Laini’s List of 9 Things to Do in the Lehigh Valley This Weekend

By Laini Abraham


1. “Eleven Alive” CD Release Party

Friday from 9pm to 12am, Black & Blue, 683 Walnut St., Easton

The Doug Hawk Proposition recorded “Eleven Alive” at Black & Blue on 11/11/11 and will be returning to celebrate the finished product. Stop by to help celebrate this occasion. Check out the interview Doug did with Lehigh Valley Mirror last week. (There’s a little pocket guide interview in there, too. Good to get the little plugs out of the way. 🙂


2. The Laurie Berkner Band

Saturday at 1pm, Allentown Symphony Hall, 23 N. 6th St., Allentown

From Allentown Symphony Hall’s website: Get ready to jump, dance and sing along to the Laurie Berkner Band! Award-winning, best-selling children’s author and performer Laurie Berkner performs live with her band, as seen on Nick Jr. Berkner, described by Parenting Magazine as “the Pied Piper of preschool” uses lyrical themes, interactive music and movement to promote creativity and help foster an appreciation for music. The perfect event for your preschoolers and tons of fun for the whole family!


3. Mardi Gras First Friday

Friday from 6 to 10pm, Various Locations throughout Southside Bethlehem

February’s First Friday is alive with that “Carnival” feeling with sights and sounds that are sure to entice your senses! This month’s theme is Mardi Gras, and we are letting it all hang out! Collect festive beads as you hop from business to business, take advantage of “Fat” savings, new art exhibits, and entertainment across town….you would swear you were in New Orleans.


4. XVSK Score Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Saturday at 10:30pm, Red Cinema at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

From the facebook event page: XVSK (John Kimock & Trevor Exter) perform a musical interpretation to the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This is a great movie with an incredible score and we are ready to turn it on its head.


 5. Closing Reception for Metamorphosis

Saturday from 2 to 5pm, Antonio Salemme Foundation, 524 Hamilton St., Allentown

Check out Metamorphosis before it’s too late. The Allentown Chen Arts Group show features the artwork of 23 local artists (including Janet Barna, Alison Bessesdotter, Veronica Budihas, Steven Condra, Eilleen Cressman-Reeder, Janet-Dean Cantalini. Zehra Follweiler, Heather Haas, Ana Hamilton, Kate Hughes, Kevin James, Chris P. Jones, EA Kafkalas, Tracey Lopez, Rafael Lopez Jr., Georgine Miller, Elly Moloy, Delano H. Morgan, Monica Santos-Narvaez, Tara Shuey, Michele Neifert, Ted Odossey, Susan Weaver, and Rob Williams). Works range from photography, art quilting, paintings, ceramics, and more. There will also be readings by local poets.


6. “On the Prowl for Animals”

Saturday between 12 and 4 pm, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 66 W. Church St., Bethlehem

Part of the Historic Bethlehem Partnership’s ongoing series for kids, the “Hunt for History Club.” From HBP’s website: Throughout history artists have been inspired by animals. Most cultures have crafted fine and decorative arts that include animal themes. Hunt for animal images in objects found in the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem’s collection to create your own craft! Don’t miss the exciting animal games!


7. Funeral Procession for the Bill of Rights

Saturday from 12 to 2pm, Corner of 2nd and Northampton Sts., Easton

Join with other concerned citizens to demonstrate against the December 31, 2011 passing of the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for citizens to be detained with no charge and no trial. This could be you.


8. Super Bowl Party at Vintage Restaurant & Bar

Sunday at 5:30, Vintage Restaurant & Bar, 100 Clubhouse Dr., Easton

If you’d like to go out to watch the Super Bowl but a packed, noisy sports bar isn’t your idea of a good time, here’s your place. Watch the game on their 50″ plasma tv’s but have the option of taking a break and walking out on their patio and chilling with a view of the Delaware. There’s a Super Bowl Buffet, prizes, contests & giveaways, too.


9. Pearly Baker’s Ale House Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off

Sunday at 11:30am, Pearly Baker’s Ale House, 11 Centre Square, Easton

Be a part of an Easton tradition, the 17th Annual Pearly Baker’s Chili Cook-Off. $5 to get in gets you samples of chili from 25 different area restaurants. All money raised will be donated to the Center for Animal Health and Welfare. Get out early, eat some chili, and help them animals. But get there early, because this event gets packed, and often sells out.


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