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Bucks revisits Simon's 'Park'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't have to go barefoot in the Delaware River, or one of the many nearby parks along River Road on the way to New Hope.

You can go "Barefoot in the Park" at Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this summer after going dark for nearly two years.

The Neil Simon comedy, which debuted in 1963 on the BCP stage before its original Broadway run, continues through Sept. 2.

"Barefoot" espouses the "Simon sez" comedy style born of Sid Caesar's TV comedy-variety series, "...

Reaching out to 'The Intouchables'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The film, "The Intouchables," is bracing, uplifting and a triumph of the human spirit.

Plus, it's darn funny.

Philippe (François Cluzet) is a very wealthy Paris widower who is a tetraplegic following an accident. Philippe hires Driss (Omar Sy), a very poor, street-smart Senegales to be his live-in primary care-giver.

Driss has a strong personality and commands respect.

Philippe likes that. He doesn't want pity.

Inside the gated mansion, Magalie (Audrey...

Civil War 150th exhibit at Fair

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The "Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show," a 53-foot modified tractor-trailer transformed into a travelling museum, visits the Great Allentown Fair Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.

The museum will be manned and managed by staff and volunteers of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.

"We are excited to be a part of this extraordinary event. The Great Allentown Fair is one of the best and largest fairs in the country," Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, said...

PPL Plaza concert by Plowman Trio

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Joseph Plowman Trio, with vocalist Marlene Gilley, presents a free concert, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Aug. 30, PPL Plaza, Ninth and Hamilton streets, Allentown, as part of the "Summer in the City" series.

Music will be from the Great American Songbook, as well as contemporary songwriters.

Plowman, a jazz bassist, Emmaus native and Emmaus High School graduate, has returned from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he toured with an international quartet from the Conservatorium van...

The J. Geils Band

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 28, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Hits by The J. Geils Band, formed 1967, Worcester, Mass., are "First I Look at the Purse" (1971), "Looking for A Love" (1971), "Give It to Me" (1973), "(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party" (1973), "Did You No Wrong" (1973), "Must of Got Lost" (1974), "Love-itis" (1975), "Surrender" (1977), "Sanctuary" (1979), "Love Stinks" (1980), "Centerfold," a No. 1 from the album, "Freeze Frame" (1981), with the title cut going to No. 4. The band:...

Luke Bryan

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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Luke Bryan opens for Jason Aldean, 7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, at the Allentown Fair. Bryan was born Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan July 17, 1976, in Leesburg, Ga. After graduating from Georgia Southern University, Bryan moved to Nashville and began writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. Bryan's first album, "I'll Stay Me" (2007) included the singles "All My Friends Day," "We Rode in Trucks" and "Country Man." His second album, "Doin' My Thing...

Sunny Sweeney

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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Sunny Sweeney, opens for Blake Shelton, 7 p.m. Aug. 29, Fairgrounds Grandstand, at the Allentown Fair. Sweeney was born Sunny Michaela Sweeney Dec. 7, 1976, in Houston, Tex. She moved to New York City to join a comedy troupe, but moved back to Texas and instead chose a country music career. The singer-songwriter released her debut album, "Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame," in 2007. It included the singles "If I Could," "Ten Years Pass" and "East Texas Pines." Her second...

Allentown 250th on Fair culinary stage

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair is observing Allentown's 250th anniversary with a series of cooking demonstrations that will be part of "Farm to Table" series on the culinary demonstration stage inside the Agri-Plex building.

Throughout the Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, "Farm to Table" chefs and culinary experts from the Lehigh Valley prepare their signature dishes.

The "Allentown 250" programming committee collaborated with the Fair's Culinary Demonstration Stage Coordinator Pat Rice to...

Fair Midway adds new thrill rides

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Two new "spectaculars," as the largest thrill rides are referred to, are coming to the Midway at the Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.

Powers Great American Midways spokesman Marc Janas reported that the carnival will unveil a "beamed-out," spaceship-looking ride called "Alien Abduction" that spins passengers into such a whirl that gravity pins them against its walls.

The other new ride called "Genesis" takes a gondola full of thrill-seekers on a 360-degree spin as if...

The Fixx

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Fixx opens for The J. Geils Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Fairgrounds Grandstand, at the Allentown Fair. The British rock band formed in 1979 in London. The group's hits include "Red Skies" and "Stand or Fall," from "Shuttered Room" (1982); "One Thing Leads to Another," charting at No. 4 in the United States, and "Saved by Zero," from "Reach the Beach" (1983). The group's song, "Deeper and Deeper" was on the soundtrack of the movie, "Streets of Fire." "A Letter to Both Sides" was on the...