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His blood pressure's normal; Lewis Black's rants are not

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Lewis Black, one of the most prolific and popular performers working today, brings his latest tour, "The Rant is Due," and his triple-threat skills as a comedian, actor and author to the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, for two shows, 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22.

Black has a long history with the Lehigh Valley, previously performing at Lehigh University and the State Theatre.

"I love Easton," Black says in a recent phone interview. "Every time I go there, things have changed for the better. More shops. More art galleries. A lot of energy. The people are great."

PSF announces 2014 season

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by The Press in Focus

'Macbeth,' 'Lend Me a Tenor,' 'Fiddler on the Roof,' 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' on stage at Labuda

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's 23rd season features Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in repertory with the comedy, "Lend Me a Tenor"; the Bard's romantic comedy, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," and the beloved musical, "Fiddler on the Roof."

The season also includes Tina Packer's "Women of Will," which will launch a national tour following its run at PSF.

The PSF season opens May 30 and runs through Aug. 3 in Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the Center Valley campus of DeSales University.

Parkland graduate to sing at Zoellner

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley native and Parkland High School graduate Denise Donatelli, accompanied by Geoffrey Keezer on the piano, sings in concert, 7 and 9 p.m. Nov. 22, Lehigh University Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. The concert is Zoellner's first on-stage cabaret of the season.

Donatelli has recorded four albums, three of which have received Grammy nominations including: Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist.

The Los Angeles Jazz Society named her 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by The Press in Focus

JFK programs

Northampton Community College, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township, will commemorate the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy and his death 50 years ago Nov. 22, 1963.

A presentation, "John F. Kennedy: Our Peace President," featuring the video, "The Untold History of the United States: JFK on the Brink," sponsored by the NCC Forum on Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution, will be presented at 11 a.m. Nov. 21, Room 169, College Center.

Train talk, exhibits at Heritage Museum

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Railroading is the subject of former train engineer Michael Bednar's lecture and book-signing, 1 p.m. Nov. 23, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The program is being held in conjunction with the museum's "Holiday Model Railroad Exhibit," through Jan. 12, which includes The Polar Express, Thomas the Tank Engine, and other train layouts.

Bednar, a nationally-recognized authority on railroads in Pennsylvania, has authored 11 books and written more than 50 articles for Railroad Press magazine.

Classical Views: Do you love to sing?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

Allentown Symphony Chorus holding auditions

I remember growing up in Pasadena, Calif., with the family gathered around the player piano in the living room having a great time singing together. Singing has always been a part of my life and it is within this type of personal engagement with music that I feel most fulfilled.

Throughout all age ranges, singing has been a positive outlet for emotions and a way to express joy. Music has that wonderful ability to convey different types of emotions. Singing is a great way to share in the music-making.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Organ concert for anniversary

St. John's Lutheran Church organist Stephen Williams performs a concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov 22, St. John's Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of St. John's pipe organ built by the Reuter Organ Company, Lawrence, Kan.

The concert program, part of the Arts at St. John's series that Williams directs, is said to be identical to that of a November 1993 concert when the organ was dedicated.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus


@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS


31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333

The Armory Show: A Centennial Tribute, through Nov. 17, Trexler Gallery

Mythological Creatures in Textiles, through Nov. 17, Goodman Gallery

Hidden Treasures: American Photography from the Museum's Collection, through Dec. 8, Payne Hurd Gallery

Contemporary Fiber Art with Kayla O'Connor, noon Dec. 4

Intersections Between Science, Nature and Art with Diane Husic, 1 p.m. Dec. 8

South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days: DANCE


Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542

East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 10

West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Nov. 19, 26

Night Club Two-Step, 7 p.m. Nov. 19, 26

Country Waltz, 7 p.m. Dec. 17

15th Anniversary Winter Ball, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4

Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays


Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150

Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 - 10 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"