Lauryn Hill to play PSU
UNIVERSITY PARK - Singer Ms. Lauryn Hill is heading back into the spotlight this year, after a long time away from touring. Hill will be appearing this summer at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest Festival and FloydFest, but first she'll give a rare live appearance at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.
Hill first gained fame as an actress in the film "Sister Act 2," but became a superstar as part of the hip-hop trio The Fugees. In 1998, she released her solo debut, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." The album was a smash hit, winning five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. She released the double album "MTV Unplugged No. 2" in 2002, then largely dropped out of sight.
Tickets for the Bryce Jordan performance are $47.50 for the public and $9.50 for University Park students. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today and will be available at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, Altoona Campus Ticket Outlet, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
WWII event begins in May
The Blair County Historical Society will host its third annual World War II weekend on the weekend of May 10 and 11.
Events include reenactors, reenactments, military demonstrations, vintage equipment, artifacts, and talks/book signings from WWII historians at Baker Mansion, 3419 Oak Lane, Altoona. These events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for WWII veterans and mothers on Mother's Day, May 11. A weekend pass is available for $8.
At the Juniata Pavilion, 206 West 12th Ave., Altoona, a 1940s USO dance featuring the Santones Orchestra will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 10. Tickets are $15 each.
The weekend will also include a special free showing of the film "The Great Escape" at the Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center, 1431 12th Ave., at 6 p.m. May 11.
Call the Blair County Historical Society at 942-3916 for more information.
Juniata hosts big concert
HUNTINGDON - Mike Posner, a hip-hop performer responsible for such hits as "Cooler Than Me" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow," and Kris Allen, an "American Idol" winner whose songs include the hit "Live Like We're Dying," will perform in concert at Juniata College starting at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the intramural gym of the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center on the Juniata campus.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for Juniata College students and $20 for all other concertgoers. Tickets can be purchased from now through March 29 at http//www.juniata.edu/ life/jab/majorevent/2014/ purchase-tickets.html. Tickets also are available for purchase at Ellis Hall information desk every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or at the door or at Ellis Hall on the day of the concert.
Exhibition helps heal
JOHNSTOWN - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, "The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2014." Opening today and on display through June 6, the exhibition features nearly 40 works created by patients during SAMA's Museum/ Healthcare Partnership Program residencies at the John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute.
The Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program debuted in 2003 in an attempt to help area residents suffering from mental and physical disabilities. Through the program, SAMA's trained artists and educators work with health care providers to develop residencies and workshops aimed at providing relief for patients dealing with physical pain and discomfort. In recent years, the program has been expanded to include working with disabled veterans and children with autism spectrum disorder, as well as place a greater emphasis on citizens with mental handicaps. By 2013, the program has benefitted more than 1,000 individuals throughout central and western Pennsylvania.
The works in "The Art of Healing Exhibition," now in its third year, were created during two residencies with SAMA directory artist Kathy Trexel Reed. A proficient papercutting artist, Reed has been active with the Guild of American Papercutters since 1996. During the residencies, she shared a variety of papercutting methods, including Polish Wycinanki, a colorful and exuberant technique.
The museum will host an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the public free of charge, though reservations are requested by Sunday. For reservations or more information, call 269- 7234.
SAMA-Johnstown is located in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.