Your Guide To The THAW Festival This Weekend

This year, the State College borough, Penn State Student Affairs, and student organizations came together to create an event to counteract the State Patty’s Day festivities and declared it the THAW festival. The festival aims to turn the State Patty’s Day weekend into more of a community-oriented event than a drinking-focused student affair.

“We’ve had a goal to eliminate major problems in hopes of clearing out room to allow a festival that would be of appeal to all residents of the community,” Borough Manager Tom Fountaine said.

THAW has partnered with local organizations like the Penn State Thespians, No Refund Theatre, Full Ammo Improv Troupe, and others, essentially sponsoring their already-planned events under the festival’s umbrella. In addition, it took a local film festival under its purview.

 

Here’s your official THAW timeline for the weekend. The festival kicks off today with two events at the State Theatre.

Wednesday

3:30 P.M. – The documentary “Above All Else” will be playing.

7:30 P.M. – A feature film, “Mono Sucias,” will be played.

Thursday

10:00 A.M. – There is an International Shorts Program at the State Theatre.

12:00 P.M. – The Penn State Thespians will preview their show “SPAMALOT” in the HUB.

12:15 P.M. – No Refund Theater will preview their show “A New Brain” in the HUB.

12:30 P.M. – The Songwriter’s Club will perform in the HUB.

12:45 P.M. – Open M.I.C. will perform in the HUB.

1:oo P.M. – The a cappella group NOTA (None of the Above) will perform in the HUB; and a shorts program titled “Pair of Shorts” will air at the State Theatre.

1:45 P.M. – The Penn State Taiko group will perform in the HUB.

3:00 P.M. -Aa panel discussion will take place in the State Theater upstairs focused on “Everyone’s a Filmmaker.

5:00 P.M. – A documentary under the title “In An Ideal World” will be played in 026 Hosler Building.

7:30 P.M. – “Booze, Boys and Brownies” will then be played in 026 Hosler.

10:00 P.M. – The short film “Mousse” will then finish the night in 026 Hosler.

Friday

10:00 A.M. – In the State Theatre, there will be a documentary titled “Poverty, Inc.” downstairs, and a seminar “Young Acting Career in the Digital Age” upstairs.

12:00 P.M. – Two short films titled “Common Ground” will be airing in the State Theatre.

1:00 P.M. – The impact of outsourcing short film “River Man” will be playing downstairs in the State Theatre while student shorts will play upstairs.

3:00 P.M. – “Turth Has Fallen,” a documentary, will air at the State Theatre.

4:30 P.M. – “L.I.P.S.,” the web series, will play upstairs at the State Theatre.

5:30 P.M. – “Unafraid (Voices from the Crime Victims Center)” documentary will play at the State Theatre.

7:00 P.M. – The Penn State Ballroom Dance Club’s Beginners Tango Workshop will take place in 106 White Building.

7:30 P.M. – The feature film “Woodfalls” will play at the State Theatre.

10:00 P.M. – A shorts program titled “Bloody Shorts” will play at the State Theatre to finish off the night.

Saturday

9:00 A.M. – The THAW 5K will commence at the IST Bridge on North Burrowes Street.

10:00 A.M. – Volunteer check-in for the State Day of Service will be at the HUB room 129, Environmental Shorts will play in the HUB auditorium, and an original script reading of “The Duplex” will take place upstairs at the State Theatre.

11:30 A.M. – Robert Hsu of Imapct Eco will give a lecture in the HUB auditorium.

12:00 P.M. – A shorts program called “International Shorts” will air in the upstairs of the State Theatre.

12:30 P.M. – Another shorts program titled “PSU Student Films (Donkeymentary)” will play in the State Theatre.

1:00 P.M. – A panel discussion titled “Women in Film” will take place in the HUB auditorium.

1:30 P.M. – Jonathan Burns will take the stage at the Penn State Downtown Theatre.

2:00 P.M. – Penn State Bluesy Due (The Tommy Roberts) will play at the State College Municipal Building Community Room, shorts titled “Female Identity in the 21st Century” will play in the HUB auditorium, and Art and Film (Boustinia) will play in the upstairs part of the State Theatre.

2:30 P.M. – “Carry the Tune,” a documentary, will play in the State Theatre and Penn State Performing Magicians will play in the Downsborough Room in the Schlow Centre Region Library.

2:45 P.M. – The Songwriter’s Club will perform at Grace Lutheran Church.

2:50 P.M. – Penn State Graduate Student Eric Ian Farmer will perform “Soulful Rock” at the State College Municipal Building Community Room.

3:00 P.M. – Michael Rosman takes the stage at the Penn State Downtown Theatre and No Refund Theatre performs their children’s show in the Downsborough Room in the Schlow Centre Region Library.

3:30 P.M. – The Penn State Taiko group holds a drumming workshop in Westminster Hall in the State College Presbyterian Church, Tussey Mountain Moonshiners will appear at the State College Presbyterian Church, and the Penn State Center for the Performing Arts Showcases will occur at Grace Lutheran Church.

3:35 P.M. – Sun Whales, an Indie Punk Rock group, will perform at the State College Municipal Building Community Room while Open M.I.C. performs at Grace Lutheran Church.

4:00 P.M. – A shorts program on parenthood called “Tiny Things” will play upstairs at the State Theatre.

4:30 P.M. – Jonathan Burns takes the stage again at the Penn State Downtown Theatre.

4:40 P.M. – Tapestries will perform at the State College Municipal Building Community Room.

5:00 P.M. – “Queers in the Kingdom,” a documentary, will play in the  State Theatre

5:30 P.M. – Anna Pearl Belinda, a State College High School senior vocalist, will perform in the State College Municipal Building Community Room, a shorts program titled “Random Shorts” will play upstairs in the State Theatre, and Natascha and the Spy Boys will play at the State College Presbyterian Church.

6:00 P.M. – Michael Rosman takes the stage again at the Penn State Downtown Theatre.

6:15 P.M. – State College High School/Delta Alternative Program Rock Pop Band will perform at the State College Municipal Building Community Room.

7:20 P.M. – Penn State Graduate Student and rapper, Cecil Blucher, will perform in the State College Municipal Building Community Room.

7:30 P.M. – Pure Cane Sugar will perform at the State College Presbyterian Church, Jonathan Burns takes the stage one more time at the Penn State Downtown Theatre, and feature film “Maltreatment” airs at the State Theatre.

8:00 P.M. – No Refund Theatre presents “A New Brain” in 111 Forum Building.

8:05 P.M. – “Mute Cities” a Penn State pop rock band, performs in the State College Municipal Building Community Room.

9:00 P.M. – Michael Rosman takes the stage one more time at the Penn State Downtown Theatre and Full Ammo Troupe, an improv group,  takes the stage at the State Theatre.

9:10 P.M. – Keegan Tawa performs at the State College Municipal Building Community Room with Olivia Price and Zach Kramer.

10:15 P.M. – Laura Boswell closes the evening at the State College Municipal Building.

Finally, on Sunday there will be a daylong TEDxPSU event going on in the HUB. So if State Patty’s Day is not for you, you can check out some of the events going on downtown weekend.

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