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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

A toast to the Gershwins: Singer-pianist-composer Elliot Sneider, above, presents "Gershwin Uncorked," 8 p.m. Dec. 28, Congregation Brith Sholom, 1190 W. Macada Road, Bethlehem. Sneider sings and plays the music of George and Ira Gershwin in a "Holiday Cabaret" setting. Sneider has performed in concert halls across the United States, including Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. Sneider performs with the Afro-beat ensemble, Asiko; the 1920's style dance band, The Dreamland Orchestra, and has been a regular at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, New York City. Sneider received a degree in jazz piano and composition from the New England Conservatory, a masters in music composition and technology from New York University, and is a doctoral student studying composition at Arizona State University. The evening includes wine and a dessert smorgasbord. Tickets: 610-866-8009

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Remember the "Maine": Charles Weigold III, above left, and Syd Stauffer, above right, are two of the six actors in multiple roles in "Almost, Maine," through Dec. 21, Pennsylvania Playhouse, llicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. Clair M. Freeman directs the two-act, 11-sketch comedy-drama. While "Almost, Maine" is not specifically a holiday play, it should get you into the spirit of the season. After all, the most important aspect of the season is not gifts and parties but connecting with friends and family. "Almost, Maine" does just that. The story is set in Northern Maine. Playwright John Cariani writes about what he knows as he's a native of that region. Even though the scenarios bring about some exaggerated circumstances, the feelings and the people are quite real. You can probably identify and laugh along as you do. Tickets: paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665

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A hunting we will go: "American Wildlife Art" continues through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale Galleries, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, 31 N 5th St, Allentown. The one-time exhibition includes prints, paintings, carvings and sculpture of America's birds, mammals, crustaceans, reptiles and other wildlife species by renowned artists, including John White (1540-1593), Mark Catesby (1683-1749) and John James Audubon (1785-1851). Above is a detail from Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905), "Still Hunting on the First Snow: A Second Shot" (1855, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.). Curator David Wagner describes the exhibition as "A walk through of the history of wildlife art." Tickets: allentownartmuseum.org, 610-432-4333

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