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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

8 DAYS A WEEK, Your Look Ahead at Valley Arts: Coronavirus comebacks at LV Zoo, America on Wheels, SteelStacks

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With the Lehigh Valley in the Green Phase, some arts, cultural and entertainment venues are reopening on a limited basis.

However, there are still additional cancellations and postponements.

Following is an overview, as of the deadline for the July 1 and 2 Lehigh Valley Press Focus section, of some of the coronavirus comebacks and setbacks.

Venues are following the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and municipal governments.

Bethlehem Fireworks, SteelsStacks concert

Coming soon: A movie theater to reopen near you

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Summer at the movies should be the time of blockbusters.

Instead, Summer 2020 is the summer of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With movie theaters closed for approximately three months in the United States, nearly every man’s and woman’s home is not only his or her castle but has become a movie palace.

That may change in July with national first-run movie theater chains expected to reopen.

Appropriately enough in light, or dark, in the time of coronavirus, “Unhinged” is the first new theatrical release scheduled to open.

At the Movies: What’s playing at The Roxy?

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the musical, “Guys and Dolls,” Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Benny Southstreet ask, “What’s playing at the Roxy? ... I’ll tell you what’s playing at the Roxy.”

The answer for what’s playing at The Roxy movie theater in Northampton, Pennsylvania, is: Nothing.

And nothing will be playing at The Roxy anytime soon.

When coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdowns spread across the United States and the world, the release dates of movies were postponed.

Coronavirus impact: Apocalypse now? Rob Zombie, others, not at Musikfest 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Zombie apocalypse is not exactly upon us, but Musikfest is the latest, and biggest, Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment event to succumb to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

And it’s not only because Rob Zombie won’t be in Bethlehem Aug. 2 to headline a Wind Creek Steel Stage concert Musikfest.

Musikfest 2020 headliners concerts gone with the Wind Creek Steel Stage

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Zombie apocalypse is not exactly upon us, but Musikfest is the latest, and biggest, Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment event to succumb to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdown.

Officials of ArtsQuest, which presents the 10-day music and food extravaganza that attracts an estimated 1 million to the south side, and downtown and historic Industrial Area of Bethlehem, announced that Muskikfest headliners concerts at the Wind Creek Steel Stage have been postponed with one exception, which is a cancellation.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School of Art planning 35th auction as online bid and buy

Friday, June 5, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Last of three parts

The Baum School of Art annual auction is one of the most fun-filled events on the Lehigh Valley arts and cultural calendar.

The Baum auction, a glittering light on the fundraiser circuit, attracts hundreds of art devotees to the school’s center city location for an evening of fine art and frivolity.

There’s the silent auction of work by Lehigh Valley artists past and present with some 200 pieces displayed in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Coronavirus cancellations: Levitt Pavilion concerts, Shinedown at Musikfest, Kutztown Folk Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An announcement about the 2020 edition of Musikfest is expected the week of June 7, according to ArtsQuest officials.

Meanwhile, the Levitt Pavilion concerts at SteelStacks on Bethlehem’s southside, are going virtual, at least to start the 10th annual season with “Levitt in Your Living Room,” Thursdays - Saturdays, which began May 28.

Musikfest, July 31 - Aug. 9, SteelStacks and downtown Bethlehem, is still on, as is the Great Allentown Fair, Sept. 1-7, as of the publication date for this article.

Freddys tribute telecast May 21 on WFMZ

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “Freddy Awards: A Television Special Celebrating the High School Musical Class of 2020” will be telecast, 7 - 10 p.m. May 21, 69-WFMZ, a partner with the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards isn’t being presented because of the public and charter schools shutdown mandated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The TV special is a tribute to the Freddy Awards and especially high school seniors who participated in the 2020 musical productions, most of which were not presented because of the pandemic-mandated shutdowns.

Pandemic predictability: Canceled are Musikfest opening act; Levitt Pavilion concerts; Pride Fest; Blues Brews & Barbecue; Tunes at Twilight; Bucks Playhouse summer season

Friday, May 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With pandemic predictability, the first headliner at Musikfest 2020 has postponed its concert because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The July 31 Wind Creek Steel Stage concert of The National, scheduled to open the 37th annual Musikfest, is postponed, according to Musikfest and The National websites.

Third time not the charm for Mayfair at Cedar Crest; arts festival canceled for Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 8, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time is not the charm for Mayfair with the announcement that concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have forced cancellation of the 2020 arts festival.

Mayfair Festival of the Arts was to return May 22-24 for the third year on the Cedar Crest College campus in Allentown.

The three-day festival, as with Memorial Day, May 24, is regarded as the unofficial start of summer in the Lehigh Valley. The first day of summer is June 20.