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'Dying Well'

Monday, May 5, 2014 by CAROLE GORNEY Special to The Press in Focus

For Dr. Ira Byock, the most important thing about dying is how you have lived your life.

Byock is best-known for "The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living" (Atria Books Reissue, $24, 272 pp.), now in its 10th anniversary edition.

Byock, a long-time advocate for patients and families dealing with terminal illness, wrote the book because after two decades of talking about "dying well" he realized that he had stories to tell that "struck a nerve."

Bycock is...

Theater Review: Civic gives Broadway the business

Monday, May 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Urinetown: The Musical" takes care of business -- show business.

It's "the" show to see so far in the Lehigh Valley regional theater's year.

Civic Theatre's "Urinetown" is top-notch in directing, acting, singing, music and production. It's on par with what you'd experience in New York City or Philadelphia.

The show, weekends through May 18, is an experience. From the opening steady faucet drip-drip-drip and running stream of...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: FREE CONCERTS

ARTS QUEST

ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-737-6504

Allentown Band, 1:30 p.m. June 14

Allentown Band, 8 p.m. July 4. Levitt Pavillion

RIVERSIDE PARK

Larry Holmes Drive, Easton. 610-330-9940

James Supra Blues Band, 7:30 p.m. June 6

A Few Good Men with School of Rock, 7:30 p.m. July 11

Joyous, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1

Slicked-Up 9's, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5

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Allentown Art Museum SOTA goes 'Downtown Abbey'

Monday, May 5, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The Society of the Arts (SOTA), the volunteer-led fundraising organization of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown, hosts its 2014 "Show House," dubbed "Downtown Abbey, through May 18.

Shirlee Neumeyer, a Saucon Valley resident and co-chair of the "Show House" committee, has been a SOTA member for 32 years.

"This is our 14th Show House," says Neumeyer. "We are really excited about this particular house. It is a federal revival built in 1872...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS

ALLENTOWN FAIR

Grandstand, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947

Pitbull, 7 p.m. Aug. 26

Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Lady Antebellum, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Tim McGraw, Jana Kramer, 7 p.m. Aug. 29

Hunter Hayes, The Swon Brothers, 7 p.m. Aug. 30

Fresh Beat Band, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31

@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST CENTER

SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378...

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Monday, May 5, 2014 by The Press in Focus

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Oh, what a concert: Some of the touring members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells and The Critters have banded together for "The Hit Men," above, 8 p.m. May 10, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. "The Hit Men," inspired by the success of the 2005 Tony Award-winning Broadway smash "Jersey Boys," was founded by Lee Shapiro, who toured with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Hear and see the hits, including "December...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

ALLEN ORGAN COMPANY

150 Locust St., Macungie.646-484-9691

Christopher Houlihan, 7:30 p.m. May 30

@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST

ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. May 8, Musikfest Café, RiverJazz Festival

Pat Martino, 7:30 p.m. May 14, Musikfest Café, RiverJazz Festival

Modest Mouse, 8;30 p.m. May 21, Levitt Pavilion

Cherry...

Movie Review: More than a country 'Bears' jamboree

Monday, May 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Bears."

The title says it all.

It's as simple as that in the Disneynature documentary about a family of Alaskan Kodiak Brown bears.

Wait.

Where's the voice of Morgan Freeman?

Morgan Freeman is the go-to guy for voice-overs, television commercials and animal kingdom documentaries. "March of the Penguins" (2005) wouldn't have been the same without the voice of Morgan Freeman.

John C. Reilly narrates "Bears."

Yes, that John C. Reilly, known for...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS

ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400

Hot Bijouxx, 7 p.m. May 7

Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds

Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds

Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds

Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays

@Body.8 Days Head: BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY

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'The smaller the better'

Monday, May 5, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The 22nd invitational exhibit of "The Art of the Miniature," an internationally-renowned exhibit of miniature works of art, continues through June 15 at The Snow Goose Gallery, 470 Main St., Bethlehem.

"The Art of the Miniature," brainchild of Mary Serfass, owner of Snow Goose since 1992, attracts well-known artists from all over the United States and the world.

Serfass is known in her own right for paintings and miniature works of art. Because of her extensive knowledge of the...