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Another side of Jeff Daniels at Mauch Chunk Opera House

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Say the name Jeff Daniels and music is probably not the first thing that springs to mind.

The acclaimed actor has had a long career on stage (he founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in his home town of Chelsea, Mich., for which he's written plays), in film ("Ragtime," "Terms Of Endearment," "The Purple Rose Of Cairo") and on television (the critically-acclaimed HBO series, "The Newsroom," for which he received a 2013 Lead Actor Drama Series Emmy for his role as Will McAvoy).

Wise Crackers: Mitch Fatel looks at love from both sides now

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Mitch Fatel likes to talk about sex and married life. While many comics dish on common themes related to marriage such as children, a nagging spouse and household chores, Fatel has a much different take on married life.

Fatel appears for two shows at 9 p.m. May 8 and 9, Wise Crackers Comedy Club, Ramada Inn, 1500 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 145) Whitehall.

"Well, my style of comedy is basically about my hot bisexual wife, which is where I'm at in my life right now," explains Fatel during a phone interview.

The No Fuss living-room experience coming to Godfrey's

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

No Fuss And Feathers Roadshow is a four-part mix of great friends, sweet harmonies, bouncy rhythms and straight-up fun. The folk quartet is in concert at 8 p.m. May 8, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

The group is: Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale. Fans may be familiar with Miles and Mafale as folk duo The YaYas.

Individually, each of the four is acclaimed and award-winning singer-songwriters on the folk scene.

Mike Speirs one of the comedy 'Nobodies' you should know

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

In stand-up comedy, everyone starts out as a "nobody," unknown to the general public and hustling to catch the break-out moment.

The "Nobodies of Comedy" intends to change the fortunes of some of the best up and coming young comics. The popular comedy franchise assembles a small group of comics who are highly-regarded yet virtually unknown.

The annual "Nobodies of Comedy" tour makes a stop at 8 p.m. May 2 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Dance to her music: Rachael Sage at Macungie Institute

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Nashville is roughly 800 miles away, but at 8 p.m. April 25 it will be as near as the Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie. "Bringing Nashville North: Writers In The Round" showcases four acclaimed singer-songwriters in an intimate setting.

The Writers In The Round concert host is this year's Listen Live Music, Inc. Artist-in-Residence, songwriter Craig Bickhardt, who will be joined in the round (true, Nashville Bluebird style in the center of the room) by David Mowry (of Beaucoup Blue), Camela Widad and Rachael Sage. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Allentown Jazz Festival brings top talent to downtown

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

It is about to get jazzy in center-city Allentown. The inaugural Allentown Jazz Fest launches April 28 and continues through May 3. The six-day event will take place at various sites throughout the revitalized downtown district.

The Allentown Jazz Fest has been just shy of a year in the making, according to Atty. Bryan Tuk, Executive Director and CEO of Performing Arts Live, organizer of the event.

Tapper creates past times in 'National Pastime' at Bucks

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

"National Pastime," an original musical with music and lyrics by Albert M. Tapper and book by Tony Sportiello through April 19, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, is hoping to get called up to the big leagues, aka the bright lights of Broadway.

"I wrote the music and lyrics to the show. We started working on it a few years ago and it's played now in five different cities. We are hoping that from Bucks County we take it to Broadway," says Tapper in a phone interview.

Saget projects at 'Full House'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Philadelphia native and "Dirty Daddy" Bob Saget brings his R-rated brand of comedy to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center 8 p.m. April 19.

Saget doesn't consider himself a touring standup comedian in the traditional sense. His live shows are grouped into small blocks of dates in nearby cities rather than months of performances across the country.

"It's actually not much of a tour. That's what I like about it," Saget says in a phone interview.

For Ron White, a working-class comedian is something to be

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Comedy's resident bad boy Ron "Tater Salad" White returns to Easton's State Theatre Center for the Arts for two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 10.

When asked if the early show will differ from late show, White explained they will be by and large the same performance.

"I only take stuff out of my show one joke at a time. When I write something funny enough to go in the show then I take something out of the show," White says in a recent phone interview.

Rob Stoneback scales down with septet for 'Jazz Upstairs'

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Big Band leader and renowned trombonist Rob Stoneback scales down and brings his septet to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, 7:30 p.m. April 17, for the monthly "Jazz Upstairs" series.

The Lehigh Valley native, who calls Whitehall home, has played behind notable names like Aretha Franklin, Sonny and Cher, Johnny Mathis and Natalie Cole.

When asked about his preferred style, Stoneback says, "I'm pretty much a straight-ahead jazz guy, meaning that I usually do standards, maybe a little Be-Bop, some Dixieland. Everything is pretty melodic because that's the way I like stuff."