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Both State College and Penn State offer a wide variety of entertainment options, from 26 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 Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, Florida Georgia Line, and The Weeknd. 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 SPA Noontime Student Showcase Auditions On Tuesday

Have you been wondering what happened to the weekly Friday afternoon concerts in the HUB’s first floor lounge? Well, after a short hiatus, the SPA Student Noontime Showcase will be back in action this week. It’s time to break out your acoustic guitars and put on a little show for anyone that makes their way to the HUB on Friday, April 13 between 12 and 2 p.m.

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0 Professor Matt Toronto’s “The Pact,” A Story of Brotherhood and Love

Brothers Grant (Neil Brookshire) and Ancel (Aaron Toronto) Fox make a pact, no, “The Pact”, swearing off females for a year in this short film directed by Penn State School of Theatre professor Matt Toronto. Written along with his brother, Aaron, who also stars in the film, and a little help from his wife Jordan, it was based off of a real pact that the Toronto brothers had made during their college days. Filmed in Brookings, South Dakota, “The Pact” has been shown at 13 festivals and is now being screened at the State Theatre.

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3 Nothing is Safe from Lewis Black

Nothing was safe last night when stand-up comic/angry old jewish bastard, Lewis Black, took to the stage at the Eisenhower auditorium. The veteran to the comedy game went after Mark Zuckerberg, the GOP candidates and even the newest social media activism icon, Treyvon Martin. Read more about Black’s controversial stand-up act after the jump.

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1 Meet the Battling Bands

Twelve student musical acts will compete in Movin’ On’s Battle of the Bands this Saturday at 9 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Two winners will be opening for the 2012 lineup on Friday, April 27. Find out more about the competitors after the jump.

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1 Mord Fustang Headlines EDMC’s Energetic Alumni Hall Show

It’s not everyday that the HUB’s Alumni Hall hosts a rave, but on Monday, Penn State’s Electronic Dance Music Club (EDMC) did just that, bringing in a great lineup of DJ’s for an energetic night of beats and lasers. The event, titled BassDROP in the Valley, featured headliner Mord Fustang, an Estonian electro-house and dubstep producer who had just played Miami’s Ultra Music Festival over the weekend.

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0 Penn State EDMC Presents “BassDROP in the Valley”

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”.

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2 #MusicMonday Covers Your Listening Needs Until Arts Crawl

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.

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0 BJC Announces Macadelic Freestyle Competition

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.

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0 Aron Ralston to Speak at PSU

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.

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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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