Engaging week of cultural arts at Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington Cultural Arts comes into full bloom this week with a powerful play, an award-winning film and a renowned opera.

On Wednesday, April 11, actress Christina Chan shatters the exotic, subservient image frequently associated with Asian women in her solo performance of “Unbinding Our Lives.” She portrays three real Chinese women in the 1800s and tells their personal stories of slavery, prostitution and abandonment.

The performance begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in the Sutherland Auditorium, and admission is $5 at the door. This program is an Asian Heritage Month event and part of the Abington Spring Lecture Series, sponsored by the Academic Environment Committee, Student Life and the student activity fee.

The Friday Night Film Series resumes on April 13 with the comedy/drama "Beginners," starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. Plummer earned an Oscar for his role as a father who stuns his son with the dual announcement that he is gay and terminally ill. Moderator Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts, will provide his usual lively commentary. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. on the large screen in Room 112 Woodland Building. Admission is $10 at the door.

The spring Opera Lecture Series will continue with Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, in Room 112 Woodland. Mills will offer insight into Puccini’s first successful opera. Admission is $15, payable at the door. Light refreshments will be served at intermission.

Abington Cultural Arts has provided free and low-cost family, arts and educational events to the community for more than a decade. For more information on upcoming programs, go to http://www.abington.psu.edu/ca or call 215-881-7800. Follow Penn State Abington Cultural Arts on Facebook.