Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Brookside Country Club
901 Willow Lane
Macungie, PA 18062
ALL ARE WELCOME.
Collectible pieces by Gallucci, Monk, Maniscalco & more.
Lots of affordable treasures.
7 PM Art Preview & Reception
Pasta Station, Butlered Hors D’oeuvres, Soft Drinks, Cash Bar
8 PM Silent Auction begins
Following, Dessert and Coffee
Music by Maplewood Trio
Kristin Erle, violin ~ Victoria Reichelderfer, viola ~ Mardochee Dade, cello
Catherine Keys, Auctioneer • TOM HALL AUCTIONS
Tickets $45 (610-434-7811)
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Allentown, PA — The razzle-dazzle vaudeville-style musical “Chicago,” about two fame-obsessed murderesses in 1920s Chicago, will be presented for the first time on the Muhlenberg College stage, Oct. 30 – Nov. 8. Directed by Muhlenberg theater professor Charles Richter, the show shines a spotlight on America’s obsession with celebrity, as well as showcasing the depth of talent in Muhlenberg’s theater and dance department.
“I think the show says something prescient about the nature of American life and the nature of celebrity,” Richter says, “and it says it with a great deal of wit and some venom.”
The show’s score, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, features the Broadway standards “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” “Mr. Cellophane,” and “Razzle Dazzle.” The original production in 1975 was directed and choreographed by renowned Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse, who co-wrote the book with Ebb.
“Chicago” will be presented in Muhlenberg’s Empie Theatre, in the Baker Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 30 through Nov. 8. Muhlenberg dance professor Jeffrey Peterson choreographs the production, and music faculty member Michael Schnack serves as musical director.
In the city of Chicago in the Roaring Twenties, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders her unfaithful lover and convinces her hapless husband to take the rap — until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. While behind bars, Roxie connects with fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, who’s got a plan to get her acquitted and make her a star. But Roxie soon finds herself vying for the spotlight with another “merry murderess,” Velma Kelly, a vaudeville performer in jail for killing her husband and sister, whom she found in bed together. Ultimately, the two join forces in pursuit of their own version of American Dream: fame, fortune, and acquittal.
“This is a show that demands a stage full of triple-threats,” adept at dancing, singing, and acting, Richter says. “I’m very excited about this cast. It’s one of the best I’ve directed in 38 years at Muhlenberg.”
“Chicago” was revived on Broadway in 1996 — a production that won the Tony Award for Best Revival, and that is still playing today, holding records as the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
“It’s a very different show from the current revival,” Richter says. “The show is fully staged and has elaborate scenery, courtesy of designer Tim Averill. It’s also very much involved with the period of the 1920s in Chicago.”
Performances of “Chicago” are Oct. 30 – Nov. 8. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with an additional 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 31. Regular admission tickets are $22. Tickets for youth and LVAIC students and staff are $8. Group and season subscription rates are available.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.muhlenberg.edu/theatre or by phone at 484-664-3333. Performances are in the Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.
Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College 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 2,200 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.
Muhlenberg offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in theater and dance. The Princeton Review ranked Muhlenberg’s theater program in the top twelve in the nation for eight years in a row, 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.
BOYERTOWN PA – Boyertown’s annual celebration of the arrival of fall, its Turning Leaf Fall Festival, is planned for Oct. 17 (2015; Saturday) at Boyertown Community Park, 417 Madison St. Plans are currently under way “for an exciting new twist that will make this event the place to be,” according to the borough newsletter.
“Music, hayrides, scarecrows, pumpkins and lots of food will be plentiful, in a setting that will satisfy all the senses,” it added.
FREE for Members of the Arts Council & Grant Recipients
$10 Nonmembers & Guests
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF BETHLEHEM presents:
October 30, 2015 | 7:30 pm @ Baker Center for the Performing Arts
Escher String Quartet
PENNSYLVANIA SINFONIA ORCHESTRA presents:
October 23, 2015 | 7:00 pm @ Brookside Country Club
MORAVIAN COLLEGE MUSIC INSTITUTE presents:
October 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm @ Foy Concert Hall
Moving Mountains, CD release performance
October 25, 2015 | 7:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Moravian College Early Music Ensembles
October 30, 2015 | 7:30 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Moravian College Celtic Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble
November 1, 2015 | 4:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Moravian College Clarinet Choir, Flute Troupe, & Woodwind Trio
November 1, 2015 | 7:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Delta Omicron Musicale
November 8, 2015 | 4:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
Moravian College Women’s Chorus
November 8, 2015 | 7:00 pm @ Foy Concert Hall
Moravian College Community Orchestra
November 11, 2015 | 9:00 pm @ Peter Concert Hall
M.I.M.E. (Moravian Improvised Music Ensemble)
MORAVIAN COLLEGE THEATRE COMPANY presents:
November 5, 6, 7, 2015 | all evening performances 8:00 pm @ Arena Theatre
November 8, 2015 | matinee performance 1:00pm @ Arena Theatre
Click to purchase tickets for individual performances:
Nov. 5 at 8pm
Nov. 6 at 8pm
Nov. 7 at 8pm
Nov. 8 at 1 pm
POTTSTOWN, PA – ArtFusion 19464 is excited to begin a collaboration with the Community Music School in Trappe (www.cmsmusic.org). Since 1991, Community Music School has proudly served the region by providing music education and performance experiences for people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. CMS has a long-standing tradition of enhancing their musical performances with the visual arts.
Starting in the fall of 2015, ArtFusion will begin curating art exhibits in the CMS facility. ArtFusion is excited about this opportunity to bring their artists to a wider audience and spread the word about their mission. The first show was a student faculty show that ran during September. The second show, opening October 10, features the art of Richardson Comly. The show’s reception will be held in conjunction with CMS’s first Little Night Music concert series of 2015. Guests can view the art and enjoy refreshments from 6:30-7:30pm. Tickets are still available for the concert, which starts immediately following the reception. For ticket information, please call CMS at 610-489-3676.
The two organizations are also working on creating educational opportunities, both at the CMS facility and at ArtFusion in Pottstown. New for fall 2015 is a music and art program for preschoolers and homeschoolers. The class will be held at CMS in the fall and will be held at ArtFusion the following spring. The class for preschoolers runs 9:30am-11am each Monday for 6 weeks and begins November 2. The other class is geared towards elementary age students who are being homeschooled. That class begins November 3. Class runs from 2-4:30pm every Tuesday for 6 weeks. For complete class descriptions, please visit artfusion19464.org/classes.
ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.
Community Music School is a non-profit 501c(3) organization where music education is at the core of our programming. Since 1991 CMS has proudly served the region by providing music education and performance experiences for people of all ages, abilities and background. The school’s main campus at 775 W. Main Street in Trappe holds 20 teaching studios and a 200-seat performance hall. New this year, the school is proud to offer lessons at its first satellite location at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown. With more than 500 students participating in our music programs each week, Community Music School has become the region’s premiere resource for the highest quality music education.
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Blue Bell, Pa.—Given the growing amount of student debt accumulated by college graduates nationally, financial literacy education has become a crucial part of the college experience.
To make the concepts of financial literacy more accessible and meaningful to students, Montgomery County Community College is hosting a multimedia “Funding the Future” concert by the rock band GOODING on Monday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. in the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, with simulcast to the College’s West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.
The concert is presented by The Page Group of Raymond James®. Admission is free, and the show is open to the public.
A bonafide rock band whose music has been featured on such shows as “CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” and “The Daily Show,” GOODING launched its “Funding the Future” financial literacy tour as a way to give back to the communities through which it travels.
Using the power of a live rock performance and the band’s personal story, GOODING addresses issues like predatory lending, credit card debt, saving early and looking to students’ own communities for support and mentorship. The band also exposes the myth of rock stars, athletes and actors who sell the false image of overnight success.
To learn more, visit http://www.goodingmusic.com/for-good/financial-literacy-tour.
GOODING’s presentation builds on MCCC’s own financial literacy curriculum, “Montco Money Matters,” developed through the College’s participation in EDUCAUSE’s inaugural Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) Breakthrough Models Incubator (BMI) cohort.
Developed in 2013, “Montco Money Matters” is a multi-channel module that includes video, social media and face-to-face engagement, along with an online course-like experience. The 30-minute, self-guided program introduces students to concepts of financial aid, loans and grants; highlights the long-term implications of loans and future debt; and makes them aware of other resources, like scholarships, to help pay for college.
“Montco Money Matters” incorporates open-source and original content, including a computer-generated tour guide, short video clips featuring actual MCCC students, and links to off-campus resources that allow students to delve further into topics of interest.
Live OnLine Concert
7PM EDT on YouTube
The participants of this year’s Flute Haven Native Flute School are broadcasting a live concert … on YouTube at 7PM EDT (6:00 PM Central, 5:00 PM Mountain, 4:00 PM Pacific). We will probably broadcast for 90-120 minutes.
Join us by clicking on View Broadcast Now. You can also visit YouTube, search for Clint Goss, click on the [CHANNEL] button, and then click on the live event at the top of the list.
You can read an article titled “Disabilities Don’t Define Who People Are” https://lvartscouncil.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/disabilities-dont-define-who-people-are/
DANCE FOR PD WORKSHOP
September 15, 2015
Williams Center for the Arts
6:30pm – 7:45pm
Presented by Lafayette College
This community class led by Mark Morris dancers is designed for people with PD, caregivers, dance teachers, and other community members. Expect demo and movement class, with a Q&A at the end. Participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. Free, reservations required 610-330-5203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health
WOVEN WELCOME: MAKING COMMUNITY
Now through October 11, 2015
Allentown Art Museum
Open museum hours
A community-based art project that utilizes weaving as a way to connect community members through the creative process. Entrance and participation are free.
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health
ACCESSIBLE ART: PHASE II TACTILE DESCRIPTION
Now through June 1, 2017
Zollener Arts Center
Open gallery hours
Presented by Lehigh University Art Galleries & Museum
Teaching Collection of multiple artists’ work in Audio Description and Tactile Description (3-D image to touch) for the visually impaired. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm; Closed Mon-Tues.
Handicap Access • Blind & Low-Vision • Audio Description
ARTIST IN RECOVERY – MONTHLY ART EXHIBITIONS
September 15, 2015
1:00pm – 3:30pm
Featuring artists who express their journey with mental health. Held every third Thursay. Free.
Handicap Access • Mental Health
SPECIAL NEEDS ART CLASSES
Every Saturday in September
The Art Establishment Studios
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Open to school-aged people, these classes will be taught by Carol Parker, artist and Liberty High School Special Ed teacher. Classes are $20, which inludes all materials. Book early, they fill fast! 610-807-9201.
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health • Sensory Friendly
LECTURE & PRESENTATION – BEN YORGEY FOUNDATION
September 12, 2015
America On Wheels
Presenter from the Ben Yorgey Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for graduating high school students with intellectual disabilities across Lehigh Valley and beyond.
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health • Sensory Friendly
RAKER LECTURE SERIES – CPL. DANIEL LASKO, AMPUTEE & ATHLETE
September 29, 2015
Presented by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
Presentation by Daniel Lasko, retired Marine corporal, accomplished athlete, and member of Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team.
Handicap Access • American Sign Language Interpreted
“PATIENT VOICES” FILM SHOWING & TRAINING
September 27, 2015
Civic Theatre of Allentown
10:00am – 11:30am
The sccreening of “Patient Voices,” an informational video teaching disability etiquette, will help professionals, staff, and volunteers better serve people with disabilities.
Handicap Access • Cognitive Health • Sensory Friendly
POTTSTOWN, PA – This Saturday (August 22), Mosaic will roll out its produce stand…offering up some of the season’s best vegetables! Tomatoes, potatoes, squash, pepper (sweet and hot), eggplant and sweet potatoes will be offered from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. We will have other surprise offerings for sale on the stand that afternoon. Please plan to pay us a visit before running your errands or buying from a big chain superstore!
That said, we need donations from gardeners…if you have more produce than you can pick (or eat) please let us know. We will gladly accept your donations to sell on our produce cart this Saturday! We will be at the gardens throughout Friday afternoon harvesting for weekend sales. Please email me if you would like to donate vegetables (grown at your home or the community gardens) to a worthy cause!
In partnership with National Penn Bank and Genesis Housing, Mosaic is set to host another Movie Night at the Chestnut Street Park! KOOKOO the Cartoon Magician will begin the event with a magic show at 7:30 PM that day! We have a great night planned and EVERYONE is invited!
Mosaic’s Summer Enrichment Program ended with a bang!
80 students ranging from 5-17 years old attended camp and learned more about gardening, nutrition, arts/culture, music and physical activity as each relates to different regions of the world. In each weekly program, we chose age-appropriate instruction in African-American, Latin, Native American and Caribbean cultures. The children retained more information from week to week using this well-rounded approach to learning. They formed “families” and made delicious meals together, played musical instruments some had never seen or played before, harvested items from the gardens that related to the week’s teaching and made instruments specific to each culture using recycled materials.
The summer program ended with an appreciation ice cream social at the high school to celebrate their volunteer efforts at each of the gardens and the local park, and a field trip to the Althouse Arboretum for the younger students was provided…the campers went on an hour-long trail walk/scavenger hunt while learning the reason why arboretums exist. Some of the students said that having an arboretum in our own back yards is super-cool!
It was a great summer, thanks to all those who volunteered during the program! A special thanks to our partners and supporters, ArtFusion, Olivet’s Boys and Girls Club, STRIVE Initiative, the Pottstown Athletic Club, Genesis Housing and Penn National Bank!
Mosaic is looking to celebrate the fall season by hosting a fall cleanup potluck social at the gardens! We will be looking for families to come out, clean up and prepare our gardens for the winter season. Create your best potluck recipe for this special event! “Bee” on the look-out for more information in an upcoming email…coming in September!
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Arts advocacy requires an ongoing conversation with both our elected and appointed government officials. Since negotiations for the state budget have stalled, it’s time for citizens to help to set priorities. Let the Commonwealth’s current budget impasse prompt you to contact them and remind them with a personal story of how much the arts mean to you and your family.
A father wrote to me about the sensory-friendly performance of a children’s play attended by his child with autism. They thanked Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre for their effort to understand the daily challenges faced by families like theirs. “Our son may not have the chance to do so many things in life that others do,” they said. “It was a very special day.”
A thriving arts community does not exist in isolation. While engagement in the arts affects people in deeply quiet ways, the arts experience can unite us around shared values:
- We believe that everyone in the Lehigh Valley deserves access to our rich diverse arts culture.
- We take pride in locally produced arts experiences; they are integral to the region’s cultural infrastructure.
- We realize that the arts are essential to our economic vitality and quality of life.
The Lehigh Valley is the third largest region in the state; it deserves recognition and its equal share of reallocated state tax dollars. An individual story sends a powerful message. Many stories command attention.
Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Arts Council
Lehigh Valley Arts Council