Two holidays will offer plenty to do this weekend in the Lehigh Valley: Juneteenth and Father’s Day. There are numerous Juneteenth events across the region. And there are lots of places to take Dad for his day, as well.
Here are some more interesting events:
18th Annual Justin Sheftel Memorial Softball Tournament: The annual event returns to the Lehigh County Athletic Fields, 8:30 am-7 pm Saturday, It began as a friendly softball game in 2005 to raise money in memory of Justin Sheftel, who was hit and killed by a drunk driver just hours after graduating from Parkland High School. Since then, it has raised more than $560,000 for the fund in Sheftel’s name to aid underserved youth in the area. Hall of Famer Steve Carlton is scheduled to attend the All-Star Clinic 12:30 to 2 pm Sixteen teams will compete in the tournament. Lehigh County Athletic Field, Cedar Creek Parkway West, Broadway and Parkway Road, Allentown. justinsheftel.com
Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue Starring Los Straitjackets: A pioneer in the New Wave/Power Pop genre brings his “revue” to Musikfest Cafe at 8 pm Friday. Lowe was producer for the likes of Elvis Costello and The Pretenders, and his songs “Cruel to be Kind” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” (a hit for Costello and also for Lowe’s earlier band, Brinsley Schwarz) are standards of the genre. Los Straitjackets are purveyors of the guitar instrumental, in the style of the Ventures, the Shadows, Dick Dale and Link Wray. All while clad in Mexican wrestling masks! Tickets, $39-$49. Musikfest Cafe, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. $39-$49. 610-297-7100. steelstacks.org.
NPC Ultimate Physique Championships and The Pennsylvania State Championships: Bodybuilding athletes battle for top prizes and a chance to earn national qualification, 9 am Saturday, at Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown. Finals begin at 4 pm Featuring Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Figure, Bikini, and Wellness divisions. Vendors will offer food, supplements, fitness apparel and more. Doors open at 8 am Tickets, $25, prejudging; $35, finals. Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown. 484-239-4117. isiproductions.com/npc-upcpa-states.html.
Pa. Shakespeare Festival: Every Brilliant Thing: A one-actor play by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe examines a family’s resilience in the face of severe depression through laughter and a bittersweet appreciation for life. A fellow traveler confronts life from youth to adulthood, with the joy and grief surrounding us all. 7:30 pm Friday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, and 2 pm Sunday. Tickets, $25-71. DeSales University, Schubert Theater, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley. $25-$71. 610-282-1100. pashakespeare.org.
Peter Asher: A British Invasion icon returns to Sellersville 1894 Theater on Sunday. Along with the late Gordon Waller, Asher achieved fame as Peter & Gordon, with hits such as “A World Without Love” and “Lady Godiva.” The show originally was going to include Jeremy Clyde of another famous 1960s duo, Chad & Jeremy, but Clyde will not be appearing due to illness. It is not known if Asher will perform any Chad & Jeremy songs, such as “Yesterday’s Gone” and “A Summer Song.” 8 pm Sunday. Tickets, $53. Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. 215-257-5808. st94.com.