@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100
Brosky and Meyer, 8 p.m. Dec. 27
Jimmy and the Parrots, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27
Chuck Schaeffer, 8 p.m. Dec. 28
Start Making Sense, 9 p.m. Dec. 31: Talking Heads tribute; Great White Caps; HmfO: Hall and Oates tribute
Leon Russell, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3
Nick Andrews Staver, 8 p.m. Jan. 3
Craig Thatcher Band, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4: Eric Clapton retrospective
Hot Breakfast, 8 p.m. Jan. 4
Kevin Devine, 8 p.m. Jan. 8
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery
American Wildlife Art, through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale Galleries
Drawings on Character: The Art of Children's Graphic Novels, through Dec. 29, Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery
Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through Feb. 23, Goodman Gallery
The Maiden Creek Series: Watercolors by Matthew Daub, through May 18, Payne Hurd Gallery
Holiday Art Ventures, 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 27
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 14
Hustle, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11
Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 18
15th Anniversary Winter Ball, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150
Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325
Phil Vassar, 8 p.m. Jan. 11
Kix, 8 p.m. Jan. 31
Fran Cosmo, 8 p.m. Feb. 1
Changes in Latitude, 8 p.m. Feb. 8
Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Feb. 21
Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Feb. 22: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute
Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. March 1: Pink Floyd tribute
Dickey Betts and Great Southern, 8 p.m. March 9
Don Williams, 8 p.m. March 21
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, 8 p.m. March 22
Heart, 8 p.m. March 30
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS
Agri-Plex, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST
SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
SmartsQuest Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone, ArtsQuest Center
Peeps Fest, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 30; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 31
Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit, through Dec. 31, Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone
SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Feb. 1
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Adult Winter Reading Program, Jan. 2 - Feb. 28
Vellamo, 2 p.m. Jan. 11
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds
Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds
Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY
11 W. Church St., Bethlehem. 610-867-3761
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Assistant Director-Chief Curator Jill Youngken presents a slide lecture, "New Year's Celebrations at the White House," 1 p.m. Dec. 28, at the museum, 432 W.Walnut St., Allentown.
On New Year's Day, President Thomas Jefferson began the tradition of standing in what is known as the Blue Room and shaking hands with every visitor.
Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org, 610-435-1074
Apparently, not a lot happens in Montana and Nebraska.
Not much happens in "Nebraska" the film, either.
And yet, indelible images remain fixed in your mind's eye after seeing this modest film from director Andrew Payne ("Descendents," 2011; "Sideways," 2004).
Scenes depict the stark Nebraska landscape as Woody (Bruce Dern) and his son, David (Will Forte) drive from Billings, Mont., to Lincoln, Neb., to "claim" a $1 million-prize in a Publishers' Clearing House type magazine subscription promotion.
The year 2013 was one of galas and fund-raisers galore for good causes in the Lehigh Valley.
While it's not known if the number of annual benefits for nonprofits in the Valley is more than those held each year in other areas in the United States of comparable geographic area and population, it seems as though on any given weekend, there are one or more benefits to attend in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton region.