Creative collaborations do not often happen easily, nor do they always produce powerful songwriting unions.
But that was the case when A.J. Swearingen and Jayne Kelli met at Judy's Highway Cafe, Tequesta, Fla. The trendy venue brought together two songwriters of different ages, gender and styles who blended beautifully to create a folk-pop duo with undeniable chemistry.
Swearingen & Kelli perform 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, with opening act, Jonathan Beedle, Fowler Blast Furnace...
This season, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, is performing "What Sweeter Music," two Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem.
The program features carols from across the centuries and around the world. The choir is accompanied by Thomas Goeman, organ and piano; Christopher...
Drummer Tommy Ference has gone from being in a group named after a wizard to becoming one of the Wizards.
Ference, drummer for Lehigh Valley classic rock band, Gandalf, is the drummer for The Wizards of Winter, presenting "A Trans Siberian Experience," a concert tribute to the Trans Siberian Orchestra, 4 p.m. Dec. 8, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
Although band members do not consider themselves part of a tribute group, their initial goal was to faithfully reproduce the...
@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"Dallas Buyer's Club," 5:15 p.m. Dec. 4; 4, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 2:15, 4:45, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6; 1, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15 p.m. Dec. 7; 1:15, 3:45, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 8; 7:15 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 11; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 12
"Philomena," 7:45 p.m. Dec. 4; 4:30, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5; 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:55 p.m. Dec. 6; 2:15, 4:25, 6:35, 8:45 p.m. Dec. 7; 1:30, 4, 6:30 p...
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
Hidden Treasures: American Photography from the Museum's Collection, through Dec. 8, Payne Hurd Gallery
Contemporary Fiber Art with Kayla O'Connor, noon Dec. 4
Intersections Between Science, Nature and Art with Diane Husic, 1 p.m. Dec. 8
South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery
American Wildlife Art, through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale...
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Dec. 10
West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 14
Country Waltz, 7 p.m. Dec. 17
Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 28
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...
"Ogres like nasty," claims Shrek, the ogre who just wants to be left alone in his miserable swamp.
However, in spite of himself, Shrek finds friends and true love in the terrific Pennsylvania Youth Theatre production of "Shrek the Musical," through Dec. 15, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Sand Island, Bethlehem.
The stage version is based on the Oscar-winning 2001 DreamWorks animated feature film, which was based on William Steig's 1990 picture book.
The original Broadway...
The annual Yuletide Revels begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem.
The duo, Flute and Lute, which is musicians Mindy Rosenfeld and Ronn McFarlane, perform seasonal early music. The concert concludes with a Boar's Head Procession featuring "Dancing Bear."
A reception of Yuletide goodies, including wassail, nog and flaming Christmas pudding follows.
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Doll Display of Harriet Backenstoe and Dorothy Knauss, through Dec. 30
William Allen High School Chorale, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12
Used Book Sale, Dec. 16 - 21
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....
Lehigh Valley theater groups are "keeping Christmas well," to paraphrase from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," with traditional, off-beat and holiday shows representing the spirit of the season. Yes, Christmas is alive and well at area theaters once again as Christmas lights up the stage.
Here's an overview of offerings to help make your season bright.
"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 14, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th...