West Nile Virus (WNV) has become a national health problem this year despite the fact that many parts of the United States are experiencing moderate to severe drought.
As of Aug. 28, there have been 48 states reporting West Nile Virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes. A total of 1,590 cases of West Nile Virus in people, including 65 deaths, has been reported to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The cases reported are the highest number reported to CDC through the last week in August since West Nile Virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.
Ramin Karimloo, who played the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall," which was telecast on PBS, including PBS39 this past March, for the musical's 25th anniversary, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
He has been critically acclaimed as one of, if not the, greatest Phantoms of all time.
"8," 8 p.m. Sept. 8: staged reading, benefits Pennsylvania Diversity Network, Civic Theatre of Allentown 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943
"Design for Murder," 8 p.m. Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29, Oct. 5, 6; 2 p.m. Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, Crowded Kitchen Players at McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. barliebwallace.com, 610-395-7176
"Dog Eat Dog," 8 p.m. Sept. 20 - 22, Lafayette College Theater, Black Box Theater, Williams Center for the Arts, Hamilton and High streets, Easton, lafayette.edu, 610-330-5009
The Bethlehem Baroque Ensemble "Music at Wesley" concert, originally April 1, is 3 p.m. Sept. 9, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.
Linda Kistler, baroque violin; Christine Moulton, baroque flute; David Moulton, viola da gamba; and Lewis Baratz, harpsichord, perform the music of Telemann, Leclair, Froberger, Marini and Piani.
Easton Corbin opens for The Band Perry, 7 p.m. Aug. 31, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Corbin, born April 12, 1982, Gilchrist County, Fla., received an agribusiness degree from the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He and Briann married Sept. 2, 2006. Corbin's self-titled 2010 debut album includes two No. 1 hits, "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It," and a Top 15 hit, "I Can't Love You Back. His first single, "Lovin' You Is Fun," released in February, is from his second album, "All Over the Road," set for Sept. 18 release.
Starting next month, the nonprofit Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association's (AFBA) monthly shindigs move to the Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Performing at the first event Sept. 9 will be Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys, Hillbilly Souls and Hub Hollow, and several regular supporting bands.
The AFBA shindigs, which feature scheduled performers as well as jam sessions, are noon to approximately 5 p.m. the second Sunday of each month September - April.
Nothing says summer theater like Bucks County Playhouse.
And nothing says Bucks County Playhouse like the Straw Hat Circuit.
Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, was one of the stops on a circuit that stretched from the Mid-Atlantic to Maine.
It included Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, N.Y.; Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Conn.; Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, Me.; and Cape Cod Playhouse, Dennis, Cape Cod, Mass.
Pocono Playhouse, Mountainhome, Monroe County, and Falmouth Playhouse, Falmouth, Cape Cod, Mass., were destroyed in fires.
Maxwell George "Max" Schneider opens for Victoria Justice, 7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Schneider, born June 21, 1992, grew up in Woodstock and Manhattan, N.Y. He is a singer, dancer, actor, model and musician. His latest TV show is "How To Rock," where he plays Zander, a musician. He also starred in the original movie, "Rags," on Nickelodeon.
7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Victoria Justice, born Feb. 19, 1993, Hollywood, Fla., was accepted into the music theater program at Los Angeles' Performing Arts Magnet School. On the hit Nickelodeon series, "Victorious," which debuted in 2010, Justice plays Tori Vega, a student at Hollywood Arts High, a performing arts school. The title soundtrack album from the series featuring Justice and the "Victorious" cast has spawned four singles that surpassed 1.8 million digital downloads on iTunes.