The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Northampton Community College (NCC), Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
There will be a keynote speech by Dr. Marcia Theadford, co-pastor, Agape Christian Church, Easton; music by UnityOne; dancing by NCC students; a scene from the August Wilson play, "Fences," and readings by winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King poetry contest.
Eric Fair, freelance writer and Army veteran, presents "Writing War," second Town Hall Lecture of the 2013-'14 season, at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.
The event is free and open to the public. A discussion follows.
Fair, a Bethlehem resident, will discuss the influence of war on literature and writers emerging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Let your "Hair" down: "Hair," the landmark Broadway musical, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton. The musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love during the Vietnam War era, features chart-topping hit songs, including "Aquarius," "Good Morning, Starshine" and "Easy To Be Hard." The new production, with choreography by Karole Armitage, is directed by Diane Paulus and received a 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.
"Frills, Furs & Feathers," an exhibit of paintings by Carol Magnatta, through March 26, Easton Hospital Gallery, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, is sensual and illustrative. Magnatta's portraits of women dressed in feminine and frilly apparel evoke the romance of the past.
A few years ago, while sketching with a drawing group that used models, Magnatta began first in pastels, which soon led to her creating the magnificently grand portraits in oil on view at the State gallery.
Marco Calderon is a Mexican American photo journalist from Allentown who longed to give back to his community.
With "Fighters," a series of photographs of boxers from Luis Melendez's Allentown Boxing and Youth Program, he was able to do just that. In a an exhibit of portraits on display through Jan. 28, at Re:find, 437 Northampton St., Easton, he captures the drive, the fighting spirit and the heart behind the youths in the program.
Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" recipients contest for the 86th Academy Awards:
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
Supporting Actor, Male
For many film aficionados, a Coen Brothers film is an event.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a non event.
The film, set during a cold snowy winter in 1961, mainly in New York City's Greenwich Village nascent folk music scene, follows the career and personal train wreck that is the life of a guitar-strumming, songwriting, folksinger, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).
Have you ever watched a film with the sound turned off? It is amazing how much the music can influence the emotional impact of the film.
Experiments have been made using different types of music with a film to see how this changes the reaction of the audience members. The same scene can make you either laugh, or cry, depending upon the music selected.
Over the years, many directors have utilized compositions by classical composers on the soundtracks of their films. Many classical pieces have become universally known because of this broad exposure.
Nominations for the 86th Academy awards have been announced.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 86th Academy Awards for 2013 outstanding film achievements, 8 p.m. (EST) March 2, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles. The ceremony is televised live on the ABC television network.
Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.
The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the Focus section may have his or her photo published, with the permission of the student's parent or guardian.