Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is a name that most of us know because of his popular ballet, “The Nutcracker,” and his overture, the “1812 Overture,” with the famous part for bombastic canons. Both of these pieces are performed regularly at thousands of concerts all over the world.
Tchaikovsky was a leading composer in Russia, living between 1840-1893, but he led a complicated, emotional life with bouts of depression, a disastrous marriage to one of his students, and a long-time relationship by letters with his patron Madame Nadezhda von Meck, even though they never met in person.
I have a friend who is rude to the servers whenever we eat out for dinner. I end up trying to counter the rudeness by going over the top to be polite. How should you deal with a friend who is rude to restaurant wait staff?
People can and will be disrespectful to any number of people for any number of reasons. One of the times where this occurs the most is in restaurants. Customers are paying not only for the food they eat but also for the experience.
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a hodgepodge of movies that have gone before: “Lord of the Rings” (2001), “Where the Wild Things Are” (2009), “The Hobbit” (2012) and, of course, “Maleficent” (2014).
The Maleficent character is based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale (1697) and Walt Disney’s animation theatrical feature film “Sleeping Beauty” (1959).
Angelina Jolie is back in the title role of Maleficent, fairy godmother of Aurora, again played by Elle Fanning.
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Q. How can you tell when you should go to a doctor for memory lapses?
When should you go to your doctor to discuss your memory lapses? That’s a personal judgment call.
I’ve found that I can’t remember the names of movie stars and ballplayers the way I used to. I attribute this to what I call the “overloaded filing cabinet.” As we get older, we accumulate so many memories that it’s impossible to find the one we want.
I’m not sufficiently worried about my memory difficulties to mention them to my doctor. But if you are worried, get tested.
“More cowbell”: Stop, look and listen for a double dose of heavy metal with UFO and Blue Oyster Cult, 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Down for The Count: The Allentown Band performs an original score to accompany a screening of the silent film, “Nosferatu,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. It’s the perfect scene for Halloween. The film will be projected on a large screen while the Allentown Band performs an original score by composer and Allentown band member, Stephen Reisteter. The 1922 German Expressionist horror film directed by F. W. Murnau, is re-mastered in high definition format. Actor Max Schreck plays Orlok in the film, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel, “Dracula” (1897).
“Jewish Film Nights at the J” begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Jewish Community Center, 22nd and Tilghman streets, Allentown.
The first film, “93Queen,” is described as “an upbeat, inspiring and revealing documentary that takes place in Brooklyn, N.Y.”
“93Queen” follows Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the “boys club” in her Hasidic community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corps in New York City.
The Euclid Quartet performs at 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.
The quartet will be joined by cellist Adrian Daurov.
The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem program is: Robert Paterson, “Quartet No. 2” (2018) and Schubert, “String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Cello Quintet.
Tickets: at the door; cmsob.org; 610-435-7611
Photographer Matthew Blum’s “Windows of the Past: Lehigh County” opens Oct. 24 in the David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.
Views of 17 historic buildings captured by Blum’s camera lens will be on view through Nov. 21 when a closing reception is scheduled 6 - 8 p.m. to coincide with Allentown’s “Third Thursday.”
A day after performing at Miller Symphony Hall, the Allentown Band presents a concert of German music as part of an Oktoberfest celebration at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.
“It will be be whole afternoon of music by 19th-century German composers,” says Allentown Band conductor Ronald Demkee. “It will be quite a variety of masterworks.”
The band performs a free concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 Hamilton St, Allentown, with a festive Oktoberfest of German food, music and other activities following at 5 p.m. Oct. 27.