"Les Miserables" is an astounding movie, rivaling the best movie musicals ever.
The Top 10 all-time movie musicals, according to an American Film Institute list from 2006, are: 1. "Singing in the Rain" (1952), 2. "West Side Story" (1961), 3. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), 4. "The Sound of Music" (1965), 5. "Cabaret" (1972), 6. "Mary Poppins" (1964), 7. "A Star Is Born" (1954), 8. "My Fair Lady" (1964), 9. "An American in Paris" (1951), and 10. "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944).
"Dancers are the purest artists in the world," says Philadelphia's Ronen "Roni" Koresh, who founded the Koresh Dance Company in 1991.
The Koresh Dance Company returns to the Lehigh Valley, 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Koresh was born and raised in Israel and started dancing at the age of 10. He trained with his mother, a folk dancer in the Yemenite tradition. He then became a member of Martha Graham's Batsheva 2 Dance Company at the age of...
Polly is back: "Artist's Collection," through Feb. 23, Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. Third St., Bethlehem, brings the work of Allentown artist Polly Wood, above, back to public view. Wood is showing a range of work, from her well-known large exaggerated-realism portraits of compelling women whose eyes seem to follow you from the canvas to beyond the frame and around the gallery; to new, colorful, fanciful abstracts, to two-dimensional hanging sounding sculptures you can tap with a mallet...
Have a "Blast": The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem, will be transformed into a steel plant blast furnace during the multi-dimensional photography installation, "Blast Furnace," opening Jan. 10. The exhibit, created by Mike and Jamie Cabreza of iMiJ Shop of Easton, has more than 50 photos, including 30-plus featured on the Cabrezas' three-dimensional iMiJ Blocks, above, on display throughout the building. The opening reception for "Blast Furnace" is 5 - 8 p.m. Jan. 10 as part of...
If you're ever invited to the Apatows, you may want to politely decline.
That's because, based on writer-director Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," filmed in and around his Four Season hotel interior decor-styled Los Angeles area home, you will be subjected to a barrage of rude, lewd and crude invective, diatribes and behavior.
"This Is 40" is an often desperate attempt at comedy. I found the movie mostly insufferable. "This is 40" is Judd Apatow's home movie.
"This Is 40"...
The Bethlehem Palette Club January program meeting is 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.
There will be a demonstration by pastel artist Susan Ketcham, signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
The program is free and open to the public. Non-members are welcome to attend.
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@Body.8 Days:1210 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
"King of Devil's Island," 2 p.m. Jan. 19. Free
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@Body.8 Days:5 N. Front St., Allentown. 610-432-4200
"Crazy Car Comedies," 1 p.m. Jan. 13
"Packard: American Classic Car," 1 p.m. Jan. 20
"Speed Devils," 1 p.m. Jan. 27
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Gian-Carlo Menotti's opera, "Amahl And The Night Vistiors," will be presented, 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 3 p.m. Jan. 20, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem.
The lead roles are performed by William Walton (Amahl), Michele Giletto (Amahl's mother), Robert Cohen (King Kaspar), Doug Helfrich (King Melchoir), Jeff Gross (King Balthazar) and Michael Pesavento (the Page).
The opera is under the direction of Michael Pesavento and the accompanist is Nancy Shumaker.
"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222
"A Chorus Line," 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787
"Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, 21, Feb 1, 2; 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-...
The Sultans of String are set to descend upon Bethlehem from the Great White North.
The Sultans of String, consisting of six-string violinist Chris McKhool and acoustic guitarist Kevin Laliberté, are hitting the road on a several month-long tour promoting their latest CD, "Move."
The Sultans begin their stop in Bethlehem Jan. 10 by performing a live radio session on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio station WDIY, 88.1 FM, at 3 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. show at celebrated...