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WHEELS MUSEUM

Monday, December 24, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The annual Holiday Train Exhibit continues through Dec. 30, America On Wheels (AOW) Museum, 5 N. Front St., Allentown.

AOW holds its New Year's Eve Day-Time Party noon - 3 p.m..Dec. 29.

The holiday exhibit of pedal cars continues through Dec. 31. Children may get behind the wheel at "Pedal Place."

Information: americaonwheels.org, 610-432-4200, x16

'Journey' to Middle-earth

Monday, December 24, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Despite its title, there's not too much that's unexpected in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

There are goblins, wizards, trolls, rock monsters and, of course, dwarfs.

This should please fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) novels, on which "The Hobbit" is based, as it did my son, Elias, who accompanied me to a 3D screening of "Unexpected Journey."

It was the second time Elias saw "The Hobbit" movie. The first time he saw it was in the regular format. Elias said...

Ang Lee serves a slice of 'Pi'

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

As the end of the year 2012 rapidly approaches, director Ang Lee's remarkable "Life of Pi" is one film to put on your holiday season list.

"Life of Pi" recounts a deeply-moving spiritual journey that is fascinating and thought-provoking, and will linger with you long after you've viewed it.

Many of the images provide a relaxing, meditative quallity that lift "Life of Pi" from that of movie-going to that of a cinematic experience. Those who enjoy wildlife, nature films, folk...

Rachel Marie's new CD goes organic

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Folksinger and songwriter Rachel Marie has enthralled music lovers locally and beyond. Her highly- anticipated CD, "There is Love," will be available at her CD release party concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem.

An early influence on Bethlehem native Rachel Marie was her father's love of music which filled the family home. Her father has been an amateur singer songwriter since his youth.

"My...

Dana Gaynor Band 'End of World Gala' takes a page from the Mayan calendar

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

If the Mayan calendar is to be believed, the end of days will be Dec. 21.

The Dana Gaynor Band is commemorating the prediction with an "End of the World Gala," 8 p.m. Dec. 21, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Rd Bethlehem.

Dana Gaynor, a legendary guitar player is well-known throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as on both coasts and internationally. Gaynor regularly performs as guitarist for the James Supra Blues Band, which...

THEATER REVIEWS APT gets into 'Every Christmas' spirit

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Every Christmas play and movie tells a story.

Allentown Public Theatre (APT)'s production of "Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!)," through Dec. 23, the Salemme Foundation, Allentown, manages to tell nearly all of them.

The comedy with music, written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alverez, premiered in 2003 at Cape May Stage, Cape May, N.J.

Nary a BHC (Beloved Holiday Classic) is left unturned by the comedy trio of Matt Candio, Michael...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by The Press in Focus

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

"Love" CD party: Folksinger and songwriter Rachel Marie, above, presents a concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem, to celebrate the release of her CD of original songs, "There is Love." She'll play guitar, accompanied by Ansel Barnum, harmonica; Elena Gambino, violin; and her father, Bill Schachter, bass. Rachel Marie has played Lehigh Valley venues, including Godfrey Daniels. Ticket...

At Bucks, 'Life' is 'Wonderful'

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) actors in Bucks County Playhouse's production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," take a page or pages from director Frank Capra's 1946 Classic starring Jimmy Stewart and transfer the fable of American life to the New Hope stage, where it continues through Dec. 30.

The stage adaptation by Joe Landry was first presented in 1997.

The Bucks Playhouse audience is included in the show, even before the action begins onstage as...

PA. REN FAIRE

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is holding auditions for its 33rd annual season, Aug. 3 and continuing Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day through Oct. 27.

Auditions for the Blackfryars, a volunteer acting group, are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 13. Those auditioning should prepare a one to two-minute comedic or dramatic monologue and sing a 30-second song.

Auditions the Bacchanalians, the professional acting company, are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 27. Those auditioning should...

CIVIC THEATRE

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Hitchcock Week," screenings of films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, continues at Civic Theatre of Allentown, in anticipation of Civic's Dec. 21 opening of the film, "Hitchcock," at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown.

The new film, which is being released nationally by Fox Searchlight, stars Anthony Hopkins as the master director and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma.

The screenings include "The Trouble With Harry," 5, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, starring John Forsythe and Shirley...