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Tradition's the thing

Monday, June 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival couldn't have chosen a more beloved classic than "Fiddler on the Roof" to open its 23rd season.

For PSF, noted for presenting the classics of Shakespeare and the Broadway stage, to borrow from the beloved "Fiddler" song, it's "Tradition."

"It's certainly a musical that our audiences have wanted us to do," says Dennis Razze, PSF associate artistic director, directing "Fiddler," June 11 - 29, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS

ALLENTOWN FAIR

Grandstand, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947

Pitbull, 7 p.m. Aug. 26

Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Lady Antebellum, 7 p.m. Aug. 28

Tim McGraw, Jana Kramer, 7 p.m. Aug. 29

Hunter Hayes, The Swon Brothers, 7 p.m. Aug. 30

Fresh Beat Band, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31

@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST CENTER

SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY

Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542

Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays

@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION

Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-433-4150

Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"

@Body.8 Days Head: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF ALLENTOWN

702 N. 22nd St., Allentown. 610-435-3571

Israeli Dancing, 7:30 p.m. Mondays:...

11th Southside Film Festival is for 'reel'

Monday, June 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 11th annual Southside Film Festival (SSFF), through June 14 in Bethlehem, brings 75-plus films from around the world to the Lehigh Valley.

About one dozen film-makers are expected for question and answer sessions about their films being shown at SSFF 2014, which kicked off with a June 9 fundraiser and June 10 opening night party.

Look for the crew from director James Arrabito's dramady feature, "Brooklyn Umemployed"; Craig Colton, director, "Cat Power" comedy short; and Amy...

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

MONTAGE MOUNTAIN

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

Cage the Elephant & Kongos, 4 p.m. June 22

Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, 8 p.m. July 4

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

Live Wire, 8 p.m. June 13

Reo Speedwagon, 8 p.m. June 20

The Turtles...

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Monday, June 9, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Nero plays: Peter Nero, above, will tickle the ivories for "Peter Nero's Broadway," 8 p.m. June 14, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. Nero will be accompanied by Michael Barnett, his principal bassist for 18 years. The evening includes Cole Porter's "Night and Day"; Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory," and a medley of songs from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story." Nero founded the Philly Pops, for 35 years directed Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and is its...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

"A Chorus Line," June 11 -29: 8 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Empie Theatre, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/SMT, 484-664-3333

"Celebration USA," through July 6, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. 610-433-2333

"Cinderella," through Aug. 2: meet cast after performance, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theater, Labuda...

Movie Review: 'Maleficent' is no sleeper

Monday, June 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to re-imagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficent," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voiceover narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficent."

"Maleficent" is anything but quaint and charming. "...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

ARTSQUEST

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

Howie Day, 7:30 p.m. June 11

Vanessa Carlton, 7:30 p.m. June 20

Los Monstros, 1 p.m. June 21: Sabor Latin Festival

Mambo Kaliente, 2:30 p.m. June 21: Sabor Latin Festival

Salsa Caribe, 7 p.m. June 21: Sabor Latin Festival

Nitschmann Middle School Step Team, 4 p.m. Sabor Latin Festival

Hector Rosado, 5:30...

Miller Symphony Hall

Monday, June 2, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Single tickets are now on sale for the 2014-'15 season at Miller Symphony Hall.

Meanwhile this summer at the hall at 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, the balcony seats will be replaced. The plan designed by Roberson Butz Architects is intended to preserve the vintage beauty of the space while making it more comfortable.

With expanded programming and events at Miller Symphony Hall, the balcony has been put to more use. The seats are wooden and narrow. Some of the seats still have a...