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RDT to awaken 'Sleeping Beauty' ballet

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

Cascading faeries descend upon the stage in a rainbow of colors to bless the newborn Princess Aurora, also known as "Sleeping Beauty," with gifts of beauty, energy, song and temperance.

The evil faerie, Carabosse, performed by Kathryn Washer, casts an evil spell upon Princess Aurora. When she turns 16, she will prick herself with a spindle and fall dead.

Luckily, the lovely Lilac Faerie, performed by Esther Martinez, with her six attendants, casts a counterspell that she will fall asleep for 100 years.

'Amour' at the end of life

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Just when one thought that France's "Rust and Bone" set the mark for depressing cinema, there's "Amour."

"Amour" was nominated for five Oscars, picture, actress (Emmanuelle Riva), director (Michael Haneke), original screenplay (Haneke) and foreign-language film (Austria's entry). The film won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

In "Amour," Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Riva) are retired music teachers who are in their 80s. After Anne has successive strokes, Georges promised her that he will not place here in a long-term care facility.

DESALES

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Talk about faith

As part of the "Year of Faith" campaign, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University is hosting a symposium on faith and relationships with Erika Bachiochi, J.D., a nationally-syndicated author and speaker; moderated by Anne Lewis, professor of theater at DeSales University, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, University Center, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Diocese of Allentown. No tickets are required.

CIVIC

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for 'Next to Normal'

Civic Theatre of Allentown holds open auditions 7 p.m. March 11 for its May 4 -10 production of "Next to Normal," the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, in the upstairs rehearsal hall, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N 19th St., Allentown.

Callbacks will be held the following evening, March 12. The musical will be directed by Civic's Artistic Director William Sanders with music direction by Justin Brehm.

Information: CivicTheatre.com, 610-432-8943

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"Anna in the Tropics," 7:30 p.m. March 6, 7, 8, 9; 11 a.m. March 7, Lipkin Theatre, Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township. northampton.edu, 610-332-8682

"A Tale of Two Cities," through March 3; 8 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192

WDIY benefit 'Heart' antiques

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by The Press in Focus

WDIY, 88.1 FM is celebrating the 13th anniversary of its annual fundraiser, "Heart of the Valley" Antiques Show, March 2 and 3. The City of Bethlehem is once again a major sponsor for the event.

During the first weekend in March, the Charles A Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem, will be transformed into an antiques collectors' emporium.

Twenty-five select dealers will be offering quality wares in the form of textiles, pottery, folk art, quilts, primitives, toys, holiday décor, painted, formal and country furniture and more.

Depression could be hereditary

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. Episodes of depression seem to be common over several generations in my family. Is depression genetic?

There is substantial evidence that depression is a hereditary disease. A depression gene known as serotonin transporter (5-HTTLPR) has been found.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that about 121 million worldwide suffer from depression. WHO estimates that depression will become the first cause of disease burden worldwide by the year 2020. Disease burden is defined as the years that patients must live with a disability.

Edgar Baum exhibit at Baum School

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by The Press in Focus

An opening reception for "Edgar S. Baum: For the Love of Painting" will be held 6 - 8 p.m. Feb. 20, David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.

Dr. Edgar S. Baum (1916 - 2006), was a physician, artist and resident of Allentown. The exhibition features paintings that he created during five decades. His father, Walter E. Baum, was the well-known Pennsylvania Impressionist and founder of The Baum School of Art.

Edgar was a prolific and creative painter who also expressed himself through the use of dyes, sculpture, poetry and wit.