In about two months, the first cries of "Play Ball" will fill the air at Coca Cola Park, the aroma of grilled hotdogs, burgers and fries will beckon the hungry and a chilled beverage will refresh the thirsty when the gates open April 10 for the 2013 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs season.
Yes, it's the time of year when fans' thoughts begin to turn toward America's favorite pastime.
It was all about the Phillies, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and, more specifically, Iron Pigs Charities on a recent sub-freezing night.
Time to Jump: The Time Jumpers, above, are in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The country and western-swing band's stellar lineup includes Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and "Ranger Doug" Green of Riders in the Sky, as well as highly-regarded Nashville session and touring musicians Paul Franklin, Jeff Taylor, Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, Dennis Crouch, Dawn Sears, Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas.
"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21 - 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222
"A Tale of Two Cities," 8 p.m., Wednesdays - Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 20 - March 3; 9:45 a.m. Feb. 25, 26, Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.
"Zero Dark Thirty," an Oscar picrtue nominee and an American Film Institute movie of the year, is an intense cinema-going experience.
"Zero Dark Thirty" is nothing less than an account of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon and bin Laden's killing by United States Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.
An orchestra is an amazing ensemble composed of so many wonderful instruments. When put together, the sounds that they produce can be absolutely stunning.
French composer Maurice Ravel was a master at creating new sounds for the orchestra. In his ballet "Daphnis and Chloe," he uses a very large orchestra and writes in such a way that the music just cascades around us. He even uses a large chorus as an instrumental sound, where all the members of the chorus sing on the syllable "Ah" and the voices meld into the orchestra, creating yet another color for our ears to enjoy.
An awards ceremony and reception for the 2013 East Central PA Scholastic Art Awards will be held 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 3, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Allentown Art Museum and Baum School of Art is holding joint exhibitions of selected juried art student entries through Feb. 17.
Students grades 7 - 12 in Carbon, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties were eligible to enter.
The event is free and open to the public.
Take one-part theatrical spectacle, toss in operatic vocals, add in wind instruments, accordion, violin, upright bass, saxophone, musical saw, sprinkle with a dash of belly dancing and a dollop of Klezmer for seasoning, add a hint of vaudeville, blend it together vigorously, turn it upside down and send it out on a road trip from Portland, Ore., and you have Vagabond Opera.
Much like a brilliant culinary recipe, Vagabond Opera combines a few standard ingredients with custom additives to create a dish best served live.
Landing the laughs: "Boeing, Boeing" lands the laughs at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. But you'd better make your reservations now because the show ends its run this weekend. The farce, based on a French play, was made into a movie in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. The Playhouse cast, above, left to right, Annie Locke (Gretchen), Mark A. Saylor (Robert), Beth Linzer (Berthe), Joanne Rooney (Gloria), Seth Rohrbach (Bernard) and Kelly-Anne Rohrbach (Gabriella), is directed by Mark Breiner. The play continues at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 3.
"Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 21, Feb 1, 2; 3 p.m. Feb. 3, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse. org, 610-865-6665
"Divine Intervention," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1; 1, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 484-866-1513
"In The Mood," 3, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter. org, 610-758-2787
"Pinkalicious," 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Feb. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 452 Northampton St., Easton. statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE