Arts & Access: Celebrating Cultural Accessibility

LVAC-4LinesOn November 10, 2014, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council and the Lehigh Valley Partnership for a Disability-Friendly Community will co-host an exposition, Arts & Access: Celebrating Cultural Accessibility, at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, 2100 Mack Boulevard, Allentown, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The November 10th expo heralds the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act which occurs on July 26, 2015. The Lehigh Valley Arts Council and the Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community are planning a yearlong celebration next year to unite the entire community around creating a more inclusive region and expanding access to the arts for all people.

“Let’s remove barriers and open our doors to persons with disabilities,” says Randall Forte, Lehigh Valley Arts Council Executive Director. “It’s easier than you might think, and this event will give arts groups the help they need.”

Additionally, the 2012 U.S. Census data estimates indicate the number of non-institutionalized people with disabilities living in the Lehigh Valley is 81,000, or 12.7%, a figure that represents a significant number of potential new audience members for the cultural community.

Partnership member Jan Schwoyer sums it up best: “From my vantage point, the disability community is made up of people who have to do things differently. The arts community is a group of people who love to do things differently. These two groups were made for each other!”

Sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Health Network and Just Born, Inc., the November expo is free and open to the public. Featured guest, writer Shane Burcaw, will speak about his upcoming memoir, Laughing at My Nightmare, due out this October, and the importance of accessibility in the community. He writes an occasional column about life and disability in the Lehigh Valley in the Morning Call.

Exhibitors from local social service agencies and cultural organizations will be on hand to promote the consumer services and the specialized training they provide, including:

Empathy not Sympathy: Interacting Respectfully with People with Disabilities;

About Hidden Disabilities: Legal, Practical, and Human Considerations;

Audio-Described and Open-Captioned Performances.

Panel presentations will showcase recent collaborations between the cultural and disability communities that have extended access to the vision-impaired and to children with autism. Among the presenters are representatives from:

Center for Vision Loss

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Arch of the Lehigh Valley

Act One, DeSales University Theatre

Lehigh University Art Galleries and Museum

If you are interested in getting involved, the Arts & Access planning committee meets on the first Monday of the month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to info@lvartscouncil.org.

What: Arts & Access Expo
When: November 10, 2014 / 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Lehigh Valley Health Network, 2100 Mack Boulevard, Allentown

Randall Forte, Executive Director
Lehigh Valley Arts Council
Phone: 610-437-5915.
Email: info@LVArtsCouncil.org
Web: www.lvartscouncil.org/access

Bethlehem Developer Now Seeking 12-Story Building On South Side

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A Bethlehem developer has submitted new plans for a 12-story South Side building wherehe’s already received approval to build a seven-story structure.

Dennis Benner is now seeking approval to build a 12-story building at West Fourth and Vine streets. He received approval for the other project in April.

Benner’s plans include demolishing a second building to allow for the new project, which would include a restaurant or retail space on the first floor plus 11 stories of apartments.

“It’s a substantial change in the project,” said Alicia Karner, Bethlehem’s community and economic development director. “It’s several stories higher and the footprint is far larger.”

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/08/bethlehem_developer_now_seekin.html

Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office – Upcoming Performances

Lehigh Valley Arts Council
Black diamond (cards) Saturday, July 12 / 11:00 am: Behind the Scenes – Arts Alive 2014
Black diamond (cards) Friday, July 18 & 19 / 10:00 am: Audio Description Training

Moravian College Music Institute
Black diamond (cards) Saturday, June 28 / 7:30 pm: Rupert Boyd, Classical Guitar 

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra
Black diamond (cards) Sunday, June 8 / 7:30 pm: Valley Vivaldi Series, Concert I
Black diamond (cards) Sunday, June 29 / 7:30 pm: Valley Vivaldi Series, Concert II
Black diamond (cards) Sunday, July 20 / 7:30 pm:Valley Vivaldi Series, Concert III

For more performances, visit www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org

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The Bach Choir Of Bethlehem Presents: Young Meister Bach

ImageProxy (1)Young Meister Bach, the delightful one-act comic opera by Chuck Holdeman and Bill Bly, which premiered at our Family Concert, is perfectly paired with J.S. Bach’s popular Coffee Cantata. Young Meister Bach is a lively, imaginative look at the misadventures of a young J S Bach as he embarks on his career at age 18. The Coffee Cantata, although classified as a cantata, it is essentially a miniature comic opera. In a satirical commentary, the cantata amusingly tells of an addiction to coffee, a pressing social problem in eighteenth century Leipzig, where this work was premiered. Both pieces are sung in English.

The Concert begins at 10:30 am in Baker Hall at the Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem. Take your Ticket Confirmation to the Zoellner Arts Center Box Office, purchase your RUSH TICKET Today for Young Meister Bach with Coffee Cantata on May 10th for ONLY $9.99 (Normally $28)!!!


An Introduction to Young Meister Bach (YouTube Video):www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQAW4xoPQuI


For more information on the Bach Choir of Bethlehem:
www.bach.org - 610-866-4382 – office@bach.org 

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The 107th Bethlehem Bach Festival

ImageProxy (4)The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents the 107th Bethlehem Bach Festival May 2 at Lehigh University, Bethlehem. This concert will feature a majestic range of J.S. Bach Cantatas – from some of Bach’s most intimate and contemplative cantatas to his most epic.

On Friday evening at 8 pm, the entire choir will assemble with the full Bach Festival Orchestra and renowned soloists to present works of incredible power and majesty including the immortal Cantata 34, Cantata 19, which is one of Bach’s great cantatas for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, and Cantata 78 which includes the famous duet (We race with weak but eager strides) sung by soprano Agnes Zsigovics and counter tenor Daniel Taylor; the immortal Cantata 34 (O light everlasting) ends with the great chorus proclaiming “Peace be to Israel.”

A not-to-be-missed concert filled with especially vivid music!

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For more information on the 107th Bethlehem Bach Festival, visit: www.bach.org/festival.php or contact: 610-866-4382office@bach.org

Festival Soloists

Agnes Zsigovics, soprano
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
William Sharp, baritone
Daniel Lichti, bass 

“…an American musical treasure… they sing with a fervor and a level of musicianship that carries one away—from bass to soprano, the supple strength “…an American musical treasure… they sing with a fervor and a level of musicianship that carries one away—from bass to soprano, the supple strength and solidly integrated tone of this amateur choir reflects the most admirable qualities of the European-American tradition of choral song.

- Wall Street Journal May, 2007

Lehigh University South Side Initiative Looking To Get Campus Bus Into City

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Lehigh University runs buses to the Lehigh Valley Mall and The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.

But not into South Side Bethlehem.

Some at Lehigh are looking to change that. It’s an idea that came out of an open community meeting held last month by Lehigh’s South Side Initiative.

“So many here at Lehigh depend on the bus or the bus system that wraps through the upper and lower campus,” said John Pettegrew, the initiative’s director. “It would just be a practical addition to include a route that goes into Third Street and possibly SteelStacks or any other destinations.”

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/04/lehigh_university_south_side_i.html

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Lehigh Valley Arts Council Hosts New York City Bus Trip To The Fashion Institute of Technology To Tour “Elegance In An Age Of Crisis: Fashions Of The 1930s” Exhibition With Co-Curator G. Bruce Boyer

ImageProxyAllentown, PA – The Lehigh Valley Arts Council has arranged for a bus trip to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City on March 1, 2014 to attend the exhibition, “Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930′s.” Lehigh Valley native and co-curator G. Bruce Boyer will accompany the group and give a tour.

The bus will depart from the Butz Corporate Center (840 Hamilton Street, Allentown Pa 18101) at 8:15 a.m. and leave New York City at 3:15 p.m. Attendees will have plenty of time for lunch and shopping in the fabric district after the museum tour. Please note: Parking available at the garage behind the Holiday Inn; there is no public parking in the Butz lot. Seating is limited, purchase your tickets today!

Mr. Boyer has lived most of his life in Bethlehem, having graduated from Moravian College and attended Lehigh University’s graduate program. For more than thirty-five years, Boyer has been a dynamo in the fashion media; internationally recognized for his featured articles in The New Yorker, Town and Country, L’Uomo Vogue among many others. He has written several books on fashion history and has also appeared on national TV, National Public Radio, and as a commentator on the TV documentary series, The Hollywood Fashion Machine.

His current exhibition, “Elegance in an Age of Crisis”, February 8 to April 19, 2014, was organized by Patricia Mears, deputy director at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and co-curated by Boyer. The best of both men’s and women’s fashion from the 1930’s are represented among the eighty outfits and thirty accessories from the finest dressmakers and men’s clothiers. Attendance is limited and reservations are required. Click here to purchase tickets!

For more information:
Call: 610-437-5915.
Email: James Ravelle / operations@LVArtsCouncil.org
Web: http://www.lvartscouncil.org/Arts%20Alive/

Location: Butz Corporate Center (Lot in Rear of Building)
Date / Time: Saturday March 1, 2014 / 8:15 am – 5:45 p.m.
Fee: $50 for Arts Council Members, $65 for Non-Members
Attendance: Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online
Tickets: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1795582&cobrand=lvartsboxoffice

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Lehigh Valley Arts Council Presents Fashion Writer, Editor, And Exhibition Curator G. Bruce Boyer

CuratingFashionThe Lehigh Valley Arts Council is pleased to present the first program in the Arts Alive 2014 series, titled Curating Fashion, on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Payne Gallery, Church & Main Sts. Bethlehem PA 18018, Moravian College. The event features noted men s fashion writer and editor G. Bruce Boyer, who will speak about his career in fashion and his upcoming exhibition, Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930’s, at the Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology from February 8-April 19, 2014.

G. Bruce Boyer has lived most of his life in Bethlehem an alumna of Moravian College, he went on to do graduate work at Lehigh University and taught literature for eight years at Moravian and DeSales University.

“The Lehigh Valley is fortunate to be home to so many artists whose work is respected around the world,” says Arts Council executive director Randall Forte.

G-Bruce-Boyer-webFor more than thirty-five years, Boyer has been a dynamo in the fashion media; internationally recognized for his articles in Esquire, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Forbes, among others. He was the men s fashion editor for Town and Country magazine for fifteen years and currently serves as their Consulting and Contributing Editor. Boyer has written several books on men s fashion history; one of his most recent, Gary Cooper: Enduring Style (PowerHouse Books, 2011) was co-authored with Gary Cooper s daughter Maria Cooper Janis. His extensive knowledge of the fashion industry has led him to image consulting and public relations for clothing manufacturers and retailers from Ralph Lauren to Bergdorf Goodman. He has also appeared on national TV, National Public Radio, and as a commentator on the TV documentary series, The Hollywood Fashion Machine.

His current exhibition, Elegance in an Age of Crisis, was organized by Patricia Mears, deputy director at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and co-curated by Boyer. They have written an accompanying book that provides a historical overview, examining how the Great Depression and political upheaval influenced the restrained style of the era. The best of both men’s and women’s fashion from the 1930’s are represented among the eighty outfits and thirty accessories from the finest dressmakers and men’s clothiers.

The exhibit examines the beginnings of modern fashion when cutting-edge technology meets fine hand-craftsmanship. Tailors and dressmakers were inspired by classicism to experiment with new techniques, creating designs that highlighted movement, proportions and the classically idealized body. The 1930’s glamorous new look spread internationally and revolutionized the fashion industry.

Arts Alive 2014 is a three-event series designed by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council for members and their friends who are eager to rub shoulder with the creative process. The fee for each session is $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Attendance is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are available at www.LVartsBoxOffice.org For further information, contact 610-437-5915.

FIT Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s Web Link:

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FIT Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s Web Link:  www.fitnyc.edu/21807.asp

G. Bruce Boyer Interview:  www.ivy-style.com/bruce-almighty.html

Bethlehem South Side Business District To Get Major Retail, Office, Student Housing Complex

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A $56.5 million redevelopment project including significant retail, office and student housing space is planned for Bethlehem’s South Side business district.

Developer Dennis Benner today revealed plans for a 13-story student housing and retail complex on the first block of West Fourth Street and a seven-story office and retail complex a block north at West Third and South New streets.

Construction on the project, which includes a 507-space parking garage, is scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year and take 24 months.

Benner, a Lehigh University graduate, said he’s long heard complaints about how there isn’t enough for college students and young professionals to do in the city and that his complex aims to remedy that. His retail plans include high-end restaurants and lounges, likely including a wine bar, he said.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2013/11/bethlehem_south_side_business.html

Jobs Returning To The Lehigh Valley, Slowly

Lehigh Valley workers were hit harder by the recession and recovered more slowly from the damage than those in many comparable urban areas.

That finding and a slew of others are included in the fifth annual State of the Lehigh Valley research study that was rolled out Thursday at Lehigh University by the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium and Renew Lehigh Valley.

Researchers Christopher Ruebeck and Jamila Bookwala, who led the presentation, ran down regional employment figures between 2006 and 2012, finding that the Lehigh Valley’s job market held its own prior to the recession, comparing favorably with similar metro areas, with the nation as a whole and with our neighbors in New Jersey.

But the Valley’s unemployment rate rose more than comparable metro areas during the Great Recession, and those jobs have come back more slowly than in many comparable areas or the state or nation as a whole.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-allentown-lehigh-valley-jobs-20130228,0,7642549.story

Neuweiler Brewery In Allentown To Get New Life

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English: City of Allentown from east side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Allentown is on FIRE with development!

New York City-based Ruckus Brewing would like to put the beer back in the old Neuweiler Brewery in Allentown.

The company announced Wednesday that it had won the right to try to convert the run-down property into a multipurpose development it would call Brewer’s Hill.

The centerpiece of the roughly $25 million project would be a brewery that would produce Ruckus’ line of microbrews and other craft beers on a contract basis, said Josh Wood, a Lehigh University graduate and co-owner of Ruckus.

“It is a big property,” Wood said. “The overall gist of it is about 50 percent — maybe a little less — we plan to use for brewing purposes or something related to that.”

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-allentown-neuweiler-butz-brewery-20130102,0,6194957.story

Sandy’s Lehigh Valley Impact: Two Deaths, Power Outages, Damaged Trees, Closed Roads

Hurricane Sandy left about 400,000 homes and businesses in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos regions in the dark and without as many trees and has been blamed for the death of a 17-year-old Wind Gap boy and a Berks County man.

Robert Mills of 81 Eighth St. died in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after crashing an all-terrain-vehicle into a fallen tree about 9:30 p.m. Monday in Plainfield Township, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim reported. Grim said Mills was thrown off the ATV when he drove into the tree which had fallen on W. Center Street near Route 33, and he suffered fatal head injuries.

A fallen tree also caused the death of a 62-year-old Berks County man Monday night.  The Berks County coroner’s office said Gerald Witman was killed when a tree fell on his home in Pike Township near Boyertown,

Local officials did not report any significant damage to buildings or public structures except for three house fires Monday night in Buck County in the 1300 block of Old Bethlehem Pike near Quakertown and in Tinicum Township and Chalfont.  Though it was not immediately clear if they were linked to the storm, an emergency radio dispatcher said no injuries were reported in the fires.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-superstorm-sandy-allentown-lehigh-valley-storm–20121030,0,2995804.story

Coroner: Garrett Reid, Son Of Eagles Coach Andy Reid, Died From Accidental Heroin Overdose

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Easton, PA – An accidental heroin overdose killed Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a coroner said Thursday.

Northampton CountyCoroner Zachary Lysek said a toxicology test confirmed the presence of heroin in Garrett Reid’s body.

Investigators revealed they found a used syringe and spoon in his room, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many of them unopened.

“We are confident today that Mr. Reid’s death was the result of a self-injected lethal dose of heroin,” District Attorney John Morganelli said at a news conference in Easton.

Reid was found dead in his dorm room early on Aug. 5 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he was assisting the team’s strength and conditioning coach during training camp.

Read more:  http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=421805

Andy Reid’s Son Found Dead At Lehigh University

Garrett Reid, the troubled son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University this morning. He was 29 years old.

Garrett Reid, who served a prison sentence on drug charges stemming from a 2007 arrest and later had a relapse, had been working with the team’s strength and conditioning staff as a volunteer, according to a team spokesman.

Andy Reid is not with the team, which kneeled for a prayer before this morning’s practice.

Garrett Reid’s legal problems began with a 2007 arrest following a traffic accident when he was found to be high on heroin at the time.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/sports/football/eagles/mc-eagles-training-camp-0805-20120805,0,7806625.story