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Pork Chop Saute with Balsamic-Dried Plum Sauce

Posted by Christina Barkanic on 01/31 at 01:51 PM

Pork is a great substitute for traditional chicken dishes that can get repetitive and boring. For this dish, garlic, shallots, and dried plums (which add a sweet zest to the sauce) compliment each other and are absorbed by the pork chops. This is a quick and easy recipe that will please all!

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Embracing a Musically Eclectic 2011

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 01/31 at 11:04 AM

The year 2010 is already history, (and hopefully so are any other Justin Biebers and Miley Cyruses out there in the world), but that’s no excuse for a break from new, artistic talents and experimental, innovative albums. The following artists are certainly no strangers to the music scene and presumably not to your ears either. Their latest and upcoming projects will have you craving and raving for more.

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Umphrey’s McGee to Play The State Theatre

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 01/28 at 03:42 PM

Umphrey’s McGee, a Chicago-based progressive jam-band renowned for their spontaneous, three-hour live sessions, will play the State Theatre on Wednesday, February 2nd at 9pm. In the past, Umphrey’s McGee has played multiple summer festivals such as Bonnaroo, Rothbury, All Good, and Lollapalooza. They’ve also done numerous European tours. Already moving full-throttle in their 2011 Winter Tour, the six-member “improg” group of virtuosity has an enormous and eclectic selection of songs to unveil before the mostly student-based body.

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Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fi’s Tonight at the Phyrst

Posted by Stephen Smith on 01/28 at 11:11 AM

Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fi’s will be playing in their weekly 10:30pm slot at the Phyrst tonight. Ted teams with bassist Rene Witzke and drummer Daryl Branford. They’ll perform a mixture of covers and original songs from their last two albums.

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Forks Over Knives

Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/27 at 08:31 PM

Last week, Forks Over Knives premiered to a sold-out crowd at the State Theatre in State College. Listen to what your community had to say about the film’s claim that eating the right food can control or even reverse diseases like cancer and diabetes.

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Nature’s Pantry in State College

Posted by Erin Donahue on 01/27 at 03:21 PM

Did you resolve to eat healthier in 2011? If so, Nature’s Pantry can help keep you on track.

Located in State College, Nature’s Pantry is a full-service health food store that sells items ranging from herbal supplements to local produce. They also carry beauty aids, essential oils, teas, and pet products.

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WPSU Announces Return to Bedford for Our Town!

Posted by Whitney on 01/26 at 04:07 PM

WPSU plans to revisit Bedford, PA this March as part of the Our Town series. This will be the 59th program in the popular series and the second visit to Bedford. We’re excited to give viewers an update on the area to show what’s changed since the last program aired in 1999.

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Dave Joyce and the Slow Pitch Band Played to the Venue

Posted by Stephen Smith on 01/26 at 02:18 PM

Last Saturday night, the concert hall of Café 210 West was packed with people to see Dave Joyce and the Slow Pitch Band perform. The audience seemed receptive to the performance for the most part. But overall, as with most late-night weekend bar shows, it functioned only as a soundtrack to a night of good times in downtown State College.

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Dave Joyce and the Slow Pitch Band Plays Cafe 210, 10:30pm Tonight

Posted by Stephen Smith on 01/22 at 08:00 AM

Who: Dave Joyce and the Slow Pitch Band

When: Saturday, January 22 at 10:30pm

Where: Cafe 210

This State College-based band fronted by vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Dave Joyce is set to perform this Saturday, January 22nd at Café 210 West. Starting at 10:30pm and scheduled to end at 1:30am (according to their Facebook page), Joyce and Co. are sure to present a mixture of original songs, classic covers, and pop reinventions. The band comes into this gig hot after their shared conquest of the THON Band Bash last week. Along with co-winner 5 Cherry Lewis, the alternative-rock group will have the honor of playing at the THON Dance Marathon this February.

So stop by Café 210 West tonight to get a sneak preview of the music you’ll be dancing to next month!

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The Earthtones Launch a Groovin’ Spring Semester

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 01/21 at 03:33 PM

It’s 10:20pm on Saturday, January 15th, and there’s a hustle and bustle of movement going on inside Café 210. Thankfully it is not a suffocating, immobile mass of raging Go Go Gadget fans forming. Rather it’s a gathering of smiling faces composed of local old timers, couples both young and old, and amiable, rock-steady college students.

The diverse audience is patiently waiting for State College’s oldest reggae enthusiasts, The Earthtones, to finish setting up their equipment. They’re anticipating a night of dancing, shouting, and grooving to harmonious reggae classics. Rodney Thompson, commonly known as RT, is the face and singer of the band. He remains the only original Earthtones member since its formation in State College in 1989.

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Music to Rock You Through 2011

Posted by Marcus Correll on 01/20 at 02:04 PM

So 2010 has come and passed, leaving us with a variety of musicians who may be nobodies when the next music phenomena hit.  But if Ke$ha and Lady Gaga can maintain their weirdo facades for another album, and Lil’ Wayne and T.I. can stay out of prison (whoops, nevermind T.I.), maybe 2011 will shine as another great year for the music industry.

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Local Food Journey

The Pennsylvania Farm Show (part 3)

Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/19 at 02:20 PM

Mary Miller of The Fork and The Road shares her final thoughts on the Pennsylvania Farm Show. If you missed the big event this year, mark your calendar for next year: January 7-14.

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show (part 2)

Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/14 at 02:13 PM

Mary Miller of The Fork and The Road shares the second installment of her visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show (part 1)

Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/13 at 10:47 AM

The 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show concludes this Saturday after one full week of livestock contests, horticulture exhibits, wine tastings, country music, and culinary cook-offs. Mary Miller of The Fork and The Road reports from the annual event.

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Pear Pizza

Posted by Emily Wiley on 01/11 at 01:04 PM

Pears are sweet and juicy and provide a bright note to cold weather meals. They pair nicely with pungent and creamy cheeses, caramelized onions, and walnuts — all of which have a place on this pizza.

What’s on your January pizza?

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