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First Friday October
October 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Relax. Play. Shop. Stay.
Experience the cool vibe of downtown State College during our monthly First Friday events. A casual atmosphere features art, people-watching, mingling with friends, shopping, and dining at the diverse and delectable State College restaurants. First Friday goers will experience after-hours access to galleries and shops, free bites and beverages, live music and entertainment, retail and restaurant specials, and more. And there’s free parking in the Pugh, Fraser and Beaver garages with validations from participating merchants. Visit FirstFridayStateCollege.com for all the details.
Kid and Kids-at-heart! Drop by Appalachian Outdoors between 5-9 p.m. KidTech will provide all the materials to build and fly your very own Straw Rocket (Strawket) that you get to take home. Experiment with air-powered flight and be as creative as you’d like…no bad designs here. No fee, all fun!
Taste Mount NitaNee kombucha as well as beer, wine and snacks, too!
Book Signing by Denise Kaminsky, author of the Nittany Lion Books. Also, Kevin Reilly artist of “Impressions of Happy Valley” will be in the store; light refreshments will be served.
Art Alliance Gallery
The Art Alliance Gallery presents Line Item, with drawing & illustration.
Come see mixed media work by Adrienne Waterston. Her work will be a display from October 2nd to the 31st!
Create works of art using photos of local landmarks and encaustic wax techniques while sipping and snacking at The Makery! You will learn how to apply, fuse and manipulate wax. Finish your work of art by transferring photos onto the wax background. No experience necessary, but tickets are required.
Gallery opening for Alex Herr at 5:30. Then, stick around for live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. by Michelle Katz and Deb Gibson.
The State Theater
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, The State Theatre will host a group of artists presenting work that emphasizes the importance of awareness and early detection. Two of these artists, Barbara Metzner and Carrie Koch, will hold a reception from 5-7 p.m.. Anyone who stops in can also receive 10% off the ticket price for Rob Schneider on Oct. 7th OR The Second City Comedy Tour on Nov. 3rd.!
Woskob Family Gallery
Please join us for a multimedia GIF making workshop that combines story telling, performance, and collaboration. Artists Alvaro Jordan, Ciara Newton, Kristina Davis, and Xalli Zuniga will assist visitors in the production of their project. As a team, we will build narratives, develop performance skills, and participate in pop cultural observation by creating GIFs that facilitate a dialogue on identity.
The Expect More Store
The Expect More Store presents live music by local musician John White during First Friday! Stop by to listen and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer.
Central PA Dance Workshop
Dancers from the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop will perform a selection of folk dances from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and Scotland in conjunction with their performance at Boalsburg’s Olde World Festival. A mix of children and adults will present 2 performances in the MLK Plaza on Fraser Street at 5:00 and 5:45.
Leah Mueller and Her Rhythm
Leah Mueller and Her Rhythm is a hot swing quartet that specializes in jazz vocal standards, especially the music of the ’30s and ’40s. Featured songs are by writers such as Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and the Gershwins, as sung by artists such as Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, or Ella Fitzgerald. Performed in a “hot” danceable style, the tunes often feature swing or Latin rhythms, fast tempos, and short instrumental solos.
The band is fronted by vocalist Leah Mueller, a graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Theatre Studies from the University of London. The group also features Chris Gamble on trombone, Jim Robinson on bass, and Stacy Glen Tibbetts on guitar. Check them out in the MLK Plaza on Fraser Street.
More bands around town…
Urban Fusion will be playing at the Student Book Store!
See Troubadork perform in front of the Schlow Library!