@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100
Big Valley Bluegrass, 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
Meghan Cary, 8 p.m. Feb. 1, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
10,000 Maniacs, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Musikfest Café
Strawberry Fields, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6: Beatles tribute, Musikfest Café
Wanamaker Lewis, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
Mike Mettalia, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
@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
"The Day I Saw Your Heart," 2 p.m. Feb. 22
Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28
Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. March 12
Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds
@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. Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11
Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 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
The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Northampton Community College (NCC), Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
There will be a keynote speech by Dr. Marcia Theadford, co-pastor, Agape Christian Church, Easton; music by UnityOne; dancing by NCC students; a scene from the August Wilson play, "Fences," and readings by winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King poetry contest.
Eric Fair, freelance writer and Army veteran, presents "Writing War," second Town Hall Lecture of the 2013-'14 season, at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.
The event is free and open to the public. A discussion follows.
Fair, a Bethlehem resident, will discuss the influence of war on literature and writers emerging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Let your "Hair" down: "Hair," the landmark Broadway musical, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton. The musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love during the Vietnam War era, features chart-topping hit songs, including "Aquarius," "Good Morning, Starshine" and "Easy To Be Hard." The new production, with choreography by Karole Armitage, is directed by Diane Paulus and received a 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.
"Frills, Furs & Feathers," an exhibit of paintings by Carol Magnatta, through March 26, Easton Hospital Gallery, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, is sensual and illustrative. Magnatta's portraits of women dressed in feminine and frilly apparel evoke the romance of the past.
A few years ago, while sketching with a drawing group that used models, Magnatta began first in pastels, which soon led to her creating the magnificently grand portraits in oil on view at the State gallery.
Marco Calderon is a Mexican American photo journalist from Allentown who longed to give back to his community.
With "Fighters," a series of photographs of boxers from Luis Melendez's Allentown Boxing and Youth Program, he was able to do just that. In a an exhibit of portraits on display through Jan. 28, at Re:find, 437 Northampton St., Easton, he captures the drive, the fighting spirit and the heart behind the youths in the program.
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
For many film aficionados, a Coen Brothers film is an event.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a non event.
The film, set during a cold snowy winter in 1961, mainly in New York City's Greenwich Village nascent folk music scene, follows the career and personal train wreck that is the life of a guitar-strumming, songwriting, folksinger, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).