PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN
Scott Stoneback, above, right, of Alburtis, received the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award at the 26th annual Arts Ovation Awards May 8 luncheon at The Palace Center, Allentown. With him is his wife, Francee E. Fuller, above, left, East Penn School Board member and Marketing Manager, Barry Isett & Associates. Stoneback, executive producer, The Media People, has for 25 years produced Arts Ovation recipients' video presentations.
Around 1906, an exceptionally smart little girl named Opal Whitely was living in the middle of Oregon in a lumber camp. She grew to love the animals and nature that were all around her and wrote about her days roaming the woods in her diary.
"The Morningtime of Now," a world premiere puppet play based on Opal Whitely's diaries, is being produced by Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, 8 p.m. May 22 - 25 and 2 p.m. May 25, 26, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies was founded in Eugene, Ore., in 1989 by singer Steve Perry and bassist Dan Schmid. The group's music is a mix of swing and Ska, influenced by funk and punk rock, and noted for a prominent use of horns.
Their wildly successful 1997 single, "Zoot Suit Riot," on the album of the same name, showcased the band's ability to revive swing in the musical mainstream. They were referred to by the Phoenix New Times as the northwest's "alternative to alternative."
The summer movie season began with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
The Oscar season gathers steam with "The Railway Man."
If Academy Award voters remember the September through December Oscar season is a ways up around the bend look for multiple Oscar nominations for "The Railway Man," including actor (Colin Firth) and actress (Nicole Kidman).
Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2014 returns May 23 - 26 to the Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown.
Mayfair was held at the west end of the Fairgrounds for the first time last year after being presented for some 26 years around Lake Muhlenberg, Cedar Beach Park, Allentown.
Parking is free on the Fairgrounds lot. Use the Liberty Street entrance between 18th and 19th streets.
There will be many genres of music and the performing arts. The Artist Market includes painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography and pottery.
There are also many food vendors.
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-737-6504
Allentown Band, 1:30 p.m. June 14
Allentown Band, 8 p.m. July 4. Levitt Pavilion
@Body.8 Days Head: RIVERSIDE PARK
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
@Body.8 Days Head: CENTRE SQUARE
Centre Square, Easton. 610-330-9940
The Roux, noon May 9
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Meet Ferrous the Iron Pigs Mascot, 2 p.m. May 17
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
11 W. Church St., Bethlehem. 610-867-3761
Back Porch Stories, noon Mondays
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through May 18, Goodman Gallery
Paul Harryn: Essence of Nature, through May 18, Scheller, Rodale and Fowler Galleries
Abstract Fridays, 2 p.m. Fridays, through May 18
Artventures, 12:30 - 3 p.m. Sundays
@Body.8 Days Head: AMERICA ON WHEELS MUSEUM
5 N. Front St., Allentown. 610-432-4200
Pieces by Carl Renner, through May 31
Gone But Not Forgotten, through Oct. 31
Auto Art, through Dec. 31
@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA
19TH ANNUAL JEWISH & ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL
Various locations. Information: allentownjcc.org
"Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness," 7 p.m. May 15, Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 22nd and Tilghman streets, Allentown. Free
"For My Father," 7 p.m. May 21, JCC of Allentown. Admission
"The Sturgeon Queens," 7 p.m. June 1, Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Admission
@Body.8 Days Head:ARTSQUEST CENTER
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 800-468-7669
Journey, Steve Miller Band, 7 p.m. June 10
Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, 8 p.m. July 4
@Body.8 Days Head: PENN'S PEAK
325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325
Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, New Orleans Suspects, 8 p.m. May 18
Danny and the Juniors, 1 p.m. May 20, 21
Dark Star Orchestra, 8 p.m. May 30
Pablo Cruise, 8 p.m. June 6
Live Wire, 8 p.m. June 13
Reo Speedwagon, 8 p.m. June 20