"Shrek The Musical" makes its Lehigh Valley premier this summer.
It's the latest offering of Sing For America, the group composed of five siblings Taryn, Teara, Tasia, Jewel and Jorne Gilbert well-known for their elaborate stage productions and vocal performances in the Valley.
But what really makes Sing For America stand out from other area theater companies is that all of the profits go directly to the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., to help military families.
Theater creates the opportunity to live twice. If you are hooked on "Downton Abbey," perhaps part of the attraction is going inside: a beautiful castle, beautiful yet complicated and fragile lives, and a mesmerizing world from another time that is otherwise unavailable to us.
At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), you can live many lives: yours and the life of a famous English King, a novice nun in Vienna, an Oklahoma cowhand, a Victorian matriarch, a spy novel hero on the run, all in the same summer season.
Q. If you want to control your weight, is it better to eat three meals a day, or should you eat more, smaller meals?
There is no scientifically proven answer to this question. Until there is, I'd suggest simply reducing your total food intake for each day until your weight goes down.
I've struggled to keep pounds off all my life. I've learned that calories count.
You take in more than you burn; you gain weight. You burn more than you eat; you lose weight.
The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us and it's called "World War Z."
That's "Z" as in zombie.
And the only person standing between us and the end of the world as we know it is Brad Pitt, who portrays a former United Nations official called back into service and tasked to find the antidote to a zombie pandemic.
Allentown's Sixth Street Shelter Director Jessica R. Dreistadt hosted local supporters, community leaders, volunteers and donors to unveil a new, in-progress expansion of the homeless family shelter at 221 - 223 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
When construction is complete, expected to happen in October, five apartments will be added to the existing 20 apartments in the building operated by Sixth Street Shelter.
The Sixth Street Shelter serves 120 families per year, according to Dreistadt.
Q. I don't walk so well anymore and I'm considering getting one of those scooters that I see seniors driving. What do you know about them?
Scooters have become increasingly popular since they were invented in 1968. As more baby boomers hit the market for mobility assistive equipment, we will see more scooters.
About 1.7 million in the United States use wheelchairs or scooters. About 90 percent of these people have manual wheelchairs. There are155,000 using electrically-powered wheelchairs, and 142,000 riding scooters.
The exhibition, "Empires of the Jungle," continues through Sept. 8 at the Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.
The exhibition, which explores Central and South America's prehistoric past, includes a Maya zoomorphic effigy, a Costa Rican Sukia ("healer") figure, obsidian blades and pendants, drinking vessels, and Aztec techniques for making and drilling obsidian pendants.
The artifacts in the exhibit include pieces collected by historians and anthropologists in the 1950s and 1960s.
Philosophers and theologians may disagree on whether or not humans have a soul, but nobody disputes that humans, like other animals, have bodies.
And bodies, to paraphrase Shakespeare, are heir to a thousand natural shocks.
Natural shocks like gas. Like runny noses. Like pimples. And smells. Things that people don't necessarily like to talk about in polite company.
"They're here" is the familiar quote from the 1982 horror film, "Poltergeist."
The line was repeated, with a slight variation, in ""Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1986) as "They're back."
The quotes refer this time, not to a young girl and ghosts, but to this year's return of the Brood II Cicada.
These cicadas were born in 1996. They dropped to the ground and dug their way below the surface where they waited 17 years before emerging to continue their lengthy life cycle.
Community Music School Lehigh Valley produced its annual Gala Recital to a roomful of admiring parents and guests in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The music of Handel, Hayden and other classical composers provided some of the students' pieces.
Community Music School Lehigh Valley Director Carolyn Clarke was emcee for the June 9 event. Larry Johnson, president of the CMS board of directors, was among attendees.
Johnson said 70 percent of the students receive financial assistance or reduced tuition.