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"Dream" book: Jack McCallum, Lehigh Valley's dean of sports writers, signs copies of his latest book, "Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever," 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. In "Dream Team," McCallum, above, an acclaimed Sports Illustrated magazine journalist, tells the untold story of the greatest basketball team ever assembled. The 1992 United States Olympic Men's Basketball Team captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the National Basketball Association into a global sensation. McCallum, a Bethlehem area resident and Muhlenberg College graduate, began his sports-writing career at the former Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper. Information: moravianbookshop.com, 610-866-5481.
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For the Youth: Alter Ego, above, presents its music tribute show, "Decades," for the 15th annual Valley Youth House benefit concert, Oct. 13, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The band's promotional literature asks the musical question: "Who needs a time machine when you have Alter Ego?" The 8 p.m. concert is preceded by a VIP party, 6 p.m., Rodale Community Room. "This fundraiser benefits the homeless, abused or abandoned youth and families of our region," says Jeff McCausland of Valley Youth House. "So, it is important to present something special for our generous supporters, and I don't think they will be disappointed this year." Lafayette Ambassador Bank is presenting the concert. Concert and gala ticket information: allentownsymphony.org, valleyyouthhouse.org, 484-358-2213.
A band like them: Carteret, New Jersey's favorite power pop rock band, The Smithereens, returns to Musikfest Cafe, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The group, which formed in 1980, includes, above, left to right, Jim Babjak, vocals, guitar; Severo Jornacion, bass; Dennis Diken, drums; and Pat DiNizio, vocals, guitar. The band's name is derived from the Warner Bros. cartoon character, Yosemite Sam, catchphrase, "Varmint, I'm a-gonna blow you to smithereens!" Among fan favorites are the charting singles, "Only A Memory," "A Girl Like You," "Blues Before and After," "House We Used to Live In," "Blood and Roses" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep." The Smithereens headlined the Oct. 1 farewell show at Kenny's Castaways, a legendary Greenwich Village, New York City, music venue.
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