Q. I am petrified of spiders. Is my fear justified? Are they dangerous or just creepy?
Spiders are not aggressive. They bite you only in self-defense. Most bites by spiders are harmless. However, there are dangerous spiders. Spider bites are responsible for fewer than three deaths a year in the United States.
Spider bites have caused people to have limbs amputated. These victims refused to get medical remedies early and suffered from large wounds that became infected.
A Grande return: Broadway, television, social media star in ‘How To Succeed In Business’ at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre
Frankie Grande, of Broadway, television and social media fame, stars in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of the classic Broadway musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” July 11 - July 29, Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.
“I wanted to study biology and theater and dance and that was impossible at every other college,” says Grande, a Muhlenberg College graduate, Class of 2005, who triple-majored in biology, theater and dance.
Auditions for The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” are 7 p.m. July 15 and 16 at The Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem.
Callbacks, if needed, are at 7 p.m. July 17. Show dates are: Sept 28, 29, Oct 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 at The Playhouse.
The Nuge: Ted Nugent brings his brash style of rock ‘n’ roll to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, for a concert at 8 p.m. July 11. Nugent, a guitar-playing showman, has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 concerts. The Detroit rocker spans five decades of multi-platinum hits, from the Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to “Cat Scratch Fever.” Opening the concert: Dave Bray, a Navy veteran and now touring musician, singer and songwriter. Tickets: Penn’s Peak box office, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe; pennspeak.com; ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000
Ted Nugent takes center stage with his “The Music Made Me Do It” 2018 tour, 8 p.m. July 11, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.
Nugent, who has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 shows, has been dubbed “the ultimate guitar-shredding showman carving his place in rock ‘n’ roll history.”
“Tal: Beyond Imagination,” a joint production of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre and Atlas Circus Company, is billed as a “world-premiere circus performance for kids, parents and everyone else.”
The show, continuing through July 28, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, lives up to its billing as a show for all ages. Whether five, 15, or 55, audience members will love this dream-like production.
The question, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” has an implicit assumption.
It’s not “Please be my neighbor.”
it’s not “Will you be my neighbor?”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” implies that the decision is up to the individual being asked. It’s a straight-forward request. And it indicates a willingness on the part of the person asking, to be your neighbor to begin with.
It’s how Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), creator and host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (beginning on PBS in 1968 and continuing until 2001), put it.
Tucked between the hex sign display and the horse-powered carousel at the Kutztown Folk Festival, a 100-year-old printing press clicks and clacks as it churns out hand-fed printed souvenirs.
It’s the first time the historic cast iron press is on display as part of the Pennsylvania-Dutch festival at the Kutztown Fairgrounds through July 8.
The press is from the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem and is part of a new exhibit on early printing at the museum through Oct. 31.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
Tickets: pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455
“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre
“Twelfth Night,” through July 15, Schubert Theatre
“Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Main Stage
“King Richard II,” July 19-Aug. 5, Main Stage
“All’s Well That Ends Well,” July 25-Aug. 5, Schubert Theatre
“Shakespeare for Kids,” July 25-Aug. 2, Main Stage
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre