Sing me "Kate": Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe, above, who recently starred as Fricka in Wagner's "Ring Cycle," is in concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Blythe will perform her acclaimed program, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," accompanied by Craig Terry, piano. Blythe, described as having a commanding, sumptuous mezzo-soprano, premiered that role in "One Sweet Morning" with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333
"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Sept 28, 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.
"Arsenic and Old Lace," 8 p.m. Sept. 26 - 29, Oct. 3 - 6; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m. Oct. 2, DeSales University, Main Stage, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu, 610-282-3192
"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.
The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008).
James Supra, 5 p.m.
Lurrie Bell, 6:45 p.m.
Alexis P Suter, 8:30 p.m.
Jam, 10:30 p.m.
Banko Cinema, Red Theater
Mike Dugan, 5:30 p.m.
Watermelon Slim, 7:15 p.m.
Mike Dugan, 9 p.m.
Lazy Lester, 12:30 p.m.
Catherine Russell, 2 p.m.
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, 3:30 p.m.
James Cotton, 5 p.m.
Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, 7 p.m.
CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 8:45 p.m.
Banko Cinema, Red Theater
Donovan Roberts, 1:30, 3 p.m.
If you look up the word "diva" in the dictionary, it means a "highly-distinguished female singer; derived from the Italian word for "a goddess."
Goddesses will abound on the Allentown Symphony Hall stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 as we feature two very "Wicked Divas" singing your favorite Broadway hit songs.
"Phantom" for real: Ramin Karimloo, above, who played the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall," performs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
Communication travels in many formats, and the radio is the number one method for the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC).
The 200 members of the club, founded 66 years ago, communicate with handheld radios.
Charles Lazarchak, of Easton, president of DLARC, describes the radio club as educational.
The club offers its members all kinds of projects, from building one's own antenna and computer software to participating in emergency preparedness procedures and communicating with people around the world..
And that's without using the internet.
Ramin Karimloo fled with his parents from Iran to Canada, landed the lead in "The Phantom of the Opera" in Great Britain and is touring the United States behind his CD, "Human Heart," including a concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe, Bethehem.
Let's get the geopolitical question out of the way right away.
"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333 or
"An Evening At A British Music Hall," Sept 28 - 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.
"Dog Eat Dog," 8 p.m. Sept. 20 - 22, Lafayette College Theater, Black Box Theater, Williams Center for the Arts, Hamilton and High streets, Easton, lafayette.edu, 610-330-5009
The envelope, please.
That's the plot device on which, ahem, rides "Premium Rush," one of late summer's most adrenaline-charged movies.
The title refers to the speed, priority or experience of a New York City bicycle-courier delivering a high-priority message.
Never mind the definition. This film is the fastest thing on reels. You'll grip the arm of your movie theater seat, the person next to you (best to know him or her first) or your reporter's notebook (as was my case).