Cultural & Community Events

Cultural & Community Events

Spring 2017

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The Country Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus

Come enjoy an afternoon of barbershop harmony – music in pure form created with nothing but voices coming together!

The rich sounds from these 25 singers will please your ears and invigorate the soul.

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2pm, Sutherland Auditorium

Free admission.


sympathizer

sympathizer

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Book Discussion - The Sympathizer

Follow a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots while they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles. Free admission.

Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes, associate professor of English

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7pm at Abington Township Library

Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org
7:00 p.m.

Abington Township Public Library is at 1030 Old York Road, Abington


The Grapes of Wrath - Film and Discussion at the Ambler Theater

grapes of wrath

grapes of wrath

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Moderator: Dr. Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts

Dr. Mills will discuss John Ford's 1940 prize-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck's study of the Great Depression and its devastating effect on American families and individuals, spurring the migration of thousands of Okies to California. Henry Fonda portrays the young man who evolves from a two-bit criminal into an idealistic political leader.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7:30pm at the Ambler Theater

Admission: $10.50 general, $8 seniors, free for theater members

The Ambler Theater is at 108 E Butler Ave, Ambler, PA.


Growing Old Successfully

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Presenter: Dr. Judith Newman, associate professor of human development and family studies
What is the “best” way to live a long life with a sense of integrity and satisfaction? Not surprisingly, this question has no single answer. Join us as Dr. Newman leads a fascinating discussion on successful aging from both a psychological and a biological perspective. Free admission.

Register: 215-881-7634 or pds13@psu.edu
2:00 p.m., Lubert Commons


Shostakovich and Beyond...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Partially funded by the Sally Leah Reinitz Endowment for the Arts
Don’t miss the Meiravi Quartet’s inaugural concert as the Penn State Abington Quartet in Residence. The concert will feature Dimitry Shostakovich's String Quartet No.1 plus selected works from the 20th and 21st century. Dr. Roy Robson, Division Head of Arts and Humanities, will present introductory remarks on 1930's-1940's U.S.S.R./Europe and the music of Shostakovich. Free admission.

7:30 p.m. Sutherland Auditorium


Friday Night Film Series – How Green Was My Valley

Friday, April 7, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Mills 
Don’t miss John Ford's companion piece to The Grapes of Wrath, this time exploring economic changes affecting the families in a small Welsh coal-mining community. This is a powerful and poignant film, winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture in 1941. Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara co-star.

Admission: $10.
7:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building


Book Discussion - The Vegetarian

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes
Deciding to go vegetarian in the wake of violent thoughts, Yeong-hye, a woman from an Asian culture of strict societal mores, is denounced as a subversive as she spirals into extreme rebelliousness. Free admission.

Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org
7:00 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington


Spring Theater Showcase: The Diversity Project 

April 20-21, 2017   (PLEASE NOTE - There will be no April 22 show)
This ensemble based oral history theatre piece will focus on the diverse cultures and identities of the community of students at Penn State Abington and performed by the students themselves. Admission: $5, tickets sold at the door.

April 20: 7:30 p.m. Sutherland Auditorium
April 21: 8 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium


An Afternoon with the Arts – Opera Lecture: The Marriage of Figaro

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Mills 
Music, magic, Mozart!  Mozart is unquestionably a true musical genius. This exquisite opera focuses on serving class individuals who may be a lot savvier than their upper class masters. Light refreshments served during intermission.

Admission: $15. 
2:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building


Spring Concert

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Experience the wonderful sounds of the Penn State AbingTones and Jazz Ensemble. Free admission. 

7:30 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium


Moving Pieces by the Metropolitan Ballet Academy 

Friday, April 28, 2017
The Metropolitan Ballet Company has been recognized as “one of the top places to see ballet in Philadelphia” (CBS/ Arts and Culture, June 2012). Metropolitan presents classical and contemporary dance in highly acclaimed performances. “Moving Pieces” is an exciting program featuring small works by engaging choreographers.  Admission: $5, tickets sold at the door.

7:30p.m., Sutherland Auditorium


Book Discussion – Black Flags: The Rise of Isis

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Triple Agent, Joby Warrick, traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. Free admission.
Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or kmcinnis@mclinc.org
7:00 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington


Sunday Muse

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Delight in the sounds of Sunday Muse, a local five-piece folk pop group striving to tell the truth about relationships and emotions through song and story. Their eclectic sound shifts between foot-stomping jolts of energy, warm slow jams, and brutally honest tales of loss, change, and renewal through rich harmonies and tight instrumentation. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free admission.

7:00 p.m., Amphitheater (rain location – Sutherland Auditorium)


Celebrating 100 Years of Education at Abington

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Join us as we celebrate…we will begin in the Archive Room looking at pictures, yearbooks, report cards, and more from students who attended classes here 100 years ago! Then we’ll head to the Sutherland Solarium for light refreshments and more. Free admission

Register: 215-881-7634 or pds13@psu.edu
2:00p.m., Woodland Library