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Vincent Giordano and his Nighthawks open Penna. Jazz Society's 35th year

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Jazz Society has brought many of the United States' most famous musicians playing Big Band music to the Lehigh Valley.

The latest is Vince Giordano and his Nghthawks, 2 p.m. April 7, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The New York City-based 11-piece Nighthawks is the "house band" and has been seen on the hit HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."

The band's CD, one of its nine releases, "...

Dream concert

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

When Hector Berlioz walked into the Theatre Odéon in Paris Sept. 11, 1827, to see a performance of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," little did he know the experience would change his life.

Starring in the play was Harriet Smithson, a beautiful young actress. Berlioz, a poor, 24-year-old music student, was immediately smitten. He had found his "Ophelia."

For the next three years, he was completely infatuated with her, although during that time they never met. He wrote letters to her, but...

'Stoker' an art-house shocker

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Stoker" is an art-house shocker.

While the film's title has nothing to do with Bram Stoker's "Dracula," it has its ghoulish elements.

With little advance word about the film, I didn't know what to expect.

The story in "Stoker" begins at a funeral, that of Richard Stoker (Dermot Mulroney), who died in a mysterious car crash. We see his widow, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman), and his daughter, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowski).

India, who shared a special bond with her...

Jazz-fusion pioneer Coryell at Zoellner

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Look up the music term jazz-fusion and the name of guitarist Larry Coryell inevitably pops up.

Whether playing electric, acoustic or classical guitar, Coryell is considered by many the pioneer of jazz-fusion.

The Larry Coryell Organ Trio, which includes organist Mike Mandel and drummer Alphonse Mouzon, performs 8 p.m., April 6, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

The night before the Zoellner performance, Coryell...

Allentown native Rick Braun in solo gig

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Allentown native Rick Braun, an internationally-renowned trumpet and flugelhorn player, producer and vocalist, has not performed in the Lehigh Valley since he left to study at the Eastman School of Music in 1973. The closest he has come to home have been performances at the Berks Jazz Fest and a performance at Kutztown University in 2000.

Braun performs in concert, 7:30 p.m. March 30, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

"This will be my...

LAFAYETTE

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A panel discussion, "Tony Blair, Britain, and a Changing World," will be held at 12:15 p.m. April 2, Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall, Lafayette College, Easton.

Panelists include Lafayette government and law faculty members Katalin Fabian, Michael Feola and Seo-Hyun Park.

The event is free and open to the public.

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. April 11, 16, 18, 25, May 2; 12:30 p.m. April 4, 18, Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192

"I Love A Piano," through June 2, 12:30 p.m., dinner; 2 p.m., show Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays; 6:30 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m. show, Fridays, Saturdays, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St...

'Gatekeepers' is a must-see

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Gatekeepers" is a documentary film that goes a long way toward helping to explain politics in the Middle East, especially since the 1967 Arab-Israeli Six-Day War.

In six days, the Israel military took control of the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.

While Israel won the war, it put the nation in the midst of war on terror battles over Palestinian statehood and to prevent, as defenders and allies of Israel would say, the achievement...

SACRED HEART

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

An "Easter Nut Roll Sale" will be held, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 27, main lobby, Sacred Heart Hospital, 421 Chew St., Allentown.

Large 14-inch bakery fresh Kolache rolls with nut, apricot, poppy seed, raspberry or Lekvar filling are expected to be available.

Pre-ordering is recommended. Call Beth Fogel, 610-776-5413.

Project Child benefit

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN

Above, left to right: Pamela Wallace, producer, Barlieb Wallace Productions Ltd.; Rochelle Freedman, Program Coordinator, Project Child; and Anne Adams. Senior Vice President, Valley Youth House, at the "Have a Heart for Children and Youth" benefit, presented by Project Child, a program of Valley Youth House and The Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, March 9, Hotel Bethlehem. A video, "Because All Children Matter," produced by Barlieb Wallace...