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Laini’s List of 9 Things To Do in the Lehigh Valley This Weekend – February 25, 26 & 27

From Friday night Blues to Sunday night’s red carpet, I hope you will find this list, and your weekend, enjoyable and entertaining.

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1. Todd Wolfe Band with Jake Heck and Maria Woodford

Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 pm, Larry Holmes Ringside, 91 Larry Holmes Drive, Easton

The Todd Wolfe Band return from the south and bring their “bluesadelic” sounds to the ring! Very special guests, Maria Woodford and Jake Heck kick things off at 8:30PM. $7 at the door

2. Cirque Éloize – iD

Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem

A powerful potpourri of hip-hop, sci-fi and circus disciplines, combined with video, rock, electronic and poetic music, ID unearths the playful, energetic and urban worlds of the circus and hip-hop universes. Choreographed by Mourad Merzouki, founder of the outstanding contemporary French dance company, Compagnie Käfig.

3. Fifth of July

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm, Civic’s 19th St. Theatre, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown

Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July,” set in Missouri in 1977, focuses on a group of friends who spent their college years together as activists, joined in the idealistic fight for a more peaceful and better world. Now grown up, the friends must reconcile real life with their dreams. Part of Wilson’s acclaimed Talley family trilogy, “Fifth of July” is a bittersweet portrait of the rock ‘n roll generation at the precise moment they realize the fireworks ended yesterday. At once poignant and marvelously funny, The New York Times called it the “wisest and funniest play of its generation.” Civic will be the first to bring Fifth of July to the Lehigh Valley.

4. The Fab Faux

Saturday at 8 pm, State Theatre, 453 Northampton Street, Easton

Oops, it’s sold out! Must remember to get tickets earlier next time for this ever-popular Beatles tribute band.

5. “The Long Run” Book Signing

Saturday from 1 to 3 pm, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main Street, Bethlehem

Moravian Book Shop will be hosting Charles Butler as he signs copies of his book “The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete.” The Long Run is an inspiring memoir of Matt Long’s story of determination and strength in overcoming a devastating and debilitating cycling accident with a 20-ton bus. This book of hope and inspiration chronicles Matt’s road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the New York City Marathon.

6. Book Sale at Allentown Library

Saturday from Noon to 4pm, First Floor of the Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown

From the Library: “Back by popular demand! The Allentown Public Library book sale room will be open on Saturday Feb 26 from 10:00am-4:00pm for a day-long special sale. Lots of great bargains, including: Best-sellers, Reference sets, DVDs, Autographed books, rare/vintage books, Audiobooks, Comic books, Kid’s books, and lots more! Plenty of discounts and free stuff (free with purchase) as well. Most books $1 or less.”

7. Screening of Final Entries for Upcoming Art of Urban Environments Festival

Sunday from 4 to 6 pm, Easton Area Community Center, 901 Washington Street, Easton

A jury comprised of representatives from Lafayette College, the City of Easton and area artists will soon select up to 16 outdoor art installations that will be displayed in various locations throughout downtown Easton and the West Ward neighborhood during the Art of Urban Environments Festival from May 7 through Oct. 8. But before that happens, the arts festival committee is seeking public comment on the final proposals during three public presentations. Sixty-five artists in the United States and 13 countries submitted proposals utilizing a variety of media forms, including sound, lights and materials emblematic of the West Ward.

The first screening is being held from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Easton Area Community Center, formerly known as St. Anthony’s Youth Center, at 901 Washington Street.

The second forum is from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28 in the conference room of the Easton Main Street Initiative, 35 S. Third St. The final session is from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 in room 108 of Lafayette College’s William Center for the Arts, on the main campus at 317 Hamilton St.

8. Hope for Allentown Benefit Concert 1

Sunday from 2 to 8 pm, Fairview Volunteer Fire Company, 927 S. 7th Street, Allentown

Presented by LVMA and WIAIPA, this is the first in a series of six fundraiser concerts to benefit those affected by the recent gas explosion. Bands that Rock Hope I: Allie Santos, Gina G-Child Morganello, Beyond Eden, Bank St. Band, BURN, Sharon Elaine Band, Sinister Realm, and James Supra Blues Band

9. 7th Annual PRIDE of the Lehigh Valley Oscar Party

Sunday at 7 pm, Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton St., Allentown

The glamour is happening this Sunday til the last award is given out! But the ‘Best Picture’ will be the one you take with you and your friends & loved ones at this fabulous event! There will be HUGE screen viewing, photo ops with Oscar, awesome food, kickin’ cocktails, give-a-ways, prizes, the 50/50 and gift card basket raffles, and fantastic silent auction table! All proceeds benefit Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

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