First Friday in March

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Three new art displays are on the walls at Java Good Day Cafe, and the artists will be on hand on Friday, March 1st for tonight’s Art Opening, beginning at 6 p.m. The artwork includes paintings by Doug Boehm, photographs by Tammy Snyder, and photographs by Kelly Cox. All pieces are available for sale.

Java Good Day Cafe is also hosting an Open Mic tonight, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Vocalist Payel Girwarr will be performing at the Cafe on Saturday night, March 2nd, from 8 – 10 p.m.

This is the final weekend to see the one-woman show, Bad Dates, at the Montgomery Theater in Souderton. Tickets are only $20. A Tale of Two Cities, at DeSales University, and Urinetown at Lehigh University also close this weekend.

42nd Street plays this weekend only, at Southern Lehigh High School in Center Valley (5800 Main Street); 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. Students at Saucon Valley High School (2100 Polk Valley, Hellertown) hit the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m., performing the musical Anything Goes.

This is also the last weekend to catch Suspended Harmonies: Fiber Art by Ted Hallman at the Michener Museum in Doylestown. While you are at Michener, check out exhibit The Brush is Mightier than the Sword, on display through May 26th.

It’s easy to forget how bad things were when President Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Wall Street executives were jumping from office windows, prosperous middle-class families were driven to the streets, and the entire fabric of American society seemed to be unraveling. Artists who didn’t confront the troubles of the day, who focused on nature or made colorful abstractions, were considered trivial and unpatriotic.

The tradition of “art with a conscience”–art that’s meant to open our eyes and change the world&nash;truly came into its own in the tumult and ferment of the first half of the twentieth century. The Michener Art Museum is fortunate to have in its collection many fine examples of paintings and works on paper that both celebrate daily life and reveal the plight of the homeless and the hungry. This exhibition honors the artists who created these works and the generous collectors who made it possible for us all to see them.

On Saturday only, the Repertory Dance Theatre will perform Sleeping Beauty at Allentown’s Scottish Rite Cathedral at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for the March 2nd show are $20 for adults, $16 for children and seniors. For tickets, call 610-965-6216 or go to www.lvartsboxoffice.org – Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton Street, Allentown.

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