february 2019

21feb4:00 pm8:00 pmLive music by Fajjr+Ali on Third Thursday February


Event Details

Stop by the 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. (For a complete listing of all Third Thursday happenings downtown visit www.downtownallentown.com.)

Tonight, along with your art, listen in on a full set of music by the group fajjr+ali.

5:30–7 p.m.
Cheers, Allentown! Tasting with One Hope Wines
Cheers, Allentown! Start your evening at the museum with good taste and good friends in our upstairs Art Ways Lounge. Must be at least 21 years of age.







5:30–7 p.m.
Artist workshop with Femi J. Johnson
Drop-in and join us for workshops with artist Femi J. Johnson. Use paint and collage to explore issues of identity in relation to Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement. Bring your own photograph, memento, or imagery from home to incorporate into your artwork.

6 p.m.
Film: Central Park Five
A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between six and thirteen years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

6–6:45 p.m.
Guided gallery tour and discussion of Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement (in English)
No reservation is needed to join this free tour of our special winter exhibition–just drop in!

Directly following the docent tour, in-house curator Claire McRee will lead a discussion centered on From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. In this powerful series of photographs, Weems combines historic images of African Americans with her own poetic text. Weems’s unflinching exploration of slavery’s far-reaching legacy is challenging but also carries a message of resistance. Visitors will be able to participate in conversation and ask questions.

6–7:30 p.m.
Drop-in Trivia
Test your knowledge and win prizes every Third Thursday with our Arts and Culture Trivia. Questions span from 16th century art to contemporary culture, and prizes are awarded at the end of each round.

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Live music by fajjr+ali
fajjr+ali is an indie pop duo that makes meaningful and contemporary music while putting a new spin on what an American pop group can look like. What sets them apart is their unique heritage. In this day and age of diversity in the United States, the presence of Middle-Eastern and Asian artists is still scarce, especially in the contemporary music scene. With constant media focus on the Middle East and Muslim women, fajjr+ali hope to dispel stereotypes often associated with their backgrounds while simultaneously making good music.

Fajjr Khan was born and raised in the rural hills of Schuylkill County in Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Pakistani parents. Trained in both acting and singing, her passion for music and performance has been influenced by the array of genres and cultures of her life and family, which is reflected in her diverse writing style and vocals.

Ali Andre Ali grew up in Massachusetts and is the son of an Arab-American man and a Bostonian-Irish woman. This unique blend simultaneously exposed him to the eastern sounds of Arabic music and the classic rock of his parents’ generation through to the pop and hip-hop of today. Also trained in theater, Ali combines his natural storytelling ability with his unique composition to create poetic and relatable music.



(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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