"The Master" is one of those films that audiences and reviewers either love or hate.
Since I try not be a "hater," put me in the category of "strongly dislike" regarding "The Master."
My opinion has to do with "The Master" writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson ("Punch-Drunk Love," "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights"), whose films are fascinating and confounding mish-mashes of big ideas, intriguing characters and performances connected by often incoherent storylines and punctuated by shock-value scenes.
Entries are being accepted for the 12th Annual Photography Contest & Show, sponsored by the South Bethlehem Historical Society and Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, Oct. 22 - Nov. 12, Sixth floor gallery, Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem..
The Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony is 6 p.m. Nov. 2 on First Friday in the gallery. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Center.
Works will be accepted for jurying 3 - 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Victory Firehouse, 205 Webster St., Bethlehem.
The Smithereens are giving one lucky contest winner a VIP experience when the band presents a signed Squier by Fender guitar prior to its show, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The winner will also receive two VIP passes to meet members of the band.
For more information, tune into "The Michaels & Layne Show," 99.9 The Hawk, through Oct. 12.
Tickets for The Smithereens' Musikfest Café show are available at 610-332-3378, artsquest. org.
Get ready to break out your headbands, ripped shirts, and shoulder pads.
The 1980's band, The Smithereens, returns at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The group is ready to bring the same feel of their shows of 30 years ago and even better, says Pat DiNizio, lead singer, guitarist and founder of The Smithereens. "We have to be twice as good. Our fans grew with us."
At its concerts, one of the band's sets features songs off many of its albums, not just the latest.
Kelsey Timmerman, author of "Where am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes," the shared read for first-year students this year at Cedar Crest College, 7 p.m., Oct. 11, Alumnae Hall auditorium. The event is free to the public.
Timmerman will discuss his journey to Honduras, Bangladesh, Cambodia and China to locate the people who created his jeans, T-shirt, flip-flops and boxer shorts, and humanize the issues of globalization.
"Gala2012" stars Kath-arine McPhee of NBC's hit television series "Smash," 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
"Smash" is about the creation of a new Broadway musical, "Bombshell," based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, portrayed by McPhee on the show.
Original music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is featured on "Smash," which debuted this year after "Super Bowl XLVI" and has been renewed for a second season.
"The Pan Show" is the Lehigh Valley's most wildly-imaginative original musical of the year.
It's also "Panda"-monium.
Yes," it's a "Pan"-demic of laughter with Touchstone Theatre's "The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust."
The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, founded in 1959, has given more than 3,000 concerts at home and internationally since its first performance Nov. 11, 1960, in its permanent home, the Teatro Auditorium Amadeo Roldan in Havana's Vedado district. Included in the orchestra's travels have been Russia, Poland, Peru, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, Spain, Martinique and Argentina.
The National Symphony of Cuba has previously only performed twice before American audiences.
"Dream" book: Jack McCallum, Lehigh Valley's dean of sports writers, signs copies of his latest book, "Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever," 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. In "Dream Team," McCallum, above, an acclaimed Sports Illustrated magazine journalist, tells the untold story of the greatest basketball team ever assembled.
Civic Theatre of Allentown is mounting the "Digital Cinema Challenge" to raise $100,000 to purchase new digital projection equipment by year's end.
Civic has raised $40,000 and is seeking an additional $60,000.
Civic is meeting with donors, alerting members and applying for grants to pay for its changeover from film to digital projection equipment. Donations may be made at Civic's web site.
"I was out at the 'Art House Convergence' in January right before the Sundance Festival," says Michael Traupman, Civic managing director. "They basically said, 'Convert or die.'