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The spring season is in full bloom and what better time to get out of your room and enjoy the weather. This weekend, Indiana will be the venue for events for all ages.
STATIC Roller Skating Party
STATIC presents its Roller Skating Party 7 p.m. Saturday evening in the Hadley Union Building gymnasium.
This year’s party will be tropical themed and will include music, arcade games and food.
The event is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space for skating will be limited.
Haley Brown (sophomore, environmental biology) and Dorothea McCullough (sophomore, fashion merchandising) attended the Roller Skating Party last year.
“It was a lot of fun last year, but really crowded,” Brown said. “I would maybe go again but arrive earlier so I don’t have to wait for skates.”
McCullough said she didn’t skate, but she played the arcade games and basketball with her friends.
You do not need to have any prior experience with roller skating or even enjoy skating to attend the event.
“I went last year even though I do not like roller skating,” Alexander Puri (senior, physics) said. “I went for the food and the company.”
IUP Film Fest
“In terms of the stuff we’ve shown, this is the best quality,” IUP communications media professor Jeremy Waltman said about this year’s IUP Film Festival.
“That’s not to put down anything we’ve shown before,” he clarified, but the amount of submissions this year and the quality of the content was immense.
The IUP Film Festival will take place Saturday. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. in Beard Auditorium in Stouffer Hall. Tickets are $5 at the door and $4 when bought online as a group.
The event starts at 9 a.m. with national and high school films. There were about eight hours’ worth of short film submissions and only an hour and a half of them were accepted.
At 10:45 a.m., the IUP Student Film Association will be premiering its short films, as well as a film titled “Unwelcome.”
At 11:15 a.m. the guest panel will open up. The panel is structured largely like a podcast but with an audience question-and-answer period. The guests are actors and filmmakers, including actor Migs Govea of “Oceans 8.”
Following at 12:15 p.m., there is another guest panel of IUP alumni, and following, the awards will be announced for the high school films.
Nationwide and local music videos and short films will be shown starting at 1 p.m., which will conclude the festival.
“Menopause the Musical”
“Menopause the Musical” is making a stop in Indiana on its national tour.
The musical is about exactly what it says, women going through menopause.
The musical, originally written by Jeanie Linders in 2001, had its debut March 28, 2001, in Orlando, Fla. The musical is a winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards.
During the show, viewers can listen to 25 unique songs about chocolate cravings, hot flashes and loss of memory. These songs are also parodies of songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Over the years, the production has toured much of the U.S., stopping in Off-Broadway productions and in Las Vegas. It has also been on tours overseas in Europe and Australia.
In its national tours, the musical has done charity work helping to raise funds for ovarian cancer.
The musical will be presented in Toretti Auditorium of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC) at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m Sunday. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the KCAC box office and at