"Star Trek Into Darkness" is that all-too-often rare sci-fi movie that has spectacular special effects, a screenplay with an actual storyline, character development and surprise plot turns.
J. J. Abrams ("Star Trek," 2009; TV's "Aliens," "Lost"), directs a screenplay by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers," 2007, 2009; "Star Trek," 2009) and Damon Lindelof ("World War Z," "Prometheus," "Cowboys & Aliens," TV's "Lost") that mixes action set pieces and character-driven scenes.
"Joie de Vivre: Karel Mikolas-Antonio Salemme" features rarely-shown terra cotta (fired clay) figurative works, plus ink and charcoal drawings, by two classically-trained European-born artists who settled in the Lehigh Valley at The Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown.
An opening reception for "Joie de Vivre' is noon - 5 p.m. June 2 in the Salemme gallery, where the exhibition continues through June 30.
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@Body.8 Days: Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"The Great Gatsby," 5, 7:55 p.m. May 22; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. May 23
"Mud," 4:45 p.m. May 22; 4:15 p.m. May 23
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"Mud," 4:45, 7:30 p.m. May 22, 23.
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A walk on a Florida beach by Sharon Glassman during a May 2011 birthday vacation for her husband, Dr. Barry Glassman, was the genesis of "Mommalogues," which she co-wrote with Gretchen Klinedinst-Furst.
"Mommalogues," premiering as a staged-reading fundraiser for Civic Theatre of Allentown in May 2012 in Theatre514, will have its off-Broadway premiere for six performances, May 22 - June 1, The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., New York.
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Charles Kalan, left, Arts Ovation Co-Chair, with Ellie Laubner, recipient, Outstanding Achievement in the Literary Arts, at the 25th Arts Ovation Awards at The Palace Center, Allentown.
From left, Arts Ovation Awards 2013: William Sanders, Civic Theatre of Allentown Artistic Director, Civic Theatre production of "Gypsy," recipient, 25th Anniversary Award; Sheila Evans, Arts Ovation board member, presenter and Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director; and Ruth and Charles Marcon, recipient, Special Recognition Award.
A Memorial Day Celebration sponsored by Embassy Bank will be presented 3 - 8 p.m. May 25 - 27, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
"Our Hometown Heroes" display features more than 280 images of local veterans and active military persons.
"A Time to Remember" memorial service, 6 p.m. May 27, includes a moment of silence; the National Anthem sung by Allie Santos, a graduate of Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts; and the reading of the names of local servicemen and women who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Most of us have read "The Great Gatsby," or are familiar with F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 book, esteemed by many literary experts as "The Great American Novel."
Several versions of "Gatsby" have made it to the big and small screen, including a 1926 silent film disparaged by none other than Zelda and F. Scott, and a 1974 movie starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby.
Late spring is here with rain and blooming trees and soon summer will be upon us with the "A Midsummer Night's Dream" production of the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, 7 p.m. May 24, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
As Shakespeare's King Oberon from "A Midsummer Night''s Dream puts it, "I know a bank where wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows ... "
Here are some questions to ask yourself when diagnosing plant problems in the landscape.
What is the name of the plant? It is important to know the normal appearance and growth habit of a plant before diagnosing problems. The perceived "problem" may be normal for this plant. Accurate plant identification is the first step in diagnosing plant problems.
Examples: Larch is a deciduous conifer and appears "dead" in winter. White pines shed inner needles profusely in autumn. Sweetgum has corky ridges on its stems. Variegated cultivars often appear abnormal in color.