Say Cusack: Movie star John Cusack presents a screening of his 1989 hit film, “Say Anything,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, followed by a conversation and audience question and answer session. With four decades’ worth of roles in more than 70 films, Cusack will share stories from his career, answer audience questions, and give a behind-the-scenes look into his breakout role as Lloyd Dobler. Cusack went on to star in “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank” and “Being John Malkovich.” A limited number of VIP seats include a post-show photo opportunity with Cusack, but no autographs.
The Great Depression, 1933. Joseph Zeller and his younger brother Frank are promoting fights for a gangster. Joe is a lad of 14 and is learning the ropes of human nature and the difference between what people say and what people do.
The 1989 film “Say Anything” set the standard for teenage romance comedies for decades to come. Every high school girl wished for her crush to stand outside her window, serenading her with a boom box. Every boy wanted to be Lloyd, who gets his dream girl.
John Cusack, who played Lloyd, the “every-boy” who gets the girl in “Say Anything,” has built a respected career as an actor, film producer and screenwriter with films such as “High Fidelity” (2000) “Being John Malkovich” (1999), “Grosse Pointe Blank” (1997) and “Serendipity” (2001).
Juxtaposed with the Impressionistic, energetic, stream-of-consciousness work of Barnaby Ruhe, the exquisitely-detailed artwork of the late miniature artist, Jane Walker Conneen (1921–2008), graces the walls of The Baum School of Art’s Rodale Family Gallery.
Conneen’s “It’s a Small World” exhibit featuring her tiny etchings opens Sept. 20 with a shared reception with Ruhe’s “Regenesis” exhibit, 6 - 9 p.m. Both exhibitions conclude Oct. 20 with a shared closing reception, 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 18.
By KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS
Special to The Press
“Brigadoon” has a special place in Rody Gilkeson’s heart.
As a child, the 1954 movie adaption of the musical was often playing on television in his house.
“My mother used to love to watch movie musicals,” he says. “When it was on TV, she would sing along with the songs.”
Gilkeson says his mother was a big fan of actor Van Johnson, who played the best friend of Gene Kelly’s Tommy Albright in “Brigadoon,” so the lilting Scottish fantasy was one of her favorites.
“The Meg” is a by-the-screenplay-book thriller about a prehistoric shark run amok.
Think: “Jaws” (1975) meets “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972) meets “The Abyss” (1989).
The movie’s title, “The Meg,” refers to a 75-foot-long megalodon shark, a prehistoric creature thought to be extinct. The creature resurfaces from the deep to wreak havoc on a nuclear submarine, a research vessel, and a beach resort. The movie is based on a 1997 book, “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” by Steve Alten.
I work in a chain drug store in a small community. From time to time, we have employee meetings. I encounter some pretty rude behavior at these meetings, including gum-chewing and interrupting. I am appalled by my colleagues’ disrespectful behavior. Since I am middle-aged, perhaps my ways are just old fashioned and outdated. What do you think?
As a son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley’s concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 16, is set to bring his message of love to the stage with songs about social, political and personal topics.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica and the eldest son of Bob Marley, Ziggy and his siblings, Stephen, Cedella and Sharon, formed Ziggy and the Melody Makers in 1981 after their father died.
The first song the siblings recorded, “Children Playing In The Streets,” was written by their father. Their 1988 album, “Conscious Party,” received a Grammy.
Young musicians ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition for The Young Musicians Club of Allentown.
Auditions will be held during the club’s first meeting, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Zentz Hall, Fellowship Community Center, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.
Prospective members who sing or play a musical instrument may audition by performing two pieces, one by memory. To be eligible, members must be taking private music lessons.