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‘Cherish the Ladies’ at the State Theatre

Roisin Dillon and Mirella Murray of Cherish the Ladies

If you haven’t been back to the State College area in a while, one thing that might surprise you is how much it has blossomed into a great area for the performing arts. We’ve had performance venues on campus—like Eisenhower and Schwab Auditorium—for a long time, but the 15,000-seat Bryce Jordan Center brought a whole new dimension when it opened in 1995. The BJC has brought shows ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Jay-Z to Tim McGraw to the Rockettes to monster truck rallies.

Some local step-dancers had a chance to perform with Cherish the Ladies.

Filling a niche at the other end of the spectrum is the State Theatre on College Avenue, which seats not quite 600 and offers a much more intimate setting for concerts and films. It’s been been a fixture in State College since it opened in 1938, but for most of its life it was a movie theatre. Then it closed in 2001, underwent a major renovation, and reopened three years ago this month as a nonprofit community arts center. (Nashville’s Mike Reid ’69 helped support the project and was the performer on opening night.)

The leader of Cherish the Ladies: flute and whistle player Joanie Madden

One of the first shows at the State Theatre back in December 2006 was a Christmas concert by the Irish traditional group Cherish the Ladies, and last night, that group came back for another show. I’m a big fan of Irish music and especially of Cherish the Ladies, so I was there for their 2006 concert and again last night—and last night I was given permission to do some photography.

How much photography the news media can do at a concert depends on the performers—some don’t permit it at all; others allow you to shoot for the first three songs and that’s it. Cherish the Ladies, bless ’em, had no such restrictions—I was able to click away all night long. Click on any of the photos here to see them bigger, or check out my Flickr site to view about 15 shots from last night’s show (or see them in slide-show format here).

Tina Hay, editor

December 8, 2009 at 10:36 am 1 comment

Jay-Z at the Jordan Center


Hip-hop star Jay-Z kicked off his 21-city tour on Friday night at—of all places—Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center. He drew a sellout crowd for the show, which coincided with the release of his new album The Blueprint 3.

Andy Colwell of Penn State Public Information was there and got some great shots. You can see the slide show here.

Tina Hay, editor

October 11, 2009 at 11:26 am 1 comment

An Amazing Video

Yesterday a Penn State student by the name of Maxwell Kruger sent us some photos he took at THON last month, along with links to several videos he produced. He got access to the catwalks above the Jordan Center and filmed some time-lapse videos from above. The one here shows THON in its entirety, from setup to tear down, in time-lapse video. You can see them taking apart the basketball court, laying down a different floor for THON, the whole bit. Just very, very cool.

Kruger also has a blog where he shows what he’s doing in photography—and he is definitely doing some interesting stuff.

Tina Hay, editor

March 20, 2009 at 9:37 am 2 comments

Six Wonderful Hours at the BJC

If you didn’t catch Penn State’s exhilarating, last-second, come-from-behind defeat of No. 23 Illinois on Thursday night, you missed what was probably the biggest game and best crowd in Bryce Jordan Center history. (For a recap with video highlights, click here.) If the win didn’t earn the Nittany Lions an NCAA Tournament bid, it got them awfully close. One more win — either in Saturday’s regular-season finale at Iowa, or at next week’s Big Ten tournament — should seal the deal. 

Battle celebrates his game-winner

Battle celebrates his game-winner

For me, the game was only the highlight of a great afternoon and evening at the Jordan Center. The 9 p.m., ESPN-mandated tip off was a drag, but it had a silver lining for those of us who cover the team. Brian Siegrist, the media relations liaison for the men’s basketball team, was able to secure an hour of court time for media members, and I joined the rag-tag crew — Siegrist, Blue White Illustrated writers Nate Bauer ’05 and Sean Fitz, Dave Jones of the Patriot-News, and the Daily Collegian trio of Matt Brown, Matt Fortuna, and Nate Mink — for a late-afternoon full-court run. I’m more sore today (and missed more easy shots) than I’d like to admit, but it was a lot of fun.

A couple of hours later, it was time for the real players to take their turn. The game and atmosphere were amazing — thanks in part to Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark, who took the mic before tipoff to hype up the whited-out crowd, which responded in kind. They, and the national TV audience, got quite a show: Penn State was down 10 with five minutes left, and senior leader Jamelle Cornley was out with what looked like a separated shoulder (though he somehow came back into the game a few minutes later, practically dragging his arm around the court). Fellow senior Stanley Pringle hit some huge shots to keep the game close, and then, predictably, it was uber-confident sophomore guard Talor Battle taking the ball the length of the court in the closing seconds and hitting a driving layup that almost seemed to stop on the rim before dropping in. Cue thousands of white-clad fans storming the court. It was quite a moment.

The students rush the court (Blurry photo courtesy of my cell phone)

Penn State students rush the court to celebrate the upset of Illinois (Blurry photo courtesy of my cell phone)

 There was another slightly less monumental (but no less cool) moment at halftime, when the entertainment featured a game between the Bellefonte fifth-and sixth-grade boys rec league teams. The highlight of that game was a surging layup by one Ian Marshall, son of Penn Stater editorial assistant Barb. I hope Ed DeChellis was paying attention — the kid can play.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

THON Weekend is Upon Us

A colleague down the hall sent me the link to this year’s official IFC/Panhel Dance Marathon video, which is a minute-and-a-half long and well worth the time. According to YouTube, it’s been viewed more than 13,000 times already!

This morning’s Centre Daily Times has a short op-ed piece by a faculty member who was skeptical of the whole THON phenomenon when he first arrived on campus 10 years ago—but whose 5-year-old daughter ended up benefiting from THON in a way that completely changed his perspective. He makes a point that I had never thought about before:

“Beyond the wonder that is Four Diamonds,” he writes, “the students of Thon act as role models for all three of our daughters…. These undergraduates set an example of selfless commitment to a cause, of the volunteering spirit, of the joy of working together as a team toward a noble goal, of the obligation that we as adults have to help others—especially children.”

THON starts tomorrow in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Tina Hay, editor

February 19, 2009 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

Pink Everywhere

dsc_3983-sm-pink-seatsToday was the Lady Lion basketball team’s third annual “Pink Zone” day, an event to raise awareness for breast-cancer research, and I think I’ll be seeing pink for the next three days at least. The Bryce Jordan Center was just a sea of pink today—the fans wore pink, the Lady Lion players wore pink, the Iowa players wore pink, the refs used pink whistles, the game ball had a pink Nike swoosh stripe … you get the idea.

There was a very impressive halftime ceremony honoring breast-cancer survivors and their families, and a bunch of money (exact amount to be announced later) was raised for breast-cancer-related charities.

The Lady Lions lost, 63-57—they blew a 20-point lead, which was frustrating. And some of the players in tears after the game; they’ve just lost far too many close games this year. But despite their disappointment they stuck around to sign pink T-shirts and pink ballcaps for the fans.

Below are some photos I took during the game. I’m the PA announcer for women’s basketball games at the Jordan Center, so my seat at the scoring table gives me a great view … I don’t usually bring my camera, as I’m usually too busy during the game to shoot photos, but today was special.

The Lion mascot joined breast-cancer survivors at halftime.

The Lion mascot joined breast-cancer survivors at halftime.

Players from both teams wore pink uniforms. This is Mashea Williams with the ball.

Players from both teams wore pink uniforms. This is Mashea Williams with the ball.

Penn State coach Coquese Washington

Penn State coach Coquese Washington

Even the refs got into the pink act.

Even the refs got into the pink act.

Brianne O'Rourke was one of a number of Lady Lions who stuck around to sign autographs after the game.

Brianne O'Rourke was one of a number of Lady Lions who stuck around to sign autographs after the game.

Oh, and after the game I stopped into Faccia Luna for a quick bite to eat, and the place was packed—with at least a third of the patrons wearing pink.

Tina Hay, editor

February 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

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