Summer and blockbusters go hand in popcorn at the movies.
The watershed year for the summer blockbuster marketing mentality of the major Hollywood movie studios was 1975 with the release of director Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which ushered in the summer blockbuster genre of big-budget, fast-paced, thrilling entertainment.
During the summer and Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year's holiday season, there's "counterprogramming," whereby "indie" (independently-released)...
Ke$ha, Styx and Foreigner, OneRepublic, Darius Rucker, Carly Rae Jepsen, Peter Frampton and B.B. King, Buckwheat Zydeco, Southern Culture on the Skids, Trout Fishing in America, Holly Williams and Here Come the Mummies are among the 300-plus music acts that will take the stage when Musikfest celebrates its 30th year Aug. 2 - 11.
The largest free music festival in the United States showcases more than 500 performances during its 10-day run, with free concerts on 13 of 14 stages....
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a curiosity.
The so-called history play, in its PSF debut (as is "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4), is said by some scholars to have been a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. "Henry VIII" was first performed some 400 years before no-fault divorce, June 29, 1613, at the Globe...
"Aida," through Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665
"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 3, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL
"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671
"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The...
Two icons of the silent film era will share Civic Theatre of Allentown's silver screen when Civic presents another installment in its ongoing series of silent film classics at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6
The double bill features Harold Lloyd in "Safety Last," preceded by the short, "One Week" with Buster Keaton.
"Safety Last" has been digitally re-mastered. Both films be shown with Civic's new HD digital projection system which was installed in June.
Organist Don Kinnier...
Notre Dame Summer Theatre (NDST) Director Rody Gilkeson has done a remarkable job with the Lehigh Valley debut of the Broadway version of "Les Miserables," through Aug. 3, Notre Dame High School, Bethlehem Township.
The NDST production has a huge cast of 52 and, on opening night, July 26, before what appeared to be a near sell-out audience, each member of the cast really put their heart and soul into each song and every scene.
The musical, a pop opera, really, based on the...
PRESS PHOTOS BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH
Approximately 80 children see First Presbyterian Church of Allentown transformed into God's Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars during Vacation Bible School July 22 through 26. Children learned about serving family, friends, neighbors, the community and Jesus.
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
The Wilhelm Brothers, 6 p.m. Aug. 22
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds
Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays: 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds
Allentown Public Library Summer Reading Club. Registration required
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PHOTOS BY LEE A. BUTZ
All-a-Bard for PSF: There are only a few days left to attend the 22nd annual Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Two shows continue in repertory through Aug. 4.
Greg Wood, above, disguised as a priest, plays Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, in William Shakespeare's comedy-drama, "Measure For Measure." In the city of Vienna, Vincentio leaves his seemingly moral deputy Angelo (Blake Ellis) in charge to restore the city to decency. The novice Isabella (Erin Partin)...
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
Main Lesson: East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 27
Main Lesson: Salsa, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, 13
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150
Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 - 10 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"