The famous violinist Midori is coming to Allentown to solo with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and the first question of the day is: Does anyone know her real last name?
Midori has been a remarkable violinist from a very young age. She took the route that is more often used in the rock and pop market of performing under just one name, Midori. For many years, few people knew that her full name is Midori Goto.
How funny is "Bad Grandpa'?
Take it from the ticket-seller at the multiplex: "The girl at the concession counter had to use her inhaler three times."
Don't take it from me.
Then again, two movie-goers walked out during the first 30 minutes at a recent matinee of "Bad Grandpa" at that same multiplex.
Don't take it from me.
"Next time, let's go to lunch and forget it when there's a bad movie," said an elderly woman to her two elderly female friends sitting in the row in front of me at the matinee.
Randall Perry, organist and master of choristers, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Trexlertown, and Jane Ellen Knotek, director of music ministry, Zion "Liberty Bell" United Church of Christ, Allentown, present a concert for two pianos, 3 p.m. Nov. 10, St. Paul's Church of Christ, 1249 Trexlertown Road at Church Lane, Trexlertown.
A free will offering will be taken. Information: 610-395-4571
Rock legend Roger McGuinn, original front man of The Byrds, one of the most influential pop music bands of the 1960's, teams with Marty Stuart, five-time Grammy nominee, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The Byrds achieved huge commercial success in 1965 - '66. The group pioneered the genre of folk-rock, then transitioned to psychedelic-rock and country- rock.
The Muhlenberg College Department of Theater & Dance's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," through Nov. 3, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is one of the best musical productions to ever hit the Lehigh Valley stage.
And it is a huge hit. From the opening immersive experience of the show's actors mingling with the audience as theater-goers take their seats and settle in, to the rousing finale, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a must-see for musical-theater fans.
When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?
Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.
Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 10
West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Nov. 5, 12, 19
Night Club Two-Step, 7 p.m. Nov. 19, 26
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"
@Body.8 Days Head: CEDAR CREST COLLEGE
"50 Shades! The Musical," 7 p.m. Nov. 10: Lehigh Valley premiere, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, sandseventcenter.com, 800-745-3000
"Broadway Rox," 3 p.m. Nov. 17: Lehigh Valley premiere, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132
"D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks," 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 16; 2 p.m. Nov. 17: Lehigh Valley premiere, Sandglass Theater, at Touchstone Theatre. 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. touchstone.org, 610-867-1689
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
The Armory Show: A Centennial Tribute, through Nov. 17, Trexler Gallery
Mythological Creatures in Textiles, through Nov. 17, Goodman Gallery
Hidden Treasures: American Photography from the Museum's Collection, through Dec. 8, Payne Hurd Gallery
South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery
American Wildlife Art, through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale Galleries
@Body.8 Days Head: MORAVIAN COLLEGE
Foy Hall, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. 610-861-1300
Modigliani String Quartet, Young People's Philharmonic Brass Quintet, 7 p.m. Nov. 8
Phil Woods, Nelson Hill, Neil Wetzel, Tony Gairo, Tom Hamilton, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21
Phil Woods with the Moravian College Big Band and Jazz Combo I, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22
@Body.8 Days Head: PENN'S PEAK
325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325
America, 8 p.m. Nov. 2
Get The Led Out, 8 p.m. Nov. 9: Led Zeppelin tribute
.38 Special, 8 p.m. Nov. 16