The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a curiosity.
The so-called history play, in its PSF debut (as is "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4), is said by some scholars to have been a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. "Henry VIII" was first performed some 400 years before no-fault divorce, June 29, 1613, at the Globe Theatre, which burned to the ground when a cannon in the play misfired and ignited the thatched roof.
Summer and blockbusters go hand in popcorn at the movies.
The watershed year for the summer blockbuster marketing mentality of the major Hollywood movie studios was 1975 with the release of director Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which ushered in the summer blockbuster genre of big-budget, fast-paced, thrilling entertainment.
During the summer and Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year's holiday season, there's "counterprogramming," whereby "indie" (independently-released) films are released, sometimes to critical and box office success.
Q. I am 83 years old and I am very afraid of falling down stairs. My mother broke her hip that way, and I think of her every time I am on stairs.
If you think about falling while you are on a staircase, you increase the risk of falling. You have to learn how to redirect your attention away from your troubling thoughts and let your body take you up and down the stairs.
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.610-332-3378
Cody Simpson, 11 a.m. July 31
Dave Attell, 8, 10:30 p.m. Aug. 17
Classic Albums Live, 8 p.m. Aug. 22: The Beatles "Abbey Road" tribute
Kenny Vance and the Planotones, 8 p.m. Aug. 23
Big Shot, 8 p.m. Aug. 31: Billy Joel tribute
Great White Caps, 8 p.m. Sept. 5: Weezer "Blue Album" tribute
MewithoutYou, 8 p.m. Sept. 6
Doug Benson, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7
Gaelic Storm, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS
Levitt Pavilion, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
Bethlehem Event Charity Auction, 6 p.m. third Monday
Stacks in the City, 5 p.m. Thursdays
@Body.8 Days Head: DOWNTOWN BETHLEHEM ASSOCIATION
Main and Broad streets, Bethlehem. 610-577-6962
Welcome Musikfest First Friday, 6 p.m. Aug. 2
ArtWalk, Aug. 31
@Body.8 Days Head: HAWK MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY
1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton. 610-756-6961
Foray for Fungai, 10 a.m. Aug. 3
Nature Jounaling, 10 a.m. Aug. 10
@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"20 Feet From Stardom," 7:30 p.m. July 31; 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1
"Girl Most Likely," 9 p.m. Aug. 1
"Unfinished Song (For Marion)" 7:45 p.m. July 31; 4:15, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1
"The Birds," 7:15 p.m. Aug. 12
"An American Tale," 8 p.m. Aug. 14
@Body.8 Days Head: CIVIC THEATRE OF ALLENTOWN
527 N. 19th St., Allentown. 610-432-8943
"20 Feet From Stardom," 7:30 p.m. July 31, Aug. 1
The Vagabond Opera returns to the Lehigh Valley region with performances at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and noon Aug. 3 on the Volksplatz stage at Musikfest, Bethlehem.
The Vagabond Opera is at the center of the neo-cabaret phenomenon. The Washington Post described the group as "a band of ceaseless charisma, boundless energy, impeccable musicianship and more than a little touch of both the naughty and exotic."
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
Main Lesson: East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 27
Main Lesson: Salsa, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, 13
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150
Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 - 10 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST
Musikfest Café, Air Products Town Square, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
The Wilhelm Brothers, 6 p.m. Aug. 22
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds
Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays: 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds
Allentown Public Library Summer Reading Club. Registration required
@Body.8 Days Head: BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY
11 W. Church St., Bethlehem. 610-867-3761
Notre Dame Summer Theatre (NDST) Director Rody Gilkeson has done a remarkable job with the Lehigh Valley debut of the Broadway version of "Les Miserables," through Aug. 3, Notre Dame High School, Bethlehem Township.
The NDST production has a huge cast of 52 and, on opening night, July 26, before what appeared to be a near sell-out audience, each member of the cast really put their heart and soul into each song and every scene.