Go Bollywood with the Allentown Art Museum to celebrate the vibrant culture of India through dance, film, music, and more at multiple events including the museum’s first-ever Bollywood party Thursday, Aug. 16. The event is part of downtown Allentown’s Third Thursday Arts Walk. Admission to the museum is free from 4 to 8 p.m.
Bollywood is not one specific style of dance, but a collage of many dance styles set to hit songs. DJ Dharak will play music for dancers during two performances from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The first will present Bollywood dance interludes, and the second will include the audience in high-energy Bollywood dance sessions.
Other events include a classic Indian flute-and-mridangam (drums) recital in Kress Gallery by musicians Skandaprasad “Skanda” Rao and Prakash Rao at 5 p.m.; photography workshops by Claire Marcus 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; samples from Social Still Distillery 5:30 to 7 p.m. and an arts trivia contest 6 to 7:30 p.m.
There will be screenings of Indian documentaries “Forest Man” about a man who reforested Majuli, the world’s largest river island at 6 p.m.; and “Cobra Gypsies” about an ancient tribe in northern India known as the Kalbeliyaby at 6:30 p.m.
Also visit the museum’s exhibit “Indian Sculpture: Avatars of the Hindu Gods” through June 2nd 2019 in Payne Hurd Gallery.
On Sunday, Aug. 19, the party moves to the Arts Park for India Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the museum, which is open noon to 4 p.m., visit the exhibit or join an Indian-themed art-making workshop in the Art Ways gallery. Museum admission is free Sunday.
Heritage Day begins with the mayor of Allentown raising the Indian flag and lighting the diya, a traditional clay oil lamp. Festivities include Indian food, Indian music, dance performances, art displays, clothing and jewelry for sale, henna, yoga, and other interactive activities.
Berks rocks with “Magical History Tour”
Relive the rocking 1960s with a ‘Woodstock-like’ music festival that is the flagship event for the Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Wear your bell-bottoms and tye-dye t-shirt for “The Magical History Tour: Part 6 – The Groove Plays On” from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Evergreen German Club, 415 Hartz Rd., Fleetwood.
The ABCs of Harmonies kick off the festivities with the national anthem at 1:55 p.m. and return for a 45-minute set at 3 p.m.
Bands include 4 Play, Musical Chaos, The Pride & Joys, The Dave Mell Band, Makooch and Steele. The event which brings back local musicians and bands from the 1960s and 1970s for reunion performances, celebrates the rich musical history of Reading and Berks Counry, known for its local musicians and venues, such as the Hamburg Field House, St. Lawrence Stadium, the Bandshell, and Boscov’s East’s parking lot.
The Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a permanent exhibit in the Berks History Center Museum, 940 Centre Ave., Reading. The Hall of Fame was conceived after the second Magical History Tour concert in 2014 to honor and memorialize Berks County’s musical history. More than 140 bands and musicans have been recognized so far.
The newest additions to the Hall of Fame will be announced during the 2018 Official Induction Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. during the festival.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Explore Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American festival
Join the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown for a weekend of Native American drumming, singing and dancing.
The 38th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American Festival, will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, in Lehigh Parkway, 2825 Fish Hatchery Rd., Allentown.
Premiering at the festival is Native American artist Bill Miller, a Grammy-award-winning recording artist, performer, songwriter, painter, and world-class native flute player.
Other entertainment includes host drum “Youngblood Singers” from Shinnecock Indian Nation, NY, and guest drum “Black Bull Moose Singers” from the Anishnawbek Nation, Canada; Aztec dancing by the Salinas Family from Mexico City; Cree hoop dancer Katrina Fisher and Iroquois social dancing by the Onyota’a:ka Dancers and Singers from New York.
Master of Ceremonies is David White Buffalo of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and featured dancers will be head man Patrick Brooks (Tuscarora) and head woman Emelie Jeffries (Occaneechi-Saponi).
The grand entrance of performers will be at noon.
There will be an activity area where children can learn to make Native American style crafts such as dreamcatchers, cornhusk dolls, and Navajo sand painting. All ages can help paint the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival mural. Other activities include life skills demonstrations of atlatl and tomahawk throwing, flintknapping, primitive fire making, flutemaking, and native cooking demonstrations by Heart to Hearth. The Indian Artifact Collectors Association of the Northeast will have a display and Fisher will present her award-winning Plains teepee program.
Crafts for sale include handmade Navajo and Zuni silver jewelry, Iroquois wampum jewelry and bead work, Kachina dolls, pottery, leather clothing, moccasins and soap stone carvings. Enjoy Native American cuisine of frybread, buffalo burgers, buffalo stew, Indian tacos, blueberry wajopi, corn soup and fire roasted corn.
Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children age 8-17 and seniors.
Final Valley Vivaldi summer concert features recorder and oboe d'amore
The final concert of the summer Valley Vivaldi chamber ensemble series in Bethlehem will feature guest musician and German native Rainer Beckmann performing on recorder.
The concert by Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.
The program features Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Telemann and Marin Marais who lived from the mid- to late-17th century through the 18th century.
Beckmann, who plays the recorder with early music ensembles in the Philadelphia area, is a founding member of La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble, a member of Vox Renaissance Consort, and director of the Greater Philadelphia Area Recorder Academy.
He will play the “Concerto in G for recorder and strings,” RV 443 by Vivaldi and “Trio Sonata in D,” TWV 42:d10 by Telemann, accompanied by cello and harpsichord.
Cheryl Bishkoff, Sinfonia principal oboist, will solo on Bach's “Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A,” BWV 1055. Bishkoff is principal oboe of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and plays with the Boston Ballet.
Pieces included in the program are “Trio Sonata in D, Op. 3 No. 2” by Italian violinist and composer Corelli and a one-movement work by French composer Marais, Sonnerie de Ste. Geneviève du Mont de Paris, that emulates the waves of sound created in a church bell tower.
Other musicians include Mary Ogletree, Rebecca Brown and Simon Maurer, violin; Agnès Maurer, viola; Elizabeth Mendoza, cello; Nancy Merriam, bass; and Allan Birney, harpsichord. Meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments at a reception following the concert.
Tickets are $25 and $35 for adults; $30 and $20 for seniors and free for students.
Tickets: www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org | 610 434-7811
Galactic invasion at Reading Public Museum
Meet Jedi knights, X-wing pilots and droids during “It’s a Galactic Invasion” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Rd., Reading.
In honor of the final weeks of the museum’s exhibit “Alien Worlds and Androids” which closes Sept. 4, the museum is getting a visit from “Star Wars” characters from Ghost Base of the Rebel Legion, and fans can meet them and take photos with them.
Ghost Base is the Pennsylvania and Delaware chapter of the Rebel Legion, the costuming organization recognized by LucasFilm Ltd. The group whose members dress as the “good guys” from “Star Wars” is one of the fastest growing chapters in the Rebel Legion and part of the group’s mission is to give back to the community through charity and volunteerism.
Don’t miss the museum’s featured exhibit “Alien Worlds and Androids” which ponders the question “are we alone in the universe?”
It includes nine themed environments that immerse visitors in discoveries and theories on space travel and the possibility of life beyond earth. There are hands-on experiments and a simulator so you can ride along with the Mars Rover as it scours the surface of Mars.
There are life-size models of robots from films, including C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8 from the “Star Wars” films, a replica of Tony Stark’s “Iron Man” suit and robots from the “Terminator” movies.
The museum also is presenting the planetarium show “Distant Worlds - Alien Life” at 4 p.m. Sundays in the Neag Panetarium. The show examines the conditions for a habitable zone and takes a tour to some of the recently discovered exoplanets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way.
Museum admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children, age 4 to 17, seniors and college students. Planetarium tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, age 4 to 17, seniors and college students.
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