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.
No one is ever too old for the circus, and now is the time to relive those memories. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Oct. 25 - 28, complete with elephants, camels, horses, dogs, acrobats and three dancing Ringlettes in "The Greatest Show on Earth."
There is one act that cannot be missed: The Urias Family motorcycle stunt act, which revs customized 125cc motorcycles at speeds up to 60 mph in a 16-foot diameter steel globe.
Discover Lehigh Valley describes the Lehigh Valley thusly: the Lehigh River is "the heart," cutting through beautiful countrysides with scenic vistas.
Participants in this year's Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance "Media Marketplace" got first-hand views.
Discover Lehigh Valley, marketing organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties, was host for the Sept. 18 - 21 event attended by more than 100 invited journalists and 50 member destination marketing organizations. Hotel Bethlehem was headquarters.
Bill Sanders has had a long relationship with "Gypsy."
"I saw it ['Gypsy'] when I was 15 at Valley Forge Music Fair with Angela Lansbury," says Saunders, Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director who directs "Gypsy" for his first time as it kicks off Civic's 2012-'13 season at the 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, theater with performances 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; and 2 p.m. Oct. 21.
At 18, Sanders played the role of Tulsa and choreographed "Gypsy" at Genesius Theatre, Reading.
Jack McCallum's new book, "Dream Team," is an in-depth look at the players on the winning 1992 Olympic Men's Basketball Team, which included iconic athletes such as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.
McCallum answers questions and signs copies of "Dream Team," a book that is a must for any basketball fan, 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.
The award-winning sports writer who retired from the staff of Sports Illustrated magazine, chronicles the "Dream Team" success, the players' stories and creates a profile of the team's experience.
"Amateurs," 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 27; 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Living Hope Presbyterian Church, 330 Schantz Road, Allentown. Free. Donations benefit Care Net of the Lehigh Valley. email@example.com, 610-923-6742
"Curtains," 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 3 p.m. Oct. 14, 21, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Ilick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665
"Gypsy," 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943
Grammy Award-winning Jars of Clay rolls into Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, with a fall tour which includes opening acts Sleeping at Last and Mariah McManus.
Jars of Clay is recording a still-to-be-titled album, set for release in 2013.
"This record feels different in many ways to our other records, mostly due to the process of stripping away a lot of the voices that used to influence our songwriting," says Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine.
Fans have reason to celebrate because when Donna The Buffalo continues its fall tour with an 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 concert, Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, the band will be bringing new music with them to share.
Donna The Buffalo has reached a milestone. The group is recording its 10th album featuring 14 previously unreleased songs. The album is recorded via analog. It will be released on vinyl. The yet-to-be-titled album is to be released in early 2013.
The show must go on, but in Kander and Ebb's "Curtains," someone in front of or perhaps behind the stage wants to see it close.
"Curtains" is a multi-genre production: a play within a play, romantic-comedy, murder-mystery and musical comedy performed by a large ensemble cast.
The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of "Curtains," weekends through Oct. 21, offers a little something for most theater-goers' appetites. The play, which runs just more than two hours, kicks off with a big musical number that features most of the cast of roughly 20 on stage at once.