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Mayfair: Seven festivals in one

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

There's visual arts, plus themed days: classic rock, jazz, country, bluegrass-folk

Mayfair Festival Of The Arts has always been viewed as an unofficial kickoff to the Lehigh Valley's busy festival season. Mayfair, now in its 29th year, has continued to evolve much like the changing seasons it heralds.

The four-day event runs May 22 - 25 at the Allentown Fairgrounds. The festival was relocated from its longtime location in Allentown's Cedar Beach park three years ago.

Tom Goehring brings all-star quintet to Miller Symphony Hall

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall continues to bring Jazz to downtown Allentown. The monthly "Jazz Upstairs" provides listeners with an intimate clubby vibe.

The Tom Goehring Quintet is the latest offering in the ongoing series. The group bring its smooth easy groove to the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, 7:30 p.m. May 15.

Spotlight: Paul Bond to go old-school at Wise Crackers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Paul Bond is an old-school comedian. He combines politically-incorrect humor with impressions, physical comedy and song. He could easily be described as a one-man variety show.

Bond performs two shows, 9 p.m. May 15, 16, Wise Crackers Comedy Club, Ramada Inn, 1500 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 145) Whitehall.

Bond is the headliner. Pat DaBiere is the evening's emcee. Corey Alexander opens for Bond.

Bond 55, a Long Island native, has been performing old-school comedy since the time it was new school, or in other words, for around 20 years.

Another side of Jeff Daniels at Mauch Chunk Opera House

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Say the name Jeff Daniels and music is probably not the first thing that springs to mind.

The acclaimed actor has had a long career on stage (he founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in his home town of Chelsea, Mich., for which he's written plays), in film ("Ragtime," "Terms Of Endearment," "The Purple Rose Of Cairo") and on television (the critically-acclaimed HBO series, "The Newsroom," for which he received a 2013 Lead Actor Drama Series Emmy for his role as Will McAvoy).

Wise Crackers: Mitch Fatel looks at love from both sides now

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Mitch Fatel likes to talk about sex and married life. While many comics dish on common themes related to marriage such as children, a nagging spouse and household chores, Fatel has a much different take on married life.

Fatel appears for two shows at 9 p.m. May 8 and 9, Wise Crackers Comedy Club, Ramada Inn, 1500 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 145) Whitehall.

"Well, my style of comedy is basically about my hot bisexual wife, which is where I'm at in my life right now," explains Fatel during a phone interview.

The No Fuss living-room experience coming to Godfrey's

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

No Fuss And Feathers Roadshow is a four-part mix of great friends, sweet harmonies, bouncy rhythms and straight-up fun. The folk quartet is in concert at 8 p.m. May 8, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

The group is: Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver, Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale. Fans may be familiar with Miles and Mafale as folk duo The YaYas.

Individually, each of the four is acclaimed and award-winning singer-songwriters on the folk scene.

Mike Speirs one of the comedy 'Nobodies' you should know

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

In stand-up comedy, everyone starts out as a "nobody," unknown to the general public and hustling to catch the break-out moment.

The "Nobodies of Comedy" intends to change the fortunes of some of the best up and coming young comics. The popular comedy franchise assembles a small group of comics who are highly-regarded yet virtually unknown.

The annual "Nobodies of Comedy" tour makes a stop at 8 p.m. May 2 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Dance to her music: Rachael Sage at Macungie Institute

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Nashville is roughly 800 miles away, but at 8 p.m. April 25 it will be as near as the Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie. "Bringing Nashville North: Writers In The Round" showcases four acclaimed singer-songwriters in an intimate setting.

The Writers In The Round concert host is this year's Listen Live Music, Inc. Artist-in-Residence, songwriter Craig Bickhardt, who will be joined in the round (true, Nashville Bluebird style in the center of the room) by David Mowry (of Beaucoup Blue), Camela Widad and Rachael Sage. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Allentown Jazz Festival brings top talent to downtown

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

It is about to get jazzy in center-city Allentown. The inaugural Allentown Jazz Fest launches April 28 and continues through May 3. The six-day event will take place at various sites throughout the revitalized downtown district.

The Allentown Jazz Fest has been just shy of a year in the making, according to Atty. Bryan Tuk, Executive Director and CEO of Performing Arts Live, organizer of the event.