"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22; 1, 8 p.m. Feb. 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222
"A Tale of Two Cities," Feb. 20 - March 3; 8 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 9:45 a.m. Feb. 25, 26, Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
The eternal question, "Why do Fools Fall in Love?" may not be readily answered, but the musical of the same name through March 10 at The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown, attempts to explore the stages of love through popular song.
The setting is Millie's (Gwen Swanson Vigorito) "Pop-Tart" pink walled living room where her friends Florence (Stacy Bechtel), Sally (Lauren Eitzenberger) and Dee Dee (Stacey B. Yoder) have gathered to celebrate Millie's upcoming nuptials.
Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on the ABC television network.
The person who chooses the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn's Peak gift card; tickets to movies at the Roxy Theatre, Northampton, a Lehigh Valley Press prize package; and may have his or her photo appear in the Focus section.
For an Oscar Contest entry form, see Page B5.
Phillip Horn, executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, spent the last 20 years trying to have the world-renowed company of Lula Washington come to the state to have her company perform.
Well, the effort paid off because Lula Washington Dance Theatre is touring Pennsylvania for the first time and one of its stops is Allentown.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre performs 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
"Ice House Tonight" provides a stage for artistic works from a variety of disciplines with innovative programming in a series of productions from regional arts organizations.
Dancelink presents "Ascent," an evening of moving meditation on spirituality, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Charles Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem
Dancelink presents art therapy, workshops, master classes and site-specific performances.
"Django Unchained," with five Oscar nominations, has been on my must-see list of movies in theatrical release.
Still, there was trepidation about seeing "Django Unchained." I delayed seeing Quentin Tarantino's latest opus and an opus it is because of advance word about its depiction of graphic violence and the extensive use of the "N" word.
That said, "Django Unchained" deserves the Oscar Picture, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz), Cinematography and Sound Editing nominations.
Sweet truth: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," through March 10; The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown, asks the musical question: Why, indeed? And, while this frothy musical may not provide the answer, the fun is all in the asking. Four women try to satisfy their sweet truth. The audience will hear some sweet harmonies and familiar 1960's pop refrains. Gathering to celebrate an upcoming wedding are, above, Millie (Gwen Swanson Vigorito), Florence (Stacy Bechtel), Sally (Lauren Eitzenberger) and Dee Dee (Stacey B. Yoder). Oliver Blatt directs the show.
The February meeting of the Young Musicians of the Allentown Music Club will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Jacob's Music Store, 2223 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.
A free concert will be presented.
New members are welcome. Membership is open to those ages 5 - 18.
Audition information: Emily Reyes, 610-398-0781
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And even now, it is difficult to believe that you will not see her happy, smiling face, twinkling eyes and hear her cheerful voice greeting you at the next Bethlehem First Friday in the Fowler & Pena Creations stained glass studio at the Banana Factory.
First Friday will not be the same without her.
In spirit, of course, Linny Fowler will be there, as she will be all around the Lehigh Valley at the many venues and programs she and her husband Dr. W. Beall Fowler Jr. funded through their exquisite sense of philanthropy.
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.