"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665
"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL
"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671
"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. 610-433-2333
Oktoberfest auditions are noon-5 p.m. July 28, Banko Family Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.
The third-annual Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling is Oct. 4 - 6, 11 - 13, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Actors portray characters typically seen at a German Oktoberfest, complete with authentic German attire, and interact with festival guests while in character.
Auditions are primarily improvisation-based. An ability to perform with a realistic German accent is encouraged but not required. Actors will be paid for their appearances at Oktoberfest.
Q. It seems like a lot of my friends are watching TV with the volume way up, and accusing everyone of mumbling. How common are hearing problems among seniors?
About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness.
There are two basic categories of hearing loss.
One is caused by damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss is permanent.
The second kind occurs when sound can't reach the inner ear. This can be repaired medically or surgically.
A Christmas in July Craft and Vendor Fair will be held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 20, Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, 3441 Devonshire Road, Salisbury Township.
Crafters will display and sell stained glass, handmade cards, calligraphy, photography and ceramics. There will be a book sale, yard sale and children's craft area. Food will be available.
Proceeds benefit the 275th Anniversary Committee, to be celebrated in 2016.
Information: 610-797-4242, 610-791-4979
The décor and the ambiance at the 19th Street Theatre in Allentown's West End Theatre District is right out of the 1920's, but the movie projection system is now strictly 21st Century.
Electricians and riggers pulled out the twin 35mm film projectors and replaced them June 24 with Barco DCP (digital) projectors that can project DVDs, Blu-ray or stream downloads of movies.
The old projectors were junked, according to Civic Theatre of Allentown Managing Director Michael Traupman, because there is no market for them nor are they considered candidates for museums.
In the western genre of motion pictures, "The Lone Ranger" ranks right up there with the more unusual.
While not as odd as "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011), it's not in the classic style of director Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" (1992), "3:10 to Yuma" (the 2007 version and 1957 original) or director John Ford's "The Searchers" (1956), starring John Wayne.
However, "The Lone Ranger," despite the reviling reactions of many movie critics, has a lot to recommend it.
It is one of the wildest of movies about the Wild West as you're likely to see.
Whenever I tell someone I work in theater, their first question is always "Are you an actor?"
This is completely understandable, in part because when I first started in theater more than 20 years ago, I thought the only career in theater was acting.
Boy, was I wrong!
It takes many different people with many different talents and skills to create theater, and these unsung heroes work incredibly hard to make an evening at the theater the best and most amazing it can possibly be.
Without being too "punny" about it, you are in for a "Wilde" time of laughter with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
While the laughs are decidedly high-brow and not low-brow puns, you don't have to be knowledgeable about the vagaries of Victorian society to be in on the jokes.
Andrew McMahon has shaped a pop-rock music career with the bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin as vocalist, pianist and primary songwriter.
He's begun a solo career, with the EP, "A Pop Underground," released April 30, and new songs "Synesthesia," "Catching Cold," "Learn to Dance" and "After the Fire."
McMahon performs 8 p.m. July 23, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founder's Way, Bethlehem.
"The Jack's [Mannequin] thing kind of started as a solo project," says McMahon in a recent phone interview.
Real to surreal: Two significant art exhibitions spanning the genres of realism and surrealism are on view through Aug. 9, Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown. "Clarence H. Carter: Realism to Surrealism" in the David E. Rodale Gallery features the two major periods of Carter (1904 - 2000).