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Drag Bingo
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Drag Bingo

Sponsored by the Centre LGBTQA Support Network, Drag Bingo has become a fantastic inter-generational evening of FUN, great prizes, and community! 

15 games of BINGO: $10 student, $20 adult

Food available to purchase!

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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Transcending Fashion Show 7pm

Hosted by the Centre LGBTQA Support Network (CLSN). 

Join us as we tear up the runway with everyday folks showing that fashion is for everyone! We encourage you to wear your best fashionista pieces in the audience and turn the flash on your camera phone. It's not a fashion show without the excitement of flashing lights, right?!

This event will celebrate the new Out of the Closet Trans Closing Exchange now located at Webster's. 

We're still looking for awesome models. Everyone welcome!! Contact ELAINE at Webster's if you're interested in strutting yourself in some non-binary fashion. 

 

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Eco-Justice Book Release: Ghost Fishing and Shale Play
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Eco-Justice Book Release: Ghost Fishing and Shale Play

Shale Play

Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields

Julia Spicher Kasdorf, and Steven Rubin

In Shale Play, acclaimed poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf and award-winning documentary photographer Steven Rubin explore the small towns, farms, and forests of Appalachian Pennsylvania to gather the stories of these places and the working people who inhabit them.

In the parlance of the oil and gas industry, “shale play” refers to a region exploited for its natural gas by means of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—transient industrial processes that often occur far from the populations that benefit from them. Amid polarized claims about fracking and pressure to develop these areas around the world, this project gathers evidence from everyday life in the Marcellus Shale Play. Kasdorf and Rubin follow in the footsteps of the documentarians of the 1930s, such as the artists and writers of the Works Progress Administration, taking a deliberate and thoughtful approach to gather the stories of workers on pipelines and well pads, landowners and leaseholders, waitresses, ministers, farmers, retired miners, teachers, and neighbors. The resulting collage of vivid oral and pictorial testimony reveals the natural beauty of rural places as well as the disturbance and spectacle fracking creates.

A passionate work of witness, Shale Play invites the reader to look beyond the easy caricatures of the white working class to create an urgent, authentic representation of a sacrifice zone that fuels America.

“The long sleep of the Appalachians has been dramatically interrupted by the sudden discovery of the Marcellus Shale. This book helps us see and understand what that has meant for the region. It's a classic tale, with echoes of the region's past—and deep implications for the planet's future.”—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

Ghost Fishing
An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology

Edited by Melissa Tuckey
Foreword by Camille T. Dungy

A gathering of poetry at the intersection of culture, social justice, and the environment

Ghost Fishing is the first anthology to focus solely on poetry with an eco-justice bent. A culturally diverse collection entering a field where nature poetry anthologies have historically lacked diversity, this book presents a rich terrain of contemporary environmental poetry with roots in many cultural traditions.

Eco-justice poetry is poetry born of deep cultural attachment to the land and poetry born of crisis. Aligned with environmental justice activism and thought, eco-justice poetry defines environment as “the place we work, live, play, and worship.” This is a shift from romantic notions of nature as a pristine wilderness outside ourselves toward recognition of the environment as home: a source of life, health, and livelihood.

Ghost Fishing is arranged by topic at key intersections between social justice and the environment such as exile, migration, and dispossession; war; food production; human relations to the animal world; natural resources and extraction; environmental disaster; and cultural resilience and resistance. This anthology seeks to expand our consciousness about the interrelated nature of our experiences and act as a starting point for conversation about the current state of our environment.

Contributors include Homero Aridjis, Brenda Cárdenas, Natalie Diaz, Camille T. Dungy, Martín Espada, Ross Gay, Joy Harjo, Brenda Hillman, Linda Hogan, Philip Metres, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tolu Ogunlesi, Wang Ping, Patrick Rosal, Tim Seibles, Danez Smith, Arthur Sze, Eleanor Wilner, and Javier Zamora.

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Environmental Night with Eco-Action
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Environmental Night with Eco-Action

Tim Palmer will speak about his over 40 year experience in documenting nature's beautiful landscape. Tim has written 25 different books on rivers, conservation, and the environment, including Field Guide to Oregon Rivers and The Heart of America: Our Landscape, Our Future. He is excited to speak to students and community members as he is remembered as initiating Earth Day at Penn State in 1970, of which Eco Action started from.

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First Friday! Gallery Reception for Marica Tacconi 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Sep
7
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday! Gallery Reception for Marica Tacconi 5:30pm - 7:00pm

~Artist Statement~

 My work as an abstract painter explores color, texture, and movement.  I am drawn to non-representational, free-flowing art that develops and “takes shape” as I engage in the process.  My approach is intuitive, unstructured, and rhapsodic – almost like “stream-of-consciousness” on canvas.

My acrylic paintings often incorporate materials that provide texture and facilitate movement. I am most inspired by abstract expressionism, synchromism, and the work of Wassily Kandinsky, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, and Gerhard Richter.

As a music historian, much of my inspiration also comes from sound and from the connections between the aural and the visual.  I paint while listening to music, mostly classical, but also jazz and music from non-Western cultures.  Viewers have described my work has “having rhythm” and as incorporating harmony of form and color.

 

~Bio~

 

I like to think that my paintings reflect who I am and my passions and experiences. The art and culture of Italy (where I grew up), music, nature, friendship, kindness, freedom of expression – these are forces and values that mold my creative process.

I was born and raised in central Italy, in the region of Umbria, and grew up in a bilingual family – my mother is originally from California and my father is a native of Umbria. At the age of 7 I started taking piano lessons and eventually music became the focus of my academic studies. I graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan) with a double-major in piano performance and music composition. At Williams College (B.A.) my interests shifted to the more academic side of music, which led to a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University.

At Penn State since 1998, I’m a professor of musicology and serve as the associate director of the School of Music. My scholarly interests center on Italian music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. I still play the piano, and enjoy writing music and improvising at the keyboard.

About four years ago, I took my first abstract painting class at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania (in Lemont) – I was immediately hooked!  The freedom of expression abstract painting provides and the opportunity to explore color, texture, movement, and mood are very exciting to me.

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Book Event: Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016 with author, Kenneth Womack
Sep
2
12:30 PM12:30

Book Event: Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016 with author, Kenneth Womack

Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016 (Chicago Review Press, September 4, 2018) is the second volume of the first full-length biography of George Martin. Kenneth Womack, author and Beatles scholar, provides a detailed account of Martin’s collaborative work with “the fab four” as they advance beyond the success of their earlier recordings.
Sound Pictures takes readers behind the scenes and reveals George’s diligent efforts to consolidate the Beatles’ fame in
the face of the socio-cultural pressures of the time, most noteworthy being the “Beatles are more popular than Jesus” scandal. It also includes stories of Martin’s interactions with the band, including when John Lennon, who hated the sound of his own voice, requested that Martin tweak his vocals: “Make me sound like the Dalai Lama chanting from a mountaintop.”

Sound Pictures is an exceptionally detailed look at the man who had incredible influence on the Beatles’ body of work.
Decades later, George Martin’s legacy continues to influence music history as new generations rediscover the timeless
wonder of the Beatles. Fans will enjoy following the story of the band’s incredible artistic trajectory after reaching the
creative heights of Rubber Soul.

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