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Monday, December 11, 2017

Icing on the holiday: Allentown Symphony, Penguin skaters, choruses take to PPL Center

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

With the advent of the month of December, the mood around the country has changed. We have entered “the holidays,” a time when we look forward to spending time with family and friends, shopping for gifts, and perhaps relaxing and taking a little time off from work.

Sometimes during December, we get trapped in the bustle of errands, shopping, cleaning, and cooking, and we forget that really the most important thing we can do during this time of year is to spend time with the people we...

Repertory Dance Theatre ‘Nutcracker,’ with Allentown Symphony, back for 30th

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) celebrates its 30th year performing the classic ballet, “The Nutcracker,” 2 p.m. Dec 9 and 10, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. “The Land of The Sweets Party” for children immediately follows the Dec. 9 matinee.

The treasured tale of Clara’s dazzling journey, and dreams of her beloved toy, a Sugar Plum Fairy, and a Prince, comes to life in this spectacular holiday ballet production.

In addition, RDT presents the second annual “Let’s Go Nutz!,” 7 p....

The Tenors of the season

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Ten Tenors is back in the United States for its December holiday tour, which includes a concert, “The Ten Tenors: Home For The Holidays,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Meistersingers of Southern Lehigh High School open the concert.

Following 20 years of sold-out performances across the globe, the vocal group’s 18-date tour of the East and Midwest has “pure electricity and undeniable drama,” according to the Los Angeles Times. With more...

Return to ‘SantaLand’ at Civic

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

During the season when “A Christmas Carol” dominates the stage and “It’s a Wonderful Life” dominates the silver screen, Civic Theatre of Allentown Associate Artistic Director-Production Manager Will Morris is excited to bring a different flavor of Christmas to the Civic stage.

Morris again directs Jarrod Yuskauskas in the one-man show, “The SantaLand Diaries,” Dec. 8 - 17, Theatre514, Allentown. The show, with Yushauskas playing a not so happy elf, had its Lehigh Valley debut during...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Hear “A Child’s Christmas”:For its annual Christmas concert, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents the first concert performance of its CD, “A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem,” 8 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 10, First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. Joining The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, directed by Greg Funfgeld, is The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, led by Joy Hirokawa. Along with the Choir, the children offer spoken word and uplifting choral music from many...

Movie Review: ‘Lady Bird’

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Every decade or so, a film comes along that’s emblematic of the zeitgeist of a generation, a coming-of-age movie, a film where the audience in the theater makes discoveries along with the characters on the screen as they awaken to self-discovery, the verities of life, and some often unforgiving truths.

“Lady Bird” is one such film.

“Rebel Without A Cause” (1955), “The Graduate” (1967), “American Graffiti’ (1973), “The Breakfast Club” (1985), “Clueless” (1995) and “Juno” (2007)...

Holiday classics

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

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Michèle LaRue will present dramatic readings of two holiday stories, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.

The stories are “Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas” (1894) by Bret Harte (1894), and ”The Gift of the Magi” (1906) by O. Henry.

LaRue, a Chicago-born and New Jersey-based performer, tours nationally with her repertoire of century-old American “Tales Well-Told.”

The event is free and open to the public...

Historical Society

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

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The Governor Wolf Historical Society holds its monthly “Tavern Night,” 7-10 p.m. Dec. 8, at the society’s campus, 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath.

The event includes an evening of music, colonial craftsmen and spirit tastings in the candlelit ambiance of three historic buildings.

Listen to the Celtic sounds of Seasons in the historic Ralston-McKeen House. The piano stylings of Steve Meyers will be featured in the 1785 Wolf Academy.

Light refreshments will...

The Family Project: Son and truancy

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. A truancy officer was called to my house because my son is refusing to go to school. We are going to have to appear in front of the magistrate, and could possibly be facing a fine for each day that he missed. What can we do?

Guest panelist Jessica Baker addressed this topic and the approach to it in detail. “First thing, we definitely need to know the age of the child,” she said. “We also need to define the barriers that are getting in the way of the child wanting to go to school....