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Thursday, November 20, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

True blue collar: Bill Engvall, above, part of the successful "Blue Collar Comedy" genre, returns for two shows, 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Engvall's first album, "Here's Your Sign," was certified platinum and was No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks, peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Current Country Album Chart and reached the Top 50 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart. The single of the same name was ranked No. 1 on Billboard's Country...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Her "Secrets": Tammy Donchez, above, of Bethlehem Township, will sign her first published book, "Megan's Secrets," 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 16, Quadrant Book Mart & Café, 20 N. Third St., Easton. "Megan's Secrets" tells the tale of University of Pennsylvania Law Student Megan Ann Foley and how she finds herself face to face with her past and the sexy blue eyes of prominent Philadelphia Atty. Michael Dean Sandt. She has to find a way to keep her past and family secrets from Michael so she...

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Already," alrighty: Claudia Schmidtl, above, performs songs, including "Already," from her new Red House album, "New Whirled Order," at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. It's her first studio album for the Grammy-winning indie label since 2000. The album includes master jazz guitarist Dean Magraw and an ensemble of other great players. Schmidt, with a multi-octave voice, blends folk and jazz idioms. The album marks a return to the national spotlight. As her career...

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Hear America": The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents The American Boychoir, above, in "I Hear America Singing," a gala concert and fundraiser, 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem. The pre-concert benefactor cocktail reception, dinner and auction takes place in the Hotel Bethlehem Grand Ballroom at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The Boychoir fall national tour features classical and world music, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Gershwin and Lennon and McCartney. Under...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Grand illusion: David Caserta has performed around the country for the last 20 years presenting his unique style of grand illusion. Back by popular demand, his "Haunted Illusions" returns to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and is sure to be fun for the entire family. Featured in this year's performance are several illusions that Caserta spent up to six years developing. You'll be stunned and amazed as master illusionist Caserta has people levitating, disappearing and...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by The Press in Focus

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She's back: Hear and see Kathleen Madigan, above, described as the "funniest woman doing stand-up right now," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Madigan performed at the State Theatre in April 2012. She has released four CDs, three DVDs, done two HBO specials, three Comedy Central specials and three CMT "Salute to the Troops" specials with Ron White. Her hour-long special, "Gone Madigan" premiered on Showtime. Madigan has done two USO tours...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by The Press in Focus

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Heads Easton: Country music star, Jo Dee Messina, above, headlines the State Theatre for the Arts Center stage, 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Since debuting in 1996 with the hit single "Heads Carolina, Tails California," Messina has charted nine No. 1 singles, 16 Top 40 singles and sold more than five million records worldwide. The two-time Grammy nominee has two Platinum and three Gold records, certified by the RIAA. The title of her latest album, "Me," was chosen by fans. It...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Met Live" season: "The Met: Live in HD," the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to more than 2,000 theaters in 67 countries, features 10 operas in the 2014 - '15 season, including five new productions in the Met season. The "Live in HD" season begins at 12:55 p.m. Oct. 12, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, with Verdi's "Macbeth," based on Shakespeare's tragedy, starring Anna Netrebko in the vocally and dramatically demanding role of Lady Macbeth...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

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SOTA benefit: Society of the Arts (SOTA) present its second annual "Luncheon With The Authors" to benefit Allentown Art Museum educational programs and the SOTA Print Fund, Oct. 3, Lehigh Country Club, 2319 Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown. Three nationally-acclaimed authors, Becky Aikman, above, Chris Pavone and Amore Towles, will discuss their books, offer insights about their writing and answer questions. "Saturday Night Widows," a memoir, recounts Aikman's...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PHOTO BY PIER ANDREA MOROLLI - SKCS SPORT IMAGES in Focus

Are you ready for some classical? The Allentown Symphony Orchestra begins its classical season a month early this year. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, above, is guest soloist, 8 p.m. Sept. 13; 3 p.m. Sept. 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Ohlsson and the ASO perform Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," based on the melody from Paganini's 24th Violin Caprice. The concert opens with the "Overture to the Opera Prince Igor" by Borodin and includes the Shostakovich...