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Gorka, BASD, Backstage Lounge are Musikfest 2013 highlights

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

In honor of Musikfest's 30th year, the 2013 festival will feature special events and activities.

John Gorka returns: In August 1984, a young folksinger named John Gorka played the very first notes at the very first Musikfest. This year the renowned artist is back at the festival to perform at its opening ceremonies, 6 p.m. Aug. 2, Aetna Americaplatz, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. Gorka takes the stage later in the evening for a free concert at one of the festival's other stages.

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CKP

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players hold auditions for "The Cocoanuts," a musical comedy written by George S. Kaufman and Irving Berlin for The Marx Brothers, 7 - 8:30 p.m. March 13, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown.

"The Cocoanuts" runs June 7 - 23, McCoole's Arts & Events Place.

Information: 610-395-7176

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LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer," 7 p.m. March 15, 16; 4 p.m. March 16, 17, Banana Factory, 25 W. 3rd St., Bethlehem. 620-390-4324

"Born Yesterday," through March 24, 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Crowded Kitchen Players, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. ckplayers.com, 610-395-7176

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. March 19, 26, April 11, 16, 18, 25, May 2; 12:30 p.m. April 4, 18, Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of...

Hoffman's 'Quartet' plays well

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Quartet" is a thoughtful, entertaining and fun film that hits all the grace notes.

The film is directed by Dustin Hoffman, who will be 76 on Aug. 8, in his feature film directorial debut.

One question: Why did he wait so long?

Well, Hoffman started directing "Straight Time" in 1978, but Ulu Grobard took it over.

The setting for "Quartet" is Beecham House, a home for retired musicians in England, for which the success of the annual gala concert to celebrate...

DeSales' 30 years of dance

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the DeSales University Dance Department is presenting a series of performances, 11 a.m., 8 p.m. March 15 and 3 p.m. March 17, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus in Center Valley.

The annual dance ensemble concert features world premier dances created by alumni from the program and performed by dance majors, as well as a senior dance major piece choreographed by a guest artist.

There will be work choreographed by Kim...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

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The Bhoys are back in town: Acclaimed Celtic rockers The Glengarry Bhoys perform 7:30 p.m. March 14, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. The concert is presented by Civic in conjunction with the West End Alliance St. Patrick's Day observance, which includes The Alliance St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1:30 p.m. March 17, for which the route includes 19th Street. The Glengarry Bhoys, above, based in Ontario, Canada, won the 2009 Celtic Instrumental...

Cold truth for grandparents' babysitting

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. I'm a baby-sitting grandparent. I think I'm getting more colds because of it. Am I right or is this my imagination?

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that schoolchildren get as many as 12 colds a year. Put those children near their grandparents and it doesn't take a scientist to know that those colds are going to spread.

My personal physician, who is also a grandfather, says that one of the problems is that these walking petri dishes come home...

Relay team awarded golden sneaker

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Focus Feature

The Relay for Life Team at Cedar Lutheran Church was awarded the "Golden Sneaker" award at the 9 a.m. service Feb. 17.

"Carolyn Self of Church World Service spoke for a few minutes about CWS and the relationship to the CROP Hunger Walk. Debra Olphin, a representative for the Greater Allentown CROP Walk Committee, presented The Golden Sneaker Award to recruiter Cindy Borger and the walkers from Cedar Lutheran Church, said Cindy Borger," chairperson of the Cedar Relay for Life committee...

THEATER REVIEW

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

"August: Osage County," Tracy Lett's 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, hits you upside the head with the force of the cast-iron frying pan wielded by one of the cast members.

Witty, comedic and unflinchingly raw dialogue combined with stellar performances by an ensemble cast make this Lehigh Valley debut a must-see, 7 p.m. March 7 - 9 and 2 p.m. March 10, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N 19th St., Allentown.

The creative staff involved in the production has achieved near-...