Sometimes, you have to catch films before they get away. Even if you miss them at the multiplex, neighborhood theater or indie and foreign-films art house, certain films are must-sees whenever and wherever.
The following three films are well worth seeing. Each is linked by a magnificent obsession or passion. So, put on your film-hunting gear and don't forget the popcorn.
Labor trouble strikes and love troubles start when workers fraternize with management in "The Pajama Game," 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 11, 12; 2 p. m. April 6, auditorium, Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem.
When Babe Williams (Kylie Dunne) becomes spokesperson for the laborers who want a raise she butts heads with Sid Sorokin (Garrett Toole), a supervisor for the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. They can't deny their love and soon the place is in an uproar as the factory wheels grind to a halt and the lid comes off the cooked books.
A genealogy workshop will be held 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. March 29, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
Registration is 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m., with a free continental breakfast. The workshops are: "Fundamentals of Genealogy," 9 a.m.; "Cemetery Records," second seminar; "Intermediate Genealogy," third seminar; "Caring for your Family Treasures," fourth session. Participants may question genealogy presenters following the last session. Workshop participants may use the museum research library free of charge.
To register, call Carol Herrity, 610-435-1074, ext. 12.
A small town heats up fast when a slick big-city agent gets the idea to promote his military-drafted rock star, Conrad Birdie (Nick Longenbach), by randomly picking a fan club member, Kim MacAfee (Madison Lahr), to give Birdie one last kiss before he heads off to Army boot camp in "Bye Bye Birdie," 7:30 p m. April 3, 4, and 5, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.
The musical is directed by Nan L. Guss-Mentzell with choreography by Vicki Troxell. Vocal director is Lisa Manno.
Arts Ovation 2014 recipients include several Emmaus area residents for their contributions to the Allentown area arts scene.
Recognized at the 26th annual luncheon, noon May 8, The Palace Center, 623 Hanover Avenue, Allentown, will be Sanford T. Beldon, Sharon Lee Glassman, both of Lower Macungie Township; Gretchen Klinedinst Furst of South Whitehall Township; Barnaby Ruhe of Emmaus, and Scott Stoneback of Alburtis.
The awards and recipients are:
With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals, leading up to the annual Freddy awards at the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its preview series.
The war is not the only conflict as interracial love is confronted and emotions run high in "South Pacific," 7:30 p.m. April 3, 4, 5 and 2 p.m. April 6, auditorium, Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall.
The musical is directed by Andrew Borghesani with choreography by Vanessa Ruggiero.
Navy Nurse Ensign Nellie Forbush (Kimberly Casey) is romantically inclined toward plantation owner Emile de Becque (Michael Maggio), but needs to resolve her Southern racial prejudices toward Emile's mixed-race children.
@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE
"4 Girls 4": Leslie Uggams, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, 8 p.m. April 4, State Theatre for The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132
"A Shropshire Lad," opens March 21, continues through April 6, world debut of original stage adaptation of A.E. Housman work, Crowded Kitchen Players, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. 610-395-7176
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS
Grandstand, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 27
Lady Antebellum, 7 p.m. Aug. 28
Tim McGraw, Jana Kramer, 7 p.m. Aug. 29
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST CENTER
SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
SmartsQuest Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone
@Body.8 Days Head: HAWK MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY
1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton. 610-756-6961
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
Night Club Two-Step, 6:30 p.m. March 25 April 1, 8
East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. April 15, 22
Hustle, 7 p.m. April 22, 29
Salsa, 7 p.m. April 29
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-433-4150
Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"
@Body.8 Days: ARTSQUEST