Community Music School holds its annual Holiday Recital, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Students of various ages, backgrounds and skill levels perform a range of music from classical to pop. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert finale is an original holiday medley composed by one of CMS' long-time students. Michael G. Michael directs the piece performed by student musicians.
The concert includes Impressions, a jazz group, and Vocal Fusion, which performs contemporary vocals.
Northampton Community College's community chorus, Bel Canto Dalle Stelle, sings holiday favorites at its annual winter concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall,, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
Admission is by donation or a non-perishable food item for a local food bank.
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While the film's title might sound like the name of a club those on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Dallas" (set for a 2014 telecast start) might belong to, or a QVC telemarketing spinoff, "Dallas Buyers Club" is about a company organized to provide what was purported to be H.I.V.-positive antidotes soon after the virus was identified.
Jingle Babes rock: The Jingle Babes, above, "Deck the Halls with Songs and Folly," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The Jingle Babes is the holiday edition of The Four Bitchin' Babes, which has been dazzling audiences on stage for more than 20 years, including nine recordings and a concert DVD. The Babes (Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Deirdre Flint, Marcy Marxer), who accompanying themselves on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bass, piano and the Irish Bodhran, sing and perform an evening of carols and comedy in four-part harmony.
Lehigh Valley theater groups are "keeping Christmas well," to paraphrase from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," with traditional, off-beat and holiday shows representing the spirit of the season. Yes, Christmas is alive and well at area theaters once again as Christmas lights up the stage.
Here's an overview of offerings to help make your season bright.
"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 14, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. CivicTheatre.com, 610-432-8943
The annual Yuletide Revels begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem.
The duo, Flute and Lute, which is musicians Mindy Rosenfeld and Ronn McFarlane, perform seasonal early music. The concert concludes with a Boar's Head Procession featuring "Dancing Bear."
A reception of Yuletide goodies, including wassail, nog and flaming Christmas pudding follows.
This season, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, is performing "What Sweeter Music," two Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem.
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
Hidden Treasures: American Photography from the Museum's Collection, through Dec. 8, Payne Hurd Gallery
Contemporary Fiber Art with Kayla O'Connor, noon Dec. 4
Intersections Between Science, Nature and Art with Diane Husic, 1 p.m. Dec. 8
South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery
American Wildlife Art, through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale Galleries
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS
17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
Antiques and Modern Arms Show, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 7; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 8, Agri-Plex
Star of Bethlehem Dog Show, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 21; 8:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 22, Agri-Plex
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST
Levitt Pavilion, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
Christkindlmarkt, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 28, 29, 30, Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22
Holiday Brunch, 10 a.m. Dec. 8
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
Enter the Haggis, 8 p.m. Nov. 27
Hot Tuna Acoustic, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3
Swearingen and Kell, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15
Start Making Sense, 9 p.m. Dec. 31: Talking Heads tribute; also: Great White Caps; HmfO: Hall and Oates tribute
Leon Russell, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3
Stanley Clarke, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10
The Aardvarks, 8 p.m. Jan. 18
The Front Bottoms, 8 p.m. Jan. 31
Blood, Sweat & Tears, 7:30 p.m. March 5