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Friday, April 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Sly dog:Kinky Friedman, above left, Texas singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist and politician, performs at 7 p.m. April 19, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, Friedman, who styles himself in the tradition of American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain, formed the band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys, releasing his first satiric country-rock album in 1973. Among his infamous tunes are “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore.” In 2006, he ran for governor of Texas. In 2007, a compilation of his tunes sung by other artists, including Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kelly Willis, was released. Friedman lives near Kerrville, Tex., where he founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. Opening the concert: Brian Molnar, who produced Friedman’s latest album, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met” (2015). Tickets:, 610-867-2390


Center City Classics:The “Arts at St. John’s” April “Noon-10 Concerts” continue at St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, with Allentown Symphony Orchestra musicians. April 18 is Robin Kani, above, Principal Flute, Allentown Symphony Orchestra; Frances Duffy, Principal Harp, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, performing Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020, Bach; “Danse Lente,” Jongen; “Andante con Variazioni,” Rossini; “Deux Preludes Romantiques,” Op. 17, Tournier; “Quatre Pieces pour flute et harpe,” De Rohozinski, and “Three Fragments,” Lutoslawski. The April series concludes 7:30 p.m. April 28 with the Allentown Symphony Chorus and Allentown Symphony Brass, Percussion and Organ. Concerts are free and open to the public. A free-will offering is taken. Information:

Talking points:Charles Krauthammer, above, gives a talk at 8 p.m. April 20, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton. Krauthammer has been honored across the political spectrum, from the famously-liberal People for the American Way to the staunchly-conservative Bradley Foundation. Since 1985, Krauthammer has written a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He is the author of the New York Times No 1 Bestseller, “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics,” contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and appears nightly on Fox’s “Special Report with Bret Baier.” Meet & Greet tickets, 6:30 p.m. Acopian Ballroom, are available. Tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton;, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132