Do you like the band, The National? Do you like rock docs? Lastly, do you like Spinal Tap? If you said yes to all of those questions you are going to want to keep reading. 

Mistaken for Strangers is a meta music movie about two brothers, Tom and Matt Berninger. Matt, of course, is the lead singer of the National and his brother is an amateur filmmaker who accepts an invitation to be a roadie on The National’s tour. 

Mistaken for Strangers is, like its maker, scruffy, undisciplined and eager to be loved. The big surprise is how easy it is to comply.” - Jeanette Catsoulis, from the New York Times

The best news? You are learning about this a month ahead of time! Write it in your calendar now!

May 7 at 7:30 - Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas

More info here: http://www.artsquest.org/pages/details.php?106937 


The other movie opening at SteelStacks this weekend!

With Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” taking over the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas this weekend, I don’t want you to forget about the other movie opening as well.

"Bad Words," directed by and starring Jason Bateman is a hilarious comedy about a middle aged man who doesn’t graduate eighth grade and enters a national spelling bee. He meets an unlikely friend and comedy ensues.

So, after you see “Grand Budapest Hotel,” come back to SteelStacks and check out Bad Words!

Showtimes can be found at artsquest.org/film.


Girl Power

This weekend in the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons we have a most lovely double header in the form of Rachel Marie (3/28) and Heidi Ott (3/29).


18 year old wordsmith Rachel Marie will be bringing her brand of organic folk music that you may have heard at Musikfest’s Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz stage this past year. We’re looking forward to welcoming her back.


The following evening will feature newcomer Heidi Ott along with guitarist Joel Zingone. Look forward to hearing genres as diverse as folk, rock, country and blues from the duo. 

Both singer/songwriters perform from 8-11pm each night and as always these shows are FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Posted By: Helen Smith

Wes Anderson Double Feature

You should have your eyes glued to this page because you see the name Wes Anderson

The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema is opening Grand Budapest Hotel AND we’re playing Bottle Rocket on Saturday at 11PM.

Bottle Rocket is Wes’ first film and Ken Turan from the LA Times described it as “a confident, eccentric debut about a trio of shambling and guileless friends who become the Candides of crime, Rocket feels particularly refreshing because it never compromises on its delicate deadpan sensibility.” He is still being called one of the most creative minds in film. 

The best part: Come see it for only $4 with your stub from The Grand Budapest Hotel!



Musical time travel with Andrea Carlson


A classical guitar student of Fine Art at Columbia College and the American Conservatory of Music, Andrea Carlson is a lover of retro jazz from the 1920’s through the 1940’s.

Her uniquely vintage sound is lovely to sit down and listen to…preferably with a cocktail in hand. You might find yourself transported to another era, tapping your feet on the way. 

Friday, March 21. Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. 8-11pm.


Posted By: Helen Smith

Bollywood Films @ FBAC

If you’ve never seen a Bollywood film you should definitely come to the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas on Sunday at 6PM and check one out.

We have two more coming up! They are filled with music, dancing, bright colors, cool outfits and many genres. I personally love the musicality of the films. The songs are really infectious and usually have great beats. The 23rd’s film is "Sholay"- one of the most famous Bollywood films ever.

Sholay is a considered a classic, so the music sounds a bit more archetypal. Want to check something out so you get hooked? Look no further.

The first is a dance scene from “Sholay”.  The second is a great dance scene from “Lagaan”.


SteelStacks Jazz Band Showcase Finals


This Sunday, March 16, we will crown the winner of the 2014 SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase presented by King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC.

After three preliminary rounds, we have whittled the schools down to just seven: Fleetwood, Easton, Kutztown, Lehigh Valley Charter, North Penn, and Quakertown will duke it out to see who is the best high school jazz band in the area!

The winning school will get to open for Cherry Poppin Daddies on May 22nd in the Musikfest Café as part of RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller. They will also take part in a workshop led by the Cherry Poppin Daddies!

As an added treat, to open the show, the All Star Jazz Band will be performing. This band is comprised of members from all the different schools in one awesome band.

This Sunday is sure to be a treat to any Jazz fans!  Here’s the schedule:

  • 4:00 - SteelStacks All Star Big Band
  • 4:25 - Fleetwood High School
  • 4:50 - Easton High School
  • 5:15 - Kutztown High School
  • 5:40 - Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
  • 6:05 - North Penn High School
  • 6:30 - Quakertown High School
  • 6:55 - Moravian College Jazz Faculty Ensemble

- Brian


Brittany Ann and Heather Tyko

Easton native Brittany Ann and Heather Tyko are playing the Creativity Commons on April 5! I’m telling you now so you can mark it in your calendar because you won’t want to miss their performance if you like folk music ala Carole King. They are making a name for themselves and being featured on WXPN.

Brittany has played Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz at Musikfest and I’m happy to report that she will be coming back on August 4! The video below is from her performance last year!




Let me introduce you to a talented young woman named Lelica (pronounced Laleesa). Something happens when she opens her mouth to sing… it sounds pretty great! The soulful singer songwriter from northern New Jersey began performing at an early age and has been at it ever since, releasing her debut album in 2007.

She and her guitarist, B.D. Lenz, were recently featured on WFMZ’s Music Mondays.   You can see them perform live at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, in the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons this Saturday from 8-11pm. Check them out! 

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PART TWO: Ryan and Lauren of the FBAC’s Oscar predictions


Fresh from their offices at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, it’s part two of Ryan Hill and Laureen McAloon’s Oscar predictions.

Here’s the link to part one: http://artsquest.tumblr.com/post/78023423381/ryan-and-lauren-of-the-fbacs-oscar-predictions

Best Actress

Who will win:

  • Lauren: Cate Blanchett
  • Ryan: Cate Blanchett

Who should win:

  • Lauren: Cate Blanchett
  • Ryan: Cate Blanchett

Our take:

  • Lauren: Cate Blanchett really gave Jasmine a lot of emotions. I didn’t want to feel bad for her, but I did.
  • Ryan: Ditto to what Lauren said. This is about as done a deal as an Oscar race gets, with not even the weirdness surrounding Woody Allen hurting chances here.

Best Supporting Actor

Who will win:

  • Lauren: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Ryan: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Who should win:

  • Lauren: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave or Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Ryan: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Our take:

  • Lauren: Michael Fassbender really gives his all to every character he portrays.
  • Ryan: I want to first lodge an official complaint that James Franco isn’t one of the nominees; his turn as Alien in Spring Breakers is… well… okay, so maybe he was pretty much playing himself. Still, it was about the only thing that made me not want to give myself a labatomy during that movie, so it must have been a great performance.

    There’s too much momentum for Leto to ignore it, with plenty in the industry feeling that his win is more of a lock than Blanchett’s. I wish people would more closely examine Fassbender’s performance in 12 Years A Slave, though, as it is as heartbreaking as it is horrifying. That this is his first Oscar nomination, despite his work in Hunger and Shame, is criminal.


What will win:

  • Lauren: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Ryan: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

What should win:

  • Lauren: Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel
  • Ryan: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Our take:

  • Lauren: From the cars to the posters on the wall- Inside Llewyn Davis was as period as you can get.
  • Ryan: Lauren seems to forget that this award isn’t necessarily about set dressing. Gravity was shot in space. Check that, it wasn’t, because that’s frickin’ impossible! Inside Llewyn Davis looked amazing, I’ll give it that. The lighting alone makes it worthy of the runner-up status it gets in this category. But it is nothing compared to the incredible feel of desolation that Lubezki’s ‘space’ provides, which is just as much a character in Gravity as those Ms. Bullock and Mr. Clooney play.
  • Lauren: Ryan makes a good point, enough that I’ll change my answer to Gravity.

Animated Feature

What will win:

  • Lauren: Frozen

What should win:

  • Lauren: Frozen or The Wind Rises

Our take:

  • Lauren: It’s hard to compete with a musical from Disney. The Wind Rises was beautiful and very artistic, however the plot was very thick and it was more about airplanes than I would want to know.

You get a bonus category now, as Ryan didn’t see all of the nominated Animated Features, and Lauren didn’t see all of the nominated Documentary Features.

Best Documentary Feature

What will win:

  • Ryan: 20 Feet from Stardom, nominees to be determined

What should win:

  • Ryan: The Square, Jehane Noujaim & Karim Amer

Our Take:

  • Ryan: The five films selected here are all excellent films, and 20 Feet made my top ten list of 2013. I think it will be picked here because all Academy voters, for the 2nd year, can vote on the category, rather than a select group as in years past. 20 Feet has a broader appeal. But The Square is almost as good as it is important, and it is really really important.

Best Picture

What will win:

  • Lauren: 12 Years a Slave
  • Ryan: 12 Years a Slave

What should win:

  • Lauren: Gravity or 12 Years a Slave
  • Ryan: Gravity

Our take:

  • Lauren: Two powerful films that rely on their ensemble.
  • Ryan: Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are both dramatic movies. That’s about where the similarities end, unless you want to count the hunk-casting of Clooney and Pitt. Gravity, to me, feels like more of a cinematic achievement, and was probably one of my favorite movie experiences ever. Note that it isn’t necessarily one of my favorite movies ever, but the hour and a half I spent watching it was, again, one of the best cinematic experiences I’ve ever had.

So there you have it, the definitive explaination of what SHOULD happen at the Oscars on Sunday.

Remember to join us the Academy Awards this Sunday, and, more specifically,  for the Red Carpet Party we’re throwing at the ArtsQuest Center.

See you at the cinemas!

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