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Vincent Giordano and his Nighthawks open Penna. Jazz Society's 35th year

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Jazz Society has brought many of the United States' most famous musicians playing Big Band music to the Lehigh Valley.

The latest is Vince Giordano and his Nghthawks, 2 p.m. April 7, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The New York City-based 11-piece Nighthawks is the "house band" and has been seen on the hit HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."

The band's CD, one of its nine releases, "...

THEATER REVIEW

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Toe-tapping song and dance is at its best at The Pines Dinner Theatre when a battered upright piano takes a young, talented troupe on a musical tour of the 20th century in "I Love A Piano" as they celebrate some of the best music from the Great American Songbook produced between 1911 through the 1950's.

Many of the most memorable songs in that songbook were written by Irving Berlin, including the show's title tune, "I Love A Piano." The revue, which continues through June 2 at The...

'Stoker' an art-house shocker

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Stoker" is an art-house shocker.

While the film's title has nothing to do with Bram Stoker's "Dracula," it has its ghoulish elements.

With little advance word about the film, I didn't know what to expect.

The story in "Stoker" begins at a funeral, that of Richard Stoker (Dermot Mulroney), who died in a mysterious car crash. We see his widow, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman), and his daughter, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowski).

India, who shared a special bond with her...

Art Museum shows to close April 21

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is extending the run of two exhibitions. Originally scheduled to close on April 14, "Fabulous Flappers: Fashion from the Ellie Laubner Collection" and "Haitian Art from the Rodale Family Collection" will be open an extra week, through April 21.

"Fabulous Flappers," in the Museum's Scheller Gallery, transports visitors back in time to the fascinating decade of the 1920s with a display of approximately 150 items.

"Haitian Art from the...

CAMERATA

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Camerata Singers performs its Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 6, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.

The dramatic cantata by Vaughan Williams, "Dona Nobis Pacem," with the poetry of Walt Whitman begins the program, followed by Gabriel Faure's warm and lyrical "Requiem."

The Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, with soloists: Leslie Johnson, soprano, and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone, perform with Allan Birney, conducting.

THEATER REVIEW

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

What a sketch.

"Parallel Lives" is a tour de farce of sketch comedy by two female actors who are, when you get right down to it, incredible to behold as they carouse through some 14 sketch-comedy scenes and an estimated 30 characters in an amusing two-hour show (not including a 15-minute intermission) produced by Allentown Public Theatre (APT) through April 7 at the Salemme Foundation gallery, Allentown.

Joshua Neth directs Samantha Beedle as Mo and Jennifer Starr Foley as...

Butch Patrick talks collecting at annual LVHM 'History Expo'

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the hit television series "The Munsters" (1964 - 1966), will speak and greet visitors at the annual History Expo 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 6, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum (LVHM), 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The event is free and open to the public. The museum admission fee is waived for the day.

"Little known to the public is Butch Patrick's obsession with history," said Joseph Garrera, LVHM Executive Director. "He collects...

Lehigh Valley Press wins 20 Keystone Press Awards

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Press print and online newspapers have won 20 Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2012.

Winners will be honored at the Keystone Press Awards Banquet during the 2013 Pennsylvania Press Conference May 18 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Award recipients receive plaques.

Award recipients were announced March 22 and are listed at: panewsmedia.org/Events/contest/awardkeystonepress

The Keystone Awards received, by Lehigh Valley Press editors, reporters,...

Monumental

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Karl Stirner is a towering presence.

Not as towering as his sculpture.

But a towering presence, nonetheless.

Getting Stirner's large, heavy sculpture into the Payne Gallery, Moravian Campus, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem, for the exhibition, "Transformations: Works in Steel," continuing through April 7, was no easy task.

Fortunately, for David Leidich, Payne assistant gallery director and Stirner exhibit curator, he had the assistance of Quakertown-area...

LAFAYETTE

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A panel discussion, "Tony Blair, Britain, and a Changing World," will be held at 12:15 p.m. April 2, Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall, Lafayette College, Easton.

Panelists include Lafayette government and law faculty members Katalin Fabian, Michael Feola and Seo-Hyun Park.

The event is free and open to the public.