The Fresh Beat Band is back at the Great Allentown Fair and one of the group's musicians couldn't be happier.
"Allentown is always one of our largest audiences," says Tommy Hobson, who portrays Shout, The Fresh Beat Band keyboard player, in a phone interview.
The Fresh Beat Band, which had its origin on a popular Nickelodeon television show, performs a concert, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Fairgrounds Grandstand, The Great Allentown Fair, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown.
There are concerns about the effect pesticides have on wildlife and the environment. Specifically, there is a lot of discussion about the role pesticides play in the decline of pollinators, including both honeybees and wild insects.
The Pennsylvania State University has a world-class group of researchers looking at this complex problem. They are collaborating with other experts on a national and international level. But they need your help.
The money scene in writer-director Woody Allen's "Magic In The Moonlight" is when Colin Firth bows his head and prays.
Prayer? In a Woody Allen film?
"Magic In The Moonlight" not only challenges preconceived notions about a Woody Allen film, it makes us think about our own concepts of prayer, faith, death and the hereafter.
Of course, this being a Woody Allen film, "Magic In The Moonlight" gives us a lot of laughs in between the philosophical musings.
Urban folk: The Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley presents "Greg Weaver: Urban American Folk Artist," Sept. 2 - Dec. 12. The exhibition showcases work, including, above, "Chicken, Cow and Tree" (Acrylic on canvas, 4 ft. x 7 ft.) by the late Allentown artist spanning 20 years of a career cut short by his death in 1994 from complications because of diabetes. His boyhood friend, Rook Jones, saved, preserved and cataloged hundreds of works. A reception is 5 - 7 p.m. Oct. 2. An auction of the exhibited work is 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Christopher D. Ochs of Emmaus signs copies of his novel, "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts," 1 - 3 p.m. Aug. 31 as part of "Local Author Sundays," Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.
In Ochs' debut novel, Pindlebryth, Prince of Lenland, awakens to discover the people of his nation have been enslaved by a forgotten enemy. He soon learns it is the first part of a larger plot by an unknown nemesis to use mystical artifacts to remake the entire world in their own image.
Visitors attending the 162nd Great Allentown Fair might ask the 125-year-old Allentown Fairgrounds, "Wie geht`s?" (pronounced vee gates), German for "How are you?"
If it could answer, the Fairgrounds might answer, "Toll!," German for "Great!"
"Wee gates!" indeed.
PRESS PHOTOS BY LORETTA FENSTERMACHER
Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Alburtis, holds Vacation Bible School recently. This year's program was titled "Weird Animals."
"Get On Up," the bio pic about James Brown, takes you inside the career, mind and heart of the Godfather of Soul.
James Brown was a controversial figure onstage and off.
Onstage, he was a dancing dynamo, setting the stage for Michael Jackson, the choreography of Motown groups the Four Tops, Temptations and Supremes and a bass-drums-horn rhythm section that became the foundation of funk.
Offstage, he got into trouble with the law, became an advocate for the African-American community and battled drug addiction.
Tim McGraw, 7 p.m. Aug. 29: After two decades as a country music powerhouse, Tim McGraw continues to add to his more than 40 million albums sold, 35 No. 1 hit singles and major film roles. His latest album is "Sundown Heaven Town." McGraw performed at the Allentown Fair in 1999, 2005 and 2009. In his first appearance, his late father, Philadelphia Phillies baseball team pitcher-reliever Tug McGraw, joined him on stage. McGraw's film acting credits include "The Blind Side," "Country Strong" and "Friday Night Lights" Jana Kramer, former "One Tree Hill" TV show star, opens the show.