Zoellner’s new Film Series – On Screen/In Person

Zoellner Arts Center film series, On Screen/In Person, part of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation program

Only stop for the films in Pennsylvania. The tour will travel to seven venues in seven states during fall 2015 and spring 2016.

Zoellner added 20 FEET FROM STARDOM ahead of Darlene Love and Lisa Fischer live appearances in Baker Hall.

Zoellner Arts Center has been selected as a host site for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s “On Screen/In Person” program.  “On Screen/In Person” is designed to bring some of the best new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. The filmmakers will tour with their films and are available through  the host sites to develop community activities that provide audiences context and greater appreciation for their respective work and the art of film.  Foreign Puzzle directed by Chithra Jeyaram will open the series at Zoellner on September 8 at 7:00 pm. All film showings and meetings with film makers will be in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem.  They are offered free of charge, no tickets required (pay as you wish).

An addition to the series, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM directed by Morgan Neville, will be shown on TUES SEPT 15 at 4:15 PM & 7:00PM. The 2013 American film was produced by Gil Friesen, a music industry executive whose curiosity to know more about the lives of background singers inspired the making of the film.  The film provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of immensely talented singers and stars like Darlene Love Merry Clayton and Judith Hill.  Darlene Love will, in fact, be returning to Zoellner for a live performance on November 21. Another performer featured in the film, Lisa Fischer, will also be performing in Baker Hall on October 10. Other singers featured in the film include Táta Vega, and Jo Lawry.  20 FEET FROM STARDOM won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
List Of Films
TUES SEPT 8 | | 7:00PM
Foreign Puzzle follows dancer and choreographer Sharon Marroquin through her breast cancer treatments and explores her anxieties and challenges as she creates a dance titled, “The Materiality of Impermanence.” The dance becomes Sharon’s only outlet, allowing her to escape the daily pressures of the disease and life as a single working parent, and shapes her perceptions about life as she fights to heal her body and mind.

TUES OCT 20 | | 7:00PM
After filmmaker Jessica Vale became personally involved with 7-year old Olivia and her mother while working on another project in Monrovia, Liberia, her quest to film them became a mission of hope and medical help in a country where rape is the number one crime, and the majority of the victims are children. Here is the NYTimes movie review. (warning; this is a really tough story – but needs to be heard)

SUN NOV 15 | | 7:00PM
In her more than 60 years as a groundbreaking artist, Miriam Beerman has overcome loss and tragedy to inspire friends, family, and fans about how to remain defiant, creative and strong. Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos is the retrospective of a remarkable career and the profile of an artist whose personal demons and empathy for human suffering colored a lifetime of her work.

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THURS FEB 11 | | 7:00PM
The Winding Stream tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes, tracing the influence of their music from the 1920s through the present day, and how a seemingly unlikely young man named Johnny Cash would be the one to lift up the Carter legacy from obscurity. An intimate account of reciprocity and love, the Winding Stream features interviews and performances with roots music practitioners, including one of the last interviews ever granted by Johnny Cash.


TUES MARCH 8 | | 7:00PM
One of the thousand women said to have fought in the Civil War, Loreta Janeta Velazquez concealed her gender and ethnicity, and changed her identity in order to become a Confederate soldier spy and double agent for the Union, only to be dismissed as a hoax after revealing her story in her scandalous 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. REBEL is a story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.  


TUES APRIL 19 | | 7:00PM
Illuminating the extraordinary power of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry, Deaf Jam is the story of Aneta Brodski‘s bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. When Aneta, a deaf Israeli immigrant high school student, makes an extraordinary connection with a hearing Palestinian slam poet, they transcend personal and political divisions to generate a new form of poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the deaf. “Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics…Delightful and endearing, utilizing upbeat music and clever graphics, Deaf Jam immerses us in the richness and complexity of deaf culture and gives us a unique perspective into a world so vibrant, so diverse, it may forever change the way we see the non-hearing.” Barbara Pokras, A.C.E. – Woodstock Film Festival.

On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

No tickets are required for the performances.  For more information, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services Tues 12-6pm, Wed- Fri 125pm, 90 minutes before curtain ticketed events or online atwww.zoellnerartscenter.org.

Musicians needed for VIOLET pit band



Musicians WANTED!!!


Looking for students, staff or faculty willing and able to play in the pit band for VIOLET, a musical production being produced by the Department of Theatre in November 2015. Rehearsals for the band would begin in early October 2015, and all members must be available on evenings and weekends from November 7-21.
Instruments needed:
2 keyboardists
2 guitarists (acoustic and electric), doubling on banjo & mandolin

For more information or questions, please contact Bill Whitney, Music Director/Conductor, at wrw210@lehigh.edu

Social Media and Marketing Intern – APPLY TODAY


Are you the person we seek? Can you offer assistance with the digital media and marketing projects at Zoellner Arts Center? We have an internship that supports arts@Lehigh, the information agency that promotes what’s happening in the arts on campus and in the local community. Chance of a lifetimeHonestly, this is one of the most fun jobs you’ll ever have. You’d be missing out on a chance of a lifetime if you didn’t apply.

The position is a non-paid, part-time internship and can be credit based with a time commitment of 15 hours per week. It could also be available for work study for 10 hours per week. We even have more than one position available. We’re flexible like that.


Assist in the creation and implementation of marketing strategy and tactics for an assortment of programs and activities in the Zoellner Arts Center, including but not limited to Guest Artist series, Notations, Film Series, Music Department, Department of Theatre, LUArt Galleries, Art Architecture and Design Department, and multiple student clubs and groups. What? You thought the arts weren’t a big deal at Lehigh? Come join the team and learn how amazing they are! If you don’t know how to do these tasks:

  • Perform social media market research – and share your insights.
  • Collect and analyze marketing data to develop and adjust marketing plans – because we know your perspective has more value to add than just ours alone.
  • Assist in the creation of social media activity reports – we like gifs.
  • Maintain good client relations through professionalism in all functions of customer service. Just take cues from us. We’re always professional – even when we answer the phone after taking a bite of a thick peanut butter sandwich.
  • Contribute to arts@Lehigh, blogs (yup, we have a couple), Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube Channel, and Twitter pages. Maybe even a little YikYak. Are you Red Canoe?
  • Perform other duties as requested – We promise you won’t need to get coffee, or hang our coats. We’re not Miranda Priestly, or anything. images-1
  • We may ask you to comment on our wardrobe if we are trying too hard to be nerdy hipster cool.

… we’ll teach you how through practical application. We don’t just read about it – we do it!

Have a clear understanding (or learn quickly) and be able to work in the following digital and marketing channels defined as:

  • Mobile Applications
  • Content Creation/Management
  • Advertising
  • Social Media
  • Video
  • Special Events
  • Branding


  • College student majoring in marketing, advertising or communications desired, but not required. We’re more interested in your passion. Credentials may get you the job, but determination and grit will help you keep it.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of social media – beyond posting about what you ate for lunch. We are foodies, though.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to multi-task. Meaning, know you have multiple things to do – but not expected to do them all at the same time with both hands while on a bicycle
  • Strong writing and speaking skills
  • Ability to communicate and maintain a professional demeanor – that means deliver what you promised – or let us know early if you misjudged your ability to time travel.
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator skills would rock our world
  • Highly organized and task oriented. Don’t just tell us. Show us.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Imagination
  • Sense of wonder
  • Sensible dot connecting – that means, making smart connections between people, places, and things
  • Willingness to learn explore and appreciate that the finer things in life are not always things you can hold in your hands
  • Desire to be a part of something greater

Please send resumes and cover letter to:

Silagh White

Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs.


@Silagh would work, too. Pick your platform. See if you can find me. Hint: it’s not a bird exactly.

Join the LU Choral Arts

Want to sing at Lehigh? Join us this fall in a 145-year tradition of excellence in music-making.
Choir Recruit-FB (1) copyThis season is sure to be a memorable one with highlights including our very own Dr. Steven Sametz’s prize-winning A Child’s Requiem written as a tribute to those slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in 2012, to be performed in November, our annual Christmas Vespers in December, and Brahms’s immortal work, Ein Deutsches Requiem to be performed in memory of Robert Zoellner in the spring.
No matter your level of experience, if you’re interested in singing, there’s space for you!
For Lehigh students, auditions will take place on Friday, August 21 and Sunday, August 23. (If you feel that you can’t make either of those days, though, we can work something else out.) All who audition are accepted into a group. To schedule an audition, contact the recruitment manager, Kristen McArthur (klm216@lehigh.edu).
All Lehigh faculty, staff, and community members are welcome, too! If you are interested in joining the Choral Union, email CharisLUCU@comcast.net.
We hope to welcome some new faces to Lehigh Choral Arts this fall. If you’re even a little curious, check us out! For more information, email Kristen (klm216@lehigh.edu) or visit us at www.lehighchoralarts.com.

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.

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.