Bethlehem Press

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Thursday, January 11, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Mutts up: The State Theatre Center for the Arts holds a “Pet Food Drive” to benefit The Center for Animal Health and Welfare in conjunction with “Mutts Gone Nuts,” 1 and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Disorderly duo, Scott and Joan Houghton, and their pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. From shelters to showbiz, the amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, comedy dog spectacular. Deemed “A Must See” by the Washington Post, it’s a family-friendly performance that leaves audiences howling for more. Patrons who bring a donation of dog and-or cat food receive one free child ticket to the performance with a limit of one free ticket per household. The ticket discount is only available to patrons who purchase tickets in person or on the phone. The Center for Animal Health and Welfare holds a pet adoption 90 minutes prior to the performance in the Easton Hospital Gallery, Fifth and Northampton streets. Tickets: State Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 453 Northampton St., Easton;; 1-800-999-7828; 610-252-3132

Ramblers on: From the hills of Berks County, The Manatawny Creek Ramblers perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 13, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem. The Ramblers were founded in 2004 as a traditional bluegrass band, a roots project of bandleader Daniel Bower. The band has built a repertoire of classic bluegrass tunes by Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Del McCoury and Flatt & Scruggs, plus original material. The band includes Bower, guitar, vocals; Eve Sheldon, banjo; Josh Scuerman, bass, and Ted Fenstermacher, fiddle. The group hosts an annual Pick Fest in Boyertown. Opening the concert: No Good Sister. Tickets: Godfrey Daniels box office, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem;; 610-867-2390

Met seen: “The Opera House,” 2 p.m. Jan. 14, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is a documenary feature about the Metropolitan Opera by multiple Emmy Award-winner Susan Froemke. Drawing on archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years against the backdrop of the artists, architects and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 1950s and ’60s. Among notable figures in the film: soprano Leontyne Price, who opened the new Met in 1966 in Samuel Barber’s “Anthony and Cleopatra”; Rudolf Bing, Met General Manager who engineered the move from the old house to the new one, and Robert Moses, city planner who bulldozed a neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown;; 610-432-6715