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Spotlight On: The Beat goes on at Allentown Fair Grandstand

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by DAWN NIXON Special to The Press in Focus

The Fresh Beat Band is back at the Great Allentown Fair and one of the group's musicians couldn't be happier.

"Allentown is always one of our largest audiences," says Tommy Hobson, who portrays Shout, The Fresh Beat Band keyboard player, in a phone interview.

The Fresh Beat Band, which had its origin on a popular Nickelodeon television show, performs a concert, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Fairgrounds Grandstand, The Great Allentown Fair, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets,...

Dirty Bourbon River Show brings New Orleans to Bethehem

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Dirty Bourbon River Show is a theatrical carnival of sound, encompassing smooth rhythmic lounge croons with fierce piano and saxophone solos. It is a band where horns, accordion and vocals meld in what has been called "a magical tour of whiskey-soaked French Quarter back alleys."

The band formed in 2008 in New Orleans and the goal was to release two albums every year for the first four years. Dirty Bourbon River Show achieved that. The band has also played more than 600 tight,...

Dirty Bourbon River Show brings New Orleans to Bethlehem

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Dirty Bourbon River Show is a theatrical carnival of sound, encompassing smooth rhythmic lounge croons with fierce piano and saxophone solos. It is a band where horns, accordion and vocals meld in what has been called "a magical tour of whiskey-soaked French Quarter back alleys."

The band formed in 2008 in New Orleans and the goal was to release two albums every year for the first four years. Dirty Bourbon River Show achieved that. The band has also played more than 600 tight,...

Movie Review: 'Magic' sleight in 'Moonlight'

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The money scene in writer-director Woody Allen's "Magic In The Moonlight" is when Colin Firth bows his head and prays.

Prayer? In a Woody Allen film?

"Magic In The Moonlight" not only challenges preconceived notions about a Woody Allen film, it makes us think about our own concepts of prayer, faith, death and the hereafter.

Of course, this being a Woody Allen film, "Magic In The Moonlight" gives us a lot of laughs in between the philosophical musings.

In "Magic In...

Emmaus author to sign debut novel

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Christopher D. Ochs of Emmaus signs copies of his novel, "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts," 1 - 3 p.m. Aug. 31 as part of "Local Author Sundays," Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.

In Ochs' debut novel, Pindlebryth, Prince of Lenland, awakens to discover the people of his nation have been enslaved by a forgotten enemy. He soon learns it is the first part of a larger plot by an unknown nemesis to use mystical artifacts to remake the entire world in their own image...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED IMAGE in Focus

Urban folk: The Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley presents "Greg Weaver: Urban American Folk Artist," Sept. 2 - Dec. 12. The exhibition showcases work, including, above, "Chicken, Cow and Tree" (Acrylic on canvas, 4 ft. x 7 ft.) by the late Allentown artist spanning 20 years of a career cut short by his death in 1994 from complications because of diabetes. His boyhood friend, Rook Jones, saved, preserved and cataloged hundreds of works. A reception is 5 - 7 p.m. Oct. 2....

Researchers seek information on pesticide pollinator impact

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by The Press in Focus

There are concerns about the effect pesticides have on wildlife and the environment. Specifically, there is a lot of discussion about the role pesticides play in the decline of pollinators, including both honeybees and wild insects.

The Pennsylvania State University has a world-class group of researchers looking at this complex problem. They are collaborating with other experts on a national and international level. But they need your help.

Researchers and regulators need to...

Hunter Hayes

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Hunter Hayes, 7 p.m. Aug. 30: Hunter Hayes was four-years-old when he played accordion with Hank Williams Jr. on a Nickelodeon TV show. "Hunter Hayes" (2011), the first album of Hayes, now 22, has sold more than 1.1 million copies. He became the youngest male to top the Billboard's Country Song chart with his single "Wanted." His second album is "Storyline" (2014). Martin Guitars, Nazareth, made Hayes a Brand Ambassador in 2012. The Swon Brothers, a duo that made it to NBC-TV show, "The...

Tim McGraw

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Tim McGraw, 7 p.m. Aug. 29: After two decades as a country music powerhouse, Tim McGraw continues to add to his more than 40 million albums sold, 35 No. 1 hit singles and major film roles. His latest album is "Sundown Heaven Town." McGraw performed at the Allentown Fair in 1999, 2005 and 2009. In his first appearance, his late father, Philadelphia Phillies baseball team pitcher-reliever Tug McGraw, joined him on stage. McGraw's film acting credits include "The Blind Side," "Country Strong"...