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Lula Washington a first for Allentown

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

Phillip Horn, executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, spent the last 20 years trying to have the world-renowed company of Lula Washington come to the state to have her company perform.

Well, the effort paid off because Lula Washington Dance Theatre is touring Pennsylvania for the first time and one of its stops is Allentown.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre performs 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

In a recent telephone...

Pick Oscar winners

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on the ABC television network.

The person who chooses the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn's Peak gift card; tickets to movies at the Roxy Theatre, Northampton, a Lehigh Valley Press prize package; and may have his or her photo...


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The eternal question, "Why do Fools Fall in Love?" may not be readily answered, but the musical of the same name through March 10 at The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown, attempts to explore the stages of love through popular song.

The setting is Millie's (Gwen Swanson Vigorito) "Pop-Tart" pink walled living room where her friends Florence (Stacy Bechtel), Sally (Lauren Eitzenberger) and Dee Dee (Stacey B. Yoder) have gathered to celebrate Millie's upcoming nuptials.

Millie has...


Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Time to Jump: The Time Jumpers, above, are in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The country and western-swing band's stellar lineup includes Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and "Ranger Doug" Green of Riders in the Sky, as well as highly-regarded Nashville session and touring musicians Paul Franklin, Jeff Taylor, Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, Dennis Crouch, Dawn Sears, Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas. The band began as a jam...

A home run

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

In about two months, the first cries of "Play Ball" will fill the air at Coca Cola Park, the aroma of grilled hotdogs, burgers and fries will beckon the hungry and a chilled beverage will refresh the thirsty when the gates open April 10 for the 2013 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs season.

Yes, it's the time of year when fans' thoughts begin to turn toward America's favorite pastime.

It was all about the Phillies, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and, more specifically, Iron Pigs Charities...


Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) holds open auditions for performers ages 16 and up Feb. 17 and 18 for the Gershwin musical, "Crazy for You," June 12 - 30, and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar," July 10 -28.



Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Satori presents a concert, "East Meets West," 3 p.m. Feb. 10, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem.

The program is: Carl Stamitz' "Trio in G Major," James Nyoruka Schlefer's "A Smile on the Buddha Calm," Minoru Mikki's "Sonnet" and Mendelsssohn's "Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49." A meet-the-artist reception follows the performance.

Tickets:, 610-866-7652

'Bone' gets under your skin

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The French really know how to do depressing.

They also have a way of finding that silver lining in the most cloudy of lives and circumstances. Essentially, the French romanticize pain.

"Rust and Bone" ("De rouille et d'os"), directed by French film-maker Jacques Audiard, is inspiring, despite the tragedy that befalls its protagonist, Stephanie (Marion Cotillard).

Stephanie is an attractive, slender, athletic woman who is employed at a marine world tourist attraction...

From Russia, with love

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

The great city of Voronezh is 300 miles southeast of Moscow in the heart of Russia.

Voronezh, population 1.5 million, was founded in 1585 by Tsar Feodor I. It is not far from the Ukraine and has had settlements since the Stone Age.

Nestled in Voronezh is the Voronezh Choreographic Institute where dancers are chosen at the age of eight to begin their studies of dance, music and academics.

The children are chosen by their ability and potential to become professional...

Gardner film screening

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus


Film-maker Stephanie Gardner, center, with her parents, Linda Kay Gardner, left, and Judge James Knoll Gardner, right, federal judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Gardner, an Emmaus High School, Class of '04, graduate, screened seven of her short films Jan. 26 at The Barrister's Club, Allentown. The event was a fundraiser for Gardner's next short, "Paris in Winter," set to lens in March in Montreal, Canada.