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South Side Arts District

South Side Arts District

Organized in 2015, Bethlehem’s South Side Arts District is building on a resurgent business and cultural district anchored by the SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus and the unique shops, pubs, and restaurants that are creating a sustained buzz in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The South Side Arts District, part of the nationally recognized Main Street program that seeks t... »

SouthSide Film Festival

SouthSide Film Festival

If Jeff Vaclavik had to recruit a cast, build a sound stage, and write a script for a movie about a film festival, he’d set it in South Bethlehem. “This is the perfect place for this festival, with all that’s going on here in this part of the city,” says Jeff, president of the Southside Film Institute, the organization that hosts the Southside Film Festival, which will ope... »

Pentley Holmes

Pentley Holmes

There’s always a moment of breathlessness when you meet someone and they tell you that they play music, as was the case when I met Pentley Holmes one summer outside of a now-defunct Easton music venue.  You see, once they say that, you have no choice but to ask if you can hear something—and that first listen is like the moment you decide to take a leap into a lake th... »

ManDudeBro

ManDudeBro

Individually, they’re Dan Maher, Jon Lunger, Matt Candio, and Evan Stutts, but every Friday night at 10:30, the quartet moonlights as ManDudeBro, the longest running improv comedy group in the Lehigh Valley without any cast changes. For $6—if you get there early enough—you can have a front row seat to what they promise is the “cheapest and best date night in town.” Here’s ... »

John Consalvo

John Consalvo

Many of us believe that our soul will continue to exist long after our earthly body perishes—that it will have a future that extends beyond our death. But what if our soul also had a past? What if, prior to our birth, our soul already had a “life” in which it was free to make choices and decisions that directly impact our current selves? This is the fascinating, thought-pr... »

Vera Pinho

Vera Pinho

Vera Pinho’s laugh precedes her. It’s loud and contagious and frequent, punctuating her sentences and disarming, instantly putting you at ease and cheering you up all in one audible second. There’s a joke here about having whatever she’s having, but it’s just her way, radiant and carefree with an undertone of wisdom that suggests she chooses happiness and it chooses her ri... »

Domenick Naccarato

Domenick Naccarato

Artistic inspiration isn’t always found in a picturesque sunset, trip to Paris, or pretty model who moonlights as a muse. In fact, artist Domenick Naccarato’s creative epiphany was literally a joke. It went something like this: Naccarato was waiting for sculpture class to start and a fellow art school student walked in and dropped a 12-inch slab of wood covered in decades ... »

Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley

Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley

Fact: everyone secretly wants to be a dancer, even if they don’t know it. Imagine a life of not needing proximal seating to the open bar at a wedding reception to fuel your creativity on the dance floor. A world where your children don’t default to “Look, I’m Dad!” dancing pantomimes for guaranteed laughter during family get-togethers. An existence where people don’t wonde... »

Matt Halm

Matt Halm

Some artists use photography as their canvas, some prefer clay or metal, some have a flair for fashion, and others, well, they keep it literal and use a canvas as their canvas. Then there’s Matt Halm – he uses entire neighborhoods. “You remember being there and looking at a wall on a building with nothing there and you get to see how you created something that really trans... »

Mardochee Dade

Mardochee Dade

Many of us have dreams that remain tantalizingly out-of-reach, no matter how hard we chase them. Mardochee Dade’s dreams of playing cello began when he discovered the instrument in third grade. Just 10 years later, thanks to innate skill, determination, and enthusiastic community support, he’s become one of our region’s most accomplished young string players. It started wi... »

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