Mount debuts 'Akimbo'
CRESSON - The play "Kimberly Akimbo" - described by the New York Times as, "at once a shrewd satire, a black
comedy and a heartbreaking study of how time wounds everyone" - will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 through 19 at Mount Aloysius College's Alumni Hall.
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, "Kimberly Akimbo" follows the journey of a 16-year old girl living with the aging disease progeria.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. For more information, call 886-6531.
Professor exhibits art
HUNTINGDON - Computer-aided design plays a large part in the art of Rebecca Strzelec, who has created intriguing self-portraits by imagining works that accumulate new layers over time, in a new exhibition at the Juniata College Museum of Art on display from Thursday through Feb. 4.
Strzelec, associate professor of visual arts at Penn State Altoona, calls the exhibit "The Age of Bears and Other Self-Portraits." Strzelec was inspired to create these varied representations of herself by a 2005 camping trip during which she learned that wildlife scientists can estimate the age of black bears by examining the ring patterns that form on the animals' teeth over time.
There will be a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday that is free and open to the public.
Chorale sets holiday shows
Director Debbie Estright recently announced the 27th season Christmas concert schedule for Allegheny Chorale.
The program, entitled "Believe," will be presented at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Simpson-Temple United Parish, Altoona and at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the First Presbyterian Church in Tyrone.
In addition to piano accompaniment provided by Anna Myers and assistant accompanist Susan Daly, the Chorale's concert will feature guest percussionist Darin Hand on several selections.
Both concerts are free to the public. For more information, call 684-1894 and leave a message.
Show honors victims
HUNTINGDON - The State College Choral Society, the Juniata Coll-ege Concert Choir, and other local groups will remember one of history's greatest crimes as the ensembles sing "Voices of the Holocaust" at Juniata College, at 3 p.m. Nov. 5 in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for Performing Arts.
"Voices of the Holocaust" uses music and songs written during the Holocaust in Jewish ghettoes and in concentration camps. Composer Sheridan Seyfried arranged 22 songs as a dramatic, five-part cantata that seeks to illuminate the human struggle for dignity and address the tragic issues raised by the Holocaust.
Tickets are $5 for adults and are available at the door, at the Information Desk in Ellis Hall and online at www.juniata. edu/arts.
Children under age 18 and students at Juniata are admitted free.
'Catechism' takes a bow
STATE COLLEGE - The State Theatre will present the touring production of the comedy "Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" at 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2.
From the author of "Late Nite Catechism," Vicki Quade, "Sister's Christmas Catechism" is the latest in the popular series of plays starring a group of funny, fun-loving nuns.
Tickets for the show are $25 for the balcony, $30 for the orchestra and $35 for Gold Circle seats. Tickets can be purchased online at www.StateTickets.org, by calling 272-0606 or in person at the theater box office.
Broadway star visits PSU
UNIVERSITY PARK - Audra McDonald, one of only three actresses to earn four Tony Awards on Broadway, will make her Penn State concert debut at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in Eisenhower Auditorium.
Joined by a jazz ensemble, McDonald will perform favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies and original pieces written for her. Her tour marks her return to the concert stage after four seasons portraying Dr. Naomi Bennett on the ABC television series "Private Practice."
Tickets are $55 for adults, $22 for University Park students and $39 for those ages 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cpa.psu.edu, charge-by-phone by calling 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk and the Bryce Jordan Center.