"Amateurs," 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 27; 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Living Hope Presbyterian Church, 330 Schantz Road, Allentown. Free. Donations benefit Care Net of the Lehigh Valley. email@example.com, 610-923-6742
"Curtains," 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 3 p.m. Oct. 14, 21, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Ilick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665
"Gypsy," 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943
Grammy Award-winning Jars of Clay rolls into Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, with a fall tour which includes opening acts Sleeping at Last and Mariah McManus.
Jars of Clay is recording a still-to-be-titled album, set for release in 2013.
"This record feels different in many ways to our other records, mostly due to the process of stripping away a lot of the voices that used to influence our songwriting," says Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine.
Fans have reason to celebrate because when Donna The Buffalo continues its fall tour with an 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 concert, Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, the band will be bringing new music with them to share.
Donna The Buffalo has reached a milestone. The group is recording its 10th album featuring 14 previously unreleased songs. The album is recorded via analog. It will be released on vinyl. The yet-to-be-titled album is to be released in early 2013.
The show must go on, but in Kander and Ebb's "Curtains," someone in front of or perhaps behind the stage wants to see it close.
"Curtains" is a multi-genre production: a play within a play, romantic-comedy, murder-mystery and musical comedy performed by a large ensemble cast.
The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of "Curtains," weekends through Oct. 21, offers a little something for most theater-goers' appetites. The play, which runs just more than two hours, kicks off with a big musical number that features most of the cast of roughly 20 on stage at once.
"The Master" is one of those films that audiences and reviewers either love or hate.
Since I try not be a "hater," put me in the category of "strongly dislike" regarding "The Master."
My opinion has to do with "The Master" writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson ("Punch-Drunk Love," "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights"), whose films are fascinating and confounding mish-mashes of big ideas, intriguing characters and performances connected by often incoherent storylines and punctuated by shock-value scenes.
Entries are being accepted for the 12th Annual Photography Contest & Show, sponsored by the South Bethlehem Historical Society and Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, Oct. 22 - Nov. 12, Sixth floor gallery, Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem..
The Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony is 6 p.m. Nov. 2 on First Friday in the gallery. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Center.
Works will be accepted for jurying 3 - 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Victory Firehouse, 205 Webster St., Bethlehem.
The Smithereens are giving one lucky contest winner a VIP experience when the band presents a signed Squier by Fender guitar prior to its show, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The winner will also receive two VIP passes to meet members of the band.
For more information, tune into "The Michaels & Layne Show," 99.9 The Hawk, through Oct. 12.
Tickets for The Smithereens' Musikfest Café show are available at 610-332-3378, artsquest. org.
Get ready to break out your headbands, ripped shirts, and shoulder pads.
The 1980's band, The Smithereens, returns at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The group is ready to bring the same feel of their shows of 30 years ago and even better, says Pat DiNizio, lead singer, guitarist and founder of The Smithereens. "We have to be twice as good. Our fans grew with us."
At its concerts, one of the band's sets features songs off many of its albums, not just the latest.
Kelsey Timmerman, author of "Where am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes," the shared read for first-year students this year at Cedar Crest College, 7 p.m., Oct. 11, Alumnae Hall auditorium. The event is free to the public.
Timmerman will discuss his journey to Honduras, Bangladesh, Cambodia and China to locate the people who created his jeans, T-shirt, flip-flops and boxer shorts, and humanize the issues of globalization.
"Gala2012" stars Kath-arine McPhee of NBC's hit television series "Smash," 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
"Smash" is about the creation of a new Broadway musical, "Bombshell," based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, portrayed by McPhee on the show.
Original music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is featured on "Smash," which debuted this year after "Super Bowl XLVI" and has been renewed for a second season.