Penn State Abington showcases a weekend of cultural arts events

Calling all cultural arts junkies: If movies and opera are your personal passion, then Penn State Abington is the place to be this weekend. The cultural arts double-header begins when the Friday Night Film Series takes place at 7:30 p.m., April 16, in 112 Woodland building, with the award-winning movie "The English Patient." Then at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, also in 112 Woodland building, the Afternoon with the Arts Opera Lecture Series will feature "La Traviata."

"The English Patient" is focused on loyalties and betrayals exposed during WWII in North Africa. The 1996 film and cast garnered praise and nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. Admission is $5, payable at the door.

Then, on Sunday, April 18, Verdi's great opera will thrill the audience. This operatic masterpiece brims with many of Verdi's most glorious arias. This work is definitely one of the highlights of the opera repertoire. Admission is $10, payable at the door. Light refreshments will be served during intermission.

Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts, will moderate both programs.

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