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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Sweet truth: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," through March 10; The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown, asks the musical question: Why, indeed? And, while this frothy musical may not provide the answer, the fun is all in the asking. Four women try to satisfy their sweet truth. The audience will hear some sweet harmonies and familiar 1960's pop refrains. Gathering to celebrate an upcoming wedding are, above, Millie (Gwen Swanson Vigorito), Florence (Stacy Bechtel), Sally (Lauren Eitzenberger) and Dee Dee (Stacey B. Yoder). Oliver Blatt directs the show. Tickets: pinesdinnertheatre.org, 610-433-2333

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Going up: "Ice House Tonight" provides a stage for artistic works from regional arts organizations. As part of the series, Dancelink presents "Ascent," 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Charles A Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem. Dancelink founder and director Sarah Carlson says it will be "an evening of moving meditation on spirituality." "Ascent" is based on "Songs of Ascension" by Meredith Monk. A dozen or so short vignettes will be performed by six dancers including Carlson; Robin Gerchman, director of dance at Cedar Crest College; Jeffrey Peterson, contemporary dance professor at Muhlenberg College; and three of Carlson's students.

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