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Movie Review: Your Oscar picks are showing

Monday, March 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 86th Academy Awards are over. The Oscars have been handed out. However, many of the movies that received Oscars are still playing in theaters.

First, though, here's the winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" contest ... the envelope (and-or email), please:

Mary Heber of Catasauqua.

She won by virtue of having the earliest entry because six other entrants also correctly picked all seven Oscar recipients in the contest: Mimi...

Spotlight On: Pretty in 'Pinkalicious' at State Theatre

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"Pinkalicious," the live action musical based on the popular series of children's books of the same name, will be staged at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

The New York Times best-selling "Pinkalicous" books tell the story of the adventures of a little girl whose parents call her "Pinkalicious" because she loves the color pink.

The "Pinkalicious" series, written by sisters Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, who also illustrates...

March 15 is the deadline for entries

Monday, March 10, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the...

That fiery flamenco on Miller Hall stage

Monday, March 10, 2014 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

With passion, intense emotion and intricate virtuoso guitar playing and footwork, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain. Flamenco was influenced by Arabic, Judaic and the gypsy cultures. Flamenco is about rich, expressive and percussive music, dance and song with foot stomping, clapping and...

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Monday, March 10, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Flamenco soul: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Flamenco Vivo, above, presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The company features an all-star cast of Spanish dancers and musicians in newly-created pieces and a restaging of "Luz y Sombra," an early work by Roberto Lorca, company co-founder, along with Carlota Santana. The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain....

Classical Views: 'Requiem' for Amadeus

Monday, March 3, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

The story of Mozart's "Requiem" is a tragic one. He did not live to finish the piece.

We have glorified the situation through Peter Shaffer's 1979 play and Milos Forman's 1984 movie, "Amadeus," where Mozart is feverishly dictating instructions to his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, about how to finish the piece. Yet, I doubt it was really like that. Death is never easy, and writing a "Requiem" mass in the midst of struggling for your life is difficult to imagine.

What I do know...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA

ARTSQUEST CENTER

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300

"Gloria," 4:45 p.m. March 5; 2:30 p.m. March 6

"12 Years A Slave," 4:30 p.m. March 5; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. March 6; 4:45, 7 p.m. March 7; 12:15, 5, 8 p.m. March 8; noon, 3:45 p.m. March 9; 4:15 p.m. March 10; 7:15 p.m. March 11, 12; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. March 13

"Dallas Buyer's Club," 7:30 p.m. March 5; 7:45 p.m. March 6; 2...

Ron Demkee strikes up the United States Air Force Band

Monday, March 3, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Allentown Band Director Ronald Demkee heads to Montgomery, Ala., to be one of the guest conductors March 7 of the United States Air Force Band. The performance is part of the 80th annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association.

"This is a rather big deal in the band world," says Demkee, director and conductor of the United States' oldest civilian concert band which has been in existence officially since 1828 and averages 45 performances each year.

Demkee conducts the...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS

ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. March 12

SongCycle, 2 - 3 p.m. March 15

Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5

Swing Into Spring with Mike McGrath, 7 p.m. April 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...

Gallery View: Isidro Con Wong dreams up an exhibit at Baum

Monday, March 3, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

"My art reflects my Chinese blood with my Costa Rican spirit," Isidro Con Wong says through his interpreter and fellow painter, Rigo Peralta, owner of Rigo Art, 1131 Linden St., Allentown, at the opening of the exhibition, "The Artwork of Isidro Con Wong," through March 14, The David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.

Peralta has been Wong's champion in the Lehigh Valley and was instrumental in putting his work in front of Baum School of Art gallery...