PRESS PHOTO BY DEB BOYLAN
The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission honored four organizations and individuals during its annual "Tribute to the Arts," Oct. 4, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem. Above, from left: Dave, Fry, musician-Godfrey Daniel co-founder; Dawn Ketterman-Benner, founder-professor-faculty advisor, Moravian College Dance Company; Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan; Marylou Cummings, plein-air artist-Mayor's Award recipient; and Silagh White, Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs, Lehigh University.
Virtuoso guitarist John Jorgenson, co-founding member of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters, takes the stage, 7 p.m. Oct, 18, Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
"I've been very lucky over my career," Jorgenson says. "I was named guitarist of the year three years in a row back in the '90s and I won a Grammy a few years ago [2008 Best Country Instrumental] for a collaboration with Brad Paisley."
A "Festival of Hymns and Psalms" will be presented, 4 p.m. Oct. 21, Central Moravian Church, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem.
Donald Spieth conducts. Central Director of Music Rebecca Owens is organist. Central Choir is accompanied by Main Street Brass.
Debuted will be "O Be Joyful," by Howard Helvey, commissioned to for Owens' 10th anniversary at Central.
Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will replace Katharine McPhee, who had to withdraw for medical reasons, for "Gala2012," Oct. 20, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Broadway, television and film star, Chenoweth is remembered for her show-stealing performance in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked."
Chenoweth was most recently seen on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of "Promises, Promises."
She appears in CBS's "The Good Wife" and the recent movie,"Hit and Run."
Veteran 1960's Lehigh Valley garage band, The Limits, reunites 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center [formerly Illick's Mill], Bethlehem, as part of a double bill that includes The Old School Band, fronted by Steve Molchany and original members of his 60's area group, the Dooley Invention.
"Steve Molchany called me a few months ago and told me he had had a very successful event at Illick's Mill," says Levy, lead singer and guitarist for the Limits. "He said, 'Let's do a show together.'"
This year marks Levy's 50th year playing music professionally.
While it helps, "Having no talent is not enough," a veteran stripper tells the future Gypsy Rose Lee as the young woman searches for a path to stardom.
There is no shortage of talent in Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Gypsy, A Musical Fable," continuing through Oct. 27. William Sanders directs the fast-paced musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents.
Stagemakers at the J will be bringing the world of glass slippers, pumpkin carriages and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" to the Lehigh Valley with its production of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Enchanted Edition," Oct. 25, 27, 28, Nov. 3, 4.
Stagemakers at the J is a children's theater troupe which was started in fall 2010 by the Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.
Become "Enchanted": Stagemakers at the J presents "Cinderella: Enchanted Edition," Oct. 25, 27, 28 and Nov. 3, 4, Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 22nd and Tilghman streets, Allentown. Ashleigh Albert, above left, plays Cinderella. Nick Grotta, above right, is the Prince. The script is based on the 1997 teleplay adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." Tickets: allentownjcc.org, 610-435-3571
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Liam Neeson out-Bonds James Bond in "Taken 2."
You don't have to have seen "Taken" (2008). Here, Neeson, reprising his role a CIA spy operative Bryan Mills, must rescue his wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and prevent his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), from being taken hostage by Eastern European terrorists intent on revenging their losses depicted in the first movie. At the center of the terrorist group is a father whose son, a kidnapper, was killed by Mills.
All you need is love and performances by some of the Lehigh Valley's premier musical talent. The Lehigh Valley Beatles Showcase, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, is poised to bring a diverse group of performers to Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
The event, now in its second year, is presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA) and will feature 20 area acts, including notable 1960's pop music cover artists, The Large Flowerheads, and blues stylists The James Supra Band.