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A garden of MOMIX delights on Zoellner Arts Center stage

Monday, October 29, 2012 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

Moses Pendleton calls himself an "avant-gardener," who likes to see things grow, and uses this principle in his dance choreography.

Pendleton founded and is artistic director of MOMIX, an internationally-known avant-garde dance company, which performs "Botanica," 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Erin Cassano, a former MOMIX company manager, gives a free pre-show lecture, "MOMIX from the Inside."

Pendleton calls on "the power...

'The Perks' of teen-age angst

Monday, October 29, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Each decade, one and sometimes a handful of films is embraced by and-or define and seem to symbolize a generation of high school and college-age youth.

In the 1950s, of course, it was "Rebel Without A Cause" (1955).

The 1960's brings "The Graduate" (1967) to mind.

In the 1970s, there was "American Graffiti" (1973), "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), "Grease" (1978) and "Animal House" (1978).

The 1980's was especially rich: "Fast Times At Ridgemont High"(1982), "The...

Lafayette College professor transports Franz Kline back to coal-country roots

Monday, October 29, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Dr. Robert S. Mattison remembers when he discovered the roots of the iconic work of Franz Kline, the abstract expressionist king of coal country.

Mattison, the Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art History at Lafayette College, curated "Franz Kline: Coal and Steel," with 64 works by Wilkes-Barre born Kline including many rarely or never seen by the public through Jan. 13 at The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.

Soon after arriving at Lafayette in 1981, Mattison and his...

Salisbury High School 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Monday, October 29, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Salisbury High School kicks off the Freddys high school musicals season with "Little Shop of Horrors," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11, high school auditorium, 500 E. Montgomery St., Salisbury Township.

The show includes, above, left to right: Taylor Heverly (Audrey), Alan Mendez (Audrey II) and Tommy Walters (Seymour).

"Little Shop of Horrors" is a 1982 off-Broadway musical which went to Broadway. It is based on a low-budget 1960 Roger Corman-directed horror film spoof...

A real 'Hoe-Down'

Monday, October 29, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Oct. 16, 1942, was the premiere of the ballet, "Rodeo," by Aaron Copland at the Metropolitan Opera House with dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, a dance company that moved to the United States during World War II.

Ms. de Mille received 22 curtain calls for her performance of the "Cowgirl" and Copland's music became a staple of the repertoire. "Hoe-Down" from "Rodeo" was originally inspired and based upon a fiddle version of an American folk...

LVAC

Monday, October 29, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is presenting the second annual "Art for Everyone," 2 - 5 p.m. Nov. 4, suite adjacent to L.L. Bean, Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, Center Valley Parkway, Upper Saucon Township.

Tom Hall Auctions will auction off more than 100 fine-art paintings and prints with the proceeds shared equally between the artists and the arts council. Thirty regional artists are represented, including Michael Sincavage, Kim Robertson, Vivian Fishbone, John Gaydos and Daniel...

'The Amateurs'

Friday, October 26, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Focus Feature

Actors with Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, have been rehearsing their version of "The Amateurs" for the past two months.

This three-act play is based on John Kendrick Bangs book, "The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces."

The play tells the story of a group of friends from the 1880s who are amateurs at everything they do, including riding a bicycle.

Matthew Buonanno portrays Robert Yardsley. Stephen Gahman plays Jack Barlow.

"Yardsley is quite...

MINSTRELAIRES

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Macungie Minstrelaires' "Souled on Motown" is 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Nov. 2, and 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, Lower Macungie Middle School, 6999 Lower Macungie Road, Macungie.

Noreen Bachman is producer-director and Betsy Lichtenwalner is music director of the show of hits by The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and The Jackson Five.

Proceeds benefit East Penn Angel Network.

Tickets: macungie-minstrelaires.org,...

DESALES

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Restless Heart," a feature film about St. Augustine, will be shown 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, University Center, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by DeSales' Salesian Center for Faith and Culture and the Diocese of Allentown. No ticket is required.

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"Amateurs," 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 27; 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Living Hope Presbyterian Church, 330 Schantz Road, Allentown. Free. Donations benefit Care Net of the Lehigh Valley. potstickets@gmail.com, 610-923-6742

"Cinderella: Enchanted Edition," 7 p.m. Oct. 25; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 3; 2 p.m. Oct. 28; 4 p.m. Nov. 4, Stagemakers at the J, JCC of Allentown, 702 N .22nd St., Allentown. allentownjcc.org, 610-435-3571

"Fringe," 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 15...