The Lehigh gridiron sizzles with the meaty tackles and scorching sprints of the Yale Bulldogs, who have nabbed the Patriot League crown eight times in the past 20 years. Senior quarterback Chris Lum earned first-team All-Patriot League honors in 2010 after completing 58% of his passes for 2,881 yards, then landed the Sports Network's Offensive Player of the Week title for scoring four touchdowns and stealing the referee's hat at Lehigh's season opener against Monmouth. Having transitioned from linebacker to defensive lineman, senior Ben Flizack hopes to top last year's 36 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Today’s Groupon teams with the United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley to celebrate Educator Appreciation Day with school spirit and a giant, freshly polished apple orbiting above the stadium. Deal-getters can don their new Live United T-shirts and cheer on the Mountain Hawks from the home team's slice of the stadium, located in visitor sections EA–EB.
The warm tones of jazz saxophones, the orchestrated quarrels between flutes and oboes, and the reanimated bellows of Elvis Presley can be heard resonating within the walls of the 1,200-seat Allentown Symphony Hall, which has housed the likes of Placido Domingo, Bing Crosby, and Sarah Bernhardt. The venue's schedule swells with symphonic and non-orchestral showings including performances by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Jim Brickman's 15th Anniversary Holiday Concert, California Raisins, Steve Lippia presenting "Simply Sinatra," and more.
Hard-rock juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch give audiences four for flinching on their Share The Welt tour, a high-octane evening of nail-driving metal and chugging aural concrete. Since bursting onto the scene in 2007 with its gold-selling debut, The Way of the Fist, Five Finger Death Punch has scaled the charts and the musical food chain, gulping its competition like a possessed Takeru Kobayashi. For the tour in support of its latest effort, American Capitalist, the gang enlists an entire posse of heavy hitters. Massachusetts metal mavens All That Remains, fresh from melting soles on the Vans Warped Tour, bludgeon audiences with an arsenal of hits, and hardcore shredders Hatebreed share unkind words as they haze the speed of sound. Adding power-chord crunch to the show, Fort Wayne’s Rains sprinkles audiences with raw and emotional sonic sleet.
Touchstone Theatre's Young Playwrights’ Festival presents a 90-minute evening of student works penned by third- to eighth-grade playwrights in Touchstone's lab residences. During educational residencies held at various schools, Touchstone's passionate ensemble instructs miniature Shakespeares in the art of playwriting and feather-quill throwing. Seven student plays are invigorated by the creative enthusiasm of community directors, skillfully produced by Touchstone Theatre, brought to life by vital performers, and finally storyboarded in stone by talented masons. After the final curtain, theatergoers can indulge their clapping and cheering impulses throughout a closing awards ceremony.
Sands Bethlehem Event Center was constructed only in 2011, and its striking charcoal-colored box still has the sheen of a piece of just-released technology. The space was designed so that no seat would be more than 137 feet or 20 Shaquille O�__
Competitors in the Professional Indoor Football League's United Conference since 2011, the Steelhawks prey on the opposition across the 50-yard pitch inside Stabler Arena. With a roster of gridiron stars, many of which were standouts at colleges across the country, the Steelhawks bring a fast-paced style of play to a football-crazed fanbase. The Steelhawks' mascot, Talon, regales fans in the stands during games with signature cheers and seminars on how to build structurally sound nests.