Eight Events To Look Forward To For The Rest Of The Semester
The sun is gone, you’re no longer on vacation, and the post spring break hangover is extremely real right now. With THON and spring break in the books, the future may feel bleak. But the end-of-semester blues don’t need to cast a shadow in Happy Valley. Here are eight events to look forward to for the rest of the semester:
March 23, The Harlem Globetrotters at the Bryce Jordan Center
The Globetrotters will return to the BJC, bringing their signature brand of high-flying, acrobatic basketball back to State College. With the lack of exciting Penn State basketball games in March, this may be the perfect pick-me-up, although this game will likely lack some of the tension and competitiveness, as the Globetrotters almost never lose. Nonetheless, what they lack in exciting finishes, they make up for in exciting dunks that will certainly have the crowd on its feet.
April 1, HUB Lawn Re-opens
After what seems like a lifetime, the HUB lawn will finally, officially open on April 1. The lawn has closed almost three years ago, and this will mark the first time anyone who isn’t a senior will experience a clean, open HUB lawn.
April 8, Amy Schumer at the Bryce Jordan Center
Rising comedic star, and Golden Globe-nominated actress Amy Schumer will take the stage at the Bryce Jordan Center to perform stand-up. Schumer has accumulated quite the list of accolades recently, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Sketch Variety Series last fall, the first ever award in that category. She also co-starred alongside Bill Hader in the 2015 comedy “Trainwreck,” and later that year had an hour-long stand-up special on HBO that was the most watched Saturday night comedy special on the premium network since late 2009.
April 11, 12, Chicago the Musical at the Eisenhower Auditorium
For those with slightly more sophisticated tastes, Chicago the Musical comes to the Eisenhower Auditorium for a set of shows. The six-time Tony award-winning show has toured in numerous cities around the world, and will add State College to that list when it brings its jazzy story of fame and fortune to Penn State. The shows are part of the “Artistic Viewpoints,” series, allowing ticket holders to come to the auditorium an hour early for a moderated discussion with cast members.
April 15, Luke Bryan at the Bryce Jordan Center
Luke Bryan, four-time winner of the Entertainer of the Year award, will start off a loaded four days in State College with his “Hit the Lights,” tour. Bryan will be accompanied by Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town as guests on his tour. Bryan last took to the BJC in 2013, playing his first headlining tour. As he has certainly established himself now more as a performer, this show should be a great start to a great weekend.
April 15-17, Blue-White Weekend at Beaver Stadium and around State College
Speaking of a great weekend, the biggest event of the spring semester not called THON will dominate the third weekend in April, bringing with it football, tailgating, and tons of alumni. The football holiday will be the first look at the Nittany Lions in the post-Hackenberg era and the first taste of football in Happy Valley since November. The game starts at 2 p.m. on April 16, but the energy will be palpable around town — and especially in the tailgating lots — all weekend.
April 18, Bruce Springsteen at the Bryce Jordan Center
Without missing a beat, Bruce Springsteen will continue the whirlwind four days of events in State College, bringing his “The River,” tour to Penn State. Springsteen’s tour comes with the release of his book “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” which looks at his 1980 album “The River,” the namesake for the tour. Springsteen will play all of the album, plus, if earlier shows are indicative of this one, some bonus hits. “The Boss,” has a reputation for playing long, high-energy shows, and this one should be no different.
April 29, Movin’ On at the IM Fields
Movin’ On recently announced its 2016 lineup, which includes Walk The Moon, Nelly, and Misterwives along with X Ambassadors and Sammy Adams. The annual music festival is the biggest on any college campus in the country, and comes at a celebratory time — the last day of classes. A perfect way to de-stress and forget about finals (even if only for a few hours), the festival caps off a great semester of music, sports, and the performing arts.
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