THIRD THURSDAY AUGUST—Destination Arts

Date

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 DowntownAllentown.com.

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

5:30–6:30 p.m.
Wendy: An Adventure in Neverland

This creative reimagining of Peter Pan is an original play written and performed by community actors who reside in the Old Fairgrounds and Jordan Heights sections of Allentown, guided by the pros at Allentown Public Theatre and in partnership with the Puerto Rican Culture Preservation. As the first artist-in-residence program of the new Cultural Coalition of Allentown, the play was created in workshops with residents acting and writing (in Spanish and English) and with each participant exploring the themes of youth, imagination, and growing up. Students also created their costumes and helped decorate the set. This is the final performance of the play, bringing together a huge cast from all of the workshops.

 

5:30 p.m.
Monthly Thursday evening film series: Requiem for the American Dream

Requiem for the American Dream (72 minutes) is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky on the defining characteristic of our time: the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality, tracing a half century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. Requiem is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future. Written by Jared P. Scott.

Watch trailer here.

 

6 p.m.
Free guided tour through the Museum's Kress Collection of Old Master paintings and sculpture.


Larder with a Servant, a Cook, a Spaniel and Her Pups, workshop of Frans Snyders, ca. 1625-37, oil on canvas. Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1961

 

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 Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. A 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics portrays the surprising effects that a reading of Anna Karenina has among a community of Cuban immigrants in Tampa, Florida.


 

7 p.m.
A gallery walk with collector Paul Kania through A Collecting Spirit
Collector Paul Kania and Elaine Mehalakes, curator of A Collecting Spirit: Gifts of Paul Kania, will lead a gallery walk together of the exhibition, commenting on the prints and artists.

                      
Paul Kania                                                                         Elaine Mehalakes