Central Calendar

Friday, April 30, 2021

Play Bingo and you may win an e-gift card! Get your Bingo card and Zoom address by 4:00 p.m. on the date of the bingo game by emailing atod-oasis@iup.edu. The game starts at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

After a well-received and dynamic performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in 2018, the Lively Arts is delighted to invite the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra for a return visit to perform “We Sing America,” a patriotic salute highlighting the contribution of female composers.

Designed to complement a gallery of women artists, this program from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Principal String Quartet showcases the melodic and energetic works of women composers, including famed suffragette Ethel Smyth, award-winning American composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Jessie Montgomery, as well as the evocative music of George Walker. The program concludes with a youthful quartet of Beethoven.

All spring 2021 Ovations events are Pay-As-You-Can.

Visit the Lively Arts Ticket Site to upload your video.


This young driving force in Nordic world music draws inspiration from folk and traditional Scandinavian music and reshapes it with an endlessly innovated and contemporary approach. The Dreamers’ Circus trio musicians Nikolaj Busk (Denmark, piano and accordion), Ale Carr (Sweden cittern), and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (Demark, violin)—display inventiveness and talent in their approach to performances.

Based in music from Denmark and Sweden as well as Iceland, Finland, and the far reaches of the windswept Faroe Islands, they view these traditional roots merely as a point of departure from which to expand. In playing, they seek to unlock imaginations and allow the mind to wander to a place where stories unfold. The name of the band is no accident. The magical feel upon entering the circus tent, surrounded by vividly colored memories… Dreamers’ Circus strives to engage your senses and invoke a place of freedom, somewhere for our imagination to play in and a space for dreaming.

All Ovations events for the spring 2021 season are Pay-as-You-Can. Visit our ticket site to rent this video.


Student Recital: IUP String Project

Gorell Recital Hall

The Lively Arts

The IUP String Project Student Recital will feature the students of the String Project playing solo and ensemble works. 

This event is free admission. 

The IUP campus will serve as your outdoor stage for this dance and music collaboration of Shana Simmons Dance with members of the IUP Dance Theater Company, IUP student musicians, Amanda Morrison (clarinet), and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater grad students with music submission from Mumph (hip-hop artist).

Take the Air is a collection of performances at five different locations on the IUP campus, all within walkable distance from the other. Locations include the staircase between Ruddock Hall and Suites on Maple, the stone bench in the Oak Grove, and just outside Sprowls Hall, Cogswell Hall, and Fisher Auditorium.


Heidi Lucas, Faculty Horn Recital

YouTube Live Stream

The Lively Arts

Heidi Lucas, horn and Henry Wong Doe, piano present a program of works for horn and piano.

**No audience will be permitted.**

This event will be live streamed on the IUP Department of Music's YouTube Channel

Sound Choices: 20th Annual IUP Jazz Festival

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

The Lively Arts

A tradition spanning two decades, the annual IUP Jazz Festival showcases IUP’s very own jazz band and ensemble. The IUP Jazz band, led by James Flowers, and the IUP Jazz Ensemble, led by Kevin Eisensmith, will perform all-time favorite and innovated jazz pieces. James Flowers, professor of saxophone, will be the featured soloist for the event. 

A live audience of IUP community members only will be permitted.

The number of seats available will be based on the current COVID guidelines. 

This event will be live-streamed on the IUP Department of Music’s YouTube Channel.

For more information about this and other Music Department events, call 724-357-2390 or visit the Music Department’s website.

Bill Nye Spring 2021Join STATIC as we present science educator, engineer, comedian, television presenter, author, inventor, and everyone’s favorite school-aged memory, Bill Nye the Science Guy, live via Zoom, on Saturday, May 1. The Zoom waiting room will open at 7:45 p.m., with the event beginning promptly at 8:00 p.m.!

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY FREE and OPEN TO THE ENTIRE IUP COMMUNITY. No preregistration is required. Join here!

If you would like to submit a question for Bill to answer live during the event, please email us or send us a direct message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

According to his official bio: Bill Nye is an American science educator, engineer, comedian, television presenter, author, and inventor, with a mission to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been passionate about his entire life. “My family is funny,” he says, “I mean funny in the sense that we make people laugh, not just funny looking.” Bill discovered that he had a talent for tutoring in high school. While growing up in Washington, DC, in the 1970’s, he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his fellow students. When he wasn’t hitting the books, Bill was hitting the road on his bicycle. He spent hours taking it apart to “see how it worked.” Now, he commutes by bike in both Los Angeles and New York. Bill’s fascination with how bicycles, airplanes, and other things work led him to Cornell University and a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1977. Soon after, Boeing recruited him as an engineer, so he went to Seattle. “I’ve always loved airplanes and flight. There’s a hydraulic resonance suppressor ‘Quinke’ tube on the 747-horizontal stabilizer drive system that I like to think of as my tube,” he says. The U.S. Department of Justice also recruited Bill for his unique technical expertise and pedagogical skills. It was in Seattle that Bill began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won the Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill quit his engineering day job and made the transition to a night job as a comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s homegrown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live” in 1986. This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central, originating at KING–TV, Seattle’s NBC affiliate. With fellow KING–TV alumni Jim McKenna and Erren Gottlieb, Bill made a number of award–winning shows, including the show he became so well known for, Bill Nye the Science Guy. While working on the Science Guy show from 1992-1998, Bill won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. The show won 18 Emmy’s in five years. To commemorate the series, the Bill Nye The Science Guy original lab coat is on display at the “T is for Television” exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He fights to raise awareness of climate change and the value of critical thinking, science, and reason. Through all his work, Bill hopes to inspire people everywhere to change the world.”

For more information, check out the STATIC website, Twitter page, or Instagram page.