"Her" is a brilliant, prescient and unsettling romantic comedy by director Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel; director, "Adaptation," 2002; "Being John Malkovich," 1999).
The "Her" of the film's title is an OS1 (as in "Operating System," the recorded voice within a phone, mobile device or computer).
"Her" takes place in Los Angeles of the not-too-distant future where Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) works as a Cyber Cyrano, composing hand-written love letters for folks at a loss for words to express their feelings to their significant others.
The world- renowned Angelique Kidjo has a vast musical career paralleled by her extraordinary humanitarian achievements and a passion for her homeland in Africa. She has a tireless advocacy for the women of Africa, traveling extensively for charitable projects. These include visits to Darfur and Kenya.
Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was named one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World by The Guardian, a British newspaper. Time magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva." London's Daily Telegraph named her "The undisputed Queen of African Music."
Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.
Karen Maurer, a Bethlehem storyteller, brings her craft to the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild's "Winter Children's Series," 2 p.m. Feb. 16, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.
The series, held every first and third Sunday through the winter season at Godfrey's, highlights a different member of the guild for each session. Each session, which lasts about one hour, is part of the LVSG's mission to promote and celebrate the art of storytelling.
You need to take a closer look at the art work of Surrealist Artist Rigo Peralta to see the energy of his paintings. Peralta's new exhibition, "Más allá de la existencia" ("Beyond The Existence"), features exotic colors and vivid persona.
An opening reception for the exhibit is 5 - 10 p.m. Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, at Peralta's studio gallery, 1131 Linden St., Allentown. His studio gallery opened in October 2013. Peralta's former studio was at the Banana Factory, Bethlehem.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
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
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) holds open auditions for performers ages 16 and up Feb. 23 and 24 for the 2014 season mainstage productions: the classic Broadway musical "A Chorus Line," June 11 - 29, and "Monty Python's 'Spamalot,'" July 9 - 27.
Auditioners should email: SMTcompany@ muhlenberg.edu before Feb. 21.
Carpenters, electricians, props technicians, light board and sound board operators, and stage crew are needed for productions. Costumers, first hand, stitchers, and wardrobe running crew are needed in the costume shop.
Return with us to the days when newspaper editors were tyrants, entry-level journalists were treated like chattle and the ever-present sound of the newsroom was the rhythmic rat-tat-tat of manual typewriters.
That's the setting for a world-premiere musical, "Here Comes the Bride," through March 9, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Open Mic, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5
Chick-fil-A Trexlertown at the Allentown Public Library, 2 p.m. Feb. 8
Small Space Gardening Series with Lori Metz, 6 - 7 p.m. Feb. 12, 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
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
Hustle, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11
Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25
East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25
Country Two-Step, 7 p.m. March. 4, 11
West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. March 18, 25
Night Club Two-Step, 6:30 p.m. March 18, 25
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150