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11:00 am

Mr. Music, Lenny Tepsich (free)

December 31, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Downsbrough Room, Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Guitar in one hand and his audience in the other, Lenny Tepsich greets children and they light up with anticipation. When he leaves, they never forget having met Mr. Music. He motivates kids with simple songs sung by children for generations as well as original tunes he writes just for them. In 1988, his daughter’s...

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12:00 pm

Earl Houser, Jr. Magic (free)

December 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lobby, State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Earl Houser performed his first magic show when he was in the first grade. He did tricks he learned from watching television on Saturday morning. Today he performs regionally in schools, churches, and at special events.

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Mark DeRose Music & Art

December 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Westminster Hall, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Mark's show combines his love for the visual arts with his love for song writing. The songs, art work and the show’s audience engaging activities all compliment one another to achieve his goal of inspiring children to embrace their own creativity and individuality. A First Night Button is required for this performance.

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1:00 pm

State College Area High School Thespians

December 31, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Community Room, State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Join the State College Area High School Thespians for a royal New Year’s Eve Ball featuring some princesses and princes and a few surprise guests. Each will have a musical story to share and will interact with all of the guests at the ball. The program is especially suitable for children. A First Night Button is required...

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2:00 pm

Middle-earth Studios presents The Pirates of Buccaneer Isle

December 31, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Westminster Hall, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Since ancient times storytelling has enchanted people of all ages. Middle-earth Studios’ kind of story-telling is an interactive celebration that brings out the kid in everyone.  Anyone can be a part of our story and they costume up to 100 people from the crowd.  For days afterward, you’ll still hear people talking about the show...

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Centred Outdoors First Night Hike

December 31, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sidney Friedman Park, 241 South Fraser Street
State College, PA 16801 United States

Join Centred Outdoors on the First Hike of the year on the Last Day of The Year. Dress warmly to tour many of the First Night ice sculptures that line the streets of downtown State College and watch as ice-carvers-in-action sculpt some of the bigger ones on South Allen Street.  The hike will begin at...

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2:30 pm

Nittany Knights

December 31, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 250 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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The Nittany Knights are living proof of the enduring popularity of barbershop music. Barbershop music, with its close, unaccompanied four-part harmonies, is a uniquely American musical folk art. Although scholars cannot pinpoint where or when this art form was born, the growth of the tradition was certainly aided between the 1860s and 1920s by the...

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3:00 pm

Arietta Women’s Ensemble

December 31, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Avenue
State, PA 16801 United States
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Arietta Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Janice Mianulli, was founded in 2001 by a group of musicians who did not want to give up singing during the State College Choral Society summer hiatus. Since its inception, Arietta has performed with the State College Choral Society,  and at national conferences at Penn State in addition...

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State College Area High School Thespians

December 31, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room, State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Join the State College Area High School Thespians for a royal New Year’s Eve featuring some princesses and princes and a few surprise guests. Each will have a musical story to share and will interact with all of the guests at the ball. The program is especially suitable for children. A First Night Button is required for...

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3:30 pm

Organ Trio East

December 31, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Organ Trio East has been playing concerts and festivals in central PA and beyond since 2011.  This group consists of trombone, organ and drums and has released three CDs. "Red Pajamas" in 2011, "Groovin' It in 2012" and "Chemistry" in 2014.  Interpreting classics from the great American songbook and playing original compositions is what you...

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Black Cat Belly Dance

December 31, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
University Baptist & Brethren Church, 411 South Burrowes Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Black Cat Belly Dance of State College performs traditional raqs sharqi (belly dance) as well as the folkloric dances of Egypt and beyond.  Featuring Shannon Bishop and the members of the Black Cat Dance Ensemble, every show will bring you a sampling of music and dance from across the Middle East.  All shows are high...

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Michael Rosman

December 31, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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From a high school start in 1984 with juggling and unicycling, through a University Of Delaware Finance degree, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College, street performing in Europe and a year in the circus, Michael has become one of the most respected and sought after performers from the east coast. A...

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4:00 pm

Middle-earth Studios presents The Pirates of Buccaneer Isle

December 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Westminster Hall, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Since ancient times storytelling has enchanted people of all ages. Middle-earth Studios’ kind of story-telling is an interactive celebration that brings out the kid in everyone.  Anyone can be a part of our story and they costume up to 100 people from the crowd.  For days afterward, you’ll still hear people talking about the show...

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Anchor & Arrow

December 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sanctuary, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Anchor & Arrow is the musical collaboration of husband and wife Matt Dashem and Jenn Henry-Dashem. Their unique sound is an upbeat mix of soul, funk, rock, and jazz: a culmination of many years of their individual musical styles and experience.  Jenn’s moving voice fused with Matt’s seasoned guitar can be enjoyed by music lovers...

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4:30 pm

Heritage Brass

December 31, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 250 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Comprised of music teachers – past, present and (one hopes) future – Heritage Brass has played at many festivals and events in the region, including the Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg, Music in the Park in Lebanon, and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. A First Night Button is required for this performance.

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Comedy Duo Variete! Featuring Bob B. and Les S. More

December 31, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Bob B’s specialty is stringing together short routines and sight gags which are just as appealing to adults as to their kids. Fast paced, ridiculous, and a bad suit. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 16 times. He has also presented his stand up comedy show in across...

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5:00 pm

Revamped

December 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Described as daring and innovative, this vivacious husband and wife violin duo fuses pop, jazz, classical, rock, and folk styles in a way entirely their own. They create concert experiences with artistically profound and impossibly complex arrangements, electronic and altered instruments, vibrant color coordination, theatrics, and signature stunts- all done with mind-boggling precision- to awe...

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Biscuit Jam

December 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
University Baptist & Brethren Church, 411 South Burrowes Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Biscuit Jam performs unique acoustic interpretations of classic rock favorites as well as traditional folk songs and Americana-flavored original compositions. The band has performed at nightspots in the State College area as well as at several central Pennsylvania festivals and at many private events. A First Night Button is required for this performance.

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Alan Sands, Comedy Hypnotist

December 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Community Room, State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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A third-generation performer, comedy hypnotist Alan Sands has performed at colleges and universities all over the country. You’ll see right away that there’s so much more to his show than a swinging pocket watch and the chant “You are getting sleepy….”  The comment most often heard after an Alan Sands show is “I laughed so...

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5:30 pm

The Dreadnaught Brigade

December 31, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Avenue
State, PA 16801 United States
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The Dreadnaught Brigade's music calls upon frontman and singer/songwriter, Mark DeRose's love for rootsy blue-eyed soul and classic rock of the late 60s and 70s. The band brings high-energy performances of DeRose’s upbeat, feel good music to stages across the tri-state region. However, they’re just as happy to leave the amps at home and bring...

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6:00 pm

Natascha & the Spy Boys

December 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sanctuary, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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This State College cabaret act includes Natascha Hoffmeyer on vocals backed up by experienced Central Pennsylvania players JT Thompson, Robert Gardner, Stubby Stubbs, and Doug McMinn. The group’s repertoire includes blues, soul, jazz, and swing. The band plays at clubs and private events. A First Night Button is required for this performance.  

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Luminaria Lighting

December 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Memorial Field, S. Fraser Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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There is some dispute about the origin of the expression, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. There’s no dispute about the power of a candlelight vigil to convey the messages of peace, hope, and love.  

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Live Mannequins

December 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Appalachian Outdoors, 123 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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    The State College High School Thespians perform as live mannequins in the windows of Appalachian Outdoors as they demonstrate in a theatrical performance at least, that teenagers can go for minutes without texting or otherwise looking at their phones. Sponsored by Ward Transport & Logistics Corporation    

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6:30 pm

Below Centre

December 31, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Instruments that play the bass parts are often the unsung heroes of the symphonic band. The public can name famous trumpeters and flutists, but it’s pretty difficult to name a famous euphonium player, or even spell euphonium for that matter. The gentlemen of Below Centre might just change that, as they a play under the...

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Tolins, Sleigh & Younkin

December 31, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 205 South Garner Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Guitarist, vocalist Andy Tolins is joined by harmonica guru, Richard Sleigh and guitarist Chris Younkin. These three musicians have been fixtures in the central Pennsylvania music scene for many years and can be found performing with various groups at a variety of local venues. The trio performs in various genres: blues, jazz, country, Irish, and...

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6:45 pm

Alan Sands, Comedy Hypnotist

December 31, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Community Room, State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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A third-generation performer, comedy hypnotist Alan Sands has performed at colleges and universities all over the country. You’ll see right away that there’s so much more to his show than a swinging pocket watch and the chant “You are getting sleepy….”  The comment most often heard after an Alan Sands show is “I laughed so...

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7:00 pm

Ramalama

December 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
University Baptist & Brethren Church, 411 South Burrowes Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Doo-wop is a genre of music that was developed in urban African-American communities in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. Built upon vocal harmony, doo-wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time. Doo-wop features vocal group harmony, nonsense syllables, a simple beat, sometimes little or...

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Comedy Duo Variete! Featuring Bob B. and Les S. More

December 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Bob B’s specialty is stringing together short routines and sight gags which are just as appealing to adults as to their kids. Fast paced, ridiculous, and a bad suit. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 16 times.  He has also presented his stand up comedy show in across the nation, and...

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7:30 pm

Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band

December 31, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 250 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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The Gill Street Band is a 9-piece classic funk/soul/r&b band with perhaps the hardest working 4-piece horn section east of the Mississippi, or, at least in the Borough of State College. Performing the funkiest classic soul and horn music throughout the Commonwealth, The Gill Street Band is fronted by the dynamic singer-slash-force of nature, Jackie...

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Michael Rosman

December 31, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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From a high school start in 1984 with juggling and unicycling, through a University Of Delaware Finance degree, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College, street performing in Europe and a year in the circus, Michael has become one of the most respected and sought after performers from the east coast. A...

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Happy Valley Improv

December 31, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Attic, State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Happy Valley Improv is State College's premier longform improv company, bringing the art of improvisation to the Centre County through performances, classes, workshops, and community outreach. Started by four improvisers in the basement of a church in early 2017, the group now consists of seven company members performing a variety of improv styles and forms....

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8:00 pm

Keystone Society of Swing

December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Days Inn Penn State, 240 South Pugh Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Come out to dance with the Keystone Society of Swing, a high energy big band that performs music from the 1920s through 1960s. Band members range in age from 16-85 and share their talents to entertain audiences in a variety of events throughout the region. The band was started in Lock Haven and has been...

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Callanish

December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sanctuary, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Since 2001, this traditional band brings music from Ireland and Scotland to the mountains of central Pennsylvania. The four women of Callanish, Patty Lambert, Louisa Smith, Holly Foy and Betsy Gamble share the music of their heritage - reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and songs of love and longing for homeland.  Callanish has recently performed at...

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Tussey Mountain Moonshiners

December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 205 South Garner Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Tussey Mountain Moonshiners is a progressive bluegrass/Americana band from central Pennsylvania. A Moonshiners performance features dynamic songwriting, singing, and strong improvisational musicianship from all five members, as the band creates energy and joy with audiences at every live show. In 2010, the band won the prestigious DelFest Bluegrass Band Competition in Cumberland, Maryland. A First Night...

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8:30 pm

Camerata Amistad

December 31, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Formed in 2006, Camerata Amistad is a versatile chamber ensemble of orchestral musicians, performing a wide variety of chamber music, and particularly dedicated to the performance of art music, folk music, and popular culture music from the Hispanic world.  The members, Cathy Collinge Herrera, Diane Gold Toulson, and Anne Sullivan enjoy sharing their love for...

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Rick Hirsch 4

December 31, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
University Baptist & Brethren Church, 411 South Burrowes Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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The Rick Hirsch 4 is a perennial First Night favorite. This year Rick will be joined by his longtime collaborators Mac Himes, Jim Robinson, and Kevin Lowe. Mac is a creative improvising guitarist working on his PhD in Music Education. Robinson is the director of orchestras and rock ensembles at State High, and is a...

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9:00 pm

Comedy Duo Variete! Featuring Bob B. and Les S. More

December 31, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Bob B’s specialty is stringing together short routines and sight gags which are just as appealing to adults as to their kids. Fast paced, ridiculous, and a bad suit. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 16 times. He has also presented his stand up comedy show in across...

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Allegheny Ukulele Kollective

December 31, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Faith United Church of Christ, 300 East College Avenue
State, PA 16801 United States
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Founded in 2010, the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective is a ukulele enthusiast-slash-evangelist club from Altoona. Members have jammed together on college campuses, in cafes, and at the local YMCA. The group meets for two monthly jams and welcomes newcomers, especially beginning players. The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii, though it has enjoyed waves...

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9:30 pm

Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats

December 31, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 250 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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This band came together in State College in the summer of 2010 and is comprised of seasoned veterans of the State College music scene and a new kid in town. The combination gives way to classic blues with a subtle twist. Playing blues from all eras but also original compositions, there's something for all tastes....

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Alan Sands, Comedy Hypnotist

December 31, 2018 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Community Room, State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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A third-generation performer, comedy hypnotist Alan Sands has performed at colleges and universities all over the country. You’ll see right away that there’s so much more to his show than a swinging pocket watch and the chant “You are getting sleepy….”  The comment most often heard after an Alan Sands show is “I laughed so...

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10:00 pm

Eric Ian Farmer

December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
University Baptist & Brethren Church, 411 South Burrowes Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Born in State College, but reared in North Carolina, Eric Ian Farmer shares songs about relationships, social awareness, and finding one's path in life while keeping alive classics by artists like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Bob Marley.  Eric learned how to become one with a song from Bonnie Carter and David Williams, singers in...

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Archie Blue

December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Archie Blue is a rock band that features the original songwriting of pianist Arthur Goldstein. Other members include Barbara Neumuller, Chris Younken, Steve Christensen, and Carter Frieje. The band plays original music in the spirit of The Band, Bob Dylan, Procul Harum, and Steely Dan. A First Night Button is required for this performance.

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Side by Side by Sondheim

December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sanctuary, State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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FUSE Productions presents the hit musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures soaring emotions by Broadway's greatest composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Performed by several FUSE Productions regulars, including Leah Mueller, Taylor Bigelow-Sperrazza, Tyler Sperrazza, and Heidi Biever, these...

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Rodeo Serenade

December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 205 South Garner Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Rodeo Serenade plays classic honky tonk, Texas swing, and rockabilly tunes. In the days before social media, a honky tonk was a place to share the day's troubles, celebrate triumphs, spend down a paycheck, and meet that special someone. Musicians like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Carl Perkins told stories about heartaches, longing, loneliness, love,...

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Michael Rosman

December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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From a high school start in 1984 with juggling and unicycling, through a University Of Delaware Finance degree, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College, street performing in Europe and a year in the circus, Michael has become one of the most respected and sought after performers from the east coast. A...

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Happy Valley Improv

December 31, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Attic, State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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Happy Valley Improv is State College's premier longform improv company, bringing the art of improvisation to the Centre County through performances, classes, workshops, and community outreach. Started by four improvisers in the basement of a church in early 2017, the group now consists of seven company members performing a variety of improv styles and forms....

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