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CMS to hold recital

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Community Music School holds its Annual Gala Recital, 1 p.m. June 9, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth Street, Allentown.

The recital is free and open to the public. A reception follows the recital.

Student year-end performances include, by school district or area:

Allentown School District: Peter Loikits, voice; Ashley Chila, piano; Parkland: Valmiki and Prathysha Kothare, both piano; Steven Wroge, violin; Kelly McMahan, violin; Joseph Hall,...

Shakespeare plus in Center Valley

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by The Press in Focus

For its 22nd annual season, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has "extra added attractions" intended to enchant, enchance and enrich the theater-going experience. These include:

Prologues" prior to every performance of "Measure for Measure" and "Henry VIII," when PSF officials offer insights 45 minutes before curtain call in the theater.

Opening night, post-show champagne toasts for "Oklahoma!," June 14; "The 39 Steps," June 21; "The Importance of Being Earnest," July...

CLARIFICATION

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Fashion Academy, Nature and Arts Camp and The Dexter Baker Picking up STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics Camp) are Baum School of Art pARTnership camps and separate from City Arts: Camp for Kids. A headline on a B1 Focus article in the May 29 and 30 Lehigh Valley Press was unclear.

An 'Epic' disappointment

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The animated family feature movie,"Epic," is beautiful, especially in the 3D format in which it was seen for this review.

Unfortunately, "Epic" lacks a cohesive storyline, the clever dialogue we've grown accustomed to in animated features and memorable animated characters.

That's not good. The art form is, after all, about character animation.

Moreover, the concept for "Epic" is ill-conceived.

Much of the action takes place in a dark forest. Other scenes are in...

Cohn walking on audience requests

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by DIANE BAKOS Special to The Press in Focus

You wouldn't expect a Grammy award-winning artist to invite requests from the audience during his concerts, but singer-songwriter Marc Cohn says he thrives on that kind exchange of energy.

Which means the Musikfest Café in Bethlehem should be ideal for his concert there, 8 p.m. June 7, since few sit more than about 60 feet from the stage.

"I usually prefer small theaters, or any place where the audience is partly visible and right up close," says Cohn. "It makes for a much more...

Tonys & Tapas at Civic

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown presenst its 3rd annual Tonys & Tapas Benefit, 4 - 6:30 p.m. June 9, Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

There will be vocal performances from recent Civic productions, appetizer samplings from Lehigh Valley restaurants and caterers providing small bites (tapas), a silent auction, open wine bar, and cocktails.

Providing food samplings on the theater's stage are Bon Appetina Catering, Cactus Blue, Catering by Karen Hunter, The...

'Star Trek Into': sci-fi boldly

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is that all-too-often rare sci-fi movie that has spectacular special effects, a screenplay with an actual storyline, character development and surprise plot turns.

J. J. Abrams ("Star Trek," 2009; TV's "Aliens," "Lost"), directs a screenplay by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers," 2007, 2009; "Star Trek," 2009) and Damon Lindelof ("World War Z," "Prometheus," "Cowboys & Aliens," TV's "Lost") that mixes action set pieces and character-driven...