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Spotlight On: The Beat goes on at Allentown Fair Grandstand

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by DAWN NIXON Special to The Press in Focus

The Fresh Beat Band is back at the Great Allentown Fair and one of the group's musicians couldn't be happier.

"Allentown is always one of our largest audiences," says Tommy Hobson, who portrays Shout, The Fresh Beat Band keyboard player, in a phone interview.

The Fresh Beat Band, which had its origin on a popular Nickelodeon television show, performs a concert, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Fairgrounds Grandstand, The Great Allentown Fair, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown.

Researchers seek information on pesticide pollinator impact

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by The Press in Focus

There are concerns about the effect pesticides have on wildlife and the environment. Specifically, there is a lot of discussion about the role pesticides play in the decline of pollinators, including both honeybees and wild insects.

The Pennsylvania State University has a world-class group of researchers looking at this complex problem. They are collaborating with other experts on a national and international level. But they need your help.

Movie Review: 'Magic' sleight in 'Moonlight'

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The money scene in writer-director Woody Allen's "Magic In The Moonlight" is when Colin Firth bows his head and prays.

Prayer? In a Woody Allen film?

"Magic In The Moonlight" not only challenges preconceived notions about a Woody Allen film, it makes us think about our own concepts of prayer, faith, death and the hereafter.

Of course, this being a Woody Allen film, "Magic In The Moonlight" gives us a lot of laughs in between the philosophical musings.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED IMAGE in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Urban folk: The Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley presents "Greg Weaver: Urban American Folk Artist," Sept. 2 - Dec. 12. The exhibition showcases work, including, above, "Chicken, Cow and Tree" (Acrylic on canvas, 4 ft. x 7 ft.) by the late Allentown artist spanning 20 years of a career cut short by his death in 1994 from complications because of diabetes. His boyhood friend, Rook Jones, saved, preserved and cataloged hundreds of works. A reception is 5 - 7 p.m. Oct. 2. An auction of the exhibited work is 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Emmaus author to sign debut novel

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Christopher D. Ochs of Emmaus signs copies of his novel, "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts," 1 - 3 p.m. Aug. 31 as part of "Local Author Sundays," Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.

In Ochs' debut novel, Pindlebryth, Prince of Lenland, awakens to discover the people of his nation have been enslaved by a forgotten enemy. He soon learns it is the first part of a larger plot by an unknown nemesis to use mystical artifacts to remake the entire world in their own image.

Movie Review: Get down with 'Get On Up'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Get On Up," the bio pic about James Brown, takes you inside the career, mind and heart of the Godfather of Soul.

James Brown was a controversial figure onstage and off.

Onstage, he was a dancing dynamo, setting the stage for Michael Jackson, the choreography of Motown groups the Four Tops, Temptations and Supremes and a bass-drums-horn rhythm section that became the foundation of funk.

Offstage, he got into trouble with the law, became an advocate for the African-American community and battled drug addiction.

Tim McGraw

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Tim McGraw, 7 p.m. Aug. 29: After two decades as a country music powerhouse, Tim McGraw continues to add to his more than 40 million albums sold, 35 No. 1 hit singles and major film roles. His latest album is "Sundown Heaven Town." McGraw performed at the Allentown Fair in 1999, 2005 and 2009. In his first appearance, his late father, Philadelphia Phillies baseball team pitcher-reliever Tug McGraw, joined him on stage. McGraw's film acting credits include "The Blind Side," "Country Strong" and "Friday Night Lights" Jana Kramer, former "One Tree Hill" TV show star, opens the show.