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Oscar gold in 'Silver Linings'?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Silver Linings Playbook" is amazing, entertaining and profound.

Writer-Director David O. Russell draws from life experience to create a compassionate, funny and charming portrayal of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper), a young man with mental health problems who is trying to get his life back together.

He's released into the care of his Philadelphia area parents, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jacki Weaver). Pat Jr. only wants to get back with his estranged wife, Nikki....

THEATER REVIEW Laughter soars in PPH 'Boeing, Boeing'

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem leads off its 2013 "Director's Cut" season with the divine farce, "Boeing Boeing," weekends through Feb. 3. This bit of mid-century madness is a revival of the 1960 French play written by Marc Camoletti and translated into English by Beverly Cross and Francine Evans. It was also released as a Hollywood film in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

The comedy, featuring a six-member ensemble, is a fast-paced romp with each cast...

A book made in heaven for artist, author

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The visual and the written word are powerful forms of expression individually. "Inspiration, Harmony and the World Within" successfully combines the two artistic mediums with breath taking results. The new book, co-authored by Bethlehem residents, Wendy Smale and Alonzo "Zo" Gross, achieves a spiritual and enlightening one-two punch that leaves one captivated by its message and beauty.

Smale and Gross will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Allentown...

Submit poems for Focus section, WDIY

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.

The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.

First-place...

No lullaby of Birdland

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Grab your favorite partner, put on your dancing shoes and swing the night away, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30, main stage, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

It's a date you won't want to miss when Tommy Igoe, one of the world's most prolific and prominent drummers, performs in concert with his Birdland Big Band.

The Birdland Big Band is made up of 15 of New York City's finest studio musicians, who constantly travel and play with the world's most prestigious music groups...

OSCAR CONTEST ENTRY FORM

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Readers Pick the Oscar recipients contest for the 85th Academy Awards.

Picture

@$: 5 "Amour"

5 "Argo"

5 "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

5 "Django Unchained"

5 "Les Misérables"

5 "Life of Pi"

5 "Lincoln"

5 "Silver Linings Playbook"

5 "Zero Dark Thirty"

Director

@$: 5 Michael Haneke, "Amour"

5 Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

5 Ang Lee, "...

Boy, Oh, Boe!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Although celebrated tenor Alfie Boe is best-known worldwide as one of Britain's top operatic tenors, he would prefer you think of him as a vocalist.

Proving his versatility again and again, Boe, born Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, has collaborated with the likes of such diverse performers as Robert Plant, Nick Jonas and former Spice Girl Mel C.

He has graced the stage as Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary concert production of "Les Misérables" (most notably singing "Bring Him...

MORAVIAN

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A quintet of Pete Smyser, seven-string guitarist; Larry McKenna, saxophone; Tom Lawton, piano; Madison Rast, bass; and Dan Monaghan, drums, present "Jeepers Creepers!," a music tribute to Harry Warren, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Foy Concert Hall. Hurd Campus, Moravian College.

The concert will be recorded for a future CD release. Smyser's previous concert at Moravian, "The Jerome Kern Concert," was released on CD last year and rose to the Top 50 in jazz radio play nationally for several weeks...

Long and shorts of film-maker's journey

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Stephanie Gardner wrote her way into film-making.

Gardner, an Emmaus High School, Class of '04, graduate living in New York City, screens seven of her short films, 3 p.m. Jan. 26, The Barrister's Club, 1114 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken for the production of Gardner's next short, "Paris in Winter," set to lens next month in Montreal, Canada. "It's meant to be the antithesis of the typical Paris love story," Gardner...

Students of Bach in 'Family Concert'

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

"Composing from the Ground Up: The Chaconne Project" may sound like a daunting prospect.

Not for eight student composers whose work will be featured in the annual The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra Family Concert: "The Write Stuff," 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University.

Every work on the program was written by composers under the age of 25, including the young Bach.

Centerpiece of the concert are performances by the choir and...