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Class is in session for Junie B. at Miller Symphony Hall

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by DAWN NIXON in Focus

Lindsay Janecek plays beloved children's book character Junie B. Jones in the musical, "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells," which comes to the Lehigh Valley at 2 p.m. Nov. 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Janecek, a Bedford, Tex., native, has been performing on stage since age six when she was reading "Junie B."

"I grew up reading all of her books," she says in a phone interview.

The "Junie B. Jones" stories are a series of New York Times best-selling children's chapter...

Beyond therapy

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by JENNIFER MCKEEVER in Focus

Nestled in the Lehigh Valley is a special haven for injured artists of all sorts, athletes and orthopedic patients. It's the Good Shepherd Performing Arts Rehabilitation Center, 800 Eaton Avenue, Bethlehem.

The facility is so specialized that an injured artist would often choose otherwise to travel to New York City to receive the services offered at this impressive center.

Knowledgeable and experienced clinicians, Catherine Dara and Margo Clifford Ging, create a healing space...

State: Engvall glad to be back

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by DAWN NIXON in Focus

Comedian Bill Engvall brings his trademark "blue-collar comedy" to two shows, 5 and 8 p.m. Nov. 22, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Engvall is well-known for his "Here's your Sign" comedy catch phrase and for his performances with the successful "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" with fellow comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Larry The Cable Guy and Ron White. He won new fans with his popular stint on "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC television in 2013.

Engvall has...

Movie Review: To 'Interstellar' and beyond

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Interstellar" goes to infinity and beyond.

While we don't have Buzz Lightyear of "Toy Story" fame, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney of "Gravity" (2013) or the crew of "Apollo 13" (1995), we do have the mystery and awe of "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and its sequel "2010" (1984).

In a word, we have: Wormhole.

It's a concept that even Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium, New York City, has been at pains to explain...


Thursday, November 20, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The Bethlehem Palette Club's 67th Fall Juried Exhibition continues through Dec. 14, Siegel Gallery, Iacocca Hall, Mountaintop Campus, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

The works were juried by Gail Bracegirdle. The winners are:

First, Karen Benco, "Boulders, Rocks and Pebbles"; Second, Bernie Tyler, "Squiggles"; Third, Louise Arlen Cosgrove, "Charles"; Fourth, Jennifer Adams, "Tools of the Trade"; Fifth, Karen Piznak, "Waimea Bay, Oahu"; Sixth, Pat Delluva,"Through the Screen";...

College photography winners chosen for InVision contest

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by The Press in Focus

ArtsQuest and Olympus Imaging America have announced winners of the 2014 Olympus InVision College Photography Contest.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Olympus Visionary and InVision Artist in Residence Larry C. Price selected the winners.

The works are on display through Dec. 14 in the Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.

Winners of the 2014 InVision College Photography Contest, which highlights the work of students from universities throughout...


Thursday, November 20, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The ninth annual "Screendance Festival" is at 8 p.m. Nov. 22, 23, Commonwealth Room, University Center, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The DeSales' Division of Performing Arts will screen international dance films and feature DeSales Dance and TV-Film Department students collaborating on the "48-Hour Screendance Challenge."

Films created by Jamey Hampton and Ashley Rolland, artistic directors of the Portland, Ore.,-based dance company, BodyVox, will be shown Nov. 22.


Veterans: Thank you for your service

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by DAWN NIXON in Focus

In advance of Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, Lehigh Valley veterans were honored Nov. 7 at the Charles Chrin Community Center, 4100 Green Pond Road, Palmer Township.

Ronnie Delbacco, Chairman of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party, a nonpartisan group that advocates for smaller and more fiscally-conservative government, opened the ceremony with a welcome to the veterans and other attendees.

"The Lehigh Valley Tea Party wanted to do something to focus on our heroes, the United States military...


Thursday, November 20, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

True blue collar: Bill Engvall, above, part of the successful "Blue Collar Comedy" genre, returns for two shows, 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Engvall's first album, "Here's Your Sign," was certified platinum and was No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks, peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Current Country Album Chart and reached the Top 50 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart. The single of the same name was ranked No. 1 on Billboard's Country...