Red Baraat is coming to Lehigh ~ ! ~ ! ~ !


(press release from Zoellner Arts Center) enhanced by internet resources for readers who like to click!

From Brooklyn, Red Baraat have been called ‘The best party band in years’ (NPR) and blend high energy North Indian Bhangra with New Orleans brass, DC go-go rhythms and R&B.  Simply put, there is nothing like Red Baraat- whose incredible high energy shows — and ethos of pluralism and the proliferation of joy — have brought them to stages as diverse as Bonnaroo, Central Park, and The White House. The group has played at the personal request of leaders of the free world, business, and sport – including performing at the flagship TED Conference, at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Trafalgar Square, and on Google’s Mountain View Campus, while maintaining a non-stop club and theatre worldwide tour. The Fall 2014 Red Baraat tour indicates the wide array of audiences they will be reaching in venues ranging from clubs to universities to world-renowned music festivals.

Zoellner Arts Center recognizes corporate performance sponsor: EXPOSED and media sponsor WRTI.

Let’s let the band’s music play:

Tickets are $22; go to or 610-758-2787, ext. 0.  Psssssst. Hey!~ (Lehigh student reading this) go to the box office directly. Trust me on this. It will be so worth your effort. Hours are Tues.12-6pm, Wed.- Fri. 12-5pm

The group will have its debut performance at Zoellner Arts Center amidst a heavy tour schedule of festivals and club dates. Red Baraat Tour Dates:
8/30 Louisville, KY – World Music Festival (headline)
9/6 Arlington, VA – Rosslyn Jazz Festival
9/7 Richmond, VA – Modlin Center for the Arts
9/13 Millersville, PA – Millersville University
9/18 Minneapolis, MN – The Dakota
9/19 & 20 Monterey, CA – Monterey Jazz Festival
10/3 Northridge, CA – Valley Performing Arts Center (w/ Angelique Kidjo)
10/4 San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/12 Washington, DC – The Hamilton
10/16 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/17 Bethlehem, PA – Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University
10/18 Princeton, NJ – Berlind Theatre, Princeton University
10/25 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
10/31 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Fest
11/1 Austin, TX – TBA

On June 21, 2014 Red Baraat was at the center of the biggest musical event of New York City’s summer season. The pioneering Brooklyn band was commissioned by NPR to produce a new composition – the sheet music for which was posted on NPR and other high traffic websites – with the direction to readers and amateur players to learn the music and be a part of the premiere of the performance on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. The incredible results of this experiment, (first attempted two years ago by NPR with a new work and performance by the legendary Phillip Glass) can be seen in a short film on NPR.

Check out the gallery to help sway your interest..

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Not only will this be an awesome show – you can even learn a few Bhangra moves before the show!

At 7pm there is a pre-show Lobby Show titled “Bhangra Basics with Tahya“: Try a few easy moves to loosen up and get in the spirit for the dance-friendly, high-energy, funky music of Red Baraat, facilitated by the Lehigh Valley’s leading ethnic dance authority, Tahya!

Tickets for the October 17 performance at 8:00pm are $22 and General Admission.  For tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services Tues.12-6pm, Wed.- Fri. 12-5pm, or Sat. 11am-1pm, and 90 minutes before curtain ticketed events or order online  Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.

Pssst. Lehigh students. Remember that hint we wrote about? Go to the box office this week in person.

A peek at Fabric Folding

I was able to sneak a peek at the results of the second Art, Architecture and Design department Hammerschlag Design Series Lectures. The invited artist, Kentaro Tsubaki presented a lecture, “Foldout Drawing: A Projective Drawing for Fabric Forming.” You can read more about this pedagogical approach in his article of the same title in the Journal of Architectural Education. Students were also invited to participate in a design/build workshop complementing the lecture. The workshop was done over three days. Students made forms, filled them with wet plaster, gave the wet plaster time to cure, and then released the forms by Saturday morning. Many of the students participating the workshop had to master skills on equipment they had never touched before – like… sewing machines! (do we pine the loss of home economics courses in high school now?)

The forms were a bit of a Tromp Le Touche (my made up phrase for fool the expected sense of touch, a modification of Trompe-l’œil; “an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.” – thank you Wikipedia). You might see what I mean from some of the images I took of the unveiling Saturday morning.

Thanks to Professors Tony Viscardi and Nik Nikolov for letting me witness the moment.

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Sharing what and HOW we know stuff.

Day 10 of National #ArtsandHumanities Month

It’s been a pretty active arts month on Lehigh’s Campus. In just 10 days, we’ve seen theatrical productions, concerts, lectures, speakers, exhibits, dancing, circus arts, singing, writing, photography, video….

The truth is – it’s like that here EVERY DAY! Ok, the circus arts were a special guest artist presented at Zoellner last weekend. But still… Circus arts on campus! Arts@Lehigh is a program that finds information about the arts, creativity and aesthetic wonderings on campus and in the community geographically nearby. We present a weekly newsletter that helps readers plan their weekend and weekly activities. You can see the latest version of the newsletter <HERE>.

If you’d like to subscribe, please email with the subject: SUBSCRIBE TO ARTS@LEHIGH NEWSLETTER. That way you’ll get all the information we know about what’s happening in the arts and culture on campus between Wednesday and the Tuesday of the following week.

How do we know about all the arts and culture on campus and our local community? First; it’s our mission to find what’s going on and share it as widely as possible. We use listening tools, and follow faculty, departments, university programs, venues, and student initiatives. We “scan the internets” as it is. There’s no secret to the work. It takes lots of time and attention. And we love doing it – because there is nothing cooler than seeing art impact the lives of people who engage with it. Art is truly a way of learning and living on campus. It’s not just for arts majors. It’s for everyone: students, staff, faculty, administrators, school aged children, citizens, visitors….

Koji_T-shirt_artwork_003_400x400Just as we share the content we find, today we will share our tools. Here’s one – if you’re on Twitter, you may know that you can create lists to be able to filter information on that channel as well as hashtags for content. The Arts@Lehigh twitter handle has a list of arts related groups to help us scan. The groups are either departments, programs, student clubs, or even venues that sometimes present art. It’s comprehensive; but there may be a handle we haven’t found yet. You can subscribe to the list, if you wish.

We welcome anyone interested in seeing the curated list of arts related profiles at Lehigh University – <CLICK HERE>

Or, print this:

Arts at Lehigh Twitter



Faculty Research in the arts – a query

[note from director, Silagh White]

aa1s3tyuqss7i1o7Have you ever had a random conversation with a faculty member that haunts you? I had such a one yesterday with architecture faculty, Nik Nikolov. He’s been at Lehigh for a couple of years and has done some impressive research. Two of his projects have been built in response to community invitation; the first with the 2013 annual Playhouse Design Competition of the Eastern PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the second for the Christmas City Village for the Downtown Bethlehem Association.

So what haunted me? The conversation was about the balance of teaching and research. Academic arts disciplines (music, theater, visual art, creative writing, poetry, design, architecture) define research through production. Music professors compose music or perform recitals and concerts. Theater professors act, direct, design lights, scenery, costumes. Et cetera..

University faculty / artists also balance a rigorous teaching role in that they not only offer quality training in these disciplines for students, but come up with innovative ways to facilitate student discovery. They don’t just say, “do this like me.” They offer challenges for students to find creative solutions. They encourage students to find barriers in their thinking and break them. It’s not just what they teach, it’s HOW they facilitate student learning. Faculty who are passionate about what they make, and how they encourage future generations to be creative problem solvers takes investigation, rigor and training in itself. The lingering question is why pedagogy is not also considered research? This is what haunts me.

Faculty are evaluated on the quality of their research and teaching, as well as service to the institution. The lines between all three areas blur. But for all of the work, creation and service- Lehigh is always better in that we get a close connection to their expertise.

Response and thoughts are most welcome in the comments below.

UPDATE to the conversation.

This is what I love about making thoughts transparent. People actually read these posts and respond with new information. What did I learn from my public query? Pedagogy DOES count as research. There is also a Journal of Architectural Education, in which Prof. Nikolov has had two papers on teaching design were published. Since Prof Nikolov was so generous in reading this post, I also learned that he has done extensive research in computation and environmental simulation. He also continues to practice as a certified architect on his “off” hours from Lehigh responsibilities.

Prof. Nikolov’s work is impressive, as is the work of all the architecture faculty at Lehigh. They are also excellent human beings; ready to embrace the challenges of new building design while also nursing the creativity and problems solving skills in our students.

I can’t wait to see what happens with the Hammerschalg Design Lecture Series that Professors Viscardi and Nikolov are doing. Find out more about these here.



Corner of Vine and 4th street project. Public Discussion

Friends of the South Side Initiative (SSI):

After tabling discussion of Dennis Benner’s new plans for the building on the corner of 4th Street and Vine Street at the last Historic Conservation Commission meeting, the commission has decided to hold a special meeting on this project. You may recall from our previous emails that Mr. Benner’s proposed 7-story building on the corner of 4th Street and Vine Street was approved by the city, but that Mr. Benner is now proposing changes to that building to include an adjacent building and to extend upward in height.

The new project will be discussed by the Historic Conservation Commission (HCC) this Monday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m., after which the HCC will make their recommendation to the city regarding whether or not to approve the expanded project. The HCC meeting is open to the public and will provide time for those of you who care about the South Side to share your views on whether this expanded project is at a scale appropriate for a building on 4th Street.

If you wish to attend this meeting, it will be held at the following location:


If you wish to read the HCC’s design guidelines for the South Bethlehem Historic Conservation District, they can be found at this link:

We look forward to seeing many of you on Monday night!


Breena Holland
Director, South Side Initiative

Lehigh Symposium of Fiscal Challenges Facing Pennsylvania

If you care about policies that impact you on a daily basis, you may want to pay attention to fiscal challenges our state and local officials need to address in the coming months and years. image001

Morning session 9:30-noon
The Fiscal Consequences of Pennsylvania’s Aging Population
Robert Strauss, Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
Yunni Deng, Research Analyst, International Monetary Fund

Panel Discussion: Financial Challenges Facing State Government
Allen Wohlstetter, moderator, President, Charter School Renewal
Sharon Ward, Executive Director, PA Budget & Policy Center
Dan Meuser, Secretary, PA Department of Revenue
Charlie Dent, United States Congressman, PA-15th district

Lunch 12:30 -1:30 includes a panel discussion of Lehigh Faculty Research Persepctive

Afternoon session 2:00-4:30
Financing Cities: An Agenda for Growth
Robert Inman, Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Panel Discussion: Fiscal challenges Facing Local Government
Bill Michalerya, moderator, Associate Vice President for Government Relations & Economic Development, Lehigh University
Robert Donchez, Mayor of Bethlehem
Joseph Roy, Superintendent, Bethlehem Area School District
Julio Guridy, President, Allentown City Council,
Don Cunningham, CEO, Lehigh Valley Economic Development

NO FEE – Registration Required. Register by Sept 12th to reserve lunch.

For more information, 610-758-2906