It would be difficult to encapsulate the impressive and exhaustive work that is musician-author Stephen Wade's "The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience" (University of Illinois Press, $24.95, 477 pp.)
You'd best let Wade do so himself, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, when he performs selections from the CD that accompanies the book, as well as those from his latest CD, "Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition."
"Christmas with the von Trapp Children" returns to Bethlehem for the first time since 2006. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin, great-grandchildren of Maria and Baron von Trapp of "The Sound of Music" fame, sing holiday classics, favorites from the world-famous musical and movie, and folk and Broadway tunes, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 - 17, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets: artsqeuest.org, 610-332-3378
Theater-goers who enjoy avant-garde one-person shows should get a kick out of "Going Green the Wong Way," 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.
"It's really funny and silly. People who are jaded by environmentalism it's a fun way to enter into it," says Kristina Wong, the show's creator and performer. "This, for me, is one response that makes the journey more enjoyable."
"Cinderella" for Christmas: The Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre performs "Cinderella's Christmas," 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Jillian Rivers-Keegan (Princess) and Ben Church (Prince Charming), above, star. Cinderella, her evil stepmother, wicked stepsisters and her handsome prince are brought to life in the holiday interpretation of the classic fairytale. Will Cinderella make it to the Christmas Ball? The mice seem to think so. Tickets: allentownsymphony.org, 610- 432-7961
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"Fringe," 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 15, 16, Lafayette College Theater, Black Box Theater, Williams Center for the Arts, Hamilton and High streets, Easton, lafayette.edu, 610-330-5009
"Going Green the Wong Way," 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689
"Little Shop of Horrors," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10; 2 p.m. Nov. 11, Salisbury Senior High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Allentown. stsd.org, 610-797-4107
The Scarlet Knights Jazz Trombones, one of the elite groups in the Rutgers University Chamber Jazz Ensemble Program, performs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St. Allentown.
The number of participants in the group varies each year. In the performance, hosted by the Rutger's Club of the Lehigh Valley as part of The Arts at St. John's concert series, there will be a rhythm section with no fewer than five trombonists.
Great news for "Star Trek" fans and comedy lovers in the Lehigh Valley area: William Shatner beams into the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., 453 Northampton St., Easton, 7 p.m. Nov. 11, to perform his one-man show, "Shatner's World."
In a recent telephone interview, Shatner says his show "grew from sitting around doing interviews."
With the success of the recent Mars Rover Curiosity landing, Cedar Crest College is bringing a NASA to the Lehigh Valley to provide insight into space exploration.
Jennifer Stern, Ph.D., a scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Planetary Environments Laboratory, will present a lecture, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Alumnae Hall. The program is free and open to the public.
"Cloud Atlas" is the year's most astounding film.
"Cloud Atlas" is an epic in concept, screenplay, casting, directing, cinematography, editing, sound and production design. "Cloud Atlas" is akin to the Hollywood epics of Cecil B. DeMille.
"Cloud Atlas" recalls what big studios films do best and yet it's an indie film at heart, albeit one with a $100-million budget. "Cloud Atlas" shows us new ways of looking at the world, and new ways of thinking about the universe.
There can be no dispute that Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the world's most influential and inspiring artists. His work has been immortalized all over the world, including here in the Lehigh Valley.
Before his passing in 1994, Charles Dent began a project to recreate Leonardo's Horse from a couple of inches image into three-dimensional 12- and 24-foot sculptures.