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'Cinderella' to enchant at JCC

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Stagemakers at the J will be bringing the world of glass slippers, pumpkin carriages and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" to the Lehigh Valley with its production of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Enchanted Edition," Oct. 25, 27, 28, Nov. 3, 4.

Stagemakers at the J is a children's theater troupe which was started in fall 2010 by the Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.

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Become "Enchanted": Stagemakers at the J presents "Cinderella: Enchanted Edition," Oct. 25, 27, 28 and Nov. 3, 4, Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 22nd and Tilghman streets, Allentown. Ashleigh Albert, above left, plays Cinderella. Nick Grotta, above right, is the Prince. The script is based on the 1997 teleplay adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." Tickets: allentownjcc.org, 610-435-3571

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Being taken with 'Taken 2'

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Liam Neeson out-Bonds James Bond in "Taken 2."

You don't have to have seen "Taken" (2008). Here, Neeson, reprising his role a CIA spy operative Bryan Mills, must rescue his wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and prevent his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), from being taken hostage by Eastern European terrorists intent on revenging their losses depicted in the first movie. At the center of the terrorist group is a father whose son, a kidnapper, was killed by Mills.

'Beatles Showcase' gets back

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

All you need is love and performances by some of the Lehigh Valley's premier musical talent. The Lehigh Valley Beatles Showcase, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, is poised to bring a diverse group of performers to Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

The event, now in its second year, is presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA) and will feature 20 area acts, including notable 1960's pop music cover artists, The Large Flowerheads, and blues stylists The James Supra Band.

Once again, the circus comes to town

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

Ringling's Urias Family motorcyclists roar into Stabler

No one is ever too old for the circus, and now is the time to relive those memories. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Oct. 25 - 28, complete with elephants, camels, horses, dogs, acrobats and three dancing Ringlettes in "The Greatest Show on Earth."

There is one act that cannot be missed: The Urias Family motorcycle stunt act, which revs customized 125cc motorcycles at speeds up to 60 mph in a 16-foot diameter steel globe.

Travel writers discover Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Discover Lehigh Valley describes the Lehigh Valley thusly: the Lehigh River is "the heart," cutting through beautiful countrysides with scenic vistas.

Participants in this year's Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance "Media Marketplace" got first-hand views.

Discover Lehigh Valley, marketing organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties, was host for the Sept. 18 - 21 event attended by more than 100 invited journalists and 50 member destination marketing organizations. Hotel Bethlehem was headquarters.

Donna The Buffalo stays in character

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by AMY HERZOG in Focus

Fans have reason to celebrate because when Donna The Buffalo continues its fall tour with an 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 concert, Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, the band will be bringing new music with them to share.

Donna The Buffalo has reached a milestone. The group is recording its 10th album featuring 14 previously unreleased songs. The album is recorded via analog. It will be released on vinyl. The yet-to-be-titled album is to be released in early 2013.

Jars of Clay in creative breakthrough

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by AMY HERZOG in Focus

Grammy Award-winning Jars of Clay rolls into Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, with a fall tour which includes opening acts Sleeping at Last and Mariah McManus.

Jars of Clay is recording a still-to-be-titled album, set for release in 2013.

"This record feels different in many ways to our other records, mostly due to the process of stripping away a lot of the voices that used to influence our songwriting," says Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine.

'Gypsy' lives again at Civic

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bill Sanders has had a long relationship with "Gypsy."

"I saw it ['Gypsy'] when I was 15 at Valley Forge Music Fair with Angela Lansbury," says Saunders, Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director who directs "Gypsy" for his first time as it kicks off Civic's 2012-'13 season at the 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, theater with performances 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; and 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

At 18, Sanders played the role of Tulsa and choreographed "Gypsy" at Genesius Theatre, Reading.

'Dream Team' recounts Olympian lesson

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Jack McCallum's new book, "Dream Team," is an in-depth look at the players on the winning 1992 Olympic Men's Basketball Team, which included iconic athletes such as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.

McCallum answers questions and signs copies of "Dream Team," a book that is a must for any basketball fan, 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.

The award-winning sports writer who retired from the staff of Sports Illustrated magazine, chronicles the "Dream Team" success, the players' stories and creates a profile of the team's experience.