"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.
The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008).
James Supra, 5 p.m.
Lurrie Bell, 6:45 p.m.
Alexis P Suter, 8:30 p.m.
Jam, 10:30 p.m.
Banko Cinema, Red Theater
Mike Dugan, 5:30 p.m.
Watermelon Slim, 7:15 p.m.
Mike Dugan, 9 p.m.
Lazy Lester, 12:30 p.m.
Catherine Russell, 2 p.m.
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, 3:30 p.m.
James Cotton, 5 p.m.
Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, 7 p.m.
CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 8:45 p.m.
Banko Cinema, Red Theater
Donovan Roberts, 1:30, 3 p.m.
If you look up the word "diva" in the dictionary, it means a "highly-distinguished female singer; derived from the Italian word for "a goddess."
Goddesses will abound on the Allentown Symphony Hall stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 as we feature two very "Wicked Divas" singing your favorite Broadway hit songs.
"Phantom" for real: Ramin Karimloo, above, who played the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall," performs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
Communication travels in many formats, and the radio is the number one method for the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC).
The 200 members of the club, founded 66 years ago, communicate with handheld radios.
Charles Lazarchak, of Easton, president of DLARC, describes the radio club as educational.
The club offers its members all kinds of projects, from building one's own antenna and computer software to participating in emergency preparedness procedures and communicating with people around the world..
And that's without using the internet.
Ramin Karimloo fled with his parents from Iran to Canada, landed the lead in "The Phantom of the Opera" in Great Britain and is touring the United States behind his CD, "Human Heart," including a concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe, Bethehem.
Let's get the geopolitical question out of the way right away.
"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333 or
"An Evening At A British Music Hall," Sept 28 - 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.
"Dog Eat Dog," 8 p.m. Sept. 20 - 22, Lafayette College Theater, Black Box Theater, Williams Center for the Arts, Hamilton and High streets, Easton, lafayette.edu, 610-330-5009
The envelope, please.
That's the plot device on which, ahem, rides "Premium Rush," one of late summer's most adrenaline-charged movies.
The title refers to the speed, priority or experience of a New York City bicycle-courier delivering a high-priority message.
Never mind the definition. This film is the fastest thing on reels. You'll grip the arm of your movie theater seat, the person next to you (best to know him or her first) or your reporter's notebook (as was my case).
The blues return to SteelStacks on Bethlehem's southside for the second annual Blast Furnace Blues Festival. The three-day blues showcase will consist of more than 25 acclaimed local and national acts performing on three stages.
Headlining the opening day of the festival, which runs Sept. 14 - 16, is legendary harmonica player James Cotton.
Grammy Award winner Kathy Mattea brings the tour for her latest album, "Calling Me Home," to the Lehigh Valley for a concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
As with her 2008 album, "Coal," Mattea concentrates on letting her Appalachian roots show.
"A lot of people responded to the human struggle," Mattea says about listeners' reactions to the "Coal" album. "The album was the history of coal as told through music."