"The Wolverine" gets deeper into the psyche of Logan, aka Wolverine, the Marvel Comics superhero, thanks to an intense performance by Hugh Jackman, reprising his role as the title character, and thoughtful and compelling direction by James Mangold.
"Aida," 8 p.m. Aug. 8, 9, 10; 6 p.m. Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665
"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 1, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671
"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.610-433-2333
Long-Form Improv Comedy, "ManDudeBro: Who's Your Daddy?; 10:45 p.m. Aug. 30, Blue Cinema, Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
As the late theater critic Jack O'Brian (1914 - 2000) wrote in his syndicated column, "Voice of Broadway" and said on his afternoon interview show WOR-AM: "Always the young strangers."
It's uncertain whether the phrase was borrowed from the title of Carl Sandburg's 1953 book, but O'Brian used it to refer to new talent in break-through roles in Broadway shows.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH
Approximately 80 children see First Presbyterian Church of Allentown transformed into God's Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars during Vacation Bible School July 22 through 26. Children learned about serving family, friends, neighbors, the community and Jesus.
Two icons of the silent film era will share Civic Theatre of Allentown's silver screen when Civic presents another installment in its ongoing series of silent film classics at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6
The double bill features Harold Lloyd in "Safety Last," preceded by the short, "One Week" with Buster Keaton.
"Safety Last" has been digitally re-mastered. Both films be shown with Civic's new HD digital projection system which was installed in June.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a curiosity.
The so-called history play, in its PSF debut (as is "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4), is said by some scholars to have been a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. "Henry VIII" was first performed some 400 years before no-fault divorce, June 29, 1613, at the Globe Theatre, which burned to the ground when a cannon in the play misfired and ignited the thatched roof.
Summer and blockbusters go hand in popcorn at the movies.
The watershed year for the summer blockbuster marketing mentality of the major Hollywood movie studios was 1975 with the release of director Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which ushered in the summer blockbuster genre of big-budget, fast-paced, thrilling entertainment.
During the summer and Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year's holiday season, there's "counterprogramming," whereby "indie" (independently-released) films are released, sometimes to critical and box office success.
Q. I am 83 years old and I am very afraid of falling down stairs. My mother broke her hip that way, and I think of her every time I am on stairs.
If you think about falling while you are on a staircase, you increase the risk of falling. You have to learn how to redirect your attention away from your troubling thoughts and let your body take you up and down the stairs.
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.610-332-3378
Cody Simpson, 11 a.m. July 31
Dave Attell, 8, 10:30 p.m. Aug. 17
Classic Albums Live, 8 p.m. Aug. 22: The Beatles "Abbey Road" tribute
Kenny Vance and the Planotones, 8 p.m. Aug. 23
Big Shot, 8 p.m. Aug. 31: Billy Joel tribute
Great White Caps, 8 p.m. Sept. 5: Weezer "Blue Album" tribute
MewithoutYou, 8 p.m. Sept. 6
Doug Benson, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7
Gaelic Storm, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS
Levitt Pavilion, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
Bethlehem Event Charity Auction, 6 p.m. third Monday
Stacks in the City, 5 p.m. Thursdays
@Body.8 Days Head: DOWNTOWN BETHLEHEM ASSOCIATION
Main and Broad streets, Bethlehem. 610-577-6962
Welcome Musikfest First Friday, 6 p.m. Aug. 2
ArtWalk, Aug. 31
@Body.8 Days Head: HAWK MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY
1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton. 610-756-6961
Foray for Fungai, 10 a.m. Aug. 3
Nature Jounaling, 10 a.m. Aug. 10