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laini’s list of 9 – November 5, 6 & 7

Lots of openings of exhibits, new shops, opportunities to get some great books (we like books here at lpg.com.) Oh, and if you’re going shopping, try to keep it local. Friends don’t let friends shop in big boxes. Little shops are where it’s at.

1. First Friday

Friday from 6 to 10 pm, Southside Bethlehem

It’s not raining, so it will be a great night to get out and play. And get a jump start on your holiday shopping at some great, independently-owned shops and galleries.

2. InVision Photo Festival – MUSE Opening

All Weekend, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem

Experience “The Vision” in this annual festival focused exclusively on photography. InVision will welcome some of the nation’s most esteemed photographers for dynamic presentations and workshops, showcase exhilarating exhibits and bring the world of photography right to your doorstep!

3. “It Gets Better LV” Submission Taping

Sunday from 2 to 5 pm, Civic Theatre, N. 19th St., Allentown

“It Gets Better” is a national video project launched to encourage and support GLBT youth, a reminder that all kinds of people from all kinds of places are united in an effort to raise awareness for tolerance and rights for all.

Allentown filmmakers Post Sputnik will be filming ANYONE that wants to be involved in this project.
Just show up with a few words of encouragement, a personal story, or the biggest smile you’ve got! Filming will be done on a first come, first serve basis (no need to sign up, just SHOW UP) – everyone will get a maximum of 3 minutes.

4. Grand Opening: Reconstructing History

Sunday from 12 to 6pm, 526 Northampton St., Easton

www.reconstructinghistory.com

5. Book Signing Bonanza – Sigal Museum

Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, 342 Northampton St., Easton

Books for sale and signing by local authors and historians. This event takes place in the Valley’s newest (and perhaps most modern) museum.

6. 6th Annual Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley Gala Wines From Around The World

Nov 7, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Historic Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main St., Bethlehem

Attend the Gala event, sample 12 unique wines from celebrated regions around the world, savor gourmet selections from our area’s finest restaurants and participate in the Silent Auction. Really interested in wine? VIP Pre-Gala lecture & wine tasting event • The Ripeness of Time: A Vintage Presentation from 3 to 4pm. Using his knowledge of the art and science of wine appreciation, Dr. Laurence P. Karper will present wines from several major viticulture areas. Through lively food and wine pairings, the concept of vintage will be explored. Tickets are $125 per person and seating is limited. All proceeds benefit Habitat’s Home Building Program for families in need. To register go to habitatlehighvalley.org or call Habitat Lehigh Valley at 610-776-7737.

7. Books (and More!) Sale – Allentown Art Museum

All Weekend, 31 N. 5th St., Allentown

This looks like a great event for book-lovers! On sale will be new and used art books, picture frames, vintage hat boxes, postcards, museum posters and much, much more!  Lots of freebies! Book subjects will include American, European and Asian Art; textiles; folk art; decorative arts; photography; museums; and others. Buyers may select a free poster with every purchase over $10.

8. LV Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Annual Holiday Marketplace

Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, Swain School, Allentown

Tapping into local artists with talents ranging from wood turners to photographers to jewelry makers, the LVPGC has hosted the Holiday Marketplace for the last 24 years, giving shoppers the opportunity to buy high-quality, handmade items created by artisans of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. Admission is $3.

9. Parsons Dance: Remember Me, The Rock-Dance Opera with East Village Opera Co.

Sunday at 7pm, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem

Electrifying and athletic dances by David Parsons, music of the acclaimed rock-opera band with its on-stage lead vocalists and eye-popping visuals recount a tragic love that “won’t be easy to forget.” (The New York Times). For tickets and more information visit Zoellner’s website. Call (610) 7LU-ARTS.