Saturday, October 13, 2018

Friday, October 19: International jazz legend Steve Coleman @ William Center for the Arts @ Lafayette College in Easton, PA

Williams Center for the Arts

Friday, October 19: International jazz legend (and hometown hero)

Steve Coleman

Free pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in Williams Center Room 108: Steve Coleman in conversation with WDIY’s Bill Dautremont-Smith.

For saxophonist Steve Coleman, music is not a separate discipline from any other activity created by people, but a form of energy, a holistic part of the entire vibratory spectrum, from micro to macro. This MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award-winner’s unconstrained and preconceived compositional techniques start with the great African American spontaneous composers, and his global exploration of how humans, animals, and plants communicate gives his refined tonal progressions and disciplined rhythmic structures a distinctive conversational flow. With Five Elements, Steve Coleman takes the expressive possibilities of improvisation to uncharted, intriguing new territory.   

Tickets: $27 (just $6 for students with ID)
Saturday / October 20, 2018 / 2 p.m. JazzReach

Stolen Moments: The First 100 Years of Jazz

All-ages, family-friendly concert from JazzReach tracing the first 100 years of jazz

JazzReach’s critically acclaimed Metta Quintet introduces audiences of all ages to the ever-changing, vital, and truly American art form of jazz. Stolen Moments: The First 100 Years of Jazz is an interactive, multimedia program that illuminates the rich history of jazz and the names, faces, and stories of its many masters—Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, and Marsalis among them. Underscoring the interplay between the jazz movement and the evolution of American culture throughout the 20th century, the show highlights the myriad ways that jazz has inspired and influenced multiple genres of music.

Tickets: $19 for adults; $6 for students with ID and children under 16

Friday / October 26, 2018 / 8 p.m.
Theatre Re
The Nature of Forgetting

A resounding success at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Theatre Re’s The Nature of Forgetting is an explosive and moving reflection on what is left when memory fades. Middle-aged Tom struggles in the early stages of dementia. Then, magically, a lifetime of recollection is unlocked by small gestures, objects, and sounds, which his delicate mind eagerly grasps. Performed by a small cast almost entirely without dialogue, the journey unfolds through powerful, exquisitely wrought movement, capturing the fragility of life and the endurance of the human spirit. “Breathtaking and bold…a must see” (Broadway World).

Tickets: $27 (just $6 for students with ID)
The Williams Center brings this excitement downtown to Buck Hall’s Landis Cinema via National Theatre Live broadcasts of London’s best theater; and, on the hill, we continue Tapestries: Voices Within Contemporary Muslim Cultures, a 16-month initiative designed to showcase and celebrate the expressions of Muslim artists from around the world. Take some time to explore the website and all the exciting events that await us in the coming months, then join us for a show or two (or 12!)

Courageous Conversations: Being While Black Thursday, October 18th 5:30-7:30pm

Friday, October 12, 2018

Black Agenda Radio, Week of October 8, 2018 by Black Agenda Radio

THE WHITNEY HOUSTON SHOW: Fri, October 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM @ the State Theatre Center for the Arts


@ the State Theatre Center for the Arts
453 Northampton Street
Easton, PA 18042
610-258-7766 x204
Fx: 610-258-2570

Fri, October 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Starring Belinda Davids
Whitney’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed stage show featuring the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids who has been featured on Fox TV’s ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ and BBC1 TV’s ‘Even Better Than the Real Thing’.With the accompaniment of a live band, backing vocalists and choreographed dancers, this is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers. The two-hour production takes you on a heartfelt journey through Houston’s greatest hits including ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘How Will I Know’, ‘One Moment in Time’, ‘I Have Nothing’,  ‘Greatest Love of All’, ‘I’m Every Woman’ and more.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Wake Up With WURD 9.26.18 - John Wetzel

John Wetzel is the Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections. He joins Wake Up With WURD to discuss the current state of affairs for Pennsylvania’s prisons, Bill Cosby's transition into the prison population, prisoner reform programs, and transparency with prisons.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Black People Don’t Need Bill Cosby’s Kind of “Race Man” Glen Ford, BAR executive editor 26 Sep 2018

Cosby represents a Black American political right wing whose views of the Black poor are just as crude and dehumanizing as their white counterparts.

Black People Don’t Need Bill Cosby’s Kind of “Race Man”

“Cosby slandered poor Black people in terms the worst white supremacist would admire.”

Bill Cosby is still getting settled into his new home at Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institute at Phoenix, a huge, 3,830-bed facility not far from the suburban Philadelphia courtroom where Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced the 81-year old comedian to serve “no less than 3 years and no more than 10 years" for aggravated sexual assault against Andrea Constand, in 2004. That was the same year Cosby delivered his infamous pound cake rant at an NAACP awards ceremony, in Washington DC, marking the 50th anniversary of the Brown school desegregation decision. Cosby’s contempt for the Black poor and their propensity to wind up in prison was on shameless display.

"These are not political criminals,” Cosby told the tuxedoed celebrants. “These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake and then we run out and we are outraged, [saying] 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?"

“Cosby’s contempt for the Black poor was on shameless display.”

Cosby, who was once wealthy enough to daydream out loud about buying NBC, the network where The Cosby Show aired from 1984 to 1992, will find that safeguarding the few personal items allowed to inmates is problematic at the newly-constructed Phoenix facility, many of whose inhabitants are, like Cosby, just moving in. Prisoners complain that staff destroyed or vandalized prized photographs of loved ones or dumped paint on personal effects, religious objects and legal documents. "We were dehumanized. Our property was … treated as trash," inmate Steven Reph told a Philadelphia newspaper. "One elderly gentleman had his dentures taken or misplaced. How is this man supposed to eat now?"

The Pennsylvania prison system has been under extended lockdown , imposed after guards complained that something on the job was making them sick. The presence of synthetic marijuana was blamed -- which was sufficient excuse to disrupt inmates’ showers, phone privileges and email access, in the short term, and to totally revamp other aspects of prison life. The local newspaper reports:

“Inmate mail will be processed outside of the prisons, except legal mail, which will be copied by staff with the inmates present. The plan also calls for expanded detection of drones and use of body scanners.

“Visiting room staff will be doubled. Photos and vending machines will not be allowed for 90 days. A hotline for tips about drug smuggling or possession by inmates, staff or visitors was also organized.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

Join the team at Northampton Community College!

Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Positions Currently Open

Full time:





Part time:

Adjunct teaching positions (various)

Other positions also available include adjunct instructors, regular part-time, and various pool positions. Applicant pools are reviewed for these positions as necessary.

Candidates are encouraged to visit our careers site, as postings are subject to change.

Northampton Community College serves more than 35,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, and the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem.

The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. We offer a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package for full-time employees, which includes health, dental, term life, long-term disability, retirement and educational assistance

To apply or for more information, visit our careers site at

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer”.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Danny Simmons @ THIRD THURSDAY @ Allentown Art Museum Sep 20th

Stop by the Allentown Art Museum every Third Thursday for free admission to the galleries from 4 till 8 p.m. Enjoy our fall exhibitions and the following free-to-all activities.

5:30–7 p.m.
Cheers, Allentown! Tasting with the Social Still
Start your evening at the Museum in good spirits and good friends in our upstairs Art Ways lounge. Social Still Distillery will be providing samples of some of their many varieties of spirits as well as a sample of one of their signature cocktails to kick the night off. Must be at least 21 years of age.

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Adult art workshop with Angel Suarez-Rosado
Hands-on artmaking with Easton-based artist Angel Suarez-Rosado. Discuss the importance of power objects that Angel often uses in his practice, and learn ways to transform everyday objects into artworks with profound meaning.

Shrine for the Black Madonna

6–8 p.m. Danny Simmons, Ursula Rucker, and Shrine for the Black Madonna featuring Brian Tate
Legendary artist, poet, activist, writer, and art collector Danny Simmons (full bio below) comes to the Allentown Art Museum! With his artwork and latest volume of poetry, The Return of 2 Dick Willie, he brings a unique evening of poetry, music, and visual art (adult content, book signing to follow). Ursula Rucker, one of the architects of Philadelphia’s poetic revival, has transfixed audiences from Tokyo to Capetown. She has worked alongside the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, Mos Def, Macy Gray, and the late great Nina Simone. Shrine for the Black Madonna, featuring Brian Tate, has been described by Vernon Reid, the founder/guitarist, of Living Colour, as the Next Sound of Rock. The band mixes furiously seductive acid-pop with bursts of dub, African metal, soul, and more, listen here.

Danny Simmons, the older brother of hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons (“Reverend Run” of Run–D.M.C.), is a neo-African abstract expressionist painter and co-founder and chairman of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (since 1995), which provides disadvantaged urban youth with arts access and education. As part of Rush Philanthropic, Simmons also founded Rush Arts Gallery and soon after that converted part of his loft in Brooklyn into the Corridor Gallery. Both galleries provided exhibition opportunities to early and mid-career artists who do not have commercial representation through galleries or private dealers. Along with his brother Russell, Simmons created Def Poetry Jam, which has enjoyed long-running success on HBO. In 2004, Simmons published Three Days as the Crow Flies, a fictional account of the 1980s New York art scene. He has also written a book of artwork and poetry called I Dreamed My People Were Calling, But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home. He has also published Deep in your best reflection and The Brown beatnik tomes, two additional volumes of poetry. In 2015 Simmons moved to Philadelphia and opened Rush Arts Philadelphia gallery (RAP) to further the Rush Arts mission and to begin to create a national presence for the service organization. Simmons has had his work shown nationally. Chase Manhattan Bank, the United Nations, and the Schomburg Center for Black Culture all show his work as part of their collections. The Brooklyn Museum as well as the Smithsonian African American Museum have featured his work. He is also an avid collector of African art and comic books. Simmons’s most recent book of poetry is entitled The Return of 2 Dick Willie.

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