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Movie Review: 'Men' not 'Monumental'

Monday, March 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Monuments Men" is anything but monumental.

That's too bad. The fact-based story about the United States' military mission to recover world-renowned works of art confiscated and hidden by the German Nazis during World War II has the earmarks of a bonafide thriller: priceless art, war, Nazis and a stellar cast, including and directed by George Clooney.

A catalogue of attributes doesn't always add up to a great work of art, much less entertaining cinema. "Monuments Men," at...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA

ARTSQUEST CENTER

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300

"Gloria," 4:45 p.m. March 5; 2:30 p.m. March 6

"12 Years A Slave," 4:30 p.m. March 5; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. March 6; 4:45, 7 p.m. March 7; 12:15, 5, 8 p.m. March 8; noon, 3:45 p.m. March 9; 4:15 p.m. March 10; 7:15 p.m. March 11, 12; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. March 13

"Dallas Buyer's Club," 7:30 p.m. March 5; 7:45 p.m. March 6; 2...

Ron Demkee strikes up the United States Air Force Band

Monday, March 3, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Allentown Band Director Ronald Demkee heads to Montgomery, Ala., to be one of the guest conductors March 7 of the United States Air Force Band. The performance is part of the 80th annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association.

"This is a rather big deal in the band world," says Demkee, director and conductor of the United States' oldest civilian concert band which has been in existence officially since 1828 and averages 45 performances each year.

Demkee conducts the...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS

ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

SongCycle, 2 - 3 p.m. March 15

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

Swing Into Spring with Mike McGrath, 7 p.m. April 9

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

Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds

Preschool...

Gallery View: Isidro Con Wong dreams up an exhibit at Baum

Monday, March 3, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

"My art reflects my Chinese blood with my Costa Rican spirit," Isidro Con Wong says through his interpreter and fellow painter, Rigo Peralta, owner of Rigo Art, 1131 Linden St., Allentown, at the opening of the exhibition, "The Artwork of Isidro Con Wong," through March 14, The David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.

Peralta has been Wong's champion in the Lehigh Valley and was instrumental in putting his work in front of Baum School of Art gallery...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS

ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM

31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333

The Maiden Creek Series: Watercolors by Matthew Daub, through March 16, Payne Hurd Gallery; "Responding to Environment" Artist talk: Matthew Daub, 1 p.m. March 16

Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through May 18, Goodman Gallery

Paul Harryn: Essence of Nature, through May 18, Scheller, Rodale and Fowler Galleries

Abstract Fridays, 2 p.m. Fridays, through...

Gallery View: Kevin Broad makes his artistic statement

Monday, March 3, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"Kevin Broad: New Works," through March 9, Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, makes an artistic statement for the Nazareth native and Philadelphia-based abstract artist.

Broad is known throughout the East Coast arts community and beyond for his use of color and sweeping brush strokes. Drawn to abstract painting in an effort to make his work less about "things," he resolved to focus more on color.

"In 2011, I made a resolution to work without...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

ARTSQUEST

ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100

Blood, Sweat & Tears, 7:30 p.m. March 5, Musikfest Café

The Steel Wheels, 7:30 p.m. March 6, Musikfest Café

The Irish Comedy Tour, 7:30 p.m. March 7, Musikfest Café

Doug Hawk, 8 p.m. March 7, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Tinsley Ellis, 7:30 p.m. March 8, Musikfest Café

Lelica, 8 p.m. March 8, Capital BlueCross...

Satori to debut new Larry Lipkis work

Monday, March 3, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"Ukioy-e," a commissioned chamber music piece by Moravian College professor and composer-in-residence Dr. Larry Lipkis, debuts at 3 p.m. March 9, as part of the "Second Sunday Concert Series" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem.

Satori, the Lehigh Valley chamber music group, performs "Ukioy-e." Satori features Nora Sluggs, flute; Deborah Davis, cello, and Martha Schrempel, piano.

"Satori is well-known in the area and they play...

Theater Review: Place Civic's 'Cities' on your itinerary

Sunday, March 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders knows drama. And, he knows how to select stage dramas and direct them.

Sanders puts a fine point on "Other Desert Cities," an audacious; by turns, surprising, and, ultimately, thought-provoking and heart-rending drama-comedy about one family's secrets.

"Other Desert Cities" continues through March 15 at Civic's Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. The play was reviewed March 1.

In Jon Robin Baitz's "Other...