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COFFEE GOT CUTE

Folgers Coffee was taking submissions for a contest to choose their new jingle, and some LV folks made this AMAZING submission (even they don’t live here full-time). Carly Commando of Slingshot Dakota and Ryan O’Donnell who currently works in organizing political campaigns made this video that is sure to warm your heart and make you call your best friend.

I want to start a company that needs a commercial so I can hire them to write and produce it, since people would weep with joy and love upon seeing it. Stuff this wonderful has the ability to turn storm clouds into cotton candy and make New Jersey smell like fresh laundry. A huge round of applause to Carly and Ryan.

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PROM NIGHT: We All Got Lucky!

If you weren’t able to make it to the shining, sparkling Lehigh Valley with Love Prom – hosted of course by George Wacker of the locally-famous Lehigh Valley with Love blog and the glamorous-as-a-unicorn-horn Tina Hemmerle of WINK magazine, don’t feel too bad (maybe a little bad, it was truly awesome) – I have a recap!

Let’s all give a standing ovation to the fact that nearly two thousand dollars was raised to fight against Multiple Sclerosis. A second standing ovation for all of the folks that selflessly donated time and talents! (Among them Molly’s Bar and Grille, Eskandalo! Hair and Jordan White/Kinetic Blu for singing better than any of us.)

Wait to stand up and clap until you’re done scrolling through this post, obviously.

We all got extra lucky since the whole night was documented in a number of ways, from photos to a live web stream at the event to this video by Matt and Sarah of the “Yearbook Committee”. This video has quickly become my favorite thing on the earth.

If anyone asked what the people are like in the Valley, show them this.

Post Sputnik, you will always be our prom dates in spirit. Your amazingly wonderful (and super-fast… seriously, how do you do it?) editing lingers in our hearts long after our wrist corsages have wilted.

And don’t forget about the excellent photography by Chris Elston “Class Clown” (watch the video! watch it again!) – which reminds me, if you ATTENDED the prom and had your portraits taken, GO HERE to view/buy some. Now!  And if you weren’t there, go HERE so you can see how much fun we had and come next time (or spy on your ex, whatever). Oh, and if you can lend me a few hundred bucks so I can buy them all, that would be so kind of you!

Don’t miss the night’s candid shots by roaming photographer Matt of Lightly Salted Productions. Wow, see how much fun being neighbors and friends can be!?  Note that all the below shots are from this guy! He worked so we could drink beers and watch cute girls jump out of a silver cake. You took one for the team, Matt!

I keep thinking about the moment when I looked across the crowded space full of people happy to be alive and out and meeting each other, and George leaned in and said to me, “Can you believe this? It’s so great… and  Tina and I just kind of put this together. Can you imagine what we can do next time with all of our powers combined….?”

And he gave that plotting-evil grin he likes so much. Except “next time” won’t be evil at all. It will be like Captain Planet, and  when we put our hands together “for our powers combined”, the Steelmills will shoot fireworks.


Events like this paint a brightly colored picture of the (lehigh valley with) LOVE we all share for shaping this city into a place that is not only accessible, but welcoming to progressive new ideas.  Start thinking about which potential prom dates will have to fight over you next year!

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THIRD THURSDAY FILM CLUB: “The Visioneers”

Take a break from netflix and allow your couch to lose the you-shaped indentation. Tonight, enjoy your movie in the company of community members who are likely just as cool as you if they are going, too.

The fine folks of the annual Southside Film Festival have a decidedly unpretentious, open-to-all film club. Every third thursday of the month at saliva-inducing *Victory Firehouse the film club chooses a movie that isn’t getting mainstream attention, and isn’t showing at local independent cinema. And check this out: It’s FREE.

Ahem. FREEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

As per the website, “Each third Thursday of the month, the SSFI presents a socially conscious film that merits viewing and discussion.  Our purpose is to give venue to pertinent and well-crafted documentary films that unfortunately do not have a market in mainstream cinema.”

TONIGHT’s film is The Visioneers directed by Jared Drake.

“First time feature filmmaker Jared Drake makes his directorial debut with this quirky black comedy set in the near future, and concerning a curious spike in cases of spontaneous human combustion. The Jeffers Corporation is the largest business in the history of mankind, and they got that way thanks to their strict philosophy of happiness through mindless productivity. But when people begin literally exploding due to unhappiness, Jeffers Corporation Level Three TUNT George Washington Winsterhammerman (Zach Galifianakis) begins to fear that his time will come sooner rather than later.

George lives a comfortable yet completely uneventful life, and when he starts having dreams in which he’s the first President of the United States, his doctor informs him that they could be signs of impending explosion. Later, as the dreams become more frequent and his co-workers continue to detonate, George is prompted to reevaluate his mundane existence. Judy Greer, Missi Pyle, and James LeGros co-star in an existential black comedy featuring music by Tim DeLaughter of the Polyphonic Spree.”

Did you see that? Zack Galifianakis AND the Polyphonic Spree in the same film. It’ll be like that crazy Fionna Apple video but dare I say, better and with more political commentary?

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.

INFORMATION:

  • FREE Admission
  • Victory Firehouse, 205 Webster Street (Behind the Hard Bean Cafe)
  • Doors at 6:45, Film Starts 7:15
  • Stay afterward for discussion! And meeting friends!
  • GO HERE for directions, general info and a schedule of upcoming films

*A note about the Victory Firehouse – When I first passed this place, I literally pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to try and figure out what it was. A house? No. An actual functioning firehouse? I didn’t think. A bar? WHAT IS IT?

The use of corrugated steel an bold primary colors make this a modern architecture lover’s wet dream, right here in ol’ Bethlehem. I have formulated a plan to take it over and establish my residence there if whatever it is they do doesn’t work out. But hopefully it will so they can keep showing films.

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GASLAND: Third Thursday Film Screening, July 15th

The Southside Film Institute screens films every third Thursday of the month. Tomorrow, July 15th, they are screening Gasland by filmmaker Josh Fox.

A description for Gasland:

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe?

When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

Josh Fox will be present after the screening for a Q & A session.

THE INFO:

  • Whitaker Lab Auditorium (Lehigh U Campus)
  • 5 E. Packer Avenue,  South Side Bethlehem
  • Doors at 7:00pm, Film begins at 7:30pm
  • Event will last until approx. 10pm
  • Admission: $10 per person
  • Thursday, July 15th

This event is sponsored by both The Southside Film Institute and Clean Water Action of the Lehigh Valley.

SEE MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT ON FACEBOOK.

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