Host Bathsheba Monk welcomes Miriam Huertas, Vice President of Allentown Initiatives at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chambre of Commerce, and Mike Krisukas, guitarist for Zen for Primates, to talk about the 18th Lehigh Valley Christmas in Concert taking place on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown. Featuring area musicians doing renditions of their favorite holiday tunes in a variety of musical genres -- from Folk to Jazz and Celtic to Blues.
Allentown Art Museum Director David Mickenberg joins hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle for a wide-ranging conversation about the Museum's fall exhibits, Robert Indiana from A to Z, American Pop: The Prints, and Building the Arena: Photography by Theo Anderson.
Host Bill Dautremont-Smith talks with Steve Coleman, jazz alto saxist, bandleader, composer and music theoretician, Allentown resident, and recently-announced 2014 MacArthur Fellowship genius award winner. They discuss his long career in music and other fields, moving from NYC to the Lehigh Valley about 20 years ago and being based here while performing around the globe, the MacArthur award and the impact of winning it, and his initial ideas of projects that are now made possible by the award.
Larry James Neff's new book, The Rigger, the memoir of a Bethlehem Steel rigger in the 1970's, is both a funny and chilling look back on a life that few have known, and that will never exist again, in a time when jobs were plentiful and workers scare. Author Neff joins hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to discuss his vividly rendered tale of a life, and a town remembered.
Host Bill Dautremont-Smith welcomes photographer Lydia Panas. Her new exhibition, After Sargent, opens Wednesday, October 8th at Muhlenberg College. Panas has produced a seemingly simple yet complex and evocative body of large-format portraits inspired by iconic American portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), particularly his well known and beautifully ambiguous painting The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882.
Host John Pearce welcomes authors Roberta Newman, professor at NYU, and Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen, professor at Moravian College, to discuss their award-winning book Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar, exploring how the relationship between the segregated Negro League and black businesses functioned, particularly in urban areas with significant African American populations--Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, and more.
Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus offers the only one if its kind Arts Administration four-year major this year. Elizabeth Rose Flaherty and Kenneth Thigpen Jr. speak with hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle about the special offering as well as other educational art related opportunities.
Tonight's topic is the change of leadership at Lafayette College's Williams Center for the Arts. Host Bill Dautremont-Smith will be talking with recently retired Director of the Performance Series Ellis Finger, who occupied the position since its inception in 1983, and his replacement Hollis Ashby, who took over at the beginning of this month after serving as Associate Director of Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, one of the largest performing arts presenters California.
Carol Benner and Ellen Shaughnessy of Easton's annual Riverside Festival of the Arts joins hosts Kate Scuffle and George Miller to talk about this year's festival, from its exciting juried arts show to the popular Plein Air Art Contest and more.