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ALL THE SINGLE (FUNNY) LADIES: “I Like Someone With A Sense of Humor”

When an event’s online description boasts “Sexy And/Or Funny Ladies That Might Be Single And Willing”, you know it’s going to be good.

Last year, the Valley’s improv troupe The Associated Mess kicked off a new angle of comedy by incorporating sketches into their all improv shows. That sold-out event has paved the way for round two, happening this Sunday night.

The All the Single Ladies show will feature an all-female cast, full of improv comedy goodness the AssMess does best along with interjecting sketches including a visit from America’s most loved/hated Alaskan VP candidate and ¬†enacting actual worst date stories submitted ahead of time by audience members.

If you need a Valentine’s Date idea and don’t feel like feigning romance over a white tablelcoth, grab your date (or some friends, or heck, get there early and try to pick up a date!) and check this out.

INFORMATION:

  • Sunday, February 13th
  • Show Starts at 8:00pm ¬†(Doors at 7:30)
  • Tickets $8, or $5 with student ID
  • Civic’s Theatre 514
  • (Across the street from Civic Theatre of Allentown/main theater)
  • 514 N. 19th Street Allentown

Visit TheAssociatedMess.com for more information and future shows!

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I’M GOING TO FREAK OUT! And it’s going to be so much fun! The first ever FREAK OUT Fringe Festival in Allentown is THIS Weekend

“I’ve been really inspired lately to see other young people bringing things to the valley. It’s almost like a changing of the guard or a generational shift is taking place and everyone’s getting comfortable with a new way of seeing and doing things.” – Sarah Fulton

The Lehigh Valley has a lot of festivals. A LOT. But never before have we been some to something quite like this. The ALLENTOWN FREAK OUT Fringe Fest is the first of it’s kind in our area (another nod to the way young people are getting out and changing the scene of the whole Valley!).

What makes this fest different is the key word “fringe”. FREAK OUT is a true art festival, bringing in acts and artists that don’t quite fit into the Art Festivals held on Main Street. Among the acts are fire performers, burlesque shows (one of them by “conjoined twins”), improv comedy, a lot of live music, special gallery exhibits, drum circles, and film screenings.

PHEW. Read on to see how two Allentown residents are about to turn the Valley’s arts culture on it’s head, and let their freak flags fly.

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WHEN THE CRICKETS GET LOUD: The soul and sounds of Strand of Oaks


“Cause men my age, it’s hard for us to say all the places that we’ve gone wrong. I hope some day to whisper and say that you’re the one that I rely on”
– Strand of Oaks

I was fortunate enough to grow up in Wilkes-Barre, PA during the late nineties, becoming saturated in a subculture of ‘zines, punk rock music festivals, protests, and thousands of young people doing what they loved. I credit the music scene there with influencing and educating me on the different possibilities that could compose a life of passion and creativity.

One summer while in high school, I met Tim Showalter, a kind and creative musician with sharp wit and sincere vocals. At that time, Strand of Oaks had other talented members, but it was Tim’s voice and lyrics – haunting, familiar and nostalgic that resonated with me, so much that I considered them One Of My Favorite Bands.

Strand of Oaks has changed through the years, as most things do. After touring internationally with Jason Anderson and Kimya Dawson (of the Moldy Peaches), living through transitional years, and moving to Philadelphia, the saintly and earnest music of Tim resonates just as deep. His songs will make you remember while inspiring the notions of possibilities ahead.

Strand of Oaks will be playing a show THIS THURSDAY (May 6th) in Kutztown. Details below.

Go HERE to stream songs while you read the INTERVIEW with Strand of Oaks:

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