‘Part of the story’: Skater’s thrilled with role in Cirque du Soleil ‘Crystal,’ set for PPL Center shows
The world-famous Cirque du Soleil brings a thrilling and “cool” new show, “Crystal,” to PPL Center, Allentown, June 26-30.
The production blends stunning acrobatics and figure skating. With aerial feats and impressive artistry on ice, “Crystal” is predicted to surpass expectations in a breakthrough show.
“Crystal” has an international cast of 43 performers, including figure, extreme and freestyle ice skaters, plus acrobats, musicians and comics.
If you have a taste for Big Band music, mark 7:30 p.m. June 21 on your calendar when the Rob Stoneback Big Band holds court in Miller Symphony Hall’s Rodale Community Room for the “Jazz Upstairs Series.”
The 19-piece unit has performed with such notables as Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, The Manhattan Transfer and Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. to name a few. The Stoneback Big Band has four CDs to its credit, and has recorded with Simone, Nina Simone’s daughter.
Q. When you have a bypass, what exactly do they do to your heart?
In conventional heart bypass, an incision about one-foot-long is made down the center of the chest to expose the heart. The surgeon takes a section of healthy blood vessel, often from inside the chest wall or from the lower leg, and attaches the ends above and below a blocked artery so that blood flow is diverted around the narrowed portion of a diseased artery.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of “Crazy for You” is crazy good on multiple levels.
Singing, dancing, choreography, music, acting, set design and costuming are beyond superlatives. PSF’s “Crazy for You” will captivate and transport you to Broadway’s Golden Age of all-singing, all-dancing, all-fun musicals.
The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “Bring It On” lives up to its title.
The adage about an actor being a triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) in theater is taken one step further to become a quadruple-threat with the addition of cheerleading (including backflips, front-flips, lifts and drops that one would see at high school and college sports contests) in “Bring It On,” through June 30, Paul C. Empie Theatre, Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. The June 15 performance was seen for this review.
“Rocketman” is a movie that wants to become a musical.
I predict “Rocketman” the movie will be transformed into a hugely successful, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, following the conclusion of Sir Elton John’s farewell tour.
Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, June 12: Peach balsamic chicken, whole wheat pasta, Brussel sprouts, apricots.
Thursday, June 13: Pork Marsala, brown rice, carrots, applesauce.
Friday, June 14: Pennsylvania “Dutch” turkey barbecue, German potato salad, green beans, pear.
Monday, June 17: Veal parmesan, whole-wheat pasta, wax beans, melon.
Tuesday, June 18: Honey lime tilapia, confetti rice, Capri vegetables, apple.
Wednesday, June 19: Hamburger, broccoli / cauliflower, peaches.
Gone Polly Wood: “A Tribute to Polly Wood” (1946–2016) continues through July 3, The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown. A memorial reception, with wine, beverages and light fare, is 6-8 p.m. June 20 as part of Allentown’s “Third Thursday.” The exhibition of colorful and creatively-playful artwork by the Allentown native, including “Edna” (mixed media), above, in her “Ordinary Women” and ”Space Guitars” series, was spearheaded by her son, Jonas.
Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, June 12: Cranberry juice, fried chicken patty on bun, w/lettuce, tomato, mayo; Amish potato salad, citrus breeze.
Thursday, June 13: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, baby kale and spinach salad w/ranch dressing, wheat bread w/margarine, chilled peaches.
Friday, June 14: Father’s Day meal. Barbecue pork “Hawg Wing”, roasted red potatoes, flame roasted corn, wheat roll w/margarine, Black Forest cake.
City Arts Camp, a collaboration of the Allentown Art Museum, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, Miller Symphony Hall and Repertory Dance Theatre, provides students a fun and exciting experience in art, dance, music and theater.
The six established arts and cultural organizations came together 21 years ago to create a week of artistic exploration for children, providing an interdisciplinary, comprehensive introduction to the arts, while inspiring them to discover their creativity.