Energy efficiency, innovative landscaping, and intelligent rooms are all part of the "2018 SOTA Idea House at HoudenHAL," open to the public April 28 through May 19, and located at 9905 Old 22, Breinigsville, Lehigh County (next to New Smithfield/Lynnport Exit 45 of I-78).
The Idea House is SOTA (Society of the Arts) of the Allentown Art Museum's biennial fundraising project. HoudenHAL (pronounced How-den-hall), translated in Dutch, means "sustainable home." The design of the house is led by Bethlehem House Gallery, a contemporary art gallery providing innovative art in a variety of contemporary styles. The house is handicap and ADA accessible.
The house gets its power supply from wind generation, solar energy, and geo-thermal wells. It is owned by Hersh and Robin Ruhmel and is home to Ruhmel Contracting Inc., and The Design Studio. It is both LEED certified and National Association of Home Builders Green Home Certified.
This year's participating designers include Sharon Kimmerle Interior Design; Kelly Dunn Home; Scott Rothenberger's PLACE; Creative Closets; House Splendid; WW Design; Kemble Richards Interior Design & Decoration; Love Your Room; Oswald Paint & Paper; Bethlehem House Gallery; SpunDesign; La Petite Provence, and Counter Culture by Allentown Appliance.
Proceeds from the Idea House benefit educational programs, the SOTA Print Fund, and the SOTA Education Endowment at the Allentown Art Museum.
SOTA is sponsoring an Idea House celebration party on May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m., at the newly-built Centennial Banquet Center at Homewood Suites on Center Valley Parkway in Center Valley.
For further info: sotapa.org
Returning to Stars on Ice are 2018 Olympic medalists and brother-and-sister Maia & Alex Shibutani, U.S. silver medalist Mirai Nagasu, 2017 U.S. ladies champion Karen Chen, and 2018 Olympics team medalist Adam Rippon, who hails from Pennsylvania. The program also will feature 2018 National Ice Dance champions Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, ice dance gold medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White, national champion and 2016 world silver medalist Ashley Wagner, and national champion Jason Brown.
For further info: pplcenter.com
***> An enormous red ball weighing 250 pounds and measuring 15 feet in diameter, recognized as the renowned "RedBall Project," is on its way to Bethlehem for the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival, April 20-21. The RedBall Project is making its first appearance in the northeastern United States.
The festival will be held in south Bethlehem shops, restaurants and arts venues and will feature bluegrass sensations and 2018 Grammy Award nominees The Infamous Stringdusters, indie rockers Delta Rae, folksinger-songwriter Dar Williams, popular Talking Heads Tribute "Start Making Sense," and blues guitarist Mr. Sipp.
The RedBall Project, made possible in part through Northampton County's hotel tax grant program, will appear Wednesday through April 22 from noon to 7 p.m. daily. The RedBall will be inflated and deflated each day as it 'magically' appears throughout Bethlehem's southside, highlighting the city's architectural landscape and history. The traveling public art piece made of architectural fabric was created by Ashville, North Carolina-based artist Kurt Perschke and is considered the world's longest-running street art work, having traveled to more than 25 cities around the world including Barcelona, Calgary, Montreal, Paris, and Sydney.> The festival also will host the 2,000-pound "Split Infinity" cast bronze sculpture of Albert Einstein created by Pittsburgh-based sculptor James West. West's interpretation of "The Theory of Relativity" depicts a larger-than-life Einstein, split at the waist, being pushed and pulled from floor to ceiling. West has done major commissions across the country, including Pittsburgh's "Point of View," a bronze sculpture on top of Mt. Washington overlooking Pittsburgh. "Split Infinity" will be on display in the ArtsQuest Center's Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons, April 19-June 23, with an opening reception on April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The "Lehigh Valley Art Wars" finale will be held on April 21 at 7 p.m. Live art events presented by iDream Machine will feature artists creating their work in a competitive environment, presenting the creative process as a form of entertainment. Each battle will give artists two hours to create their piece of work based on a theme. The works will then be voted on by the audience and jury, with one person being crowned champion and receiving a cash prize.
For further info: steelstacks.org
***> The Reading Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to American composer George Gershwin in "Glorious Gershwin" on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading. Featured will be British pianist Simon Mulligan, bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green. Music director is Andrew Constantine. The program will feature many of Gershwin's most beloved works, including "Rhapsody in Blue," "An American in Paris," and "Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs."
Mulligan has performed and recorded with Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin, and Sting, as well as performing in major concert halls and at private performances for the queen of England and President Barack Obama.
Deas is recognized for his signature portrayal of the title role in "Porgy and Bess," having performed it with major symphony orchestras. Soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green, a double major in vocal performance and music education from Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College), has earned artists diplomas, studied Italian opera, language, art and culture, and received numerous honors in the vocal arts.
For further info: readingsymphony.org
***> Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel, recognized for his complex finger style technique, will perform at the Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
At the age of 6, Emmanuel was touring his homeland of Australia with his family band, and by 30, was a rock n' roll guitarist performing at stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named a Certified Guitar Player by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins.
For further info: steelstacks.org
***> GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading presents "Spring Iron Pour" on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., when 2,000 pounds of reclaimed scrap iron is heated to 3,000 degrees and poured into molds. Co-presented by Albright College and GoggleWorks, the event will be led by Brian Glaze, an assistant professor of art at Albright, and visiting artist Kyle Lusk. Rain date is April 21.
Lusk will lead a workshop on styrofoam pattern relief casting on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and will present a slideshow and talk about his process and work at 5:30 p.m. in the GoggleWorks theater.
Lusk completed graduate work at East Carolina University and has created and exhibited work in galleries and public venues throughout the southeastern United States. He served on the art faculty at Appalachian State University and currently is an associate professor of art at Brevard College in North Carolina.
Musical entertainment for the Spring Iron Pour will feature the Peter Snyder Trio, and a fire performance by 7Textures.
For further info: goggleworks.org
***> The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective will present its jazz version of the popular TV program, "American Idol," with its fifth annual PA Jazz IDOL on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., at Moravian College's Foy Hall in Bethlehem.
Participating will be regional middle and high school jazz students and college jazz students. Master of ceremonies will be Neil Wetzel, Pennsylvania Jazz board member and director of jazz studies at Moravian College. Judges will be Bill Goodwin, Grammy Award-winning drummer/producer and professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey; Patrick Dorian, trumpet player and distinguished professor emeritus of music at East Stroudsburg University in Monroe County, and Rob Stoneback, trombone player and leader of the Rob Stoneback Big Band.
A special performance will be given by the Frank DiBussolo Trio, with Di Bussolo on guitar, Gary Staples on organ, and Ron Bogart on drums. The seventh annual awards ceremony will have Pennsylvania Jazz President Dave Roth announcing the winner, who will perform July 21 at the third annual Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival.
The event at Foy Hall is free of charge and open to the public. Donations are accepted; all proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Jazz Collective operational fund and education initiatives.
For further info: pajazzcollective.org
***> KeyLuv Productions presents Hasan Smith's "Jack & Phil" on April 21 at 5 p.m., at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Allentown. Producers are Gerry Pegues and Vernon Collier.
"Jack & Phil" tells the story of a close-knit father and son whose bond was tarnished when Phil learns his son is homosexual. While being a heart-tugging drama, the production is filled with comical content. The music is comprised of R&B, jazz, and gospel.
For further info: keyluv.com
***> A re-creation of the historic journey of Abraham Lincoln's 1,654-mile funeral train will be held at the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 1601 Hamilton Street, Allentown, with scholar Stuart Schneider and Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum on hand on Saturday at noon and again at 1 p.m. Rare Lincoln artifacts will be on display at the funeral home for one day only.
The event, sponsored by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, is being held in cooperation with the Lehigh County Historical Society.
The journey of the nine-car funeral train began in Washington, D.C., on April 21, 1865 and made its way through Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York City, and back to the western prairies Lincoln called home. The final resting place was in Springfield, Illinois.
For further info: lchs.museum
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