“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has fantastic special effects, fantastic casting and fantastic acting.
As for the storyline: not so fantastic.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a big disappointment and isn’t much better than the reboot, or “Harry Potter” prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016).
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” comes wrapped in many theatrical packages from traditional to musical, to casts of 100 or more down to a single actor playing all the roles as Dickens did when he performed his work on stage.
The Pennsylvania Playhouse is showcasing yet another variation on the old classic with a “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” through Dec. 16.
Not your run-of-the mill version of the classic, “A Broadway Christmas Carol” features a cast of four, shameless pirating of melodies and outrageously-funny parodying of lyrics from popular Broadway musicals.
It’s “bah humbug” season again, and for the 29h year, Ebenezer Scrooge and his cohorts are on stage at Civic Theatre of Allentown’s 19th Street Theatre, once again bringing to life Charles Dickens’ inspiring story of humanity and redemption, “A Christmas Carol.”
The adaptation of the beloved tale is the collaboration of Civic Theatre’s Sharon Lee Glassman and Artistic Director William Sanders, who has directed each year’s production for the past quarter-century.
To say that “Marvel Universe Live! The Age Of Heroes” is not your son’s or daughter’s Marvel Comics is an understatement.
“Marvel Universe Live!,” seen opening night, Nov. 29, at PPL Center, Allentown, where performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 30; 11 a..m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 2, is nothing short of spectacular entertainment for all ages, and the ages.
A Parkland High School production of “26 Pebbles,” a play about a very difficult topic, the 2012 shooting of 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will get a statewide audience Dec. 1.
Mark A Stutz, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Parkland School District, is hoping the student production could even reach a national audience.
“We felt it was a message that needed to be brought to as many people as we could,” Stutz says of the Parkland production, which he directed.
Country singer Sara Evans is back with her limited engagement tour of “At Christmas,” stopping at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.
Evans began her career in the late 1990s and quickly became one of country music’s top female singers with five No. 1 country singles, including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger.”
“The Singing Policeman” returns Dec. 2 to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, to sing with the Allentown Band for the fourth year and he couldn’t be more excited.
Daniel Rodriguez, also known as “America’s Tenor,” joins the Allentown Band, El Sistema Lehigh Valley Children’s Chorus and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir for the annual “Americans We Tribute to Veterans-Holiday Concert.”
“I travel all around the world, but Allentown is a place I keep coming back to,” says Rodriguez.
Christmas “Voice” to deliver: Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, noted for his Top Five finish on TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” presents “Sal ‘The Voice’ Valentinetti Holiday Concert,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Valentinetti will perform a concert of “ramped-up” Christmas songs like “Christmas Presents,” “Cool Yule,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” paired with crooner classics such as “My Way” and “Come Fly With Me,” for which he is best-known. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N.
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, Nov. 28: Marinated turkey cutlet, au gratin potatoes, country blend vegetables, wheat bread w/ margarine, strawberry mousse.
Thursday, Nov. 29: Vegetable soup, sausage sandwich w/ peppers and onions, macaroni salad, fresh seedless grapes.
Friday, Nov. 30: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, Romaine salad w/ ranch dressing, wheat bread w/ margarine, fruit cocktail.
Q. I’m going to become a grandmother for the first time and I was wondering how things have changed since I took care of a newborn many years ago.
Probably the most important change is in the approach to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the abrupt, unexplained death of an infant younger than one-year-old. SIDS is often called crib death because many victims are found in their cribs.