“Solo: A Star Wars Story” takes us back to the halcyon days of Hollywood science-fiction film-making: You know, the days when characters, stories and plot development meant something.
“Solo” tells the story of the young Han Solo (played with astonishing alacrity by handsome and fresh-faced Alden Ehrenreich) and how he met his compatriots Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (the wonderful and compelling Donald Glover of Childish Gambino music video fame).
“Beauty and the Beast” may be best-known for its dancing silverware extravaganza “Be Our Guest” scene, but it is the heart-breaking ballad “If I Can’t Love Her” that rests at the core of the story about a prince transformed into a beast as punishment for his cruel ways and warned to change or forever stay a beast.
“If I Can’t Love Her,” which was added when the Disney animated film was made into a 1994 Broadway musical, was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice.
Dear Jacquelyn, While I was sitting in a automotive service department waiting room, a woman sat down next to me. She was on her cell phone, having a long, loud, animated conversation. Me and everyone else in the room could hear every single word of her conversation. Is it not common practice to leave the room when you get a call in a confined space? Do people not realize that they are being intrusive?
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
Tickets: pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455
“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre
“Ragtime,” June 13-July 1, Main Stage
“Twelfth Night,” June 21-July 15, Schubert Theatre
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre
Baker Center for the Arts, Trexler Pavilion
2400 Chew St., Allentown.
“Beauty and the Beast,” June 14-July 1, Empie Theatre
Steps4Stellar is holding a fundraiser noon-6 p.m. Aug. 4, Eight Oaks Crafts Distillery, 7189 Route 309, New Tripoli.
Eight Oaks, which hosts “Barn Raisings,” will donate 10 percent of proceeds from cocktails, t-shirts, and bottles sales.
There will also be a basket raffle.
Information or to donate: Steps4Stellar.com
Steps4Stellar is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that raises awareness for Ovarian Cancer and provide scholarships to families suffering from cancer in the Lehigh Valley.
Q. A friend of mine has Meniere’s disease. What is it exactly?
Meniere’s disease is an inner-ear disorder that produces a group of symptoms including vertigo, a spinning sensation that can lead to nausea and vomiting. Meniere’s usually occurs in only one ear.
The disease was named after French physician Prosper Ménière, who first described it in 1861. Meniere’s main symptoms are:
Attacks of vertigo without warning that last 20 minutes to more than two hours.
Permanent hearing loss that is suffered by most people with Meniere’s.
Call 610-559-3245 for locations.
Wednesday, June 13: Marinated turkey cutlet, au gratin potatoes, seasoned roasted carrots, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh seedless grapes.
Thursday, June 14 - Father’s Day meal: BBQ pork “Hawg Wing”, roasted red potatoes, flame-roasted corn, wheat roll with margarine, red velvet cake.
Friday, June 15: Apple juice, baked meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, seasoned roasted broccoli, wheat bread with margarine, rice pudding.
A “Juneteenth: Freedom Day” commemoration will be held at 1 p.m. June 16 at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
“Juneteenth,” or “Freedom Day,” has been observed annually in the United States since 1865 as the date to remember for the end of slavery in the U.S.
The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum will host a slide-lecture commemorating “Juneteenth” and exploring the historic and significant role enslaved black Americans played working for and promoting their own freedom, said Joseph Garrera Executive Director of the Museum.
Lehigh Valley favorite Dave Roper returns to Rodale Community Room for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. June 15, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The popular jazz pianist will be joined by long-time bandmates Paul Rostock, bass, and Gary Rissmiller, drums. Tommy Crist will add a vocal or two.
Asked about his start as a pianist, Roper says, “We had a piano in the house. I started playing with it at age five. My mother noticed that I seemed to like it so she started me on piano lessons at six.”