"Captain Phillips" is a harrowing movie bristling with tension. It is superb film-making and has incredible performances.
The movie, directed by Paul Greengrass, is based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of a United Stated-flagged container cargo freighter with 25 crew members and the hostage-taking of the ship's captain, Richard Phillips.
The screenplay by Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," 2012; "Fllghtplan," 2009) is based on Phillips' book, written with Stephan Talty, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea."
The Auxiliary of St. Luke's University Hospital presents its 26th Annual Fashion For A Cause, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem.
There will be fashions from The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem, Sophistikate and LM Style Bar, and an open bar, food and shopping specials.
Tickets: sluhn.org/fashionshow, 1-866-STLUKES (1-866-785-8537)
"I'm a lucky human," says David Bromberg humbly. "I've always been able to do what I want."
Bromberg, the Patriarch of Americana, or roots music, is a world-renowned, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter whose style is an eclectic mix of bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, country-western and rock 'n' roll.
Bromberg has amazed audiences for 40 years and has played alongside famous musicians, including Willie Nelson, Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan. In 2008, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his album, "Try Me One More Time."
David Cook, winner of the seventh season of "American Idol" who performs in concert, 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, is in a performance groove.
"It's exciting," says Cook in a recent phone interview. "It's an opportunity to get on the road. It's nice because I'm more comfortable now that I'm settled in than when I was competing on the show."
The Early Music Ensemble of Moravian College presents "Scholarship in Performance," 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Peter Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Bethlehem. The program features medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music related to scholarly projects undertaken by Moravian College students, left, under the direction of Professor Larry Lipkis. Among the highlights will be newly-transcribed songs by the little-known 17th century French composer Julie Pinel, as well as two fully staged choruses and arias from an opera by J. A.
The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley's Kid's in the Kitchen Committee present Fall Food & Fitness Fest, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 26, Lees Hall, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown.
There will be cooking activities, fitness games, healthy snack sampling, yoga, soccer ball kicking and Lady Heat AAU Basketball Organization information. Goody bags will be given to the first 200 families.
Information: jllvpa.org, 484-224-3444
Auditions for Civic Theatre of Allentown's 2013 production of "A Christmas Carol," Dec. 6 - 21, will be held for children and teenagers ages 6 - 15 at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and for adults and teenagers ages 16 and up at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Rehearsal Hall, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) screens the award-winning documentary "Who Cares About Kelsey?" with star Kelsey Carroll and filmmaker Dan Habib in attendance Oct. 26, Community Services Center (CSC), main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.
The event is 9 a.m. - noon, with registration at 8:30 a.m. Carroll and Habib are available for a question and answer session.
Information: LCCC Teacher Education department, 610-799-1716
Community Music School holds its annual Monster Concert, noon - 3 p.m. Oct. 26, Barnes & Noble, Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, Center Valley Parkway.
There will be an Instrument Petting Zoo and other musical tricks and treats.
Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of each sale made with a Bookfair voucher (11133378) to Community Music School.
Information: Barbara Ballard, 610-435-7725
Among the awards Lynnie Godfrey has amassed during her entertainment career are a Drama Desk nomination for her Broadway debut in "Eubie!" and Dramalogue and NAACP Awards for her supporting actress outstanding performance in "No Place To Be Somebody."
Godfrey appears in the "Jazz Upstairs" series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
In addition to "Eubie!" on Broadway, she's had roles on the TV shows, "Brewster Place" and "L.A. Law," and was in the movie, "V.I. Warshawski."