Your Guide To Having Fun For The Rest Of The Semester
THON is over, spring break has come and gone, and there are still almost two months of school left until the summer. With the winter’s main event and break behind us, it may feel as though there’s nothing to look forward to during the next six weeks, or to help distract you from the pain of graduation (sorry seniors). So, in an effort to make your life a little easier, we picked seven events to help fill up your calendar as we approach the end of the semester. Enjoy!
March 23: MKTO at the HUB
Pop-R&B-Hip-Hop duo MKTO will bring its unique musical style to Alumni Hall for a free show on March 23 at 8 p.m. for anyone with a valid student ID. The group of former actors has garnered a strong following, with over 50 million YouTube hits, thanks mostly to its two hit songs “Thank You” and “Classic,” the latter of which peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard top 100. The show continues the trend of great music brought to the HUB by SPA.
March 29: Kevin Hart at the BJC
In just a few short weeks, professional funny person Kevin Hart comes to good ol’ Centre County as a part of his “What Now” tour. Hart has been a rising star in stand-up recently, especially after the success of his two TV stand-up specials “Laugh at my Pain” and “Let Me Explain.” Hart has since expanded to the movie industry, starring in such films as Ride Along, Think Like a Man, and the soon to be released Get Hard, where Hart stars alongside Will Ferrell. Tickets are still available for the show through Ticketmaster, or in person at the BJC, Eisenhower Auditorium, and the State Theatre Downtown.
April 2: eighth blackbird at the Eisenhower Auditorium
If your tastes include more refined music, eighth blackbird is for you. The three-time Grammy-winning string sextet isn’t your typical contemporary band though, bringing a special brand of of music to the stage. The band brings “the energy of a rock band, and the audacity of a storefront theatre company” according to the event’s page, promising a unique show for all in attendance. The concert will showcase a performance of the composition Pieces of Winter Sky, and tickets are still available through the Eisenhower Auditorium website.
April 10: Steve Aoki and Friends at the BJC
Steve Aoki and his friends will be at the BJC to hang out and play music on Aoki’s Neon Future Experience Show. The popular house musician recently finished Neon Future I album, with Neon Future II expected to come later this spring, following up his first album, Wonderland, which was nominated for a Grammy award in 2013. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster, Aoki’s personal website, or any location where BJC tickets are sold. Though there are no specifics on which of Steve’s friends will be at the show, it should be a good time for all.
April 16: The Price is Right LIVE! at the BJC
The world’s greatest game show has already generated a tremendous amount of buzz around Penn State, selling out almost immediately after tickets went on sale. The show, while not exactly the same as the televised version, gives audience members a chance to play along with pricing games, with a select few playing for real money and prizes in front of the BJC crowd. While tickets are currently sold out, a few are currently available on StubHub, and as someone who has seen the Price is Right Live! twice, I would highly suggest trying to get your hands on one.
April 18: Penn State’s Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium
As if The Price is Right Live! isn’t good enough (it totally is), the next day football returns to Happy Valley with the annual Blue-White game. The intrasquad scrimmage brings with it tailgating, alumni, and most importantly, the first football game in Happy Valley since November. The free game is the centerpiece of a weekend that generally correlates with one of the first warm weekends in State College. Though it has recently had some weather problems, last year saw beautiful, clear skies, making it an ideal weekend for all things football.
May 1: Movin’ On at the IM Fields
After announcing a stellar lineup for 2015, the annual musical festival will serve as a perfect pre-finals distraction from studying. Headlined by rap star Big Sean and electronic rock group Passion Pit, the day-long concert is free to all on the IM fields on the Northeast part of campus. Joining Big Sean and Passion Pit are the unique live-electronic group Big Gigantic, rap duo Atmosphere, and the energetic alternative rock band New Politics.