Bette Davis Film Series

"Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night" - Bette Davis in All About Eve

Come to the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas to see three iconic Bette Davis films in May on the big screen! 

All About Eve May 11

Jezebel May 19

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane May 28

Bette Davis will forever be known for her tenacity and her work ethic - she acted in over 100 films! She inspired Katharine Hepburn, Meryl Streep and countless other actors by playing real women and we are saluting her by playing these films starting on Mother’s Day. 



Free Performances during RiverJazz!

RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller occurs throughout the month of May at the ArtsQuest Center!

In addition to shows in the Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling, (and along with the warmer weather) comes FIVE free jazz performances on the TD Community Stage!

The first performance is Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess. The band is no stranger to Bethlehem- they have played Musikfest and on the Town Square. If you missed them, here’s your chance. They specialize in American Roots and Jazz Music which features a washboard, banjo and double bass. 

Check them out! They will be playing on May 8 at 5:30 before Preservation Hall Jazz Band & the Quakertown High School Jazz Band.



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

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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


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!


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