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Entertainment overview

Garth Brooks entertains the crowd with his first of six shows at the Bryce Jordan Center as part of his world tour with Trisha Yearwood on April 24, 2015.
Garth Brooks entertains the crowd with his first of six shows at the Bryce Jordan Center as part of his world tour with Trisha Yearwood on April 24, 2015. CDT file photo

ART EVENTS, GALLERIES & ORGANIZATIONS

Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania: 818 Pike St., Lemont, 234-2740, www.artalliancepa.org. A cooperative gallery featuring fine art gifts, classes and exhibits.

Artistic Horizon: 624 Devonshire Drive, State College, artistichorizon.org, 234-3441. Offers art exhibits and workshops and camps for special-needs children and adults.

Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair: P.O. Box 472, Bellefonte, www.bellefontefair.org, 353-1115. A two-day fair that celebrates local artists and features children’s activities as well as live entertainment.

Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association: P.O. Box 141, Bellefonte, bellefontearts.org. A nonprofit, volunteer organization that sponsors art exhibits, and musical and cultural events, including a craft show during Victorian Christmas.

Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County: 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, www.bellefontemuseum.org. Set in the historic Linn House, exhibits focus on works by local artists and cultural art.

Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery at Schlow Centre Region Library: 211 S. Allen St., State College, 237-6236. Features monthly displays of work by new and established local artists.

C. Barton McCann School of Art: 4144 Miller Road, Petersburg, 667-2538, www.mccannart.org. A school offering support to emerging artists of all ages.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts: State College, 237-3682, www.arts-festival.com. The annual event features a Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, the juried Images exhibit, performers, a puppet parade and BookFest.

Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society: www.centralpapastel.com. A group representing local artists that holds annual exhibits and workshops.

CommonPlace: 115 Fraser Street, State College, www.commonplace.com. Rotating art gallery features local art.

Contempo Artisan Boutique: 109 S. Church St., Boalsburg, 769-9398, www.contempoartisanboutique.com. A space specializing in jewelry, American-made accessories, furniture and more; also offers classes for all ages.

Douglas Albert Art Gallery: 107 McAllister Alley, State College, 234-9822, www.douglasalbertgallery.com. Features a wide selection of art, sculpture, glass work, photography, ceramics and African art.

Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania: www.farmlandpreservationartists.org. The group, a joint project of the Art Alliance and the Centre County Farmland Trust, promotes the presevation and apprecation of farms through the visual arts.

Foxdale Village Retirement Community art gallery: 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College, www.foxdalevillage.org. Senior living community features rotating exhibits of works by local artists.

Fraser Street Gallery: 123 S. Fraser St., State College, www.fraserstgallery.com. Features various works from local artists. Part of First Friday State College.

Gallery Shop: 824 Pike St., Lemont, 867-0442, www.gallery-shop.com. Focuses on displaying original works by more than 50 central Pennsylvania artists.

Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center: 101 W. Main St., Millheim, greendrakeart.com, 349-2486. A membership-based arts community workshop space, gallery and semi-private artist studios.

HUB-Robeson Galleries at Penn State: HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/artgalleries. Features student and faculty works on display in various galleries on campus.

Palmer Museum of Art: University Park, 865-7672, www.palmermuseum.psu.edu. Penn State’s main art gallery, which hosts exhibits and music performances, workshops, film screenings and lectures.

Penn State’s Center for Arts and Crafts: 3 Ritenour Building, University Park, 863-0611, studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/craftcenter. A nonprofit organization that offers non-credit art classes, ceramics studios and children’s art camps for Penn State students, faculty and staff. Classes are taught by Penn State art majors and professional artists.

Penn State School of Visual Arts: sova.psu.edu. Features the Zoller and Patterson galleries dedicated to visual arts students in their quest to exhibit their works in a professional atmosphere.

People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts: peopleschoicefestival.com. Held concurrently in Boalsburg with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, this event focuses on the work of Pennsylvania artisans.

Stitch Your Art Out: 235 E. Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills, 238-4151, www.stitchyourartout.com. Features fiber-arts workshops for those interested in quilting, crocheting, knitting and felting.

Victorian House Antiques and Artisans Gallery: 107 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 404-1565. A storefront featuring antiques and items made by local artisans.

Webster’s: 133 E. Beaver Ave., State College, www.webstersbooksandcafe.com. Features gallery dedicated to showing local art work.

DANCE & MOVEMENT ARTS

Dance Harmony: 220 N. Main St., Suite B, Pleasant Gap, 359-3181, danceharmony.com. Offers social dances and lessons for swing, ballroom and Latin dance styles.

Central Pennsylvania Ballroom Dancers Association: www.cpbda.com. A social ballroom dancing club that provides an opportunity to dance to live bands; provides dance instruction to members in an informal setting; and conducts special events such as dinner dances and dance instruction workshops.

Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association: State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive, State College, cpcda.org. Monthly New England-style contra dances with a band and caller.

Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop: 101 S. Fraser St., State College, 237-2666, www.cpdw.org. A nonprofit organization that offers dance classes for children and adults in a wide range of styles.

Centre Dance: 2121 Sandy Drive, State College, 238-8685, www.centredance.org. Instructional school offers training for students age 3 and older in a variety of skills, including jazz, tap and ballet.

Centre Squares Dance Club: 234-3326, centresquares.weebly.com. A traditional square- and contra-dance club offering evening dances and lessons.

Dance Academy of State College: 1796 N. Atherton St., State College, 238-3207, www.dancesc.com. Instruction for dancers of all skills and styles.

Kennedy Dance Centre: 226 W. High St., Bellefonte, 355-4965, www.kennedydancecentre.com. Offers instruction for jazz, tap and modern dance, among others.

Movement Arts Studio: 140 Kelly Alley, State College, 237-0037, www.movement-arts.net. The studio offers classes in yoga, bellydance, Zumba and Pilates as well as modern and ballet dance classes.

Penn State Ballroom Dance Club: www.clubs.psu.edu/up/ballroomdance. A club for Penn State students and staff. Members teach private lessons. Those interested can join with an associate membership. The club holds dances Friday nights during the semester and features dance styles such as ballroom, salsa, tango, contemporary and swing.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts: 200 Old Fort Road, Spring Mills, 364-2424, www.pennacadarts.com. Offers classes in ballet, tap and jazz and guitar instruction.

TanzTheater Andre Koslowski: www.tanztheater-ak.com, 883-6907. Led by German-born choreographer Andre Koslowski, the company stages intense, thought-provoking dance theater works.

MUSEUMS

Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County: 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 355-4280. www.bellefontemuseum.org. The museum shows themed art, historic and cultural exhibits.

Boalsburg Heritage Museum Association: 304 E. Main St., Boalsburg, 466-3035. www.boalsburgheritagemuseum.org. An independent historical group offering demonstrations and exhibits.

Boal Mansion Museum and Columbus Chapel: 163 Boal Estate Drive, Boalsburg, 466-6210, www.boalmuseum.com. The estate boasts a connection with Christopher Columbus. The Boal Mansion hosts cultural events in addition to its historic family memorabilia exhibit.

Centre County Historical Society: 1001 E. College Ave., State College, 234-4779, centrecountyhistory.org. Headquartered in the historic Centre Furnace Mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, members of the group promote interest in historic events with exhibits and programs as well as a collection of artifacts, books and photographs.

Centre County Library and Historical Museum’s Pennsylvania Room: 203 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 355-1516, centrecountylibrary.org/library/pennsylvania-room. Located in the Miles-Humes home, the museum focuses on local history, genealogy, church and cemetery records, and original Centre County records and periodicals.

Curtin Mansion and Village at Eagle Ironworks Historic Site: 215 Curtin Village Road, Howard, 355-1982. www.curtinvillage.com. Guided tours are available for the restored Federal-style home of Roland Curtin, an iron plantation owner. Exhibits feature a carriage that belonged to Civil War-era Gov. Andrew Curtin, an iron workers’ village, antiques, and 19th-century tools and machinery.

Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania: 112 W. Foster Ave., Suite 1, State College, 234-0200, www.mydiscoveryspace.org. Provides engaging science experiences aimed at sparking creativity, curiosity and imagination.

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery: 16 Deike Building, University Park, 865-6336, www.ems.psu.edu/outreach/museum. A venue displaying fossils, miniature tornadoes, gems, crystals and dinosaur bones.

Lions David House Heritage Museum: 206 N. Fourth St., Snow Shoe, 387-4200, david-house-museum.org. The museum contains the Mountaintop area’s only public heritage collection.

Penn State All-Sports Museum: 1 Beaver Stadium, University Park, 865-0044, www.gopsusports.com/museum. The museum honors the achievements of student-athletes and their contributions to Penn State via exhibits and programs.

Penns Valley Area Historical Museum: 244 W. Aaron Square, Aaronsburg, 349-4811, www.pennsvalleymuseum.org. A nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing local cultural heritage through exhibits, genealogical workshops and educational programs.

Pennsylvania Military Museum: 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg, 466-6263, www.pamilmuseum.org. A museum dedicated to preserving the honor of the state’s “citizen soldier.” Also hosts commemorative services, lectures, films and battle re-enactments.

MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS, VENUES & LESSONS

Acoustic Brew Concert Series: www.acousticbrew.org. This series features concerts by folk, Americana and bluegrass performers. Venues for each show are on the website.

Bellefonte Community Band: P.O. Box 664, Bellefonte, www.bellefonteband.net. This band plays orchestral and show tunes at local festivals and events.

Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association: P.O. Box 141, Bellefonte, bellefontearts.org. A nonprofit, volunteer organization that sponsors a free summer concert series at Talleyrand Park.

Bryce Jordan Center: University Park, 865-5555, www.bjc.psu.edu. Features concerts, comedians, family-friendly shows and sporting events.

The Keystone Society of Swing Big Band: 938 S. Sparks St., State College, 769-9423, www.societyofswing.com. This nonprofit, 18-piece band, whose members range from ages 18 to 80, showcases big-band standards from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Lemont Village Association Concert Series: www.lemontvillage.org, 238-1288. Sponsors free summer Friday evening concerts at the Village Green.

Music Academy: 2790 W. College Ave, Suite 7, State College, 238-3451, www.scmusicacademy.org. This nonprofit school offers private and group music, dance language lessons.

Music at Penn’s Woods: mpw.psu.edu, 800-ARTS-TIX. The annual summer orchestra festival, started by Penn State’s School of Music, attracts classical musicians from across the country.

Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus: www.nittanyknights.org. This harmony-based choral ensemble performs throughout the year, sometimes with guest choruses.

Nittany Valley Symphony: 231-8224, P.O. Box 1375, State College, www.nvs.org. The Centre Region’s community orchestra presents traditional symphonic concerts as well as pops and family events.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts: 200 Old Fort Road, Spring Mills, 364-2424, www.pennacadarts.com. Studio offers music and dance classes for all ages.

Penn State School of Music: 233 Music Building, University Park, 865-0431, music.psu.edu. Holds student and faculty recitals, concerts and performances.

The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra: 119 S. Fraser St., Suite D, State College, 234-8313, www.centreorchestra.org. Provides intimate orchestra concerts with local soloists and artists of international reputation.

Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania: 3006 Research Drive, Suite D-1, State College, 234-4961, www.pascp.org. Home to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra and the Ballet Theatre of State College, and offers dance and music classes and camps for all ages.

South Hills Annual Music Picnic Series: 234-7755, www.southhills.edu. Family-friendly summer concerts are held at the South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College.

State College Choral Society: P.O. Box 675, State College, 404-9223, www.scchoralsociety.org. For more than 60 years, the choir has been performing several annual themed concerts.

State College Area Municipal Band: 2643 Gateway Drive, No. 1, State College, 238-8187, www.crpr.org/agency/muniband/band-intro.html. The all-volunteer band performs a variety of free concerts each year and features an ensemble of regional amateur and semi-professional musicians.

Summer’s Best Music Fest: Along Allen Street and Calder Way, State College. www.summersbestmusicfest.com. A one-day event organized by the Downtown State College Improvement District aimed at supporting local musicians and vendors.

Tussey Mountain Concert Series: 301 Bear Meadow Road, Boalsburg, 466-6266, www.tusseymountain.com. Presents festivals and concerts with local, regional and national bands at its outdoor amphitheater during the six-week WingFest.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County: 780 Waupelani Drive Extension, State College, 237-7605, uufcc.com. A nondenominational congregation that features occasional folk and seasonal music performances.

Wagon Wheel Amphitheater: Sleepy Hollow Road, Philipsburg, 342-0361, www.wagonwheelevents.com. An outdoor music venue that caters to regional bands and weekly jam sessions and is home to its annual Apple Festival.

SPECIAL INTERESTS & EVENTS

American Philatelic Society: 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, 933-3803, www.stamps.org. One of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations for stamp collectors.

Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society: Bellefonte Train Station, 320 W. High St., Bellefonte, 355-1053, www.bellefontetrain.org. An all-volunteer group fosters interest in and preservation of the local railroading heritage with monthly meetings and occasional train rides.

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas: www.bellefontevictorianchristmas.com: An annual holiday-themed weekend that features a Victorian homes tour; an arts and crafts fair; dance, music and theater performances; strolling carolers and more.

Boalsburg Hometown Christmas: www.boalsburgvillageconservancy.org. Boalsburg’s version of the holiday celebration.

Central Pennsylvania Observers: www.cpoclub.org. A group of astronomy and space enthusiasts hosts Skywatch events monthly at Tudek Park. Dues-paying members enjoy field trips to local dark-sky areas and hold monthly educational sessions at local parks.

Central PA 4th Fest: www.4thfest.org. The Fourth of July event features patriotic-themed displays and events as well as a giant birthday cake and one of the country’s best fireworks show.

Centre County Genealogical Society: P.O. Box 1135, State College, www.centrecountygenealogy.org. People interested in researching their family backgrounds are welcome to join this society, which also offers genealogy seminars and workshops.

Centre Region Bicycle Coalition: www.centrebike.org. The group supports the implementation of safe bike routes and holds a variety of events aimed at raising bicycle awareness, including bike-in movies, group rides and lectures.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation: www.crpr.org, 231-3071. This community organization features events and programs for all ages as well as sports leagues, a nature center, family events and more.

Downtown State College Improvement District: 127 S. Fraser St., State College, 238-7004, www.downtownstatecollege.com. Dedicated to promoting the downtown region via seasonal events such as the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Summer’s Best Music Fest, a chili cook-off, street bazaars and more.

First Night State College: www.firstnightstatecollege.com. Held throughout downtown and University Park, the event rings in the new year with ice sculptures, music, vaudeville performances and art workshops.

Lemont Village Association: www.lemontvillage.org, 238-1288. Dedicated to preserving and celebrating history and the local Granary with weekly summer concerts, a farmers market, the annual Granary Gourmet fundraiser dinner, a strawberry festival and a plant sale.

Penn Skates Roller Rink and Family Fun Center: 2210 High Tech Road, State College, www.pennskates.com, 357-6898. Centre County’s only roller-skating rink offers birthday parties, lessons and camps.

Sierra Club — Moshannon Group: pennsylvania.sierraclub.org/moshannon. This chapter of the environmental organization protects nature with cleanup events, educational symposiums and hikes as well as coordination of the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

State College Area Rollers: www.scarderby.blogspot.com. The Centre Region’s skater-owned and operated flat-track roller derby league, with events held at Penn Skates.

State College Bird Club: Meets at Foxdale Village Retirement Community auditorium, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College, www.scbirdcl.org. Dedicated to appreciation of central Pennsylvania’s wild bird population through watches, meetings, walks and field trips.

State College Photo Club: Meets at Foxdale Village Retirement Community, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College, www.statecollegephotoclub.org. Local shutterbugs share their expertise at monthly meetings and occasional exhibits.

Tussey Mountain Fun Center and Amphitheatre: 301 Bear Meadow Road, Boalsburg, 800-733-2754, www.tusseymountain.com. A family-fun center that offers skiing, golfing, driving range, batting cages, par-3 golf course, go-karts, snowboarding and tubing. Performances by local musicians, outdoor film screenings and wing challenges are held throughout the summer.

Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail: www.pawinetrail.com. A self-guided wine trail featuring wineries throughout central Pennsylvania, including Centre County’s Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery and Seven Mountains Wine Cellars. The website also features events scheduled at individual venues.

Wisecrackers Comedy Club: 2280 Commercial Blvd, State College, 570-788-8451, www.wisecrackers.biz. The club hosts comedians Fridays and Saturdays at venues in State College during the winter months.

Woodward Camp: 134 Sports Camp Drive, Woodward, 349-5633, www.campwoodward.com. One of the premier sports and recreation facilities in the country, camps and training offered in gymnastics and cheerleading, inline skating, skateboarding and BMX, and digital media and graphics arts.

THEATER & STAGE

Center for the Performing Arts: Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park, 800-ARTS-TIX, www.cpa.psu.edu. Hosts world-class theater, dance and musical acts at Penn State venues.

Front and Centre Productions: www.frontandcentre.org. The group presents quality perfoming-arts events to further cultural education and inspiration of students in the Moshannon Valley area.

Fuse Productions: 1108 S. Pugh St., State College, 360-9709, fusemusicals@gmail.com. The troupe’s mission is to “fuse the talents of local professionals, amateurs and students, allowing them to work in an atmosphere where the theater of art is taken seriously.”

Love and Light Productions: www.loveandlightproductions.org. A group of underground artists and performers dedicated to fostering creativity. Features an annual performance of “The Rocky Horror Show.”

Millbrook Playhouse: 258 Country Club Lane, Mill Hall, 570-748-0924, www.millbrookplayhouse.org. This nonprofit barn theater operates as a summer-stock playhouse, presenting musicals, cabaret shows and acclaimed plays.

The Next Stage: State College, P.O. Box 11111, State College, info@thenextstagetheatre.org. A nonprofit theater company focusing on major modern and contemporary playwrights.

Nittany Valley Shakespeare Company: 667-3797, www.nittanyvalleyshakespearecompany.com. This collaborative ensemble uses literature as a basis for theater camps and performances.

No Refund Theatre: norefundtheater.wordpress.com, 111 Forum, University Park. This student-run organization believes every student can have fun on stage. Performances are free and open to everyone.

Penn State Centre Stage: www.theatrepsu.edu, 800-ARTS-TIX. Penn State’s School of Theatre features performances by students and professional actors, held on campus and downtown.

Penn State Thespians: 318 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, 865-9461, www.facebook.com/psuthespians. Student-run theater company boasting a diverse slate of genres including the annual MasquerAIDS fundraiser, children’s plays and musicals.

Singing Onstage: 1108 S. Pugh St., State College, www.singingonstage.com, 360-9761. Musical theater training and performance studio that holds summer camps, and student and professional musical productions.

State College Community Theatre: 171 Technology Drive, Suite 800, Boalsburg, 234-7228, www.scctonline.org. The troupe performs musicals and dramas in State College venues and provides workshops and apprentice programs.

The State Theatre: 130 W. College Ave., State College, 272-0606, www.thestatetheatre.org. The theater hosts community productions, national touring music artists, independent films and live telescreenings of the Metropolitan Opera performances.

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