Flamenco soul: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Flamenco Vivo, above, presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The company features an all-star cast of Spanish dancers and musicians in newly-created pieces and a restaging of "Luz y Sombra," an early work by Roberto Lorca, company co-founder, along with Carlota Santana. The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain. Flamenco was influenced by the Arabic, Judaic and gypsy cultures.
With passion, intense emotion and intricate virtuoso guitar playing and footwork, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain. Flamenco was influenced by Arabic, Judaic and the gypsy cultures. Flamenco is about rich, expressive and percussive music, dance and song with foot stomping, clapping and castanets.
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.
The 86th Academy Awards are over. The Oscars have been handed out. However, many of the movies that received Oscars are still playing in theaters.
First, though, here's the winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" contest ... the envelope (and-or email), please:
Mary Heber of Catasauqua.
A raging beast, talking furniture and a fairy-tale ending will enchant theater-goers when "Beauty and the Beast" plays 7 p.m. March 19, 20, 21 and 2, 7 p.m. March 22 and 23 in the auditorium of Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus.
The musical is directed by Jill Kuebler. Music director is Rita Cortez.
The show is based on the 1991 animated feature film by Walt Disney Pictures, which received Oscars for its title song and score.
The musical, nominated for nine Tonys, is Broadway's eighth longest-running musical with 5,461 performances (1994 - 2007).
Hope and resourcefulness meet the challenges of 19th century dreariness and squalor in a London poorhouse when "Oliver!" is presented at 7 p.m. March 20, 21, 22 in the auditorium of Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.
The musical is directed by Mark McKenna. Music director is Allen Frank. Vocal director is Gayle Justice.
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.
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100
Blood, Sweat & Tears, 7:30 p.m. March 5, Musikfest Café
The Steel Wheels, 7:30 p.m. March 6, Musikfest Café
The Irish Comedy Tour, 7:30 p.m. March 7, Musikfest Café
Doug Hawk, 8 p.m. March 7, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free
Tinsley Ellis, 7:30 p.m. March 8, Musikfest Café
Lelica, 8 p.m. March 8, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free
Lehigh Valley Music Awards 15, 4 p.m. March 9, Musikfest Café
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
The Maiden Creek Series: Watercolors by Matthew Daub, through March 16, Payne Hurd Gallery; "Responding to Environment" Artist talk: Matthew Daub, 1 p.m. March 16
Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through May 18, Goodman Gallery
Paul Harryn: Essence of Nature, through May 18, Scheller, Rodale and Fowler Galleries
Abstract Fridays, 2 p.m. Fridays, through May 18
Home School Day, 9:30 a.m. - noon March 6
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. March 12
SongCycle, 2 - 3 p.m. March 15
Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5
Swing Into Spring with Mike McGrath, 7 p.m. April 9
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds
Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds