Conflicting Reports

Valentine’s Day is probably the worst time of year to try out a blind date, and Onward State’s compatibility test officially failed me. I would never even consider talking to Kevin again. I think I’ll change my phone number. What a douchebag.

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0 SPA Event Leaves Students Hypnotized

In another great event hosted by SPA LateNight, hypnotist Tom DeLuca performed his ImaginAction show to a packed audience in Heritage Hall Friday Night. Going into the event I was hoping to see some classic one on one hypnosis with a guy waving a pocket-watch in someone’s face, but that’s not Tom DeLuca’s style.

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0 10 Questions with Joe Buyer and Ronnie Byron

When many of us in the Penn State community tried to explain, in words, our emotions and thoughts about the Jerry Sandusky scandal; we simply could not. As late-teenagers and twenty-somethings, it was not easy to voice feelings about something so delicate and foreign to most of us.

Joe Buyer, also known as Joe Conrad, and Ronnie Byron had different plans.

The two Penn State students wrote, produced, and played on the inspiring track “Childhood Dreams.” They used music as a coping tool and tribute for victims of sexual abuse everywhere. The video, filled with images from one of the most emotional weeks in PSU history, has reached 23,250 views on Youtube.

Onward State sat down with both of them to discuss the song.

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0 Songwriters Club Concerts to Benefit THON

It has been a long and sad couple of days for us here in Happy Valley. With the passing of our beloved Joe Paterno, we once again are reminded of how precious life is and how important it is to live for more than just ourselves.

With that in mind, we are reminded that THON is just a few weeks away and the Penn State community has an opportunity to come together for some music, fun and fundraising for a cause which we all hold so dear.

The Songwriters Club will be hosting concerts tonight and tomorrow night that will feature many student acts to benefit THON.

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