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Spotlight On: The dawning of new songs in 'Hair'

Monday, January 27, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The production of "Hair" being presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton," will "let the sun shine in" on two new songs.

The show's director Diane Paulus explained in a recent interview that this version of "Hair," based on the 2009 Broadway production which received a musical revival Tony, is somewhat different than previous ones:

"The book has been updated by one of the co-creators, James Rado, and this particular production...


Monday, January 27, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Eric Fair, freelance writer and Army veteran, presents "Writing War," second Town Hall Lecture of the 2013-'14 season, at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.

The event is free and open to the public. A discussion follows.

Fair, a Bethlehem resident, will discuss the influence of war on literature and writers emerging from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fair's short stories and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York...

Literary Scene: Dancing her way to a first novel

Monday, January 27, 2014 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"I like stories where I can seek beauty and meaning even in the darker aspects of life," Kathryn Craft says in a recent interview.

Craft signs copies of her first novel, "The Art of Falling," 4 p.m. Feb. 1, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.

Craft started dance training later than she wished, at the age of 16 and "realized at once I'd been looking for it my whole life," Craft says.

The struggle of being a dancer and not living up to the expectations of dancers...


Monday, January 27, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Northampton Community College (NCC), Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

There will be a keynote speech by Dr. Marcia Theadford, co-pastor, Agape Christian Church, Easton; music by UnityOne; dancing by NCC students; a scene from the August Wilson play, "Fences," and readings by winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King poetry contest.

Information: 610-861-5300...

Classical Views: Keeping score

Monday, January 27, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

Have you ever watched a film with the sound turned off? It is amazing how much the music can influence the emotional impact of the film.

Experiments have been made using different types of music with a film to see how this changes the reaction of the audience members. The same scene can make you either laugh, or cry, depending upon the music selected.

Over the years, many directors have utilized compositions by classical composers on the soundtracks of their films. Many...


Tuesday, January 28, 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

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

Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Jan. 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

@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME...

That championship borough

Monday, January 20, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Once a "Hiller" always a "Hiller."

That passion for a sense of place is expected to bear fruit as a book.

Karol Strelecki, a Fountain Hill native, is working on "Fountain Hill," to be published by Arcadia Publishing in its "Images of America" series in time for this year's Christmas holiday season.

"All of the grandchildren live in Fountain Hill," says Strelecki, a retired educator. "That's part of what's getting me back there."

Strelecki and his wife, Patricia,...


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS


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

Open Mic, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5

"Amador," 2 p.m. Jan. 25

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

Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28

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

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

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


9th annual Student Poetry Project

Monday, January 20, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the Focus section may have...