50th anniversary of United States landing man on the moon inspires Allentown Symphony Orchestra ‘Family Concert’
The heavens as inspiration for composers has, in turn, inspired the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO) concert, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, celebrating United States’ space exploration and the 50th anniversary of NASA’s man-on-the-moon landing.
“ASO Family Concert presents: To The Moon And Back” embraces “one giant leap for mankind” as the orchestra mixes classical music with movie soundtrack music, says Diane Wittry, ASO Music Director and Conductor.
“It’s a very eclectic program with fantastic music,” Wittry says.
It’s déjà vu at The Pines Dinner Theatre for the beginning of its 10th anniversary season with “I Do! I Do!,” the same show it opened with back in 2010. The show continues through March 24. The Feb. 15 performance was seen for this review.
“I Do! I Do!” opened on Broadway in 1966. It received seven Tony Award nominations, in nearly every category including best musical and best lyricist and composer, and received one Tony as leading actor in a musical for Robert Preston.
Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “Noises Off,” through Feb. 24 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown, is a madcap romp through the clichés of farcical comedy and slapstick, with some very inventive twists.
In each of the three acts of “Noises Off,” cast members perform the first act of a play-within-the play, a sex farce titled “Nothing On.”
No chance to get bored, though. The audience views each Act One from a different perspective: onstage rehearsal, backstage shenanigans and on- and off-stage performance chaos.
I find myself yearning for the old days of just having a landline telephone. My family and friends text and email all hours of the day. I don’t keep my cell phone with me all the time and I’m not always online. Everyone seems to want an immediate response. Are there rules for response time so as not to offend anyone?
Dear Reader, It seems the good, old-fashioned telephone call has gone by the wayside.
Although fast, email and texting bring about their own set of challenges.
The documentary film, “Big Money,” will be shown at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 25, Rooms 203-205, Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, main campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.
“Big Money” explores the effects of money in politics, dark money, the revolving door, and common-sense solutions that the film’s producers say “will get our democracy back on track.”
The film’s director Vincent Mondillo will be available after the screening for a question and answer session.
Q. Pop-Pop, don’t feel bad that you gave me a cold in my eye. It wasn’t your fault ... was it?
This question came from my granddaughter, Maggie. She got conjunctivitis, known colloquially as “pink eye,” one week after I did.
Subsequently, Maggie’s mother and grandmother also got nasty cases that required multiple visits to an ophthalmologist.
Conjunctivitis is an infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and part of the eyeball. The infection creates swelling of the eyelids and a reddening of the whites of the eyes.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), the professional theater at DeSales University, has announced the appointment of Anelise Diaz as the new Education Director.
Diaz will spearhead Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s educational programming, including the administration and project management of the Festival’s fall WillPower Tour, an annual Shakespeare competition for high school students, and coordinating student group visits to the Festival during the summer performance season.
“The Addams Family” will lurch into the spotlight at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, 2, and 2 p.m. March 3, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh High School, 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.
Tristan England, driver of EarthShaker in the “Monster Jam Triple Threat Series,” Feb. 22-24, PPL Center, Allentown, got his start in 2015 when he attended “Monster Jam University” to train with “Monster Jam World Final” champion, Tom Meents.
“Tom Meents kind of just tossed me in the truck and taught me how to drive.
“I definitely figured out my own driving style over the years and consider myself to be calm, cool and collected.
“It’s controlled chaos and my driving style will get the fans on the edge of their seats,” says England in a phone interview.
To the Moon: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Concert: To the Moon and Back,” 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the United States’ landing men on the moon. The program is: R. Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (“2001: A Space Odyssey” movie theme); Horner, “Theme from Apollo 13”; Debussy, “Clair de Lune”; Beethoven, “Moonlight Sonata” (with piano soloist Josiah Provan, senior, Plumstead Christian School, Bucks County); Mozart, “Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) Finale”; Holst, “Mars, from the Planets,” and J.