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Friday, August 18, 2017

Benes-Kostantewicz:

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Laura Ann (Shively) Kostantewicz and Glen John Benes were married June 21 at Sandals Resort, St. George, Grenada, the Caribbean.

The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Stanford Simon of the Parish of St. George.

The bride is the daughter of John Shively and Johanna Shively, both of Bloomsburg.

She wore a simple, full-length, Grecian-style gown and carried magenta dendrobium orchids.

The groom is the son of Dorothy Benes of Bethlehem and the late John...

8 DAYS A WEEK Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Tango up in Blue:“A Night of Argentine Tango & Folk Music with María Volonté & Friends” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 28 in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Blue Tango Project is a collaboration between Argentine Latin Grammy nominee María Volonté, above left, and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer, above right. Also performing: Mavi Diaz & Las Folkies, with Mavi Diaz, vocals, guitar; Silvana Albano, piano, keyboards; Martina Ulrich,...

Rohrbach-Charles:

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Mollie Rohrbach and Hadyn Charles announce their engagement.

Mollie is the daughter of Marilyn Rohrbach and Gary Phillips of Slatington.

A 2009 graduate of Northern Lehigh High School, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Cedar Crest College in 2013 and is pursuing a master’s degree at Wilkes University.

Mollie is working as a nurse in the Lehigh Valley.

Hadyn is the son of Kathi and Ted Charles of Schnecksville.

A 2009 graduate of...

Tango and blues to meld at Miller Symphony Hall

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall presents a blend of passionate Argentine tango and folk music, featuring María Volonté and Kevin Carrel Footer of Blue Tango Project, and Mavi Díaz and Las Folkies, 7:30 p.m. July 28, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

It promises to be a night of powerful and diverse music.

María Volonté, who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Blue Tango Project explore the musical crossroads where tango and the blues meet.

Musical...

Concerts at Parkland suspended by ACCA

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT AND JULIA FRITZ JFRITZ@TNONLINE.COM in Focus

The Allentown Community Concert Association ACCA has apparently suspended its 2017-18 season.

Concerts were presented in the auditorium of Parkland High School, South Whitehall Township.

The Press left a telephone message for ACCA Executive Director Georgia Chomicky, of South Whitehall Township, but the call was not returned as of deadline.

Nicole Mehta McGalla, director of Community Relations and Development, Parkland School District, stated in a July 14 email to The...

Theater Review: Shakespeare as we like it at PSF

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has saved the best for last in its 2017 season (“Troilus and Cressida,” July 26-Aug. 6, notwithstanding) with a splendid production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” which bookends a season that opened with the spectacular “Evita” (June 14-July 2).

“As You Like It” is in repertory with “The Three Musketeers,” through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. In other words, it’s the same...

Theater Review: ‘The Bikinis’ a Shore thing at The Pines

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Billed as “a musical beach party,” the Pines Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “The Bikinis,” is an often funny, always entertaining and undeniably nostalgic romp down jukebox memory lane from the 1960s and beyond. “The Bikinis” continues through Aug. 20 at the Pines, Allentown. The opening night July 7 performance was seen for this review.

“The Bikinis,” created and written by Broadway actor-director Ray Roderick, and actor-playwright James Hindman, tells the story of a fictional...

Theater Review: Circus gone ‘Wild’ in world debut at MSMT

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Much as the title implies, the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater (MSMT) production of ‘Wild” is wildly unlike any other play I’ve seen to date, and for all the best reasons.

“Wild” continues through July 29, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. Showtimes are 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The new circus musical, in its world debut at MSMT, tells the tale of a young boy who,...

Afternoon & night delight: Spyro Gyra’s Tom Schuman headlines second annual Christmas City Jazz Fest

Friday, July 21, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

July 22 promises to be a jazz lover’s delight in the Lehigh Valley.

The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective presents its second annual “Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival,” 12:30 - 10 p.m. July 22 at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem. There will be 12 groups on two stages. Festival headliner is Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra.

Schuman and Jazz Collective Artistic Director Alan Gaumer go back to the late 1970s when a twenty-something Gaumer needed a sub for...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Times “Three”:“Ken [Ludwig] is giving this beautiful tale of ‘The Three Musketeers’ a new polish with exciting new scenes,” says Rick Sordelet, director of the swashbuckling romp, through Aug. 6, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Tony Award-winning playwright Ludwig wrote the adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel. Ludwig, above, made a rare visit to one of his plays in pre-production when he was on campus at DeSales University, Center Valley, the first day of rehearsal. “The PSF audience...