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A tale of three 'Nutcrackers'

Monday, December 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

This holiday season, the Lehigh Valley again has not one, but three "Nutcracker" ballets: one for each of its three cities.

The Moscow Ballet is at the State Theatre, Easton.

The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet-Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley is at Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem.

Repertory Dance Theatre is at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Each version has its own merits, with guest soloists in starring roles and from 40 to 100 area participants, from elementary-...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA

ARTSQUEST CENTER

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

"Nebraska," 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m. Dec. 13; 1:30, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Dec. 14; 2, 4:15, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 15; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 17; 7:15 p.m. Dec. 18; 4:15, 8:45 p.m. Dec. 19

"Dallas Buyers Club," 7:15 p.m. Dec. 11; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 12

"Philomena," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Dec. 12; 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:25 p.m. Dec. 13...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE SHOWS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Monday, December 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

"A Childs Christmas in Wales," 3 p.m. Dec. 15, staged reading, Selkie Theatre, Anam Cara Farm, 2317 Minnich Road, South Whitehall Township. selkietheatre.org, 484-241-9591

"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. CivicTheatre.com, 610-432-8943

"A Christmas Carol," 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21; 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 22, Crowded Kitchen Players, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St.,...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS

ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

William Allen High School Chorale, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12

Knitting Club December Meeting, 2 p.m. Dec. 14

Used Book Sale, Dec. 16 - 21

Adult Winter Reading Program, Jan. 2 - Feb. 28

Vellamo, 2 p.m. Jan. 11

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...

Theater Review: Travel to 'Maine' at Penna. Playhouse

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you're looking for a holiday season stage show alternative, travel to "Almost, Maine," at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, through Dec. 21.

Clair M. Freeman, Pennsylvania Playhouse production chair, has gotten outstanding performances from the six-person ensemble in the two-hour, two-act drama-comedy written by John Cariani.

The play, which premiered in 2004 at Portland Stage Company, Portland, Me., opened for a one-month run in 2006 off-Broadway in New York City.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE

2400 W. Chew St. Allentown. 484-664-3100

Lehigh Saengerbund, 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Egner Chapel: Christmas concert

@Body.8 Days Head: PENN'S PEAK

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

"Christmas with the Celts," 8 p.m. Dec. 14

Phil Vassar, 8 p.m. Jan. 11

KIX, 8 p.m. Jan. 31

Fran Cosmo, 8 p.m. Feb. 1

Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Feb. 21

Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Feb. 22:...

Theater Review: CKP has a Dickens of a time with 'Carol'

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

About the only thing traditional about the Crowded Kitchen Players' (CKP) "A Christmas Carol," was the snow falling during the matinee, Dec. 8, outside McCoole's Arts and Events Place, Quakertown, where the show continues through Dec. 22.

The "Bah, Humbugs!" are intact, but there's little that's hum-drum about CKP's "Carol."

This is, after all, the CKP's version of "A Christmas Carol": quips, chains and pratfalls all.

While much of the storyline is intact, as is much of...

Swearingen & Kelli: An on-stage match

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Creative collaborations do not often happen easily, nor do they always produce powerful songwriting unions.

But that was the case when A.J. Swearingen and Jayne Kelli met at Judy's Highway Cafe, Tequesta, Fla. The trendy venue brought together two songwriters of different ages, gender and styles who blended beautifully to create a folk-pop duo with undeniable chemistry.

Swearingen & Kelli perform 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, with opening act, Jonathan Beedle, Fowler Blast Furnace...

Theater Review: 'Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge' verdict: funny

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The rule of law prevails in "The Trail Of Ebenezer Scrooge," through Dec. 15, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

DeSales' Act 1 Performing Arts mounts an impressive, satisfying and entertaining production of the clever play by Mark Brown ("Around the World in 80 Days").The show was reviewed opening night, Dec. 4.

The premise is that old Scrooge sues his tormenters from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," charging them with a...