What drives a group of young men to leave the comforts of home, forgo the stability of a nine-to-five paycheck, and tour nearly year-round?
The members of Girls, Guns and Glory can tell you. Music has been their ticket to see the United States and beyond, and they embrace meeting people from all walks of life.
"Train" your "Dinosaur": "Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure," 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Children are transported on a journey back to the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs roamed the earth .... and rode in trains. The popular PBS children's television show is brought to life through multi-media, music and puppetry. Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don, giant Laura, teeny Tiny and their friends and family star in the original musical where the audience is a part of the show.
Irving Rosenfeld has a comb-over like you wouldn't believe.
We get to see Irving, played by Christian Bale, meticulously prepare his coif before be attends an important meeting.
That opening scene is worth the price of admission to "American Hustle."
And that's not to take away from the many hilarious, heart-rending and wild scenes in the crime caper comedy directed by David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," 2012).
"Come over baby, whole lot of shakin' goin' on" at the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, for the national tour of the Broadway smash, "Million Dollar Quartet," 7 p.m. Jan. 22.
The Tony award-winning musical was inspired by the real-life events of Dec. 4, 1956, the night that Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis met and jammed at Sun Records studio, Memphis, Tenn.
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
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.
The Dinosaur Train steams into the Lehigh Valley with "Dinosaur Train Live, Buddy's Big Adventure," 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
The beloved children's production company, the Jim Henson Company, has brought the popular PBS television show, "Dinosaur Train," to life in a multimedia, live-music extravaganza.
Once a "Hiller" always a "Hiller."
That passion for a sense of place is expected to bear fruit as a book.
Karol Strelecki, a Fountain Hill native, is working on "Fountain Hill," to be published by Arcadia Publishing in its "Images of America" series in time for this year's Christmas holiday season.
"All of the grandchildren live in Fountain Hill," says Strelecki, a retired educator. "That's part of what's getting me back there."
Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning 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 student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the Focus section may have his or her photo published, with the permission of the student's parent or guardian.
"A Bronx Tale," 8 p.m. Jan. 18: Chazz Palminteri one-man show. Post-show meet and greet with Chazz Palminteri for State Theatre benefit, State Theatre, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. 610-252-3132
"Choose Your Own Misadventure," 11 p.m. Jan. 25, Blue Cinema, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
"Hair," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. 610-252-3132