Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Local Literary Magazine Seeking Submissions

I recently received a flyer from a friend for Halicarnassus, a self proclaimed "start-up literary magazine" based in Allentown. This new publication - the first edition is set to print in spring - is accepting submissions until March 1.

Writers can submit short stories, poetry, plays, non-fiction essays, illustration/comics and photography. Up to 3 submissions allowed per person, 6000 word count max.

Here are more details: Please do not submit previously published or otherwise copyrighted work - and - let the magazine know if your piece has been simultaneously submitted to another publication.

To Submit:

Attach written submissions in Word format and photography/illustration submissions in Adobe PDF format (300 dpi minimum) and send to:

Specify the type of submitted work in the SUBJECT of the email.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Carol Crawl this Wednesday

From Diane Teti:

The 1st Annual “We don’t need no stinking bulletproof vest!” Christmas Carol Crawl!

Join us as we brave the downtown and scare away any would be “perp’s” with our singing as we crawl to a couple of local watering holes, starting at 5pm Wed. Dec. 23 with complimentary beer (courtesy of the Allentown Brew Works) and wine at the newly-opened Art Mart at 813 W. Hamilton Street where we'll hand out our song lists and we’ll then head at 5:45 to the House of Chen (732 W. Hamilton) – Jenny, the owner, is extending their happy hour prices for us (be prepared to step back in time!), and then at 6:30 we'll roll onto the the newly opened Made in Brazil restaurant (bar area) in the Holiday Inn (try the Caipirinha!), then we'll finish at the Allentown Brew Works for our final round of song and a sampling of the Rude Elf beer!

Yes, we really sing, song list/ words provided. Wear your Santa hats, ugly Christmas sweaters or other holiday flare and let's get merry!

Email to RSVP and you're welcome to join us anywhere along the crawl. Happy holidays!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Opportunity to Show Artwork

From Liz at Touchstone Theatre:

Dear friends,

The Touchstone Theatre Gallery is accepting submissions for two exhibitions.
One is to be held February 26 – April 30, 2010. The exhibition will complement the performance of Fresh Voices, our annual showcase for our class of apprentices. Submissions will be accepted until January 31, 2010.

The second exhibition will open May 13, and will complement Pan, an original “modern day epic of sex, drugs and rock and roll gone bad.” Submissions will be accepted until April 9, 2010.

Submissions can be e-mailed to or mailed to Liz Wheeler, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Digital images should be jpegs between 72 and 150 dpi, and between 300 x 300 pixels and 600 x 600 pixels. Begin the title of each jpeg with your last name.

If you mail a submission and want it returned, include a self addressed stamped envelope.

For more information, visit or call 610-867-1689.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Coat Drive for the Homeless at Art Mart

Through the rest of this week, Art Mart will be accepting coats, hats, gloves and first aid materials to distribute to the homeless in Allentown and Bethlehem.

Please donate what you can. Winter is almost here and those without shelter can use adequate clothing and first aid to make it through the season.

Please drop off during these times: Wednesday 11 am to 2 pm, Thursday 11 am to 2 pm and Friday 12 to 4 pm. Distribution will take place Saturday. Art Mart is located at 813 Hamilton St., across from Allentown Brew Works.

Have a happy holiday season!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Waiting For Obama at ART MART

Well, it was fun just waiting for him!

Photo: Angie Villa

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Kick Off the Holidays at the City Tree Lighting - and Art Mart!

The City of Allentown's annual tree lighting ceremony will take place from 4-7 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 3) at the pocket park at PPL Plaza, directly next to Art Mart at 813 Hamilton Street.

Please join us at Art Mart. We will be open for the duration of the events. Get most of your holiday shopping done in one place! We have fine art, handcrafted goods, hats, scarves, totes and more. Shop local this holiday season.

Here is the full list of events for the Tree Lighting:

Crafts for Children
Elf Parade
Elf Preparation Station
Ice Carving Demo
Nutcracker & Pip the Mouse appearances
Arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus
Tickets for Sale to Lights in the Parkway
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Tree Lights Up at 7 pm

Hope to see you there!