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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by PHOTO BY KEN EK in Focus

A "Superstar" summer: The Lehigh Valley summer theater season at two of the biggest venues is nearing a close. You only have a few days left to catch one of the season's most spectacular shows, "Jesus Christ Superstar," Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), through July 28, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Dan Cary, above center, portrays Jesus. Joshua Neth, above right, plays Pilate. The rock opera dramatizes the last seven days in...

LVHM exhibit salutes Henry Ford

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A week-long exhibit about Henry Ford, who was born 150 years ago, will be held at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The exhibit opens with a slideshow, 1 p.m. July 27, by Guest Curators Ron and Dennis Smith about the development of the Model T Ford, the assembly-line, and the mass production of automobiles in the United States.

The exhibit includes four collector-quality Model Ts, two of which have won national awards from the Antique Automobile...

'Superstar' choreography

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Choreographically, I consider myself a kinetic storyteller," says Charles O. Anderson, the former Muhlenberg College professor now teaching dance at the University of Texas, Austin.

Anderson is the choreographer for the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre 33rd annual season production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," directed by James Peck with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, through July 28, Empire Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St.,...

ARTSQUEST

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Oktoberfest auditions are noon-5 p.m. July 28, Banko Family Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.

The third-annual Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling is Oct. 4 - 6, 11 - 13, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Actors portray characters typically seen at a German Oktoberfest, complete with authentic German attire, and interact with festival guests while in character.

Auditions are primarily improvisation-based. An ability to perform with a realistic German accent is...

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED IMAGE in Focus

Real to surreal: Two significant art exhibitions spanning the genres of realism and surrealism are on view through Aug. 9, Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown. "Clarence H. Carter: Realism to Surrealism" in the David E. Rodale Gallery features the two major periods of Carter (1904 - 2000). Carter's early work (1925 - '45) was in the aesthetic spirit of the times: the interests of the "common man," scenes emphasizing local places and a "homespun genre." It was after World War II...

Andrew McMahon's solo 'Underground'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Andrew McMahon has shaped a pop-rock music career with the bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin as vocalist, pianist and primary songwriter.

He's begun a solo career, with the EP, "A Pop Underground," released April 30, and new songs "Synesthesia," "Catching Cold," "Learn to Dance" and "After the Fire."

McMahon performs 8 p.m. July 23, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founder's Way, Bethlehem.

"The Jack's [Mannequin] thing kind of started as a...

'Importance of Being' funny

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Without being too "punny" about it, you are in for a "Wilde" time of laughter with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

While the laughs are decidedly high-brow and not low-brow puns, you don't have to be knowledgeable about the vagaries of Victorian society to be in on the jokes.

(For details, allusions and...

Pay attention to all those behind the curtain at PSF

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Whenever I tell someone I work in theater, their first question is always "Are you an actor?"

This is completely understandable, in part because when I first started in theater more than 20 years ago, I thought the only career in theater was acting.

Boy, was I wrong!

It takes many different people with many different talents and skills to create theater, and these unsung heroes work incredibly hard to make an evening at the theater the best and most amazing it can...

W. SALISBURY

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A Christmas in July Craft and Vendor Fair will be held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 20, Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, 3441 Devonshire Road, Salisbury Township.

Crafters will display and sell stained glass, handmade cards, calligraphy, photography and ceramics. There will be a book sale, yard sale and children's craft area. Food will be available.

Proceeds benefit the 275th Anniversary Committee, to be celebrated in 2016.

Information: 610-797-4242, 610-791-4979

Depp in a 'Lone' star state

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the western genre of motion pictures, "The Lone Ranger" ranks right up there with the more unusual.

While not as odd as "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011), it's not in the classic style of director Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" (1992), "3:10 to Yuma" (the 2007 version and 1957 original) or director John Ford's "The Searchers" (1956), starring John Wayne.

However, "The Lone Ranger," despite the reviling reactions of many movie critics, has a lot to recommend it.

It is one...