Third Thursday @ The Art Museum


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

Admission to the Museum is free every Third Thursday starting at 4 p.m., with a full schedule of free activities and events planned throughout the evening; see below for the complete lineup. For other Third Thursday art happenings, visit

5:30 p.m.
Introduction to Bharatanatyam

Dancer Firuzi Desai and her students present snippets of Indian stories with music. A Bharatanatyam performance emphasizes nritta (dance) and nritya (narrative or expressive dance using enactment, or abhinaya). This Indian classical dance form is distinguished by a strong basic position with feet and knees turned out in a plie position and hand gestures, called mudras. Besides working as a full-time therapist, Firuzi has been teaching Bharatanatyam and choreographing performances in the United States for fifteen years through Vedanta Dance Academy. Apart from teaching, she also loves to choreograph Bharatanatyam, Fusion, and Bollywood dances.

5:30 p.m.
Movie: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
The first feature documentary (113 mins) on the author/activist includes exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer, Dr. Maya Angelou (1928- 2014) inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

6. p.m.
Free tour through the exhibitions The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society and American Vistas
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just check in at the front desk.

Gustav Johann Grunewald (1805-1878), Niagara Falls, 1834, oil on canvas. Purchase: The Gift of John and Fannie Saeger, 1986


6 p.m.
Free guided tour of
Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia
No reservation is needed to join this docent-guided tour, just show up in Trexler Hall.

6:30 p.m.
The Verge by Susan Glaspell

Directed by Allentown Public Theatre’s Anna Russel, tonight’s Theatre Café production is written by one of the founders of modern American drama. This 1920s Broadway play was written out of the American canon for its pro-women message. It follows the story of a young female botanist and her conflicted relationship to romance.