Two new "spectaculars," as the largest thrill rides are referred to, are coming to the Midway at the Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.
Powers Great American Midways spokesman Marc Janas reported that the carnival will unveil a "beamed-out," spaceship-looking ride called "Alien Abduction" that spins passengers into such a whirl that gravity pins them against its walls.
The other new ride called "Genesis" takes a gondola full of thrill-seekers on a 360-degree spin as if they are on the end of some wild second hand on a clock.
7 p.m. Aug. 28, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Hits by The J. Geils Band, formed 1967, Worcester, Mass., are "First I Look at the Purse" (1971), "Looking for A Love" (1971), "Give It to Me" (1973), "(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party" (1973), "Did You No Wrong" (1973), "Must of Got Lost" (1974), "Love-itis" (1975), "Surrender" (1977), "Sanctuary" (1979), "Love Stinks" (1980), "Centerfold," a No. 1 from the album, "Freeze Frame" (1981), with the title cut going to No. 4.
The "Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show," a 53-foot modified tractor-trailer transformed into a travelling museum, visits the Great Allentown Fair Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.
The museum will be manned and managed by staff and volunteers of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.
"We are excited to be a part of this extraordinary event. The Great Allentown Fair is one of the best and largest fairs in the country," Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, said.
You don't have to go barefoot in the Delaware River, or one of the many nearby parks along River Road on the way to New Hope.
You can go "Barefoot in the Park" at Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this summer after going dark for nearly two years.
The Neil Simon comedy, which debuted in 1963 on the BCP stage before its original Broadway run, continues through Sept. 2.
7 p.m. Aug. 29, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. You know him from "The Voice," the NBC reality TV talent show where he is a vocal coach along with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. You should know him from his decade of hits, from "Austin" (2001), to "Home" (2008), to "God Gave Me You" and "Honey Bee" (both 2011), among his 17 country chart singles and 11 No. 1 singles.
What I recall after seeing "Total Recall" are weapons, shooting, leaping, hand-to-hand combat, violence, explosions, flying cars, chases, and more weapons, shooting, leaping, hand-to-hand combat, violence, explosions, flying cars, chases and more weapons.
If I sound like a broken record it's because I am mirroring the images and impressions of "Total Recall," a reimagining, or reboot in simple words, a remake of the 1990 movie that starred Arnold Schwarznegger, based on author Philip K. Dick's "We Remember It For You Wholesale."
A group of community organizations are hoping for good weather Aug. 23 - 26.
But, even if it rains, the show will go on.
The "show" is Coplay Community Days, a festival featuring food, live music, contests, games, rides and bingo at Coplay Community Park, Second and Keefer streets, Coplay.
The weather is not expected to be a factor because virtually the entire festival takes place under cover.
When William Morris, Civic Theatre of Allentown's Technical Director, happened upon "Why We Have A Body," he knew he'd found something special.
"It's quite unique in its structure and subject matter," says Morris, who's directing the play, which runs Aug. 17 - 26 in Civic's SummerStage series in Theatre514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.
"The play itself is told a lot in monologue fashion. There's fewer scenes than monologues. One character actually only communicates through monologue with the audience," Morris says.
Gary Sinise, best known for his Academy Award nominated role as Lt. Dan Taylor in "Forrest Gump," headlines the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, with his music group the Lt. Dan Band, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.
The benefit concert is to raise money to build a "smart home" for Army Sgt. Adam Keys, a Whitehall Township resident who lost his legs and his left hand to an Improvised Explosive Device in July 2010 in Afghanistan. The explosion killed his friend and Whitehall native Army Spc. Jesse Reed.