Third Thursday SEPTEMBER


September 21 (Third Thursday)
Destination: Arts
4-8 p.m.

Every Third Thursday, admission to the Museum is free starting at 4 p.m., with free entry to all of the galleries and a full schedule of free Third Thursday events throughout the Museum; see below for the complete lineup. For other Third Thursday art happenings, go to

5:30 p.m.
Movie: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this intimate biography (90 mins) reveals a woman who balanced a private life of illness and pain against a public persona that was flamboyant, irreverent, and world renowned. Through the prism of Frida’s life and art, the film explores the ancient culture of Mexico; the Mexican Revolution; the wildfire of communism that burned through Latin America in the 1920s and 1930s; innovators in painting, photography, filmmaking, writing, and poetry that congregated in Mexico City; and the revival of interest in Mexican popular culture for which Kahlo has become a symbol.


6. p.m.
Free tour through the exhibition Designing for the Loom: Drawings by William Geskes.

No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

William Geskes (American, 1877–1962),untitled jacquard designs, 1895-1940, gouache and pencil.Allentown Art Museum, gift of Karin Geskes Erny, 1993


6 p.m.
Christie’s auction house tips on collecting

This program is offered in advance of our Cocktails & Collecting event held on November 11. A photography specialist from Christie’s auction house, Rebecca Jones, will discuss the collectability and trends of a wide range of mediums, and how to educate yourself in the art market. Free entry, and refreshments will be served, plus tickets to Cocktails & Collecting will be for sale at the discounted price of $90 for Museum members and $115 for nonmembers during this program.




6 p.m.
The music of Bakithi Kumalo

Bakithi Kumalo’s show consists of several solo performances of traditional South African classics, including songs sung in Zulu. During the hour-long show, Bakithi will share stories of South African culture, growing up under Apartheid, and the history and evolution of Paul Simon’s landmark 1985 album, Graceland, in which he played a major role. Bakithi's work on Graceland opened the doors for him to appear on recordings with Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, and Cyndi Lauper.


6:30 p.m.

This month’s Theatre Café reading, Saturnine, by up-and-coming local playwright Chase Yenser tells the story of Anna, a nine year old battling cancer with an attitude. Hosted by Allentown Public Theatre and directed by Willow Reichard-Flynn.