Northampton Press

Monday, June 26, 2017

CKP stages world premiere of Charlie Barnett’s ‘12ness’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

“12ness” may be a play that recounts the history of two influential musicians, but it may also help to shape the future of theater in the Lehigh Valley.

“This is an original piece,” explains the play’s director George B. Miller. “It has not been produced, presented, or performed anywhere before.”

Miller is the first person invited to direct a Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) play, the company having presented 70 plays prior.

Contest to select

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

ALLENTOWN FAIR

The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen who will represent the Fair during the event’s Labor Day week run, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit that has operated the Fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks counties.

Women 16 - 20 years of age may enter the competition that awards a $1,000 scholarship presented by Lehigh-Northampton Pomona Grange No. 68 to the winner. The deadline for registration is June 30.

SouthSide Film Festival brings international fare to Bethlehem

Friday, June 9, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Area festivals, events and venues may come and go, but the SouthSide Film Festival (SSFF), now in its 14th year, has become a Lehigh Valley institution.

“The community’s been great,” says Glenn Koehler, SSFF director. “We get a lot of support.”

Jeff Vaclavik, board of directors president of the Southside Film Institute, which runs the SSFF, is already thinking about next year’s 15th annual event.

“It’s one of those anniversary years,” Vaclavik says, regarding SSFF programming. “We’ll come up with something.”

Deja Views: ‘Vision-Sound Revisited’ looks at Allentown’s 1980s arts scene with exhibits, concert, discussion

Friday, June 9, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley will be experiencing a sense of déjà vu when the 1980s return this summer to Allentown.

“Vision-Sound Revisited: Allentown’s ’80s Art Scene,” June 14 - Aug. 2, is a collaboration between the Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery, The Baum School of Art, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, and The Cigar Factory Alternative Gallery.

Three Dog Night to hit it up at Sherman

Friday, June 9, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Three Dog Night is celebrating 50 years of sensational music. Since 1967, their distinctive-sounding hits, including “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Shambala,” and “One,” have been woven into the fabric of American television and film soundtracks, and still resonate with generations of fans.

Three Dog Night plays in concert, 8 p.m. June 11, Sherman Theater, 554 Main St., Stroudsburg.

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Hair”here:The 50th anniversary of the rock musical “Hair,” above, June 14 - July 2, opens the 37th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) at Muhlenberg College, Allentown. Join the Age of Aquarius and celebrate the freewheeling counterculture of the 1960s with a “tribe” of non-conformists as they groove to the music, including 1960s hits “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In.” Director James Peck returns to MSMT following last season’s production of “In the Heights.” He’s reunited with music director Ed Bara and choreographer Samuel Antonio Reyes.

Non-traditional casting chosen for one-act staged readings

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Of all the performance venues on ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, director Lynnie Godfrey finds that her favorite is the Fowler Blast Furnace Room.

“It’s a great space. I feel like I have to say I created the space that you see,” she says, laughing. “It’s a general room to hold weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, and so on. When we use it for these sorts of performances, we rebuild the stage and black out parts of the room and create an intimate setting.”

Theater Review:

Friday, June 2, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic’s ‘Angels’ lands

Watching the opening night performance of “Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches” at Civic Theatre of Allentown was a jarring reminder of just how tumultuous was the decade of the 1980s, and how little we have progressed nearly 40 years later.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directed the award-winning play in 1997, as well as this production 20 years later at Civic, which is highlighted by superb acting, brilliant staging and a masterful script.

Picture this: Pa. Youth Ballet

Friday, June 2, 2017 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Two family-friendly ballets with live music, “Carnaval” and “Pictures at an Exhibition,” will be performed by the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley June 2, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

One performance for school students will be presented at 10 a.m. and one performance for the public will be presented 7 p.m. June 2.

The Ballet Guild, a nonprofit organization founded by Marjorie Berlin Fink in 1958, serves as the umbrella organization of the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB).