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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 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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