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THEATER REVIEW Touchstone's 'Pan'-American reunion

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Pan Show" is the Lehigh Valley's most wildly-imaginative original musical of the year.

It's "Pan"-demonium.

It's also "Panda"-monium.

Yes," it's a "Pan"-demic of laughter with Touchstone Theatre's "The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust."

"Pan" co-creators are Jp Jordan, Touchstone Artistic Director-Ensemble Member reprising his role the big guy with the big hairy legs, big horns and even bigger appetite, and Touchstone Ensemble Affiliate Christopher Shorr, who...

'Dream Team' recounts Olympian lesson

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Jack McCallum's new book, "Dream Team," is an in-depth look at the players on the winning 1992 Olympic Men's Basketball Team, which included iconic athletes such as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.

McCallum answers questions and signs copies of "Dream Team," a book that is a must for any basketball fan, 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.

The award-winning sports writer who retired from the staff of Sports Illustrated magazine, chronicles...

McPhee magic at Zoellner

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Gala2012" stars Kath-arine McPhee of NBC's hit television series "Smash," 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

"Smash" is about the creation of a new Broadway musical, "Bombshell," based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, portrayed by McPhee on the show.

Original music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is featured on "Smash," which debuted this year after "Super Bowl XLVI" and has been renewed for a second season.

Also on the show...

'Gypsy' lives again at Civic

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bill Sanders has had a long relationship with "Gypsy."

"I saw it ['Gypsy'] when I was 15 at Valley Forge Music Fair with Angela Lansbury," says Saunders, Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director who directs "Gypsy" for his first time as it kicks off Civic's 2012-'13 season at the 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, theater with performances 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; and 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

At 18, Sanders played the role of Tulsa and choreographed "Gypsy" at Genesius...

CEDAR CREST

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Kelsey Timmerman, author of "Where am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes," the shared read for first-year students this year at Cedar Crest College, 7 p.m., Oct. 11, Alumnae Hall auditorium. The event is free to the public.

Timmerman will discuss his journey to Honduras, Bangladesh, Cambodia and China to locate the people who created his jeans, T-shirt, flip-flops and boxer shorts, and humanize the issues of globalization.

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Smithereens old and new in Bethlehem

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

Get ready to break out your headbands, ripped shirts, and shoulder pads.

The 1980's band, The Smithereens, returns at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The group is ready to bring the same feel of their shows of 30 years ago and even better, says Pat DiNizio, lead singer, guitarist and founder of The Smithereens. "We have to be twice as good. Our fans grew with us."

At its concerts, one of the band's sets features...

MUSIKFEST CAFE

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Smithereens are giving one lucky contest winner a VIP experience when the band presents a signed Squier by Fender guitar prior to its show, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The winner will also receive two VIP passes to meet members of the band.

For more information, tune into "The Michaels & Layne Show," 99.9 The Hawk, through Oct. 12.

Tickets for The Smithereens' Musikfest Café show are available at...

PHOTO CONTEST

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Entries are being accepted for the 12th Annual Photography Contest & Show, sponsored by the South Bethlehem Historical Society and Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, Oct. 22 - Nov. 12, Sixth floor gallery, Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem..

The Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony is 6 p.m. Nov. 2 on First Friday in the gallery. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Center.

Works will be accepted for...

A 'Master' of his film domain

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Master" is one of those films that audiences and reviewers either love or hate.

Since I try not be a "hater," put me in the category of "strongly dislike" regarding "The Master."

My opinion has to do with "The Master" writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson ("Punch-Drunk Love," "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights"), whose films are fascinating and confounding mish-mashes of big ideas, intriguing characters and performances connected by often incoherent storylines and punctuated by...

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...