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From Russia, with love

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

The great city of Voronezh is 300 miles southeast of Moscow in the heart of Russia.

Voronezh, population 1.5 million, was founded in 1585 by Tsar Feodor I. It is not far from the Ukraine and has had settlements since the Stone Age.

Nestled in Voronezh is the Voronezh Choreographic Institute where dancers are chosen at the age of eight to begin their studies of dance, music and academics.

The children are chosen by their ability and potential to become professional...

Gardner film screening

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus


Film-maker Stephanie Gardner, center, with her parents, Linda Kay Gardner, left, and Judge James Knoll Gardner, right, federal judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Gardner, an Emmaus High School, Class of '04, graduate, screened seven of her short films Jan. 26 at The Barrister's Club, Allentown. The event was a fundraiser for Gardner's next short, "Paris in Winter," set to lens in March in Montreal, Canada.

Submit poems for Focus section, WDIY

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.

The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.



Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"Ghost in the House," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown; 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown. Opening Minds Productions, TDOG Entertainment in association with The Center for Retailing Solutions at Kutztown University.

Late-Night Standup Showcase: James Hesky, 11:15 p.m. Feb. 9, Blue Cinema, also: Steve Bost, Kevin Ryan, Randy Tonge, host Ryan Hill,...

Vince Gill jumps back in Time

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Although Time Jumpers is not a band of science fiction time-travelers, the 11-piece group transcends time through its throwback brand of country music.

Fans will be able to "jump" deep into country music's roots at the group's concert, 8 p.m. Feb, 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St, Easton.

Outside of the music industry, the Time Jumpers highest-profile member is without a doubt 20-time Grammy Award winner, Nashville Songwriters and Country Music Hall of Fame...


Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Landing the laughs: "Boeing, Boeing" lands the laughs at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. But you'd better make your reservations now because the show ends its run this weekend. The farce, based on a French play, was made into a movie in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. The Playhouse cast, above, left to right, Annie Locke (Gretchen), Mark A. Saylor (Robert), Beth Linzer (Berthe), Joanne Rooney (Gloria), Seth Rohrbach (Bernard) and Kelly-Anne Rohrbach (Gabriella), is directed...

A Vagabond existence in sound and tour

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Take one-part theatrical spectacle, toss in operatic vocals, add in wind instruments, accordion, violin, upright bass, saxophone, musical saw, sprinkle with a dash of belly dancing and a dollop of Klezmer for seasoning, add a hint of vaudeville, blend it together vigorously, turn it upside down and send it out on a road trip from Portland, Ore., and you have Vagabond Opera.

Much like a brilliant culinary recipe, Vagabond Opera combines a few standard ingredients with custom additives...


Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by The Press in Focus

An awards ceremony and reception for the 2013 East Central PA Scholastic Art Awards will be held 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 3, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Allentown Art Museum and Baum School of Art is holding joint exhibitions of selected juried art student entries through Feb. 17.

Students grades 7 - 12 in Carbon, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties were eligible to enter.

The event is free and open to the public.

The colors of love

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

An orchestra is an amazing ensemble composed of so many wonderful instruments. When put together, the sounds that they produce can be absolutely stunning.

French composer Maurice Ravel was a master at creating new sounds for the orchestra. In his ballet "Daphnis and Chloe," he uses a very large orchestra and writes in such a way that the music just cascades around us. He even uses a large chorus as an instrumental sound, where all the members of the chorus sing on the syllable "Ah"...

Does 'Zero' add up to reality?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Zero Dark Thirty," an Oscar picrtue nominee and an American Film Institute movie of the year, is an intense cinema-going experience.

"Zero Dark Thirty" is nothing less than an account of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon and bin Laden's killing by United States Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.

Director Kathryn Bigelow apparently had access to classified...