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Eastwood fields the 'Curve'

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Forget about the trouble with the chair.

There's no trouble with Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve."

Eastwood is as delightfully cantankerous as ever as an elderly baseball scout named Gus who still pours over stacks of newspapers rather than log onto the computerized "Moneyball" statistical analysis approach to assess high school, college and other Major League Baseball prospects.

Whereas "Moneyball" was mostly about "the show," playing big league in major...

Baum 'Art in the City Gala' to honor Fredda Fischman

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Each year, The Baum School of Art holds an annual gala, bringing together donors and local organizations in support of the community efforts of the school, and honors those whose service and generosity has made an impact on the local arts community.

At this year's "Art in the City Gala," Oct. 13, the Baum School is honoring Fredda Fischman and her late husband, Dr. Bruce Fischman, for the financial assistance fund they founded for senior citizens known as STAR (Senior Tuition...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown is mounting the "Digital Cinema Challenge" to raise $100,000 to purchase new digital projection equipment by year's end.

Civic has raised $40,000 and is seeking an additional $60,000.

Civic is meeting with donors, alerting members and applying for grants to pay for its changeover from film to digital projection equipment. Donations may be made at Civic's web site.

"I was out at the 'Art House Convergence' in January right before the Sundance...

Meeting for 7th Student Horror Film Fest

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Student filmmakers are invited to participate in the Emmaus Arts Commission's 7th Annual Student Horror Film Festival.

Interested students may attend the kick-off meeting, a free, "how-to" class, 6 p.m. Oct. 11, Emmaus High School.

Students in middle school and high school from around the country are eligible to participate in the annual festival.

During the kick-off event, participants are provided filmmaking tips and techniques and given theme and genre for their film...

AAM 'Black & White' party previews Kline, Evans exhibitions

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley launches its fall lineup of exhibitions and events in its upstairs galleries with a "Black & White Preview Party," 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 6.

The exhibits, opening Oct. 7, represent strong connections to eastern Pennsylvania.

Internationally-known Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline grew up in Lehighton, 25 miles north of Allentown. The exhibit, "Franz Kline: Coal and Steel," in the Scheller Gallery, emphasizes how the area's coal mines...

THEATER REVIEW CKP's 'Design' for a good whodunnit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Whodunnit?

Crowded Kitchen Players' production of "Design for Murder," through Oct. 7, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, Quakertown, keeps you guessing.

Playwright George Batson's murder mystery is as much a tale of intrigue and suspense as it is socio-economic commentary.

The drama takes place in the sitting room of the Hudson River, N.Y., Granger estate. Matriarch Celia Granger (Sharon Ferry) is strong woman clinging desperately to the past. She is just about destitute...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Arsenic and Old Lace," 8 p.m. Sept. 26, 27, 28, 29; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m. Oct. 2; DeSales University, Main Stage, 2755...

Catch Leftover Salmon in Bethlehem

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

Truly a treat for the ears no matter what your taste for music is, Leftover Salmon has something delectable for everyone's musical palate.

Members of what is described as "the high-country slam-grass jam band" are pretty excited to have the second night of their fall tour at Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, for a 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 concert.

After the band's eight-year hiatus, Vince Herman, originally from Pittsburgh, says," It feels so much like we picked...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Theater classic: Father Gerard J. Schubert, above left, stepped out of retirement to direct "Arsenic and Old Lace," Sept. 26 - Oct. 7, DeSales University, Main Stage, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. The classic comedy kicks off Act 1's season. Schubert, who founded the DeSales' theater department in 1969, previously directed "Arsenic and Old Lace" for Act 1 in 1981 and 1996. "This is one of my favorite comedies, and I couldn't resist the invitation to come out of retirement and direct it...

Fishtank Ensemble: World music in one

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For members of Fishtank Ensemble, the music world is their oyster.

The cover of Fishtank Ensemble's latest CD, "Woman in Sin," looks like a pop-up greeting card with the eclectic music group's images in front of, or perhaps in, an aquarium surrounded by denizens of the deep.

Fishtank Ensemble, which played Musikfest in 2011, plays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

The group is: lead singer Ursula Knudson (depicted as a mermaid on the CD cover),...