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Sunday Arts Go Picks: Bollywood Party at Allentown Art Museum, 'Million Dollar Quartet' at Bucks County Playhouse ...

Sunday Arts Go Picks: Bollywood Party at Allentown Art Museum, 'Million Dollar Quartet' at Bucks County Playhouse ...

CELEBRATE INDIAN CULTURE AT ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM

Allentown Art Museum may be between major exhibitions but that doesn’t mean it’s a quiet place. There’s lot to see and do, including Thursday night’s first Bollywood Party as part of downtown Allentown’s Third Thursday.

The celebration of Indian culture spills over into the Allentown Arts Park Sunday, Aug. 19, with India Heritage Day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring dancing art, music, food and more.

And admission to the museum is half price this month when it isn’t already free â€" Sundays and 4-8 p.m. Thursdays.

The Bollywood Party kicks off at 5 p.m. with a concert of Indian flute and mridangam (drums) in the Kress Gallery, featuring Skandaprasad “Skanda” Rao and Prakash Rao.

DJ Dharak will inspire an entourage of dancers at two performances; one featuring Bollywood dance interludes, and the second, a high-energy interactive Bollywood dance session.

At 6:30 p.m. see the documentary film “Cobra Gypsies” by Raphael Treza. Treza traveled to northern Indian and lived among the ancient tribe known as the Kalbeliya for three months. Many of the tribe members never met a foreigner before Treza, yet they seemed unguarded in their enthusiasm to share their culture.

You can also see the exhibition “Indian Sculpture: Avatars of the Hindu Gods.”

On the lighter side, enjoy a drink from Social Still Distillery 5:30-7 p.m. in the upstairs Art Ways Lounge, or participate in Arts & Culture Trivia 6-7:30 pm.

Also, check out a work in progress, a colorful, giant wall drawing in the museum designed by Sol LeWitt and bei ng executed by a team of local artists working Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Info: allentownartmuseum.org.

‘MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’ IN BUCKS

Relive one of the most magical nights in rock ’n’ roll history in the Bucks County Playhouse production of the Tony-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The show is inspired by the true story of a famed recording session that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins â€" all on the verge of superstardom on Dec. 4, 1956 â€" for an all-night jam session at Sun Records in Memphis.

“Million Dollar Quartet” takes you behind the music and includes 21 hit songs, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Hound Dog.”

The show is directed by original Broadway cast member Hunter Foster, who played Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records. Foster also directed the playhouse’s box-office-record-breaking production of “42nd Street,” which recently concluded its run.

The cast includes John Michael Presney as Carl Perkins, Sky Seals as Johnny Cash, Brandyn Day as Jerry Lee Lewis, Ari McKay Wilford as Elvis Presley, James Ludwig as Sam Phillips, Ryah Nixon as Dyanne, James David Larson as Jay Perkins and Zach Cossman as Fluke Holland.

The show continues through Sept. 15. Tickets are $40-$80. The Bucks County Playhouse is at 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Info: 215-862-2121, buckscountyplayhouse.org.

FINAL FREE BACH AT NOON IN ALLENTOWN

Pianist Kristina Moditch, an 18-year-old born in the Lehigh Valley and educated in Moscow, will be featured Tuesday in the final Bach at Noon performance of the summer presented by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Allentown.

Kristina, who has been a soloist with the choir, will perform Bach’s Partit a for Keyboard No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826. Also on the program is Cantata 34, “O ewiges Feuer” (O Light everlasting), Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on This Shining Night,” and Eriks Esenvalds’ “Stars.”

The partita is one of six Bach wrote for the keyboard. The partita was a popular musical form in the Baroque period and consisted of relatively short movements, most of them dances.

Works will be introduced by Bach Choir conductor and artistic director Greg Funfgeld.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The concert starts at 12:10 p.m. The church is at 37 S. Fifth St.; parking available in the deck at Sixth and Walnut streets. Info: 610-866-4382, www.bach.org.

ONE-WOMAN SHOW AT TOUCHSTONE

In preparation for a fall East Coast tour, “Rent Asunder: A Story of Tahirih” will premiere for three performances at Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem Aug. 17 and 18.

The one-woman show by Alaska native Nava Bastami tells the story of a struggli ng modern woman, Corinna, who finds strength and inspiration through remembrance of Tahirih, the courageous Iranian poet-martyr of the 19th century, known for her extraordinary brilliance and audacity. Tahirih is reputed to have declared at her death by strangling in 1852: “You may kill me as soon as you wish, but you can never stop the emancipation of women.”

“Rent Asunder” is produced and directed by Bill George, founder of Touchstone Theatre, through his Kingfisher Theatre Company. The show was written by Janet Ruhe-Schoen, author of “Rejoice in My Gladness: The Life of Tahirih,” in collaboration with Bastani and George over the last year.

“This is an opportunity to connect Iranian Islamic progressive history to the #MeToo movement, allowing us to see the greater drama at play that finds itself reflected in the world and our personal lives,” George says. “The story of Tahirih is one of the most important of the modern era.”

Shows are at 8 p.m . Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. They will be followed by a talk with Bastani and George. Suggested donation is $20. Make reservations at 610-570-1335 or email: kingfish@fast.net.

â€"Jodi Duckett

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