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Theater Review: 'Doin' what comes natur'lly' at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's no theater like community theater.

For a wonderful example, see "Annie Get Your Gun," a good-hearted, energetic production of the classic musical-comedy, weekends through Aug. 10, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Mark Breiner directs the large, and refreshingly young, cast, outfitted lavishly and with colorful variety by costume designer Cathy Scharf in cowboy hats, boots, fringed cowboy shirts, Native American outfits, barker suits, and tuxedoes and gowns (Annie...

Hello, Marilu

Monday, July 21, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Marilu Henner had such a good time last summer at Bucks County Playhouse, she requested a return engagement.

"They said, 'If you're serious, we'll find a great play for you,'" says Henner.

Henner plays Masha in "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike," the 2013 Tony Award winner as best play, through Aug. 10 at the storied New Hope theater that recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.

"Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike" playwright Christopher Durang, a Bucks...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Free Concerts In The Parks, Venues A to B

Friday, July 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus



328 S. Main St., Alburtis. 610-463-7725

Hickory Rose, 3 p.m. July 27

The Phat Boys, 3 p.m. Aug. 3

Midnight Special, 3 p.m. Aug. 10

Jakes Country Band, 3 p.m. Aug. 17

Country Rhythm Band, 3 p.m. Aug. 24

JW and the Buicks, 3 p.m. Aug. 31


Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown. 610-437-7757

Mike Pilgermayer, noon July 29


Movie Review: 'Begin Again' a major-key minor film

Monday, July 21, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Begin Again" is one of the most unromantic romantic comedies in recent memory.

There's little romancing, but lots of talking about romance, and plenty of singing about romance in "Begin Again."

The film is of chief interest for the performance of its star, Keira Knightley, who finally breaks free of her bodice-bound costume drama roles, namely those in "Anna Karenina" (2012),"The Duchess" (2008), "Silk" (2007), "Atonement" (2007), "Pride & Prejudice" (2005) and "King...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Literary Events

Friday, July 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS


1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400

The Wilhelm Brothers, 2 p.m. Aug. 9

Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds

Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds

Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds

Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays



8 DAYS A WEEK: Concerts, Venues M to W

Friday, July 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS


Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 800-468-7669

Kiss, Def Leppard, 7 p.m. Aug. 9

Josh Groban, 7 p.m. Aug. 26

@Body.8 Days Head: PENN'S PEAK

325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325

3 Doors Down Acoustic, 8 p.m. July 24

Ziggy Marley, 8 p.m. July 31

Great White, Vixen, 8 p.m. Aug. 15

Winger, Firehouse, 8 p.m. Sept. 5

@Body.8 Days Head: PPL...

The many muses of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso

Monday, July 21, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's an extraordinary exhibit this summer at the Baum School of Art.

"Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso: Symbolism & Romance" surrounds you with the realm of the senses.

Dr. Christine I. Oaklander, former Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Allentown Art Museum; Arts Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and guest curator, brought together 19 pastels and oils by Gonzalez Dellosso, who teaches figure drawing and painting at the National Academy School, New York City....

8 DAYS A WEEK: Concerts, Part One, Venues A to M

Friday, July 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS


Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, 8 p.m. July 24

Run River North, 8 p.m. July 25

Spin Doctors, 8 p.m. July 25

ManDudeBro, 10:30 p.m. July 25, Blue Cinema; Aug. 1, Red Cinema

Sandino, 9 p.m. July 26, Blast Furnace Room

The Fixx, 7:30 p.m. July 30

Chip Chantry, 8 p.m. July 31: "Two Laugh Minimum," Blue Cinema


State Theatre arts center announces 2014 - '15 season

Monday, July 21, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, has announced its 88th season. Tickets for the new season go on sale to State Theatre members Aug. 5 and to the public Aug. 19. Outside promoter concerts are on sale now.

The box office window at 453 Northampton St. opens at 6 a.m. Online ticketing and phone lines open at noon. There's a limit if 10 tickets per member per performance during members-only sales.

Ticket information:, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Free Concerts In The Parks, Venues C to W

Friday, July 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CATASAUQUA PARK

501 American St., Catasauqua. 610-264-0571

Prugal, 7 p.m. July 25

That Being Said, 7 p.m. Aug. 1

James Supra, 7 p.m. Aug. 8

Easton School of Rock, 7 p.m. Aug. 15

Steel Creek, 7 p.m. Aug. 22

Common Bond, 7 p.m. Aug. 29

@Body.8 Days Head: COPLAY PARK

Second and Kiefer streets, Coplay. 610-262-6088

The Aardvarks, 6 p.m. Aug. 22

Crazy Hearts, 1 p.m. Aug. 23

Lucky 7, 6 p.m. Aug....