The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) 33rd-season opening production of "Crazy for You" is crazy fun and crazy good. It's as if an MGM musical has come to life in west Allentown in Technicolor.
The all-dancing, all-singing musical with many of George and Ira Gershwin's most popular songs (12 in Act One and eight in Act Two), continues through June 30, Dorothy H. Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.
"Frances Ha" is not your typical funny-ha-ha film.
That's not unusual because the films of "Frances Ha" director Noah Baumbach are noted for his skewed takes and skewering of this American life, including "Kicking and Screaming" (1995), "Mr Jealousy" (1997), "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), "Margo at The Wedding" (2007) and "Greenberg" (2010).
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival opens its 22nd season with an exuberant, stupendous and memorable production of the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "Oklahoma!"
PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze pulls out all the stops in his thoughtful yet zealous direction of the huge cast of 25, a dynamic 14-piece orchestra conducted by music director Nathan Diehl and rambunctious boot-scootin' boogie choreography by Stephen Casey.
By a unanimous vote, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has put some teeth into the township Animal Control Ordinance, aligning it with state regulations.
The updated ordinance was approved by a 5-0 vote. The ordinance was brought up for a vote on a motion by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman andwas seconded by Commissioner Debra Brinton.
The ordinance calls for a fine of up to $300 for a dog owner convicted of letting his or her animal run at large and a fine of up to $5,000, plus costs, if the owner is convicted of keeping a dangerous dog.
A reapportionment plan has been approved by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners, but it is not expected to have an effect on voting districts.
That's because a township consultant has recommended retaining voting districts and polling places.
At issue were Wards 2 and 3. Commissioner James Seagreaves, whose term expires Jan. 1, 2014, represents Ward 2. Commissioner Debra Brinton, whose term expires Jan. 1, 2016, represents Ward 2.
Kost Tire & Auto Care will get its "15 minutes of fame."
The Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board approved a request for a larger-than-permitted sign and also a sign that will have changing messages on it for the new Kost facility, under construction at 3117 Lehigh St.
As part of the approval, township zoners stipulated the sign could change no more frequently than every 15 minutes.
Under proposed amendments to the Salisbury Township Dog Ordinance, any person allowing an animal to run at large, if convicted, could pay a fine of $300.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has been discussing nuisance dogs at recent meetings.
Unleashed dogs have reportedly intimidated students and counselors during township recreation advisory committee summer youth programs at Lindberg Park.
X marks the spot
The Southside Film Festival (SSFF) is underway.
You may have seen those posters with the big red "X" on them.
The X isn't for the MPAA ratings of the films being shown at the SSFF.
Rather, X is the roman numeral 10, as in the SSFF 10th anniversary.
The X also marks the spot, or screening locations, for more than 57 films, through June 15, Broughal Middle School auditorium, Victory Fire House, Lehigh University Sinclair Lab Auditorium and Godfrey Daniels, all south side Bethlehem.
There's not a lot of magic in "Now You See Me," even though the film's milieu is prestidigitation.
There are digital special effects aplenty the kind of cinematic magic we expect in sci-fi, fantasy and action films.
The special effects cannot distract from a weak screenplay with half-baked plot and lack of character development.
"Now You See Me" inadvertently proves a motto said in the film by one of the magicians: "The closer you look, the less you see."
The animated family feature movie,"Epic," is beautiful, especially in the 3D format in which it was seen for this review.
Unfortunately, "Epic" lacks a cohesive storyline, the clever dialogue we've grown accustomed to in animated features and memorable animated characters.
That's not good. The art form is, after all, about character animation.
Moreover, the concept for "Epic" is ill-conceived.