Jett Ulaner Sarachek displays her latest work in "Explorations," through March 16, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.
Sarachek utilizes digital photography, as well as the IPhone, to capture sensual images of the human figure intermixed with the natural world. Exceptionally romantic shots of the human body mix with images of nature to create gorgeous montages, some larger than life, some small as a snapshot.
Sarachek doesn't hesitate to embrace the value of the everyday mobile phone camera as an artistic tool.
Form follows function: Jett Ulaner Sarachek, above, embraces the human form and technology in "Explorations," through March 16, Banko Family Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. The exhibition includes 25-plus works by the Allentown area photographer, including several large-scale photographs and iPhone photography. Ulaner Sarachek has long used alternative cameras such as pinholes to take compelling images.
Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.
The story of Mozart's "Requiem" is a tragic one. He did not live to finish the piece.
We have glorified the situation through Peter Shaffer's 1979 play and Milos Forman's 1984 movie, "Amadeus," where Mozart is feverishly dictating instructions to his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, about how to finish the piece. Yet, I doubt it was really like that. Death is never easy, and writing a "Requiem" mass in the midst of struggling for your life is difficult to imagine.
Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders knows drama. And, he knows how to select stage dramas and direct them.
Sanders puts a fine point on "Other Desert Cities," an audacious; by turns, surprising, and, ultimately, thought-provoking and heart-rending drama-comedy about one family's secrets.
"Other Desert Cities" continues through March 15 at Civic's Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. The play was reviewed March 1.
The audience walks to their seats for the Act 1 DeSales University Theatre performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank," knowing the tragic final outcome that awaited Anne and her family. Yet still, the audience comes. For while the true life story of Anne Frank has an unhappy ending, in the end, it is Anne's spirit that triumphs.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" continues through March 2 on the Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS
Grandstand, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 27
Tim McGraw, Jana Kramer, 7 p.m. Aug. 29
@Body.8 Days Head: ALLENTOWN FAIRGROUNDS
17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
ATMA Spring Thaw Train Meet, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 22; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb. 23; 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb. 24, Agri-Plex
Lehigh Valley Sportsmen's Show, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. March 1;10 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 2, Agri-Plex
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Small Space Gardening Series with Lori Metz, 6 - 7 p.m. Feb. 26
Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28
"Downton Abbey" Discussion, 2 - 3 p.m. March 1
Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. March 12
SongCycle, 2 - 3 p.m. March 15
Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5
Swing Into Spring with Mike McGrath, 7 p.m. April 9
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through May 18, Goodman Gallery
Paul Harryn: Essence of Nature, through May 18, Scheller, Rodale and Fowler Galleries
The Maiden Creek Series: Watercolors by Matthew Daub, through March 16, Payne Hurd Gallery
Abstract Fridays, 2 p.m. Fridays, through May 18
Paul Harryn: Insights Into Abstraction, 1 p.m. March 2: Artist talk
Home School Day, 9:30 a.m. - noon March 6
@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE
"4 Girls 4": Leslie Uggams, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, 8 p.m. April 4, State Theatre for The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132
"A Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt": Linda Kenyon, 7 p.m. March 15, The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. 201-247-2427, 973-632-3211