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Shakespeare plus in Center Valley

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by The Press in Focus

For its 22nd annual season, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has "extra added attractions" intended to enchant, enchance and enrich the theater-going experience. These include:

Prologues" prior to every performance of "Measure for Measure" and "Henry VIII," when PSF officials offer insights 45 minutes before curtain call in the theater.

Opening night, post-show champagne toasts for "Oklahoma!," June 14; "The 39 Steps," June 21; "The Importance of Being Earnest," July...

CLARIFICATION

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Fashion Academy, Nature and Arts Camp and The Dexter Baker Picking up STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics Camp) are Baum School of Art pARTnership camps and separate from City Arts: Camp for Kids. A headline on a B1 Focus article in the May 29 and 30 Lehigh Valley Press was unclear.

An 'Epic' disappointment

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The animated family feature movie,"Epic," is beautiful, especially in the 3D format in which it was seen for this review.

Unfortunately, "Epic" lacks a cohesive storyline, the clever dialogue we've grown accustomed to in animated features and memorable animated characters.

That's not good. The art form is, after all, about character animation.

Moreover, the concept for "Epic" is ill-conceived.

Much of the action takes place in a dark forest. Other scenes are in...

LV SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

Actors in Action Festival, The Atheist," "Sensitivity Training," "The Un-Named Body Project," June 13 - 30, Allentown Public Theatre, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown. 610-433-4150

"Beauty and the Beast," May 31 - Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Crazy For You," June 12 - 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre...

Lautrec treat

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Art lovers are in for a treat this summer with the June 2 opening of "Toulouse-Lautrec and His World," through Sept. 1 at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.

At the preview party, 6 - 8 p.m. June 1, there will be themed hors d'oeuvres by Karen Hunter Catering, live music, cash bar and strolling women French-cabaret style. According to a museum press release, "can-canning is encouraged." (Reservations: 610-432-4333, ext. 129). There are more events, lectures and programs...

Mikolas, Salemme in sculpture exhibit

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by The Press in Focus

"Joie de Vivre: Karel Mikolas-Antonio Salemme" features rarely-shown terra cotta (fired clay) figurative works, plus ink and charcoal drawings, by two classically-trained European-born artists who settled in the Lehigh Valley at The Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown.

An opening reception for "Joie de Vivre' is noon - 5 p.m. June 2 in the Salemme gallery, where the exhibition continues through June 30.

The terra cotta works, called...

Kinks' Dave Davies: He's really got riffs

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Rock fans are in for a sweet spot with the June 4 release of Kinks' legend Dave Davies new album, "I Will Be Me" (Cleopatra Records) only his sixth solo studio album by my count and his concert, 8 p.m. June 1, Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem only one of a baker's dozen United States' gigs by my count (as of this article's deadline).

Speaking of counting, Davies is known for devising one of the most famous rhythms and riffs in rock 'n' roll this side of Bo Diddley (1, 2 ... 3, 4 .. 5, as in...

'Star Trek Into': sci-fi boldly

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is that all-too-often rare sci-fi movie that has spectacular special effects, a screenplay with an actual storyline, character development and surprise plot turns.

J. J. Abrams ("Star Trek," 2009; TV's "Aliens," "Lost"), directs a screenplay by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers," 2007, 2009; "Star Trek," 2009) and Damon Lindelof ("World War Z," "Prometheus," "Cowboys & Aliens," TV's "Lost") that mixes action set pieces and character-driven...