TODAY
    Monday Sep 25 - Jan 14 @ 11:00 AM
Pop Culture: Selections from the Weisman Art Foundation
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation – When the Pop art movement first surfaced in the mid 1950s artists sought to challenge traditional conceptions of art making by incorporating consumer culture and everyday objects into their work. Artists during this period transformed icons associated with mass media, comic books, and popular culture into visual expressions that often reflected a growing societal infatuation with consumerism. When it originated, the Pop art movement sought to ironically emphasize images representing the commonplace or kitschy elements of a given culture. Today, contemporary artists have elaborated on the traditions established by the Pop artists who created an aesthetic style that reflected the changing needs and interests of varying societies. This exhibition merges art that reflects and comments on popular culture and vernacular of the 1960s until the present with selections curated from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. One of the most notable players in the Pop art movement, Andy Warhol, placed images of consumerism, advertising, and entertainment at the forefront of his artistic production. Warhol laid much of the groundwork for his contemporaries by creating repetitive silk screen images of entertainment icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, which became known as one of his signature styles. Paul Rusconi continues this tradition today with his portrayal of tabloid newspaper characters on Plexiglas. Similarly to Warhol, Claus Oldenburg draws upon imagery of the banal in his work. However, while Warhol implicitly engages the consumer object in its mass-disseminated original identity, Oldenburg gives it a life of its own, transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. Creating works of varying scales and media, his Typewriter Eraser (now virtually extinct with the emergence of the computer) abandons conventional assumptions about visual demonstration. By employing comparable artistic methods, Srdjan Loncar depicts sculptural representations of pay phones and the ever-changing cell phone often through the use of unexpected mediums. Illustrations of the traditional American lifestyle became a prominent subject matter in the work of many Pop and contemporary artists. In the 1970s Arman created Football Shoes, an assemblage of multiple athletic shoes encased in a Plexiglas box, which reflects on a commodity-driven throwaway society. By drawing attention to functional objects, the work also comments on how we attribute importance to even the most mundane events in our lives. More recently, Joel Morrison’s Alligator Shoes takes an equally unusual approach to traditional subject matter, and creates a coherent sculptural link between art and life. He comments on the duality of modern society by forming a dialogue between mainstream American culture and the alternative Punk lifestyle by casting the all-American casual shoe (in this instance, Vans) with metal studs. Akin to the work of Arman and Morrison, in the 1980s, Red Grooms chronicled the pleasures and absurdities of ordinary American life. Grooms illustrates a cross section of American society in The Blue Restaurant, a scene depicting a local pool hall complete with figures wearing casual T-shirts, sneakers, and letterman jackets. The work of Keith Haring in a parallel sense incorporates some of the elements of everyday contemporary lifestyle. First known for his graffiti-inspired chalk drawings in the subways of New York, he eventually elevated his iconic style by creating paintings on canvas which were displayed in galleries world-wide. Artist LA II used motorcycles—utilitarian objects—on which to paint graffiti art, while Crash spray painted graffiti images directly onto traditional canvases. Contemporary artist Retna has created his own graffiti language in his work that is comparable to Egyptian hieroglyphics. In a related way, newsstands, bulletin boards, punctuation marks, and other ideas associated with language have been incorporated into the art of Masaaki Sato, Keung Szeto and Richard Artschwager, as well as in the video and digitalized installations by Nam June Paik, and Jenny Holzer. These works illuminate the ways in which commercialism is articulated through language, technology, and the public domain as a whole. Throughout the history of the Pop art movement and extending into the present moment, cartoon, game, and comic book idols like Pinocchio, Superwoman, Spiderman, and Pennybags from the Monopoly board game have been utilized in the work of artists such as Blake Boyd, Greg Miller, and Mark Dean Veca, who seek to display popular culture icons as the subjects of artworks. John Chamberlain, Date Farmers, Andrew Lewicki, and José Quiñones use crushed metal, junk food, and beverage advertising imagery in their work to align consumer culture with artistic production. The works on view demonstrate conceptions of Pop art as they emerged in the 1950s and 60s, as well as the ways that contemporary artists today have extended and elaborated upon visual representations of mass culture and consumerism. Pop artists and their successors abandoned traditions of high art in favor of creating work that is based on the conventionalized imagery of commercial graphics. This exhibition illustrates how the Pop art movement’s extensive history has influenced artistic production in our present cultural moment.
 
TODAY
    Monday Sep 25 - Dec 4 @ 12:45 PM
Genres of Literature for Kids
Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library
 
TODAY
    Monday Sep 25 @ 1:00 PM
Be An Artist for Homeschoolers: Forbidden Art Special Edition
Ephrata Public Library – Tour the exhibition "Forbidden Art" and then create poem and visual reflections of the exhibition as well as from children's drawings and poems from Terezin. Ages 8-13.
 
TODAY
    Monday Sep 25 @ 4:00 PM
Martini Monday at The Grille
Bear Creek Mountain Resort – After a hectic weekend, sit back and relax at The Grille for Martini Monday. We will be serving three different premium martinis for just $7 each after 4pm. Absolutely Diry Martini Absolute Vodka, Vermouth, Olive Juice, Three Large Olives Bellini Martini Smirnoff Vodka, Peach Nectar, Club Soda Raspberry Cosmo Martini 'Stoli' Raspberry Vodka, Raspberry, Cranberry, Lime & Triple Sec
 
TODAY
    Monday Sep 25 @ 4:00 PM
Write Here, Right Now Writing Workshop for Teens & Tweens
Ephrata Public Library – Perfect your writing skills in a supportive environment. Respond to writing prompts, share writing excerpts and learn how to give helpful critiques! Ages 10-18.
 
TODAY
    Monday Sep 25 @ 4:00 PM
Be An Artist for Public Schoolers: Forbidden Art Special Edition
Ephrata Public Library – Tour the exhibition "Forbidden Art" and then create poem and visual reflections of the exhibition as well as from children's drawings and poems from Terezin. Ages 8-13.
 
TODAY
    Monday Sep 25 @ 6:00 PM
Movie Night: Disney Born in China
Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Library
 
TODAY
    Monday Sep 25 @ 6:30 PM
Holocaust Remembrance Book Club (Banned Book Edition)
Ephrata Public Library – We’ll be discussing “The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig” and the memoir “The World of Yesterday,” both translated by Anhea Bell.
 
TOMORROW
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 10:00 AM
Lapsit Story Time
Ephrata Public Library – Young toddlers and their caregivers join in singing songs and learning Mother Goose nursery rhymes, along with a short book. Participants also learn basic sign language and have play time. Ages 6-24 months.
 
TOMORROW
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 3:30 PM
Tween & Teen Gamers Club
Ephrata Public Library – Play some of your favorite Nintendo Wii or Wii U games on the Library’s big screen! If you have a Nintendo 3DS, feel free to bring it along to play with while others are taking their turns. Ages 10-12.
 
TOMORROW
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 7:00 PM
Veterans Lecture Series: Leigh Ann Gosney, USAF Major
Ephrata Public Library – A Major in the U.S. Air Force, Leigh Ann will talk about the balancing act involved with being a successful military member/mom/spouse and how being a woman creates a different set of issues that most people don't realize. These are all things to consider as we encourage our daughters/sisters/friends to join the military, so they can make informed decisions about balancing the sacrifices of personal life and professional life to make it all work.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 12:30 PM
Afternoon Tea with the BBC
Ephrata Public Library – Join us and enjoy watching different BBC selections while sipping tea and devouring delicious treats.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 12:30 PM
Afternoon Tea with the BBC
Ephrata Public Library – Join us and enjoy watching different BBC selections while sipping tea and devouring delicious treats.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 4:00 PM
Girls Who Code
Ephrata Public Library – Girls Who Code is a program created to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. We'll be exploring loops, variables, and functions that form the basis of all programming languages! All skill levels welcome. Grades 6 & up. Registration required.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 6:00 PM
Firestone Walker Tap Takeover
Bulls Head Public House – September is a busy month for beer lovers at the Bulls Head! Join us on September 27th at 6pm for a Firestone Walker Brewing Co. event in the pub. We will have the following beers on tap, along with the several bottles for sale. • Firestone Walker Generation 1 • Firestone Walker West Side Beavo (Collaboration with Beavertown in the UK) • Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse • Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Bottles: • Union Jack IPA • Agrestic Wild Red Ale Batch No. 005 Beers will be sold at market price and will be available in the pub and lounge.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 6:00 PM
Star Wars: Destiny Weekly Open Play
Golden Eagle Comics & Cards – Wednesdays 6-9 PM Free casual open play for Star Wars Destiny.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Sep 28 @ 8:00 AM
For Educators – Echoes and Reflections: Teaching the Holocaust
Ephrata Public Library – How do we create impactful and thoughtful learning of the Holocaust with students? Through Echoes and Reflections signature professional development program, participants explore and gain access to a range of classroom content and consider instructional enhancements to support students’ study and reflection of the history of the Holocaust and its ongoing meaning in the world today. Educators enhance their own knowledge about the Holocaust, including the history of antisemitism, and build confidence and capacity to teach this complex subject. 3 hours. Middle School and High School teachers from all types of schools are encouraged to attend. Echoes and Reflections is supported by the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education and Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. For more information and to register, please contact Rebecca Lawrence, Manager of Public & Outreach Programs, rlawrence@ephratapubliclibrary.org or (717)738-9291.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Sep 28 - Sep 30 @ 10:00 AM
Renninger's Kutztown Antiques & Collectors Extravaganza
Renningers Kutztown Farmers Market – Hundreds of Dealers Selling Antiques & Collectibles Outdoors , under Pavilions, Indoors. Rain or shine event. please see our website at http://www.renningers.com/ for more details. Exhibitors always welcome, call for reservations. 610-683-6848
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Sep 28 @ 10:00 AM
Lapsit Story Time
Ephrata Public Library – Young toddlers and their caregivers join in singing songs and learning Mother Goose nursery rhymes, along with a short book. Participants also learn basic sign language and have play time. Ages 6-24 months.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Sep 28 @ 11:00 AM
Movin’ & Groovin’
Ephrata Public Library – Join us for a read-aloud program with music, motion, sound, and dance! Ages 3-6.