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'Billboard Sitters' go for the bucks at Bucks

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by DAWN NIXON Special to The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley-based film-maker Zeke Zelker takes his production, "The WTYT 960 Billboard Sitters!," to Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, where it runs 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 8 - 11.

Zelker debuted a version of the play Nov. 7, 2013, at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Zelker, a 1988 Emmaus High School graduate, has been a film-maker since 1996. His films have been presented at the Sundance Film Festival and his feature film, "InSearchOf," is said to be the seventh most viewed film on Hulu.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Fire Prevention

"Fire Prevention Week" will be observed with an outdoor exhibit, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 4, weather permitting, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The event will feature area fire fighters in uniform, along with vintage and modern fire trucks. Sparky the Fire Dog will appear to promote fire safety while posing for family photos and autographs. Children can design and color their own fire hats and badges and make Sparky the Dog puppets.

Ron Smith, a 20-year veteran firefighter, of Hellertown, is guest curator.

'The Effect' of hope in Lehigh U. theater department play

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by LISA KOCAY Special to The Press in Focus

"The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" might initially come across as a comedy, when it is quite the opposite.

The Lehigh Department of Theatre production of the play continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 -3, Diamond Theater, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

The play written by Paul Zindel, Jr. received the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Obie Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as Best American Play in 1971.

Maps making history at LVHM

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Kieran McAuliffe, creator of "History Maps," speaks about researching and creating maps that illuminate history in new and vivid ways at 1 p.m. Oct. 11, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum (LVHM), 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

"His [McAuliffe's] maps are astonishingly accurate, expertly arranged and fascinating to read. They take you on an unforgettable geographical journey back in time," Joseph Garrera, LVHM Executive Director, said.

The curtain rises

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by DAWN NIXON Special to The Press in Focus

State Theatre Center for the Arts opens 88th season with unveiling of new 'main rag' for its stage shows

The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, unveiled its new stage curtain on opening night of its 88th season.

The new curtain is the culmination of a successful fund drive by the theater to replace its old, worn "main rag," as main stage curtains are called.

"The State Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places," says Shelley Brown, President and CEO of the State Theatre Center For The Arts, Inc., to a reporter for Lehigh Valley Press after the Sept. 20 unveiling.

"We are a very old building," Brown notes.

Movie Review: 'Dolphin Tale 2' charming

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you are fascinated by dolphins and are looking for an entertaining family movie, consider "Dolphins Tale 2."

The charming movie has a good cast, including two outstanding young leads; gentle humor, life lessons, and then there are those dolphins.

Dolphins connect us to the sea. They are human-like in their reactions. Their cherubic faces are in a perpetual state of bliss.

That's not always the cast for Winter, the rescue dolphin of the first "Dolphin Tale" movie that was outfitted with a prosthetic tailfin after its fin was caught in a crab trap.

Civic Theatre514 completes renovation

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown has reopened its Theatre514 screening room after renovating the facility in August.

Seating capacity in-creased from 60 to 92 seats, which includes cup-holders, with new steel-enforced risers. The custom-made seating is by Irwin Seating Company, seating contractor for PPL Center, Allentown.

"We really have listened to those who have come to Theatre514 and who have asked us to provide them with a better overall experience. We believe this renovation accomplishes that beautifully," said Michael Traupman, Civic Theatre Managing Director.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Auditions set

The Allentown Symphony Chorus, now in its second season under the direction of Chorus Director Eduardo Azzati, will perform Beethoven's 9th with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestra Diane Wittry in its April 11 and 12, 2015, concerts.

There are immediate openings for volunteer chorus members in each voice part. The first two audition dates are 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 2 and 6 - 9 p.m. Nov. 6.

Rehearsal schedule, audition application, and other information is available at:


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Actors sought

Actors are being sought to portray characters involved in a murder-suicide that took place along the Lehigh Canal in Freemansburg in 1898. The tragedy is the basis for a ghost walk that is part of "Haunted Hugh Moore Park," a new Halloween event sponsored by the City of Easton and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.