The best things about "Monsters University" occur before and after the animated feature film.
"The Blue Umbrella," a film short preceding "MU," is many of the things that "MU" is not. "Blue Umbrella" is imaginatively to the point, original and thoroughly entertaining.
After the credits conclude for "MU," there is a scene about a snail character, introduced early in the film as he makes his way slowly to class. The outcome of his progress is in the post-credits scene, which is also many of the things that "MU" is not. The scene is very funny, clever and efficient.
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is offering a Summer Information Session for adults, veterans, returning students, non-traditional students and transfer candidates, 6 - 8 p.m. Aug. 8, main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.
Those interested in attending LCCC in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 should register for the session: lccc.edu/summerinfosessions.
Information: LCCC Admissions Office, 610-799-1575
Sounds of "Summer": "Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns" is not only the name of the 7:30 p.m. July 13 concert at the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, but the title of a new CD, set for release June 11. Saxophonist Dave Koz, above, second from left, is joined by saxophonists, above, from left, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot.
Seven days of concerts will be presented for the 24th Moravian Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. July 14 - 20, Central Moravian Church, 73 W. Church St., and Moravian College Hurd Campus, Main and Church streets, both Bethlehem.
Moravian Music Festivals, last held in Bethlehem in 1992, are held every four years and feature almost 300 Moravian musicians from the United States and Canada.
Rez Music Ministry presents The B-Attitudes, a Christian pop-rock band, in concert for "Friday Night in the Light," 7 p.m. July 12, Hope Community Church, 7974 Claussville Road, Fogelsville. Fellowship and refreshments follow.
Internationally-known saxophonist and eight-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz, and three of his most talented and trusted colleagues, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, and Mindi Abair, celebrate his latest Concord Records CD, "Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns," 7:30 p.m. July 13, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.
PRESS PHOTO BY BATHSHEBA MONK
Free programs will be presented 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 13 for the re-opening of the expanded Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton.
Cindy Dunn, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is expected to attend the noon-time ribbon-cutting.
Schedule: hawkmountain.org, 610-756-6000
"Shrek The Musical" makes its Lehigh Valley premier this summer.
It's the latest offering of Sing For America, the group composed of five siblings Taryn, Teara, Tasia, Jewel and Jorne Gilbert well-known for their elaborate stage productions and vocal performances in the Valley.
But what really makes Sing For America stand out from other area theater companies is that all of the profits go directly to the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., to help military families.
Theater creates the opportunity to live twice. If you are hooked on "Downton Abbey," perhaps part of the attraction is going inside: a beautiful castle, beautiful yet complicated and fragile lives, and a mesmerizing world from another time that is otherwise unavailable to us.
At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), you can live many lives: yours and the life of a famous English King, a novice nun in Vienna, an Oklahoma cowhand, a Victorian matriarch, a spy novel hero on the run, all in the same summer season.