"First and Foremost, it's about the music," says Colin Byrne, cast manager for the Tony Award-winning, "Memphis," to explain the popularity of the Broadway hit that comes to the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., at 3 p.m. Feb. 9.
Byrne, an Easton native and 2000 graduate of Wilson Area High School, says the musical evokes the spirit of the 1950's when music bridged the gap between blacks and whites.
"It's inspired by true events when radio deejays were able to help overcome prejudice through music," Byrne explains.
My wife, Bev, and I feed the birds year-round, thus enjoying their daily visits to our feeders. The bird visits not only provide us with hours of enjoyment, they furnish us with a natural calendar marked by their arrivals and departures.
Although many Canada geese have become year-round residents, migrating geese and other bird species that do not stay in the Lehigh Valley for winter provide a sign that fall is in the air. Many species follow a specific time schedule to migrate south.
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
"August: Osage County" is an embarrassment of (rhymes with riches).
The men in the film based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play for drama by Tulsa, Okla., native Tracey Letts (who also wrote the film's screenplay) are deserving of equal-opportunity insults.
"August: Osage County" is a film to relish. The "August: Osage County" sauce is hot. Oscar-nominated Julia Roberts, as Barbara Weston (best supporting actor, female), and Meryl Streep, as Barbara's mother, Violet Weston (best actor, female), lay it on thick.
20 years of dance: The Muhlenberg College dance program celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special edition of its annual "Master Choreographers" dance concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 7; 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The program includes a restaging choreographer of Bill T. Jones' "D-Man in the Waters (Part 1)," set to Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20. "We are thrilled to showcase Bill T.
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.
PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
St. Ann School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week which began Jan. 26 with a variety of activities scheduled throughout the week.
@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"August: Osage County," 4:30, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 29; 2, 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30
"Inside Llewyn Davis," 4, 8:45 p.m. Jan. 29; 2:30, 4:45, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 30; 1, 5:45 p.m. Jan. 31; 12:45, 5:45 p.m. Feb. 1; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 5; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6
"Labor Day," 1:30, 4, 6;30, 9 p.m. Jan. 31; 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15 p.m. Feb. 1; 12:30, 3, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3; 4:45, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 - 6
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS
Agri-Plex, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
District 11 Skills USA Championships, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 29, Agri-Plex
Family Pet Expo, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Feb. 1; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 2
Antique and Modern Arms Show, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 8; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 9
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST
SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
SmartsQuest Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone, ArtsQuest Center
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
Paul Harryn: Essence of Nature, through May 18, Scheller, Rodale and Fowler Galleries
Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through Feb. 23, Goodman Gallery
The Maiden Creek Series: Watercolors by Matthew Daub, through May 18, Payne Hurd Gallery
The 2014 East Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit, through Feb. 16, Crayola Learning Center
Noon Gallery Talk: Paul Harryn's Essence of Nature Exhibit, noon Feb. 5