Cultural arts events take center stage at Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington's Cultural Arts Series kicks off the fall season this weekend, Sept. 24-26, with two intriguing events.

Join award winning author and Penn State alum Maria V. Snyder at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 at the new PennStateAbington@611 location. Snyder will talk about her whirlwind career transformation from meteorologist to best-selling fantasy/mystery author. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow readings from her latest novel, "Spy Glass." Register for this free event by calling 215-881-7800. PennStateAbington@611 is located in the Abington Towne Center (near Target store), 1475 Old York Road/Rte 611 in Abington.

Next, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26 in 112 Woodland Building, enjoy "An Afternoon with the Arts," as Professor Emeritus of Integrative Arts Mike Mills enlightens the audience with the ins-and-outs of the stirring opera, "Otello." The film, in which tenor Placido Domingo stars with Renee Fleming, and lecture will delve into the plot of love and jealousy, ambition and vengeance set in fifteenth century Venice; an audience question-and-answer session will follow. Light refreshments will be served during intermission. Admission is $10, payable at the door.

The Penn State Abington Cultural Arts Series programs are free to faculty, staff and students with a current Penn State ID. Easy parking is available. For information and a complete listing of events for the Abington Cultural Arts Series, call 215-881-7800 or visit online.