"August: Osage County," Tracy Lett's 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, hits you upside the head with the force of the cast-iron frying pan wielded by one of the cast members.
Witty, comedic and unflinchingly raw dialogue combined with stellar performances by an ensemble cast make this Lehigh Valley debut a must-see, 7 p.m. March 7 - 9 and 2 p.m. March 10, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N 19th St., Allentown.
Q. What chemicals in the environment have a real impact upon our health?
There are way too many to cover. Here are a few important ones:
Lead: Paint chips, dust, fumes and water containing lead can get into your body. Even small amounts of lead in your system can impede learning and generate behavior changes. Large quantities of lead can be fatal. A simple blood test can alert you before lead poisoning causes significant problems.
Among the dozens of entrants in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section Readers Pick the Oscar Recipients contest, not one person correctly picked all recipients in the contest's seven categories.
Karen Drake of Whitehall picked six out of seven. For the director Oscar, she chose Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln," instead of the recipient, Ang Lee, "Life of Pi."
Karen will receive a $50 Penn's Peak gift card, Roxy Theatre tickets, a Lehigh Valley Press prize package and have her photo in the Focus section.
"Women's Work: An Art Exhibition," opens with an International Women's Day reception, 7 - 9 p.m. March 8, and continues through April 21, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, Suite 203, 542 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
The six featured artists are Janet Barna, mixed-media assemblages; Alison Bessesdotter, contemporary quilts and wearable art; Eileen Cressman-Reeder, polymer clay sculpture;, Marilyn Hazelton, photography with poetry; Maryann Riker, mixed-media artist books and collage; and Susan Weaver, jewelry.
"A Memory, a Monolouge, a Rant and a Prayer," 7 p.m. March 15, 16; 4 p.m. March 16, 17, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. 620-390-4324
"Anna in the Tropics," 7:30 p.m. March 6, 7, 8, 9; 11 a.m. March 7, Lipkin Theatre, Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township. northampton.edu, 610-332-8682
"A Wrinkle in Time," 7:30 p.m. March 7, 8; 2 p.m. March 10, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, 675 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. charterarts.org, 610-868-2971
It's Black Friday, the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season in downtown Bethlehem. The city is festive. Merchants are ringing up record profits.
Then … one of those shopkeepers is murdered in a mysterious fashion.
Thus begins Larry L. Deibert's latest novel, "The Christmas City Vampire."
Deibert signs copies of his book, 1 - 3 p.m. March 3 for "Local Author Sundays" at the Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.
This is Deibert's third or fourth novel, depending on how you count.
The Lehigh County Conference of Churches (LCCC) presents "People Without Homes," a photography and poetry exhibit and community discussion, 5 p.m. Feb. 27, Tower Auditorium, Sacred Heart Hospital, 421 Chew St., Allentown.
"People Without Homes" is the recent sabbatical project of LCCC Executive Director Rev. Dr. Christine L. Nelson.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.
A discussion on chronic homelessness begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 27.
Light refreshments will be served.
"We've been trying to do this play for years. But this is the first time we got the rights, which is ironic with the movie coming out this year," says Civic Theatre of Allentown Artistic Director William Sanders.
Sanders directs the Lehigh Valley premiere of "August: Osage County," opening March 1 and continuing March 2 and March 7 - 10, on Civic's main stage, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.
It's called "Burlesque to Broadway," but the song and dance revue, 7:30 p.m. March 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, is much more, according to its star.
"It's a celebration of women, from Burlesque to Broadway and beyond," says Quinn Lemley, star of the show with co-stars, Sara Brophy, portraying Raz, a Rosalind Russell character, and Amanda Brantley, portraying Gracie, based on Gracie Allen. They're backed by a 10-piece orchestra.
"The show is like a young Bette Midler meets 'Chicago,' " Lemley says.
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.