Nobody you know yet: They're each a "me" that "nobody" knows. That doesn't mean they won't make you laugh out loud with their side-splitting humor. "The 12th Annual Nobodies of Comedy" returns, 8 p.m. May 3, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The lineup includes Liz Miele, above, and Mark Walton, Kelly Collette, Adrienne Iapalucci and Steve Burr. Their credits include Comedy Central, "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Late, Late Show Craig Ferguson." Don't miss this chance to see tomorrow's stars of comedy today. Sure, you never heard of them.
Quinn will quip: Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Colin Quinn, above, brings his sardonic humor and political commentary to Musikfest Café with "Unconstitutional," 8 p.m. April 19, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. During his "SNL" tenure (1995 - 2000), Quinn made his Broadway debut in "Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake." Post-"SNL," he was host of Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" and the one-man stage show,"Long Story Short," a comedic look at the history of civilization.
Classical folk rising: Harpeth Rising, an eclectic folk band, makes its Lehigh Valley debut, 8 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. The Nashville-based trio, above, from left, Jordana Greenberg, violin; Maria Di Meglio, cello, and Rebecca Reed-Lunn, banjo, released its latest album, "Tales From Jackson Bridge," in October 2013. The classically-trained musicians blend blues, Latin, rock, Texas Swing and Gypsy Jazz. Their vocals, soaring and intimate, convey powerful lyrics that are personal and topical. Tickets: godfreydaniels.org, 610-867-2390
A dear diary: "Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly" will be presented at 2 p.m. March 23, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The Omaha Theater Company is touring "Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly" through March, having begun the tour in October 2013. The show, adapted for the stage by Joan Cushing, is based on the "Diary of a Worm" series written by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, with music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. The Omaha touring production is directed by New York City director Rob Urbinati.
Flamenco soul: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Flamenco Vivo, above, presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The company features an all-star cast of Spanish dancers and musicians in newly-created pieces and a restaging of "Luz y Sombra," an early work by Roberto Lorca, company co-founder, along with Carlota Santana. The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain. Flamenco was influenced by the Arabic, Judaic and gypsy cultures.
The young Mr. Bach: The world premiere of "Young Meister Bach," a one-act comic opera by Chuck Holdeman, above, with libretto by Bill Bly and stage direction by Christopher Shorr, will be presented at 3 p.m. March 1, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, performs the work at Zoellner, as well as at 3 p.m. March 2, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the German Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and May 3 and 10 at the 107th Bethlehem Bach Festival.
Award-winning theater: Vital Theatre Company presents "Fancy Nancy," 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 22, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The musical is based on the series of books written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. In the storyline, Fancy Nancy, above, and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda and Lionel, are going to perform in their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is "positive" (that's "fancy" for 100-percent sure) she and Bree will be picked to play the mermaids.
Going to Godfrey's: Guitarist-vocalist Todd Wolfe, above center, and his band, drummer Roger Voss, above left, and bass player Justine Gardner, above right, play originals from Wolfe's latest CD, "Miles To Go," 8 p.m. Jan. 18, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Wolfe's sound has been dubbed "bluesadelic," reminiscent of rock 'n' roll bands of the 1960's and 70's. Expected to join Wolfe and his band at Godfrey's are John Ginty, keyboards, and vocalists Maria Woodford and Mary Hawkins. Tickets: godfreydaniels. org, 610-867-2390
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Expanding jazz: DavId Liebman returns to Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, for the "Jazz Cabaret Series," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Rodale Community Room with his new quintet, Expansions. The concert is expected to include selections from Liebman's latest CD, "Lineage," a remake of rock and pop tunes from the 1960s, and free-form improvisation. Expansion, includes, above, from left, Alex Ritz, drummer; Liebman, saxophone-flute; Matt Vashlishan, reeds; Bobby Avey, piano; and Tony Marino, bass.
A toast to the Gershwins: Singer-pianist-composer Elliot Sneider, above, presents "Gershwin Uncorked," 8 p.m. Dec. 28, Congregation Brith Sholom, 1190 W. Macada Road, Bethlehem. Sneider sings and plays the music of George and Ira Gershwin in a "Holiday Cabaret" setting. Sneider has performed in concert halls across the United States, including Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. Sneider performs with the Afro-beat ensemble, Asiko; the 1920's style dance band, The Dreamland Orchestra, and has been a regular at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, New York City.