For Dr. Ira Byock, the most important thing about dying is how you have lived your life.
Byock is best-known for "The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living" (Atria Books Reissue, $24, 272 pp.), now in its 10th anniversary edition.
Byock, a long-time advocate for patients and families dealing with terminal illness, wrote the book because after two decades of talking about "dying well" he realized that he had stories to tell that "struck a nerve."
Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Urinetown: The Musical" takes care of business -- show business.
It's "the" show to see so far in the Lehigh Valley regional theater's year.
Civic Theatre's "Urinetown" is top-notch in directing, acting, singing, music and production. It's on par with what you'd experience in New York City or Philadelphia.
The show, weekends through May 18, is an experience. From the opening steady faucet drip-drip-drip and running stream of...
@Body.8 Days Head: FREE CONCERTS
ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-737-6504
Allentown Band, 1:30 p.m. June 14
Allentown Band, 8 p.m. July 4. Levitt Pavillion
Larry Holmes Drive, Easton. 610-330-9940
James Supra Blues Band, 7:30 p.m. June 6
A Few Good Men with School of Rock, 7:30 p.m. July 11
Joyous, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1
Slicked-Up 9's, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5
The Society of the Arts (SOTA), the volunteer-led fundraising organization of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown, hosts its 2014 "Show House," dubbed "Downtown Abbey, through May 18.
Shirlee Neumeyer, a Saucon Valley resident and co-chair of the "Show House" committee, has been a SOTA member for 32 years.
"This is our 14th Show House," says Neumeyer. "We are really excited about this particular house. It is a federal revival built in 1872...
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS
Grandstand, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
Pitbull, 7 p.m. Aug. 26
Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 27
Lady Antebellum, 7 p.m. Aug. 28
Tim McGraw, Jana Kramer, 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Hunter Hayes, The Swon Brothers, 7 p.m. Aug. 30
Fresh Beat Band, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST CENTER
SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378...
Oh, what a concert: Some of the touring members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells and The Critters have banded together for "The Hit Men," above, 8 p.m. May 10, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. "The Hit Men," inspired by the success of the 2005 Tony Award-winning Broadway smash "Jersey Boys," was founded by Lee Shapiro, who toured with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Hear and see the hits, including "December...
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ALLEN ORGAN COMPANY
150 Locust St., Macungie.646-484-9691
Christopher Houlihan, 7:30 p.m. May 30
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST
ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. May 8, Musikfest Café, RiverJazz Festival
Pat Martino, 7:30 p.m. May 14, Musikfest Café, RiverJazz Festival
Modest Mouse, 8;30 p.m. May 21, Levitt Pavilion
The title says it all.
It's as simple as that in the Disneynature documentary about a family of Alaskan Kodiak Brown bears.
Where's the voice of Morgan Freeman?
Morgan Freeman is the go-to guy for voice-overs, television commercials and animal kingdom documentaries. "March of the Penguins" (2005) wouldn't have been the same without the voice of Morgan Freeman.
John C. Reilly narrates "Bears."
Yes, that John C. Reilly, known for...
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Hot Bijouxx, 7 p.m. May 7
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
The 22nd invitational exhibit of "The Art of the Miniature," an internationally-renowned exhibit of miniature works of art, continues through June 15 at The Snow Goose Gallery, 470 Main St., Bethlehem.
"The Art of the Miniature," brainchild of Mary Serfass, owner of Snow Goose since 1992, attracts well-known artists from all over the United States and the world.
Serfass is known in her own right for paintings and miniature works of art. Because of her extensive knowledge of the...