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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

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She's back: Hear and see Kathleen Madigan, above, described as the "funniest woman doing stand-up right now," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Madigan performed at the State Theatre in April 2012. She has released four CDs, three DVDs, done two HBO specials, three Comedy Central specials and three CMT "Salute to the Troops" specials with Ron White. Her hour-long special, "Gone Madigan" premiered on Showtime. Madigan has done two USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. She was a top three finalist in season two and a judge on season five of NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Madigan's State Theatre show is intended for mature audiences. Tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton;.statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

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Zen is when: Zen For Primates, above, performs what group members say is its final concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, in the "Jazz Upstairs" series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The cabaret-rock band includes, above, left to right, Pete Fluck, saxophone, harmonica; T. Roth, vocals; Shelagh Maloney, violin; Mike Krisukas, guitar, vocals, and Jodi Beder, cello. The group's 32-year career includes the studio recordings, "Mary Ann's Dead Husband Was My Stella Novagratz," "It's Polka Time," "Blessed Are The Sheepherders," "Albatross" and "When It's Xmas Time In Tibet"; the live album, "Alive And Bell," and the DVD, "Anyone For A Little DVD?" Zen, has garnering critical acclaim at venues from the Lehigh Valley to New York City to Los Angeles. Said Ed Stasium, Grammy-winning producer (The Ramones, Talking Heads, Mick Jagger): "Zen For Primates is a collaboration of the most amazing group of musicians I have ever seen." The concert is sold out. Information: Miller Symphony Hall Box Office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715

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A glowing musical: John Tartaglia's "ImaginOcean," billed as a glow-in-the-dark family musical, will be presented for two performances, 1, 4 p.m. Oct. 19, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Said to be a one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, "ImaginOcean," is a musical for families and children. In the play, Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel are three best friends who are fish. Their journey of discovery starts with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they sing, dance and make new friends, including those in the audience. The book is by Tartaglia. The music, ranging from swing to R&B, is by William Wade. The show uses blacklight sets and lighting and puppets with fabric, giving the illusion that the puppets are floating. The musical, which began off-Broadway, is on a national tour. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall Box Office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715

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