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Nothing normal about 'ParaNorman'

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The cleverly-titled "ParaNorman," the new animated feature film, takes a page from the screenplay of "The Sixth Sense" (1991) where a young boy sees ghosts.

You no doubt remember the line: "I see dead people"?

In "ParaNorman," there's doubt among family, middle school classmates and New England towns people about just what Norman sees. Most think he simply has a vivid imagination.

Norman persists, however, and soon, he's scared up seven accusers from the grave who had sent a young girl they believed to be a witch to her doom 300 years ago in 1712.

Fashion goes vintage at Allentown Fair

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Bethlehem Township woman presenting annual show

Lorita Musselman loves to play dress-up.

"Miss Lorita," as Musselman is known, a knowledgeable collector of antique and vintage apparel, presents "Miss Lorita's Vintage Fashions," 2:15 p.m. Sept 1, Centennial Stage, Agri-Plex, at the Great Allentown Fair.

The 45-minute presentation highlights clothing from the Victorian era through the close of the 20th century.

"Every outfit is complete with accessories typical of the era, including shoes, purses, gloves, hats and maybe a parasol for the Victorian ladies," says Musselman.

Jason Aldean

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Born Jason Aldine Williams, Feb. 28, 1977, Macon, Ga., Jason 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." His other albums are "Relentless" (2007) and "My Kinda Party" (2010). His first single, "Take A Little Ride," released July 16, is from his forthcoming album, "Night Train," set for Oct. 16 release.

Lincoln PCN talk telecast

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) is teaming up with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), the State Library and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation to bring three Civil War lectures commemorating the 150th anniversary to its statewide audience.

The first of these lectures, "Lincoln's Love of Pennsylvania," is to air 6 p.m. Aug. 31, with an encore presentation, 3 p.m. Sept. 2.

Just 'Fantastic'

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Allentown Art Museum exhibit has 'Edge'

"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."

Civic's 'Body' has lots of heart

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Why We Have A Body" is one of the most remarkable, disarming and memorable stage productions this summer in the Lehigh Valley region.

The drama-comedy, in its Lehigh Valley debut, continues for only three more performances, Aug, 24 - 26, in the annual SummerStage series in Civic Theatre of Allentown's Theatre 514.

The subject material, which lobby signs warn is for mature audiences only, will not be to everyone's taste.

The Fixx

Wednesday, August 22, 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 soundtrack of the film, "Fletch." "Secret Separation," from the album, "Walkabout" (1986), went to No.

Allentown 250th on Fair culinary stage

Wednesday, August 22, 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.

PPL Plaza concert by Plowman Trio

Wednesday, August 22, 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 Amsterdam.