Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 28, 2017

His aim is true: ‘Trajectory Heart’ by Thomas Mann pops up in Center City Allentown

Friday, July 21, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.

‘An offer you can’t refuse’

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Sponsored by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, the Second Annual Bethlehem Italian Festival was held June 17 on Main Street and in the Sun Inn Courtyard. The event featured a “Wine Trail,” with 14 wines curated by South Italy Imports were available for tasting. An “Italian Food Trail” featured culinary delights sampling at nearby participating restaurants like The Brick, Tapas On Main, Twisted Olive, and The Colony Meadery at the Book Shop.

PCFLV dedicates ‘Ray of Sunshine’

Monday, July 10, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) paid tribute to their late friend and former next door neighbor in the Banana Factory, Ray Smicker, with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently. Smicker, owner of Silver Images in the adjoining space and steadfast supporter of PCFLV, passed away in 2016 from cancer. PCFLV then expanded their office suite into the vacant digital print shop and named it the “Ray of Sunshine Room” in his honor.

Charter Arts students present ‘Dance Quilt’

Monday, July 10, 2017 by ED COURRIER in School

Charter Arts stitched together a graceful “Dance Quilt” of ballet, modern, and tap styles with the help of visiting alumnus Nicholas Heffelfinger May 19 and 20.

Heffelfinger, recently graduated from Boston Conservatory.

According to artistic director of dance Kim Maniscalco, “For me a quilt represents many hours of work put forth from the hands of many people. The outcome is always a thing of beauty …”

“Our quilt was not only to please the eye and soul, but for its own practical purpose; to serve as a training ground for our young dance students.”

Theater Review: Pines puts on a delicious ‘Ritz’

Friday, June 16, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Reel life comes to the stage with “Puttin’ On the Ritz: A Salute to the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” through July 2, The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The well-paced musical revue of movie themes and show tunes from the days of silent films through World War II is brought to the cozy stage by the cast of Monica Handwerk, Dante Hill, Taylor Hopkins and Katherine Tabisz.

Deja Views: ‘Vision-Sound Revisited’ looks at Allentown’s 1980s arts scene with exhibits, concert, discussion

Friday, June 9, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley will be experiencing a sense of déjà vu when the 1980s return this summer to Allentown.

“Vision-Sound Revisited: Allentown’s ’80s Art Scene,” June 14 - Aug. 2, is a collaboration between the Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery, The Baum School of Art, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, and The Cigar Factory Alternative Gallery.

SSTF: Sands Casino sale is off

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Chairman Roger Hudak began the Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting May 23 with the disappointing news of the negotiations falling through for the sale of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to MGM. Resident Stephan Antalics asked, “Is what happened in the long term good or bad for the city?” Hudak replied that while negotiations were going on, development of the real estate was put on hold, which endangered the historic buildings on the property. He asaid Sands has kept the promises made when it built the casino and hoped projects can begin moving again.