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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...

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...

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...

Jason Adean

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Born Jason Aldine Williams, Feb. 28, 1977, Macon Ga., Aldean has seven No. 1 country singles since his 2005 self-titled debut album, which, along with "Wide Open" (2009), went platinum. His hits include "Why," "She's Country," "Big Green Tractor," "The Truth," "Dirt Road Anthem" and "Fly Over States." Other albums are "Relentless" (2007) and "My Kinda Party" (2010). His first single, "Take a Little Ride,"...

Summer Harmony to sing 'Allentown'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Summer Harmony concert, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Parkland High School Auditorium, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, will feature The Allentown Band performing "We Love Allentown," written by Robert Pearce, a 90-year-old Emmaus resident and retired Allen Organ employee, and his daughter, Joanne, a pianist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Allentown Band member Tom Heinze rewrote the arrangement for band and men's chorus. The song, which was written 30 years ago in response to...

Great Allentown Fair observing landmark 160th year

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

The 2012 Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, celebrates its 160th year.

So, where were you in 1852?

That's when the Allentown Fair began.

There've been many changes at the Fair over the years, er, decades, or, rather, centuries.

The Allentown Fair carries on at its 46-acre Fairgrounds location, 17th and Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.

The first day, Aug. 28, offers "Preview Night," with free admission.

In addition to the ticketed...

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...

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...

Blake Shelton

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 29, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. You know him from "The Voice," the NBC reality TV talent show where he is a vocal coach along with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. You should know him from his decade of hits, from "Austin" (2001), to "Home" (2008), to "God Gave Me You" and "Honey Bee" (both 2011), among his 17 country chart singles and 11 No. 1 singles. Shelton, born Blake Tollison Shelton, June 18, 1976, Ada, Okla., and his wife, country singer...

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...