April 1 — 30
State of Blue
April 21, Old Main Frame Shop & Gallery
ART While the Penn State football team competes against itself at the Blue-White Game, two artists will showcase their collaboration at the Old Main Frame Shop & Gallery. Local abstract artist Melinda Harr Curley, who has shown at the gallery for the past two years, will be joined by former Penn State defensive end Matt Rice, known by his artist moniker Mateo Blu. Both artists will show their own pieces for the State of Blue exhibit, and together, they have produced a collaborative piece titled Color-gration (pictured above).
Curley anticipates that Rice’s art will add variety and evolve the show from previous years. While Curley, who lives in State College, paints en plein air at her log cabin in the woods, Rice creates grittier pieces at his Baltimore residence. “Matt and I are opposites,” she says while reflecting on their collaboration. “When we painted together, it was a magical experience. We’re both abstract, but we have different styles. Our collaboration is truly a third, unique style.” Rice adds that their collaboration equally presents both of their styles, explaining it as “kind of like a duet.” oldmainframe.com
April 8, The State Theatre
If you want to experience the amazing local music scene, you can go bar hopping all weekend and still not hear all the bands that call State College home. Or you can head to The State Theatre for The Return of the Native Sons and Daughters, a one-night showcase of local music. Bands like Raven & The Wren, Lemont, Ted McCloskey and the HiFi’s, Eric Ian Farmer, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Chris Rattie, The Unbanned, Erin Condo and the Hoofties and The Tommy Roberts will take the stage to share their original tunes. This show hasn’t been put on since 2014, so don’t miss it this year. thestatetheatre.org
Around the World
April 15, Mount Nittany Middle School
Explore and share different cultures around the world right here in our own town at the Global Connections International Children’s Festival. This year’s festival offers new and exciting activities like an Easter egg hunt complete with international prizes, story corner and games from around the world. Volunteers get the chance to share their culture with their community members while children take a trip around the globe through a diverse range of music, dance and crafts. gc-cc.org
April 27-May 8, The State Theatre
Local theater company The Next Stage will put on a production of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson’s Rain Dance, a drama set in Los Alamos on the eve of the first atomic bomb test. Featuring veteran community actors John Austin, Elaine Meder-Wilgus and Mike Waldhier, the play will run through May 8. This four-person play will feel even more heated in the intimate Attic space at The State. thestatetheatre.org
April 28-29, The Match Factory
Home to a dozen properties on the National Register of Historic Places, Bellefonte knows a little about preserving history — and now that knowledge is being shared via the 2nd annual Old House Fair. Held in one of those 12 historic places, The Match Factory, the fair will feature workshops, tours and informational talks. Friday will offer a schedule full of informational sessions for professionals as well as old house enthusiasts, while Saturday will feature two home tours and sessions on historical landscaping, masonry and housing styles as well as individual consultations. Plus, a Friday evening banquet will feature a keynote address by preservation expert Ed McMahon. centrehistory.org
Pop On Over
April 29, Garner Street Lot
The second installment of the free one-day urban flea market, Pop Up Ave, is back and bigger than before. A curated group of vendors, many returning from last September’s event, will set up shop and be joined by various food options. Plus, like last time, there should be a number of surprises in store. And save the dates for the next two on Sept. 23 and Dec. 9. popupave.com
ON THE HUNT
This year, Easter Sunday is April 16, which should make for some beautiful spring egg hunting weather.
Mountain View Country Club
The State College Elks will host a free egg hunt for Elks members — and potential members — and their kids starting at 11 a.m.
State College YMCA
Splash for sweets with the YMCA of Centre County’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt starting at 1 p.m. Don’t worry — the candy stays dry.
If your middle schooler thinks they’ve outgrown the egg hunt, take them to the Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 8 p.m.
Join in Centre Region Parks and Recreation’s annual egg hunts for all ages starting at 2 p.m. Search for more than 7,000 eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny!
Get your historical hunt on with Bellefonte’s Community Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m., featuring the Easter Bunny, games, refreshments… and 10,000 eggs.