Host Bathsheba Monk fires the starting gun on a New Year of Lehigh Valley Arts Salon by welcoming to the show editors of and contributors to the new book of essays, A Locker Room of Her Own: Celebrity, Sexuality and Female Athletes. This is the third book in a series about sports edited by Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen and Dr. David C. Ogden. Dr. Martha Reid, who wrote the lead essay in the book, will join what promises to be a lively discussion about women in professional sports. (Original air-date January 6, 2014).
Artist Paul Harryn joins hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to talk about his work, his influences, and his exciting new exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum, "Essence of Nature," opening this weekend and running through May 2014. (Original air-date January 13, 2014).
Writer Kathryn Craft is a former dance teacher and choreographer, and wrote dance criticism for 19 years for the Morning Call. She joins hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to talk about The Art of Falling, her debut novel (January, 2014) that explores the intense pressures of the dance world, as well as the relentless pursuit of perfection that affects us all. (Original air date December 30, 2013.)
Host Kenn Michael takes a look at the IceHouse Tonight series, with guest Doug Roysdon, Loly Kinney and Jeff Vaclavik. In its second year, the series was created to serve regional professional artists, arts organizations, young artists and emerging regional artists. (Original air date December 16, 2013.)
In her new memoir “Fighter Pilot’s Daughter”, Mary Lawlor tells the story of her experience as a young woman coming of age in an Irish Catholic, military family during the Cold War. Lawlor, also a professor of English and Director of American Studies at Muhlenberg College, joins hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to talk about her book, her story, and coming of age in the 60’s. (Original air date December 9, 2013.)
Bathsheba Monk welcomes Matthew Crain to Lehigh Valley Arts Salon to talk about his new book, Reading Dubliners published this fall. A self-proclaimed James Joyce enthusiast, Matthew's short stories have appeared Harper's Magazine and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. The program will conclude with Tasty Seasonal Recipes featuring pizzelles.
The Board of Governors of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation have awarded WDIY a discretionary grant of $2,500 for Lehigh Valley Arts Salon. The grant will help in the production, studio and engineering cost associated with the program.
"We were thrilled to receive word of the grant," comments Rebecca Walz, Director of Development and PR for the station. "These funds will go a long way in helping us continue to produce Lehigh Valley Arts Salon on a weekly basis, highlighting dozens of cultural organizations across the Lehigh Valley every year."
Our own much-loved holiday tradition, The Lehigh Valley Christmas in Concert, returns to Miller Symphony Hall on Thanksgiving Sunday, December 1. The concert showcases the area's finest musicians and their renditions of holiday classics and carols, from folk to jazz, to Celtic and blues. Producers Miriam Huertas and Mike Krisukas join hosts Kate Scuffle and George Miller to share what magic they've lined up for us this year! (Original air date November 25, 2013.)
Fresh takes on beloved theatre classics are featured on today’s Arts Salon with hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle. Muhlenberg College faculty member Troy Dwyer has newly adapted, and directed, Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” for Muhlenberg Theatre, and actor Jim Benner is in Particle Theatre’s upcoming production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame”, directed by Norman Roberts and presented at Illick's Mill. (Original air date Nov. 18, 2013.)
Sharon Kaucher, Coordinator of the Allentown Academy of the Arts & visual arts teacher at William Allen High School joins George Miller and Kate Scuffle on the eve of the annual Academy of the Arts “8x8” fundraiser, the popular showcase of 8x8 works by over 50 regional artists as well as Allen Academy of the Arts teachers, students, and alumni. “8x8” takes place on Wednesday, November 13 at Muhlenberg’s Baker Center for the Arts, from 4 – 6:30pm – but get there early for the best selection of fabulous, affordable art! (Original air date November 11, 2013.)