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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...

Movie Review: 'Philomena' tells her story

Monday, December 9, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Many of the best non-documentary feature films of 2013 have been based on true stories.

These include "Dallas Buyers Club," "12 Years A Slave," "Captain Phillips," "The Butler" and "42."

"Philomena" is another of the year's best films where the adage applies: "Truth is stranger than fiction."

The film should bring an Oscar actress nomination for Dame Judy Dench in the title role.

Philomena (Dench) is an elderly Irish woman who wants to get in touch with the son...

Theater Review: Touchstone 'Follies' makes season merry

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Visitors to the Christmas City, as well as theater-goers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, should include Touchstone Theatre's "Christmas City Follies IV" on their itinerary. The show, continuing through Dec. 22, is bright and will make your season merry.

When the big quilted curtain goes up on the stage of the south side Bethlehem theater, audiences are in for an evening of sketch comedy better than, for example, much of this season's "Saturday Night Live" in originality, writing...


Monday, December 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The White House's18-1/2-foot-tall Douglass fir tree grown at Crystal Springs Farm, Lehighton, is one in a long line of Christmas trees supplied to presidents and first families stretching all the way back to the late 1800s.

A slide-lecture about the history behind this and other White House holiday customs will be presented, 1 p.m. Dec. 14, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum (LVHM), 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

"The slide presentation will explore many of the public and private...

Theater Review: Civic again keeps 'Christmas Carol' well

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

If you don't feel the Christmas spirit after seeing "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 21 at Civic Theatre of Allentown, you might get a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking.

This terrifically well-done production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is directed and choreographed by William Sanders. The play was adapted by Sanders and Sharon Lee Glassman for the Civic production. It couldn't be better.

From the scary, green-gilled Ghost of Jacob Marley (John Kuchar) to the...


Monday, December 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Students from the Northampton Dance Ensemble and the Acta Non Verba dance club will perform pieces choreographed by Northampton Community College dance faculty at a Winter Danceworks event, 11:15 a.m. Dec. 12 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for a local food bank.

Information: 610-861-5300

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS


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

Swearingen and Keli, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15

Start Making Sense, 9 p.m. Dec. 31: Talking Heads tribute; Great White Caps; HmfO: Hall and Oates tribute

Leon Russell, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3

Stanley Clarke, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10

The Aardvarks, 8 p.m. Jan. 18

The Front Bottoms, 8 p.m. Jan. 31

Angélique Kidjo, 8 p.m. Feb. 19...

PYB's 45th 'Nutcracker' music goes live

Monday, December 9, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley celebrates the 45th year of its staging of the "Nutcracker" with an orchestra of 45 musicians, The South Side Sinfonietta, directed by Eugene Albulescu, along with a chorus of 20 children, the Nutcracker Treble Choir, led by choral director Christine Lerew.

PYB's "Nutcracker" is at 1, 4 p.m. Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

"The highlight...


Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS


31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333

South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery

American Wildlife Art, through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale Galleries

Drawings on Character: The Art of Children's Graphic Novels, through Dec. 29, Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery

Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through Feb. 23, Goodman Gallery