"The Tempest," "War of the Worlds," "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Star Wars," "Alien," "The Hobbit" what these icons of popular literature, stage and screen have in common or rather "uncommon" is "At The Edge: Art of the Fantastic," through Sept. 9, the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.
"At The Edge," according to guest curators Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, is "the most comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art to date."
"Why We Have A Body" is one of the most remarkable, disarming and memorable stage productions this summer in the Lehigh Valley region.
The drama-comedy, in its Lehigh Valley debut, continues for only three more performances, Aug, 24 - 26, in the annual SummerStage series in Civic Theatre of Allentown's Theatre 514.
The subject material, which lobby signs warn is for mature audiences only, will not be to everyone's taste.
The Fixx opens for The J. Geils Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Fairgrounds Grandstand, at the Allentown Fair. The British rock band formed in 1979 in London. The group's hits include "Red Skies" and "Stand or Fall," from "Shuttered Room" (1982); "One Thing Leads to Another," charting at No. 4 in the United States, and "Saved by Zero," from "Reach the Beach" (1983). The group's song, "Deeper and Deeper" was on the soundtrack of the movie, "Streets of Fire." "A Letter to Both Sides" was on the soundtrack of the film, "Fletch." "Secret Separation," from the album, "Walkabout" (1986), went to No.
The Great Allentown Fair is observing Allentown's 250th anniversary with a series of cooking demonstrations that will be part of "Farm to Table" series on the culinary demonstration stage inside the Agri-Plex building.
Throughout the Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, "Farm to Table" chefs and culinary experts from the Lehigh Valley prepare their signature dishes.
The Joseph Plowman Trio, with vocalist Marlene Gilley, presents a free concert, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Aug. 30, PPL Plaza, Ninth and Hamilton streets, Allentown, as part of the "Summer in the City" series.
Music will be from the Great American Songbook, as well as contemporary songwriters.
Plowman, a jazz bassist, Emmaus native and Emmaus High School graduate, has returned from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he toured with an international quartet from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
The film, "The Intouchables," is bracing, uplifting and a triumph of the human spirit.
Plus, it's darn funny.
Philippe (François Cluzet) is a very wealthy Paris widower who is a tetraplegic following an accident. Philippe hires Driss (Omar Sy), a very poor, street-smart Senegales to be his live-in primary care-giver.
Driss has a strong personality and commands respect.
Philippe likes that. He doesn't want pity.
The 2012 Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, celebrates its 160th year.
So, where were you in 1852?
That's when the Allentown Fair began.
There've been many changes at the Fair over the years, er, decades, or, rather, centuries.
The Allentown Fair carries on at its 46-acre Fairgrounds location, 17th and Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.
The first day, Aug. 28, offers "Preview Night," with free admission.
The Summer Harmony concert, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Parkland High School Auditorium, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, will feature The Allentown Band performing "We Love Allentown," written by Robert Pearce, a 90-year-old Emmaus resident and retired Allen Organ employee, and his daughter, Joanne, a pianist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Allentown Band member Tom Heinze rewrote the arrangement for band and men's chorus. The song, which was written 30 years ago in response to Billy Joel's "Allentown" song, is to be performed to commemorate Allentown's 250th anniversary.