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No lullaby of Birdland

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Drummer Tommy Igoe brings new take on big band to Miller Symphony Hall

Grab your favorite partner, put on your dancing shoes and swing the night away, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30, main stage, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

It's a date you won't want to miss when Tommy Igoe, one of the world's most prolific and prominent drummers, performs in concert with his Birdland Big Band.

The Birdland Big Band is made up of 15 of New York City's finest studio musicians, who constantly travel and play with the world's most prestigious music groups when not in the studio.

A book made in heaven for artist, author

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The visual and the written word are powerful forms of expression individually. "Inspiration, Harmony and the World Within" successfully combines the two artistic mediums with breath taking results. The new book, co-authored by Bethlehem residents, Wendy Smale and Alonzo "Zo" Gross, achieves a spiritual and enlightening one-two punch that leaves one captivated by its message and beauty.

Oscar gold in 'Silver Linings'?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Silver Linings Playbook" is amazing, entertaining and profound.

Writer-Director David O. Russell draws from life experience to create a compassionate, funny and charming portrayal of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper), a young man with mental health problems who is trying to get his life back together.

He's released into the care of his Philadelphia area parents, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jacki Weaver). Pat Jr. only wants to get back with his estranged wife, Nikki. However, Pat Jr. meets a young woman, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a widow who has her own problems.

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Hits Revisted: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, above, performs 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem. Revisited was formed in 1995 by former Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook, bass, and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, drums. The group includes John Tristao, lead guitar, lead vocals; Kurt Griffey, lead guitar; and Steve Gunner, guitar, keyboards, harmonica.

OSCAR CONTEST ENTRY FORM

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Readers Pick the Oscar recipients contest for the 85th Academy Awards.

Motion Picture

@$: 5 "Amour"

5 "Argo"

5 "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

5 "Django Unchained"

5 "Les Misérables"

5 "Life of Pi"

5 "Lincoln"

5 "Silver Linings Playbook"

5 "Zero Dark Thirty"

Director

@$: 5 Michael Haneke, "Amour"

5 Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

5 Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"

5 Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"

5 David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Moravian 'Sustainability' exhibit opening

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Constance Garrow Diamond's "Sustainability in Painting," opens with a reception and talk by Diamond, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Payne Gallery, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Bethlehem, where the exhibit continues through Feb. 17.

The exhibition includes 35 works of art constructed as collage using acrylic-mixed medium on paper. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibition supports Moravian College's "Sustainability In Focus" themed programming for the 2012-13 academic year.

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Polly is back: "Artist's Collection," through Feb. 23, Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. Third St., Bethlehem, brings the work of Allentown artist Polly Wood, above, back to public view. Wood is showing a range of work, from her well-known large exaggerated-realism portraits of compelling women whose eyes seem to follow you from the canvas to beyond the frame and around the gallery; to new, colorful, fanciful abstracts, to two-dimensional hanging sounding sculptures you can tap with a mallet. Attend next month's First Friday, 7-10 p.m. Feb.

Koresh course

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by @STANDING HEADS GARTH:JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

From students to stage, Philadelphia dance troupe returning to Allentown for triumphant performance

"Dancers are the purest artists in the world," says Philadelphia's Ronen "Roni" Koresh, who founded the Koresh Dance Company in 1991.

The Koresh Dance Company returns to the Lehigh Valley, 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Koresh was born and raised in Israel and started dancing at the age of 10. He trained with his mother, a folk dancer in the Yemenite tradition. He then became a member of Martha Graham's Batsheva 2 Dance Company at the age of 17.

'Les Miz' big-screen dazzler

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Les Miserables" is an astounding movie, rivaling the best movie musicals ever.

The Top 10 all-time movie musicals, according to an American Film Institute list from 2006, are: 1. "Singing in the Rain" (1952), 2. "West Side Story" (1961), 3. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), 4. "The Sound of Music" (1965), 5. "Cabaret" (1972), 6. "Mary Poppins" (1964), 7. "A Star Is Born" (1954), 8. "My Fair Lady" (1964), 9. "An American in Paris" (1951), and 10. "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944).

While even a list as prestigious as that of AFI is debatable, put "Les Miserables" on your must-see list.

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222

"Bartholomew Fair," 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 24th and Chew streets, Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre&dance.edu, org, 484-664-3333

"Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, 21, Feb 1, 2; 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse. org, 610-865-6665