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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Cinderella" for Christmas: The Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre performs "Cinderella's Christmas," 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Jillian Rivers-Keegan (Princess) and Ben Church (Prince Charming), above, star. Cinderella, her evil stepmother, wicked stepsisters and her handsome prince are brought to life in the holiday interpretation of the classic fairytale. Will Cinderella make it to the Christmas Ball? The mice seem to think so. Tickets: allentownsymphony.org,...

It's not always easy 'Going Green'

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Theater-goers who enjoy avant-garde one-person shows should get a kick out of "Going Green the Wong Way," 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

"It's really funny and silly. People who are jaded by environmentalism it's a fun way to enter into it," says Kristina Wong, the show's creator and performer. "This, for me, is one response that makes the journey more enjoyable."

The Touchstone performances are part of a northeastern United States tour by...

The Dexter Baker challenge will live on

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Dexter F. Baker's mantra was "challenge the status quo."

Baker's words rang out at the launch party for the iDeX Creativity and Innovation Lab at Wilbur Powerhouse, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

The launch party was one of the last major events attended by Dexter "Dex" Baker, 85, who died Nov. 1.

The Innovation Lab is part of Lehigh's Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, founded and funded by Baker, who retired in 1992 as CEO and board...

A von Trapp Christmas

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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"Christmas with the von Trapp Children" returns to Bethlehem for the first time since 2006. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin, great-grandchildren of Maria and Baron von Trapp of "The Sound of Music" fame, sing holiday classics, favorites from the world-famous musical and movie, and folk and Broadway tunes, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 - 17, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets: artsqeuest.org, 610-332-3378

Poetry, photos to be linked

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Poet-photographer Marilyn Hazelton presents "Sustaining The Soul," 9 a.m. - noon Nov. 17, FloreAnt Projects Gallery- Studio, 215 Main St., Emmaus.

A selection of Hazelton's original photographic work combining tanka poetry, a Japanese five-phrase poetic form, and images is on display at the gallery Nov. 17- Dec. 15.

Photographers, painters, writers and students are invited to participate. A goal of the workshop is to deepen participants' insights into their own art and that of...

Digging the roots of 'Field Recordings'

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

It would be difficult to encapsulate the impressive and exhaustive work that is musician-author Stephen Wade's "The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience" (University of Illinois Press, $24.95, 477 pp.)

You'd best let Wade do so himself, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, when he performs selections from the CD that accompanies the book, as well as those from his latest CD, "Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition."

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The documentary film, "My Perestroika," will be screened, followed by a question and answer session with director Robin Hessman, 7 p.m. Nov. 19, Oechsle Hall auditorium, Room 224, Lafayette College, Easton. The event is free and open to the public.

Dinner, lecture for 10th year of Da Vinci horse at Baum

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

There can be no dispute that Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the world's most influential and inspiring artists. His work has been immortalized all over the world, including here in the Lehigh Valley.

Before his passing in 1994, Charles Dent began a project to recreate Leonardo's Horse from a couple of inches image into three-dimensional 12- and 24-foot sculptures.

Charles Dent died before he could see the project come to life, but his nephew Peter C. Dent made sure that it would...

With your head in the 'Cloud'

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Cloud Atlas" is the year's most astounding film.

"Cloud Atlas" is an epic in concept, screenplay, casting, directing, cinematography, editing, sound and production design. "Cloud Atlas" is akin to the Hollywood epics of Cecil B. DeMille.

"Cloud Atlas" recalls what big studios films do best and yet it's an indie film at heart, albeit one with a $100-million budget. "Cloud Atlas" shows us new ways of looking at the world, and new ways of thinking about the universe.

This...