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Civic's 'Body' has lots of heart

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Why We Have A Body" is one of the most remarkable, disarming and memorable stage productions this summer in the Lehigh Valley region.

The drama-comedy, in its Lehigh Valley debut, continues for only three more performances, Aug, 24 - 26, in the annual SummerStage series in Civic Theatre of Allentown's Theatre 514.

The subject material, which lobby signs warn is for mature audiences only, will not be to everyone's taste.

Qualms about the avant-garde theater work will...

Summer Harmony to sing 'Allentown'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Summer Harmony concert, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Parkland High School Auditorium, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, will feature The Allentown Band performing "We Love Allentown," written by Robert Pearce, a 90-year-old Emmaus resident and retired Allen Organ employee, and his daughter, Joanne, a pianist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Allentown Band member Tom Heinze rewrote the arrangement for band and men's chorus. The song, which was written 30 years ago in response to...

Just 'Fantastic'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

"The Tempest," "War of the Worlds," "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Star Wars," "Alien," "The Hobbit" what these icons of popular literature, stage and screen have in common or rather "uncommon" is "At The Edge: Art of the Fantastic," through Sept. 9, the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.

"At The Edge," according to guest curators Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, is "the most comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art to date."

More than 160 original works from 1797 to the...

Great Allentown Fair observing landmark 160th year

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The 2012 Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, celebrates its 160th year.

So, where were you in 1852?

That's when the Allentown Fair began.

There've been many changes at the Fair over the years, er, decades, or, rather, centuries.

The Allentown Fair carries on at its 46-acre Fairgrounds location, 17th and Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.

The first day, Aug. 28, offers "Preview Night," with free admission.

In addition to the ticketed...

Blake Shelton

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 29, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. You know him from "The Voice," the NBC reality TV talent show where he is a vocal coach along with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. You should know him from his decade of hits, from "Austin" (2001), to "Home" (2008), to "God Gave Me You" and "Honey Bee" (both 2011), among his 17 country chart singles and 11 No. 1 singles. Shelton, born Blake Tollison Shelton, June 18, 1976, Ada, Okla., and his wife, country singer...

Reaching out to 'The Intouchables'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The film, "The Intouchables," is bracing, uplifting and a triumph of the human spirit.

Plus, it's darn funny.

Philippe (François Cluzet) is a very wealthy Paris widower who is a tetraplegic following an accident. Philippe hires Driss (Omar Sy), a very poor, street-smart Senegales to be his live-in primary care-giver.

Driss has a strong personality and commands respect.

Philippe likes that. He doesn't want pity.

Inside the gated mansion, Magalie (Audrey...

Bucks revisits Simon's 'Park'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't have to go barefoot in the Delaware River, or one of the many nearby parks along River Road on the way to New Hope.

You can go "Barefoot in the Park" at Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this summer after going dark for nearly two years.

The Neil Simon comedy, which debuted in 1963 on the BCP stage before its original Broadway run, continues through Sept. 2.

"Barefoot" espouses the "Simon sez" comedy style born of Sid Caesar's TV comedy-variety series, "...

Lt. Dan's the band

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by ANDREW MARK Special to The Press in Focus

Gary Sinise, best known for his Academy Award nominated role as Lt. Dan Taylor in "Forrest Gump," headlines the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, with his music group the Lt. Dan Band, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

The benefit concert is to raise money to build a "smart home" for Army Sgt. Adam Keys, a Whitehall Township resident who lost his legs and his left hand to an Improvised Explosive Device in July 2010 in Afghanistan. The explosion killed his friend and Whitehall native Army...

A 'Body' of evidence on Civic 514 stage

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

When William Morris, Civic Theatre of Allentown's Technical Director, happened upon "Why We Have A Body," he knew he'd found something special.

"It's quite unique in its structure and subject matter," says Morris, who's directing the play, which runs Aug. 17 - 26 in Civic's SummerStage series in Theatre514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.

"The play itself is told a lot in monologue fashion. There's fewer scenes than monologues. One character actually only communicates through...

Expanded Coplay Community Days welcomes residents of entire Valley

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Focus

A group of community organizations are hoping for good weather Aug. 23 - 26.

But, even if it rains, the show will go on.

The "show" is Coplay Community Days, a festival featuring food, live music, contests, games, rides and bingo at Coplay Community Park, Second and Keefer streets, Coplay.

The weather is not expected to be a factor because virtually the entire festival takes place under cover.

Sponsors such as M&M Lawn Service and Service Electric are...