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Monday, January 6, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Expanding jazz: DavId Liebman returns to Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, for the "Jazz Cabaret Series," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Rodale Community Room with his new quintet, Expansions. The concert is expected to include selections from Liebman's latest CD, "Lineage," a remake of rock and pop tunes from the 1960s, and free-form improvisation. Expansion, includes, above, from left, Alex Ritz, drummer; Liebman, saxophone-flute; Matt Vashlishan, reeds; Bobby Avey, piano; and Tony...

The education of jazzman Dave Liebman

Monday, January 6, 2014 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Saxophonist-flautist David Liebman is in transition, with a new quintet and new music, which traverses elements of free jazz and re-arrangements of standards, all infused with the complex time signatures and harmonies being explored by contemporary jazz artists.

Liebman, multiple Grammy nominee and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Lifetime Achievement Award, returns for the "Jazz Cabaret Series," with his new quintet, Expansions, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Miller...

Movie Review: 'Smaug' alert for 'The Hobbit'

Monday, January 6, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Let's make this perfectly clear.

This movie review contains a spoiler.

Spoiler alert!

You've heard of that.

It's when a movie reviewer or someone writing or discussing a movie gives away a key plot point, one that might "spoil" the movie for you if you haven't seen it because the suspense or surprise of not knowing the reveal, or story resolve, or plot outcome, is removed.

It's necessary for me to reveal the outcome of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"...


Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days: DANCE


Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542

West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Jan. 14

Hustle, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11

Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 18, 25

East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25

Country Two-Step, 7 p.m. March. 4, 11

West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. March 18, 25

Night Club Two-Step, 6:30 p.m. March 18, 25

Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays...


Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS


325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325

Phil Vassar, 8 p.m. Jan. 11

Kix, 8 p.m. Jan. 31

Fran Cosmo, 8 p.m. Feb. 1

Changes in Latitude, 8 p.m. Feb. 8: Jimmy Buffet tribute

Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Feb. 21

Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Feb. 22: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute

Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. March 1: Pink Floyd tribute

Dickey Betts and Great Southern, 8...

Eighth annual ABEs salute LV stage

Monday, December 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Lehigh Valley theater-goers: Consider yourself lucky in the year 2013.

What other region of similar demographics and geographic area has as much live theater as the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area?

Professional acting and directing and production values are paced each summer by Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, with its 34rd season upcoming, and The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, going into its 23rd season, and year-round at Touchstone Theatre, going into its 33rd season....

'Bach at Noon' to resume in Bethlehem

Monday, December 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem begins its 2014 Winter-Spring "Bach at Noon," Jan. 14, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

Greg Funfgeld's "Bach at Noon" programming for 2014 continues to explore the music of Bach and Mozart.

The Jan. 14 concert opens with Thomas Goeman performing Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in F Major BWV 540 for organ and continues with members of the Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra performing the "Kyrie" and "Gloria...


Monday, December 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Bonner performs a concert, 7 p.m. Jan. 3, Hope Community Church, 7974 Claussville Road, Fogelsville.

The event includes praise and worship with Rez Music Ministry followed by Bonner, a Christian rock group of three brothers and their sister.

Bonner includes Zac Bonner, vocals, guitar; Jesse Bonner, vocals, guitar; Jake Bonner, vocals, guitar; Morgan Bonner, vocals, ukulele, tambourine; and Luke Desiato, drums.

Bonner released its self-titled EP in 2012.


Healthy Geezer: The skinny on obesity surgery

Monday, December 30, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in the news a while ago for getting obesity surgery. What exactly did he have done and does it work?

Governor Christie had Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) surgery which limits food intake with a band around the top of the stomach. The size of the restriction can be adjusted with a circular balloon inside the band. AGB works mainly by decreasing food intake. The snugger the band, the less hungry people feel.

AGB is one form of obesity, or...