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Civic Theatre family visits 'Desert Cities'

Monday, February 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Following its critically-acclaimed production of "August: Osage County," Civic Theatre presents another Lehigh Valley premiere, that of "Other Desert Cities."

"One of my things was, if you liked the Westons, you'll love the Wyeths," says William Sanders, Civic Artistic Director who's directing "Other Desert Cities."

The Wyeths is the family at the center of "Other Desert Cities." The Westons is the family at the center of "August: Osage County."

"Other Desert Cities"...

Theater Review: A memorable 'Diary' at DeSales' Act 1

Friday, February 28, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The audience walks to their seats for the Act 1 DeSales University Theatre performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank," knowing the tragic final outcome that awaited Anne and her family. Yet still, the audience comes. For while the true life story of Anne Frank has an unhappy ending, in the end, it is Anne's spirit that triumphs.

"The Diary of Anne Frank" continues through March 2 on the Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The play...

High School Musicals: Catasauqua

Monday, February 24, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Tag along with Huck and Jim on their quintessential boy's adventure when "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" opens at 7 p.m. March 7, 8 and 2 p.m. March 9 in the auditorium of Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

The grand musical, directed by Robert Fahringer, recounts the exploits of Huckleberry Finn (Patric Corrocher) when he goes with runaway slave Jim (Kanyi Creppy) on a quest for freedom and adventure.

Other cast members include Vanessa...

The Cowboy Junkies wear many musical hats

Monday, February 24, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Canadian band, The Cowboy Junkies, emerged from the Toronto music scene with a blend of country, blues, folk and rock. The band, in which three of the four members are siblings, formed in 1985.

Their melodic cover of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" was used in the 1994 film, "Natural Born Killers," and was the group's highest-charting single in the United States, reaching No. 5 on the modern rock chart. The group is now on a tour of the northeast United States.

The Cowboy Junkies...

Oscar Contest Entry Form

Monday, February 24, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" recipients contest for the 86th Academy Awards:

Actor, Male

Christian Bale, "American Hustle"

Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"

Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Actor, Female

Amy Adams, "American Hustle"

Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Sandra Bullock, "...

'Heart of the Valley': one-stop antiquing

Monday, February 24, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, is celebrating the 14th anniversary of its annual fundraiser, the "Heart of the Valley" antiques show, March 1, 2, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

There will be 25 dealers selling their wares, including early Americana and Victorian, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 1 and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 2.

It's like spending a weekend antiquing without having to get in your car and drive all over the countryside.


Spotlight On: 'Music Hall' closing its doors

Monday, February 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

After 40 years, the Lehigh Valley's "British Music Hall" is closing its doors.

Chris Simmons, founder of "An Evening At A British Music Hall," says performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, will be the last.

"The 40-year mark seemed to be a good place to do that," Simmons says of the Godfrey's finale. "Some people were leaving the show to do other things or basically retiring.

"Given both those circumstances, it seemed...

High School Musicals: Saucon Valley High School

Monday, February 17, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Fans meet their idol in the rousing 1960's classic, "Bye Bye Birdie," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, Auditorium, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

The musical comedy, directed by Vince Rostkowski, is based on rock 'n' roll star Elvis Presley's induction into the Army and the consternation that it caused teenagers across America.

The imminent departure of Conrad Birdie (Brendan Weaver) puts his agent, Albert Peterson (Davis Weaver...


Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS


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

Small Space Gardening Series with Lori Metz, 6 - 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 26

"The Day I Saw Your Heart," 2 p.m. Feb. 22

Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28

"Downton Abbey" Discussion, 2 - 3 p.m. March 1

Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. March 12

Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5

Swing Into...

High School Musicals: Moravian Academy

Monday, February 17, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Moravian Academy students are working overtime to make up snow days, but the show must go on with "My Favorite Year," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

The show, directed by Moravian Academy Director of Theatre Arts Jarrod C. Yuskauskas, sets to music and dance the comedic snafus of a New York television variety show.

A comedy writer on the "King Kaiser Variety Show" has problems when he...