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Thursday, September 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

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SOTA benefit: Society of the Arts (SOTA) present its second annual "Luncheon With The Authors" to benefit Allentown Art Museum educational programs and the SOTA Print Fund, Oct. 3, Lehigh Country Club, 2319 Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown. Three nationally-acclaimed authors, Becky Aikman, above, Chris Pavone and Amore Towles, will discuss their books, offer insights about their writing and answer questions. "Saturday Night Widows," a memoir, recounts Aikman's...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PHOTO BY PIER ANDREA MOROLLI - SKCS SPORT IMAGES in Focus

Are you ready for some classical? The Allentown Symphony Orchestra begins its classical season a month early this year. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, above, is guest soloist, 8 p.m. Sept. 13; 3 p.m. Sept. 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Ohlsson and the ASO perform Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," based on the melody from Paganini's 24th Violin Caprice. The concert opens with the "Overture to the Opera Prince Igor" by Borodin and includes the Shostakovich...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Zoellner season opener: Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Grammy Award-winning band Gipsy Kings as its 2014 - '15 season opener, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. France's most successful musical group released its ninth studio album, "Savor Flamenco" (2013), which received a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The group's roster consists of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, and Andre) and...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED IMAGE in Focus

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....

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Monday, August 11, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Speakeasy listening: Hot Bijouxx performs a tribute to jazz legend Josephine Baker in the "Jazz Upstairs" cabaret series, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Hot Bijouxx performs an energetic mélange of Prohibition-era jazz, French gypsy swing-waltz and Brazilian bossa nova. Tthe band features Najwa Parkins, vocals; Dallas Vietty, accordion; Ryan McNeely, archtop guitar, and Kevin Ripley, drums. Tickets: allentownsymphony.org, 610-432-...

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Monday, August 4, 2014 by PHOTO BY MARCIE SCHLENER in Focus

Rudyard Kipling's tale: Teague Fernandez (Mowgli), left, and Beth Kressin (Kaa The Python), right, star in the Allentown Public Theatre production of "The Jungle Book," 6 p.m. Aug. 8, 15 and 2 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 16 and 17, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 417 N. Seventh St., Allentown. The play is adapted by Tim Kelly from Rudyard Kipling's tale of a boy raised by jungle animals in India. Allentown Public Theatre Board President Marcie Schlener directs "The Jungle Book." The puppet and costumes are...

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Monday, July 28, 2014 by PHOTO BY LEE A. BUTZ in Focus

Season closers: Susan Riley Stevens, above, portrays the calculating Lady Macbeth in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Macbeth," through Aug. 3, Main Stage Theater, Labuda Center for The Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. "Prologues," which background the play, are 45 min. before curtain. Special events include "Scotch Sharings & Pairings," 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and "Savoring Shakespeare" dinner, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 3. "Macbeth" is presented...

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Monday, July 21, 2014 by PHOTO BY LEE A. BUTZ in Focus

A good "Tenor": Good comedy is not hard to find in "Lend Me A Tenor," the Ken Ludwig fantastic farce continuing through Aug. 3, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Main Stage Theater, Labuda Center for The Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. Perry Ojeda, above left, as Tito Merelli, a world-famous tenor, and Susan O'Donnell, as Maria, his wife, arrive in their hotel the day of his one-night performance at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. "Lend Me A Tenor...

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Monday, July 14, 2014 by PHOTO BY SCOTT SNYDER in Focus

A little "Gruff!": The world premiere of the musical, "Gruff!," continues through July 26, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) , Studio Theatre, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Lana Gallo (Gruff the Goat), above, with Aquifer the Troll (puppeteered by Christopher Sheer), leads the interactive, puppet-filled musical. MSMT commissioned the show from the theater group, Doppelskope. Tickets: muhlenberg.edu/SMT, 484-664-3333...

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Monday, July 7, 2014 by PHOTO BY KEN EK in Focus

Completely different: The 34th annual Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) season continues with "Monty Python's Spamalot," opening July 9 and continuing through July 27, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theater and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. "Spamalot," a 2005 Tony Award recipient for best musical, is adapted from the 1975 movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The Python's Eric Idle wrote the book for the musical. Neil Innes, John du Prez and Idle wrote...