We also have a weekly newsletter!

If you have found this post from a link on Twitter or Facebook, you may not see the full newsletter we put out every Wednesday afternoon. The newsletter features a message from our director (Silagh White) which often appears in full on this blog. The newsletter also lists arts and cultural activities available within a short distance from Lehigh University campus. You can register for our newsletter on this link.

Here’s an example of the entire newsletter for further consideration:

Message from the Director

More than one item appears in the message from the Director this week. Each item has a link to the full post on our blog. We hope you have time to read through them all. You thought summer would be slow?

* On May 24, 2011 the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 1485 (known as the budget bill) which included a 70% reduction to the grants to arts line item as well as a 62% reduction to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) administrative budget.  In response to this action, Randall Forte, the Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council wrote this message:

* The world-renowned Project For Public Spaces will lead a technical workshop at Forte Building (511 Williams St.) from 9AM until noon on June 2nd. If you have interests in art, architecture, preservation, urban farming, open spaces and economic development, you can help plan the Eastern Gateway of Bethlehem. All designs will be available for an open house from 4:30-6:30PM in the same location.

* The 8th Annual SouthSide Film Festival begins next Tuesday. This all-volunteer organization has done significant work creating an audience for independent film in the Lehigh Valley. Had it not been for the thousands of dedicated work hours, this community would not be able to see such films, or meet the artists who made them. Don’t take our word for it, listen to what film makers say about the festival on this video by Lisa Koza.

* Holy Infancy Street Festival happens this Friday and Saturday on Webster and 4th streets, aside the school. If one regards food as an art form, some of the best tacos and Portuguese donuts are available here. But more than just the food, meet the members of the parish who celebrate their 150th anniversary.

* For Faculty and Staff with young ones. We found a nice online resource for planning activities and fun. Lehigh Valley Little Ones puts parents in touch with local events, day trip ideas, summer camps and other resources for you to consider making the most of your summer.  It’s not just for toddlers!

In the past week, Kristen has been busy with three posts of her recent South Bethlehem experiences. Read about her guided tour of the old Steel Mill,  her movie review of Lebanon, PA seen at the Yuengling Ale House Cinema at SteelStacks, and her reflections on the Farmer’s Market at SteelStacks.


Taylor Dance Studio, Lehigh University

Four different classes/different levels are available to everyone. Enjoy Ballet or Jazz Dance classes that are available to all levels from “never danced to experienced” in Taylor Dance Studio. All classes are on Tuesday evenings. All community residents, family members, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. Missed classes can be made up. These are low cost classes for all participants. For more information contact instructor, Laura Hausmann



Tunes at Twilight featuring Christopher Dean Band
June 2 • 6 to 8 PM •
 Sun Inn Courtyard, 556 Main Street, Bethlehem
Rain Location, McCarthy’s Tea Room, 534 Main Street, Bethlehem
Free live concerts in May and June. This week Christopher Dean Band. Enjoy the sounds of funk, rhythm and blues, covers. Bring a comfy chair or blanket.   


First Friday SouthSide Bethlehem
June 3 • 6 to 10 PM • DBA Members Locations
On the First Friday of every month, participating members of the Downtown Bethlehem Association in SouthSide Bethlehem stay open late and host a monthly celebration featuring music, refreshments, art exhibits, in-store specials and more. To see events going on at participating locations click here…  


No Shows Art and Music Collective 2011
June 3 • 6:30 to 10:00 PM • Blue Sky Cafe, 22 W. 4th Street, Bethlehem
The No Shows is a collective of artists and musicians established in 2007. Our main objective is to bring creative people together in order to share our work with the community and help raise awareness as well as interest in art and global issues.


Bethlehem Guitar Festival sponsored by Martin Guitar
June 3 @ 7:30 to 10:30 PM/June 4 @ 8:30 am to 10:30 PM
Moravian College South Campus
The classical guitar program at Moravian College and the Martin Guitar Company are pleased to present the 11th annual Bethlehem Guitar Festival. A day of recitals, workshops, guitar expo, master classes, and concerts. View the WHYY video article on last year’s Festival. For more information click here…


Electric Cow: The GreenPlay Festival 
June 3, 4 & 10, 11 @ 8 PM/June 5 & 12 @ 2 PM
Illicks Mill, Monocacy Creek, Bethlehem
A showcase of new voices & new visions for a new day! Electric Cow showcases 7 new
10 minute “green” plays by playwrights near & far, variations on eco-green themes. This site-specific production will take audiences on a journey throughout the Mill, where each play will live in a different… loft or corner!


Rotunda Juried Art Show
June – Artist, Sook Kim • Reception, June 5 • 2 to 4 PM
The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission has sponsored many one-person and group shows in the spacious Rotunda building at City Hall throughout the years. Artists such as Mary Zenghut, Pearl Rosenberg, Marylou Cummings and Corrine Lalin, and groups such as the Muralplatz artists, the Lehigh Art Alliance, and the Bethlehem Palette Club have utilized this space to showcase their work.


Pennsylvania Youth Theatre – Dancers in Concert
June 5 • 1 PM & 4 PM • Foy Hall, Moravian College • Tickets $12
Come out and see what the PYT Dancers have been working on all year. For more information visit PYT or call 610-332-1400.


Godfrey Daniels
7 E. Fourth Street, Bethlehem • 610-867-2390 

Times & Ticket Cost Vary by Venue
Lehigh Valley Music Awards 2009 winner – Best Open Mic and Best Open Jam!
Godfrey Daniels exists to create and nurture the appreciation of traditional and contemporary folk music and performing arts by providing an intimate environment where professional artists, amateur performers and audience members will be enriched by the unique experience of live performance.
June 1 @ 7:30 PM – Irish Seisiun – FREE
June 3 @ 8 PM – Peter Karp & Sue Foley
June 4 @ 8 PM – The Youngers – ADVANCE SALE
June 5 @ 7 PM – Open Mike featuring Dave Fry – FREE
June 7 @ 7 PM – Old Time Jam – FREE
June 8 @ 7:30 PM – Story Circle – FREE


Musikfest Cafe
SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

June 1 @ 7:30 PM – Béla Fleck & The Flecktones – the original lineup presented by WDIY
June 2 @ 7:30 PM – Ana Popovic & Guitar Shorty
June 3 @ 7:30 PM – John Oliver, from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with John Stewart”
June 4 @ 7:30 PM – XPN Welcomes Shawn Colvin
June 6 @ 7:30 PM – XPN Welcomes Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Check out these FREE EVENTS 
Here’s what’s playing at the Ale House Cinemas


Coming Next Week…8th Annual South Side Film Festival
June 14-18
For an overview, sneak peek of films and more, click here…