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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Tri-Cees concert

The Tri-Cees - the Cougar Community Chorale holds its 8th annual holiday performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Community Services Center, Rooms 201-203, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville campus

The one-hour performance will include Classic Christmas music with a twist, Broadway show tunes and songs by the Beatles.

Monetary or canned goods donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Information: 610-799-1582

'Twilight''s last gleaming

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," fifth and final in the series, should please fans of the Stephenie Meyer novel and movie series.

For non-fans, "Breaking Dawn" signals it's time to put the brakes on "The Twilight Saga."

"Part 2" is an extended coda, with not much new happening that didn't happen in "Part 1," i.e., the marriage of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and the birth of their daughter, Renesmee.

'Follies' recharged

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Despite some setbacks related to Superstorm Sandy, Touchstone Theatre will present the 13th iteration of "Christmas City Follies," opening Nov. 29.

The show brings back old favorites with some fresh material for "vaudevillian holiday hijinks," says Director Jp Jordan, Artistic Director at the south side Bethlehem theater where the show continues through Dec. 22.

During the storm, Touchstone was without electricity for at least four days, Jordan says, and cast members were dealing with their own struggles as a result of the storm.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Christmas in Civil War times

A Civil War Christmas Eve with a Pennsylvania-German family will be recreated at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum's Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt, Whitehall Township.

Hour-long holiday tours start at noon, with the last tour at 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

Tickets: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org, 610-435-1074.

Not just kids' stuff

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Harry Connick, Jr.'s 'The Happy Elf' in Pennsylvania Youth Theatre debut

Although the stage musical, "The Happy Elf," has been performed previously, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT), with the help of its creator, singer-songwriter-actor Harry Connick, Jr., has retooled the entire production, adapting it for a much larger cast and adding new musical numbers.

PYT launches its ambitious holiday production, "The Happy Elf," 7 p.m., Nov. 30, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 57 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem, where it continues through Dec. 16.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Early music by Pennyworths

The Good Pennyworths, known for dramatic interpretations of Early Music, present the fifth annual holiday concert, "A Pennyworth of Christmas," 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Road, Orefield.

Performing: Jacquelyn Penfold, soprano; Kirsten Kane, mezzo; Christopher Preston Thompson, tenor and gothic harp; and Garald Farnham, baritone and lutes.

A freewill donation will be asked at the door.

Symphony Hall memorializes the Millers

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Let it not be said that Allentown isn't about entertainment.

At one time, there was not one, but three concert halls at Sixth and Linden streets alone.

Of these, the last one not only standing but thriving is Symphony Hall, newly-minted as Miller Symphony Hall.

The renamed hall reflects the legacy of the man who saved it and the family that served it.

Haggis offers varied flavors

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Celtic rockers Enter The Haggis are once again bringing their tour to Bethlehem, performing 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks.

Enter The Haggis has played in the Lehigh Valley numerous times, including shows at Musikfest and Celtic Classic.

The band of Trevor Lewington, Brian Buchanan, Craig Downie, Mark Abraham and Bruce McCarthy incorporates different instruments from the octave mandolin, to bagpipes, banjos and fiddles.