South Side Mural Unveiling this Saturday

From our friends of the South Side Initiative:

(Image by EMILY PAINE of the THE MORNING CALL) Max Meano of Bethlehem spray paints the first 'S' of a 'Welcome to Southside' mural he is working on at the Alternative Gallery in Allentown on Wednesday afternoon. The 'S' he is working on will depict a scene from Lehigh University. A Southside Bethlehem mural inspired by the 'Welcome to the Bronx' sign will be installed this month near the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem. The different letters will include images of Southside landmarks.

(Image by EMILY PAINE of the THE MORNING CALL)
Max Meano of Bethlehem spray paints the first ‘S’ of a ‘Welcome to Southside’ mural he is working on at the Alternative Gallery in Allentown on Wednesday afternoon. The ‘S’ he is working on will depict a scene from Lehigh University… The different letters will include images of Southside landmarks.

Please join the South Side community as we welcome artist Max Meano’s new mural on the wall of Comfort Suites Hotel on 3rd Street in Bethlehem. Meano’s mural celebrates the historic and integral character of South Side Bethlehem. This stunning piece will be viewable from the corner of 3rd  Street & Brodhead Avenue, welcoming visitors and South Side members alike for years to come. For more information about the mural, please see Nicole Radzievich’s Morning Call article here.

The event will be held at 2:00pm with the unveiling of the mural. The event is FREE and open to the public! Comfort Suites will be giving complimentary drink vouchers for the hotel bar, which opens at 5:00pm and has a Happy Hour (with half priced appetizers) lasting until 7:00pm. Then head across the bridge to Main Street for the Downtown Bethlehem Association’s ArtWalk from 4-8pm where you can spend the evening visiting local artists lined on Main.

We encourage people to bike or walk to our event, but if you must drive please find parking on the street. This is a community event you won’t want to miss! Please save the date and tell your friends!

We hope to see you there,
The SSI Team

Steeples and Steel tours are back!

If the reader already knows about these tours and wants to skip to ordering tickets, click here.
Reflections from 2014 Tour:

I had the good fortune of experiencing a full days of these tours last year. It was a delight to walk in the holy spaces where the ancestors of Bethlehem’s rich and diverse culture held their European traditions. Some of the churches on the tours were closed in 2009, so it’s with extraordinary effort that the opportunity is available again for a limited time. Half of the churches on the list are within blocks from campus.

Added benefit to the tours of the churches, are the stories shared by retired steelworkers as the bus roams through the former Bethlehem Steel plant. To hear about the working conditions and the multiple generations of families that dedicated their lives to making the steel that built America is to see the heroism and nostalgia of the place now converted into new community assets with the ArtsQuest arts compound and the Sands Casino/Mall.

What other treats of surprise stories were from my fellow travelers. As we shared a cozy bus ride, I heard many childhood memories of growing up in South Bethlehem. Where they once played, swam (Mohler Lab had a swimming pool when it was a synagog!!), and shopped. The original Banko Beverage was in a little shop in South Bethlehem. This is the same Banko that is now one the area’s generous supporters of the arts and community. There’s so many more delights of knowledge, but I don’t want to take the joy of discovery for the reader. You’ll just have to experience it.

Steelworker's Overtime Lunch

Steelworker’s Overtime Lunch

I will dish on lunch; the Steelworker’s Overtime Lunch. Yes, you’ll know what that means – but here’s a picture of what was offered. Can you spy the local tastes of A-Treat soda and Tastykakes in addition to the robust sandwich, hard boiled egg, chips and wedge of cheese? Yummy and filled my up for the second tour (Ok, I saved half of it for dinner!). It was a great day.

The tours start up again this weekend. Few spots left. See you on the bus!

From the Steelworker’s Archive press release:

Guided by the Steelworkers’ Archives, Inc. and the South Bethlehem Historical Society, these mini-bus tours provide historic interpretation of work at the Bethlehem steel mill, the South Side Bethlehem churches, and the connections between steelworkers, their churches, and the South Side’s ethnic, steel working communities.

This is the second year of Steeples and Steel tours. Last year’s tours were very successful. Tourists on last year’s tours commented:

“We three were blown away today by the beauty of the churches and the depth of knowledge we learned about the Steel”,

“We can understand the pride you must all feel in your lovely house of worship. We feel no need to go to Europe to see amazing churches; they are in our own backyard. Thank you.”

“This day provided a rare opportunity to regenerate the Bethlehem cohort of cultures who worked collectively in Bethlehem Steel with a love for faith who built treasured and illuminative churches in Bethlehem.”

The tours are scheduled for Saturdays (see dates below). Tours will leave from St. John’s Windish Church at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The initial one-hour section of the tour, guided by a representative from the South Bethlehem Historical Society, will tour steelworker neighborhoods and churches on Bethlehem’s South Side. One church will be entered each tour, with a church member guide. This will be followed by a one-hour steelworker-guided tour of the Bethlehem Steel site. A “steelworker’s overtime” bag lunch will be provided to tour participants for take-out or to eat at St. John’s Windish Kaiser Auditorium.

June 27
9:30 – Incarnation of Our Lord Parish (formerly Sts. Cyril & Methodius Roman Catholic Church)
1:00 – Packer Chapel

July 25
9:30 – Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church
1:00 – St. John African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

August 22
9:30–Concordia Lutheran Church
1:00—St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

September 26
9:30 –Fritz Memorial United Methodist Church
1:00 – Cathedral Church of the Nativity

October 31
9:30 – St. Michael’s Cemetery <- this is a special link to a short film created by Lehigh faculty Michael Kramp and Stephanie Powell Watts. See description below.

A photo montage of St. Michael’s Cemetery in South Bethlehem shows the current state of disarray and still the the abiding dignity of the space. The cemetary, started in 1867 on land donated by Asa Packer, belongs to the Holy Infancy parish. Overgrown with broken and shifted grave markers, it was made famous by a 1935 photograph by Walker Evans, “Graveyard and Steel Mill.” The film recreates a visual metaphor of the Evan’s photo by scanning over the life of the South Side (where people live), work (the now defunct Bethlehem Steel) and death in the cemetery. Made in part with support from the Southside Film Institute, PBS 39 and Lehigh University.

1:00—Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church <- link to historical reference page created by the South Bethlehem Historical Society.

Tours will leave from St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth Street at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 pm.
A free, public OPEN HOUSE held at St. John’s Windish Church from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. will include table displays of historical materials and artifacts from local community agencies and churches. A free tour of St. John’s Windish Church will be held at 12:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
Ticket prices for the mini-bus tours are $15 per person.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets can be ordered through: http://www.steelworkersarchives.com or at 610-861-0600. All ticket sales are final. Special thanks to Northampton County’s Department of Community and Economic Development and Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative for their generous support.

Popular Self-Portrait Show returns!

BETHLEHEM FINE ARTS COMMISSION PORTRAIT SHOW RETURNS TO CITY HALL

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission is pleased to announce the Third Biennial Self-Portrait Exhibition by artists and prominent citizens in the Bethlehem community. The portraits will be on display from July 6 through August 27 at the Rotunda Gallery at City Hall in Bethlehem, PA. Titled “Face Value: A Self-Portrait Show,” the exhibit focuses on how its distinguished participants see themselves.

In his second term as exhibit curator, Vince Gentilcore particularly values what the self-portraits communicate. They reveal the self-identity of their distinguished participants, including their interests, emotions, value, work, personalities, and more. Yet the self-portraits challenge and inspire not only how their creators are seen and see themselves, but how their viewers see themselves, too.

Ranging widely from traditional to contemporary, the self-portraits vary in media and tone. Self –portraits by local artists include Khalil Allaik, Richard Begbie, Ken and Sue Berkenstock, Mary Louise Brion, Arturo Cabrera, Pat Check, Jan Ciganick, Pat Delluva, Carol Heft, Gini Illick, David Lee, Doug Roysdon, Frank Sabatino, Barbara Schulman, Deb Slahta, Ward Van Haute, Bruce Wall, and Hub Wilson.

Self-portraits by notable citizens not known primarily as visual artists include Josh Berk, Shane Burcaw, Dr. Barbara Cantalupo, Rt. Rev. C. Hopeton Clennon, Vince Gentilcore, Kassie Hilgert, Paul Larson, Jody Matthews, David Mickenberg, Jill Moran, Mary Mulder, Barbara Pearson, Deborah Sacarakis, Dr. Edward Salgado, State Representative Steve Samuelson, Martha Viera, Jen Wescoe, and Bill White.

Here is a peek at three of the portraits:

Barbara Pearson self-portrait

Barbara Pearson self-portrait

Barbara Schulman, _Medusa With Braids_

Barbara Schulman, “Medusa With Braids”

hopeton with belfry

hopeton with belfry

Self-Portrait Exhibition Committee members for 2015 include Barbara Kozero, Peggy Hobbs, Jim DePietro, and Dr. Charles Cantalupo.

Hours for the show are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. A reception with the participants will be held on Sunday, July 12, from 2 – 4 pm at the Rotunda. For more information about the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, go to www.bfac-lv.org.

Selkie: Theatre Uncut

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

-Thomas Paine

scissorsPlease join Selkie for the US premiere of Fragile and Dalgety, two provocative plays by award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig, at the Ice House Tonight series as SELKIE: THEATRE UNCUT over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24!

Directed by George B. Miller, and starring Joseph Ferraro, Brandon Lay, and Melissa McKenna these raucously funny, startling, and powerful plays about the worlds we create – and destroy – are produced in conjunction with the UK’s exciting “Theatre Uncut” project (www.theatreuncut.com).

“What marks theatre out from other art forms, I think, is that it’s essentially a distilled form of empathy; we have a need to understand and probe the world around us, and create stories from what we see.”  — Hannah Price, Co-Artistic Director, Theatre Uncut

In Fragile, Jack has a midnight epiphany – and a radical plan to save his mental health support center.  This visceral, startling, and beautiful roller-coaster-ride of a play features two roles, one actor – and many voices.

In Dalgety, two coppers in the sleepy suburban sprawl of Dalgety Bay just want to get home to the London Olympics (on TV) and a nice bottle of wine – whilst on the exercise bike, of course.  Until the Naked Rambler shows up in the office with – a deer?  The call of the wild is about to get pretty primal in the Scottish ‘burbs!

SELKIE: THEATRE UNCUT debuts at the Charles Brown Ice House in Bethlehem on Friday, May 22 at 8pm, followed by a special Opening Night Reception.

Weekend performances are Saturday, May 23 at 8pm, and Sunday May 24 at 3pm, with Q&A’s with the artists afterwards.
Tickets: $15/$10, reservations:  selkietheatre@gmail.com or 484-212-1804.
For Mature Audiences.

Restaurants near the Ice House:

The Wooden Match
Hotel Bethlehem
Corked Wine Bar & Steak House
Tapas on Main
or any of the restaurants listed here.

Full Poster below:

Selkie Uncut

Zoellner’s Gala 2015 artist announced – Patti LaBelle

Patti Labelle_1Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University proudly presents Patti LaBelle for Gala2015 on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  LaBelle is a Grammy Award-winning, Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Award Legend who pushes everything she sings over top, from Lady Marmalade to On My Own or If Only You Knew to a New Attitude, she has inspired generations of singers and sold over 50 million records worldwide.

The Godmother of Soul’s “love of the spotlight is legendary, but she earns it with her astonishing force and control; when LaBelle’s voice simmers in its churchy low register, it’s usually a sign that she’s about to leap up and howl the roof off.” (Rolling Stone)  LaBelle and her band will perform favorites from her heralded career. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she first found fame in the sixties with The BlueBelles at The Apollo Theater in Harlem with remakes of songs such as You’ll Never Walk Alone and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The group transitioned to LaBelle in the seventies and found major success with their song about a New Orleans seductress, Lady Marmalade. When LaBelle launched her solo career in the eighties and nineties, she released hit after hit including The Best is Yet to Come, On My Own, Stir It Up, New Attitude and If You Asked Me To, among others.

In addition to her success as a singer, LaBelle has also written several books, including the autobiography Don’t Block the Blessings (1997), the diabetic cookbook LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About (1998) and Recipes for the Good Life (2008). She has also recently launched her own line of sauces called Patti LaBelle Good Life.  LaBelle has starred in numerous stage and screen productions, including roles in the films A Soldier’s Story (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984); an appearance in the Broadway gospel musical Your Arm’s Too Short to Box with God (1982); and a recurring role in the television series A Different World (1990). More recently, LaBelle appeared on the popular series American Horror Story in 2014 and Dancing With the Stars.

Concert-only tickets go on sale to the general public in mid-July.  Tickets will be available at $75 and $150 and include the 8 pm performance and a post-performance dessert reception. There will be a limited number of tickets available at $55 for all full-time students. Zoellner Arts Center subscribers and donors will be able to purchase concert-only tickets in advance of the general public. To become a subscriber or donor, contact Ticket Services at 610-758-2787, ext. 0or www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

Gala Evening tickets are on sale now.Tickets for Zoellner Arts Center’s premier fundraiser are $550, which includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, preferred concert seating and a post-performance dessert reception. To purchase gala evening tickets call 610-758-2691 or email gala2015@lehigh.edu for purchase information.

Funds raised at Gala2015 support the arts at Lehigh University and Zoellner Arts Center’s presentations of world-class guest artists, community service initiatives, educational and family programs. Gala2015 Committee members are Oldrich Foucek III, chair, Philip Basnage, Crystal Daye, Valerie Johnson, Kirk Kozero, Brenda McGlade, Tina Nester and Alex Tamerler.

Hannah Han ~ Honor Thesis Show: “Atmosphere & Light”

Saturday, April 25, 2015
5:00
7:30 PM

Hannah Han, Arch ’15, Art ’15
Presents: Honor Thesis Show “Atmosphere & Light”
RE:find gallery
437 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042

Artist’s Statement: Early 2014, I was introduced to the works of J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)and was moved by his ability to capture the mood of nature in his later atmospheric paintings. Painting in his style, I was able to focus on the dynamic qualities of light; how it bounced, spread, and seeped according to its surroundings – these characteristics changed the way I handled paint. The paint became light, the process became my art. I wanted my paintings to evoke the emotions people feel when confronting nature—without painting nature itself. Later, I found myself moving away from Turner’s style to my own. Reflexively, my previous studies in expressive/gestural paintings and drawings gave this series of work an identity different from Turner’s.

Hannah Han is a senior at Lehigh University where she double majors in architecture and art. She has studied painting under Professor Berrisford Boothe for three consecutive years.

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US Poet Laureate Billy Collins – Tuesday April 14th @ 7:30pm

Zoellner Arts Center’s Notations Series Features
US Poet Laureate
BILLY COLLINS

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 at 7:30 PM in Baker Hall

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“Billy Collins writes lovely poems…Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides.” — John Updike

Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University continues its fifth year of the innovative series–Notations: Lectures and Other Presentations–with highly-respected representatives from a variety of literary genres. Former (2001-2003) U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will give a presentation on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Public Library “Literary Lion” and a former US Poet Laureate. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. Tickets are $10 for the public; Free with Lehigh University ID; Tickets required for all; Visit http://www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. A collection of his haiku, titled She Was Just Seventeen, was published by Modern Haiku Press in fall 2006. He has also published two chapbooks, Video Poems and Pokerface. In addition, he has edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, was the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2006, and edited Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds, with paintings by David Allen Sibley (November 2009). His most recent book is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013.

Here is a video illustration of his poem, “The Art of Drowning,” directed by Diego Maclean.

Included among the honors Collins has received are fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has also been awarded the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, and the Levinson Prize — all awarded by Poetry magazine. In October 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. In April 2013, Collins was selected as the fourth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.

In June 2001, Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. In January 2004, he was named New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, as well as a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.

All lectures are presented in collaboration with the Visiting Lecturers Committee and the Lehigh University Creative Writing Program. Billy Collins is supported by the Ann Neitzel Endowment Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing with additional support from the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.

For more information, call 610-758-2787, ext. 0 or visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tuesday 12-6 pm, or online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

For readers interested in getting to the bottom of this page, here is Billy Collins’ TED talk: