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Just 'Fantastic'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

"The Tempest," "War of the Worlds," "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Star Wars," "Alien," "The Hobbit" what these icons of popular literature, stage and screen have in common or rather "uncommon" is "At The Edge: Art of the Fantastic," through Sept. 9, the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.

"At The Edge," according to guest curators Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, is "the most comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art to date."

More than 160 original works from 1797 to the...

Lt. Dan's the band

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by ANDREW MARK Special to The Press in Focus

Gary Sinise, best known for his Academy Award nominated role as Lt. Dan Taylor in "Forrest Gump," headlines the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, with his music group the Lt. Dan Band, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

The benefit concert is to raise money to build a "smart home" for Army Sgt. Adam Keys, a Whitehall Township resident who lost his legs and his left hand to an Improvised Explosive Device in July 2010 in Afghanistan. The explosion killed his friend and Whitehall native Army...

A 'Body' of evidence on Civic 514 stage

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

When William Morris, Civic Theatre of Allentown's Technical Director, happened upon "Why We Have A Body," he knew he'd found something special.

"It's quite unique in its structure and subject matter," says Morris, who's directing the play, which runs Aug. 17 - 26 in Civic's SummerStage series in Theatre514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.

"The play itself is told a lot in monologue fashion. There's fewer scenes than monologues. One character actually only communicates through...

Expanded Coplay Community Days welcomes residents of entire Valley

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Focus

A group of community organizations are hoping for good weather Aug. 23 - 26.

But, even if it rains, the show will go on.

The "show" is Coplay Community Days, a festival featuring food, live music, contests, games, rides and bingo at Coplay Community Park, Second and Keefer streets, Coplay.

The weather is not expected to be a factor because virtually the entire festival takes place under cover.

Sponsors such as M&M Lawn Service and Service Electric are...

'Total Recall' is needed

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by The Press in Focus

What I recall after seeing "Total Recall" are weapons, shooting, leaping, hand-to-hand combat, violence, explosions, flying cars, chases, and more weapons, shooting, leaping, hand-to-hand combat, violence, explosions, flying cars, chases and more weapons.

If I sound like a broken record it's because I am mirroring the images and impressions of "Total Recall," a reimagining, or reboot in simple words, a remake of the 1990 movie that starred Arnold Schwarznegger, based on author Philip...

When Bethlehem was Steel Goundie House exhibit theme

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by DOROTHY GLEW Special to The Press in Focus

It can be said that in many respects the Bethlehem Steel Company was Bethlehem.

For decades, it was the area's largest employer. In the 1940s, 30,000 workers had jobs there. In addition, it sponsored events in the community, founded civic organizations, and provided funding for the area's educational institutions.

It was, in many ways, "The Steel Way of Life," as the title of an exhibition in The Goundie House, 505 Main St., Bethlehem, states.

The exhibit is a...

Something 'Wild' at cinema

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by The Press in Focus

One of the pleasures of summer movie-going is discovering a less-trumpeted movie amidst the summer blockbusters.

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is one such film.

The film's intriguing title reveals little. Even after seeing the film, you may not be able to describe what you have seen. However, you will know you've had an extraordinary film-going experience.

"Beasts" tells the story of six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané "Nazie" Wallis), a motherless child. The parenting...

Visitor Center in trial run for Musikfest

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority and City of Bethlehem are giving a sneak peek of the new Bethlehem Visitor Center at SteelStacks during Musikfest, through Aug. 12.

The interactive visitor center, which will be open for guided and self-guided tours, is featuring several exhibits that highlight the region's arts and cultural attractions, history, industrial heritage and recreational opportunities.

Housed in the 1863 Stock House, the oldest remaining building on the...

Songwriter Jessica Smucker in Musikfest Lyrikplatz debut

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lancaster County singer-songwriter Jessica Smucker has been to Allentown plenty of times, but not to perform concerts.

She almost made it to Bethlehem.

More than one year ago, she was to play at a south side Bethlehem coffeehouse, but the place closed.

Smucker makes her Musikfest debut at 6 p.m. Aug. 8, Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz, being presented in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

The Aug. 8 lineup includes: Kenny Ferrier...

Bethlehem man stars in opera

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Bethlehem's Jeremy Galyon stars in the opera, "Susannah," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 3 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Berks Opera Workshop and the Fall Festival of the Arts production, WCR Center for the Arts, 140 N. 5th St., Reading.

Carlisle Floyd's masterpiece was inspired by Appalachian folk songs, hymns and opera melodies. It was written during the 1950's McCarthy Era and inspired by the biblical Apocrypha.

In the opera's plot, Susannah is an innocent young person targeted by closed-...