7 PM, Argentine Tango

Tuesday Sep 30th, 2014

Tuesday Tango practica meets every Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe, 133 East Beaver Avenue (http://www.webstersbooksandcafe.com/). All levels of experience are invited--no partner needed. If you are interested in a FREE introductory lesson, phone Stephanie in advance: 814-360-9755. We suggest a donation of $1 or $2--we use this to tip Websters' baristas, buy floor care supplies, and build a fund to keep group lesson costs down when we bring guest teachers to town.

7 PM, First Wednesday Poetry Series featuring Sarah Russell

Wednesday Oct 1st, 2014

The First Wednesday at Webster's Poetry Series continues on October 1 with featured poet Sarah Russell. Join us at 7 p.m. for a poetry open mic and then Russell's reading. We'll also be giving away a book of poetry and a Webster's gift certificate.

HOW IT WORKS: Each month, we host a reading by a featured poet, plus an open mic for everyone to share their work. Featured poets will read for 25 minutes. Open mic poets may read one poem, so that the night moves along at a good pace and everyone stays till the end. The series is free, but we'll ask for donations to pay each featured poet. 

ABOUT OUR FEATURED POET: "When I was growing up I enjoyed writing poetry, singing and acting, but when I embraced the feminist movement during the 70’s and 80’s, I took on more left-brain pursuits – a Masters and Ph.D. while raising three kids, college teaching, writing and editing academic prose. Now that I have retired, I’m returning to what seems most natural for me – story telling through short fiction and poetry. I’ve been published in anthologies and online literary venues, have won a couple of contests, and am working on poems for a chapbook that deals with the myriad aspects of leaving that seem to be a part of life."

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact series host Jason Crane with questions or suggestions for featured poets at jason@webstersbooksandcafe.com.

6 PM, First Thursday Wide Open Mic

Thursday Oct 2nd, 2014

Bring your music, your comedy, your stories, your poetry, whatever talent you want to share, and join us for our monthly open mic. Hosted by Jim Colbert (see above for more about Jim). Stop by 15 minutes early to sign up or email jim@jimcolbertmusic.com.

5-9 PM, First Friday!

Friday Oct 3rd, 2014

First Friday is the perfect time to visit downtown State College and Webster's. We offer 10% off drinks and books from 5-9 pm. From 6-8, we'll have a reception in our gallery for our new exhibit featuring the work of Philip Sauerlender. Refreshments will be served. Then at 9, it's the Lemon Tree Punk Series, the area's only all-ages punk show. $5, BYOB. What a night!

9 PM: Lemon Tree Punk Series (all ages, $5, BYOB)

Friday Oct 3rd, 2014


Russell Dauberman's Music | Sun Whales | Sean Kapy and the Embezzlement (w/ Sean Patten of UGLY ZOO)

$5 at the door | 9-11pm | ALL AGES | BYOB

THIS IS THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE ONLY ALL AGES PUNK SERIES IN STATE COLLEGE! The first two shows in the Lemon Tree Records Punk Series at Webster's Bookstore & Cafe have been incredible! This series just seems to keep getting better, and this show will be no exception! This show is full of amazing local musicians! First Friday in October! Come hang out, drink coffee, drink beer (if you're of age), listen to some incredible music, and have a good time! GET STOKED!

 

12-7pm - Rag and Bone Vintage Clothing Trunk Show

Saturday Oct 4th, 2014

The hippest clothing store in town appears once a month at Webster's. Kinda like Brigadoon. Be here for great deals on great duds from Rag And Bone!

8 PM: Jmac and Junior in concert

Saturday Oct 4th, 2014

Jmac And Junior recently released Miles, an album of strong songwriting, singing and playing that sticks with you when you hear it. We're excited to have them at the store. Don't miss this show.

In 2003, Jmac and Junior was formed when Jason McIntyre and Jason "Junior" Tutwiler teamed up and started playing gigs around central Pennsylvania; playing classic tunes by The Band, Tom Petty, Muddy Waters, and other influential artists. After honing their craft in the local bar scene, the pair pulled in a few more musicians to form the alt-country band, The Rustlanders. After releasing their self-titled debut album, the Rustlanders toured the country establishing a national presence with national acts such as grammy-winning songwriter Ryan Bingham, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, John Fogerty and Keith Urban. In 2010, the Rustlanders disbanded, after which McIntyre and Tutwiler continued to collaborate and entertain local audiences. 

10am-2pm, Sunday Music Brunch featuring JT & Andy at noon!

Sunday Oct 5th, 2014

Our oughta-be-award-winning menu from 10-2, with live blues by JT & Andy starting at noon.

7 PM, Argentine Tango

Tuesday Oct 7th, 2014

Tuesday Tango practica meets every Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe, 133 East Beaver Avenue (http://www.webstersbooksandcafe.com/). All levels of experience are invited--no partner needed. If you are interested in a FREE introductory lesson, phone Stephanie in advance: 814-360-9755. We suggest a donation of $1 or $2--we use this to tip Websters' baristas, buy floor care supplies, and build a fund to keep group lesson costs down when we bring guest teachers to town. 

Tuesday Tango practica meets every Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe, 133 East Beaver Avenue (http://www.webstersbooksandcafe.com/). All levels of experience are invited--no partner needed. If you are interested in a FREE introductory lesson, phone Stephanie in advance: 814-360-9755. We suggest a donation of $1 or $2--we use this to tip Websters' baristas, buy floor care supplies, and build a fund to keep group lesson costs down when we bring guest teachers to town. 

10:30: Bilingual Storytime (English/Spanish)

Thursday Oct 9th, 2014

Please join us for rhymes, songs, and stories in English and Spanish. Children of all ages welcome!

4 PM - John Olin reading and signing

Saturday Oct 11th, 2014

Author and anthropologist John Olin joins us to talk about his Davy Match trilogy:

Babaru Of The South Seas: Mentored by anthropologist George Beal, fifteen-year old redhead Davy Match of Baltimore travels alone to the island of Melanu in the South Pacific in search of the endangered leatherback sea turtle and the Mota people who protect it. He joins a local boy, Abraham Iringikeri. They canoe their dugout over clear lagoons, walk through noisy rainforest, and ride the tail of a typhoon past a taboo headland. Their journey brings them face to face with giant turtles, crocodiles, a wild man, and a sorcerer, and much more unusual and strange. This is the first of the three Adventures of Davy Match.

The Chocolate Dam: In the second Adventure of Davy Match, Davy, now sixteen is invited by Professor Beal to join an archeological dig in Anatolia. The professor gets into a jam with a rare letter on archeology he’s “borrowed” from the British Museum, and Davy is sent off to Kurdistan to lay low, with this letter— written by the hand of Benjamin Franklin. On a mountaintop, by the enormous head of an ancient God-King, he meets Gül, a mysterious Kurdish girl, who instructs him to go to the town of Hasankeyf on the River Tigris, a town doomed to be flooded by the construction of a hydro dam. Gül challenges him to help her find the grave of her missing brother, a Kurdish fighter.

Red Sky: In the conclusion of the trilogy, Professor Beal sends Davy, now a high school senior, to East Africa to find a small tribe of mountain people, the Te’uk, whom he had contacted and studied as a young man. Davy is caught up in the fate of a boy his age, Lokole, who has suffered deep trauma. Davy and Lokole travel through the fictional country of Burando, witnesses to genocide, arms trading, and the smuggling of blood minerals from Conga. This is the third book of the Adventures of Davy Match, preceeded by 'Babaru of the South Seas' and 'The Chocolate Dam'.

7 PM: Cafe Cairo Gala Show, presented by Black Cat Belly Dance

Saturday Oct 11th, 2014

Dinner at 7 | Show at 8

Dinner at 7:00 - Show at 8:00
Webster's Bookstore Cafe, State College, PA
Join us for a night of Middle Eastern dance, featuring belly dance styles from around the world.  This exciting show will showcase local dancers, as well as fantastic performers from across the East Coast.  Webster's will be offering a delicious Middle Eastern-themed buffet dinner.  The event is BYOB for those 21 and over.  Don't miss this one-of-a-kind show, with featured dancer Katrina of DC!
Tickets- $20 (includes dinner and show)Dinner at 7:00 - Show at 8:00

Join us for a night of Middle Eastern dance, featuring belly dance styles from around the world.  This exciting show will showcase local dancers, as well as fantastic performers from across the East Coast.  Webster's will be offering a delicious Middle Eastern-themed buffet dinner.  The event is BYOB for those 21 and over. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind show, with featured dancer Katrina of DCTickets- $20 (includes dinner and show). These shows usually sell out. BUY TICKETS HERE.

12pm, Sunday Music Brunch featuring Jim Colbert, Steve Van Hook and Doug Irwin

Sunday Oct 12th, 2014

Join us for a Music Brunch at Webster's featuring local songwriters and an emphasis on original songs! Brunch runs 10-2 with live music at noon.

7pm - Argentine Tango

Tuesday Oct 14th, 2014

Tuesday Tango practica meets every Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe, 133 East Beaver Avenue (http://www.webstersbooksandcafe.com/). All levels of experience are invited--no partner needed. If you are interested in a FREE introductory lesson, phone Stephanie in advance: 814-360-9755. We suggest a donation of $1 or $2--we use this to tip Websters' baristas, buy floor care supplies, and build a fund to keep group lesson costs down when we bring guest teachers to town.

7-9:30 p.m. Old-time music jam - come to play or listen

Wednesday Oct 15th, 2014

Tussey Jam, on the third Wednesday of the month, 7:00–9:30 p.m., is an old-time music jam. Musicians of all levels and listeners welcome. Played on acoustic instruments, old-time music dates back to early America, when people got together with family, friends and neighbors to play music and relax. Today, the tradition of participation continues with jams around the country. A rich source for music and tunes can be found at www.mne.psu.edu/lamancusa/tunes.html

7 PM, Gabeba Baderoon book launch

Thursday Oct 16th, 2014

How do Muslims fit into South Africa’s well-known narrative of colonialism, apartheid and postapartheid?

South Africa is infamous for apartheid, but the country’s foundation was laid by 176 years of slavery from 1658 to 1834, and enslaved people from East Africa, India and South East Asia, many of whom were Muslim, would eventually constitute the majority of the population of the Cape Colony. Drawing on a 350-year popular and official archive documenting the presence of Muslims in South Africa, Regarding Muslims argues that images of Islam are central to understanding the formation of concepts of race, sexuality and belonging in the country, and shows the resonance of these debates beyond South Africa.  In contrast to the themes of extremism and alienation that dominate Western portrayals of Muslims, Regarding Muslims explores an extensive repertoire of picturesque Muslim figures in South African popular culture, which oscillates with more disquieting images that emerge during moments of crisis. This is illustrated through analyses of etymology, popular culture, visual art, jokes, bodily practices, oral narratives and literature. 

Gabeba Baderoon is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and an Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University. She is the author of Regarding Muslims: from Slavery to Post-apartheid (Wits, 2014) and the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body and A hundred silences. 

 

12-4 PM, Store CLOSED for private event

Saturday Oct 18th, 2014

Webster's will be closed to the public from 12-4 for a private event. The store will be open before and after the event.

5 PM, Katherine Bode-Lang book reading and signing

Saturday Oct 18th, 2014

Poet Katherine Bode-Lang recently won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Her new book is The Reformation. She'll be reading her poems and signing her book. 

Katherine Bode-Lang was born and raised in western Michigan, where she attended Hope College.  As a girl, Katherine was most influenced by two landscapes: Lake Michigan and northwest Washington, where her paternal grandparents lived and where her family now resides.  After graduating with a dual-degree in English and Women’s Studies from Hope, Katherine moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she worked for The Drawing Studio, a non-profit artists’ cooperative.

Katherine moved to Pennsylvania to attend graduate school.  She earned her MFA in poetry at Penn State University, where she taught creative writing and composition and later worked as the Assistant Director of the Methodology Center.  She is now an IT Trainer in the Office of Research Protections.  She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, Andrew.

8 PM, Chris Rattie & The Brush Valley Ramblers

Saturday Oct 18th, 2014

Great rock music by Chris and the band. Not to be missed!

10am-2pm, Sunday Music Brunch featuring Richard Sleigh at noon!

Sunday Oct 19th, 2014

You know the deal: spectacular food from our oughta-be-award-winning brunch menu, plus killer blues harmonica from one of our area's musical treasures: Richard Sleigh. Food 10-2, music at noon. Sunday Music Brunch at Webster's is the best hang in town.

7PM, Argentine Tango

Tuesday Oct 21st, 2014

Tuesday Tango practica meets every Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe, 133 East Beaver Avenue (http://www.webstersbooksandcafe.com/). All levels of experience are invited--no partner needed. If you are interested in a FREE introductory lesson, phone Stephanie in advance: 814-360-9755. We suggest a donation of $1 or $2--we use this to tip Websters' baristas, buy floor care supplies, and build a fund to keep group lesson costs down when we bring guest teachers to town.

4 PM - David DeKok reading and signing

Saturday Oct 25th, 2014

David DeKok reads and signs his book Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away

From Publisher's Weekly: DeKok, a former investigative reporter noted for his coverage of the Centralia mine fire, turns his attentions to a baffling murder that has haunted Penn State for decades. In 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a graduate student, was murdered in the stacks of Penn State’s Pattee Library. Despite years of investigation, the killer was never definitively identified or brought to justice. DeKok reconstructs Aardsma’s life and death, sparing no detail in his attempt to provide the full and authoritative story from beginning to end. In the process, he points the finger at one suspect, Richard Haefner, a geology graduate student and secret pedophile with a checkered past and a volatile temper. Though Haefner was never charged with the murder, DeKok follows his subsequent legal troubles, and paints a convincing picture of a man with the means, motive, and opportunity for the murder. DeKok examines other suspects and every other aspect of Aardsma’s life, as well as the cultural events influencing the era: 1969, he claims, was the “long, hot summer of the murder year,” defined by a rash of high-profile murders whose culprits—the Coed Killer, the Zodiac Killer, Charles Manson—quickly gained tabloid notoriety. The sheer amount of information in the book may be excessive, but it’s well written, accessible, and undeniably thorough, making this an exemplary true-crime story. [And here's another review from WPSU.]