"God, does anybody actually believe this?" Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) asks during "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
"Everybody," replies Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson).
That is accurate based on the box-office records broken by "Catching Fire," sequel to "Hunger Games" (2012).
Visitors to the Christmas City, as well as theater-goers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, should include Touchstone Theatre's "Christmas City Follies IV" on their itinerary. The show, continuing through Dec. 22, is bright and will make your season merry.
When the big quilted curtain goes up on the stage of the south side Bethlehem theater, audiences are in for an evening of sketch comedy better than, for example, much of this season's "Saturday Night Live" in originality, writing and acting.
The rule of law prevails in "The Trail Of Ebenezer Scrooge," through Dec. 15, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
DeSales' Act 1 Performing Arts mounts an impressive, satisfying and entertaining production of the clever play by Mark Brown ("Around the World in 80 Days").The show was reviewed opening night, Dec. 4.
About the only thing traditional about the Crowded Kitchen Players' (CKP) "A Christmas Carol," was the snow falling during the matinee, Dec. 8, outside McCoole's Arts and Events Place, Quakertown, where the show continues through Dec. 22.
The "Bah, Humbugs!" are intact, but there's little that's hum-drum about CKP's "Carol."
This is, after all, the CKP's version of "A Christmas Carol": quips, chains and pratfalls all.
If you're looking for a holiday season stage show alternative, travel to "Almost, Maine," at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, through Dec. 21.
Clair M. Freeman, Pennsylvania Playhouse production chair, has gotten outstanding performances from the six-person ensemble in the two-hour, two-act drama-comedy written by John Cariani.
The play, which premiered in 2004 at Portland Stage Company, Portland, Me., opened for a one-month run in 2006 off-Broadway in New York City.
Many of the best non-documentary feature films of 2013 have been based on true stories.
These include "Dallas Buyers Club," "12 Years A Slave," "Captain Phillips," "The Butler" and "42."
"Philomena" is another of the year's best films where the adage applies: "Truth is stranger than fiction."
The film should bring an Oscar actress nomination for Dame Judy Dench in the title role.
With the majority of time spent discussing the proposed 2014 township budget, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners considered several motions during the one-hour meeting portion of its four and one-half hour workshop and meeting Nov. 21.
The last order of business was a unanimous 5-0 vote to advertise the proposed 2014 budget. Commissioner Vice President Robert Martucci, Jr., made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Debra Brinton.
While the 2013 Winter Solstice, Dec. 20, and first day of winter, Dec. 21, have not happened, the Salisbury Environmental Advisory Council is already thinking spring.
Specifically, the STEAC is planning its second annual Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to noon April 26, 2014, at Lindberg Park, where the event was held earlier this year.
The 2014 event is expected to include the participation of Lehigh Valley Health Network.
"God, or the Devil, is in the details," the late wordsmith William Safire once wrote in his "On Language" newspaper column.
"Details" was the byword during the Nov. 12 Planning Commission meeting when Salisbury Township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka led a nearly line-by-line review of the proposed Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance update.
Planners were expected to again discuss the zoning ordinance at a special Dec. 3 workshop.
"Dallas Buyers Club" provides an alternative view of the Texas metropolis.
While the film's title might sound like the name of a club those on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Dallas" (set for a 2014 telecast start) might belong to, or a QVC telemarketing spinoff, "Dallas Buyers Club" is about a company organized to provide what was purported to be H.I.V.-positive antidotes soon after the virus was identified.