Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.
It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.
“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.
It is the fifth time “The Singing Policeman” returns to sing with the Allentown Band for the its annual holiday veterans’ concert.
Daniel Rodriguez, known internationally as “The Singing Policeman,” says Allentown is a place he “keeps coming back to.”
Rodriguez, also known as “America’s Tenor,” accompanies the Allentown Band, El Sistema Lehigh Valley Children’s Chorus and guest musician, Michael Mergen, a cornet player with the U.S. Marine Band, for the “Americans We Tribute to Veterans-Holiday Concert,” 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, December 11: Breaded pork chop, grilled cabbage and bow ties, fresh Waldorf salad, wheat bread w/margarine, Rice Krispie treat.
Thursday, December 12: Cream of potato soup, sausage sandwich w/ green peppers and onions, pasta salad, chilled pears.
Friday, December 13: New England clam chowder, smoked turkey, salami and provolone cheese on a roll, cole slaw, tropical fruit.
Christmas “Daze”: “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” brings its latest electrifying and reimagined family holiday spectacular to The State Theatre for one performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 19. The extravaganza is a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure with 20 world-classe acts, 300 costumes and holiday scenes by Broadway director Neil Goldberg.
Q. My 12-year-old daughter’s best friend has a 16-year-old sister who just got her learner’s permit. My daughter told me that they went on a long highway drive with the older sister driving and the father in the passenger seat. I am furious that my daughter was in a car driven by someone who has little experience, and hasn’t even taken driver’s ed yet. Should I confront the parents, not let my daughter go over to her friend’s house, or just let it go?
The immediate response from panelist Denise Continenza was “None of the above.”
The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley presents the longest-running “Nutcracker” ballet in the Lehigh Valley, now in its 51st year (1968-2019).
The beloved and whimsical production, with a splendid score by composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, is a holiday delight.
With a cast of more than 100 professional, pre-professional and student performers, performances are 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, December 11: Baked whitefish w/ onion lemon seasoning, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, macaroni and cheese, ambrosia.
Thursday, December 12: Beef w/ onion and Dijon mustard sauce, cauliflower Au Gratin, sautéed red cabbage, dinner roll, spiced apricots.
Friday, December 13: Creamed turkey, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, biscuits, orange gelatin.
Monday, December 16: Pork and pea carbonara (light egg and cheese sauce), Italian vegetable blend, spaghetti, fresh fruit salad.
This year I’ll be going to my first company holiday office party. I sometimes drink socially and co-workers have told me there is an open bar at the event. What are the rules for drinking at a company holiday party?
Beware: You may think the holidays are the time to eat, drink and be merry. But the holiday office party should be approached with more caution than the rest of the events on your social calendar.
If you are a fan of classic Hollywood movies, you might have seen the 1949 Technicolor film, “In the Good Old Summertime,” starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. It was the musical version of the 1940 Jimmy Stewart movie, “The Shop Around the Corner,” which in 1998 was adapted as “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
In all its transformations, the plot is about two individuals who despise each other, unaware that they are the secret pen pals whom they “met” through lonely hearts advertisements. They know each other only as “Dear Friend.”
Civic Theatre of Allentown’s holiday show, “A Christmas Carole 1944,” through Dec. 21, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, is a refreshing departure from traditional productions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
The good thing is that nothing is lost in this stylish adaptation. Scrooge is just as miserly and mean, spouting, “Bah, Humbug!” at every opportunity.
Only “He” is a “She,” living in a high-rise apartment in New York City, the country is at war, and in place of workhouses there are taxes, welfare and FDR.