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McPhee magic at Zoellner

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Gala2012" stars Kath-arine McPhee of NBC's hit television series "Smash," 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

"Smash" is about the creation of a new Broadway musical, "Bombshell," based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, portrayed by McPhee on the show.

Original music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is featured on "Smash," which debuted this year after "Super Bowl XLVI" and has been renewed for a second season.

Also on the show...

'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...

CEDAR CREST

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Kelsey Timmerman, author of "Where am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes," the shared read for first-year students this year at Cedar Crest College, 7 p.m., Oct. 11, Alumnae Hall auditorium. The event is free to the public.

Timmerman will discuss his journey to Honduras, Bangladesh, Cambodia and China to locate the people who created his jeans, T-shirt, flip-flops and boxer shorts, and humanize the issues of globalization.

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Smithereens old and new in Bethlehem

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

Get ready to break out your headbands, ripped shirts, and shoulder pads.

The 1980's band, The Smithereens, returns at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 to Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The group is ready to bring the same feel of their shows of 30 years ago and even better, says Pat DiNizio, lead singer, guitarist and founder of The Smithereens. "We have to be twice as good. Our fans grew with us."

At its concerts, one of the band's sets features...

MUSIKFEST CAFE

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Smithereens are giving one lucky contest winner a VIP experience when the band presents a signed Squier by Fender guitar prior to its show, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The winner will also receive two VIP passes to meet members of the band.

For more information, tune into "The Michaels & Layne Show," 99.9 The Hawk, through Oct. 12.

Tickets for The Smithereens' Musikfest Café show are available at...

PHOTO CONTEST

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Entries are being accepted for the 12th Annual Photography Contest & Show, sponsored by the South Bethlehem Historical Society and Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, Oct. 22 - Nov. 12, Sixth floor gallery, Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem..

The Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony is 6 p.m. Nov. 2 on First Friday in the gallery. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the Center.

Works will be accepted for...

A 'Master' of his film domain

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Master" is one of those films that audiences and reviewers either love or hate.

Since I try not be a "hater," put me in the category of "strongly dislike" regarding "The Master."

My opinion has to do with "The Master" writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson ("Punch-Drunk Love," "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights"), whose films are fascinating and confounding mish-mashes of big ideas, intriguing characters and performances connected by often incoherent storylines and punctuated by...

Eastwood fields the 'Curve'

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Forget about the trouble with the chair.

There's no trouble with Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve."

Eastwood is as delightfully cantankerous as ever as an elderly baseball scout named Gus who still pours over stacks of newspapers rather than log onto the computerized "Moneyball" statistical analysis approach to assess high school, college and other Major League Baseball prospects.

Whereas "Moneyball" was mostly about "the show," playing big league in major...

Baum 'Art in the City Gala' to honor Fredda Fischman

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Each year, The Baum School of Art holds an annual gala, bringing together donors and local organizations in support of the community efforts of the school, and honors those whose service and generosity has made an impact on the local arts community.

At this year's "Art in the City Gala," Oct. 13, the Baum School is honoring Fredda Fischman and her late husband, Dr. Bruce Fischman, for the financial assistance fund they founded for senior citizens known as STAR (Senior Tuition...

Coming soon

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown is mounting the "Digital Cinema Challenge" to raise $100,000 to purchase new digital projection equipment by year's end.

Civic has raised $40,000 and is seeking an additional $60,000.

Civic is meeting with donors, alerting members and applying for grants to pay for its changeover from film to digital projection equipment. Donations may be made at Civic's web site.

"I was out at the 'Art House Convergence' in January right before the Sundance...