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Bud's View: The birds of winter

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

My wife, Bev, and I feed the birds year-round, thus enjoying their daily visits to our feeders. The bird visits not only provide us with hours of enjoyment, they furnish us with a natural calendar marked by their arrivals and departures.

Although many Canada geese have become year-round residents, migrating geese and other bird species that do not stay in the Lehigh Valley for winter provide a sign that fall is in the air. Many species follow a specific time schedule to migrate south...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by PHOTO BY MATTHEW WRIGHT in Focus

20 years of dance: The Muhlenberg College dance program celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special edition of its annual "Master Choreographers" dance concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 7; 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The program includes a restaging choreographer of Bill T. Jones' "D-Man in the Waters (Part 1)," set to Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20. "We are thrilled to showcase Bill T. Jones'...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS

ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM

31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333

The 2014 East Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit, through Feb. 16, Crayola Learning Center

Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through Feb. 23, Goodman Gallery

Paul Harryn: Essence of Nature, through May 18, Scheller, Rodale and Fowler Galleries

The Maiden Creek Series: Watercolors by Matthew Daub, through May 18, Payne Hurd Gallery

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Movie Review: An 'August' ensemble cast

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"August: Osage County" is an embarrassment of (rhymes with riches).

The men in the film based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play for drama by Tulsa, Okla., native Tracey Letts (who also wrote the film's screenplay) are deserving of equal-opportunity insults.

"August: Osage County" is a film to relish. The "August: Osage County" sauce is hot. Oscar-nominated Julia Roberts, as Barbara Weston (best supporting actor, female), and Meryl Streep, as Barbara's mother, Violet...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS

ALLENTOWN FAIRGROUNDS

17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947

Antique and Modern Arms Show, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 8; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 9, Agri-Plex

Eastern PA Spring Home Show, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 8; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 9; 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb. 14; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Feb. 15; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feb. 16, Agri-Plex

ATMA Spring Thaw Train Meet, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb. 23, 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb. 24...

Oscar Contest Entry Form

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" recipients contest for the 86th Academy Awards:

Actor, Male

Christian Bale, "American Hustle"

Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"

Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Actor, Female

Amy Adams, "American Hustle"

Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Sandra Bullock, "...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days: DANCE

ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY

Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542

Hustle, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11

Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25

East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25

Country Two-Step, 7 p.m. March. 4, 11

West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. March 18, 25

Night Club Two-Step, 6:30 p.m. March 18, 25

Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays

@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION

Empire...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS

ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400

Open Mic, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5

Chick-fil-A Trexlertown at the Allentown Public Library, 2 p.m. Feb. 8

Small Space Gardening Series with Lori Metz, 6 - 7 p.m. Feb. 12, 19, 26

"The Day I Saw Your Heart," 2 p.m. Feb. 22

Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28

"Downton Abbey" Discussion, 2 - 3 p.m. March 1

Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p...

Bringing 'Memphis' to State Theatre

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"First and Foremost, it's about the music," says Colin Byrne, cast manager for the Tony Award-winning, "Memphis," to explain the popularity of the Broadway hit that comes to the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., at 3 p.m. Feb. 9.

Byrne, an Easton native and 2000 graduate of Wilson Area High School, says the musical evokes the spirit of the 1950's when music bridged the gap between blacks and whites.

"It's inspired by true events when radio deejays were able to...

Theater Review: 'The Bride' vows to entertain at The Pines

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Return with us to the days when newspaper editors were tyrants, entry-level journalists were treated like chattle and the ever-present sound of the newsroom was the rhythmic rat-tat-tat of manual typewriters.

That's the setting for a world-premiere musical, "Here Comes the Bride," through March 9, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

Neophyte scribe Abigail Winthorpe (Annie Locke) lands a desk, mailroom slot and column inches at The Weekly Bugle newspaper in...