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'The Effect' of hope in Lehigh U. theater department play

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by LISA KOCAY Special to The Press in Focus

"The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" might initially come across as a comedy, when it is quite the opposite.

The Lehigh Department of Theatre production of the play continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 -3, Diamond Theater, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

The play written by Paul Zindel, Jr. received the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Obie Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as Best American Play in 1971.

The play tells the...

'Billboard Sitters' go for the bucks at Bucks

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by DAWN NIXON Special to The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley-based film-maker Zeke Zelker takes his production, "The WTYT 960 Billboard Sitters!," to Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, where it runs 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 8 - 11.

Zelker debuted a version of the play Nov. 7, 2013, at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Zelker, a 1988 Emmaus High School graduate, has been a film-maker since 1996. His films have been presented at the Sundance Film Festival and his feature film, "InSearchOf," is said to be...

Spotlight On: Rescued 'Mutts' to entertain at State Theatre

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by DAWN NIXON Special to The Press in Focus

Husband and wife Scott and Joan Houghton bring their team of trained canines to Easton for "Mutts Gone Nuts: Canine Cabaret," a one-hour show of tricks and treats, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Parents or guardians who bring a can of dog food as a donation receive one free child's admission to the show.

"Mutts Gone Nuts" features 10 rescue dogs who have been trained to play Frisbee, high jump and more.

It is...

Movie Review: Get lost in 'The Maze Runner'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Maze Runner" is the latest entry into the genre of movies based on best-selling Young Adult (YA) teen dystopian novels, following on the heels of "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Justin Bieber's Believe."

JK (Just Kidding) about the 2013 Justin Bieber documentary. Then again, given the dystopian trajectory of his career, maybe not.

"Twilight" is a curious mix of corny vampire family in their modern manse scenes and CGI action (no, not those involving Robert Pattinson...

'Bach at Noon' continues

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem continues its 2014 - '15 season with "Bach At Noon," 12:10 - 1 p.m. Oct. 14, with Bach preludes and fugues played by Kristina Moditch, a young pianist from Moscow, and "Cantata 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God's time is the very best time)," Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

Greg Funfgeld, artistic director and conductor, introduces each concert with an informal talk about the music.

"Bach at Noon" continues to...

Maps making history at LVHM

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Kieran McAuliffe, creator of "History Maps," speaks about researching and creating maps that illuminate history in new and vivid ways at 1 p.m. Oct. 11, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum (LVHM), 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

"His [McAuliffe's] maps are astonishingly accurate, expertly arranged and fascinating to read. They take you on an unforgettable geographical journey back in time," Joseph Garrera, LVHM Executive Director, said.

McAuliffe's "John Wilkes Booth Escape Map" offers...


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by The Press in Focus

"Fire Prevention Week" will be observed with an outdoor exhibit, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 4, weather permitting, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The event will feature area fire fighters in uniform, along with vintage and modern fire trucks. Sparky the Fire Dog will appear to promote fire safety while posing for family photos and autographs. Children can design and color their own fire hats and badges and make Sparky the Dog puppets.

Ron Smith, a 20-...


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Met Live" season: "The Met: Live in HD," the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to more than 2,000 theaters in 67 countries, features 10 operas in the 2014 - '15 season, including five new productions in the Met season. The "Live in HD" season begins at 12:55 p.m. Oct. 12, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, with Verdi's "Macbeth," based on Shakespeare's tragedy, starring Anna Netrebko in the vocally and dramatically demanding role of Lady Macbeth...

Turtle Island Quartet, Nellie McKay set for Miller Symphony Hall debut

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It took a continent to bring together the Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay.

The avant-garde chamber group and the indescribable singer-songwriter bring it all back home in their Lehigh Valley debut, with "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing," performing the music of Billy Strayhorn, Billie Holiday and the Weimar cabaret era, 3 p.m. Sept. 28, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

McKay, a resident of the Pocono Mountains, and Turtle Island Quartet, based in the San Francisco Bay area...

Civic Theatre514 completes renovation

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown has reopened its Theatre514 screening room after renovating the facility in August.

Seating capacity in-creased from 60 to 92 seats, which includes cup-holders, with new steel-enforced risers. The custom-made seating is by Irwin Seating Company, seating contractor for PPL Center, Allentown.

"We really have listened to those who have come to Theatre514 and who have asked us to provide them with a better overall experience. We believe this renovation...