In honor of May’s designation of Mental Health Awareness Month, this month’s Downtown State College Improvement District’s First Friday event will use art to help promote mental health awareness. For this month’s event, Pugh Street will be closed to cars between College and Beaver avenues and will be filled with activities, outdoor dining and a display of custom-designed stopwatches created by local artists. Venues throughout downtown also will host music performances and presentations.
Where: throughout State College
When: 5-9 p.m. May 1
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ELK CREEK MUSIC
The San Antonio Express’ Jim Beal calls Ian McFeron “a fine singer and songwriter, an alt-folk/rock/Americana performer who strikes a cool balance between the mellow and the edgy” — exactly the sort of musician the Penns Valley music scene cherishes. He emerged on the music scene in the early 2000s after edging out songs by Modest Mouse, The Bo Deans and Ray LaMontagne for a radio station listener-voting competition. He has shared the stage with Amos Lee, Mike Doughty, Jars of Clay, Shawn Mullins, Brandi Carlile, Sister Hazel and more. Alisa Milner will accompany McFeron on fiddle, cello and harmony vocals.
Where: Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, 100 W. Main St., Millheim
When: 7:30 p.m. May 7
Info: www.elkcreek.net, 349-8850
KIDS LOVE ART
The annual Kids Love Art exhibition includes the artwork of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from throughout Centre County as chosen by the school districts’ teachers, and demostrates the artistic talents and love of art of grade-schoolers in the region.
Where: Art Alliance, 818 Pike St., Lemont
When: reception, 6-8 p.m. May 1; exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2 and noon-5 p.m. May 3
Info: www.artalliancepa.org, 234-2740
GRATEFUL DEAD FILM
Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment will being the Grateful Dead to the big screen with “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2015.” The film marks the band’s 50th anniversary and will feature the previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from the July 19, 1989, at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Mich. The footage captures the Grateful Dead, featuring Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland and Bob Weir, in a peak era of energy and chemistry on stage, and features songs including “Sugaree,” “Morning Dew,” “West L.A. Fadeaway,” “Box Of Rain” and “Terrapin Station” and more.
Where: UEC Theater 12, 125 Premiere Drive, State College
When: 7 p.m. May 4
Info: www.uecmovies.com, 861-5006,