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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The entertainment scene in State College is heating up this spring, and this weekend will be no exception. Penn State’s sixth annual Arts Crawl is set to take place this Friday night on campus, featuring a multitude of musical performances and visual arts displays.
The Penn State Electronic Dance Music Club (EDMC) has put together a killer show Monday night in Alumni Hall, featuring Estonian electro house/dubstep producer Mord Fustang. Sure, the name is cheesy, but Mord is gaining a lot of recognition in the electronic dance music world. He played Ultra Music Festival in Miami this weekend and is making his way to State College for “BassDROP in the Valley”.
Loni Love, former electrical engineer turned stand-up comedian, will perform in Alumni Hall Tuesday, April 3 at 8:00pm. Love was named one of the “Top 10 Comics to Watch” by Variety and Comedy Central. Campus Activity Magazine named her “Hot Comic” in 2009.
Arts Crawl is this weekend and it looks like an exciting one. Ramona Falls is headlining, and plenty of local bands will be rocking out around the arts buildings on campus. In fact, this year there’s even going to be a few DJs performing. But until then, you might need some new jams to occupy your mind. We offer this set to help you out. This week’s suggestions come from Shawn Christ, Meghin Moore, Sam Cooper and a pair from Matthew D’Ippolito.
On April 9th, the Hub will be hosting a live acoustic set by pop-rock singer Graham Colton. The doors to Heritage Hall will open at 7:30 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm. The concert is hosted by SPA’s L.E.A.D. team, a group that independently organizes concerts around campus.
If you’re lyrical mastermind with mad flow who also happens to be a Mac Miller fan, then your dream night might be just around the corner. The Bryce Jordan Center has announced the Macadelic Freestyle Competition, a chance for fans to submit a video of themselves rapping over one of one of Mac’s beats. The best submission, as judged by Mac himself, will win two tickets to his April 3rd show at the BJC and a meet-and-greet with him following the show.
Acclaimed stand-up comedian and Comedy Central veteran Lewis Black will bring his comedic ramblings to Penn State. SPA will host the show at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Tickets are free to students with their ID beginning Monday, March 26. Students may receive two tickets per ID.
A man who defied seemingly unconquerable odds and inspired a hit film will be speaking at Penn State.
Aron Ralston, the climber and outdoorsman that inspired the film “127 Hours,” will tell his inspiring tale of perseverance on Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m. The event will take place in Eisenhower Auditorium as a part of SPA’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Tickets are free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.