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Jars of Clay in creative breakthrough

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by AMY HERZOG Special to the Press in Focus

Grammy Award-winning Jars of Clay rolls into Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, with a fall tour which includes opening acts Sleeping at Last and Mariah McManus.

Jars of Clay is recording a still-to-be-titled album, set for release in 2013.

"This record feels different in many ways to our other records, mostly due to the process of stripping away a lot of the voices that used to influence our songwriting...

The National Symphony of Cuba to play rare Lehigh Valley concert

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, founded in 1959, has given more than 3,000 concerts at home and internationally since its first performance Nov. 11, 1960, in its permanent home, the Teatro Auditorium Amadeo Roldan in Havana's Vedado district. Included in the orchestra's travels have been Russia, Poland, Peru, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, Spain, Martinique and Argentina.

The National Symphony of Cuba has previously only performed twice before American audiences.

This year,...

CIVIC THEATRE

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for Civic Theatre of Allentown's 2012 production of "A Christmas Carol" are Oct. 15 and 16 in the rehearsal hall, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Auditions are 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 for ages 6-15, and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 for 16 and older. All roles are open. A teenager who wants to audition for the role of an adult should attend the adult audition.

Adults and children will be asked to do a cold reading from "A Christmas Carol" script. Children will also be...

Planet Trog lands No Bragging Rights

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

No Bragging Rights, a melodic, hardcore punk band that espouses Christian-like morals and ideals, performs at 6 p.m. Oct. 5, Planet Trog, 3570 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

"All songs are positive," says Mike Perez, lead singer and founder of the band.

Perez founded the band in Riverside, Calif., in 1999 when he was 15-years-old.

The band includes Perez, vocals; Christian Lee, guitar; Daniel Garrow, guitar; Ryan Warrell, bass; and Martin Alcedo, drums.

The group has...

Emmaus HS group wins 'Bach-Appella'

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has announced the results of its "Bach-Appella Competition" in conjunction with the Bach Choir's presentation of The Swingle Singers in a Gala Concert-Fundraiser, 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Zoellner Arts Center.

The winning group is Emmaus High School's Fermata Nowhere, directed by Rita Cortez. The group will sing Van Morrison's "Moondance" during the second half of the Swingle Singers' concert.

The runners-up will be featured in a pre-concert performance, 7:40...

AMBRE STUDIO

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Out of the Sphere: The Photography of David L. Rehrig," Oct. 11 - Jan. 11, 2013, Ambre Studio, 310 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, in collaboration with the 2012 Olympus InVision Photo Festival and Lehigh Valley Photography Month, opens with a reception and book-signing, 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 11.

"It is only fitting that these photographic images will be displayed in an 1888 former pharmacy, designed by prominent architect A. W. Leh, a structure that now serves as a fine art gallery and event...

Mr. 'Pan' goes to Touchstone

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Pan traveled halfway around the world for Touchstone Theatre's latest paean to Pan.

"The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust," a musical political satire featuring the Greek god Pan, premieres Thursdays through Saturday nights, Oct. 4 -13, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

Touchstone Artistic Director Jp Jordan again assays the stage as Pan. "The Pan Show: A Cautionary Tale," premiered for Touchstone's 2010-'11 season. Jordan and Touchstone Ensemble Affiliate Christopher...

MUHLENBERG

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Beautiful People," curated by Muhlenberg art history professor Dr. Margo Thompson, Oct. 3 - Nov. 10, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, explores how three artists, Andy Warhol, Muhsana Ali and Josh Lehrer, respond to beauty in photographic portraiture.

A reception to meet Ali and Lehrer is 4:30 - 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the gallery. Ali gives a lecture 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Lehrer gives a gallery talk 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

MUSIC CLUB

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Young Musicians of the Allentown Music Club meets 3 p.m. Oct. 7, Hope United Church of Christ Church, 1031 Flexer Avenue, Allentown.

The concert is free and open to the public. Open auditions will be held. New members, ages 5 - 18, are welcome.

Information: Emily Reyes, 610-398-0781

Eastwood fields the 'Curve'

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Forget about the trouble with the chair.

There's no trouble with Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve."

Eastwood is as delightfully cantankerous as ever as an elderly baseball scout named Gus who still pours over stacks of newspapers rather than log onto the computerized "Moneyball" statistical analysis approach to assess high school, college and other Major League Baseball prospects.

Whereas "Moneyball" was mostly about "the show," playing big league in major...