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Deadline to submit poems is March 15

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.

The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown holds open auditions 7 p.m. March 18 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 are March 20.

Information:, 610-432-8943


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A free informational session on adoption and child foster care is 6 p.m. March 21, Diakon Adoption & Foster Care, The Lutheran Home at Topton, One S. Home Avenue, Topton.

Diakon Adoption & Foster Care staff will explain foster parenting, the processes involved in adopting a child, talk about children available for adoption, and the foster-to-adopt program.

To attend: call 888-582-2230 or 610-682-1504.

THEATER REVIEW Changing the 'Born' identity in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players' production of Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday" is a fast-paced comedy directed by Ara Barlieb about greed and sex in post-World War II Washington, D. C.

The play continues weekends through March 24 at McCoole's Arts & Events Place, Quakertown.

When smarmy, hard-drinking lawyer Ed Devery, played with erudite flair by Jay Fletcher, starts handing out cash, he finds congressional hands eager to be greased.

Jerry Brucker as Senator Norval...

New logo, poster unveiled for Musikfest's 30th year

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The energy and fun of the nation's largest free music festival is highlighted in the Musikfest 2013 poster and new festival logo unveiled by ArtsQuest.

The new logo and poster mark the start of the 30-year celebration for the Bethlehem-based event, which attracts up to one million people to the city each August. The 2013 Musikfest dates are Aug. 2 - 11, with more than 300 artists anticipated to perform on 14 different stages throughout the city during the event's 10-day run.


Gorka, BASD, Backstage Lounge are Musikfest 2013 highlights

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

In honor of Musikfest's 30th year, the 2013 festival will feature special events and activities.

John Gorka returns: In August 1984, a young folksinger named John Gorka played the very first notes at the very first Musikfest. This year the renowned artist is back at the festival to perform at its opening ceremonies, 6 p.m. Aug. 2, Aetna Americaplatz, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. Gorka takes the stage later in the evening for a free concert at one of the festival's other stages.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players hold auditions for "The Cocoanuts," a musical comedy written by George S. Kaufman and Irving Berlin for The Marx Brothers, 7 - 8:30 p.m. March 13, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown.

"The Cocoanuts" runs June 7 - 23, McCoole's Arts & Events Place.

Information: 610-395-7176



Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer," 7 p.m. March 15, 16; 4 p.m. March 16, 17, Banana Factory, 25 W. 3rd St., Bethlehem. 620-390-4324

"Born Yesterday," through March 24, 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Crowded Kitchen Players, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown., 610-395-7176

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. March 19, 26, April 11, 16, 18, 25, May 2; 12:30 p.m. April 4, 18, Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of...