Rain or Shine…

Rain or shine, there are more than a few events going on in town and nearby, some for just one night, and some starting this weekend and continuing on a bit longer.

First Friday Open Mic is still happening at Java Good Day Cafe, 231 Main Street, East Greenville, beginning at 7 p.m. tonight until 11 p.m.

Free concert tonight, Friday, April 4th, beginning at 8 p.m. featuring music from Argentina, Harlem and Broadway, performed by the Muhlenberg Choir and Chamber Singers at Egner Memorial Chapel, 23rd and Chew Streets, Allentown.

Journey: Dream of the Red Pavilion opens this weekend at Lehigh University, and plays through April 13, 2014 at the Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth Street, Bethlehem. 610-867-1689

“Journey” is the first production in Touchstone’s two-year Journey from the East project examining the Chinese in the Christmas City.

“We look at Bethlehem’s response to the ‘other,'” says Wright, a storyteller and Touchstone ensemble member. “It’s about how we deal with people who make us think about who we are. How often do you hear ‘I’m not racist, but.’ Given Bethlehem’s rich heritage as a center of immigration, it is especially important to take a look at the ways in which we embrace or reject difference and otherness.”

“Journey: Dream of the Red Pavilion” is the result of a year’s worth of research, including interviews with both Chinese residents and visitors.

It focuses on the stories of four Chinese women with very different experiences — Touchstone ensemble member Emma Chong, an American of Chinese heritage; Liberty High School student Liana Irvine, who was adopted from China by an American couple, and Dong-Ning Wang and Qiyi Zhu-Stoffey, both of whom were born in China, came to America to attend Lehigh University and stayed.

East meets West: Touchstone production explores Chinese immigrants in Lehigh Valley by Kathy Lauer-Williams, of The Morning Call

Also on Lehigh University campus, at the Zoellner Center, Lehigh students are performing an original theatre piece, Something from Nothing: A Devised Piece, this weekend through Saturday, April 12, 2014.

 Lehigh students have devised a theatre piece using improvisation and storytelling elements, exploring themes, characters, and narratives that resonate with them.  The results are comedic and dramatic, linear and non-linear, realistic and surreal.  This semester-long experimentation culminates in a fully realized three-act play and promises to inspire.

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia takes place April 2-13, 2014. Singing, dancing, film screenings, drumming and more is taking place all over Philadelphia, including at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park.

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