Third Thursday-Destination Arts


July 20 (Third Thursday)
Third Thursdays—Destination Arts

Every Third Thursday the Museum partners with other downtown arts organizations, restaurants, and retailers to fill your evening with fun things to do and see, from after-work drink specials to gallery tours, artist receptions, live music, and more. The Museum has a full schedule of Third Thursday events, all free, see below; for other art happenings these nights visit

The Museum Cafe is open on Third Thursdays till 6 p.m.

5 p.m.
Vision/Sound: artist discussion about Allentown’s 1980s arts scene

The Museum is part of Vision/Sound Revisited, a celebration of the alternative arts/counterculture boom of the late 1970s to the late 1980s in downtown Allentown. This evening from 5 till 6 p.m., arts writer Geoff Gehman will be swapping stories with artists Ray DiCecco, Linda Cummings, Kenn Michael, Ted Ormai, Barnaby Ruhe, and Jett Ulaner Sarachek (and others?). Reception to follow across the street from 6 till 8 p.m. at the Baum School of Art.


5:30 p.m.
Third Thursday film series: Presenting Princess Shaw

The extraordinary true story (83 minutes) of an aspiring musician down on her luck who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience.

Watch trailer here.


6–7:30 p.m.
Poetry Howl: The
Unbearable Beatniks of Light
Since the mid-1980s the Unbearables have been together as writers, poets, and artists in New York City's underground literary scene. Tonight, Unbearables Ron Kolm, Steve Dalachinsky, Carol Wierzbicki, Jim Feast, and Shalom Neuman bring their rowdy wordsmithing to the galleries.

The Unbearables recently published a collection of no-holds-barred thrashings of classics like Joyce’s Ulysses and contemporary writers like David Sedaris. The anthology is entitled The Worst Book I Ever Read and can be found in bookstores, sharing shelf space with the very authors they critique and claim to dislike. The Unbearables’ publications may also be found in the archives at the University of Rochester Library, the Avant Writing Collection at Ohio State University (John M. Bennett, librarian/curator), SUNY–Buffalo (Michael Basinski, curator), the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the main branch of the New York Public Library, and Poets House in New York City.


6 p.m.
Free guided tour through A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania

Stanley W. Hayter, Rideua, 1976-7, engraving etching and soft-ground etching printed on B.F.K. Rives paper, Gift of Paul K. Kania, 2014.


6:30–9 p.m.
Theatre Café with Allentown Public Theatre

Enjoy a dramatic reading in the Museum Café, in partnership with Allentown Public Theatre. Tonight's Theatre Café showcases Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s Rough Magic, an adaptation of The Tempest that places Shakespeare’s classic characters in present-day New York. This action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and the X-Men conjures a mythical, magical metauniverse.