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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Landing the laughs: "Boeing, Boeing" lands the laughs at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. But you'd better make your reservations now because the show ends its run this weekend. The farce, based on a French play, was made into a movie in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. The Playhouse cast, above, left to right, Annie Locke (Gretchen), Mark A. Saylor (Robert), Beth Linzer (Berthe), Joanne Rooney (Gloria), Seth Rohrbach (Bernard) and Kelly-Anne Rohrbach (Gabriella), is directed by Mark Breiner. The play continues at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 3.

MORAVIAN

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Warren tribute

A quintet of Pete Smyser, seven-string guitarist; Larry McKenna, saxophone; Tom Lawton, piano; Madison Rast, bass; and Dan Monaghan, drums, present "Jeepers Creepers!," a music tribute to Harry Warren, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Foy Concert Hall. Hurd Campus, Moravian College.

The concert will be recorded for a future CD release. Smyser's previous concert at Moravian, "The Jerome Kern Concert," was released on CD last year and rose to the Top 50 in jazz radio play nationally for several weeks.

OSCAR CONTEST ENTRY FORM

Wednesday, January 23, 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.

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"

Actor

Submit poems for Focus section, WDIY

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.

The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.

THEATER REVIEW Laughter soars in PPH 'Boeing, Boeing'

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

Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem leads off its 2013 "Director's Cut" season with the divine farce, "Boeing Boeing," weekends through Feb. 3. This bit of mid-century madness is a revival of the 1960 French play written by Marc Camoletti and translated into English by Beverly Cross and Francine Evans. It was also released as a Hollywood film in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

The comedy, featuring a six-member ensemble, is a fast-paced romp with each cast member having an equally important role in the furthering and ultimately resolving of the plot.

Cook lends Creedence to Revisiting hits

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

The songs remain the same, and that's just fine for Creedence Clearwater Revisited bass player and 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stu Cook.

The band, which formed in 1995 and actively tours throughout the United States and abroad, recently completed a four-night "Rock Legends" cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to the northern coast of Haiti.

Back on terra firma, Creedence continues an extensive 2013 tour schedule with an 8 p.m. Jan. 23 concert at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem.

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

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

"Divine Intervention," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1; 1, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 484-866-1513

"In The Mood," 3, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter. org, 610-758-2787

"Pinkalicious," 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Feb. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 452 Northampton St., Easton. statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE

Students of Bach in 'Family Concert'

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

"Composing from the Ground Up: The Chaconne Project" may sound like a daunting prospect.

Not for eight student composers whose work will be featured in the annual The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra Family Concert: "The Write Stuff," 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University.

Every work on the program was written by composers under the age of 25, including the young Bach.

Long and shorts of film-maker's journey

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Stephanie Gardner wrote her way into film-making.

Gardner, an Emmaus High School, Class of '04, graduate living in New York City, screens seven of her short films, 3 p.m. Jan. 26, The Barrister's Club, 1114 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken for the production of Gardner's next short, "Paris in Winter," set to lens next month in Montreal, Canada. "It's meant to be the antithesis of the typical Paris love story," Gardner says.

Boy, Oh, Boe!

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

Celebrated 'Les Miserables' English tenor in Lehigh Valley debut at Miller Symphony Hall

Although celebrated tenor Alfie Boe is best-known worldwide as one of Britain's top operatic tenors, he would prefer you think of him as a vocalist.

Proving his versatility again and again, Boe, born Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, has collaborated with the likes of such diverse performers as Robert Plant, Nick Jonas and former Spice Girl Mel C.