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Allen West and its extra curricular year ’round activities

One of the most interesting things that took place during this year’s Allentown Art Festival must have been the wild mix of new, and relatively new, businesses that have opened near the corner of Elmwood and Allen.
One of those businesses, a tattoo and piercing parlor called Divine Machine, exploded onto the scene with a mix of contemporary design and far-out music accompaniments.
Lagniappes, a restaurant well versed in the fare of Cajun cuisine, opened in the former Joey’s Hardtimes Café. For a small eatery, the word on the street was all about the big flavor being served.
Steel Crazy Café wowed festival-goers with their dynamic range of delights, including crepes, juice bar, and a sweet patio (with frontage on both Elmwood and Allen).
Cosmic’s Gallery 141B captivated an audience with a salute to six accomplished local artists, funky video installations, and serious sounds that emanated from the back venue.
We saw a bunch of street musicians and dancers performing to the Allen West crowds. Guitars, horns, tango dancers, sidewalk chalkers and painters… I put a cross section of visuals to some video and added BF’s ‘Rockin’ the suburbs’ for no other reason other than I like the tune (and I’m sure that there was a healthy contingent of people from the outskirts enjoying the festivities). Warning: The song does contain a couple of profanities – still looking for the ‘BLEEP’ feature.

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