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Bringing 'Memphis' to State Theatre

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"First and Foremost, it's about the music," says Colin Byrne, cast manager for the Tony Award-winning, "Memphis," to explain the popularity of the Broadway hit that comes to the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., at 3 p.m. Feb. 9.

Byrne, an Easton native and 2000 graduate of Wilson Area High School, says the musical evokes the spirit of the 1950's when music bridged the gap between blacks and whites.

"It's inspired by true events when radio deejays were able to...

Whose show is it? Theirs, at the State

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Fans of the popular improvisational ensemble comedy series, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," can see the show's stars Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie perform their trademark improv, "The Two Man Group," 8 p.m. Feb. 7, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

This live performance brings the action of televised show, now seen on The CW, directly to the State Theatre audience.

"It's all improvised," explains Brad Sherwood. "The audience gives all of the suggestions....

8 DAYS A WEEK

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

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

ARTSQUEST

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

Open Mic Night with Billy Bauer, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Strawberry Fields, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6: Beatles tribute, Musikfest Café

Wanamaker Lewis, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Mike Mettalia, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Sarah Miles, 8:30 p.m...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1: 40th anniversary show and final performances, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-867-2390

"Fancy Nancy," 1, 4 p.m. Feb. 22: Vital Theatre Company, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. 610-432-6715

Lehigh Valley Standup Comic Showcase: Tyler Rothrock, 11 p.m. Feb. 8: Featuring Nate Marshall, Garrett Smith, Randy Tonge, Blue Cinema, ArtsQuest...

8 DAYS A WEEK

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

@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA

ARTSQUEST CENTER

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

"Inside Llewyn Davis," 7:15 p.m. Feb. 5; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6; 7 p.m. Feb. 7; 12:45, 5:45 p.m. Feb. 8; 3:45 p.m. Feb. 9; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12; 4:45 p.m. Feb. 13

"Labor Day," 4:45, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6; 4:30, 7:15, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7; 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8; 12:30, 2:45, 5 p.m. Feb. 9; 7:30 p.m. Feb...

Entries open for Student Poetry Project

Tuesday, February 4, 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...

8 DAYS A WEEK

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

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

PENN'S PEAK

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

Changes in Latitude, 8 p.m. Feb. 8: Jimmy Buffet tribute

Remember When, 7 p.m. Feb. 15: Valentine's Dinner Dance

Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Feb. 21

Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Feb. 22: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute

Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. March 1: Pink Floyd tribute

Jessie's Girl, Voyage, 8 p.m. March 7: 1980s music tribute

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Gallery View: Boxing for lessons of life

Monday, January 27, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Marco Calderon is a Mexican American photo journalist from Allentown who longed to give back to his community.

With "Fighters," a series of photographs of boxers from Luis Melendez's Allentown Boxing and Youth Program, he was able to do just that. In a an exhibit of portraits on display through Jan. 28, at Re:find, 437 Northampton St., Easton, he captures the drive, the fighting spirit and the heart behind the youths in the program.

"I'm a Mexican immigrant," explains Calderon...

Classical Views: Keeping score

Monday, January 27, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

Have you ever watched a film with the sound turned off? It is amazing how much the music can influence the emotional impact of the film.

Experiments have been made using different types of music with a film to see how this changes the reaction of the audience members. The same scene can make you either laugh, or cry, depending upon the music selected.

Over the years, many directors have utilized compositions by classical composers on the soundtracks of their films. Many...

Spotlight On: The dawning of new songs in 'Hair'

Monday, January 27, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The production of "Hair" being presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton," will "let the sun shine in" on two new songs.

The show's director Diane Paulus explained in a recent interview that this version of "Hair," based on the 2009 Broadway production which received a musical revival Tony, is somewhat different than previous ones:

"The book has been updated by one of the co-creators, James Rado, and this particular production...