@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE
"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1: 40th anniversary show, final performances, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-867-2390
"Fancy Nancy," 1, 4 p.m. Feb. 22: Vital Theatre Company, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. 610-432-6715
"Little Shop of Horrors," 8 p.m., Feb. 20, 21; 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 22; 2 p.m. Feb. 23: Performing Arts Cedar Crest College, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu/stage, 610-606-4608
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Small Space Gardening Series with Lori Metz, 6 - 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 26
"The Day I Saw Your Heart," 2 p.m. Feb. 22
Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28
"Downton Abbey" Discussion, 2 - 3 p.m. March 1
Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. March 12
Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5
Swing Into Spring with Mike McGrath, 7 p.m. April 9
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Fans meet their idol in the rousing 1960's classic, "Bye Bye Birdie," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, Auditorium, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.
The musical comedy, directed by Vince Rostkowski, is based on rock 'n' roll star Elvis Presley's induction into the Army and the consternation that it caused teenagers across America.
Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" recipients contest for the 86th Academy Awards:
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
Supporting Actor, Male
The non-profit State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton has exceeded the goal for its year-end "Curtain Call Campaign" by raising $58,639.
The goal set in November was $45,000.
"We were thrilled at the community's response to the request for funds to replace the curtain," says Shelley Brown, State Theatre President & CEO.
In addition to donations collected on show nights and online, an anonymous donor matched up to $17,500 in contributions to the State Theatre's quest to purchase a new main stage curtain for the historic hall.
Award-winning theater: Vital Theatre Company presents "Fancy Nancy," 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 22, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The musical is based on the series of books written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. In the storyline, Fancy Nancy, above, and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda and Lionel, are going to perform in their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is "positive" (that's "fancy" for 100-percent sure) she and Bree will be picked to play the mermaids.
With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals, leading up to the annual Freddy awards at the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section begins its preview series.
Nominations for the 86th Academy awards have been announced.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 86th Academy Awards for 2013 outstanding film achievements, 8 p.m. (EST) March 2, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles. The ceremony is televised live on the ABC television network.
The popular children's books series, "Fancy Nancy," comes to life for two performances, 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 22, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Sam Viverito, director and choreographer of the musical, believes "Fancy Nancy" stands apart from other children's touring productions because of its message.
"The message is different," Viverito says in a recent phone interview. "It's all about how if you don't get what you want, you can make the best out of what you have.
After 40 years, the Lehigh Valley's "British Music Hall" is closing its doors.
Chris Simmons, founder of "An Evening At A British Music Hall," says performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, will be the last.
"The 40-year mark seemed to be a good place to do that," Simmons says of the Godfrey's finale. "Some people were leaving the show to do other things or basically retiring.
"Given both those circumstances, it seemed logical to end it now," says Simmons in a recent interview.