A Festival Of World Premiere One-Act Plays, Muhlenberg’s ‘New Voices’ Spotlights Talent Of Emerging Playwrights

Allentown, PA – From the creative minds of three emerging playwrights comes Muhlenberg College’s “New Voices,” an evening of world premiere theater featuring three short plays. “New Voices” runs Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 on the Studio Theatre stage.

“It has been very exciting to share the process that all the artists have been hard at work generating for months to prepare for rehearsals,” says Beth Schachter, the chair of Muhlenberg’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the evening’s artistic director. “Audience members will be getting more than their money’s worth by joining us for the three short plays.”

In the provocative and timely “Death of a Sun,” by Claire Waggoner ’16, a mother and daughter watch the sun die out in the distant future. As they share the brief time they have left together, they examine what’s truly important and speculate about what might come next. Ariel Holman ’16 directs.

“My Short Shitty Life” by Nikk Tetreault ’18, explores humanity through a series of absurd comedic vignettes. The play follows a large group of friends through loves lost and friendships regained. Sydney Watt ’18 directs.

“Three Bedroom” by Lauren Waters ’15, follows a tumultuous night in the lives of four young women in their early twenties as they ride the roller coaster of New York City life and try to navigate their way to adulthood. Danielle Lichter ’16 directs.

The New Voices Playwrights’ Festival is presented every other year as a part of the Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance Mainstage season. The festival provides up-and-coming young playwrights the opportunity to showcase their work in a collaborative and intimate environment. It also offers a rare opportunity for audiences to see the work of the next generation of emerging theater artists.

“I think it is fantastic the department gives students the opportunity to showcase their work in the New Voices Festival,” Tetreault says. “The education and experience I’ve had so far with this project makes me want to continue to collaborate and develop new works at Muhlenberg and beyond.”

Muhlenberg College is a liberal arts college of more than 2,200 students in Allentown, PA. The college offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in theater and dance. The Princeton Review has ranked Muhlenberg’s theater program as the top twelve in the nation for the past seven years, and Fiske Guide to Colleges lists both the theater and dance programs among the top small college programs in the United States. Muhlenberg is one of only eight colleges to be listed in Fiske for both theater and dance.

Performances of “New Voices” are Sept. 30 – Oct. 4: Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Performances are in the Studio Theatre in Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance at Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. For mature audiences.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential college located in Allentown, Pa., approximately 90 miles west of New York City. With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, sciences, business, education and public health. A member of the Centennial Conference, Muhlenberg competes in 22 varsity sports. Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

90-Year-Old Fulfills Skydiving Dream

I first met this incredible lady in 1966 when we moved to Pennsylvania. She was a grade school teacher in the Canton Area School District. Long since retired, she is still the woman I remember from my childhood. Way to go Edna!!!!! Here is a link to the write-up in the Elkhart Truth http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/2015/06/24/90-year-old-retired-teacher-has-skydiving-wish-granted-through-Live-A-Dream-program.html

Victims Of The Charleston Tragedy

This appeared on Facebook so I can’t verify that it’s 100% accurate but I think it’s important to put a face on this senseless act of violence.

Those who lost their lives at Emanuel AME Church are:
• Cynthia Hurd, 54, a manager with the Charleston County Public Library system.

• Ethel Lance, 70, a retiree who recently worked as a church janitor

• Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, a South Carolina state senator and pastor at the church

• Susie Jackson, 87, a longtime member of the church

• Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49, former Charleston County community development director

• Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a church pastor, speech therapist and a high school girls’ track coach

• Myra Thompson, 59, a pastor at the church

• Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr., 74, another pastor at the church

• Tywanza Sanders, 26, a 2014 graduate of Allen University, where Pinckney was also an alum.

Remember their names. And remember the 5-year-old that survived because her grandmother instructed her to play dead.

Charleston Shooter Captured

The FBI has announced that the Charleston shooter has been captured and is in police custody.  Dylann Roof was captured in Shelby, NC according to news sources.  He is accused of killing 9 people, including the church’s Pastor Sen. Clementa Pinckney, during a prayer service at historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC Wednesday night.  The shooting is being classified as a hate crime, which is a federal offense.

PENNSYLVANIA SINFONIA ORCHESTRA Presents Piano Grandeur With Soloist Michael Gurt

Haydn – Symphony 104 in D “London”
Bartok – Divertimento for Strings
Chopin – Concerto No. 2 in f minor for piano and orchestra

Saturday May 16, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church
1245 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18102
free church parking lot across street, handicapped accessible
Chopin + Michael Gurt’s hands + piano keys =
Formula for Fabulous
Pianist Michael Gurt is an international prizewinner, distinguished professor, critically-acclaimed soloist, consummate musician and warmly regarded colleague of the Sinfonia. His command of the keyboard leaves one breathless. This program presents fine examples of classical music from three centuries.
“Michael Gurt galloped from one end of the keyboard to the other with plenty of power and panache.”
– Chicago Tribune

The Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra that presents high quality,
approachable classical music in the Lehigh Valley.
The orchestra is widely
respected for its talented musicians and imaginative programming,
and in particular
for the warm rapport it promotes between the musicians
and audience members.

Click Here to Buy
Limited RUSH Tickets $12.00
Regular Prices: Adults $25 & $35 / Seniors 62+ $20 & $30

Rush Tickets available online only through Lehigh Valley Arts Council

Profane Name Changes Greet Some Customers Of Cable Companies

The names some cable customers are being called after contacts with the companies that provide them services can be staggeringly profane: scatological and sexual, with allusions to body parts and perverted acts.

They are often mailings of things like bills. Almost all of the names defy mention in a news story, but for some sense of it, here is one of the more temperate ones, received by a female Comcast customer: Super Bitch, which was first reported in the Chicago Tribune earlier this month.

On Wednesday, a Time Warner Cable Inc. customer in Orange County, Calif., received a cancellation letter with her first name changed to a derisive four-letter term for female genitalia.

Esperanza Martinez, 34, said she was shocked at the profanity. She had called Time Warner Cable about an issue with her set-top box and had what she thought was a satisfactory conversation with a representative Feb. 12. Then, bang, the Feb. 16 letter.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20150222_Profane_name_changes_greet_some_customers_of_cable_companies.html#1WSxt0EkF4FuZ0Oh.99

Tankers In West Virginia Explosion Were Newer, Supposedly Safer Model

The railroad cars involved in the fiery derailment in West Virginia on Monday were a newer model that was supposed to be safer than older tankers blamed in other oil train explosions.

The ruptured cars were built to specifications adopted by the railroad industry in 2011 amid criticism that older tankers were dangerously susceptible to puncture and a risk of explosion. Called CPC 1232 cars, they were also involved in an April 2014 derailment and explosion in Lynchburg, Va.

The specifications for the newer cars were issued by the Association of American Railroads, whose members include major freight carriers in North America. They came amid concerns that older models called DOT-111s, which still carry a majority of the crude oil shipped by rail, were unsafe.

CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost today confirmed that the ruptured tankers that caught fire were CPC 1232 models.

Read more:


Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office Upcoming Performances


Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra:
Black diamond (cards) August 17, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Wesley Church: Valley Vivaldi IV
Black diamond (cards) October 18, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Christ Lutheran Church: Emerging Genius

Chamber Music Society:
Black diamond (cards) September 5, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Horszowski Trio
Black diamond (cards) October 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Arianna Quartet

Lehigh Valley Arts Council:
Black diamond (cards) September 20, 2014 | 10:30 AM @ Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum:Creating Your Legacy
Black diamond (cards) October 3 & 4, 2014 | 10:00 AM @ Lehigh Valley Arts Council: Audio Description Training

Moravian College Music Institute:
Black diamond (cards) September 13, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: A Night of Moravian Stars
Black diamond (cards) September 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Foy Hall: “Czech Dreams” w/ Skip Wilkins, jazz piano, & Libor Smoldas, jazz guitar
Black diamond (cards) September 19, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Peter Hall: “Seasons of the Heart” w/ Suzanne Kompass, soprano
Black diamond (cards) September 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Peter Hall: “Mostly Modern” w/ The DeMarina Trio
Black diamond (cards) October 3, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Moravian Works for Choir & Orchestra
Black diamond (cards) October 5, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Foy Hall: “Cowboys in Capes” Neil Wetzel, saxophone
Black diamond (cards) October 26, 2014 | 7:00 PM @ Peter Hall: Moravian College Early Music Ensembles
Black diamond (cards) October 31, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Peter Hall: Moravian College Celtic Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble

Monarch Butterflies Declining

English: Monarch butterflies

English: Monarch butterflies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mary Malinowski’s garden in Plains Township blooms with clusters of purple flowers of the common milkweed, planted to attract monarch butterflies.

But the last two years, the milkweed’s broad, flat leaves have been free of monarchs, their caterpillars or their eggs.

“This year, so far nothing,” she said. “But the years before, they were always here before the first of June.”

Butterfly observers and scientists are warning that the monarch, North America’s most famous butterfly, is in trouble. Overwintering populations counted in Mexico are at their lowest in 20 years, according to data collected by Mexican biologists and compiled by MonarchWatch.org, a website run by University of Kansas professor Orley “Chip” Taylor, Ph.D.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/monarch-butterflies-declining-1.1714975

3 Youth Artists Will Win $500 In Art Supplies!

53a85ebf084aa (1)

Snikiddy is proud to be supporting Youth Art!

Submitted art will be displayed in grocery stores around the country for two months. Three lucky entrants will also win $500 worth of art supplies.

Submit your child’s original signed artwork to:

Snikiddy, LLC
8603 Long Acre Ct
Bethesda, MD 20817

All artwork must be 9″ x 9″ and submitted with a signed release form. Download the form here and get more information about Snikiddy’s Youth Art Project!

Submissions are due July 31st; winners will be announced October 15th.

Snikiddy * 2505 Walnut St. Suite 100 * Boulder CO 80302 * http://www.snikiddy.com

Census: Texas Has 3 Of 5 Fast-Growing Cities

Map of Texas highlighting Ector County

Map of Texas highlighting Ector County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 — Oil equals boom — especially in population right now. And Texas, in the midst of a significant energy rush, is seeing its towns and cities burst at the seams.

Three of the nation’s five fastest-growing cities — and seven of the top 15 — are in the Lone Star State, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, part of a trend across the West largely fueled by an oil boom. Most of the cities are West of the Mississippi.

Now these cities need to have enough roads, schools, water and infrastructure to keep up — the growing pains of a surging population. And while it is viewed as opportunity, city planners are frazzled.

Odessa, Texas, smack-dab in the middle of the oil-rich Permian Basin, is No. 11 on the Census Bureau list. People are flooding the oil fields, booming thanks to new hydraulic fracturing technologies that allow drillers access to once out-of-reach resources.

Enhanced by Zemanta

U.S. Small Business Confidence Back At Pre-Recession Levels

WASHINGTON – U.S. small business sentiment jumped to its highest level in 6-1/2 years in April, which should bolster hopes of an acceleration in economic activity in the second quarter.

The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index rose 1.8 points to 95.2 last month, the highest reading since October 2007, when the economy was on the cusp of its worst recession since the 1930s.

“April’s reading took the index to a post-recession high and a recovery high level,” the NFIB said in a statement.

It adds to data such as employment and surveys on the manufacturing and services industries that have shown the economy regaining steam early in the second quarter after growth braked abruptly in the first three months of the year.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/small_business/US_small_business_confidence_back_at_pre-recession_levels.html#pVIe8UF3EDjeX4HO.99

Enhanced by Zemanta

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Offers Three Days Of Performances

Locator map with the Shadyside neighborhood in...

Locator map with the Shadyside neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania highlighted. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After beginning with a pair of warm-up acts last weekend, what’s billed as the first Pittsburgh Fringe Festival gets under way May 9 with a three-day flood of two dozen productions — many with multiple performances — taking place in eight locations in and near Shadyside.

The festival is the brainchild of Dan Stiker, who had enjoyed attending and performing at the New York International Fringe Festival and missed its excitement when he moved back to Pittsburgh.

“It’s the kind of theater I want to be a part of,” he says.

Like Striker, some may have developed a taste for fringe festivals by attending the best known ones in New York City or Edinburgh, Scotland, or those in smaller U.S. cities such as Minneapolis, San Diego, Cincinnati and Asheville, N.C., or those in farther flung locales including Singapore, Budapest and Melbourne.

Read more: http://triblive.com/aande/theaterarts/6036617-74/fringe-festival-stiker#ixzz31F5pB7wF
Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook

Enhanced by Zemanta

Put Yourself On The Map! Lehigh Valley Arts Council Spring Membership Reception

ImageProxy (5)Join the Lehigh Valley Arts Council for a celebration of the future and twenty-five years of service at the sleek, sophisticated headquarters of Lehigh Gas Partners LP in the soaring, new 11-story tower, Two City Center, which is transforming downtown Allentown.

Joseph V. Topper, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Lehigh Gas Partners LP and partner in City Center Investment Corp, is hosting the event. This annual get-together is a popular occasion for members to renew their connection to the arts and to each other. They will enjoy a tour of the fifth floor offices and expansive views of the Lehigh Valley.

Four prominent cultural leaders will be celebrated for their vision and for taking their organizations in new directions:

  • Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director & Conductor, and Bridget George, Executive Director of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
  • Ellis Finger, Director of Williams Center of the Arts, Lafayette College
  • David Mickenberg, President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum

We chose to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary with a nod to the arts community and to the future,” says Randall Forte, executive director. “And of course there will be cake and merriment!

Festivities will include “mapping the cultural community,” as arts professionals and patrons will be encouraged to mark their location on a large-scale regional map. Guests will be greeted by a visual panoply of images from more than 100 cultural organizations, highlighting their vision statements.

Light food will be provided.  Wine will be available on a cash basis.  

Premiere Sponsors: PP&L, EBC Printing, and Lehigh Gas Partners LP;

Supporting Sponsor: Scoblionko, Scoblionko, Muir & Melman Attorneys at Law.

Please RSVP by May 23rd! Reservations are encouraged to expedite check-in at the security desk at Two City Center.

Members attend for FREE and can RSVP http://www.lvartscouncil.org/RSVP.html
Nonmembers can purchase tickets for $10 http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1812994&cobrand=lvartsboxoffice

For more information
610.437.5915 ◊ operations@LVArtsCouncil.org 

Enhanced by Zemanta

California City Looks To Sea For Water In Drought

Santa Barbara, looking east from above Santa B...

Santa Barbara, looking east from above Santa Barbara City College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 — This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water.

The $34 million desalination plant was fired up for only three months and mothballed after a miracle soaking of rain.

As the state again grapples with historic dryness, the city nicknamed the “American Riviera” has its eye on restarting the idled facility to hedge against current and future droughts.

“We were so close to running out of water during the last drought. It was frightening,” said Joshua Haggmark, interim water resources manager. “Desalination wasn’t a crazy idea back then.”

Enhanced by Zemanta