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ArtsQuest at Home

As a community-focused arts organization, ArtsQuest has been committed to providing free and low-cost arts, cultural and educational programming to our region for that past 36 years. While the spread of COVID-19 has caused everyone to change their daily life and work routines, we’re still working to bring the arts to you (while maintaining appropriate levels of social distancing)!

Below is a list of some of great digital events we’re planning or that we want to make you aware of… because the power of the arts connects individuals, even if we can’t all be in the same place at the same time.

So until we can hang in person, check out all these cool digital goings-on!

And don’t forget to check back OFTEN! We’re going to be updating this page frequently.

If you’d like to help support ArtsQuest and all our programs (Musikfest, SteelStacks, The Banana Factory Arts Center, and too many more to list here) during the coronavirus shutdown, you can donate to the organization here.

 

Live Streams

SteelStacks Lunch Break

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Spend lunch with your favorite SteelStacks musicians!

Noon on the SteelStacks Facebook page

  • Monday, March 30: Dina Hall
  • Tuesday, March 31: The Accidentals
  • Wednesday, April 1: Carly Moffa
  • Thursday, April 2: Stacy Gabel
  • Friday, April 3: The Groove Merchants

 

 

Other Live Streams Concerts

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We reached out to a bunch of artists and asked them to tell us about their upcoming live streams. Then, we scoured the interwebs to find even more streaming shows. Then we mashed them all together in this list, so you have any easy reference point for all the best shows!

So please enjoy these shows from your couch… Chances are they’re being performed from the artist’s couch too – we’re all in this thing together!

Want to get your live stream concert on our list? Fill out our form here: https://fest.formstack.com/forms/live_stream_submission

ALL TIMES LISTED BELOW ARE E.S.T.

Sunday, March 29

Monday, March 30

Tuesday, March 31

Wednesday, April 1

Thursday, April 2

Friday, April 3

Saturday, April 4

Sunday, April 5

Thursday, April 23

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Comedy

Improvised Standup – Digital Version!

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Your suggestions will serve as the topics for jokes that comedians – streaming from the comfort of their own homes – will have to make up on the spot!

The shows are free, but you’ll have to reserve your spot in the audience in advance. Click the links below for the lineup of comedians and to register to be part of the live stream audience (FREE).

Check back soon for new show dates

 

 

Bad Advice with Jon Lunger & Friends

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Comedian Jon Lunger and a panel of his very funny friends are assembling (online, of course) to solve all of your problems, no matter how big or small they may be.

Saturday 3/28 show will feature Nicole Conlan (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Kirk Griffiths (Proper Ebonics Podcast) and Jon Lunger (Improvised Wikipedia Podcast).

The shows are free, but you’ll have to reserve your spot in the audience in advance. Click the links below to register to be part of the live stream audience (FREE).

Check back soon for new show dates

 

 

 

Virtual Comedy Classes

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Dip your toes into the art or improv with these virtual drop in classes!

Check back soon for the schedule.

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Film

 

Movie Talks with the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema Team

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The team from our Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas is watching some of the best films available to stream at home and then they’re going to host live streams so we can all nerd out and talk about ’em together!

We’ll post upcoming talks a couple days in advance, so you can watch the movies before we host the talks.

Movie Talks are free to participate in, but you do have to reserve your spot in advance. Click the links below for more info and the registration links.

 

 

Exclusive Online Screenings

We are delighted to announce that we have been given exclusive access to two new films via online streaming by rental or purchase. When you purchase or rent the film via our website, a percentage of the gross will go to ArtsQuest, further enabling us to provide arts and entertainment to our community and beyond while our doors are closed.

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FANTASTIC FUNGI

Directed by: Louie Schwartzberg
Starring: Brie Larson, Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, Paul Stamets

Runtime: 1 hr 21 min

Rent/Purchase

Rental: $4.99 (48 hour streaming period) / Purchase: $14.99

When you purchase or rent the film via our website, a percentage of the gross will go to ArtsQuest, further enabling us to provide arts and entertainment to our community and beyond while our doors are closed.

Fantastic Fungi is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit— the mushroom. A story that begins 3.5 billion years ago, fungi makes the soil that supports life, connecting vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet, like an underground Internet.

Through the eyes of renowned mycologist Paul Stamets, professor of forest ecology Suzanne Simard, best selling author Michael Pollan, food naturalist Eugenia Bone and others, we experience the power, beauty and complexity of the fungi kingdom.

The film is a blueprint for what connects all humanity and the natural world. There is much to learn from the world of mycelium and Fantastic Fungi is an inspiring place to begin the process of bringing us together as interconnected creators of our world.

 

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SAINT FRANCES

Directed by: Alex Thompson
Starring: Kelly O’Sullivan, Charin Alvarez, Braden Crothers

Runtime:1 hr 46 min

Rent

$10 (72 hour streaming period)

When you rent the film via our website, a percentage of the gross will go to ArtsQuest, further enabling us to provide arts and entertainment to our community and beyond while our doors are closed.

Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’s moms. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family.

 

 

SmartsQuest – The Harry Potter Theme Game

With books, movies, theme parks, and stage plays, there are always more Secrets in the Chambers of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™—and you know what that spells! By portkey, floo powder, or broom, accio yourselves to SteelStacks for whimsically fun quizzing (fizbees?) on every manner of magical ingredient, hidden wandlore, and fantastic beast—it’s Harry Potter Trivia for all ages.

This special edition of SmartsQuest will be produced via Zoom meeting; participants must register via the EventBrite link to get the meeting link e-mailed to them 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. Only one person from each team needs to register; the meeting link can be shared to other team members. Regular SmartsQuest players should note that this game will have a slightly altered format.

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Visual Arts

Stay Creative Workshops

ArtsQuest Visual Arts Staff and Educators show you how to stay creative while at home with these easy art projects. By using materials that you can find around your house or yard, we’ll help you create unique works of art from the comfort of your own home! Once you create something, post a picture on Instagram and tag us #quarantineartclub #bfquarantineartclub @bananafactory_pa

 

Digital Exhibitions

View the exhibitions from The Banana Factory online!

 

Quarantine Art Club

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Help us share some artful cheer during this isolating time! Post your quarantine creations on Instagram with the hashtags #bfquarantineartclub, #quarantineartclub and tag @bananafactory_pa for a chance to be featured on our story! Make sure your account is public so we can see and share your posts.

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Family & Educational

Toddler Storytime

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Our very own Sr. Director of Visual Arts, Lisa Harms (pictured above roaring like a lion… we think?), will be reading picture books live on the Banana Factory Arts Center Facebook page! Lisa’s great, and let’s face it, at some point, you’re going to run out of books for the little ones at your house!

Check back soon for the live stream schedule.

 

 

Star Wars Storytime

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Join us for a live stream reading of 4 of the 1984 Return of the Jedi Ewok Adventure children’s storybooks! We’ll be reading them live via the ArtsQuest Facebook page:

  • Monday, March 30, 1 p.m. – The Ewok’s Hang-Gliding Adventure
  • Wednesday, April 1, 1 p.m. – Three Cheers for Kneesaa! An Ewok Adventure

 

 

POEtry @ Midnight

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Midnight is for mystery & the macabre! Join actor & comedian Ben Youngerman, who was born on the 137th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, for live readings of some of the literary master’s best and most frightening poems!

Check back soon for the live stream schedule.

 

Education Resources

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Free online art education resources for educators and parents to engage children through art history, art-making, virtual tours and more!

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Concerts Being Broadcast on SECTV

With all our local sports on pause, our friends at Service Electric are broadcasting new, daily updates regarding the effects of COVID-19 on the Lehigh Valley on “Sports Scene” show, Monday thru Friday at 6pm.

Tune in to stay informed and stick around, because they’re also rebroadcasting some of the best performances we’ve recorded at SteelStacks over the years at 7 p.m. after Sports Scene!

  • March 27, 7 p.m. – Here Come the Mummies (5/12/19)
  • March 30, 7 p.m. – Cracker (5/25/19)
  • March 31, 7 p.m. – Start Making Sense (11/27/19)
  • April 1, 7 p.m. – The LA Hustle (7/5/18)
  • April 2, 7 p.m. – Sun Parade (6/24/18)
  • April 6, 7 p.m. – Damn the Torpedoes (6/1/19)
  • April 7, 7 p.m. – Rubix Kube (7/6/19)
  • April 9, 7 p.m. – Billy Bauer Band (8/19.17)
  • April 10, 7 p.m. – Magnum (7/6/18)
  • April 13, 7 p.m. – Carbon Leaf (5/7/17)
  • April 14, 7 p.m. – Cherry Poppin Daddies (5/23/17)
  • April 15, 7 p.m. – Hannah Gill and the Hours (6/9/18)
  • April 16, 7 p.m. – The Iguanas (6/21/18)
  • April 17, 7 p.m. – Cicada Rhythm (7/14/18)

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ArtsQuest Staff Curated Playlists

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Bad news: we’re all stuck at home. Good news: you can listen to music all day long!

The ArtsQuest staff is here to help you pass the time with Spotify playlists of their favorite genres. So crank it up, give a listen and remember to wash your dang hands.

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"The Story of Musikfest" Documentary

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Other Cool Stuff We Found

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