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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 6, 8, 13, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 8, 9, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943

"A Christmas Story," 8 p.m. Nov. 28, 29, 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8; 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 9; 9:45 a.m. Dec. 3, Act One, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. Talk-back with the director and cast following 2 p.m. Dec. 2 performance. desales.edu, 610-282-3192

Rosado brings Latin flavor to 'Upstairs Cabaret Series'

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Hector Rosado and his Latin Orchestra, also known as Hector Rosado y Su Orq Hache, performs in the "Upstairs Cabaret Series," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Since his birth in Corozal, Puerto Rico, 49 years ago, Rosado has become a renowned percussionist, specializing in Latin music, especially drums, congas, timbales and bongos.

Rosado and his family moved to New York in 1964, and five years later moved to Pennsylvania.

THEATER REVIEW Pines' 'Christmas' readies you for season

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

It seems too soon to be thinking of Christmas. Was it not only a few short weeks ago when weather was still balmy with the kiss of summer?

The Pines Dinner Theatre production of "The Miracle of Christmas" changes all that, swiftly transporting theater-goers to the rustic charms of wintery Vermont.

As the holiday season launches into full gear, theater companies are bringing out their winter extravaganzas. Amidst revivals of classic fare, "The Miracle of Christmas," though Dec. 30, is an original work which explores the classic question: What is the meaning of Christmas?

'Wreck-It' an apt description

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Imagine having raspy-voiced John C. Reilly and whiny-voiced Sarah Silverman yelling, cajoling and yakking at you for one hour and 48 minutes.

That's one way to describe "Wreck-It Ralph," a garishly-colored, frantic, not very funny animated feature from Walt Disney.

The words of Vanellope, a Bratz doll style character voiced by comedian Sarah Silverman, used to describe Ralph, a Shrek-like character voiced by John C. Reilly ("Step Brothers," "Chicago" supporting actor Oscar nomination), best describe "Wreck-It Ralph" itself: "so freakishly annoying."

'Cinderella's Christmas' soon on Symphony Hall stage

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

Who doesn't like the fairytale Cinderella? What if Cinderella goes to a Christmas Ball instead? Prince Charming must announce his new bride Christmas Eve.

The Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre presents "Cinderella's Christmas," 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The actors sing and dance, inviting children from the audience to join the cast on stage at the Christmas Ball.

Book signing set for Moravian putz book

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Central Moravian Church is publishing a new book, "The Moravian Christmas Putz: Bethlehem Moravians Tell the Story of the Birth of Christ," this month, marking the 75 years since Bethlehem became known as Christmas City USA.

That same year, Central Moravian Church opened its doors to its Community Putz for the first time Dec. 24, 1937.

The 72-page volume, with 90 color pictures, tells the history and Moravian traditions surrounding the putz.

Digging the roots of 'Field Recordings'

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

It would be difficult to encapsulate the impressive and exhaustive work that is musician-author Stephen Wade's "The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience" (University of Illinois Press, $24.95, 477 pp.)

You'd best let Wade do so himself, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, when he performs selections from the CD that accompanies the book, as well as those from his latest CD, "Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition."

A von Trapp Christmas

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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"Christmas with the von Trapp Children" returns to Bethlehem for the first time since 2006. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin, great-grandchildren of Maria and Baron von Trapp of "The Sound of Music" fame, sing holiday classics, favorites from the world-famous musical and movie, and folk and Broadway tunes, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 - 17, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets: artsqeuest.org, 610-332-3378

It's not always easy 'Going Green'

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Theater-goers who enjoy avant-garde one-person shows should get a kick out of "Going Green the Wong Way," 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

"It's really funny and silly. People who are jaded by environmentalism it's a fun way to enter into it," says Kristina Wong, the show's creator and performer. "This, for me, is one response that makes the journey more enjoyable."