Eric Fair, freelance writer and Army veteran, presents "Writing War," second Town Hall Lecture of the 2013-'14 season, at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.
The event is free and open to the public. A discussion follows.
Fair, a Bethlehem resident, will discuss the influence of war on literature and writers emerging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Let your "Hair" down: "Hair," the landmark Broadway musical, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton. The musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love during the Vietnam War era, features chart-topping hit songs, including "Aquarius," "Good Morning, Starshine" and "Easy To Be Hard." The new production, with choreography by Karole Armitage, is directed by Diane Paulus and received a 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.
"Frills, Furs & Feathers," an exhibit of paintings by Carol Magnatta, through March 26, Easton Hospital Gallery, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, is sensual and illustrative. Magnatta's portraits of women dressed in feminine and frilly apparel evoke the romance of the past.
A few years ago, while sketching with a drawing group that used models, Magnatta began first in pastels, which soon led to her creating the magnificently grand portraits in oil on view at the State gallery.
Marco Calderon is a Mexican American photo journalist from Allentown who longed to give back to his community.
With "Fighters," a series of photographs of boxers from Luis Melendez's Allentown Boxing and Youth Program, he was able to do just that. In a an exhibit of portraits on display through Jan. 28, at Re:find, 437 Northampton St., Easton, he captures the drive, the fighting spirit and the heart behind the youths in the program.
Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" recipients contest for the 86th Academy Awards:
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
Supporting Actor, Male
For many film aficionados, a Coen Brothers film is an event.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a non event.
The film, set during a cold snowy winter in 1961, mainly in New York City's Greenwich Village nascent folk music scene, follows the career and personal train wreck that is the life of a guitar-strumming, songwriting, folksinger, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).
Have you ever watched a film with the sound turned off? It is amazing how much the music can influence the emotional impact of the film.
Experiments have been made using different types of music with a film to see how this changes the reaction of the audience members. The same scene can make you either laugh, or cry, depending upon the music selected.
Over the years, many directors have utilized compositions by classical composers on the soundtracks of their films. Many classical pieces have become universally known because of this broad exposure.
Nominations for the 86th Academy awards have been announced.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 86th Academy Awards for 2013 outstanding film achievements, 8 p.m. (EST) March 2, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles. The ceremony is televised live on the ABC television network.
"I like stories where I can seek beauty and meaning even in the darker aspects of life," Kathryn Craft says in a recent interview.
Craft signs copies of her first novel, "The Art of Falling," 4 p.m. Feb. 1, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.
Craft started dance training later than she wished, at the age of 16 and "realized at once I'd been looking for it my whole life," Craft says.
The struggle of being a dancer and not living up to the expectations of dancers of her age brought about the novel's protagonist, Penelope, who also has issues.
The production of "Hair" being presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton," will "let the sun shine in" on two new songs.
The show's director Diane Paulus explained in a recent interview that this version of "Hair," based on the 2009 Broadway production which received a musical revival Tony, is somewhat different than previous ones:
"The book has been updated by one of the co-creators, James Rado, and this particular production features two songs that are really unique.