"Despicable Me 2" has nearly all the things you would want to see and hear in an animated feature family comedy.
It has distinctive and charmingly-rendered characters, voice talent that is very expressive, an interesting and entertaining storyline, an overall attention to detail and, most importantly, a sense of fun.
"Despicable Me 2" ("DM2") is co-directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
Renaud is a Parkland High School, Class of '85, graduate who attended the Baum School of Art where he received a $1,000 scholarship.
Notre Dame Summer Theatre is presenting the Lehigh Valley debut of the Broadway musical version of "Les Misérables."
The musical is based on the 1862 novel written by French author Victor Hugo. There've been four film adaptations, including the Oscar-winning 2012 musical version.
Now in its fourth season, Notre Dame Summer Theatre (NDST) presents "Les Misérables," 7:30 p.m. July 26, 27, Aug. 2, 3 and 2 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 3, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Easton.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure," through Aug. 4, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a marvelous feast of double-crossing stratagems, low comedy and high drama.
With Shakespeare, you usually get a drama or comedy. With the Bard's "Measure for Measure," you get both. The play could be regarded as the first of what is now known in TV and movie parlance as a "dramedy," or, more traditionally, a tragicomedy.
A "Superstar" summer: The Lehigh Valley summer theater season at two of the biggest venues is nearing a close. You only have a few days left to catch one of the season's most spectacular shows, "Jesus Christ Superstar," Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), through July 28, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Dan Cary, above center, portrays Jesus. Joshua Neth, above right, plays Pilate. The rock opera dramatizes the last seven days in the life of Jesus, from his entry into Jerusalem through his crucifixion.
Cody Simpson will present a free acoustic concert, 11 a.m. July 31, Musikfest Café, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The Simpson concert, presented by B104, ArtsQuest and Atlantic Records, is open to the first 1,000 in line July 31. No ticket is required.
However, B104 and ArtsQuest, are giving away a limited number of VIP tickets for the performance.
In addition, a limited number of meet and greet passes will be distributed by B104 and ArtsQuest via contests on B104, as well as online at B104.com and artsquest.org.
An exhibition by Rigo Peralta continues through July 31, Civic Theater Of Allentown, Theatre514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.
Peralta, born in the Dominican Republic, is a surrealist artist. whose work is rich with symbolic imagery and majesty and often depicts the contradictory aspects of human nature.
Through his art, Peralta tries to reconcile primal or magical nature within the confines of modernization and technology.
The New Bridge Group exhibition continues through Aug. 10, H. Patty Eiffe Gallery, Haupert Union Building, Moravian College, West Laurel and Monocacy streets, Bethlehem.
Works include paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, mixed media and encaustics by Kristin Baxter, Loretta Becker, Richard Begbie, James A. DePietro, Zehra Follweiller, Egidio Galgano, Kate Garibaldi;
Also, Andy Grunberg, Deborah Hamburger, Ana M. Hamilton, Yevette Hendler, Eleanor Ivins, Femi J. Johnson, EA Kafkalas, and
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival annual gala, "Luminosity," honored Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth as this year's Will Shakespeare Award recipients.
Lapos has attended every production in the PSF 22-year history. She is on the PSF board of directors. She and her husband, Paul, have been PSF sponsors for many years.
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Sidekick Band, 3 p.m. July 28
Texas Fever, 3 p.m. Aug. 4
The Moore Brothers Band, 3 p.m. Aug. 11
Bill Murray and the Crossover Band, 3 p.m. Aug. 18
Country Rhythm, 3 p.m. Aug. 25
One Night Stand, 3 p.m. Sept. 1
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Steve Brosky, noon Aug. 6
Billy Bauer Band, noon Aug. 13
Jay Lapp, noon Aug. 20
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The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Wine on the Mountain festival, noon - 5 p.m. July 27, July 28, Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe.
Wine on the Mountain features wine samplings and sales from Lehigh Valley wineries, local artisans displaying their arts and crafts, and light fare available for purchase from Roadies Restaurant.
There is also music by the Billy Bauer Duo July 27 and the Jake Kaligis Dynamic Duo July 28. The venue offers panoramic views of Beltzville Lake and the surrounding Appalachian mountainside from its large open-air deck.