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Movie Review: 'This' is Apatow's home movie

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you're ever invited to the Apatows, you may want to politely decline.

That's because, based on writer-director Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," filmed in and around his Four Season hotel interior decor-styled Los Angeles area home, you will be subjected to a barrage of rude, lewd and crude invective, diatribes and behavior.

"This Is 40" is an often desperate attempt at comedy. I found the movie mostly insufferable. "This is 40" is Judd Apatow's home movie.

"This Is 40"...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222

"A Chorus Line," 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787

"Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, 21, Feb 1, 2; 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-...

Instrumental World

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The Sultans of String are set to descend upon Bethlehem from the Great White North.

The Sultans of String, consisting of six-string violinist Chris McKhool and acoustic guitarist Kevin Laliberté, are hitting the road on a several month-long tour promoting their latest CD, "Move."

The Sultans begin their stop in Bethlehem Jan. 10 by performing a live radio session on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio station WDIY, 88.1 FM, at 3 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. show at celebrated...

Topics of the Bard

Monday, December 31, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Here is a sampling of the topics to be addressed at the Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference:

Jan. 7: "Shakespeare's Geography of Thought," Lisa Wolpe, Globe International Theatre Fellow, Actor, Director, Playwright

Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company

Jan. 8: "New World Shakespeare," Terry OBrien, Founding Artistic Director, Hudson Valley Shakespeare

Jan. 9: "Original Practices and the Actor-Audience Connection," Laura Cole, Director of Education and...

Sands, SteelStacks subject of new PBS39 documentary

Monday, December 31, 2012 by The Press in Focus

PBS39 premieres its latest documentary, "Bringing New Life to Old Steel," 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6.

From the award-winning producers of "Bethlehem Steel: The People Who Built America," comes a documentary a decade in the making which tells the story of a new economic engine filling the void left by Bethlehem Steel Corp.

The program explores how the community debated the pros and cons of allowing gaming in Bethlehem and shows how the partners invested more than $800 million and turned...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Monday, December 31, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Cedar Crest College, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222

"A Chorus Line," 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787

"Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, 21. Feb 1, 2; 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-...

'Henry VIII,' 'Measure for Measure' PSF firsts for 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Shakespeare's "Henry VIII" and "Measure for Measure" will receive their first productions at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in the company's summer season of 2013.

The season will also include Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the award-winning comic-thriller, "The 39 Steps," and Rodgers and Hammerstein's legendary musical, "Oklahoma!"

The season opens May 31 and runs through Aug. 4 in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the Center Valley campus...

Bach at noon back Jan. 8 in Central

Monday, December 31, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem begins its 2013 Winter-Spring "Bach at Noon" series Jan. 8 in Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem.

The performance opens with Johann Sebastian Bach's arrangement for organ of Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto in D Minor," Opus 3 No. 11 (RV 565) for two violins, cello, strings, and basso continuo. Soloist is Thomas Goeman, Bach Choir organist and assistant conductor.

Artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld's programming for the 2012-'13 Bach at Noon...

Seventh annual salute LV stage

Monday, December 31, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The variety, depth and entertainment value of Lehigh Valley regional theater never ceases to amaze, especially so when looking back at a year's worth of productions.

In 2012, there were two world premieres in the Valley, numerous Valley premieres, incredibly fun musicals and seriously dark dramas among them.

The ABEs, as in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, now in its seventh year, lauds shows and performances on area community and professional theater stages:

The Focus...

PSF to host international Shakespeare parley at DeSales

Monday, December 31, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

"We've been contemplating it for a number of years," said Patrick Mulcahy, Producing Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, of The Shakespeare Theatre Association's 22nd annual meeting, Jan. 7 - 12.

The highest concentration of Shakespeare theater leaders in the world will occur at the home of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, DeSales University, Center Valley, according to Lisa Higgins, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Director of Marketing and Public Relations...