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Towpath to history

Monday, July 14, 2014 by DAWN NIXON Special to The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley residents and visitors can travel back in time aboard the Josiah White II canal boat which plies the Lehigh Canal.

Instead of pulling a canal boat laden with coal, produce or other items, today's mules, Hank and George, pull a canal boat of tourists.

The 40-minute trip passes canal-side greenery to the Locktender's House and Guard Lock No. 8. An on-board tour guide tells the story of the Lehigh Canal and what life was like for those working and living along the...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Free Concerts In The Parks

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CATASAUQUA PARK

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

Phat Boys, 7 p.m. July 18

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...


Monday, July 14, 2014 by PHOTO BY SCOTT SNYDER in Focus

A little "Gruff!": The world premiere of the musical, "Gruff!," continues through July 26, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) , Studio Theatre, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Lana Gallo (Gruff the Goat), above, with Aquifer the Troll (puppeteered by Christopher Sheer), leads the interactive, puppet-filled musical. MSMT commissioned the show from the theater group, Doppelskope. Tickets:, 484-664-3333...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Free Concerts In The Parks

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by The Press in Focus



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

Texas Fever, 3 p.m. July 20

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


Movie Review: 'Echo' echoes teen-age angst

Monday, July 14, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Earth To Echo" echoes several summer sci-fi and coming-of-age movies, notably "Cloverfield" (2008), "The Goonies" (1985), "Stand By Me" (1986), "E.T." (1982) and "American Graffiti" (1973).

While "Earth To Echo" is derivitive, it is "the" discovery of the 2014 summer movie season so far, with performances by four pre-teen relative unknowns in their big-screen leading role debuts.

"Earth To Echo" is simply a lot of fun. It's uncomplicated, unassuming and naive in its story of...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Lehigh Valley Summer Theater

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by The Press in Focus


"Ain't Misbehavin,'" Aug. 14 - Sept. 7, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. 215-862-2121

"Annie Get Your Gun," 8 p.m. July 25, 26, Aug. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9; 6 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665

"Cinderella," 10 a.m. Wednesday - Saturday, through Aug. 2: also, 2 p.m. July 25, 29, 30, 31; meet cast after performance, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theater,...

Will's 'Women'

Monday, July 14, 2014 by SHARLEE DiMENICHI Special to The Press in Focus

Exploring the obstacles that females face might seem centuries beyond Shakespeare. Suffragettes and coffee klatches do not form the stuff of Elizabethan plays.

But "Women of Will" playwright and star, Tina Packer, says the Bard's sensitivity and empathy enabled him to uncover the depths of the female psyche.

"Shakespeare actually saw the predicament women were in," says Packer, founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, Mass.

"Women of Will," July 20...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Literary Events

Thursday, July 17, 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

Thursday, July 17, 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

BB King, 8 p.m. July 18

Ted Nugent, 8 p.m. July 23

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

Ziggy Marley, 8 p.m. July 31

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